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29 February 2016 – Focus on Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

As always, it’s busy here in school, and after our short February break, we’re straight back into another hectic schedule!

Our annual parent questionnaire is now open until 6 March. Please take five minutes (honest!) to share your views with us.

In response to parental concerns, I have sent a letter to parents regarding crowding the gate at the end of the school day.  We are changing how P6 exit the building to alleviate congestion, but parental support is required.  Thanks for your help in this.

We continue to ask parents and carers to drive and park responsibly around the campus.  Please do not drop off and/or collect your child within the turning circle. We also ask for your support around litter which remains a significant issue.  Many pupils are not playing their part in keeping our environment clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.  Please encourage your child to be responsible in this.

Looking back

  • Our ‘Heroes for Change’ day was a great success!  We focused on learning about the new Global Goals.  Thanks to our superhero parents/carers for supporting our Rights Respecting School.
  • At our last Soft Start we received positive feedback and useful suggestions to further develop these sessions in the future. Please contact Mr Bald if you were unable to attend but would like to feedback on our Soft Starts.  Our next Soft Start takes place on Friday 11 March at 9.00am.
  • P5 & 6 girls performed exceptionally well in the PKC Gymnastics competition at Bell’s Sports Centre – well done to all who participated and a special thanks to Mrs Tomb for preparing the girls for this competition.
  • P4-7 classes have been involved with Services of Reconciliation as part of our Lenten Journey. Mgr Drysdale and Fr Bogden worked with the classes to prepare and celebrate these services throughout the week.
  • Pupils from P4-S4 met with North Muirton Community Council to discuss plans around a new play park in their local community.
  • P6 & P7 developed their science skills last week by taking part in a science show provided by the Glasgow Science Centre last Monday. P4 & P5 had the opportunity to attend events last Friday. This was delivered in partnership with the Strathearn Science Festival and our secondary science department. Watch out for reports on our website about what we have been learning and the skills we have developed.
  • 4 pupils from P4-7 were selected to represent the school in the first Community Warden Quiz held at Tulloch Primary School on Wednesday and finished 3rd. Well done!

Looking forward

  • Primary Parents’ Reporting Evenings: We look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you tonight and Wednesday. The Travelling Book Fair will be in school – what better way to treat your child than a good book!
  • We are awaiting the publication of our nursery inspection report.  We will update you as soon as we have it back from the Care Inspectorate.
  • Tomorrow P1 & P7 will have dental checks by the NHS and P5 will visit St John the Baptist church for their class mass. If you are able to support P5 walking to mass, please contact the school office.
  • P6 pupils will represent the school in the Euro Quiz on Wednesday here in St John’s RC Academy.
  • Thursday 4 March celebrates World Book Day where we invite children to dress as their favourite book character. This is always a really fun day for our children, and we look forward to seeing a wide variety of characters!
  • We are currently reviewing extra-curricular activities for our younger stages for various lunchtimes this week, look out for more information.
  • A small team of P7 pupils will be representing the school at the St John’s Rotary Quiz on Tuesday 8 March at Glenearn Campus on Tuesday evening. Good Luck!
  • The Parents’ Council will be hosting our Easter Fayre on 19 March (10am-1pm) and are looking for help as well as lots of support on the day.  More information can be found here.

Finally, thank you so much for your continued support of your child’s teacher and all the staff at the school.  We really appreciate this, and look forward to seeing you during our parents’ nights and at the Easter Fayre.

Every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader