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29 September 2017 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the first term of the year, I am writing to you to thank you once again for all the support you give to us through your children.

We have had a busy term as always but our immediate priorities always remain the same.  We aim to ensure every child in S1 settles in to their new surroundings and for all year groups to settle down to their learning.  Our S1 transition programme has been continuing with drop-ins and our outdoor education programmes at Lendrick Muir and in school.  The S6 pupil leadership team have been working closely with our staff to develop in their roles and to lead our prefect teams, and all of our S6 pupils took part in the S6 Conference for Dunkeld Diocese, held in Kilgraston.  Pupils have been trained in reading and maths to be effective peer mentors and this work has had a really positive start.  And this weekend marks the end of our Duke of Edinburgh expedition season!  This term is crucial as it sets the foundation for the year ahead so I am pleased with the positive start to the year, and delighted by the many positive comments I have been hearing from our teachers commending the vast majority of pupils on their efforts.

Our Peace One Day programme across the school celebrates the International Day for Peace.  Not only do we think about others around the world, big issues like children’s and human rights, but we also have a House Dodgeball competition.  I am assured that this builds skills of leadership and in working as a team!  Congratulations to St Andrew House on their success!  Last week, we also hosted Balfour Beattie for three days as they encouraged groups of our students to consider engineering as a career and gave them hands on experience in bridge building.

As a result of her youngest child leaving school, our outgoing chair Mrs Julie Flynn will be stepping down from her role as Chair of the Parent Council.  The AGM for this year has been rescheduled for Monday, 6 November at 7pm.  Please come along if you can – every school needs a Parents Council and we really appreciate your support.

In my last blog I mentioned uniform.  There has been an increase in the amount of secondary children (particularly girls) not wearing school-type clothing.  Please remember that there should be no leggings, jeggings or jeans.  The school is highly regarded within the local community for how smart our children look – please encourage them to always take pride in our school.  Please also note that pupils should not arrive to school in PE kit even if they have PE first thing in the morning.  Our uniform policy can only be effective if every parent and every child/young person chooses to support it.  I ask that you recognise how important uniform is to the sense of community we have here at St John’s RC Academy, and how effective it has been in raising our profile and our reputation within our wider community.

Once again I ask that children are dropped off in the turning circle.  Please drop your child off well away from the school and allow them to walk the rest of the way in the interests of every child’s safety.

I have recently published our Standards and Quality Report 2016-17 which gives an overview of our successes and our areas for development over the coming sessions.  I would encourage every parent and carer to have a look.

Next week we will publish our Term 1 newsletter, so please look out for this.  You can browse previous newsletters here.

I hope you’ll have a great family October break when it comes.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader