The end of the first term is nearly here – already!
It has been great to see so many of our families in the school at various events over the course of the term. Many of you have taken the opportunity to come along to our drop-ins, soft starts and stay-and-plays to get to know us, and for us to get to know you too. It was wonderful to see so many of you come along to our family mass, led by Bishop Stephen. The theme this year was ‘Welcoming’, and this is what we want to be as a community.
The new session is now well underway and I am delighted to say that our children and young people throughout our nursery, primary and secondary are settling in very well, and settling down to the busy task of learning.
The summer term is here! Health Week is currently underway in our nursery and primary, with the secondary Health Week to come later in May. Our Bike Breakfast this morning was a great success (and thanks to Mr Antoniewicz for the brilliant picture). The exam season is ongoing, and as I write, many of our young people are sitting National 5 Mathematics. I wish all our candidates, across the whole range of courses, every success.
I wanted to write and update you on the latest figures from
our exam results. The figures released earlier this month are some of the best
the school has ever had, and is testament to the hard work of our young people,
the staff and the continual support we receive for you, the parents and carers
of our learners. These figures relate to
those young people who left at the end of last year, whether in S4, S5 or S6.
We are now well into 2019 as I write to you, and coming up to our short break. Since the new year our learners have been hard at work across our nursery and school. Our senior pupils have been undertaking assessment opportunities before their formal exams in April/May, and many of our S2 pupils have enjoyed a fabulous week in the Italian Alps learning to ski. A four minute video is available here to view. Secondary pupils also recently enjoyed the delights of Murrayfield for a Six Nations Rugby match. P6 have been participating (in all weathers!) in our outdoor education programme at Battleby, and P7 are busy preparing for the school show (on 27 March – mark it in the calendar!). Our Monday ‘Learning Hub’ in the library is going well, and new Families Connect sessions have begun. Read more
As usual, we’ve been busy in St John’s RC Academy! There’s been lots going on, and I hope that you are keeping up to date with just some of the things that happen through our very active Twitter accounts (@st_johnsacademy and @stjohnsnursery_). You can also access these through our website (www.st-johnsacademy.org.uk)
As we approach the half-way point of our academic year we are very much focused on our learning across the whole school. Our senior pupils are working hard on their coursework and preparing for examinations. Of course, exam success doesn’t just happen in the senior phase. All our learning leads to this, from nursery to the end of S3, so our efforts and hard work, developing our knowledge and skills, are crucial to success later in life. Scottish Book Week, which we are celebrating this week, is a welcome reminder of the importance that reading for pleasure has in building our understanding of the world, as well as improving our literacy skills. Next week, the secondary will be celebrating Scotland Week and in particular celebrating our Scots language. Absolutely stoatin! Read more
A copy of the letter I sent to secondary parents/carers on 30 August 2018 is also available here.
With every good wish,
Seán P Hagney
Headteacher and Campus Leader