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20 April 2020 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well.  I hope too that you had an enjoyable Easter holiday.

Term 4 begins today and we are hoping that all our learners will be doing their best to re-engage with their learning.  The importance of having a routine during these challenging times can’t be overstated, and we hope school-supported learning will be an important part of this.  If you are experiencing any difficulties in engaging with our learning – from nursery to secondary – please contact the school office for advice and support.

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25 March 2020 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

After writing formally to you so often over the past few days, I am returning to the blog.

I just wanted to write a note of reassurance to you. I know a number of parents are concerned and frustrated (in equal measure) as they try to get online, access resources, sort out glitches and all the rest, so that they can get their children settled and working. Please do not worry too much about this – we’re in it for the long haul, I think. We will get there. And I promise we will be doing our best to sort out any issues you have.

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21 February 2020 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our third school term is now well underway, and our children and young people are hard at work!  P7 are busy preparing for their school show, P3 will be welcoming parents, carers and friends to their Fairtrade Toast Café on 6 March, and many in P4 are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We will also be celebrating World Book Day on 5 March!  Our secondary Fairtrade group will also be hosting a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on Shrove Tuesday – so we can be sure to use up the biscuits before the start of Lent!  During Lent we will be sending SCIAF boxes home to collect loose change – every penny makes a difference, so please support if you can.  In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to holding our own Careers Fair to help our primary and secondary pupils consider their future careers.  Senior pupils are completing National 3 and 4 courses, and many are preparing for National 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and other exams.  If you want to know how you can help your child prepare for exams, there’s some great advice from the National Parent Forum – click here.

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12 February 2019 – All Through

Dear Parents/Carers

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

19 November 2018 – All Through

Dear Parents/Carers

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