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Posts from the ‘Headteacher’s Blog’ Category

14 August 2020 – Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

What a unique week! This special ‘soft start’ or transition week has been really helpful as we help our pupils adapt to our school’s return. We have been keeping very busy preparing and we are looking forward to everyone being back on Monday.

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14 August 2020 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

This week has been unique! Not only have we returned to school after nearly 5 months, we were greeted on Wednesday to lightning, thunder and a flooded turning circle! All to announce the arrival of our new pupils!

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1 July 2020 – All through

End of term message:

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7 May 2020 – Secondary

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you to give you an update on the latest figures from our school leavers (2018-19).  These figures are released at the end of February each year and are (once again) among the most positive results the school has ever had, so it is only right I share these with you, the parents of our young people who have achieved so much.  Education research continually points to the importance of your role in the success of young people at school – your support, engagement and encouragement make a huge difference to your children, so you rightly share in their successes, together with the teaching staff of St John’s Academy who work so hard to help our pupils achieve their potential.

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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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