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.
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.
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.
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.
I just wanted to write a short message to you as we enter the last week of term. The newsletter for Term 2 will be out soon and I have also included a message there. Nevertheless I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your ongoing support for your school. Most recently this was shown in the remarkable participation of parents and families at our primary nativity and Christmas Show and the P7 Fair. The children of P2 who led our nativity, and the children from across the school, were absolutely brilliant, and this was aided in no small part by the full and appreciative audiences which you provided.
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.