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Term 2 Christmas Newsletter 2014

Term 2 Christmas Newsletter 2014 - Click on the link to download a copy of the St John’s RC Academy Christmas newsletter.

UNICEF Rights Respecting School Level 2 Award

St John’s RC Academy is delighted to have achieved Level 2 (the highest award) from UNICEF for being a Rights Respecting School.  This award means that knowledge and understanding of the Rights of the Child, a rights respecting ethos, and empowerment of children and young people are embedded within our school.  The Level 2 award ‘confirms that the values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child have permeated all aspects of the school community’. Read more

Parents – we need your email address!

Are you a parent or carer of a child in St John’s RC Academy?  We want to be more environmentally friendly, keep in touch with you more efficiently, save money and spend the savings on learning resources.  You can help by making sure we have your email address.  Click here and fill in the form (it’ll take less than a minute) and we’ll add you to the list.  Many thanks.

Christmas Card Competition 2014

This year’s Christmas card competition, organised by the Art and Design Department, has a worthy winner in Maja Mlynarczyk – for the second year in a row!  Maja’s beautiful painting has been printed on cards and these are being used as the official school card for 2014.  Cards featuring the work of 5 finalists and Maja’s painting are also on sale within the school.  Merry Christmas!

Primary Nativity and Christmas Show

The girls and boys of Primary 2 led our Primary Christmas Show this year with their Nativity performance.  With beautiful singing and much cuteness they retold the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.  All the other primary classes featured on stage too with an array of Christmas songs to get us in the mood for Santa!

Secondary Christmas Show

Our Christmas Show featuring our secondary pupils will take place on Wednesday 17 December at 7pm in the Assembly Hall. Pupils have taken part in auditions and will showcase their talents in playing, singing, dance and drama. It’s a highlight of the school year and all proceeds will go to SCIAF. Tickets are available to buy in the school.

The Premiership Experience

A group of 45 pupils, from P7 to S4, had a fantastic footballing day in Manchester at the end of November. Led by Mr Barker, the group started with a tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, including visits to the press room, City’s changing room and the tunnel. From there, the group then travelled across the city to Old Trafford to watch the Premiership game between Manchester United and Hull City (which United won by 3-0). The pupils are already looking forward to the next Premiership Experience day.

Severe Weather Arrangements – Useful Contact Numbers for Parents

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Links to online learning resources in the event of  a school closure can be found in the Primary and Secondary Blog menus.

Ethiopia study trip with SCIAF

Interim Headteacher, Seán Hagney, recently visited Ethiopia as part of a SCIAF study trip for Scottish teachers.  His story recently featured in the Scottish Catholic Observer and can be downloaded here.  Mr Hagney will be talking about his journey to Ethiopia and the people he met there over the coming months, as well as helping SCIAF to produce resources for Scottish schools. Read more

Post-results Service: What happens at St John’s RC Academy

Parents, carers and SQA candidates have been made aware of the changes to the SQA appeals system over the course of the last year. In short, the old appeals system has changed to a ‘results service’.  This service is very different from what was previously in place.  For clarity, the school’s policy is outlined here. This policy reflects the guidance offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in Post-results Service — Guidance for Centres (March 2014).

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