Parents/Carers in School – Updated Guidance

The school have recently received up to date guidance from South Lanarkshire Council on Parents/Carers attending events within school.

Unfortunately we are not permitted to have parents in attendance at Prize Giving, Sports Day or our Leavers’ Assembly. We do, however, intend to make a video of our Prize Giving and Leavers’ Assembly available to our families to watch at home.

Letter from Headteacher – Class Arrangements for Next Session

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Proposed Classes for next year

We have been working with Council Offices to confirm the number of children coming to St John’s in August.

At present we are hoping to form 9 Mainstream classes and 5 Supported classes.

With the current numbers we have, this is the proposed class plan for next year below.

This may change due to placing request decisions or children moving into our catchment area over the summer.

When all pupil numbers are confirmed, staffing for teaching staff and Support Staff will then be confirmed as well.

Room Stage
Room 1 P1/2/3 ASN
Room 2 P1
Room 4 P3/4/5 ASN
Room 5 P4/5/6 ASN
Room 6 P1/2
Room 7 P2/3
Room 8 P3/4
Room 9 P4/5
Room 10 P4/5 ASN
Room 11 P5
Room 12 P6
Room 13 P6/7 ASN
Room 14 P6/7
Room 15 P7

When making decisions about children’s classes we use their reading and literacy scores to try to ensure that they are with a group of similar level of ability. In addition, within ASN we take into account general group dynamics. This year there will not be the usual Meet the Teacher where children and staff all move around the school. Instead children and staff can meet in the playground to get to recognise faces.

Letters will be issued on Monday 21 June informing children and Parents/ Carers of the proposed classes for next year.

Yours faithfully

Alison Hope

Headteacher

Walk to School Week

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our school is taking part in Walk to School Week (17-21 May). The nationwide event is organised by walking charity Living Streets and designed to help pupils experience first-hand the importance of walking to school. Children will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, but it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Each pupil will be challenged to travel sustainably (walk, wheel, scoot, cycle or Park and Stride) to school every day for one week.

What do I need to do as a parent/carer? We would ask, if possible, to make arrangements so that your child/children can travel actively to school on w/c 17 May, helping our school reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. Walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling all count! If you live far away from school and need to drive or take public transport, try parking the car or hopping off the bus/train ten minutes away and walking the rest of the journey. Our designated Park and Stride location is the Bent car park.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Karen Prentice

Depute Head

Parent Council Sponsored Obstacle Course

Dear Parent/Carer,

Parent Council Sponsored Obstacle Course

Our parent council have planned an exciting fundraising obstacle course for all our children to join in with on Friday 14th May. We are fundraising to repair the school climbing frame in our gym hall. The climbing frame requires new ropes, fastenings and a new support bar at the base. This costs approximately £900 to make it safe to use again.

We are asking parents and grandparents to sponsor their child to complete the obstacle course by making donations through Parent pay. The obstacle course has been designed by our Primary 7 pupils & will be set out in the playground on Friday Morning.

Each class will have about 30 minutes to complete the course as many times as possible, we hope that you will be able to support this event. All donations are very welcome.

Alison Hope

Head Teacher