Plant Sale and School Fayre

St John’s Primary Parent Council


Saturday 14th May 2022 – 10am till 12pm

Dear Parents/Carers – The Parent Council are delighted that the Spring Fayre and plant sale will return this May after a 2 year absence due to lockdowns and restrictions.  The fayre will be held in the playground and will feature:

  • Excellent quality bedding plants from a Lanarkshire plant nursery
  • Stall selling Home Baking
  • Raffle tickets on sale to win gift hampers – raffle tickets can be bought on the day of the fayre plus Parent pay will be open to buy raffle tickets from 9th May.
  • Fun and games for children in the school playground organised by St John’s senior pupils

To make the day a success and raise funds for the school we’re asking for your support and help with the following;

  • Donations of items to make up the gift hampers should be handed in to the school by 3pm Friday 6th May. Suggested items – wine, craft beers, spirits, boxes of chocolates and sweets, candles, toiletries and gift sets etc.
  • Home baking packaged or wrapped to sell should be handed in to the school on Friday the 13th or dropped off just before the fayre starts on the Saturday morning. If you hand your items in in a box or tin that you would like returned to you please label it.
  • We need a few volunteers to help set up and run the plant and baking stalls on the Saturday morning and to sell raffle tickets – contact us through the parent council Facebook page or email if you can help, many thanks.

Thank you for your continued support, see you on the 14th!!

St John’s Parent Council.

Sponsored Nature Hunt

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Sponsored Nature Hunt

Caroline, our Early Years Worker, has organised a Nature Hunt on Thursday 31 March.

We are asking Parents/Carers to sponsor children to try to find as many different hidden things in our Forest School Area at the back of our playground.

Clues will be set out for children to solve and to identify different types of plants, animals, trees and insects which live in this area. Caroline has created trickier clues for older children and fun activities for younger pupils.

After completing the Nature Hunt our Catering Staff are offering fruit cups for each child with fruit chopped and ready to eat.

Parent Pay is open from Monday 21 March until Friday 1 April for parents to pay in sponsor money.

We are asking Parents/Carers to consider sponsoring their child to raise money for our school fund.

We use the school fund to supplement school activities like swimming, transport for trips, art and craft materials and sports equipment.

All children will participate in the Nature Hunt and on this day do not need to wear school uniform. Children need to wear clothing which is suitable for being outdoors- joggers/ leggings/ sweatshirt/

 t-shirt and a jacket in case of rain.

We are very much looking forward to this activity and a chance to be outdoors.

If any Parent/ Carer has a PVG and is able to spare a few hours to help direct children around the nature area, please call the school office to arrange a suitable time.

Thank you in advance for all your help and support.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. A. Hope

Road Safety Campaign

Please take time to read the letter below which was compiled after recent meetings of our Pupil Voice groups.

Also, please have a look at the poster the pupils made.

Proud to be a Gold Rights Respecting School

Dear Parent/Carer

At the moment our Pupil Voice groups are leading a Road Safety campaign to make walking to and from St John’s safer for everyone.

We would like to remind everyone that there is a 20mph speed limit outside our school. Recently, some of our Rights Respecting School committee met with local MSP, Monica Lennon and raised their concerns about poor signage of the speed limit.

We would also like your support in using our designated Park and Stride at the Bent car park. Only authorised vehicles- school transport and Blue/Red badge holders should come in the school grounds and use the car park. This limits the number of vehicles near our school and helps keep our children safe.

Our Pupil Voice groups will continue to work on this campaign over the coming weeks and have lots of great ideas to improve road safety.

Thank you for your continued support.



RRS Committee & Pupil Council

Changes in Covid-19 Guidance

Dear Parent / Carer

Changes in Covid 19 guidance

I am very pleased to inform you that after the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday there will be changes to some of the Covid 19 mitigations in and around our school.

To give parents time to plan, organise child care and to prepare children these changes will come into action from Thursday 17 February 2022.

  • There is no longer a requirement for a one way system within the school grounds and from 17 February all visitors to the school can enter and exit by either pedestrian gate.
  • There will be no staggered start and finish times. All children will enter the playground through the usual main gate in the morning and will exit by the main gate at 3pm. The main playground gate will be locked after 9am and anyone arriving after this time will need to enter the school through the front entrance at reception. School hours will be 9.00 am- 3.00 pm for all children.
  • Masks are still mandatory in the playground for all adults.
  • Parents/ Carers are reminded not to use the school car park and are requested to use our park and stride from the Bent Park. Only permitted cars/ vehicles are allowed to drop off/ park in the car park. These are: school transport, ASN transport and blue/ red badge holders only.
  • Visitors to the school are still limited and therefore Parent Consultations in March will take place by phone conversations. Children’s work will be sent home for you to enjoy looking at prior to the phone call. Approximate call times will be sent out to each class nearer the time.
  • There is no longer a requirement for children to remain in bubbles/class groups. This means that during different curricular lessons classes can mix and join together. At lunchtime children can sit at any table in the dining room.
  • Large gatherings such as assemblies are not allowed so we will continue to record our assemblies and share them with children each Friday.

We very much look forward to normality resuming within the school with the remaining restrictions being lifted in the near future.

Yours faithfully


Head Teacher