Follow the link below to read the minutes from this month’s Parent Equalities Forum.
Respectme has launched a new resource which aims to give adults the practical skills and confidence to support children and young people, and to deal with bullying behaviour. Click on the link below to access the online resource.
The Library Committee are hosting Children’s Book Week commencing 7th October. To celebrate this pupils are invited to come dressed as their favourite character from a book on Thursday 10th October.
Monday 7th October
The photographer from Tempest will visit the school; individual or family photographs will be taken as well as year group photographs for pupils in primary 1 and 7. Pupils should wear school uniform, grey trousers or skirt, blue shirt and tie.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Family Night it was a great success; the amazing sum of £814.18 was raised after all deductions were paid. We all had great time.
The next meeting of the Parent Council will take place in St. Luke’s High School on Monday 2nd December at 6.00pm. Please come along and join us, new members welcome.
The Global Citizenship Committee have organised a Football Fun Day to raise money for the children’s charity Clic Sargent. This event will take place on Thursday 26th September. Pupils will be involved in various football related activities throughout the day, including a penalty shoot out competition.
Children should wear their PE kit tracksuit, shorts, yellow school polo shirt training shoes, and a waterproof jacket to school on this day and bring a £1 donation.
There will be a meeting on Tuesday 8th October from 7.00pm until 8.00pm in St. John’s Church, Barrhead, for parents of children in primary seven, who are at present preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
There will be a meeting on Tuesday 24th September from 7.00pm until 8.00pm in St. John’s Church, Barrhead, for parents of children in primary four, who are at present preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.
Due to circumstances outwith our control pupils in primary 4 will now attend swimming lessons from 9.30am until 10.30am departing from the school at 9.05am and returning around 11.00am on the following dates:
- Friday 20th September
- Friday 4th October
- Friday 25th October
- Friday 1st November
- Friday 8th November
- Friday 15th November
Please note that the original consent forms will now cover this event.
As from Wednesday 14th August 2014 school meals will be subject to a small increase of 10p.
Primary Meal £1.95
Secondary Meal £2.05
The school will close on Thursday 10th October and re-open on Monday 21st October for the October week. Enjoy!
Please have look at home and see if you have any books lying about. We would appreciate if you could return them as a signifcant amount of books have gone missing and we have a shortage throughout the school. Replacing books is extremely expensive and we would therefore ask for help in ensuring your child returns all books that they may have at home
In St. John’s pupils participate in outdoor learning which can deliver key features of Curriculum for Excellence. Schools across Scotland are demonstrating a real commitment to encouraging and supporting their children and young people to develop as successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals. We are all considering the best ways to provide genuinely enjoyable and challenging learning experiences.
Many of these experiences will be found outside the classroom and we would therefore ask that you ensure your child comes to school with appropriate outdoor clothing for our inclement weather. Children can bring in a change of shoes for indoors and keep these in a bag on their coat peg to change into. We have waterproof jackets available for children, but would ask that you encourage your child to wear their jackets, wellingtons, hats etc. when outdoors, or on an excursion.
There are a number of things you could try to help your child learn better.
- Suggest they make up a quiz and get you to ask them the questions.
- Make up some questions to ask them.
- Suggest they talk to a friend and discuss the homework topic.
- Suggest they draw a diagram or picture illustrating the main points of what they are learning.
- Encourage them to explain what they have learned to someone else in the family.
- Suggest they pretend they were teaching the rest of their class about the topic.
Everyday activities can also be a source of learning. These obviously will vary according to the age of the child but could include the following:
Find out about their day
What happened? Every time you ask what they have done at school and listen to what they say, you help them to communicate better.
Help them to be organised and responsible
Have they got the right equipment and books before going to school? Check that their homework is done.
Share everyday activities
Involve them in planning a family event, journey or holiday. Get them to show you how to use the internet. Read together. Use the football results or a trip to the shops to discuss numbers and words.