Mr Thomas' Blog

August 20, 2021
by Mr Thomas

Important Information – COVID19 & Flu Immunisation

Public Health Lanarkshire have asked us to draw your attention to the two letters below.  One is for the Nursery Class and the other is for the School.  Please take a moment to read through the relevant letter(s) as this will help you understand what the new procedures are if we experience a Positive Case in school or nursery.  This has changed significantly since last term.

With new COVID19 cases still classed as high in North Lanarkshire, I am asking for your continued support and careful attention when you are in and around the school gates.  Please continue to follow all of our procedures in order to keep children, staff and yourselves safe, particularly when gathering at the school gate.  Please remember that we as a school are simply following local and national government guidelines.

One the whole, most people have continued in the same ways as last year, so thank you for that!  Our new P1 Parents/Carers have adapted to our protocols well.

Schools are being more cautious than perhaps other aspects of life are being, due to the unique nature of the environment.  We want to have as few cases as possible and we want to remain in a position where our staff are healthy and able work with the children.

1. Letter for the new term – schools – August 2021 – NHSLanarkshire

2. Letter for the new term – nursery – August 2021 – NHSLanarkshire

In schools across North Lanarkshire, we are still following the FACTS guidance.  Please play your part and continue to support us with this.  This will hopefully mean an end to all school restrictions sooner rather than later!



We will welcome the Vaccination Team to St John Paul II so that they can administer the Flu Vaccination to all children who are registered.  Letters were sent out this week in the children’s bags.  If you have not already done so, please return the form to school by Monday 23rd August as the NHS staff will collect these on Monday.  Only registered children will be able to have the vaccination.

If you have not received a letter, please contact the school office.

More information about the vaccine and about what to expect is available by following this link…

The child flu vaccine | The flu vaccine (


August 16, 2021
by Mr Thomas

Update and Reminders…

For everyone:  From tomorrow, please remember…

  • Only ONE adult per family should drop off or collect children (including Primary 1 children).
  • Unless exempt, please wear a face covering.

Some further P1 information:

  • Please put your child’s snack for playtime in their bag (in other words, keep it separate if they are a Packed Lunch).
  • Please LABEL ALL ITEMS.  We had brand new jackets and blazers left in the playground with no names.
  • Drop children at 9am at the main gates into the playground (staff will be there to support).  From now on, no adults are allowed in the playground (as is the normal arrangement at St. JPII).
  • Collect children at 3pm from the entrance next to the pitch.  There is less space here and so only ONE ADULT should attend.

We have finalised the timetable for PE Days.  These are as follows…


August 13, 2021
by Mr Thomas


As we approach the start of the New School Year, I would like to give you some information which will help with the logistics and ensure a smooth, safe start for everyone.

There are three links below which will hopefully explain everything.

The first is a letter from Derek Brown, Executive Director of Education and Families for North Lanarkshire.  This outlines what the Council has put in place and explains why there are still some cautious restrictions in place for schools and other council buildings.  Please click on the link below.

NLC Letter to all Parents/Carers

The second is information for our Primary 1 children and their families only.

P1 Information August 2021

The third is information for all other families (P2 – P7).  Please take the time to read this information, as many of our routines from the last school year remain in place, with one or two changes.

P2 – P7 New School Year Information

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday!  I hope you all had a lovely Summer.

Mr Thomas

June 24, 2021
by Miss Agnew


We’ve made it! Thanks so much for all the kind wishes, cards and gifts that have been handed in this week, but a huge thanks for all your support over this really difficult school year. It is so very much appreciated! We hope you all have a fab summer, see you in August! 🥳🥳

June 23, 2021
by Mr Thomas

End of Term Arrangements

Please click on the link below to have the most up to date information and news from our school.  This will give you information about…

  • Start and finish times on the last day
  • Non uniform/dress down day (last day – no charge)
  • Primary 7 Information
  • Various other items of interest

Reports and new teacher information was sent home today.  Please check your child’s bag!

End of Term June 2021


June 23, 2021
by Miss Agnew


Our Primary 7 pupils had their Graduation Ceremony this week in St Columba’s Church. We know you would have all loved to have been there to celebrate with them, but current restrictions didn’t allow for that. However, here are some links to videos on our YouTube channel to help you celebrate.

Graduation Ceremony

Class of 2021 Graduation Slideshow

Oh Lord, You Search Me

Lord I Lift Your Name On High

P7 Leavers’ Song

June 15, 2021
by Mr Thomas

Parent/Carer Update and Information


This year, to end our Health & Wellbeing Week, we will be holding a Fun Day for the children.  All of the details are below, however, it is important to note that no child will be left out.  All children will participate, regardless if they bring in money for games or non-uniform day.

The children have had an amazing Health & Wellbeing Week so far (and our prayers for good weather have worked so far!)  We are still disappointed not to be able to invite our Parents and Carers along to join us for any of our Sports Day.  Thank you for understanding.


As mentioned in the Newsletter for June 2021 (please see the News section or the school app to download if you haven’t already), the children are participating in Relationships & Moral Education by following the God’s Loving Plan programme.  Information regarding this is available by clicking the links below.  You will also find a document which explains the concepts covered at each stage.  Please do take some time to read the letter as it explains how we approach this with the children in more detail.   Staff will be extremely sensitive when teaching about more complex issues and all materials are age and stage appropriate and relate to the Curriculum.

God’s Loving Plan (Whole School) Letter to Parents & Carers

GLP Parents 1

GLP Parents 2

God’s Loving Plan (Vocabulary Guide)


Thursday 24th June will be the last day of term.  Please note the start/finish times for our children.

If your child starts at 8:50am, they will finish at 12:45pm.

If your child starts at 9:05am, they will finish at 1pm.

Please make the necessary arrangements to collect your child at the appropriate time.  

CHILDREN IN OUR NURSERY:  The provision for all children is available within the usual times.  If you intend making use of the provision after 1pm then please let the Nursery staff know.  They are obviously happy to provide the service as usual for your child.


School Lunches are available until the last day.  The usual menu will apply on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.  Only a cold lunch (Snack to go) will be available to order on the last day of term (Thursday).  Your child will be asked to order theirs on Wednesday 23rd to allow the catering staff enough time to make all of the sandwiches.


On Tuesday 22nd June, our Primary 7 will attend St. Columba’s Church.  They will participate in a short prayer service and we will present them with their Certificates and Graduation Medals as well as their High School ties.  Mr Thomas had to ask permission from North Lanarkshire Council to ensure that no COVID guidelines were being broken and we have been assured by NLC that they are happy with our mitigations and that they are in compliance with the Scottish Government Guidelines.

Please ensure that all P7s wear their full school uniform on Tuesday 22nd – Shirt and Tie!

It is still a great disappointment and source of sadness to all of the staff that we cannot invite Parents/Carers along to the celebration.  However, please be assured that we will continue to do all that we can to help our P7s have a wonderful send off… the best we can under the circumstances.


As is our tradition, our Primary 6 children will be presented with their P7 ties on the last day of term.  We hope to do this in a safe way during a short assembly.  We hope that as many P6 children will be in attendance as possible!

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