St Joseph's Academy Parent Council.

Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from St Joseph's Academy Parent Council., School, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock.

Welcome to St Joseph's Academy Parent Council page.This page is for parents and carers of pupils currently at the school and others with a genuine and vested interestl.We will share information and encourage ideas, discussion on relevant matters.

Operating as usual

S3 into S4 Personalisation and Choice 08/01/2024

S3 into S4 Reminder of Personalisation and Choice Information Evening will take place in school Thursday 11th January at 6.30pm.

S3 into S4 Personalisation and Choice Dear S3 Pupils and Parents/Carers, Please use the undernoted to further support your son/daughter following our Personalisation and Choice event on the evening of Thursday 11th January at 6.30pm. S…


From SJA
S2-Options Evening is on Tuesday, 16 January with Information Stalls open from 5pm and talk from 6.30pm


From SJA
S4/S5-Reminder that your Options Evening is tomorrow, 9 January at 6.30pm


Free health checks in local libraries. The Community Health Activity Team (CHAT) will be in our libraries from 12 January, the team can provide basic health checks and offer information and advice on healthy living, mental health, alcohol and drug use.
Come along to have a friendly chat about healthier lifestyle choices. We can offer checks for:
• blood pressure
• weight
• body mass index (BMI)
• body fat percentage
Find a session near you here


The YMO team invite you to join them for a Youth Gathering during the Christmas Holidays at our base in St Matthew’s, Kilmarnock. Come the 28th we thought you might be ready for a wee gathering with other young folk and get away from the telly and stuffing your selves for a few hours. We’d be delighted to welcome you on the 28th from 12 noon till 3pm. All welcome-no charge-it is all free! See you all on the 28th!



At 12 noon today (22 December 2023) in Rome (11am GMT) it was announced, that Pope Francis had nominated Fr. Frank Dougan as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway. He will succeed Archbishop William Nolan who was Bishop of Galloway from 2014 to 2022 when he became Archbishop of Glasgow, since when it has been administered by Fr. William McFadden.

Reacting to his appointment, Fr. Frank said: “I am humbled and more than a little bit nervous that Pope Francis has asked me to take on this office. I feel confident however that I will not be alone in spreading the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be joining with every single person in Galloway Diocese all of whom have a role to play, my role being just one of them.”

“With God’s grace and the deep faith of the Church in Galloway we can continue to build on the solid foundations left by those who have come before us, stretching back to St. Ninian who first planted the seeds of the Christian faith in Scotland here in Galloway.”

Fr. Frank added: “My mother was from Ayr, and I spent many childhood summers here, so you could say there is a little bit of coming home for me! But most importantly, we must proclaim a Church where everyone can feel at home and welcomed.”

Responding to the news Diocesan Administrator Fr. William McFadden said: "On behalf of the community in the Diocese of Galloway, I am delighted to warmly welcome Fr Dougan as our new bishop. I can assure him of an enthusiastic welcome as he comes among us bringing his unique pastoral leadership and skills. I look forward to working with him, and in continuing the implementation in the diocese of the pastoral and prophetic vision offered by Pope Francis for the Church today."

Reacting to the announcement, Bishop Joseph Toal, the Bishop of Motherwell said: “I am very happy to hear that Fr Dougan has been chosen by the Holy Father as the new Bishop of Galloway. My thoughts and prayers are very much with him at this time. It is very good that Motherwell Diocese is again able to provide a Bishop for a Scottish Diocese, and it is quite something that another Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, will become Bishop of Galloway.”

“We will miss Fr Frank in Motherwell as his ministry extended beyond the the Parish to Our Lady and St Bride’s Secondary School and Hairmyres Hospital, along with his Canon Law responsibilities in the Diocese and with the Interdiocesan Tribunal. I am sure the wide pastoral experience gained here will be of great benefit in his episcopal ministry.”


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Our offices will be closed from Monday 25 December until Wednesday 3 January. This account won't be monitored during this time.

We've compiled some useful information to help you through the festive season. For updates on all our services including emergency contact details please visit

We wish you a safe and happy Christmas 🎅🏼


SJA - Parent/Guardian reminder for pupils participating in Elf Games, this should be purchased no later than 11am today.


A very big thank you to everyone who donated bottles to our stall and also attended the fayre and supported the school.


Wee reminder of the Christmas Fayre this Saturday morning.


Parent Council are holding a bottle tombola stall at the school Christmas Fayre on Saturday 16th December. We would appreciate any donations of bottles for this and can arrange local collection of these. Please get in touch if you can support.

All funds raised go back into school funds for activities for our young people.


Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for your support of our Christmas Hamper Drive.

With donations received so far we have managed to make 17 hampers for vulnerable families in our school and wider community. Last year we were able to make 100 hampers as a result of the generous donations from pupils/parents/carers/staff and wider community. We would very much like to match or succeed this number this year.

Donations are being accepted every morning before school and at Junior and Senior lunches.

Any donation could make a difference this year.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Mrs Donna Shearer
Depute Head Teacher
St Joseph’s Academy


Free School Meal Holiday Support Payment – December 2023

This December, free school meal holiday support will be provided to all children and young people at primary and secondary schools who are eligible for a free school meal on the basis of low income or qualifying benefits.

A payment of £25.00 will be made for each child to represent the free school meals that would have been provided during the Christmas school break.

If you are in receipt of free school meals on Friday 1 December you will receive payment into your nominated bank account by 20 December 2023.

If you become eligible for free school meals for the 2023/24 term after 1 December but before the close of term on 22 December, you will receive the payment into your bank account by 19 January 2024.

For enquiries regarding holiday payments, please email:
[email protected]
You should include the name of your child and the school your child attends.

More information on Clothing Grants and Free School Meal eligibility can be found at: Clothing grants and free school meals · East Ayrshire Council (


Our first ever Youth Club starts tomorrow 6pm @ Take A Bow London Road. Come along meet new people, play games, grab a bite to eat and chill out✌️

Contact Natalie on 01563 535333 if you plan on coming along or if you have any questions📲


The festive season can be an expensive time for families. Make sure you're getting all the financial support you're entitled to.

You can check all the support you may be entitled to, including our benefits, on The Scottish Government's cost of living site:


Our Pupil Leadership Team are organising a Christmas Fayre which takes place in school on Saturday 16th December 2023 from 10am - 1pm. The pupils are running a Tombola stall and are looking for donations of small prizes. If you can help out in any way, please hand donations into the school office. Thank you for your support.


Our friends at Hillhouse having their Christmas Fayre today- pop along for some Christmas treats 🎄🎄

🎅🏼🎅🏼 Today is the day! 🎅🏼🎅🏼

We’re looking forward to seeing you all, we open at 11am!

*We kindly remind everyone that our fundraising stalls are cash only *

All money raised at today’s event will be spent on buying Christmas gifts for Ayrshire children.

See you all soon! 🎄🎅🏼


Just three more sleeps til Kilmarnock Christmas Festival comes to town! 👏🎄🎅🎁🎤🎵🧁☕
2pm - 7pm Sunday 26. See you there 🤩

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Wear Red tomorrow in support of ACN Scotlaand 🔴🔴🔴

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Wee reminder about the Parent Council meeting tonight.

The next Parent Council Meeting is Monday 20 November at 7pm in the school. All parents and carers of students are welcome to attend.

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First podcast from the Young Journalist Society.

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