Parent Carer update 22nd April

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been great to see the high level of pupil engagement with learning right from the start of term, thank you for your support with this. Please see below our daily learning structure during this period of closure.

Daily Digital Summer Term 2020

  • 1 piece of Literacy Work
  • 1 piece of Numeracy work
  • Where age appropriate 15 minutes of reading in the morning and the same in the afternoon.
  • Teachers will also post 2 P.E. activities and 2 R.E activities a week.

Parents/Carers and Pupils should feel very welcome to share examples of their work with teachers. If you want advice on how to do this or have any other questions re Digital Learning, please contact our admin mailbox –  and we will be able to help.

We are constantly reviewing our approach to this new world of Digital Learning and seeking to improve it where possible. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let us know via the admin mailbox.

Important Message from Fr Duffy re First Holy Communions 2020

Dear All,

I am aware that many of you are concerned about whether the First Communion celebrations for 2020 will go ahead as planned

Given the uncertainty and the constant changing about the future especially in terms of the restrictions at various levels e.g I still don’t know when the Churches will be allowed to open. I feel that it is better to say now that First Communion Celebration will not take place on June 14th as we had hoped.

The current situation would make it very difficult to make it a true and real celebration for the children.  Practical issues would impinge e.g. how do we arrange practices for readers, offertory procession and the various parts of the Mass which the children take us through.

Therefore, I would rather delay the celebration until after the summer holidays by which time hopefully we will be in a clearer position to have that true celebration I mentioned above.

The Bishops of Scotland have also suggested that First Communion celebrations be delayed. I am really sorry that this is happening and I have thought and prayer long and hard before coming to this decision.

I cannot give a new date at this time but as things become better and clearer I will be able to do so. Mr. Brack has kindly agreed to put this notice in the next newsletter update but if you hear of anyone not having received it please pass on the information to them or they can contact me directly with any question.

I am grateful for your understanding even though there will be disappointment.

Yours prayerfully

Monsignor Tony

St Augustine’s P7-S1 Transition Team

This initiative is intended to support those current P7 pupils who will be attending St Augustine’s High School in academic year 2020-21. The dedicated Microsoft Team allows staff from St Augustine’s to share information about the school with pupils and allow pupils to put their questions to staff within a safe, moderated environment.  The Team went live yesterday and some initial content has already been posted by St Augustine’s staff. More content will be shared over the coming days and weeks.

 Families Edinburgh Digital Magazine – May/June 2020

This magazine is usually delivered in paper format to pupils each term at school and has ideas for family-based activities. If you are interested in having a look at these please click on the link below:

 Communication with Parents/Carers

We will continue to communicate daily via our app, website, Learning Journals and Twitter. You don’t need to check every platform as the same information is shared on each to ensure we have the widest outreach possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to comment/ make us aware of anything. This can be done using our admin mailbox:

Thanks for your continued support.

Pat Brack, Acting HT and all at St Cuthbert’s.


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