St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School
Newsletter 2 – Friday 21st August 2020
St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported
Good afternoon everyone, it has been another quick and positive week, and pupils and staff at St Cuthbert’s are making real progress in accommodating themselves to the ‘new normal’. There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, I hope you can spare the time to read through it. Thanks once again for your continued support!
After School Club Update
Please note that our after-school care provider partner Gingerbread are now able to offer their services again as of this week. If you are interested in accessing after school care with them, please contact Gingerbread directly.
telephone: 0131 478 1391 or 07825925846 website: http://www.gingerbreadchildcare.org.uk
Breakfast Club: Re-opening Update
We are hoping to reopen the Breakfast Club on Monday 31st August 2020. In keeping with the City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance, the breakfast club will comply with Covid 19 risk assessments and clear records and registers will be kept to allow for effective tracing through Test and Protect. Although we are keeping class bubbles separate within the school day, blended placements to support families for childcare are permitted when necessary and where risk is mitigated. If numbers remain at 30 or under we can keep the pupils in one group. Over 30 and we will be required to split groups and spaces used. Pupils within a group of 30 or fewer children are not required to attend every day and can attend on those days that suit parents. We will seek to maximise the use of the designated space outside the breakfast club for outdoor play wherever possible too. In terms of access, the main door will be open from 8am and all pupils attending should be dropped at main school entry gate by parents/carers. The exception being, parents/carers of pupils in P1-3, who may enter the playground and drop pupils at the front door. Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times. I would appreciate if you could email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to use this service for week beginning 31st August. The school will then send a form home with identified pupils and we would appreciate if you could return this by Wednesday 26th August 2020. The charge will be £1.50 per day for the
first child and £1 per day for any additional children. These costs may change in the future. Thank you.
Flu Vaccination Letters
A reminder that the flu vaccination consent forms sent out this week are due back by 31st August. These vaccinations are always important but particularly so in the current situation we find ourselves in. Thank you for your support with this.
Ordering School Milk
A letter enabling parents/carers to order milk for the year was shared this week. Please return any reservations to our school office by 26th August 2020.
Data Capture Forms
Please return the completed data capture, KIC and photographic permission forms which will be issued on Monday 24th August by Friday 4th September.
Social Distancing Outside the Playground/Gates
Thanks for your patience and cooperation in ensuring that our new routines have been successfully embedded over the last week. Can I please ask that you continue to remain mindful of social distancing at all times. Both the First Minister and National Clinical Director have this week- stressed the importance of maintaining this social distance to our nations’ health. We greatly appreciate the efforts you are making to do so. Thank you.
If your child requires medication whilst at school this year, please ensure that you contact our office and complete the necessary paperwork and procedures.
St Cuthbert’s Nursery
The building within our grounds to the left of the main school building will become our school nursery. Our 2 newly appointed Seniors (Faye Shumba and Laura Maguire) are now in post and preparations for opening are ongoing. The current planned opening date is late October this year (this is dependent on confirmation from City of Edinburgh Council). If you would like your child to attend our nursery, you can send your application form to the Early Years inbox email@example.com . Provided you also select a second and third choice on the application form, City of Edinburgh Council will be able to provide you with an alternative placing until St Cuthbert’s is ready.
Start and End Times (These will apply until further notice)
Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School
As per City of Edinburgh Council’s advice, as well as our regular curricular work, our learning in all classes this week has continued to focus on:
• Reconnecting relationships – supporting the re-establishment of peer to peer and adult to children/young people relationships
• Acknowledging experiences – being curious, acknowledging feelings and reactions and creating time and space for dialogue
• Creating a nurturing environment
• Supporting our learners to build resilience
Head Teacher Availability
As above, please continue to feel very welcome at any time to contact me by phone or arrange an appointment with me in person if you have any questions or if I can help in any other way.
Access for Enter and Exit School By Start Time End of Day End of Day Parents/Carers
P1 Yes, via side entrance gate 8.45am 2.50pm 12.05pm P1 class door
P2 Yes, via side entrance 9am 3.05pm 12.25pm gate Infant Entrance
P3 Yes, via main entrance gate 8.55am 3.20pm 12.30pm Main Door
P4 No Main Door 9.05am 3.30pm 12.40pm
P5 No Upper School Entrance 8.55am 3.20pm 12.30pm
P6 No Upper School Entrance 9am 3.25pm 12.35pm
P7 No Upper School Entrance 9.05am 3.30pm 12.40pm
LCC1 Yes, via back entrance gate. 8.55am 3.20pm 12.20pm LCC Door
LCC2 Yes, via back entrance gate. 8.55am 3.20pm 12.20pm LCC Door
A Message from our local Parish – St. Cuthbert’s, Slateford/Sacraments Update
Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to all of our families on their return to school. Attendance at Mass can now be secured by booking online. Please see details on the parish website. http://www.stcuthbertschurch.com
Saturday 6pm – Vigil Mass
Sunday 10am – Parish Mass
Sunday 5pm – Additional Mass
Now that we are back at school, Fr Duffy and myself will shortly be discussing plans for celebrating the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We will share these with you as soon as possible.
I hope that you and your families have a great weekend!
Mr P Brack, Head Teacher