Newsletter: 28 August 2020

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 3 – Friday 28th August 2020

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon everyone, it is hard to believe that we are at the end of our third week of term already. Thank you for adapting so quickly to the ‘new normal’. There is, as always, a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, I hope you can spare the time to read through it. Please ask if anything is unclear.

Reporting Absence

Thank you for the sensible approach you are taking to gauging when children are not well enough to attend school. In the current circumstances of an ongoing pandemic, we need to remain cautious and follow appropriate guidelines. We very much appreciate that our parents and carers are doing this.

parents and carers letter good practice schools

If you are calling us to report absence, please be specific in reporting reasons for absence. In cases where you are reporting any of the following symptoms relating to Covid-19:

· High Temperature

· New and continuous cough

· Loss of or change in the senses of taste and smell

please be advised that pupils with any of these symptoms must be tested and evidence of test result e-mailed to our admin account (

If a test is positive pupils must have isolated for 10 days before returning to school 48 hours after symptoms have ceased. Siblings and families must isolate for 14 days.

If test result is negative, pupils should return to school once they have had 48 hours without any of the above symptoms. Please see accompanying letter from Director of Public Health and Health Policy, Scotland. We would ask that you follow the guidance in this letter with one caveat; that instead of showing the teacher any test result, that you follow the procedure outlined above.

School Meals

Please remember that the deadline for ordering school lunches is a Wednesday at 12 midnight for the following Monday (eg. Wednesday 2nd September is deadline for lunches w/c Monday 7th September).

Breakfast Club Re-opening Date – 31st August 2020

Breakfast Club will re-open on Monday 31st August 2020. Attendees have been informed that their places have been reserved. In keeping with the City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance, the 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 if you wish to use this service for week beginning 7th September. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the Monday of each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and amount of money enclosed. These costs may change in the future. Thank you.

After School Club Update from Gingerbread

Please note that our after-school care provider/partner Gingerbread are now able to offer their services again. Gingerbread After School Care have spaces available in their club. If you are interested in further information please contact Carole Anne/Janice or Andy on 0131-478-1391/07825925846 or e-mail us here at

Flu Vaccination Letters

A reminder that the flu vaccination consent forms sent out this week are due back by Monday 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.

Data Capture Forms

Please return the completed data capture, KIC and photographic permission forms which were issued on Monday 24th August by Friday 4th September.

Social Distancing Outside the Playground/Gates

Thanks for support with this, I really appreciate the efforts adults are making to support the school community by following the guidelines.

Pupil Medicines

If your child requires medication whilst at school this year, please ensure that you contact our office and complete the necessary paperwork and procedures.

Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School

One of the enjoyable things about writing the newsletters last year was sharing details of the pupils learning. I am delighted to be able to start doing this again as of today. Please see details below:

P1 – Were learning to sequence and count from 1-10, in phonics, they learnt the – a sound and cursive writing. Finally, in R.E. they have been learning our school prayers

P2 – Have learnt the ow sound this week. They have also been counting up to 100. In science they have been learning about night and day and the earth’s relationship to the sun.

P3 – Have been learning about: the effect of plastic on the environment, characterisation in stories and how to sing and keep time.

P4 – Have been learning reading superpowers such as recalling, understanding and explaining what they have read. They have also been revising fractions and times-tables. They have been learning fitness drills in P.E.

P5 – In Art, P5 have been learning to use a range of media to create the effect of stained glass windows. They have also worked together to choose a history topic that they wished to study this term and have chosen that of: Mary Queen of Scots. P5 have also been practising their numeracy skills using Countdown number games where they are learning to discuss the strategies they are using to reach the target number.

P6 – In Maths, the class learned about where we might find negative numbers in daily life : (temperature; playing golf; elevators; tides). In Social Studies, they learned about the timeline of the Titanic story and created a visual timeline for our classroom. In Literacy have been learning how to write a diary entry from the perspective of a character in our class novel ‘Titanic: Death on the Water’.

P7 – have been learning to add and subtract negative numbers. They furthered their understanding of persuasive language in preparation for the P7 jobs/house captain applications. Finally, they have created a piece of art based on the book Winder; where they picked ten positive things about themselves

LCC1 – The children are learning to give their reasoned opinion on whether or not they liked a story and why, through their reading of the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears fairy-tale. They are learning to sequence the order of a story and are learning to retell stories in their own words using visuals to support. They had fun practising their role play skills yesterday after setting up the classroom as the three bears’ house. In numeracy the children are learning to name 2D shapes. They used common 2D shapes to create a chair or bed. In expressive arts the children are learning to follow step by step instructions to draw.

LCC2 – In Maths, we are learning to make nets of 3D shapes. In science, we are learning about capillary action. In topic we are learning about Scotland’s history and its landscape.

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.

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.

Saturday 6pm – Vigil Mass

Sunday 10am – Parish Mass

Sunday 5pm – Additional Mass

Fr Duffy and myself have been discussing plans for celebrating the sacraments of First Holy Communion. Following on from communication from the Archbishop on 26th August, we have been informed that First Holy Communions for last year’s P4 (current P5) can be celebrated between Autumn and Christmas 2020. Plans are still being finalised but it is likely that celebrations will take place over a number of Saturday dates with limited numbers of places for family and friends. We will share final details of these plans are soon as they are available.

We will also look to share information with you – as soon as it becomes available – re plans for the celebration of First Reconciliations, for this year’s P4 class, who were scheduled to make the sacrament in March of last year as P3.


Thanks again for your support in these challenging times. I hope that you and your families have a great weekend!

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher

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