Newsletter 4th September

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 4 – Friday 4th September 2020

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

Good afternoon.

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. Thanks for your ongoing support. As a parent/carer body you have been brilliant at assimilating all of the changes we have made as a consequence of the pandemic. As always, we will continue to communicate with you as clearly and frequently as possible. Please do however contact us by telephone (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox ( if you have any questions.

Nursery Update

We are continuing to make excellent progress with preparing our nursery for opening, hopefully in late October (depending on final confirmation from City of Edinburgh Council). You can use the link below to apply for a place when the nursery opens, please select St Cuthbert’s as your first choice if you wish a place with us.

If you are only interested in applying to St Cuthbert’s, you do not need to accept a temporary place elsewhere. Temporary places can however be secured by entering a 2nd and 3rd choice on the online form. Pupils can then be transferred when St Cuthbert’s opens. However please be aware that a place at St Cuthbert’s is not guaranteed and places are allocated using the admissions criteria. See attached admissions policy.

Please feel very welcome to ask if you have any questions.

First Holy Communion Update

Fr Duffy and I met to finalise plans this week to enable those pupils who were scheduled to make the sacrament of First Holy Communion last year to make it this year. The plans are as follows:

· First Communions will take place on 3 consecutive Saturdays in November (14th, 21st and 28th).

· They will be celebrated within the context of 10 o’clock Mass on each of these dates.

· Pupils will be allocated one of the above dates based on alphabetical ordering of candidates.

· Pupils may be supported by up to 5 family members.

· Written communication confirming the date of your child’s celebration will be issued next week.

Please note that all candidates should have made their First Reconciliation (Confession). If your child has not and wishes to make their First Holy Communion with us, please contact Fr Duffy on 0131 443 1317 to arrange a time for this sacrament to be celebrated.

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.

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.

Staffing Update

We record our sincere thanks and best wishes to Miss Donnelly (LCC1), who leaves us today. She has been a great teacher and member of our community: her hard work and skill will be missed. Going forward Mrs Holden, our DHT, will teach LCC1 from Monday-Wednesday and Mr Vilanova Diaz will teach the class on Thursdays and Fridays.

School Meals

Please remember that the deadline for ordering school lunches is a Wednesday at 12 midnight for the following Monday (eg. Wednesday 9th September is deadline for lunches w/c Monday 14th September).

Breakfast Club: Booking for Week Commencing 14th September is Now Open!

Breakfast Club re-opened this week. Attendees have been informed that their places have been reserved. In keeping with the City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance, the club complies with Covid 19 risk assessments and clear records and registers are 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 14th 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

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 – Have been learning to recognise m and write a. They have also been learning to recognise domino number patterns. Finally in art, P1 have been learning to mix paint colours when painting our portraits

P2 – Have learnt the oo sound, in Maths they have been counting to 100 in decades. They have also been learning about countries around the world; focusing this week on China.

P3 – Have focused on developing their handwriting skills, using the outdoor learning context to learn problem solving skills and naming and describing a range of 2D and 3D shapes.

P4 – P4 have been enjoying learning about the 5 oceans of the world, listing them from biggest to smallest and finding out where they are and the creatures that live beneath them. In our reading we have learned about different types of dolphin and how they hunt for food differently from each other. In our writing this week, they have created fact booklets based on all that they have learned so far.

P5 – in Numeracy, Primary 5 have been learning to use what they know about place value to read, write, order and partition numbers. They have been learning about family trees in the context of the Stuarts and Mary Queen of Scots. In Literacy, they have been using drama to develop their understanding of a character’s thoughts and feelings.

P6 – Have been learning to write imagined personal responses in diary form, using the context of their class novel based on the story of the Titanic. They have also been learning to round 4 and 5 digit numbers to the nearest 100 and creating a class charter of rights and responsibilities.

P7 – Have been learning to use slogans, verbs and hooks to create advertisements. In Maths, they have learnt to use BODMAS to solve equations and in RERC have been learning about St Augustine and his calling to the priesthood.

LCC1 – Have enjoyed listening to Jack and the Beanstalk. They are learning to take turns, work together in a small group and in Maths are continuing to learn 1:1 correspondence through touch counting.

LCC2 – have enjoyed making and writing cards, they have continued to use their knowledge of capillary action to do some chromatography and they have also looked at place value to thousands.

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.

Mass Times at our local Parish – St. Cuthbert’s, Slateford

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


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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