Newsletter 5: 11th September

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 5– Friday 11th September 2020

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

Good afternoon.

Thanks for your ongoing support, please continue to contact us by telephone (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox ( if you have any questions about the school’s response to the Covid situation or anything else that you would like to ask. I hope you find the information below informative and useful.

Digital Learning in St Cuthbert’s – Twitter and Teams

Lockdown was a watershed moment for education in Scotland. Digital Learning and the benefits it brings, has become apparent to all schools. To this end, from week commencing 14th September, staff will be tweeting weekly examples of learning from their classes on the following days:

Monday  P1/P2
Tuesday  P7/LCC1/2
Wednesday  P4/P6
Thursday  P3/P5
Friday – A photo collage of Star Learners/Pupils of the Week.

Please note that only pupils, whose parents have given permission will be featured in tweets and no names will be displayed.

We are also in the process of setting  up new class Teams for 2020-21 and these will be used to share homework from week commencing 21st September.

Nursery Applications – Please See New Link Below

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 new link below to access an application form to apply for a place when the nursery opens, please select St Cuthbert’s as your first choice if you wish a place

If you are interested in applying to St Cuthbert’s only, 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 hand or post in any completed forms to our office and please feel very welcome to ask if you have any questions.

First Holy Communions Update  – Current P5 Pupils Only

Letters were sent out last week to families, of pupils who Fr Duffy currently has registered for the celebration of First Holy Communion. Please note that at this point, this refers only to those pupils who should have made their first communions in June but were prevented from doing so by lockdown. We will communicate with you re current P4 communions after Christmas.

Please note that all candidates for First Holy Communion must be baptised Catholics and 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 or  to arrange a time for this sacrament to be celebrated.

Please also contact Fr Duffy, if you expect your child to make their first communion this year but have had not had a letter confirming a date from us this week. He will discuss registration with you. We have now given out registration forms to all those who have previously expressed an interest in their child receiving this sacrament previously.

First Reconciliations – Current P4 Pupils Only Update

Parents/Carers of pupils who were in P3 last year and should have celebrated their First Reconciliation in March 2020, will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament in December: between the dates of Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th December. Parents/carers can select either a Saturday or weeknight slot by contacting Fr Duffy on on 0131 443 1317 or  to arrange a time for this sacrament to be celebrated.

Please be advised that any pupil wishing to celebrate their First Holy Communion in 2021 must have also made their First Reconciliation.

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.

Covid19 – School Cleaning Update

As well as our regular, thorough daily cleaning regime, City of Edinburgh Council has also authorised a monthly, deep clean; known as fogging or electro-static cleaning. The next round of this will be completed over the coming weekend.

Staffing Update

Congratulations to Miss Donnelly on the birth of her daughter, earlier this week. We are all really happy for her. Mum and Baby are both doing well.

Car Parking Outside School Gates

The school has been made aware that there now seems to be more cars double parking and parking / stopping on the yellow zig zags outside the school. We totally appreciate the inconvenience that our new staggered timings can cause families with children starting at different times. We would however ask that you remain mindful of the safety of our whole community in this regard. Thanks very much.

School Meals

Please remember that the deadline for ordering school lunches is a Wednesday at 12 midnight for the following Monday (eg. Wednesday 16th  September is deadline for lunches w/c Monday 21st  September).

Breakfast Club: Booking for Week Commencing 22nd September is Now Open!

Please be advised that Monday 21st September, is the Edinburgh September weekend holiday and the school week starts on Tuesday 22nd. 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 21st  September. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge. You still need to reserve a place via the admin mailbox. 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

Please see this week’s learning attached.

P1 –  Have been learning to write the letters s and d. In Maths, we are learning to continue a pattern and in HWB that life has its ups and downs and that is ok.

P2 – Have learnt the ar sound in Literacy. In Maths they have been grouping numbers in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s. In P.E. they have been learning fitness skills.

P3 –  In Art, we learned about creating tints and shades by experimenting adding a certain amount of white or black paint to another colour. In Maths, we have learned how to recognise and name common 3D objects by the description of their properties. Finally, in Health and wellbeing, P3 have been developing and practising jumping and running skills through energetic play.

P4 – P4 have been enjoying learning about coral reefs and the animals that live there. Ask your child to tell you about some interesting facts they have learned about The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. We also had fun learning dive instructions and through the medium of drama we made up some imagined underwater conversations and the rest of the class had to tell the story as it was happening.

P5 –  In Numeracy, we are learning to use our knowledge of number bonds to create new facts involving multiples of 10 and 100. We were learning to organise historical facts in time order for a timeline of the life of Mary Queen of Scots. We were learning about the importance of keeping active through Mile a Day and PE activities.

P6 –  In Numeracy, we learned how to estimate using our skills of rounding to 10, 100 and 1,000. In Social Studies we learned about the experience of passengers on board the Titanic. In Spanish with Mr.Vilanova, we learned how to count to 100, classroom vocabulary and colours. 

P7 – Have been learning to round 5/6 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We enjoyed playing “That’s my multiple!” We have been learning about rocks; we know that there are three different types of rock – Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. We wrote fact files in our writing lesson. We have been furthering our understanding of the Holy Spirit through the Pope Francis Award. We looked at our future vocations and how we might help people through our jobs.

LCC1 – Have been using visual supports to learn their friends names and take turns.

We have been recognising number patterns to 10 using Numicon

We have read the Rainbow fish and Tiddler and are making a class aquarium.

LCC2 – Have been learning how to find the area of a shape, making stained glass windows and making and using Newton discs. 

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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