Newsletter 8: 02/10/2020

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 8 – Friday 2nd October 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

It is hard to believe that we are in October already. We have made a successful return to school now for almost a term and a large part of that is down to your support and cooperation, allied to the continuing hard work of our staff team. We realise however that you will always have questions about aspects of school life or require clarification of communication. When this is the case, 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 detailed information below both informative and useful.

Digital Communication at St Cuthbert’s School

We are aware that the school now uses a number of digital platforms. Please see below a list of what we are communicating and what platforms we use to do so. This will hopefully clarify and simplify the situation:

· School Website: At the moment this is being used primarily for posting our weekly newsletter. We will also post our school Recovery and Renewal Plan on this platform by start of November for parent/carer information. We will look to develop our website more fully over the coming year. It can be accessed by searching.

· School App – This is used for sending out letters and other communications in an eco-friendly paperless way. We also post the weekly newsletter on the app. Should you require further information about downloading the app, please contact our admin mailbox.

· Twitter – We use this to share learning from each class weekly. The twitter handle is:


· Learning Journals – This is a secure password protected website. We use this for termly sharing of pupil learning in Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and HWB. We also share our end of session reports via this platform. If we wish to survey parent/carer opinion securely, we also use this platform. The same newsletter that we post on the website and app is also shared on Learning Journals. If you are not registered or require further

support using Learning Journals, please contact our DHT, Mrs Holden via the admin mailbox.

Resumption of Homework – MS Teams Login Information

As stated previously, all homework will now be set using the medium of MS Teams. It is placed on the Teams website every Friday and its completion is due on Thursdays.

We are aware of and apologise for some issues that have experience logging into Teams Accounts. Please see a list below of possible issues and actions to take if they occur;

· The way the passwords are structure can appear confusing, in terms of what is a letter and what is a number. Please try different combinations to ensure that they work. Generally speaking the passwords are alphabetic apart from one or two digits at the end.

· If you are still experiencing difficulties after having done this, your child’s password may have expired. Please contact our admin mailbox to have it re-set.

· When entering the user name, please use the user name allied to the ending as opposed to the e-mail ending of

· All of these tips and more are included in our revised log-in guide which is attached with this newsletter. We will also send out a one-off paper copy to all parents/carers on Monday.

Electrostatic Cleaning – ‘Fogging’

The next round of this deep cleaning will take place in school over this weekend.

Assisted Road Crossing Service – 7th October (a.m)

Please note that this service will not be available at the above date and time. We hope that it will be available on the afternoon of this date. The service will remain in place at all other places and times.

Flu Immunisation – Wednesday September 30th 2020

NHS Staff visited the school on the above date and the process went well. If your child has not been immunised and you want this to take place, please contact your GP.

School October Holidays – Monday 19th October to Monday 26th October 2020

Please note the above dates. Monday 26th October is an in-service day. Staff will be in on this date but pupils resume on 27th October 2020.

October Break – Scottish Government Advice

Please remember that the Scottish Government have advised against ALL overseas travel during the October holidays. If you must travel for essential reasons please be aware that the list of exempt countries may change at short notice, on public health grounds. This means you may have to isolate for fourteen days on your return.

School Photographs – Tuesday 24th November 2020

At the moment, we are hopeful that Covid restrictions compliant, individual and family photos will be able to be taken in school on the above date. More information will follow nearer the time.

New School Dinner Menus for Post October Holidays

We expect these to go live on Parent Pay at some point next week. Please note that the last date to book lunches for w/c 26th October will be Wednesday 14th October.

First Holy Communions Update – November 14th, 21st and 28th 2020

Fr Duffy will send out a letter to all involved on the first week of November which require – for track and trace purposes – details of all pupils, family members and guests that are attending each of the 3 celebrations. Father feels that sending the letter out at this time will give families more time to decide who they are inviting. Remember that due to restrictions, only 5 family members and or friends may accompany each candidate. Both candidates and guests will also be required to wear masks and socially distance. Fr Duffy will also be arranging rehearsal times within school hours.

First Reconciliations Update (Current P4 Pupils Only) – Booking Now for December 2020

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 0131 443 1317 or to arrange a time for this sacrament to be celebrated.

Father says that more parents and carers are now getting in touch to book dates. Thanks very much for this. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please try to in the coming weeks. Fr will be in school next week to speak to the pupils in this class about the Sacrament.

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

Reporting Absence (Particularly with Reference to Possible Covid Symptoms)

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.

Breakfast Club: Booking for Week Commencing 12th October is Now Open!

Breakfast Club is open daily from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times. I would appreciate it if you could email if you wish to reserve a place for week beginning 12th October. 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.

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). Our two nursery seniors have been taking part in recruitment interviews throughout this week and things are really starting to take shape. 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.

Please hand or post in any completed forms to our office and please feel very welcome to ask if you have any questions.

Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School

Please see this week’s learning below. I hope you enjoy reading it. Please also check out our school Twitter Account @stcuthbertsRCP when learning will be shared on the following days:

Monday P1/P2 Tuesday P7/LCC1/2 Wednesday P4/P6 Thursday P3/P5

P1 – We learned g and o sounds and have enjoyed Maths week using and applying our skills such as counting, measuring and shape in both indoors and outdoor contexts.

P2 – We have been focusing on the air and ir sounds in Literacy. In Maths, we have been learning to group numbers equally. In Health and Wellbeing we have been looking at resolving arguments using the ‘big deal, Little Deal’ approach.

P3 – We are learning to develop our writing skills through the Free Writing Friday activity.

(Children have also enjoyed our new Free Writing Friday activity where they can use their creativity and imagination to write and draw whatever they would like in their notebook.)

We are learning to develop our ability to recognise how to communicate with others in tricky situations by using the “big deal” and “little deal” strategies. We are learning to develop our logical thinking skills by playing strategy maths games.

P4 – This week we have been learning how to write a recollection. As part of numeracy week, we have been doing lots of number challenges and revising how to multiply a two digit number. In our topic work we worked together to make up quiz questions to reflect on our learning.

P5 – This week in Primary 5 we have been using what we have learned about poetry to write a poem for the Green Pencil Award on the theme of Nature During Lockdown. In Maths and Numeracy, we have been applying our times tables knowledge to create boardgames to help a younger class with their learning. In Art, we were learning to draw portraits of Mary Queen of Scots.

P6 – We reflected on our learning this afternoon, and chose 3 things to share in the newsletter. In Social Studies, we have been learning about the stories of the survivors of the Titanic. In Numeracy, we have been learning to use strategies for addition and subtraction.

In Maths with Mr. Vilanova we have been learning how to measure angles.

P7 – We have been learning about Mount Etna and writing newspaper reports about an eruption. We have been learning about angles outside in the playground. We made different pictures with sticks, rocks and leaves. We have been learning about illumination art in RE.

LCC1 – Practising cutting and threading to develop our fine motor skills. Adding to 10 using concrete materials. Continuing spelling CVCs words using s,a,t,p,in. Spanish: numbers to 10 and colours. Flags of the world: China and Cuba

LCC2 – This week LCC2 have been learning about interesting and ambitious vocabulary to use in their writing. They have been continuing to investigate perimeter and how to calculate it. And in science we were using capillary action to mix primary colours and get secondary colours.

Head Teacher Availability

As above, please continue to feel very welcome at any time to contact me by phone or to e-mail our admin mailbox for my attention and I will respond as quickly as I can.

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 enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher

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