Newsletter 11: 30th October

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 11 – Friday 30th October 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

I hope you and your families enjoyed the October break. Please read the information below and as always let us know if you have any questions about the coming term. (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (

Term 2 Dates – 2020

School resumed for pupils Tuesday 27th October. Final day of term is Tuesday 22nd December.

Uniform Relaunch – Thank You!

Thanks very much to all of our families for supporting the return to uniform. The pupils have looked so smart this week. Please note that parts of the uniform that include school branding can be ordered via Borders Embroidery. See link below

Border Embroideries –

Other parts of the uniform can be purchased from local supermarkets and clothing shops. When the current situation changes, we hope to reinstate our uniform thrift shop established by our parents last year. We will let you know as soon as this is possible. In the meantime, please contact the school office if you require an item of clothing from the thrift shop, we would be very happy to help and there will be no charge.

We would also welcome any contributions of items of uniform, you no longer require, to boost our stock of available items for this service. Covid guidelines will be followed before these items are made available.

Please note that uniform does not need to be worn on P.E. days.

P1 (Thurs) P2 (Mon) P3 (Mon and Thurs) P4 (Monday and Tuesday ) P5 (Mon and Thurs) P6 (Mon and Wed) P7 Friday (Mon and Wed).

Parent Telephone Consultations – Term 2

As stated previously, we are not able to have our usual face to face parent consultations this term and are planning to offer 5 minute telephone consultations per pupil instead.

MS Forms have now been placed on all class pages within the Learning Journals platforms. These forms offer time slots for you to book a call with your child’s teacher(s). Thanks to all those who have signed up for Learning Journals recently. If you still need to do so, please contact Mrs Holden, our DHT via the admin mailbox. Please also make us aware via telephone or the admin mailbox if you require an interpreter for your call. The dates and times of calls requiring interpreters may need to be changed in order to accommodate the availability of translation services.

Sharing Learning via Learning Journals – To be Published 11th December 2020

Parents/carers will be able to access an observation of their child’s learning with regard to the 3 main curricular areas of Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and Health and Wellbeing on the above date. Again, this will be shared securely via Learning Journals.

Closing the Gap Teacher: 23rd November to 22nd December 2020

City of Edinburgh Council have allocated our school a ‘Closing the Gap’ teacher, who will be with us on the above dates to provide additional support to all of our classes.

Active Schools Co-ordinator in School from w/c 2nd November 2020

Fiona Damen, our active school coordinator has been seconded to our school on what will now be a one in three weekly basis, starting from the above date. She will be working with all of our classes on outdoor games and activities during the school day to complement our existing P.E. Provision. We look forward to welcoming her next week.

P1 2021 Enrolment Week – w/c 9th November 2020

All applications for August 2021 must be submitted online at

Parents should upload photos/scans of the following

(1) Birth Certificate

(2) Council Tax form for 2020/21 (or 2 proofs of address if they are not eligible to pay Council Tax)

(3) Baptismal Certificate for RC Schools

Once you have completed the enrolment form and the requested scans have been uploaded please click SUBMIT – only then will you have actually applied.

The enrolment form will be available online from week commencing 2nd November.

Nursery Applications – Important Update re Opening Date

We are pleased to announce St Cuthbert’s Primary School Nursery will be opening its doors on Wednesday 6th January 2021 for children aged 3-5 years. If you would like a place for your child in the nursery please go to the City of Edinburgh Council website to download an application form.

Nursery Places are allocated in accordance with the City of Edinburgh Council Admission policy so a place at St Cuthbert’s is not guaranteed. Please follow the link below for further information;

We will share more information, such as the proposed patterns of attendance in next week’s newsletter.

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. A letter will be sent out on Monday giving further details.

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

Fr Duffy will send letters out to parents/carers of candidates from Group 1 (those making their First Holy Communions on 14th November) on Monday.

1. The first will provide practical details of arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion, including health and safety protocols.

2. The second letter will ask for details of guests (all candidates are entitled to have 5 guests attend, this includes friends and family) for track and trace purposes.

Please note that all pupils involved will make a supervised visit to the church next week for a short practice with Fr Duffy. Letters for other groups will follow on a rolling basis on the following two Mondays.

First Reconciliations Update (Current P4 Pupils Only) – Please Book 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. Over 50% of parents/carers have now contacted Fr Duffy. Thanks for this, please do so in the coming weeks, if you haven’t had the chance to do so already.

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

Return of Hot School Dinners

The introduction of hot food has gone really well this week. Big thanks to Nicola and our kitchen staff and to our own staff for supporting this change efficiently. We are aware that there has been issues with the parent pay system, as mentioned in our previous newsletter, please use the contact details on their system to resolve any issues.

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.

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 – Literacy- we have been revising the sounds and words we have learned so far. Maths- we are learning the names of some 3D shapes, we had fun printing with them and building with them. We are having a ‘Fun Friday’ for Hallowe’en with spooky stories and art and craft!

P2 – In literacy, we have been learning the ou sound. In Maths we have been learning number bonds to 10 and number sequencing. In health and wellbeing we have learnt about protecting the local environment.

P3 – In Maths Primary 3 have been learning to create simple patterns using natural resources. In Numeracy we have been using an ICT game to test our understanding of number bonds between 0-100. This week in RME we have been learning about the meaning of prayers and started learning “Our Father” by heart.

P4 – In literacy we have been learning to answer literal reading comprehension questions. In Maths, we have been learning about right angles. In R.E, we have been learning about the message of God’s love for all nations expressed in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

P5 – This week in Maths and Numeracy, we were learning how to use what we know about magic number squares to solve problems. In Literacy, we were learning about personal writing and how to include our thoughts and feelings. In RE we were discussing what we know about the saints, and we are trying to find out if there is a saint with the same name as us.

P6 – In Numeracy we have been learning how to use long multiplication to solve calculations with 2-digits. In Literacy we have been learning how to describe a setting. We used similes and metaphors to create atmosphere in our writing. In R.E we have been learning about All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.

P7 – In Maths, using the chunking method to divide larger numbers. In Social Studies, ordering the most significant events from WW2 into a timeline. Use the ‘keep connected’ tool to maintain healthy friendships.

LCC1 – LCC1 have been developing their comprehension skills by answering questions linked to short descriptive sentences. In Maths they have been using dice patterns to support addition and have continued identifying 2D shapes by counting sides and corners

They are continuing to learn numbers and colours in Spanish and enjoyed making 3D cardboard bats that hang upside down on their own branches.

LCC2 – have been increasing their use of vocabulary through word boost and trying to use their wordboost words in their writing. They wrote diary entries about their October Break

In maths they are continuing to learn the 4 timetable and have been dividing using the 2, 5 and 10 timetables In Science they started a topic about the human body and have learned about the different parts of the ear.

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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