Newsletter 12: 6th November

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 12 – Friday 6th November 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter concerning the life and learning of the school community. We are very grateful for you taking the time to read this information. As always let us know if you have any questions about the coming term. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (

Uniform Relaunch – Thank You!

Thanks for continuing to support our return to uniform. Although we can’t run our uniform thrift shop at the moment, we are still able to supply items of uniform free of charge on request. We would also still 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 (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.

As you know MS Forms didn’t quite work for us as a booking tool, thanks for your patience and for returning the paper tear off slips, requesting a time window for a call, we hope these calls are informative and useful. 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.

Scottish Government Guidance re Facemasks in Relation to Parents and Carers

Please see quote below from recent advice:

‘’Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up’’

School milk is available for payment on ParentPay – Deadline 12th November 2020

If you missed the original deadline and would like your child to have milk in school daily from 16th November until 25th June 2021, please order and pay for this through your ParentPay account. The cost is £22.61 (17p per 200ml tetrapak). Please note the deadline for ordering is 12th November 2020.

Late Arrivals

We very much appreciate the challenges presented by our staggered timings but have noticed a slight upturn in late arrivals within specific class groupings. Late arrivals, whilst occasionally unavoidable can be disruptive if they occur on a regular basis. Thanks for your cooperation.

Book Week Scotland 16th to 20th November 2020

During the week, 16th – 20th November, the school will be celebrating Book Week. As part of the celebrations, P1-P3 will receive a bag with new books and reading resources to use at home and share with their families. There will be lots of engaging activities happening in school during the week, including an opportunity to dress up as your favourite character on Friday 20th November; all pupils can come to school dressed as characters from their favourite book. Look out on our Twitter page for photos of Book Week!

EAL Teaching Support: 2 Week Block from 9th to 20th November

Samina Mushtaq, our EAL Support Teacher will be in school for the above duration of time. She will be timetable across classes on the basis of need.

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: Next in School w/c 16th November

Fiona Damen, our active school coordinator has been in school this week working with our classes. This has been a great success with our pupils thoroughly enjoying the games and activities. Fiona will next be in school, week commencing 16th November.

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

If your child’s date of birth is between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017, they are due to start Primary 1 in August 2021. Please register them online by 13th November 2020 using the link below. Please enter both your catchment area school and your school of choice, if this differs on the form. Thank you.

If English is an Additional Language for your family, please let us know if you would like any help completing this form. Please also see associated information in languages other than English.

ECO Flag

Our previous Eco Flag was a victim of the climate but we have managed to replace it with a brand new flag! Thanks to Miss Pusker and her Eco Team for her work helping us secure this replacement flag and furthering the promotion of Eco awareness throughout the school.

Nursery Applications – Important Update re Opening Date

As stated last week, the nursery will now open in January 2021, timings and attendance patterns are still under review with City of Edinburgh Council. We will share this information with you as soon as we have it confirmed.

School Photographs – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – Cancelled

As per information posted on the app and learning journals this week, now that Edinburgh/Lothian is in tier 3, we and other schools have been advised that we are no longer permitted to have school photographs taken. Please accept our apologies for this unforeseen change.

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

Two Letters have been sent out this week to pupils in Group 1, that is pupils who will be making their first holy communion on Saturday 14th November. Letters for parents/carers of those in Groups 2 (making communion on 21st November) and 3 (28th November) will follow shortly.

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

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

Please return the track and trace letter to school in the first instance, we will pass them on to Fr Duffy securely.

All candidates had a practice in the church itself on Thursday. This went extremely well.

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.

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.


The Scottish Government is consulting on Free Bus Travel for Under 19s and intends to launch a new statutory national concessionary travel scheme for young people living in Scotland up to their 19th birthday.

It is anticipated that legislation would be go to the Scottish Parliament in early 2021 and come into effect later in the year.

The consultation period ends on 7th December 2020 and more information on the proposals can be found here:—final-consultation-pdf-version—23-october-2020.pdf

You can take part in the online consultation here:

If you are unable to respond using their consultation hub, please complete the Respondent Information Form and return to via e-mail to

The form can also be downloaded, printed in pdf format and completed in writing and mailed to:

Under 19 Consultation Bus,

Accessibility and Active Travel,

Transport Scotland,

Buchanan House,


Family Support Services Survey

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership is looking to gather the views and voices of parents and carers about how their families are being supported during the initial and ongoing COVID-19 lockdown period. By completing this survey you will be helping us to better understand how we can continue to serve the needs of families in these difficult times and influence the design and shape of Family Support Services across the city. We would be very grateful if you could complete the survey before Friday the 20th of November.

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 – In Literacy we have learned to recognise and write f and e and we are progressing well with reading and spelling three letter words.

In Maths we have enjoyed another week of 3D Shape and learning a few of their properties.

In PE we have been learning throwing and catching skills and how to hit a target.

Please look out for our new look, more interactive homework this week; go to assignments in Teams and open the PDF in resources!

P2 – Math’s: Continuing to use the counting on strategy as well as revising arrays. Literacy: we have been looking at and spelling words with the sounds ‘oy’ ‘igh’ ‘ay’ and ‘ir’. HWB: We have been focusing on Basketball in PE and dribbling with both hands.

P3 – In Health and Well-being, we have been learning about why it is important to be a good friend. In Maths we have been using bar modelling to solve word problems. In Literacy, Primary 3 have been developing their critical thinking, questioning, and reasoning through “The Brave Mice” story.

P4 – This week in P4 we have been learning about similes and thinking about how we can use them in our writing. In Maths and Numeracy we have been applying our learning to solve problems involving money. We also had the opportunity to work with Fiona Damen our active schools co-ordinator doing lots of outdoor games.

P5 – This week in our learning we have been learning about bar models in our Barvember daily problem solving activities. We are learning about the features of biographies in our writing. We have been learning how to use pastels to create the effect of fireworks in the night sky.

P6 – In Numeracy, we have been learning how to use our knowledge of multiplication to help us to divide. In Literacy, we have been learning to spell words with a silent letter ‘b’, and to use interesting sentence openers in our writing. In R.E, we have been learning about the life of Saint Columba and about the significance of illuminated manuscripts.

P7 – P7 have been learning: how to find equivalent fractions and find common multiples in order to change denominators in Numeracy. In Literacy, they have been learning to write narrative poetry about WW2. In Social Studies we have learnt about the history surrounding the Gunpowder Plot and its links with the history of Christianity in the UK. We then created firework artwork with the Edinburgh skyline.

LCC1 – In literacy this week we started writing our weekend news and started block 1 of Word boost. We have been on a tricky word treasure hunt and have continued developing our comprehension and sequencing skills. Some of the children are learning to spell their name. In Numeracy with have been recognising number patterns using numicon and the characteristics of 2D shapes We started our topic on our 5 senses and all children can name a smell & sound they ‘like’ and ‘don’t like’.

LCC2 – Are enjoying their new class novel the BFG and have started inventing gobblefunk words. They have used musical instruments to explore sound waves and vibrations. They continue to work on finding the perimeter of a shape and the 4 times tables. The class have enjoyed their socially distance PE sessions and are focusing on stretching and balancing.

The class started a new Social Thinking topic on Inside Thoughts and Outside words

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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