Newsletter 13: 13th November

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 13 – Friday 13th November 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

Thank you for continuing to engage with the school this term. There are more important updates in this week’s newsletter. 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 (

Parent Telephone Consultations – Term 2

These are currently ongoing and seem to be working really well. Thank you very much for your co-operation. A further opportunity for consultations will take place in March. The format for these conversations will depend on the Covid situation at the time. If you have any questions about this process, please let us know.

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 posted on our platforms last week. Our twitter account @stcuthbertsrcp has more information including a lovely online tour of the school. There has been an excellent response from interested parties to enrolment week. Thank you!

School Recovery and Renewal Plan 2020-21

Schools usually produce an annual School Improvement Plan (SIP) setting out their goals for the year. Due to the current situation this year’s plan has been renamed the School Recovery and Renewal Plan. A driver diagram summarising this plan for St Cuthbert’s is now available on our website under the SQIP tab.

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’’

Unless you have a medical reason for not doing so, this guidance should be adhered to at all times. Thanks to all who have supported this request!

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 was in school this week supporting our class. She will be in school again next week and will be timetable across classes on the basis of need. We have really appreciated her support.

Catholic Education Week

This is usually marked for one week in the time between St Margaret’s Day (16th November) and St Andrew’s Day (30th November). Pupils and staff from St Cuthbert’s and our local Catholic High School; St Augustine’s usually attend Mass at the end of the chosen week and distribute information about our schools. This year we are unable to do this but we have shared information about our school’s commitment to Catholic Education with St Cuthbert’s Parish that they will include with their Parish newsletter for Sunday 22nd November.

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 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.

School Photographs – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – Cancelled

As per information posted on the app and learning journals and in this newsletter last 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.

Christmas Arrangements at St Cuthbert’s

Despite the unique circumstances we hope to make Christmas at St Cuthbert’s as enjoyable for our pupils as we possibly can. Look out for more details of our plans in the next few weeks…

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

Our first celebration of the sacrament will take place tomorrow at 10am Mass. The pupils have all worked extremely hard and have been well prepared by parents and the school. It should be a great occasion. Look out for photos on our school Twitter Page. Pupils in Group 2 (21st November) and Group 3 (28th November) have now all received 2 letters this week:

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

2. The second letter asked 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. Finally, a big thanks to Mrs Banks for her preparation of the pupils in school and to you for your support at home.

First Reconciliations Update (Current P4 Pupils Only) – 5-12th 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. Well 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.

St Cuthbert’s Primary School Nursery Update

Progress in St. Cuthbert’ Primary School Nursery continues. One of our two Early Years Officers, Caroline Munro joined us and has been busy setting up the playroom and garden. On Monday 4 more new staff members join the team and will be spending some time familiarising themselves with both the nursey and school. 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.

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 – In Literacy we have been learning the sounds l and h. We are learning to read and spell three letter words. We have been collecting information and making pictograms in Maths. Interpreting them is next! We have listened to the Christmas story and are excited to make a start on our Nativity week!

P2 – Numeracy : This week P2 have been working on their counting on and counting down strategies as well as numeral recognition with playing cards. Literacy: P2 has been revising sounds that have been covered in previous weeks spelling these words and including some of them into a sentence. HWB: P2 have continued with Basketball, moving on from dribbling last week the focus was on two types of passing; chest pass and bounce pass.

P3 – In our social studies topic, we have been identifying types of houses. P3 will be using the storyline approach to learn about this topic. This week we created characters for our made up families. In literacy we have created a comic strip to retell the Brave Mice story that we have been reading. We also had a drama activity where we re-enacted the story. We have also been working hard on owning our own learning by taking time each day to reflect on what has been learned and identify strengths and next steps.

P4 – This week in P4 we have been learning how to add and subtract money to work out change given. In our written work we have enjoyed learning about alliteration and making lots of silly sentences. In PE we have been practising our catching and throwing skills.

P5 – In Maths and Numeracy, we are beginning to learn how to find fractions of a whole number. We have been learning how to express our emotions in Spanish and we are now using this for our morning check-in. In Literacy, we have been learning how to use speech marks for direct speech. Good luck to our First Communicants on Saturday!

P6 – -In Social Studies, we have been learning about tornadoes. In Literacy, we have been learning how to write a narrative story. In Maths with Mr. Vilanova, we have been learning about compass points and directions.

P7 – In Maths, we were learning to add and subtract fractions with different denominators. In Social Studies and Literacy, we had a focus on Remembrance Day: as part of the WW2 topic, we have created black out poems based on the war. We also engaged with a live event with the Museum of Flight where we learned about WW2 personal and the job of the RAF pilots.

LCC1 – In maths we have been playing games to learn turn taking skills, we have been ordering numbers using numicon and have continued working on 2D shapes. In Literacy, we have doing reading comprehension, handwriting, tricky word treasure hunt and word boost. In topic we have been learning about the sense of sight we made kaleidoscopes and using magnifying glasses.

LCC2 – This week in science, LCC2 were looking at the affect air bubbles have on objects, making raisins dance in a glass and lava lamps. In Maths we were creating tessellating and symmetrical patterns using 2D shapes, which were very colourful. We came up with our own fantastic drinks with special powers to compete with The BFG’s frobscottle.

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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