Newsletter 16: 3rd December

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 16 – Friday 4th December 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

We are very grateful to you for taking the time to read this information. As always let us know if you have any questions about the contents. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (

Incidences of Severe Weather – Communication

We are now entering into the winter period when severe weather is a possibility. Please check the school website and apps for information re any effect this may have on school life. It is also worth checking City of Edinburgh Council’s website and Social Media as well as Radio Forth. You will always be contacted if there is a school closure decision relating to bad weather.

Contact Details

In light of the above information, the school is able to communicate with you via the school app, website and Learning Journals but there may be times when we also need to text or e-mail you. Please ensure that the school has your up to date mobile phone and e-mail details. Thanks for your support!

Support for Learning Teacher Consultations

Please note that these will take place sometime in late December. Depending on uptake of requests some calls may need to be made in early January. A letter was sent out this week. Thanks to those who have returned them. Please also indicate if you require an interpreter.

Christmas Arrangements at St Cuthbert’s (Lunch/Jumper/Pantomime/Parties)

· Christmas Jersey and Lunch Day – 10th December 2020 (order deadline for lunches was 2nd December as previously advertised)

· Pantomime: The school has purchased a pupil friendly online pantomime: Cinderella, which will be shown to classes on 16th and 17th December. It will also be available on demand for classes to watch after this date.

· Parties: These will take place on the following days/times

· P1 – Tuesday 22nd December (please note that this is a change from date advertised last week)

· P2 – Thursday 17th December

· P3 – Friday 18th December

· P4 – Monday 14th December

· P5 – Tuesday 15th December

· P6 – Wednesday 16th December

· P7 – Thursday 17th December

As with P.E, we have no changing facilities available currently in school, so pupils who wish to wear party clothes should come to school dressed for the party on their class’s nominated day.

Message from Active Schools Coordinator – Fiona Damen

As you have seen from the great tweets last week, I have been in school delivering lots of fun physical activities and games to P1-7. The pupils have been learning new ball skills such as throwing catching and how to pass and score ! They have also learnt hockey skills and fun movement games. The pupils have worked very hard and great to see them develop so well in my sessions! We do hope to offer after school clubs after Feb week and this is a great way to keep the pupils active and healthy until then,

Have a lovely Christmas and keep healthy and active

Fiona Damen

Active Schools St Augustine’s Cluster

CHAS Festive Friday – 11th December

On Friday 11th December, the whole school will take part in a fun, festive charity run in aid of CHAS. CHAS is a Scottish charity who cares for children throughout the country. CHAS care for the whole family, whether they’re at home, in hospital, or visiting at Rachel or Robin House. As a result of COVID-19, CHAS hasn’t been able to fundraise to the same extent to help children all over Scotland. We, at St Cuthbert’s, are going to take part in the Daily Mile but with a festive twist! All children will make a reindeer headband in class and we hope that with your help, we can raise some money to help CHAS continue their dedicated work. Please bring in a donation on Friday 11th December; big or small – every little helps! Please note that while all will take part, no one is obliged to donate (we know how tight money can be at this time of year.)

Online Children’s Liturgy

For those of you unable to attend Mass at the moment, Cafod, are supplying online children’s liturgy sessions for the season of Advent and beyond, via the link below.

First Holy Communions – Now Complete

Our final First Communions of this session took place on Saturday. Although, the celebrations could not take the exact form we might have wanted, due to Covid, each of the celebrations were lovely occasions. A massive thanks to all pupils, parents, staff and clergy involved, especially Fr Duffy!

First Reconciliations Update (Current P4 Pupils Only) – Deadline: 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

Our parents will be receiving an offer letter as well as information on start dates and how the nursery will operate next year. These will be posted early next week. St Cuthbert’s nursery still has some additional places to offer if any of our parents/carers need places, they can get in touch with the school.

Dog Fouling – Street Bordering Infant Entrance

Thanks to those parents who have raised their concerns about this. We have raised our concerns with our local councillor.

Parking and Social Distancing outside the School

Please note that face masks should be worn outside the school gates when dropping off or collecting pupils (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so). Thanks for your ongoing support with this. We have had some complaints from local residents re double parking in the mornings, please ensure that correct parking procedures are followed. Thanks as always for your cooperation.

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 the 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 – This week we have made a good start reading and spelling 1.5 words. We have enjoyed learning the y and w sounds. We are learning to recognise coins and their values. This week’s dinosaur helper is Stickasaur, he doesn’t give up when he finds something tricky and neither do we now!

P2 – In Maths, we have been skip counting in 10s. In literacy, we have been learning the ‘aw’ sound. In drama and science, we have been exploring the lives of arctic animals.

P3 – This week, P3 have been learning traditional Scottish dancing. In Literacy we have been learning how to add lists to our writing. In RE we have been learning about advent and the different symbols. We also created a Kindness Advent Calendar for the class. We open a window every day and read out a kindness that is our focus for the day.

P4 – In Writing, P4 have been continuing to build on their knowledge of alliteration and similes and have been practising using them in their writing. In Maths, they have been continuing to work with money, using addition and subtraction strategies. This week they have also been learning about St. Andrew and how he became the Patron Saint of Scotland.

P5 – In Science, we have been learning about the different parts of the eye, and how our eyes work. In Maths we have been learning how to estimate and measure a range of objects in the classroom and record their measurements using metres, centimetres and millimetres. As part of our RE lessons, we have been learning about Advent wreaths and what they represent for each Sunday during Advent.

P6 – In Literacy, we have been learning to write a non-chronological report. We have been writing our reports about animals living in Antarctica. In Maths with Mr. Vilanova, we have been learning how to use co-ordinates. In P.E, we have been learning how to dribble and to participate in a small-sided match in Hockey.

P7 – We have been learning to write letters from the front line in writing lessons.

We have been learning to multiply and divide decimals in Numeracy.

We have been learning to plot specific points using coordinates. (With Mr Vilanova)

LCC1 – This week In LCC1 literacy has been based by our ‘story book’ advent calendar. Each day a child unwraps a book linked to Christmas and we have linked it to our writing tasks and role play corner. We have been learning the names of Mary and Joseph and their part in the Nativity Story. In maths we have continued adding numbers to 10 and learning to identify 3D shapes.

LCC2 – LCC2 have been learning about fractions and finding equivalent fractions. In literacy we answered questions about a short animation and are going to write the continuation of the story next week. In science we made electrical circuits with lights and drew diagrams of the circuits.

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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