Newsletter 17: 11th December

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 17– Friday 11th 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 week’s 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 (

Covid Communications and Incidences

Thanks to each and every one of you for the calm and supportive attitude which you have displayed in the light of this week’s events. Thanks also for your positive feedback in relation to our communications. Please as always do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Contact details are above.

Final Day of Term Finishing Times – Tuesday 22nd December

The Scottish Government have confirmed that pupils will be in school on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December. A letter from City of Edinburgh Council confirming this will be sent out to all parents/carers today.

Finishing times on the last day (22.12.20) as follows:

P1 – 11.50am     P2  12.05pm    P3 – 12pm    P4 – 12.10pm   P5 – 12pm   P6 – 12.05pm

P7 12.10pm

Learning Journals – Sharing the Learning – Friday 11th December

Please note that this terms observations of learning in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing will be live on learning journals by close of play today. We now have a 98% sign up for Learning Journals which is brilliant. Thanks to Mrs Holden for taking this forward and to all of you for your support and cooperation. If you have any problems accessing this information please let us know.

School Lunches w/c 4th January 2021

If you wish your child to have school lunches on the first week of term (children return on Wednesday 6th January) please note these MUST be ordered  NO LATER than Wednesday 16th December 2020.


Please note that there will be no homework next week, as this is the last full week of term. We will advise when homework resumes.

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 next week and letters have been sent to confirm time slots. Thanks to those who have returned the slips. If your slip came in past the deadline of last Friday and you have not received a confirmed date/time, we may have to call you in early January.

Christmas Arrangements at St Cuthbert’s (Lunch/Jumper/Pantomime/Parties)Christmas Jersey and Lunch Day – 10th December 2020 went really well. It was nice to see a bit of normal Christmas in the school! Thanks to Nicola and her kitchen team for the delicious lunch they created under challenging circumstances.

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.

CHAS Festive Friday – 11th December

Thanks to all those who took part and to Miss Munro for organising. Your enthusiasm and commitment made light of the bad weather. Thanks to all who donated and to all who took part too. A very creditable £220 was raised. Thank you!

St Cuthbert’s Primary School Nursery Update – January 2020 Opening

The entire nursery team are looking forward to welcoming our first nursery children on Wednesday the 6th of January.  Parents who have accepted a place should expect welcome pack next week with all the information required for starting nursery. There are still places available. If you would like to apply please download an application form from the City of Edinburgh Council website:

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 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: up to and including 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.

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 any 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 – P1 have been learning the x and y sound and using the context of the nativity to learn how to sequence a story in literacy. In maths they have been learning how to find missing numbers up to 20. In P.E they have been learning some basic yoga skills.

P2 – The learning that P2 have been doing from home has been; Literacy: We are revising how to spell igh, ow, ee and air word. Numeracy: We are learning to sequence pattern and play addition and subtraction games. HWB: We learnt to stay active during lockdown and identify what we are grateful for in our lives. 

P3 – In Health and Wellbeing, P3 have been learning about being unique. We carried out different activities that helped us recognise what makes us special. In Spanish we have been learning the days of the week with a help of a song. In Literacy we have been working on our informative writing skills by creating fact files about reindeers. 

P4 –    This week in P4 we have been revising our spelling patterns from this block and we have enjoyed rewriting our own version of ‘The twelve Days of Christmas’ using alliteration. Our maths work has also included a Christmas theme which has involved lots of discussion, problem solving and application. 

P5 – This week in Primary 5, in Numeracy we have been learning to use what we know about the four operations to solve some Christmas puzzles. We have designed logos for the eco competition and we also worked as a whole class to write an eco code. In RE, we are continuing to learn about Advent. We know that next Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, and that the pink candle on the Advent wreath will be lit. We learned that Gaudete means rejoice.

P6 – In Social Studies we have been learning about explorers who travelled to Antarctica as well as researchers working there today. We have been learning to write diary entries from their perspective. In Numeracy we have been learning to find the fraction of an amount. In RE we have been preparing for Christmas by learning about Advent each morning. 

P7 – P7 have been learning to add and subtract decimals in numeracy lessons, to work together as a team to design and create bridges as part of the STEM event run by Edinburgh College. Finally, we have been learning about propaganda in WW2. We created propaganda posters relating to rationing, weaponry and the Women’s Land Army.

LCC1 –  Literacy continues to be based round our book calendar, this week, we have explored rhyme through the Stick Man and The Gruffalos child. In maths we have been identifying number patterns to 10 using numicon and adding numbers to 10 using concrete materials. We have developed at sensory Christmas art display of the Nativity

LCC2 –  In LCC2 this week we planned out a story about a snowman coming to life and chose some interesting vocabulary  to use in our stories. In maths we were using concrete objects to help us find different fractions of a quantity. We also created a couple of different dodgeball and throwing games to play with different balls and shuttlecocks. 

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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