Newsletter 18: 18th December

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 18 – Friday 18th December 2020

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

Good afternoon all,

Welcome to the final newsletter of the year. It has certainly been an eventful one. Thank you for your positivity and support throughout. Please see a short newsletter below. 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 (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at : stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Covid Communications and Incidences this Week – Thank You!

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 covid events. I really appreciate your understanding and the kindness you have shown towards myself and our staff, when we have been in communication with you!

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. Details of finishing times on the final day shared last week have been adjusted to try and make them more convenient for parents and carers, whilst still keeping to staggered times under covid guidelines.

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

P1 – 11.50am P3 – 12pm P4 – 12.05pm P5 – 12pm P7 12.05pm

LCC1 and LCC2- 12pm

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 now have received both a paper and electronic welcome pack with all the necessary information required for starting nursery.

We still have some places available. If you would like to apply for these, please download an application form from the City of Edinburgh Council website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12890/apply-for-nursery. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

P1 Online Nativity – 2020

Mrs Mulvagh returned to school this week and has been working very hard with the children to create an online Nativity. This will become available to view on Monday 21st December. Mrs Mulvagh will share details re how to access the performance with parents/carers.

School Lunches w/c 4th January 2021

If you haven’t already ordered a lunch for your child, please remember to send them with a packed lunch from home.

Support for Learning Teacher Consultations – Calls Scheduled for Wednesday 16th December

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, calls for this date had to be rescheduled. Rescheduled times to be confirmed.

Christmas Pantomime and Parties – P2, P6 and P7

· Pantomime: The school purchased a pupil friendly online pantomime: Cinderella, which was shown to some classes on 16th and 17th December. It will be available to us on demand from 6th January and all pupils who missed it will be shown it then. We will also ensure that any classes (P2, P6 and P7) who missed their Christmas parties will receive the refreshments they would have enjoyed at the party when they watch the pantomime.

· Parties: The remaining party is: P1 – Tuesday 22nd 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.

Reporting Absence (Particularly with Reference to Possible Covid Symptoms) Next Term

Thank you for the sensible approach you have taken to gauging when children are not well enough to attend school. In the current circumstances of an ongoing pandemic, we need to remain vigilant, cautious and follow the appropriate guidelines. We very much appreciate that our parents and carers have been and 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 (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk) or confirmed to us by telephone.

If a test is positive, pupils must follow the isolation guidance given and not return to school until this is complete and they have been free of fever for 48 hours. Siblings and families of those pupils testing positive must now isolate for 10 days. If they become symptomatic, they too should get tested.

Online Christmas Mass

Fr Duffy, Fr Martens and parishioners from our two parishes; St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s have put together an online Mass, which will become available on the parish website from 9pm on Christmas Eve. There will be no Masses in either church on Christmas Day.

Places at other Masses over the festive period can be booked online (see parish website again)

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Christmas and all the Best for New Year 2021

Thanks once again for your support throughout a historically challenging year. We look forward to welcoming all of our classes back on Wednesday 6th January 2021 !

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

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