Newsletter 20: 15th January 2021

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 20 – Friday 15th January 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Please see this week’s newsletter below which seeks to share as much information as we can with you on a weekly basis. As always, please let us know if you have any questions about the contents or any other school related matter. Please never hesitate to do this, we, like you, appreciate the huge importance of communication, especially in the current circumstances. 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

Important Dates This Term – Re Digital Learning, Return to School etc

There has been such a welter of ever changing information over the last few weeks, that I thought it worth clarifying the basic information:

· School buildings are closed to all but those children who meet the Scottish Government definitions of Key Workers’ children or pupils deemed to be vulnerable until 1st February. Learning is to be provided digitally for the majority of pupils who are not attending schools in person during this time.

· This decision and the date of possible re-opening will be reviewed by the Scottish Government on 18th January.

Digital Learning – Your Views and Update

The establishment of our digital learning provision appears to have gone comparatively smoothly (apart from the Scotland wide glitch on Monday). As with all our endeavours, we will continually seek to improve as the days and weeks proceed.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions re our Digital Learning, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or e-mail. If school closures continue into February, we will send a formal survey to parents.

City of Edinburgh Council have informed us that our probationer teachers require non-teaching time over the course of each week during lockdown. Please note therefore, that Mr Vilanova will (in consultation with Mr Silver and Miss Delaney) provide learning on

Teams for P2 on a Tuesday and P6 on a Friday. Both teachers will make pupils aware of this change.

Please note that in addition to the daily video team meetings in P1 and P7 advertised last week, that other classes will now be introducing these calls. P6 will meet daily at 9.30am and P3 weekly on a Friday at 11am. Other teachers will provide audio welcomes to their class. All of our teaching staff are working extremely hard to make learning as interactive as possible.

LCC Opening During Lockdown

Please note that our Language and Communication class, will remain open to pupils on a limited basis, in accordance with City of Edinburgh Council advice during lockdown. The reason for this is that LCC is a specialist provision and operates under separate rules and guidance to mainstream schools.

School Twitter Account @StCuthbertsRCP

Please note that our twitter feed will continue to be active during the current lockdown period. One of the things we will be able to use it for is to share technical advice. Today, for example we have shared an excellent interactive guide to using Teams. Please continue to follow us or sign up to do so, if you haven’t already!

Absence from Digital Learning and School

Please note that the expectation from City of Edinburgh Council, is that pupils should take part in daily digital learning from home or within the school hub, if they have been allocated a place. If your child is unwell and cannot engage with digital learning at home or within the school hub, please contact us, as we have been asked to record such absences by City of Edinburgh Council, just as we would do if someone is absent in normal circumstances.

Support for Learning Teacher Consultation Calls – Tuesday 19th January

Mrs McLeish began to work through her consultation calls that were postponed last term on Wednesday. Feedback on these conversations was very positive. She will continue with the remaining consultation calls she was unable to make last term starting on the morning of Tuesday 19th January 2021.

Stationery Resources – Available at School Gate on Tuesday 26th January

We had an enthusiastic uptake of our small resource packs on Tuesday. Thank you! We hope you find them useful. We will make similar resources available on a fortnightly basis. See next date above. Please ensure that social distance is maintained when these are collected and that if you have already collected a pack, please do not collect a new one until your existing resources have been used.

Nursery Update

Home learning packs will be shared with families next week as will our plans for digital learning within nursery. Please continue to contact us via school telephone number or dedicated nursery e-mail address (see above), if you have any questions.

SCIAF Fundraising

Congratulations to P5 and Mrs Banks for their great fundraising in aid of the SCIAF Christmas Water Appeal. Despite the challenges of the last term, P5 still managed to think of others less fortunate and take time to raise some money to help break the cycle of poverty. SCIAF acknowledged receipt of the £37 raised by letter this week.

Dog Fouling on Street Outside Infant Entrance

The text below is from the response we received from one of local councillors re the above concern raised by the school at request of parents.

“…The department have advised this area is regularly patrolled by Street Enforcement Officers and any person found failing to pick up after their dog is issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80, raised to £100 if unpaid within 28 days. We intend to continue with our patrols in the area to effectively deal with any offenders. It would be helpful should anyone wishing to complain about dog fouling can provide any additional information of when offences are taking place so that the Street Enforcement Officers can target their resources appropriately.’’

Mass During Lockdown – St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Please continue to check the Parish website for details. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

We also note and mourn the passing of Archbishop Tartaglia, Bishop President for Catholic Education in Scotland. He was an active supporter and friend of Catholic schools – Requiescat in Pace.

Thanks once again for your support through the beginning of another period of online learning. The newsletter will continue to be issued on a weekly basis. Please continue to contact us, if you have any questions.

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

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