Newsletter 25– Friday 26th February 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 25– Friday 26th February 2021

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

Good afternoon,

This was an historic week for St Cuthbert’s school, with the opening of our new nursery. It was also great to see the return of our P1-3 pupils. We hope it’s not too long until our other classes return. Thanks for reading this week’s update. As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. 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

Parents Consultations This Term via MS Teams

Parents/carers of pupils in P1-3 will receive a paper letter in reference to these consultations early next week, whilst letters for parents/carers of pupils in P4-7 classes will be shared via Learning Journals. Please follow the instructions on this letter to make us aware of the days and times that suit you best. Once you have indicated your preference, our teachers will then contact you via your child’s Teams account to invite you to the meeting.

P4-7 Daily Live Meetings

Please note that all classes will now be invited to take part in a daily video call. The purpose of these is to support pupil Health and Wellbeing and also to give pupils the chance to ask questions about that day’s work. Timings are as follows:

P4- 10.15am, P5 – 10am, P6 – 9.30am and P7 9.15am.

Return to School Update

The official advice in relation to P4-7 remains that a return to school for these classes is under review by the Scottish Government but that this will take place no earlier than 15th March. We will update you as soon as we have any further information to share.

It has been a really positive return for our P1-3 classes, all of whom have settled in really well again to school.

Timings for the P1-3 school day will continue as follows:

  • P1 – start time 8.45am, day ends at 2.50pm (12.10pm on a Friday)
  • P2 – start time 9am, day ends at 3.05pm (12.25pm on a Friday)
  • P3 – start time 8.55am, day ends at 3.20pm (12.30pm on a Friday)

Please continue to maintain social distancing and wear face masks at all times in and around the environs of the school.

BOOKING SCHOOL LUNCHES – P1 – P3

Please remember that bookings must be made on a Wednesday night for the following Monday from now on.  If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home.

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Please also remember that if you child is in the school hub you can either order lunch online or send your child with a packed lunch from home.

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 4th March.

P1-3

  • Can dress up as a character from a favourite book on this day.
  • They can also bring in their favourite book to show and tell their teacher and class mates.
  • They will be given a World Book Day book token
  • Their teacher and Mr Brack will both read stories to each class.

P4-7

  • Can dress up as a character from a favourite book on this day and (only if they wish) post their photos on class team or school twitter with parent’s permission.
  • World Book Day Tokens will either be given out via siblings who are in P1-3 or will be made available for collection from the school on Thursday 4th March between 9.15-10.15am and 1.30-2.30pm.

Nursery Update

It has been brilliant to meet our new nursery pupils and their families this week. The children, aided by our excellent staff team, have settled in to the nursery superbly. Next week sees the start of full time hours in the provision        (8.30am-3pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-12.30pm on Friday). Thanks for your support this week. Please continue to enter and exit via the top gate nearest the nursery and continue to ensure that social distancing is in place and face-masks are worn. Thank you.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Absence Reporting

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school or take part in digital learning on any given day, please contact our school office to ensure that the absence is recorded.

Sacramental Preparation – Reconciliation P3

Miss Pusker has started in class preparation work for the sacrament this week. At present, we are awaiting further advice re the actual celebration of these sacrament. I will share this as soon as it becomes available.

Sacramental Preparation – First Holy Communions P4 and Confirmation P7

If your child is a baptised Catholic, who is expecting to make the sacrament of First Holy Communion (P4) or Confirmation (P7) by this end of this school year, please collect a copy of the appropriate preparation workbook from the trolley located in our school foyer at the main entrance. Times for collection are between 9.15-10.15am and 1.30-2.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Teachers will commence this learning w/c 8th March 2021. At present, we are awaiting further advice re the actual celebration of these sacraments. I will share this as soon as it becomes available.

Promoting Equality at St Cuthbert’s Primary School

‘Our curriculum is grounded in our commitment to securing children’s rights and wellbeing.’

In our diverse school community, our aim is that all of our children and young people will experience a curriculum that:

· positively reflects their identities, languages, cultures and histories

· is delivered with cultural awareness and sensitivity, using high quality resources and develops critical literacy

As you saw, when we shared our school renewal plan with you last term, Equality is one of our key areas of focus this year. To this end, as well as progressing our Rights Respecting Schools work, marking cultural and religious events such as Diwali and Black History Month, we also set up a Pupil Equalities Group in Term 1.

We will be sharing an ‘Equalities Survey’ with parents/carers and pupils shortly.

Our Equalities group will then use the findings of these surveys as a basis for their work to further promote Equality in our school.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. Please continue to check the Parish website for details and updates. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We wish you all a relaxing and restful weekend.

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

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