Newsletter 29 – Friday 26th March 2021

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 29 – Friday 26th March 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update, it is hard to believe that we have almost reached the Easter holidays already. It has certainly been a term to remember. Thanks as always for your patience and support. 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

Easter Holidays – Friday 2nd April to Monday 19th April

Please note that our last day of this term will be Thursday 1st April. We will be in school for the full day on this day and will finish at our usual Thursday finishing times. We return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021, again at our normal starting times.

Learning Conversations

This week, I visited P7, we talked about what pupils felt their strengths in learning had been that day, what and who had helped them learn and how. We also talked about their next steps in learning and what they and staff could do differently to help them improve. The conversation was both enjoyable and informative. The class shared positives in both Literacy and Maths. They shared some of the strategies that had helped them be successful, namely: concentration, perseverance, teamwork, following success criteria, practice, proof reading and double checking. Some of the strategies suggested by P7 to support their learning and help them improve further were revision of key facts, learning from mistakes (remembering what they were and not repeating them) as well as taking their time and trying not to rush. Next week I will visit P6 and share that learning with you.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2 Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2 Wednesday – P4/P6 Thursday – P3/P5 Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Learning Journal Observations – This Term

Our plan to share this term’s observations of learning in Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and Health and Wellbeing before Easter has been affected by some technical challenges with the Learning Journals platform over the last week or so. Therefore, observations from term 2 will now be published at the end of the first week back after the Easter holidays: Friday 23rd April 2021. I apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience. If you are not able to access Learning Journals please notify us and Mrs Holden, our Depute, will respond to you as soon as she possibly can. Please note that the web version is currently the best means of accessing this platform, as there are some temporary issues with the app. Passwords and user names remain the same for both platforms.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7 for week commencing 20th April 2021

Please remember that bookings for school meals must be made by no later than midnight on Wednesday night (31st March) for our return after Easter. 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

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 20th April 2021

As advised via the school app and Learning Journals, Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times each school day next week. Thanks to those who have responded and booked for next week.

I would appreciate it if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 20th April – the first week back after Easter. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge. You still need to reserve a place via the admin mailbox (please note that you will also be asked to complete an annual registration form if you haven’t done so already). Please let us know by 12pm on Thursday 1st April if you wish to reserve a place.

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

Retirement – John Davidson – Facilities Management Technician (Janitor)

John retired today after 4 decades of services to Lothian Region and City of Edinburgh Council. John has been a hard-working and very well-liked member of our team. We wish him a restful and enjoyable retirement.

ECO Schools

We have used school funds to buy litter picking equipment. This equipment will be used by all classes on a rotational basis and will add to our continuing work to improve the school’s approach to sustainability.

Sacramental Update

Fr Duffy has been unwell for a period of time and is currently recuperating at home (please see further information below). Our P3, P4 and P7 teachers are moving forwards with sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation but we await further advice from the arch-diocese re how these sacraments are to be celebrated. We will let you know as soon as we are aware. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Equalities Update

Miss Munro surveyed our pupils on our approach to equalities this week. We are also awaiting the responses to the City of Edinburgh Council Pupil Wellbeing survey undertaken by our pupils recently. Both of these surveys will be used to help us further promote equality in the school going forward.

We will also survey parents next term in relation to this topic.

City of Edinburgh Council also advise that we share their policy on bullying on an annual basis. Please see this policy at link below:

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/bullying

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team thank all for adapting so well to the new entry and exit system. The children are continuing to settle in really well to their new environment. Letters will be sent out week commencing 19th April confirming attendance patterns for August 2021.

Please also note that our new nursery noticeboard is now displaying our lunch menu for your information.

Thank you for continuing to follow social distancing and face mask advice.

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.

Message from CEC re Free School Meals payments and the Spring Hardship Payment

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants

Other payments If you meet the conditions for free school meals you may be entitled to other payments to help with meals during school holidays, closures or if your child has to self isolate.

You don’t need to apply separately. We will pay these to the bank account we hold for your clothing grant.

Holiday payments

A payment of £2.25 was made for every day during school holidays, closures or where remote or learning is in place up to 29 January 2021.

From 01 February 2021, the payment increased to £2.50 per day.

Free School Meals payments have been made for all pupils up to 12 March 2021.

On 15 March 2021, a Free School Meals payment of £35.00 per child will be made for secondary pupils only as they are returning to school on blended learning. This payment is for the period 15 March 2021 to 01 April 2021.

Free School Meals payments will be made to all pupils for the Easter holidays.

Spring Hardship Payment

The Scottish Government’s Spring Hardship Payment (https://www.gov.scot/news/funding-to-tackle-poverty-and-inequality/) includes a one-off payment of £100 per child for all children in receipt of Free School Meals before the Easter holiday.

This payment will be included with the Easter holiday Free School Meal payment.

The date for the Spring Hardship Payment and the Easter holidays Free School Meal payment has not yet been confirmed but the payment will be made in advance of the Easter holiday. Once the date is confirmed we will update our web page.

Parents of children already in receipt of Free School Meals DO NOT need to complete an application in order to receive the Spring Hardship Payment, it will be paid automatically using the bank/payment details we already hold.

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

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. He has, as I am sure many of you now know been unwell for a period of time and is currently unable to work. Please direct all queries to Fr Martens at Our Lady’s Currie in the short term. Fr Martins can be

contacted via the contact details provided on the home page of the parish website.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We will issue a short newsletter next Thursday which will be the final newsletter of the term. We hope that you and your families have a relaxing and restful weekend!

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

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