Newsletter 32 – Friday 30th April 202

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 32 – Friday 30th April 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Please find below this week’s newsletter which contains important information about the life of the school in the coming term. I hope you enjoy reading it but as always, please ask if you have any questions.

Monday Holidays and In-Service Days This Term

Please be advised that Monday 3rd May is a holiday for pupils and staff. Tuesday 4th May is an in-service day for staff and pupils should not attend school on this day. Monday 24th May is the final public holiday of the term. (See events calendar below)

Sacraments Update

Letters were sent out this week re the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We are sorry that due to Covid restrictions that we have had to restrict the number of guests to 5 for each candidate (that is the candidate themselves plus 5 guests, the term guest includes parents/carers and sponsors for Confirmation).

We understand that these limits can be frustrating and are investigating the possibility of filming these celebrations ourselves; either live streaming or videoing then sharing securely for families to watch afterwards so that more people than can come to the church can view them.

If you have any expertise in this field and would be able to help us with this endeavour, please contact us via the admin mailbox.

As advised last week, please note that, First Reconciliations will be held within the school on Tuesday 11th May. Unfortunately due to Covid regulations, we are unable to invite parents and carers to this celebration. Celebrating this sacrament this term will however enable pupils to celebrate First Holy Communions with families in attendance next year.

Traffic Issue/Crossing Patrol Officer

As was mentioned in last week’s newsletter our Crossing Patrol Officer retired at Easter and we are still awaiting the appointment of her successor. This means that pupils are currently having to cross the road unaided. We are continuing to liaise with the council re when this position will be filled, in the meantime what would really help our pupils would be if families could avoid parking on the main road at the side nearest the school. Similarly, if people were able to avoid double parking on the side of the road opposite the school that would also aid our children’s safety. Thanks very much for your support with this request.

P1 Staffing

Whilst Mrs Mulvagh recovers from her broken arm, Mrs Peake will teach P1 from Monday – Wednesday and Mrs McCulloch will continue to teach the class on a Thursday and Friday. We wish Mrs Mulvagh a speedy recovery.

Learning Conversation – P5

I visited P5 this week and had a really rewarding conversation about their learning. They outlined a number of strengths in Maths and Writing and how they had attained them.

They were great at identifying next steps and the strategies they would need to use to achieve them: listening, concentrating, thinking before they answered, practice, asking questions, following success criteria and assessing their own progress for strengths and next steps.

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.

Key Dates This Term

Please see overviews below. Separate communications, with further details will be sent to parents about these events in advance of them taking place.

Week Events

1 – w/c 19th April Start of Ramadan to be acknowledged in all classes.

2 – w/c 26th April

3 – w/c 3rd May Monday Holiday 3rd May In-Service Day – Tuesday 4th May

4 – w/c 10th May P7 Bikeability – Monday 10th May Reconciliations to be held in school on Tuesday 11th May.

5 – w/c 17th May P7 Bikeability – Monday 17th May

6 – w/c 24th May Monday Holiday – 24th May Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated this week: Tuesday 25th May and Thursday 27th May both at 7pm in St Cuthbert’s Church. Pentecost to be acknowledged in weekly learning Early Years School Sports: Tuesday 25th May – P1 Wednesday 26th May P2 Thursday 27th May P3

7 – w/c 31st May Sacrament of First Holy Communion Group 1 to be celebrated on Saturday 29th May at 9.30am Mass. P7 Epic Day – Tuesday 1st June School Sports: Wednesday 2nd June – P4 Thursday 3rd June – P5 Festival of Corpus Christi to be acknowledged in weekly learning.

8 – w/c 7th June Sacrament of First Holy Communion – Group 2 to be celebrated on Saturday 5th June at 9.30am Mass in St Cuthbert’s Church. School Sports: Wednesday 9th June – P6 Thursday 10th June – P7 Learning Journals – End of Year Reports published Friday 11th June

9 – w/c 14th June P7 Transition Days – Tuesday 15th-Thursday 17th June

10 – w/c 21st June Term ends on Friday 25th June at staggered times

Covid Situation in India

We are aware of the dreadful suffering being endured by the people of India at this time. We know that many of our St Cuthbert’s families have links to the Indian subcontinent and wanted to make you aware that you and the people of India are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nursery Update

We have had a lovely couple of weeks back in nursery – even the variable weather hasn’t stopped the children playing outdoors. We have started planning variety of plants and seeds in our raised beds and there has been a lot of exploration of water – from jumping in puddles to experimenting at the water tray.

Parent/carers of children returning in August 2021 should now have received their application form for the Autumn term. Please return these as soon as possible, selecting your 1st and 2nd choice from the three options below.

If you have not received an application form or would like to apply, please find below a link to the City of Edinburgh Council website, where you can download a nursery application.

Please bring (or post) the application, along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of home address – e.g. Council Tax letter or utility bill, to:

St Cuthbert’s Early learning & Childcare

St Cuthbert’s R C Primary School

9 Hutchison Crossway,


EH14 1RP

Alternatively, you can email your application along with supporting documents to:

St Cuthbert’s Early learning and Childcare Models of Attendance from August 2021

St Cuthbert’s Early learning and Childcare Models of Attendance from August 2021
Option 1Option 2Option 3
5 DAYS – Term-time (38 weeks) Monday to Thursday 8:30am-3:00pm Friday 8:30am-12:30pm2 DAYS + 19 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Monday    8:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday     8:00am – 6:00pm 1st & 2nd Friday of each month2 DAYS + 11 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Wednesday 8:00am – 6:00pm Thursday      8:00am – 6pm 3rd Friday of each month

Please be aware that a place at St Cuthbert’s is not guaranteed, as places are allocated using the City of Edinburgh Council Admission Policy

Nursery will be closed next Monday and Tuesday for the May Day holiday and in-service day. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th May

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

Fr Aidan, will be saying Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie for the foreseeable future.

Please see website for details of times and how to book.


If you have any feedback on our newsletter, please let us know. All comments gratefully received.

Similarly, if you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter please contact us on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox ( Our nursery can now be contacted separately at:

Wishing you all a happy holiday weekend.

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

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