Newsletter 33– Friday 7th May 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 33– Friday 7th May 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter.

Sacraments Update

As advised over the last 2 last weeks, 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. Fr Aidan visited the classes for a practice this week and all (including certificates) is ready for the big day.

Can parents of First Communion and Confirmation candidates, please ensure track and trace details for all guests are returned to the school office, as soon as you are able to.

NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Training – All Classes during week commencing 17th May

City of Edinburgh Council have agreed to 100% participation from their schools in this programme. Its aim is, in an age appropriate way, to help children in all primary classes understand what abuse is and recognise the signs of it. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline. Please contact me, if you have any questions about this programme. Learning resources provided by NSPCC will be used to teach this learning over the week commencing 17th May. Please contact me if you have any questions.

India Solidarity Day – Friday 14th May

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. We also thought it might be a nice idea for those who wished to do so to wear green or orange (the colours of the Indian flag) on Friday 14th May to show solidarity with the people of India. If pupils wished to bring in a small optional donation to support healthcare in India, we would pass this on to The Missionaries of Charity to distribute.

Eid Mubarak!

this is the last week of Ramadan and Eid will be celebrated next Thursday 13th  May,(depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid may actually fall on Wednesday or even Friday, but it is most likely to be on Thursday). Every class in the school will do something to acknowledge this holy day and show our respect for our Muslim pupils and families.

Our Vision, Values and Aims – Your Feedback

Please see a draft copy of our new Vision, Values and Aims. Any feedback you are able to offer would be most welcome.

At St Cuthbert’s Primary School, we are committed to providing an inspiring learning and teaching experience, based on our shared school values: St Cuthbert’s CARES

Our Pupils are: Creative, Active, Respectful, Equal and Supported.

Children and their families are at the heart of our school. We believe that children should have a strong voice in our school and that they should own their own learning; knowing their strengths and next steps across the curriculum. We also believe that parents and carers are valued partners in learning and that communication with our partners is key. St Cuthbert’s school also esteems and supports its staff, who are skilled and committed professionals. Together we will work to ensure that all of our pupils are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

We celebrate individuality: supporting all children to grow and develop their confidence, skills and knowledge through high quality teaching and learning experiences suited to their needs and learning styles. We are aware of the changing world around us and of the need to continually change and adapt. This adaption includes the use of digital learning.

We also celebrate community; priding ourselves that our school is an integral part of the local community, including our local parish. Promoting Catholic and Gospel values whilst committing deeply to promoting equality and inclusion for all.

Traffic Issue/Crossing Patrol Officer

We are continuing to liaise with the council re when this position will be filled, in the meantime, it 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.


Please note that the latest of the regular deep cleans of our school will take place this weekend.

Key Dates This Term

We posted the overview below last week but thought it would be worth sharing again. Separate communications, with further details will be sent to parents about these events in advance of them taking place.

1 – w/c 19th AprilStart of Ramadan to be acknowledged in all classes.
2 – w/c 26th April 
3 – w/c 3rd   MayMonday Holiday 3rd May In-Service Day – Tuesday 4th May
4 – w/c 10th MayP7 Bikeability – Monday 10th May Reconciliations to be held in school on Tuesday 11th May.
5 – w/c 17th MayP7 Bikeability – Monday 17th May
6 – w/c 24th MayMonday 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 MaySacrament 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 JuneSacrament 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 JuneP7 Transition Days – Tuesday 15th-Thursday 17th June
10 – w/c 21st JuneTerm ends on Friday 25th June at staggered times

Nursery Update

Another lovely week in our nursery. The pupils have been enjoying learning about different cultures; listening to music and tasting foods from different countries. Next week we will celebrate Eid with our Muslim children.

As mentioned last week, 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
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 Duffy

Fr Aidan, will be saying Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie for the foreseeable future. Please note that Fr Duffy is still in hospital, unwell. Please keep in your prayers. Thanks to all those who have asked for him. I have passed your best wishes on to him.

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

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