Newsletter 34– Friday 14th May 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 34– Friday 14th May 2021

          St Cuthbert’s CARES

We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter. There is a lot of information included within this edition. Please as always take time to read through and feel very welcome to ask if there are any questions.

Fr Duffy RIP

I am sorry to have to tell you that Fr Duffy sadly passed away on Wednesday morning. His passing was peaceful and his family have passed on their gratitude for the support our pupils, families and staff offered to him during his illness.

Fr Duffy was a massive part of the St Cuthbert’s community: a much loved school chaplain whose ministry was appreciated by pupils, staff and parents/carers alike. He will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace.

One of our parents very kindly handed in a framed photograph of Fr Duffy which now has pride of place in our school foyer.

P3 First Reconciliations

Congratulations to our P3 pupils who made their First Reconciliations this week. Fr Aidan complimented them on their prayerfulness and on the hard work they had done in preparation for the reception of this sacrament. Thanks to all of our families, Miss Pusker and all other staff members who helped the children prepare for this sacrament.

First Holy Communions/Confirmations – Additional Guest Spaces

Fr Aidan has explained that due to the easing of restrictions, we can now offer all families an additional 2 spaces for their child’s celebration. This will mean that each candidate can now have a total of 7 guests in attendance in addition to themselves.  The total of 7 guests includes parents and siblings. Each candidate will receive a sheet requesting contact tracing information for any additional guests, please return these to our office, as before. Please note that we will not be able to offer any live stream of these celebrations. Thank you.

P6 Euro-Quiz Team

Since February, our Primary 6 class have been preparing to take part in the Edinburgh Heat of the Euroquiz. Organised by the SEET (Scottish European Education Trust), the Euroquiz challenges pupils’ general knowledge. Our team of 6 pupils prepared for the quiz independently online as well as in school. They competed in the virtual quiz event on 12th May, achieving a very positive score, including the achievement of full marks in the languages round. We will now wait to hear if we have done enough to make it through to the final. Thanks to the pupils concerned, their families and Miss Delaney for their hard work.

P7 Transition Information

Please see link below to some transition information and support materials from City of Edinburgh Council.

Transition this year, will be similar to last year and done virtually. Pupils will attend school from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th June but engage in online and paper based learning provided by City of Edinburgh Council and the High Schools. For those pupils attending St Augustine’s there will be interactive activities involving staff from that school over the course of these 3 days.

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.

End of Session Reports – Date Change to 18th June 2021

Due to the pressure of work for our teachers this term, we have taken the decision to delay the publication of our final reports on Learning Journals until Friday 18th June. Thanks for your patience and support with this.

English as an Additional Language Teacher – in School for Next 2 Weeks

Our EAL Teacher Ms Samina Mushtaq will be in school next week supporting pupils in all classes with Literacy.

Ascension Day Mass

Thanks to Archbishop Cushley for providing an online Mass, through which many of our classes were able to enjoy and celebrate this important Feast Day.

India Solidarity Day – Friday 14th May

Thanks to all those who took part today.  To date, we have collected £215 which we will pass on to The Missionaries of Charity in Edinburgh. They have kindly agreed to help us by passing these funds to their London house who will distribute it to India on our behalf.

Eid Mubarak!

I hope that all of our Muslim pupils and families had a lovely celebration on Thursday.

Our Vision, Values and Aims – Your Feedback

We shared a draft copy of our new Vision, Values and Aims last week. If you have any specific theme or area of focus you would like included in this statement please let me know via our Admin mailbox. If anyone missed last week’s newsletter and would like to see the draft copy, please let us know.

Traffic Issue/Crossing Patrol Officer

The Council have informed us that they are now advertising for 4 crossing patrol officers – one of which they hope to allocate to us. If any parents/carers are interested in applying for these posts, they can be found at

Learning Conversation – P4

I met with P4 on Tuesday to discuss their learning. We talked about writing, times tables and spelling. The pupils were able to discuss their strengths and how they had achieved them: listening, concentrating, following success criteria. They also identified next steps and could explain how they planned to attain them: reflecting on their learning, peer assessment, teacher feedback, practicing and learning from mistakes. Well done P4!

Dyslexia Scotland South East

Please see message below and associated letter posted with this newsletter.


Dyslexia Scotland South East is a volunteer-led branch of Dyslexia Scotland covering Edinburgh and the Lothians.

We would be extremely grateful if you could share the attached information sheet with parents, particularly those who are known to have children with dyslexia at your school. 

Nursery Update

Please note that although some communication has taken place between our Nursery Team and parents/carers re places for each of our 3 attendance patterns next year, that we are still awaiting full and final confirmation of the allocation of these places. We will contact anyone who may be affected by this over the course of next week to update them. Apologies for any confusion.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie/Fr Aidan

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 a place.


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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