Newsletter 40– Thursday 24th June 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 40– Thursday 24th June 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Thanks for your support throughout a long, challenging but ultimately successful year.  Please see below some final items of information which I hope will be helpful to you. Please take time to read through this information and feel very welcome to ask if there are any questions.

Friday 25th June – Final Day Finishing Times

As per letter sent out via school app and Learning Journals on Monday. The following finishing times are in place for tomorrow: Friday 25th June 2021.

P1 – 11.50am

P2 – 12pm

P3 – 12pm

P4 – 12.05pm

P5 – 12pm

P6 – 12.05pm

P7 – 11.50am

LCC1 & 2 – 12pm

School Uniform/New P7 Ties

It is our hope that all pupils will return to school wearing full uniform to reinforce our sense of identity as members of the St Cuthbert’s community.

BE Uniforms (formerly known as Border Embroideries) have opened a shop locally at 187a Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1DH (Tel 0131 378 9509).   All our branded schoolwear will be available to purchase from either this new store or by using the ‘Find your School’ search bar to find the school’s online shop at

To further foster this sense of identity, we have worked with BE to create a new P7 school tie. For the inaugural year of this tie, we will supply all P7 pupils with one within the first 2 weeks of term depending on when they arrive. We will also supply our P6 pupils with a tie to ensure they are also setting an example to the younger years.

Staggered Timings August 2021 – School Resumes Wednesday 18th August

These will remain in place for the start of term until further notice.

Please note that P1 pupils will have their own previously communicated pattern of attendance on week 1.

ClassEntry and Departure PointStart TimeBreakLunchEnd of Day
P1Side Gate and Class Door8.45am10.15am12.15pm2.50pm 12.10pm on Fridays.
P2Side Gate and Back Entrance (current entry point)9am10.15am12.15pm3.05pm 12.25pm Fridays.
P3Main Entrance via main gate8.55am10.30am12.30pm3.20pm 12.30pm on Fridays
P4Main Entrance via main gate9.05am10.30am12.30pm3.30pm 12.40pm on Fridays
P5Upper School Entrance via gate closest to it8.55am10.30am12.30pm3.20pm 12.30pm on Fridays
P6Upper School Entrance via gate closest to it9am10.30am12.30pm3.25pm 12.35pm on Fridays
P7Upper School Entrance via gate facing it9.05am10.30am12.30pm3.30pm 12.40pm on a Friday
LCC1Side gate and main LCC entrance. 8.50am10.00am1.15pm 3.20pm 12.20pm Fridays
LCC2Side gate and main LCC entrance. 8.50am10.00am1.15pm 3.20pm 12.20pm Fridays

Important Message re P4 Lunches – August 2021

All P4 pupils are entitled to a free school meal from August 18th 2021.

We have just been informed that parents/carers of pupils in our new P4 class, can access their new free school meal entitlement by ordering a lunch on Parent Pay after 1st August for the first week of term or if you’d prefer you can provide your child with their own packed lunch.

P5 and P4 School Swimming 2021-22 – Revision of Advice

A communication came out to us on Tuesday from City of Edinburgh Council’s Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit re swimming next session it read:

‘’Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty around contact restrictions and bubble guidance next session, we need to postpone the resumption of the primary swimming timetable from August 2021 and hope to resume our service after the October holidays. 

Please note that when the programme resumes the lessons will be for P5s only due to the need to condense the swimming timetable’’ 

They conclude with an apology for the inconvenience and further postponement of this service.

Nursery Update

We have some great news that we know will be of interest to our nursery families! We will be opening over the summer, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Monday – Friday from the 28th of June until July 30th. these morning sessions will be open to returning nursery children and to our children that have left for school. These sessions will be drop-in, meaning no need to book in advance, but children will be admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis, to keep within our staffing ratios. Please note; lunch will not be provided over the summer and we cannot accept packed-lunches, we will provide the usual healthy snack.

This year’s nursery graduation will take place today. Unfortunately, due to current Covid restrictions families will not be able to attend. A video of the whole event will be uploaded to Learning Journals shortly afterwards.

A final reminder to families: Our term-time places have now been allocated for children returning/starting nursery in August 2021 (option 1). We still have Option 2 and Option 3 places available, see below for details.

Option 2Option 3
2 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  

If you 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:

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.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will resume on Wednesday 18th August at 8am.  All children attending will require to have new registration forms completed on their first day.  Please see a member of staff to do this.

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.


Wishing you all a restful summer. We look forward to seeing everyone again on August 18th.

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

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