Newsletter 5– Friday 10th September 2021
St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported
Good afternoon everyone,
Thank you for taking time to read through the information below. As always, please ask if you have any questions. See contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.
Homework – w/c 21st September 2021
We will start homework from week commencing 20th September.
Homework will be given out weekly, using Teams as the main platform but paper copies can be supplied upon request.
It will be given out on Friday with an expected return date of the following Thursday. Giving time for parents/carers to support over a weekend if desired.
Content should include Literacy, Numeracy/ Maths and one other curricular area. All tasks aim to consolidate in-class learning.
School Health Care Plans
It has been brought to my attention that some parents have completed the annual KIC form stating that their child has a health condition which requires medication in school. Despite communication from the school including letters being sent home since the beginning of term, no medication has been supplied. Children with asthma are required to have two inhalers into school, one of which will be kept in a bag clearly marked with the child’s name in the classroom and one in the school office. If your child is of an age to carry their own inhaler to school, please make sure that the are doing so on a daily basis. The school still requires to hold a spare inhaler in the office for your child.
I am sure you will appreciate that these measures are in place to safeguard our children and I hope you will support the school in implementing these.
Covid Positive Cases Contact Tracing and Communication Process – Please Contact us If Your Child Tests Positive.
Please inform the school if your child has tested positive for Covid 19 via a PCR Test. The school will in turn issue a ‘Warn and Inform’ letter to parents/carers of classes affected. The Test and Protect Team will decide who should isolate as a direct contact, guidance on what now constitutes a close contact can be found on the NHS inform website. The school will unlike last year have no direct involvement with the contact tracing process but will report all notified cases to City of Edinburgh Council.
In school we will continue to follow FACT: Face Coverings for adults in communal areas, Avoiding large scale indoor gatherings, Cleaning our hands regularly, Two metre distance between adults indoors, Self-isolating and getting tested if covid symptoms are present. We would also ask that pupils bring in tissues if they have non-covid cold like symptoms to avoid spread of germs.
City of Edinburgh Council – Covid Guidance Letter
Please see attached letter from Lorna French, Acting Head of Schools and lifelong learning.
Swimming – P4 & P5 Classes – Parent/Carer Volunteers Urgently Required
We now have the go ahead for blocks of swimming lessons at Dalry Swim Centre on Thursdays from 1 – 2 pm for the above classes. Dates are listed below.
P5 (9 weeks) 23/9/21 – 25/11/21
P4 (7 weeks) 2/12/21 – 27/1/22
A separate information letter has today been issued to the P5 class. In order to facilitate this important learning, we are dependent upon the support of parent/carer volunteers. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful. Please complete and return the slip on the letter.
Flu Immunisation Forms – A Thank You
Thanks very much for your prompt return of these forms. Much appreciated.
Lost Property – Please Claim by 17th September
We now have a large collection of unclaimed lost property, we are always working to keep our school as tidy and organised as we can so can only retain these items for a limited period. Any items unclaimed by 17th September will be recycled.
Late Arrivals – Staggered Timings
After a great start we have noticed that the number of late arrivals is starting to rise. We understand that occasional and exceptional circumstances result in pupils being late but please ensure that this does not become a pattern.
Start times are as follows:
P1 8.45am, P2 9.00am, P3 8.55am, P4 9.05am, P5 8.55am, P6 9.00am and P7 9.05am.
Message from P1 Teachers
Thank you for your support with integrating our new P1 pupils into school life. They have made a great start. Please see below some short notices we would like to pass on to you.
Firstly, please remember that school starts promptly at 8.45am, if your child arrives late please bring them to the main door reception to be registered. The school day ends at 2.50pm Monday to Thursday and 12.10pm on a Friday.
Please try to avoid crowding the P1 entrance and window space. This will help individual pupils and the class settle more quickly.
Finally, we will be sharing learning regularly via Learning Journals, if you have not signed up for this easy to access platform, please contact our school office via email@example.com. We will also share learning via a weekly tweet from the school twitter @stcuthbertsrcp weekly on a Monday.
Active Schools – Update
We met with Fiona Damen again this week and are hopeful of being able to share details of clubs and how to book next week.
Sharing Learning Via Twitter – P1 and P2 Update
Learning will be shared digitally on the following days
Monday – P1 & P2 – This has not taken place as yet but will hopefully start next week in P1 and after the September weekend in P2.
Tuesday – P7, LCC1 & 2
Wednesday – P4 & P6
Thursday – P3 & P5
Friday – Star Learners and the Pupils of the Week
Learning Conversation with P6 -Literacy Focus
The next of my learning conversations with our pupils will take place on Thursday 17th September. The focus will be Literacy. I’ll update you all next week on the conversation.
We have seen some lovely roleplay in nursery this week, with lots of the action revolving around babies; washing them, feeding them, dressing them, even washing the clothes! Next week you might spot a washing line in the garden
Where the children can peg out their washing. Through peg play children can learn colours and counting, improve fine motor skills, and enjoy experimental play. Next week will be also be exploring The Three 3 Little Pigs and singing songs with number.
As we move into autumn and the weather is more changeable, please remember to bring wellies, waterproofs and warmer clothes. The children are outside exploring, and experimenting come rain or shine!
Nursery families, please use the top school gate when arriving and leaving nursery. This is the first gate as you walk down from Slateford Road, opposite the PDSA.
More great news for our team – Pablo, formerly our Early Years Assistant has accepted a promoted-post as an Early Years Practitioner. Congratulations!
To keep up to date with what’s happening in nursery and more, follow us on Twitter:
St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie/Fr Aidan
Fr Aidan, will continue to be our acting school chaplain and will say Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie in the short term. We hope to hear from the Archdiocese about more permanent plans shortly and will share these as soon as we have them. In the meantime, we thank Fr Aidan for the amazing support, priestly and pastoral care he has provided.
Please see website for details of times and how to book a place.
Your comments and questions are always welcomed, we can be contacted via
- Phone – 0131 443 2621
- E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org (school) and
We will always try to respond as quickly as we can.
We look forward to seeing everyone again on August 18th. Have a good weekend.
Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School