Newsletter 6– Friday 17th September 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 6– Friday 17th 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.

September Weekend Holiday – Monday 20th September

Please note that the above date is a holiday and both staff and children will return to school on Tuesday 21st September.

Active Schools Update – Booking Now Open

Our offer for this term has now been shared via our digital platforms. We will post again with this newsletter. Please note links to online booking are on the document. If anyone needs any help with the booking process, please let us know. Thanks to all those staff and parent volunteers who have kindly given of their time.

Trees

The tree outside the main gate was damaged whilst our skip was being taken away on Monday. When the team came out to rectify this issue they surveyed the other trees surrounding the school, identifying several which were dead or dying. These were the ones removed. Please note that no living tree was cut down.

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.

Swimming –  P5 Classes Start Thursday 23rd September

P5 swimming will start next Thursday and for the next 8 weeks thereafter:

P5 (9 weeks) 23/9/21 – 25/11/21

Parent helpers are vital to us being able to support this important learning. If you are able to add your name to our bank of helpers, please contact our office team. Thank you so much to all those who have done so – it is greatly appreciated.

John Muir Trust P6 Outdoor Learning – Starting Thursday 30th September

As part of their work towards the John Muir Award, Primary 6 will be taking part in outdoor sessions as follows:

Dates:  Thursdays      30/09/21    1.15-3pm

                                    7/10/21     10-12noon

                                   4 /11/21     10-12noon

                                 18 /11/21     10-12noon

Could all children please come to school on these days wearing appropriate warm clothing and waterproof coats and shoes. Thank you.

Late Arrivals/Absences

Great to see a slight reduction in the number of late arrivals this week. Thank you to all concerned. Please do your utmost to ensure that the children arrive on time.

If your child is going to be absent please call and inform our office. If there is no answer it is perfectly okay to leave a message. If you could do this prior to 9am, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please also state the reason for your child’s absence.

P7 Ties & Uniform

Apologies that our supplier has been unable to supply us with our distinctive new P7 ties which were expected last week. They are now expected to arrive next week and will be issued in time for pupils to wear them hopefully week commencing 27th September. We will also supply P6 with a tie at that time to help them set a similar example as senior pupils.

Please continue to ensure that all pupils in all classes wear uniform. It really does set a positive tone and help us with our ethos building.

Sharing Learning Via Twitter – P1 and P2 Update

Please note that P1 weekly tweets have now commenced alongside those posted by our other classes and will continue to be posted on a Monday. P2 will also tweet on a Monday when Miss Donnelly returns.

Learning Conversation with P6 -Literacy Focus

Every member of P6 took part in our conversation on Thursday. They told me about learning they had engaged with connected to spelling words with a silent b, using metaphors and similes as well as persuasive writing. The strengths in learning they shared included dictionary skills, the use of simile and metaphor as well as cursive handwriting. The class stated that they knew what their strengths were from self-assessment against success criteria, peer and teacher feedback. Next steps in learning identified included decoding challenging words, upskilling and improving writing and presenting work to a higher standard. Practice was identified as a key way of getting better as well as help from peers, family, teachers and supporting adults in the class. Well done P6!

St Cuthbert’s School Football Team

Our team makes their competitive debut v Craigour Park Primary School on Saturday at St. Cuthbert’s. We wish them all the best and will report on how they got on in next week’s newsletter.

Nursery Update

Shiver me timbers! Next week is Pirate week in Nursery. We’ll be searching for buried treasure using our treasure maps and reading My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid.

This week we are still focused on babies and caring for others. As our new children settle into the routine of nursery we are learning to share and be kind to others.

The children enjoyed the 3 Little Pigs; listening to the story, re-enacting the exciting parts when role-playing in the garden, and building the pigs houses using household junk.

As we move into autumn and the weather is more changeable, please remember to bring wellies, waterproofs and warmer clothes. We also have had some autumnal sunshine, so please hand in some sun cream for staff to apply on bright afternoons. The children are outside exploring, and experimenting come rain or shine!

Next week we ask parents to bring the children through the side gate directly to the nursery door. To keep us all safe from possible Covid transmission, no more than two children (with a parent/carer) in the nursery grounds at any given time. Masks should be worn by adults. Please remember to close the gate behind you. Pick-ups will be from the usual front gate.

Letter from Jason Leitch – National Clinical Director

This was posted on our digital platforms yesterday.

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

I spoke to Fr Aidan this week and he 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. Fr Aidan will join P7 for a class Mass on Friday 1st October.

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

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Contacting Us

Your comments and questions are always welcomed, we can be contacted via

stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk (nursery)

We will always try to respond as quickly as we can. 

Finally

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 21st September. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

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

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