Newsletter 8– Friday 1st October 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 8– Friday 1st October 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. Please note that this newsletter will be posted on the website and app today as normal but will not be posted on Learning Journals until Monday.

Parent Consultations

Thanks to all those who returned their slips this week. If you have indicated that you would prefer a Teams consultation you will receive an invite via your child’s Teams account. If you have ticked that you would prefer a telephone call, you will be called at a time within the bounds of the time interval you chose on your tear off slip.  If you haven’t replied we will allocate you a time, you will receive a slip to confirm this next week. Please do ask us, if you have any questions.

P6 & P7 Ties & Uniform – Thank You

Huge thanks to all parents and carers for supporting us with this. As stated previously uniform helps foster both a sense of team spirit and corporate identity. It also helps reinforce the high expectations we have for all of our pupils. Finally, high standards of uniform are expected at High School so getting used to wearing a tie and uniform in P6 and P7 also helps support Transition.

School Milk

If you missed the original deadline and would like your child to have milk in school daily from 26th October to 30th June 2022, please order and pay for this via your Parent Pay account. The cost is £25.16 (17pm per 200ml tetrapak). Please note that the deadline for ordering is Wednesday 13th October.

Flu Immunisations

Please note as previously advised, that these took place in the school today. If you didn’t complete and return the NHS request form and you wish your child to be vaccinated please contact your GP.

Active School Clubs

Great to see these taking place again – another step back towards pre-Covid normality.

P7 School Camp Opportunity

A letter was sent out about this yesterday, we look forward to hearing your views.

Learning Conversation with P5

I visited P5 on Friday for an excellent learning conversation. The focus was Literacy, specifically writing. The class told me that they enjoyed writing as it allowed them to express themselves, although they did say it required a lot of effort. The strengths shared included: imagination, having good ideas, use of paragraphs and excellent presentation skills. The pupils knew their strengths from self-assessment against the success criteria as well as feedback from peers, teachers and parents/carers. Next steps in writing included: better punctuation, including more detail, better use of planning and balancing different types of vocabulary such as adjectives and adverbs. When asked how they would make their next steps, the class reached a consensus that listening to and acting on feedback and self-assessment combined with practice would help them achieve progress.

P2 Homework and Twitter – Next Week

Please note that twitter posts will start from Monday and that homework will begin this Friday. Apologies for the delay which was due to Miss Donnelly’s absence.

St Cuthbert’s School Football Team

Our team won again last Saturday. Watched by amongst others, Mrs Mulvagh, the team defeated Gracemount 18 goals to 3. We wish them all the best in their next game versus South Morningside on Saturday.

Lost Property

There is still a large amount of this on our premises, please try to put names on items so they can more easily be re-united with their owners. We will keep our current stock until October, please feel very welcome to come and look through if you wish. Items left on October 18th will be recycled.

P7 Mass and Pope Francis Faith Award Enrolment

Fr Aidan kindly joined us today to celebrate a class Mass with P7 on the feast day of St Therese. He also celebrated an enrolment ceremony with P6 who will be embarking on the 2 year Pope Francis Faith Award this year. We will post some additional info about this award on the P6 Learning Journals page next week.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie/New Temporary Priest

Fr Aidan will be leaving us after this weekend and temporarily replaced by Fr John Peter from the Cathedral until a full-time replacement can be announced. We are grateful for Fr Aidan’s ministry with us and look forward to working with Fr John Peter.

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. 

Nursery Update

We have had a very EXPLOSIVE end to this week – the children took part in a volcano experiment! In this hands-on experience, children learn how ingredients are combined to create chemical reactions. The St. Cuthbert’s team support the children as they develop their concept knowledge, vocabulary, their ability to make predictions and explain their thinking.

It is officially Autumn, and the nursery activities have reflected that. We have discovered new and unusual recipes to use up our nursery apples; fondue apple pancakes anyone? Children have collected and classified the fallen leaves in the garden and have been using them in the art area.

Next week we will be looking at nocturnal animals and hibernation. The children will prepare our Bug Hotel, ready for visiting minibeasts – a great opportunity to study insects up close. Our book of the week is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You can familiarise your children with the story on YouTube:

Goldilocks And The Three Bears | Fairytales for Kids | Cartoonito UK – YouTube

The weather forecast for next week is rain and wind so don’t forget your wellies, woollies and waterproofs.

Finally

Have a good weekend.

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

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