Parent and Carer Update: 26th June

Dear Parents/Carers

We have now reached the final day of term. I want to pass on to you my sincere thanks for the positivity, patience and support you have shown to the school throughout the year and for the commitment you have shown to your children’s education, health and wellbeing. Please accept my sincere gratitude and thanks.

End of Term 12pm – Friday 26th June 2020

Please note that terms ends officially on the above date at the above time. There will be no further digital learning after this time as both staff and pupils will officially be on summer holidays.

As you know, we are planning for all pupils to return to school on 12th August.  We await further information from the Scottish Government. After today, no further Daily Updates will be posted on the school website, app and Learning Journals but we will share any further relevant information or changes with you over the summer holidays via the aforementioned digital platforms.

Teams Video Messages

We managed to upload all of our new teacher and Head Teacher end of term video messages on the class Teams today. We hope this was helpful and supportive for our pupils.

P7 Leavers

We hope the pupils enjoyed the visits from Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly and the video message from myself. We hope to be able to invite the whole class back in the new school year at some point for a formal good bye. Until then, we send them our thanks for their hard work and resilience and wish them and you, their families all the best in the future.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

Thank you for the positive feedback you have been leaving on our Learning Journals reports. These are much appreciated. It has come to my attention that there have been some technical issues with the Learning Journals platform. Mrs Holden has been working hard to resolve these and is waiting on a response from Learning Journals which will hopefully help us sort these issues out shortly.

We hope you and your families have a well earned and happy summer break.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 25th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Another lovely, sunny day today, the second last day of term. Thanks for your support throughout this term.  Please see update for Thursday 25th June below.

End of Term 12pm – Friday 26th June

Please note that term ends officially on the above date, at the above time. There will be no further digital learning after this time as both staff and pupils will officially be on summer holidays.

A final daily update will be posted on the school website, app and learning journals tomorrow afternoon. Daily Updates will cease after this point but further relevant information will be shared over the summer holidays, particularly with regard to arrangements for August 2020.

Teams Technical Issues Today – An Apology!

Unfortunately, we had some issues with changing Teams names and posting videos from myself and new teachers today.

We will ensure that these videos are up on class Teams before 12pm tomorrow.

We won’t unfortunately be able to change the Teams names over now this term.

Sincere apologies for any confusion caused by these technical issues today.

P7 Yearbooks Delivery

Thank you to Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly for their sterling efforts today. I hope that seeing and speaking to their teacher and another member of P7 school staff today  as well as receiving the high quality yearbook helped provide some positive form of closure to the year for our P7 pupils. As we said just prior to closure, we hope to bring P7 back for some form of official good-bye in the new session. Thanks for making our staff welcome today.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

Thank you for the positive feedback you have been leaving on our Learning Journals reports. These are much appreciated. Please also note that if you have any issues, with your login you can contact our admin mailbox for support. Please note as per screen-shot below, that it is possible to have a reminder of your password on Learning Journals sent to you.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 24th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see important updates for Wednesday 24th June below.

August 2020 Return To School Arrangements – Letter from City of Edinburgh Council

A letter was sent to all parents today from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer at City of Edinburgh Council re plans for schools as of August 2020. I attach it again for your convenience.

ParentCarer Letter SG Statement on Reopening of Schools 24 June20 (002)

As things now stand, the plan is that all pupils will return as normal on the 12th August at 8.55am. The only exception being our new P1’s, who will return on a phased basis over the first 3 days of term, arrangements for this phased return will be confirmed with P1 parents via separate communication. Each P1 pupil will be in school from 9am-12pm on either Wednesday or Thursday. All P1 pupils will  however attend school together on Friday 14th August

As Andy Gray’s letter states “”Further updates will be shared on the Council’s website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schools-learning/returning-school-august-2020/1 and you will be alerted to any new information using the text alert system.””

New P1 Induction Packs

Thanks to all of those who collected their packs today. We hope you find them useful. Please contact me via the admin mailbox, (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk) if you have any questions relating to its contents.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

Thank you for the positive feedback you have been leaving on our Learning Journals reports. These are much appreciated. Please also note that if you have any issues, with your login you can contact our admin mailbox for support. Please note as per screen-shot below, that it is possible to have a reminder of your password on Learning Journals sent to you.

Class Teams Name Change and Teachers and Video Message to Pupils From New Teachers

We will change our current class Teams to their new names for next session tomorrow.

The new teachers for each class will send a video message to their new class Team on Thursday so that all pupils are familiar with their new teachers face and voice ahead of our return in August. I will also add a brief video message from myself to each Team.

Both Teams name changes and messages will take effect by lunchtime tomorrow.

P7 Yearbooks Delivery – Tomorrow

Both myself and Miss Munro are very keen that P7 do not miss out on the traditional P7 yearbooks. Miss Munro has worked really hard to make this document a fitting souvenir of our P7’s time at St Cuthbert’s. We hope you and the children enjoy reading them!

To this end, Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly plan to deliver the year book and return belongings, school work etc to P7 pupils homes on Thursday 25th June. They will start their visits from 10am. This is purely optional and if you do not wish a visit, we will very much respect your wishes. Please let us know by return of e-mail to our admin mailbox if you do not wish a visit.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 23rd June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see important updates for Tuesday 23rd June below. Apologies it is a bit later than usual, due to today’s developments.

August 2020 Return To School Arrangements

As you may know the Deputy First Minister announced this afternoon that it is the Scottish Government’s planned intention to re-open all schools full time after the summer holidays.

We were due to write to you tomorrow with details of the return to school in August, that has now been superseded by this afternoon’s announcement. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the return to school will be contingent on a number of scientific measures being reached.  It may be necessary to contact you during the summer holidays with further updates. Please continue to check our website, app and Learning Journals for updates.

I want to record my thanks to our team here at St Cuthbert’s, who have been working tirelessly to plan and prepare for the models previously agreed.  This has been a massive and complex endeavour for us all.  Our planning will continue to ensure our school is safe to be open when required.

I will communicate with you again on this subject again tomorrow. Thanks for your understanding.

New P1 Induction Packs

These will be available from the trolley placed just inside the playground gates between 9-3pm tomorrow. If it rains, the trolley will be placed just inside the outer front door of the school building. Please note that these are for the parents/carers of next year’s P1 – P1 August 2020.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

Thank you for the positive feedback you have been leaving on our Learning Journals reports. These are much appreciated. Please also note that if you have any issues, with your login, you can contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk) for support. Please note as per screen-shot below, that it is possible to have a reminder of your password on Learning Journals sent to you if you have forgotten it.

Class Structure and Teachers for Session 2020-21 – Video Message to Pupils

We communicated this today via the school app for parents and carers and Teams for pupils. Please let me know if you have not been able to access this information.

The new teachers for each class will send a video message to their new class Team on Thursday so that all pupils are familiar their new teachers face and voice ahead of our return in August.

P7 Yearbooks Delivery

Both myself and Miss Munro are very keen that P7 do not miss out on the traditional P7 yearbooks. Miss Munro has worked really hard to make this document a fitting souvenir of our P7’s time at St Cuthbert’s. We hope you and the children enjoy reading them!

To this end, Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly plan to deliver the year book and return belongings, school work etc to P7 pupils homes on Thursday 25th June. They will start their visits from 10am. This is purely optional and if you do not wish a visit, we will very much respect your wishes. Please let us know by return of e-mail to our admin mailbox if you do not wish a visit.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 22nd June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see important updates for Monday 22nd June below.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals – Available From Today

These were published via Learning Journals at 10am on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Learning Journals provides the capacity for you to leave feedback comments on your children’s journals. Should you wish to feedback your general views on reporting using this platform, please feel very welcome to do so using the admin mailbox.

Class Structure and Teachers for Session 2020-21 – Video Message to Pupils

We communicated this today via the school app for parents and carers and Teams for pupils. Please let me know if you have not been able to access this information.

The new teachers for each class will send a video message to their new class Team on Thursday so that all pupils are familiar their new teachers face and voice ahead of our return in August.

August 2020 Return To School Arrangements

As you will have read in the letter from City of Edinburgh Council released on 12th June, the council has shared a plan to begin the year with schools operating at 33% capacity.  At St Cuthbert’s, we have worked on a range of models to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.  I am very aware of the urgent need for you to know the days your child will be in school come August so you can plan your lives!  I am also very conscious of giving you the correct information for August and not creating any confusion at an already difficult time.

We will share which days your child will be in school with you on Wednesday 24th June.

There is very little room for movement with these arrangements so we cannot unfortunately accommodate individual requests- as much as we would like to. You will have heard the statements from Scottish Government this week underlying their commitment to return to full time school education as soon as it is safe to do so.

P7 Yearbooks Delivery

Both myself and Miss Munro are very keen that P7 do not miss out on the traditional P7 yearbooks. Miss Munro has worked really hard to make this document a fitting souvenir of our P7’s time at St Cuthbert’s. We hope you and the children enjoy reading them!

To this end, Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly plan to deliver the year book and return belongings, school work etc to P7 pupils homes on Thursday 25th June. They will start their visits from 10am. This is purely optional and if you do not wish a visit, we will very much respect your wishes. Please let us know by return of e-mail to our admin mailbox if you do not wish a visit. Otherwise, Miss Munro and Miss Skelly look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 19th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see important updates for Friday 19th June below.

August 2020 Return To School Arrangements

As you will have read in the letter from City of Edinburgh Council released last Friday, the council has shared a plan to begin the year with schools operating at 33% capacity.  At St Cuthbert’s, we have worked on a range of models to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.  I am very aware of the urgent need for you to know the days your child will be in school come August so you can plan your lives!  I am also very conscious of giving you the correct information for August and not creating any confusion at an already difficult time.

We will share which days your child will be in school with you on Wednesday next week.

There is very little room for movement with these arrangements so we cannot unfortunately accommodate individual requests- as much as we would like to. You will have heard the statements from Scottish Government this week underlying their commitment to return to full time school education as soon as it is safe to do so.

P7 Yearbooks Delivery

Both myself and Miss Munro are very keen that P7 do not miss out on the traditional P7 yearbooks. Miss Munro has worked really hard to make this document a fitting souvenir of our P7’s time at St Cuthbert’s. We hope you and the children enjoy reading them!

To this end, Miss Munro and Mrs Skelly plan to deliver the year book and return belongings, school work etc to P7 pupils homes on Thursday 25th June. They will start their visits from 10am. This is purely optional and if you do not wish a visit, we will very much respect your wishes. Please let us know by return of e-mail to our admin mailbox if you do not wish a visit.

Class Structure and teachers for Session 2020-21

We will communicate details of our class structure and teachers for next session via the school app and Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June at 10am.  We will also communicate the information to our pupils via Teams at the exact same time. If you require any support accessing either of these digital platforms please let us know via the admin mailbox. (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

These will be published via Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 18th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Thursday 18th June below.

P7 Parent/Carers Information Message from St Augustine’s High School

Please could you let  parents of pupils coming to St Augustine’s know that the Parental Information Evening Powerpoint is on our website at:

 https://staugustinesrchs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Virtual-p7-Parents-Evening-June-2020-Welcome.pptx

Letter from City of Edinburgh Council – Translated Copies

Our EAL Team have provided translated copies of the letter sent in English to parents on Friday 12th June in a number of different languages relevant to our school community. We have posted these today for your use.

Letter to parents 120620 summary -ENGLISH

Letter to parents 120620 summary – TURKISH

Letter to parents 120620 summary – SPANISH

Letter to parents 120620 summary – ROMANIAN

Letter to parents 120620 summary – POLISH

Letter to parents 120620 summary – MANDARIN

Letter to parents 120620 summary – CANTONESE

Letter to parents 120620 summary – ARABIC

P7-S1 Transition Day 3

We hope that the final day of transition went well for all pupils. If pupils are taking part in the competition, please return to Miss Munro via Teams in the first instance.

Parents and Carers of New P1 2020-21 Pupils – Contact Calls with School

Our admin team will make telephone contact with all new P1 families by close of play on Monday 22nd June. The purpose of these calls will be to provide further transition information.

Class Structure and Teachers for Session 2020-21

We will communicate details of our class structure and teachers for next session via the school app and Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June at 10am.  We will also communicate the information to our pupils via Teams at the exact same time. If you require any support accessing either of these digital platforms please let us know via the admin mailbox. (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk).

Further details about our blended learning approach for August 2020, will be shared on Wednesday 24th June.

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

These will be published via Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 17th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Wednesday 17th June below.

Parents and Carers of New P1 2020-21 Pupils – Contact Calls From School

Our admin team will make telephone contact with all new P1 families by close of play on Monday 22nd June. The purpose of these calls will be to provide further transition information.

P7-S1 Transition Day 2

We hope that all went well for our P7 pupils during day 2 of transition activities.

Class Structure and Teachers for Session 2020-21

We will communicate details of our class structure and teachers for next session via the school app and Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June at 10am.  We will also communicate the information to our pupils via Teams at the exact same time. If you require any support accessing either of these digital platforms please let us know via the admin mailbox. (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals – Monday 22nd June 2020

These will be published via Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 16th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Tuesday 16th June below.

P7-S1 Transition Days – 16th to 19th  June 2020

Thanks to all those who collected paper copies of the transition resources today or who accessed them online. I hope the pupils enjoyed their first day of transition activities.

Class Structure for August 2020

We will communicate details of our class structure and teachers for next session via the school app and Learning Journals on Monday. If you require any support accessing either of these platforms please let us know via the admin mailbox. (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)

Annual Progress Reports via Learning Journals

These will be published via Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Nursery-P1 Important Transition Information

As previously referred to, in the absence of the opportunity to organise Transition Visits to Primary Schools, the City of Edinburgh Council have produced their own transition materials based on the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’. These materials can be found at:

www.bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com

Translated versions of the materials can be found here:

https://bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/moving-on-to-primary-1/

https://bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/additional-languages/

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.

Parent and Carer Update: 15th June

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Monday 15th June below.

Collection of P7 Transition Booklets for Use 16th -19th  June

City of Edinburgh Council have developed a transition resource for pupils in P7 who are going into S1 next year. Mr Vilanova and Miss Munro will be sharing transition learning activities digitally with our pupils for use on the above days (which would ordinarily have been our transition days) via the P7 Class Team. If you would like a paper copy of these resources however, they can be collected from a trolley, just inside the school gates tomorrow between 9.30-12.30pm.

Annual Progress Reports

These will be published via Learning Journals on Monday 22nd June. Please contact our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk)  if you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any difficulties logging in.

Letter to Parents from City of Edinburgh Council re Plans for Schools Re-opening in August 2020 and School Response

A link to this letter should now have been received by all parents and carers via text from City of Edinburgh Council. I also thought it would be worthwhile sharing re our own school digital platforms.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/27455/letter-to-mainstream-parents-and-carers

The school will communicate further details of these plans by Wednesday 24th June.

Stationery Pick-Up Today

Thanks to the parents/carers who took advantage of this offer today. I hope the resources will be useful

Nursery-P1 Important Transition Information

As previously referred to, in the absence of the opportunity to organise Transition Visits to Primary Schools, the City of Edinburgh Council have produced their own transition materials based on the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’. These materials can be found at:

www.bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com

Translated versions of the materials can be found here:

https://bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/moving-on-to-primary-1/

https://bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/additional-languages/

Kind regards

Pat Brack, HT and all at St Cuthbert’s Primary.