CEC Letter re: Nursery provision

Dear Parent/Carer
You may be aware that the Scottish Government has made the very difficult decision to
postpone the statutory entitlement of every child to receive 1140 hours of funded Early
Learning and Childcare from 1.8.2020. Edinburgh Council were on track to provide this
entitlement for all eligible children and has been phasing in a plan over the past two years.
This has included provision in local authority settings, private providers, childminders and independent nurseries.
As part of this provision, new local authority nursery buildings were being constructed to accommodate the large numbers of spaces required to ensure that all our children received their entitlement. A recruitment drive was also underway in order to staff settings.
The impact of the corona virus has meant that our plans will not be ready for August 2020; the new nursery buildings will not be completed and the staff will not all be recruited in time to provide everyone with 1140 hours of ELC.
Therefore, I am writing to inform you that it will be necessary to amend our plans for the
implementation of 1140 placements. I know that some parents will be very disappointed by this news as you might already have incorporated this entitlement into your childcare plans for August.
We will look at the allocation of places and confirm what we are able to allocate to you for August. There will also be information posted on our website shortly that indicates the flexibility of access to places across the city so that parents can make informed choices for their child. Ensuring the quickest delivery of 1140 funded entitlement to all Edinburgh`s children will be a priority once we have managed through these difficult times. I know that parents, although disappointed will understand and I will endeavour to keep you informed at the earliest possible time. I appreciate that school staff will be stopping for the Easter break but we will be in contact with parents as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please keep safe and I wish you and your family well.
Yours sincerely
Lynn Paterson
Senior Education Manager

Parent and Carer Update: 21st April

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the Summer Term at St Cuthbert’s Primary. We hope that you and your families have had as good a holiday as it was possible to have within the constraints of the lockdown and that you enjoyed the lovely weather. Please see our latest update below as we move into Term 3.

Digital Learning This Term

Schools currently remain closed and we have no indication of any possible return date at the moment.  During this time of closure, City of Edinburgh Council recommends a maximum of 3-4 hours concentrated academic work a day for pupils (this obviously varies when pupils are younger and less able to sustain long periods of concentration). To meet this aspiration at an age and stage appropriate level, our teachers are asked to post the following learning on a daily basis:

  • 1 piece of Literacy Work
  • 1 piece of Numeracy work
  • Where age appropriate 15 minutes of reading in the morning and the same in the afternoon.
  • Teachers will also post 2 P.E. activities and 2 R.E activities a week.

Parents and Pupils should feel very welcome to share examples of work with teachers.

If you want advice on how to do this please contact our admin mailbox – admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

P7 Transition Forum – Open from 21st April 2020

This initiative is intended to support those current P7 pupils who will be attending St Augustine’s High School in academic year 2020-21 and went live today. The dedicated Microsoft Team will allow staff from St Augustine’s to share information about the school with pupils and allow pupils to put their questions to staff within a safe, moderated environment. Miss Munro has sent invitations to relevant pupils asking them to join the Team and some initial content has already been posted by St Augustine’s staff. More will follow over the coming days.

Learning Journals Update

You should now be able to view your children’s Term 1 and Term 2 observations on Learning Journals. We hope you enjoy viewing these and discussing them with your children. Thank you to all of you have registered for this platform last term, if you haven’t already done so, please contact our admin mailbox (see below for address) to register. In the coming days, we will share our plans for the utilisation of Learning Journals this term.

For the attention of Applicants and Potential Applicants for places at St Cuthbert’s Nursery, August 2020

We posted a letter yesterday from City of Edinburgh Council on all of our platforms last term. The letter relates to nursery provision for 2020-21.  We have re-posted today. Please read it and let us know if you have any questions about its contents. If you cannot find the letter on our platforms, please let us know and we can e-mail it to you via the admin mailbox.

Message from Fr Duffy and St Cuthbert’s Parish

I have spoken to Fr Duffy over the holidays and he sends his prayers and best wishes to you all.  I hope some of you may have had the opportunity to view his Good Friday service and Easter Mass, they were uplifting to watch and engage with. Father is currently reviewing his plans for First Holy Communions in the light of the changed situation we find ourselves in and will be in contact with parents/carers if any change to original plans are made. If you have any queries about this in the meantime, please feel free to contact Fr Duffy directly.

Families Edinburgh Digital Magazine – May/June 2020

This magazine is usually delivered in paper format to pupils each term at school and has ideas for family based activities. If you are interested in having a look at these please click on the link below:

https://issuu.com/familiesonline/docs/families_edinburgh_digital_2_?fr=sMGM3YjEyMzkxMzQ

Key Worker Hubs

A survey e-mail was sent to relevant parents last week from City of Edinburgh Council. Parents/Carers can select the most suitable to them from a list of hubs.

Communication with Parents/Carers

We will continue to communicate daily via our app, website, Learning Journals and Twitter. You don’t need to check every platform as the same information is shared on each to ensure we have the widest outreach possible.

Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions. This can be done using our admin mailbox:

admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Thanks for your continued support.

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

 

Parent and Carer Update: 3rd April

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Dear Parents/Carers,

I don’t think any of us would have imagined even a few weeks ago, that this is how we would have ended our Spring Term! The last few weeks have been incredibly challenging for children, families and staff.  No one in our lifetimes has experienced anything like this. You will have heard on the news, talk of the ‘Blitz spirit’ and difficult times bringing out the best in people.

The St Cuthbert’s primary school community has definitely exemplified the truth of this: The positivity, commitment and resilience our children, staff and parents have shown has been admirable.

We know that trying to keep children learning at home is hard.  Parents and carers are doing a great job.  Be kind to yourself and don’t expect your children to do a full school day at home. The message from myself and our team is clear: do what you can, try your hardest but keeping  well and healthy is the biggest priority for everyone.

During this challenging time, our staff have been truly incredible.  Over the last few weeks what we have achieved together has been a huge tribute to the talent, commitment and passion of our team.  The quality of the online learning, the sheer volume of communications with families, deliveries of food parcels and the support of a hub for emergency workers’ children within a very short time frame has been phenomenal.  I am so proud of every one of our team.

Our children have been fantastic also.  I asked the teachers to share with me a positive learning experience from the last 2 weeks. Without exception all commented on their pupils positive attitude, engagement with them as teachers and support for each other online, which they report has been heart-warming to see.  The quality of work produced has been really strong and it is encouraging to see our pupils continue to make progress in their learning despite the challenging circumstances.

As you know, the Easter holidays begin today.  Learning will re-commence on Tuesday 21st April.  Staff won’t be accessing email or Teams over this time and there will be no online work set until we return.  The admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk inbox will be checked before we return on the 21st.  There are currently no plans for schools to re-open after Easter.

Please take this time to rest, relax and have fun within the constraints of our current way of life.

A massive thank you to the key emergency/essential workers who are doing such a great job across our country.   I am sure, that many of you were, like me, out clapping for them at your windows and doors last night!

Remember that Fr Duffy will be posting up his Mass on Palm Sunday. Please check St Cuthbert’s Parish website for further details.

Wishing you and your family health and happiness at this hard time and a peaceful Easter for those who celebrate it.

Pat Brack, Acting HT and all at St Cuthberts Primary School

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Parent and Carer update: 2nd April

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we near the end of term, thank you once again for your ongoing support. Please see update below from St Cuthbert’s Primary:

P7 Transition Forum – 21st April 2020

This initiative is intended to support those current P7 pupils who will be attending St Augustine’s High School in academic year 2020-21. The dedicated Microsoft Team will allow staff from St Augustine’s to share information about the school with pupils and allow pupils to put their questions to staff within a safe, moderated environment. Miss Munro will send invitations to relevant pupils asking them to join the Team tomorrow. The Team will not go live until 21st April however.

Learning Journals for Term 1 and Term 2

You should now be able to view your children’s Term 1 and Term 2 observations on Learning Journals. We hope you enjoy viewing these and discussing them with your children. Thank you to all of you have registered for this platform over the last week or two, if you haven’t already done so, please contact our admin mailbox (see below for address) to register.

For the attention of Applicants and Potential Applicants for places at St Cuthbert’s Nursery, August 2020

We posted a letter yesterday from City of Edinburgh Council on all of our platforms. The letter relates to nursery provision for 2020-21. Please read it and let us know if you have any questions about its contents. If you cannot find the letter on our platforms, please let us know and we can e-mail it to you via the admin mailbox.

Message from Fr Duffy and St Cuthbert’s Parish

Fr Duffy will be posting his Palm Sunday Mass on St Cuthbert’s Parish website. He also asked me to pass on his best wishes and prayers to all of you.

Please continue to contact us with any feedback, comments or questions you have via our admin mailbox:

admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  

Best wishes to you all

Pat Brack, Acting HT and all at St Cuthberts Primary School

Parent and Carer Update: 1st April

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see below the latest update from St Cuthbert’s Primary:

Learning Journals for Term 1 and Term 2

As of today, you should now be able to view your children’s Term 1 and Term 2 observations on Learning Journals. We hope you enjoy viewing these and discussing them with your children. Thank you to all of you have registered for this platform over the last week or two, if you haven’t already done so, please contact our admin mailbox (see below for address).

Resources from Active Schools

We are continuing to update our 4 e-platforms (app, website, learning journals and twitter) to ensure that we are reaching as many of you as possible. Today we have updated these with some new ideas for games and activities produced by our colleagues in the Active Schools Team.

Playground Cards – Old AS Logo

Movement & Games

For the attention of Applicants and Potential Applicants for places at St Cuthbert’s Nursery, August 2020

We will post a letter from City of Edinburgh Council today on all of our platforms. It relates to nursery provision for 2020-21. Please read it and let us know if you have any questions about the contents of the letter.

CEC Letter re Nursery Provision 2020-21

Message from Fr Duffy and St Cuthbert’s Parish

Fr Duffy will be posting his Palm Sunday Mass on St Cuthbert’s Parish website. He also asked me to pass on his best wishes and prayers to all of you.

Please continue to contact us with any feedback, comments or questions you have via our admin mailbox:

admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.

 

Posts and updates: 31st March

Dear Parents/Carers,

The staff at St Cuthbert’s send their continued good wishes to you and your families at this challenging time.

Please continue to contact us with any feedback, comments or questions you have via our admin mailbox:

admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  

Our teachers report that ever greater numbers of pupils are engaging with our digital learning programme and our staff have been able to resolve various technical challenges in partnership with parents and carers. Please continue to contact us with any questions about accessing learning via the admin mailbox.

We will continue to update our school app, website and Learning Journals platforms daily and are increasing our use of twitter (@St CuthbertsRCP). If you wish to sign up for Learning Journals and have not already done so, please contact our admin mailbox.

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.

Posts and updates: Monday 30th March

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you and all of our families are staying well.

Please be advised that we will be updating our class Teams daily this week with:

  • 1 piece of Literacy Work, 1 Piece of Numeracy/Maths Work and 1 piece of work from another curricular area.
  • Two 15 minutes spells of reading (from school reading books or pupils own book) per day.
  • We will also post 2 P.E. activities and 2 R.E activities a week

Some parents or carers have asked how pupils can submit work for teacher feedback. The work can be handed in through assignments in teams and feedback can be also be given in this way. Pictures can also be taken of the work completed and uploaded so the teacher can see work that is not able to be completed on the computer. e.g. maths problems, pictures etc.

Please note that as well as updating the app, website and learning journals we are now also tweeting daily using the handle @stcuthbertsrcp. The ideas and resources being tweeted are well worth looking at.

Finally, our teachers have been working hard to update Learning Journals with snapshots of pupil learning for this term and last. All class entries should be up to date by Wednesday morning. I will confirm when this has been done.

Remember that we are here to support you and that we welcome any queries or questions you have, please continue to get in touch using our admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  to make us aware of these. We will respond as quickly as we can.

 

We will post further updates tomorrow, until then, thanks once again for your support and stay safe!

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.

Posts and Updates: Friday 27th March

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have now reached the end of week 1 of school closures and we thank you for your support in helping us establish our digital learning. Our staff would particularly like to thank those parents and carers who have shared their appreciation with us of the hard work carried out by staff to ensure that learning continued this week.

Uptake of our daily digital learning offer has been high and the teachers have reported back how impressed they have been by the pupils application to their learning. Today, for example I heard reports from staff about P7 pupils working together to solve algebra and reading comprehension questions and pupils in LCC2 sharing the results of artwork created by following instructions from their teacher as well as posting examples of their baking skills!

Remember that we are here to support you and that we welcome any queries or questions you have, please contact our admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  to make us aware of these. We will respond as quickly as we can.

We will continue to update our app, website and Learning Journals with new information and resources. If you are in contact with any parents/carers who are not currently engaging with our electronic platforms please continue to encourage them to do so and to contact us if they are experiencing any difficulties with accessing the information we are posting. Thank you!

We will post further updates on Monday, until then, thanks once again for your support and stay safe!

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.

Posts and Updates: 26th March

Please find the posts and updates for 26th March here:

Free School Meal FAQ: FSM FAQs

Dear Parents/Carers.

Thanks for your continued support as we reach the end of this first week of school closures.

Remember that we are here to support you and that we welcome any queries or questions you have, please contact our admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  to make us aware of these. We will respond as quickly as we can.

We will continue to update our website, app and Learning Journals with any relevant information we can. For example, today we published a document answering frequently asked questions relating to Free School Meals during this time of school closure.

Our teachers are continuing to provide creative and innovative learning on a daily basis as well as answering questions posed by pupils using Microsoft Teams. They report back very positively about the pupils engagement. Please continue to encourage your children to engage with this learning.

We will post further updates tomorrow, until then, thanks once again for your support!

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.

 

Posts and updates for 25th March.

I am changing the way I upload posts on the school website. Each day I will upload new post throughout the day so every new post does not push older posts from the feed.

Please let me know if you feel this is working or would like individual post put up.

Please find below Posts for 25th March:

A document with  resources for EAL Learners. Home learning ideas for EAL learners and families (1)

Advice for parents and carers: COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_

Parent and Carer update:

Dear Parents/Carers.

All at St Cuthbert’s continue to send their best wishes to you and your families in these challenging times.

We will continue to update our app, website and Learning Journals (the issue with the messaging facility has been resolved!)with new information and resources. If you are in contact with any parents/carers who are not engaging with our electronic platforms please continue to encourage them to do so. Thank you!

As you know, teachers are updating their class TEAMS groups daily with new work.  Thanks again for engaging with both the on and offline (paper folders) learning we are providing. Reports from teachers suggest a rise again today in levels of pupil participation. Again, if you are aware of any parents or carers who are unable to access this learning please direct them to our admin mailbox. Please continue to use the messaging facility on TEAMS to raise any questions about learning, this facility allows teachers to provide real time answers to your children’s questions within school hours.

I have been in regular contact with staff over the last 3 days and they have been feeding back their positive experiences of pupil learning: for example, Miss Donnelly described how viewing and feeding back on artwork her LCC1 pupils had posted in their class TEAM had really given her a lift. Mrs Banks in P5 also shared the information that she has been given permission by the author of her class’ novel to record and share herself reading excerpts from the novel for the class. We would also welcome any feedback you, as parents and carers, would like to share about the learning provided this week, this can be done via the admin mailbox listed below.

Remember that we are here to support you and that we welcome any queries or questions you have, please contact our admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk  to make us aware of these. We will respond as quickly as we can.

Issues with logging into Microsoft 365 seem to have decreased again today, but we are still here to help if you continue to experience any such issues, please again contact our admin mailbox.

Finally, I spoke with Fr Duffy today. He passes on his prayers and good wishes to all of our pupils, families and staff. He asked me to share that St Cuthbert’s and Our Ladies Church buildings remain closed and that he will be sharing further information via the parish website www.stcuthbertschurch.com in the meantime.

We will post further updates tomorrow, until then, thanks once again for your support!

Kind Regards

Pat Brack, Acting Head Teacher and all at St Cuthberts.