Newsletter: 28 August 2020

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 3 – Friday 28th August 2020

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon everyone, it is hard to believe that we are at the end of our third week of term already. Thank you for adapting so quickly to the ‘new normal’. There is, as always, a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, I hope you can spare the time to read through it. Please ask if anything is unclear.

Reporting Absence

Thank you for the sensible approach you are taking to gauging when children are not well enough to attend school. In the current circumstances of an ongoing pandemic, we need to remain cautious and follow appropriate guidelines. We very much appreciate that our parents and carers are doing this.

parents and carers letter good practice schools

If you are calling us to report absence, please be specific in reporting reasons for absence. In cases where you are reporting any of the following symptoms relating to Covid-19:

· High Temperature

· New and continuous cough

· Loss of or change in the senses of taste and smell

please be advised that pupils with any of these symptoms must be tested and evidence of test result e-mailed to our admin account (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk).

If a test is positive pupils must have isolated for 10 days before returning to school 48 hours after symptoms have ceased. Siblings and families must isolate for 14 days.

If test result is negative, pupils should return to school once they have had 48 hours without any of the above symptoms. Please see accompanying letter from Director of Public Health and Health Policy, Scotland. We would ask that you follow the guidance in this letter with one caveat; that instead of showing the teacher any test result, that you follow the procedure outlined above.

School Meals

Please remember that the deadline for ordering school lunches is a Wednesday at 12 midnight for the following Monday (eg. Wednesday 2nd September is deadline for lunches w/c Monday 7th September).

Breakfast Club Re-opening Date – 31st August 2020

Breakfast Club will re-open on Monday 31st August 2020. Attendees have been informed that their places have been reserved. In keeping with the City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance, the club will comply with Covid 19 risk assessments and clear records and registers will be kept, to allow for effective tracing through Test and Protect. Although we are keeping class bubbles separate within the school day, blended placements to support families for childcare are permitted when necessary and where risk is mitigated. If numbers remain at 30 or under we can keep the pupils in one group. Over 30 and we will be required to split groups and spaces used. Pupils within a group of 30 or fewer children are not required to attend every day and can attend on those days that suit parents. We will seek to maximise the use of the designated space outside the breakfast club for outdoor play wherever possible too. In terms of access, the main door will be open from 8am and all pupils attending should be dropped at main school entry gate by parents/carers. The exception being, parents/carers of pupils in P1-3, who may enter the playground and drop pupils at the front door. Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times. I would appreciate if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 7th September. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the Monday of each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and amount of money enclosed. These costs may change in the future. Thank you.

After School Club Update from Gingerbread

Please note that our after-school care provider/partner Gingerbread are now able to offer their services again. Gingerbread After School Care have spaces available in their club. If you are interested in further information please contact Carole Anne/Janice or Andy on 0131-478-1391/07825925846 or e-mail us here at gingerbread12@outlook.com

Flu Vaccination Letters

A reminder that the flu vaccination consent forms sent out this week are due back by Monday 31st August. These vaccinations are always important but particularly so in the current situation we find ourselves in. Thank you for your support with this.

Data Capture Forms

Please return the completed data capture, KIC and photographic permission forms which were issued on Monday 24th August by Friday 4th September.

Social Distancing Outside the Playground/Gates

Thanks for support with this, I really appreciate the efforts adults are making to support the school community by following the guidelines.

Pupil Medicines

If your child requires medication whilst at school this year, please ensure that you contact our office and complete the necessary paperwork and procedures.

Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School

One of the enjoyable things about writing the newsletters last year was sharing details of the pupils learning. I am delighted to be able to start doing this again as of today. Please see details below:

P1 – Were learning to sequence and count from 1-10, in phonics, they learnt the – a sound and cursive writing. Finally, in R.E. they have been learning our school prayers

P2 – Have learnt the ow sound this week. They have also been counting up to 100. In science they have been learning about night and day and the earth’s relationship to the sun.

P3 – Have been learning about: the effect of plastic on the environment, characterisation in stories and how to sing and keep time.

P4 – Have been learning reading superpowers such as recalling, understanding and explaining what they have read. They have also been revising fractions and times-tables. They have been learning fitness drills in P.E.

P5 – In Art, P5 have been learning to use a range of media to create the effect of stained glass windows. They have also worked together to choose a history topic that they wished to study this term and have chosen that of: Mary Queen of Scots. P5 have also been practising their numeracy skills using Countdown number games where they are learning to discuss the strategies they are using to reach the target number.

P6 – In Maths, the class learned about where we might find negative numbers in daily life : (temperature; playing golf; elevators; tides). In Social Studies, they learned about the timeline of the Titanic story and created a visual timeline for our classroom. In Literacy have been learning how to write a diary entry from the perspective of a character in our class novel ‘Titanic: Death on the Water’.

P7 – have been learning to add and subtract negative numbers. They furthered their understanding of persuasive language in preparation for the P7 jobs/house captain applications. Finally, they have created a piece of art based on the book Winder; where they picked ten positive things about themselves

LCC1 – The children are learning to give their reasoned opinion on whether or not they liked a story and why, through their reading of the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears fairy-tale. They are learning to sequence the order of a story and are learning to retell stories in their own words using visuals to support. They had fun practising their role play skills yesterday after setting up the classroom as the three bears’ house. In numeracy the children are learning to name 2D shapes. They used common 2D shapes to create a chair or bed. In expressive arts the children are learning to follow step by step instructions to draw.

LCC2 – In Maths, we are learning to make nets of 3D shapes. In science, we are learning about capillary action. In topic we are learning about Scotland’s history and its landscape.

Head Teacher Availability

As above, please continue to feel very welcome at any time to contact me by phone or arrange an appointment with me in person if you have any questions or if I can help in any other way.

A Message from our local Parish – St. Cuthbert’s, Slateford/Sacraments Update

Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to all of our families on their return to school. Attendance at Mass can now be secured by booking online. Please see details on the parish website. http://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Saturday 6pm – Vigil Mass

Sunday 10am – Parish Mass

Sunday 5pm – Additional Mass

Fr Duffy and myself have been discussing plans for celebrating the sacraments of First Holy Communion. Following on from communication from the Archbishop on 26th August, we have been informed that First Holy Communions for last year’s P4 (current P5) can be celebrated between Autumn and Christmas 2020. Plans are still being finalised but it is likely that celebrations will take place over a number of Saturday dates with limited numbers of places for family and friends. We will share final details of these plans are soon as they are available.

We will also look to share information with you – as soon as it becomes available – re plans for the celebration of First Reconciliations, for this year’s P4 class, who were scheduled to make the sacrament in March of last year as P3.

Finally

Thanks again for your support in these challenging times. I hope that you and your families have a great weekend!

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher

Newsletter: 21st August 2020

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 2 – Friday 21st August 2020

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon everyone, it has been another quick and positive week, and pupils and staff at St Cuthbert’s are making real progress in accommodating themselves to the ‘new normal’. There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, I hope you can spare the time to read through it. Thanks once again for your continued support!

After School Club Update

Please note that our after-school care provider partner Gingerbread are now able to offer their services again as of this week. If you are interested in accessing after school care with them, please contact Gingerbread directly.

e-mail: gingerbread12@outlook.com

telephone: 0131 478 1391 or 07825925846 website: http://www.gingerbreadchildcare.org.uk

Breakfast Club: Re-opening Update

We are hoping to reopen the Breakfast Club on Monday 31st August 2020. In keeping with the City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance, the breakfast club will comply with Covid 19 risk assessments and clear records and registers will be kept to allow for effective tracing through Test and Protect. Although we are keeping class bubbles separate within the school day, blended placements to support families for childcare are permitted when necessary and where risk is mitigated. If numbers remain at 30 or under we can keep the pupils in one group. Over 30 and we will be required to split groups and spaces used. Pupils within a group of 30 or fewer children are not required to attend every day and can attend on those days that suit parents. We will seek to maximise the use of the designated space outside the breakfast club for outdoor play wherever possible too. In terms of access, the main door will be open from 8am and all pupils attending should be dropped at main school entry gate by parents/carers. The exception being, parents/carers of pupils in P1-3, who may enter the playground and drop pupils at the front door. Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times. I would appreciate if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 31st August. The school will then send a form home with identified pupils and we would appreciate if you could return this by Wednesday 26th August 2020. The charge will be £1.50 per day for the

first child and £1 per day for any additional children. These costs may change in the future. Thank you.

Flu Vaccination Letters

A reminder that the flu vaccination consent forms sent out this week are due back by 31st August. These vaccinations are always important but particularly so in the current situation we find ourselves in. Thank you for your support with this.

Ordering School Milk

A letter enabling parents/carers to order milk for the year was shared this week. Please return any reservations to our school office by 26th August 2020.

Data Capture Forms

Please return the completed data capture, KIC and photographic permission forms which will be issued on Monday 24th August by Friday 4th September.

Social Distancing Outside the Playground/Gates

Thanks for your patience and cooperation in ensuring that our new routines have been successfully embedded over the last week. Can I please ask that you continue to remain mindful of social distancing at all times. Both the First Minister and National Clinical Director have this week- stressed the importance of maintaining this social distance to our nations’ health. We greatly appreciate the efforts you are making to do so. Thank you.

Pupil Medicines

If your child requires medication whilst at school this year, please ensure that you contact our office and complete the necessary paperwork and procedures.

St Cuthbert’s Nursery

The building within our grounds to the left of the main school building will become our school nursery. Our 2 newly appointed Seniors (Faye Shumba and Laura Maguire) are now in post and preparations for opening are ongoing. The current planned opening date is late October this year (this is dependent on confirmation from City of Edinburgh Council). If you would like your child to attend our nursery, you can send your application form to the Early Years inbox earlyyears@edinburgh.gov.uk . Provided you also select a second and third choice on the application form, City of Edinburgh Council will be able to provide you with an alternative placing until St Cuthbert’s is ready.

Start and End Times (These will apply until further notice)

Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School

As per City of Edinburgh Council’s advice, as well as our regular curricular work, our learning in all classes this week has continued to focus on:

• Reconnecting relationships – supporting the re-establishment of peer to peer and adult to children/young people relationships

• Acknowledging experiences – being curious, acknowledging feelings and reactions and creating time and space for dialogue

• Creating a nurturing environment

• Supporting our learners to build resilience

Head Teacher Availability

As above, please continue to feel very welcome at any time to contact me by phone or arrange an appointment with me in person if you have any questions or if I can help in any other way.

Class Playground 

Access for      Enter and Exit School By    Start Time     End of Day      End of Day    Parents/Carers

P1 Yes,                  via side entrance gate              8.45am          2.50pm              12.05pm                                             P1 class door

P2 Yes,                   via side entrance                      9am            3.05pm                    12.25pm                                         gate Infant Entrance

P3 Yes,                   via main entrance gate         8.55am         3.20pm                  12.30pm                                              Main Door

P4 No                     Main Door                                    9.05am         3.30pm                 12.40pm

P5 No              Upper School Entrance                   8.55am         3.20pm                12.30pm

P6 No               Upper School Entrance                     9am               3.25pm             12.35pm

P7 No               Upper School Entrance                   9.05am             3.30pm             12.40pm

LCC1 Yes,          via back entrance gate.                8.55am                3.20pm             12.20pm                                         LCC Door

LCC2 Yes,          via back entrance gate.                8.55am                3.20pm             12.20pm                                         LCC Door

A Message from our local Parish – St. Cuthbert’s, Slateford/Sacraments Update

Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to all of our families on their return to school. Attendance at Mass can now be secured by booking online. Please see details on the parish website. http://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Saturday 6pm – Vigil Mass

Sunday 10am – Parish Mass

Sunday 5pm – Additional Mass

Now that we are back at school, Fr Duffy and myself will shortly be discussing plans for celebrating the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We will share these with you as soon as possible.

Finally

I hope that you and your families have a great weekend!

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher

Newsletter: 14th August 2020

                                                 St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                                                Newsletter 1 – Friday 14th August 2020

                     St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon everyone, whether you are one of the sizeable number of new families with pupils attending the school or have been with us longer, we would like to welcome you all warmly back to St Cuthbert’s. Please accept sincere thanks from myself and the staff team for your support in ensuring a safe and happy return to school for our pupils. Please see our latest information update below. The newsletter will continue to be published on our website, app and Learning Journals platforms every Friday going forward.

Start and End Times (These will apply until further notice)

Class Playground

Access for Parents/Carers

Enter and Exit School By: Start Time End of Day Wed/Thurs End of Day

Friday

P1 Yes, via side entrance gate P1 class door 8.45am 2.50pm 12.05pm
P2 Yes, via side entrance gate Infant Entrance (same as last year) 9am 3.05pm 12.25pm
P3 Yes, via main entrance gate Main Door 8.55am 3.20pm 12.30pm
P4 No Main Door 9.05am 3.30pm 12.40pm
P5 No Upper School Entrance 8.55am 3.20pm 12.30pm
P6 No Upper School Entrance 9am 3.25pm 12.35pm
P7 No Upper School Entrance 9.05am 3.30pm 12.40pm
LCC1 Yes, via back entrance gate. LCC Door  8.55am  3.20pm 12.20pm
LCC2 Yes, via back entrance gate. LCC Door  8.55am  3.20pm 12.20pm

 

Key Messages

  • All pupils should attend school full time in whole class groups from today onwards. (please see timings above).
  • Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that our pupils arrive as close to their start time as possible.
  • Thanks also for ensuring that pupils remain out-with grounds until their allocated time of entry. This ensures our playground is socially distanced for pupil entry to building. Please also note that for the time being unfortunately, only parents/carers from P1-3 can enter the playground.
  • We will continue to encourage regular handwashing when children are in school and hand sanitisers will be widely available throughout the building. Enhanced cleaning will take place daily and classrooms will be well ventilated.
  • Children will remain in their own class bubbles. They will not mix with other classes at any part of the school day. Lunches are eaten in class bubbles, the playground is zoned in class zones and a one way system operates in the corridors.
  • Uniform is optional for the time being, many families may want to wash clothes daily before coming back into school.  Staff will be dressed more causally than normal. Wearing comfortable clothes to school will also reduce the need to change for PE.  Children will be spending a lot of time outdoors so waterproof and warm clothes are required each day, depending on weather conditions.
  • Please ensure that your child brings a full water bottle to school, as pupils for safety reasons, do not have access to water fountains to fill them up during the course of the day.
  • Unfortunately, as things stand children are not advised to bring anything other than a snack or their lunch with them to school. All stationery and resources will be provided by the school.
  • We understand that you will be anxious and have questions about your child’s return to school. Please feel free to call or e-mail at any time and I will seek to respond as promptly as I can. (0131 443 2621, admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). If you wish to come into school to discuss any matter in person, please make an appointment via the school office.

Staffing Update

We are delighted to announce that Mrs McLeish, our Support for Learning Teacher has returned from secondment and re-joins our staff team this year.

I would also like to make you aware that Ms Louise Donnelly, our LCC1 Teacher will be leaving us on September 4th to take up a new career opportunity. We thank her sincerely for her hard work, skilled teaching and the significant contribution to the life of the school during her time with us. Mrs Holden has written separately to our LCC parents, explaining our future plans for staffing in LCC.

Please note that Mrs Barry will continue to teach P4 on a Monday-Wednesday and that Miss Donnelly will teach the class on Thursdays and Fridays. Mr Vilanova-Diaz will then take on the responsibility of the Thursday and Friday when Miss Donnelly goes on maternity leave.

Pupil Medicines

If your child requires medication whilst at school this year, please ensure that you contact our office and complete the necessary paperwork and procedures.

School Meals and Milk

For those parents who are registered on Parent Pay, they should continue to use this system to order meals as normal. Parents of new families, who are not currently registered on Parent Pay, should expect a letter next week containing activation details.

A letter will also come out next week confirming arrangements for milk provision this term.

Flu Vaccinations

Consent packs will be sent home next week for the flu nasal spray vaccinations for all children in our school.  The completed form should be signed and returned no later than Friday 28th August.   If you do not return this completed form by this deadline, your child will not be given the flu vaccination spray in school.

Flu vaccination is more important than ever in the context of COVIS-19 to decrease pressure on the NHS and improve the baseline health of the most vulnerable.

St Cuthbert’s Nursery

The building within our grounds to the left of the main school building will become our school nursery. The current planned opening date is late October this year (this is dependent on confirmation from City of Edinburgh Council). If you would like your child to attend our nursery, you can send your application form to the Early Years inbox earlyyears@edinburgh.gov.uk . Provided you also select a second and third choice on the application form, City of Edinburgh Council will be able to provide you with an alternative placing until St Cuthbert’s is ready.

Building Works at St Cuthbert’s Primary School

The main work on our building has been completed and it has certainly resulted in a much refreshed school interior (which we look forward to showing off to you, as soon as we are permitted to). There are still a small number of outstanding jobs to be completed but the end is in sight.

Our Learning This Week in St Cuthbert’s Primary School

As per City of Edinburgh Council’s advice, our first week’s learning in all classes has been focused on:

  • Reconnecting relationships – supporting the re-establishment of peer to peer and adult to children/young people relationships
  • Acknowledging experiences being curious, acknowledging feelings and reactions and creating time and space for dialogue
  • Creating a nurturing environment
  • Supporting our learners to build resilience

A Message from our local Parish – St. Cuthbert’s, Slateford.

Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to all of our families on their return to school. Fr Duffy is considered to be part of our school bubble and will be able to visit 2 classes a day, starting from next week. Attendance at Mass can now be secured by booking online. Please see details on the parish website.

www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Saturday 6pm – Vigil Mass

Sunday 10am – Parish Mass

Sunday 5pm – Additional Mass

Please note that Archbishop Cushley will also be praying for our pupils, families and schools at our Assumption Day Mass on Sunday. See links below to access this Mass. It can be viewed live on Facebook at 9am and thereafter on the archdiocesan website.

 

Facebook

www.facebook.com/EdinburghRCdiocese

 

Website

www.archedinburgh.org/news-events,

Head Teacher Availability

As above, please continue to feel very welcome at any time to contact me by phone or arrange an appointment with me in person if you have any questions or if I can help in any other way.

Finally

I hope that you and your families have a great weekend!

Kind regards.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher

 

P1 Parents/Carers.

Dear P1 Parents/Carers.

It has been lovely to meet you and your children over the last few days. Please note that as of Monday 17th August, all P1 pupils (only) should follow the start and end times below:

  • Monday-Thursday: Start Time – 8.45am, Finish Time – 2.50pm
  • Friday: Start Time – 8.45am, Finish Time 12.05pm

Entry and exit will still be from the same points as this week. Please also look out for our whole school newsletter which will be posted on our school website, app and learning journals tomorrow afternoon. It contains lots of helpful information relating to the school community and is published weekly on a Friday.

Kind Regards

Pat Brack

Head Teacher

Parent and Carer Update: 6th August

Dear Parents/Carers

Further to yesterday’s message from myself.

Please find attached a letter containing information for our return to school next week. I would really appreciate your support in reading it carefully through in its entirety, as it contains a large amount of detailed information. I greatly appreciate your support with this.

Return to School Parent & Carer Information

Pat Brack

Head Teacher

Parent and Carer Update: 5th August

Dear Parents/Carers.

In our update last week, we said that we would be in a position to update you on our plans for return to school today. We want to make this update both as clear, comprehensive and accurate as possible. Due to the complexity of the planning required, there are still some additional pieces of information that we need to fine tune before communicating to you. Therefore, we will now update you via our website, app and learning journals platforms re our return to school plans by 12pm tomorrow. Apologies for the slight delay.

In the meantime, please see some helpful information below  from City of Edinburgh Council concerning activities that families can carry out together to prepare for the return to school next week.

Tips for Parents/Carers From City Of Edinburgh Council

We all want to help our children and young people make as smooth a transition as possible back into school and to feel safe and happy there. We’ve created these tips as a resource for parents and carers to use to support themselves and their children to become more resilient and develop the skills needed to cope with challenging times – especially as we get ready to return to school.

These tips complement the building resilience primary health and wellbeing programme which we will be using as part of our return to school curriculum. The tips help to engage pupils, families and staff in raising awareness and understanding of ten protective factors for our mental health and wellbeing which are drawn from key research around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Back to school tip 1: Keep connected – Relationships matter

Support your child to contact a friend from school, chat online or spend some time together before the start of term. For children who may find this difficult, help plan an activity or discuss ideas of what they could talk about.

Think of ways your child can feel connected to you when they return to school, E.g. give them a picture, a written message or a familiar object that they can take with them in their pocket or bag. Schools will give advice on what your child can bring with them initially.

Arrange to meet or call a friend or another parent, have a chat and share your plans for returning to school. Suggest walking to school together or arrange to meet up after school starts.

Share anything important that has happened during lockdown with school at the start of term- let them know about any family changes, positive achievements or challenges experienced. Your child may want to draw a picture or take a photo of something positive they have done to share with a staff member or their friends.

Back to school tip 2: Be kind to others – Everyone needs kindness

Encourage your child to think of ways they can be kind to others and pay attention and praise your child when you notice them doing this. “It was kind of you to… share with your friend/ include them in your group at break”

Children learn by watching others- show or tell your child ways you have been kind to others. For example, “I had a chat with our neighbour, she looked a bit sad.”

Notice other parents on their own in and around the school, you never know who may welcome a friendly greeting or chat.

Above all, be kind to yourself. We’ve all been through exceptional circumstances.

Back to school tip 3: Talk things over – It’s good to talk…and listen

Notice when is a good time and make space for your child to talk about things. This may be walking the dog, in the car or at bedtime. Create opportunities for your child to build a relationship with another family member, trusted adult or professional.

Be available to actively listen to what your child is thinking or how they are feeling. Name what you think they are feeling, let them know you understand and try not to jump in too soon with a solution. For example. “It sounds like you’re worried about having no one to play with, I can see why that’s upsetting you.”

After the school day, your child may need time to wind down before telling you about their day. You could try sharing something about your day first.

Think about who you can talk to about any concerns or worries you have, such as a friend, family member or maybe a professional.

Back to school tip 4: Look on the bright side – Find positive moments, however small, each day

Our brains are wired to notice threats, sometimes that stops us seeing the good stuff. That can mean we have to really try to be positive.

Help your child identify the positive things about lockdown easing or returning to school. Who might they be looking forward to seeing or what might they be looking forward to doing?

Consider the positives for you of lockdown easing and children returning to school.

It can be helpful to make time each day to think of one or two positive things. It may be nice to write these down in diary or post them in a jar, share them with your child and listen to their ideas. You could have a phrase like “Today I loved…. playing football with you”

Back to school tip 5: Challenge your mindset – Remember we can cope…we just did

It can be unsettling not knowing what may happen. Help your child focus on all the things they do know, such as how to get to school, what they will wear, seeing a friend. Introduce new information gradually as it becomes available.

Everyone is a unique individual, discuss with your child the little things that they can do or have already achieved. Remind them of these skills and successes when embarking on a new challenge.

It is normal that many children and parents will be feeling anxious, try to focus on how you will manage rather than what might go wrong. Show confidence, even if you are feeling a bit wobbly, it helps that your child sees that you have a plan to carry out together.

Back to school tip 6: Take a moment – We all need some time out

Reflect on what you have noticed helps or may help your child to cope with new or difficult situations or emotions such as listening to music, jumping on the trampoline, etc. It might be helpful to practice new coping strategies together and plan for how these can be used when things are tricky.

Being a parent can be really tough, doing things to look after our own wellbeing helps to manage stress, boost our confidence and makes us more able to cope with the ups and downs. Try to prioritise doing something that improves your wellbeing – it might help to set aside some time each day. You could- chat with a friend, go for a walk, read a book, go fishing, etc.

If appropriate share with your child a way you have managed a difficult situation.

Back to school tip 7: Make a difference – Small things can make a difference

Discuss with your child what they did to make a difference to someone in your community or your environment over the past few months. Like displaying a rainbow, shopping for a grandparent or cutting the grass for a neighbour.

Acknowledge the small things – for example notice your child when they help a sibling, put litter in the bin, help around the home.

Talk about who or what made a difference to you or your family during lockdown.

This could be something that seems small, like someone calling when you needed cheering up. Consider how you made a difference and what else you’d like to do.

By each of us washing our hands, wearing a mask and keeping a distance we help protect others.

Back to school tip 8: Get active – Keep going, or get started

It’s proven that physical activity boosts our sense of well-being.

If your child started to be more active during lockdown, think about how this can be continued. If not, what small steps could you encourage. Be curious about what may interest them and plan how they could try something new.

A lot of us were more active individually as well as together as a family – playing games, going for cycle rides and walks together. We will have noticed the benefit; plan how you can keep these activities going.

As lockdown eases we can benefit from more exercise outdoors and reduce some of family screen time and online activity.

Remember little rewards to yourself and family can help establish a good habit!

Back to school tip 9: Respect yourself – Be proud of your child and yourself

Help your child make a list of the things they have learnt and enjoyed over the last few months. E.g. learned to hula hoop, baking, mountain biking. Share and celebrate these with family and friends.

Think about and share all the ways you and the family have adjusted to the challenges over the last few months and acknowledge together, the strengths you’ve shown. There may have been ups and downs but remind yourself of the things you managed to do. Such as using video calls, cooking family meals, supporting your child with their learning or exploring your neighbourhood.

You may wish to put together a scrap book or time capsule to help remember this extraordinary time. It could include photographs of the things you did at home, news articles, letters, interviews from different family members, etc.

Back to school tip 10: Have a goal – A new journey starts with a step…

Talk to your child about what they would like to learn or get better at by the end of this term, such as a sports skill, a new hobby, being able to cook something, dress themselves, etc.

Think about something positive you can start to do, or you keep doing when your child returns to school. E.g. start a new class, exercise, meet a friend, complete a home improvement project.

Thank you for your support and understanding. I look forward to communicating with you tomorrow.

Pat Brack

Head Teacher

Parent and Carer Update: 28th July

Dear Parents/Carers.

As things stand, and as advised at the end of last term, we are being asked to plan for 100% pupil attendance in August. A further announcement is being made by the Scottish Government Education Recovery Group on 30th July. Once City of Edinburgh Council have communicated their advice to us following this announcement, we will then post a detailed update on all of our platforms (school, app, website and learning journals) providing information about the practical plans the school will be putting in place for our pupils’ return to school on Wednesday, August 12th  2020. This information update will be posted on our digital platforms by 5pm on Wednesday 5th August. Please check your favoured platform on that day.

Kind Regards

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

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.