Parent and Carer Update: 29th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Friday 29th May below.

Letter to Parents and Carers from Chief Education Officer

Please see attached letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer to parents and carers of all Edinburgh schools.

Virtual School Sports Day

Look out for some exciting news about our virtual school sports next week

Stationery Provision for Families – Monday 1st June

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday.

School Improvement Parent/Carers Survey

At this time of year the school reflects on what it has done well in the previous year and makes plans for further improvement in the coming year. This is then formulated into a school improvement plan. Given the current situation this year’s plan will be entitled a recovery and improvement plan. As you know, I want our parents and carers to be involved as much as possible in the life of our school and would therefore appreciate your views on this subject.

I have created another digital survey and a link to this will be shared securely via Learning Journals, as we did with the Digital Learning and Communication survey. Please remember that this new survey refers not only to the current situation but also to our learning and teaching earlier in the year and looks forward to the time when some form of normality returns to our learning and teaching.  I look forward to hearing from you.

The survey will remain open until Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

P1 Placement Letters

If you have applied on behalf of your child and been successful in securing a place for them in our in P1 for session (2020-21), an information letter has been posted to you this week and should either have arrived or be arriving shortly. If you have any questions about the content of this letter please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via the admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Enjoy the sun this weekend!

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 28th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Thursday 28th May below.

School Improvement 2020-21 Parent/Carers Survey

At this time of year the school reflects on what it has done well in the previous year and makes plans for further improvement in the coming year. This is then formulated into a school improvement plan. Given the current situation this year’s plan will be entitled a recovery and improvement plan. As you know, I want our parents and carers to be involved as much as possible in the life of our school and would therefore appreciate your views on this subject.

I have created another digital survey and a link to this will be shared securely via Learning Journals, as we did with the Digital Learning and Communication survey. Please remember that this new survey refers not only to the current situation but also to our learning and teaching earlier in the year and looks forward to the time when some form of normality returns to our learning and teaching.  I look forward to hearing from you.

The survey will remain open until Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

P1 Placement Letters

If you have applied on behalf of your child and been successful in securing a place for them in our in P1 for session (2020-21), an information letter has been posted to you this week and should either have arrived or be arriving shortly. If you have any questions about the content of this letter please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via the admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

Thanks to those who took part in the online Mass to celebrate Ascension Day via the link posted yesterday. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 27th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Wednesday 27th  May below.

New P1 Parent/Carer Letters

If you have applied on behalf of your child and been successful in securing a place for them in our in P1 for session (2020-21), an information letter has been posted to you this week and should either have arrived or will be arriving shortly. If you have any questions about the content of this letter please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via the admin mailbox: admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk .

Covid 19 Information for Families with English as an Additional Language

Please see relevant information and links below.

People whose first or preferred language is not English can get information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Urdu on NHS inform. Spanish and Punjabi translations will be added shortly. All the translations are published here: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus – please keep checking for updates.

People living in Scotland who don’t have any symptoms but are looking for general information can call the coronavirus helpline. If you’re a non-English speaker you can still use this service. Phone: 0800 028 2816, tell the call handler that you need an interpreter, give the name of your preferred language and you will be connected to Language Line interpreter. You will not have to pay for this service.

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

Thanks to those who took part in the online Mass to celebrate Ascension Day via the link posted yesterday. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 26th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you had a great weekend. Please see update for Tuesday 26th  May below.

St Cuthbert’s Wins Fair Trade Recognition as a Fair Aware School

Congratulations to P7, Miss Munro and to all the other pupils and staff who helped gain this recognition for our school by their hard work for a great cause. We look forward to displaying the certificate within our building at some point in the future!

Covid 19 Information for Families with English as an Additional Language

Please see relevant information and links below.

How people whose first or preferred language is not English can access COVID-19 information on NHS inform channels. People whose first or preferred language is not English can get information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Urdu on NHS inform. Spanish and Punjabi translations will be added shortly. All the translations are published here: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus – please keep checking for updates.

People living in Scotland who don’t have any symptoms but are looking for general information can call the coronavirus helpline. If you’re a non-English speaker you can still use this service. Phone: 0800 028 2816, tell the call handler that you need an interpreter, give the name of your preferred language and you will be connected to Language Line interpreter. You will not have to pay for this service.

Nursery-P1 Transition Information for new P1s

The city of Edinburgh Council’s website went live last week. It will be updated weekly with resources designed to help children transition into P1. Please see link below:

www.bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com

P7-S1 St Augustine’s Transition Information

In addition to the Microsoft Teams Transition Team, St Augustine’s have now sent us a link to a dedicated transition page on their school website. St Augustine’s will update this whenever they can with new content. Please see link below:

https://staugustinesrchs.uk/p7-s1-transition-2020/

We will share any other transition information we receive as soon as it is made available to us.

Learning Journals – Summer Term

We have now published our final round of termly observations of learning via Learning Journals. These recent entries will share learning that has been offered to and experienced by our pupils through Digital Learning since the schools closed.

We will also share our annual pupil progress reports via Learning Journals on 22nd June. These reports will cover: Literacy, Numeracy/Maths, Health and Wellbeing as well as Religious Education. They will communicate pupil strengths in and next steps for each of these curricular areas based on assessment evidence up 20th March 2020.

If you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any other questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me via the admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Please note that there was an issue with some logins earlier today. We are working with Learning Journals to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. We have tried to accommodate feedback from you in terms of what we provide on this occasion.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

Thanks to those who took part in the online Mass to celebrate Ascension Day via the link posted yesterday. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 25th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you had a great weekend. Please see update for Monday 25th  May below.

Nursery-P1 Transition Information for new P1s

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Nursery to P1 transition website went live last week. It will be updated weekly with resources designed to help children transition into P1. Please see link below:

www.bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com

P7-S1 St Augustine’s Transition Information

In addition to the Microsoft Teams Transition Team, St Augustine’s have now sent us a link to a dedicated transition page on their school website. St Augustine’s will update this whenever they can with new content. Please see link below:

https://staugustinesrchs.uk/p7-s1-transition-2020/

We will share any other transition information we receive as soon as it is made available to us.

Action Points from Parent/Carer Survey

I hope that you and your families appreciated the new channels on class Teams and audio messages from teachers this morning. Thanks again to you and your children for your feedback and to our teachers for their support in making these changes happen.

P6 ‘Virtual’ Games at the Hub – 3rd June 2020

Miss Kallinikou has signed up to this virtual event – more details to follow when we have them.

Instrumental Tuition

Miss Munro will be co-ordinating this for the school going forward. New channels have been created in the P5, P6 and P7 Teams with lessons for pupils who received instrumental instruction pre-closure. These will be updated and available for access by close of play every Thursday.

Learning Journals – Summer Term

We have now published our final round of termly observations of learning via Learning Journals. These recent entries share learning that has been offered to and experienced by our pupils through Digital Learning since the schools closed.

We will also share our annual pupil progress reports via Learning Journals on 22nd June. These reports will cover: Literacy, Numeracy/Maths, Health and Wellbeing as well as Religious Education. They will communicate pupil strengths in and next steps for each of these curricular areas based on assessment evidence up 20th March 2020.

If you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any other questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me via the admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Please note that there was an issue with some logins earlier today. We are working with Learning Journals to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

Thanks to those who took part in the online Mass to celebrate Ascension Day via the link posted yesterday. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 22nd May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Friday 22nd May below.

P7-S1 St Augustine’s Transition Information

In addition to their creation of a Transition Team, St Augustine’s have now sent us a link to a dedicated transition page on their school website. Please see link below:

https://staugustinesrchs.uk/p7-s1-transition-2020/

We will share any other transition information we receive as soon as it is made available to us.

P6 ‘Virtual’ Games at the Hub – 3rd June 2020

Miss Kallinikou has signed up to this virtual event – more details to follow when we have them.

Instrumental Tuition

Miss Munro will be co-ordinating this for the school going forward. New channels have been created in the P5, P6 and P7 Teams with lessons for pupils who received instrumental instruction pre-closure. These will be updated and available for access by close of play every Thursday.

Learning Journals – Summer Term

We will publish our next round of termly observations of learning by close of play today via Learning Journals. These will share learning that has been offered to and experienced by our pupils through Digital Learning since the schools closed.

We will also share our annual pupil progress reports via Learning Journals on 22nd June. These reports will cover: Literacy, Numeracy/Maths, Health and Wellbeing as well as Religious Education. They will communicate pupil strengths in and next steps for each of these curricular areas based on assessment evidence up 20th March 2020.

If you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any other questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me via the admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk).

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday and for feedback on its contents going forward.

Action Points from Parent/Carer Survey

In response to the survey and the views expressed re interactivity, I have recommended the following changes for week beginning 25th May:

  • All staff to post a daily morning greeting and introduction to the day’s learning using the audio function on Teams.
  • Staff to create a separate channel for class group chat on their Teams, this will hopefully aid pupils feeling of social connectivity but will also ensure feedback and learning discussion is not encumbered by social chat. Please ensure that pupils use this function appropriately.

I hope that you will see in this response, that we value you and our pupil’s opinions and have sought to take your feedback on board.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Eid Mubarak!

Best wishes to our Muslim pupils and families for your Eid celebrations this weekend!

   

Kind regards for the weekend.

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

Parent and Carer Update: 21st May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update below for Thursday 21st  May beloow.

Learning Journals – Summer Term

We will publish our next round of termly observations of learning by close of play tomorrow via Learning Journals. These will share learning that has been offered to and experienced by our pupils through Digital Learning since the schools closed.

We will also share our annual pupil progress reports via Learning Journals on 22nd June. These reports will cover: Literacy, Numeracy/Maths, Health and Wellbeing as well as Religious Education. They will communicate pupil strengths in and next steps for each of these curricular areas, based on assessment evidence up 20th March 2020.

If you still need to register for Learning Journals or have any other questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me via the admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk).

Stationery Provision for Families

Our next offer of jotters, pencils etc will take place on Monday 1st June from 9.30am-10.30am. I’ll share further details next week. Thanks again for the high level of up-take with this offer on Monday.

Action Points from Parent/Carer Survey

In response to the survey and the views expressed re interactivity, I have recommended the following changes for week beginning 25th May:

  • All staff to post a daily morning greeting and introduction to the day’s learning using the audio function on Teams.
  • Staff to create a separate channel for class group chat on their Teams, this will hopefully aid pupils feeling of social connectivity but will also ensure feedback and learning discussion is not encumbered by social chat. Please ensure that pupils use this function appropriately.

I hope that you will see in this response, that we value you and our pupil’s opinions and have sought to take your feedback on board.

May Devotions – St Cuthbert’s RC Church and Our Lady, Mother of the Church

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

Thanks to those who took part in the online Mass to celebrate Ascension Day via the link posted here yesterday. Fr Duffy passes on his best wishes to you all.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 20th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Wednesday 20th May below.

Action Points from Parent/Carer Survey

In response to the survey and the views expressed re interactivity, I have recommended the following changes to our Team for week beginning 25th May:

  • All staff to post a daily morning greeting and introduction to the day’s learning using the audio function on Teams.

 

  • Staff to create a separate channel for class group chat on their Teams, this will hopefully aid pupils feeling of social connectivity but will also ensure feedback and learning discussion is not encumbered by social chat. Please ensure that pupils use this function appropriately.

I hope that you will see in this response, that we value you and our pupil’s opinions and have sought to take your feedback on board.

Ascension Day and May Devotions – Thursday 21st May

Fr Duffy has posted May Devotions on the St Cuthbert’s Catholic church website as well as that of Our Lady’s Currie. The quality of both content and presentation is excellent and well worth viewing.

The Scottish Catholic Education Service have also provided us with a link for Mass tomorrow to celebrate Ascension day. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Toal. You can view the Mass at 11am via facebook live at www.rcdom.org.uk

Kind regards,

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

Parent and Carer Update: 19th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update for Tuesday 19th May below.

Parent/Carer Survey on Learning Journals – Findings

A summary of the results of our survey is listed below:

Communication From School

Very happy or happy – 90%

Neither happy or unhappy – 5%

Unhappy or very unhappy – 5%

Access to Digital Learning

Able to access and use – 93%

Not able – 7%

We have been trying really hard to reach out to those still experiencing difficulty to contact us via admin mailbox – admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk . We have managed to help a good number of people to overcome issues and once aware of an issue will keep going until we get a resolution. Please contact us, if you are unable to access or are having issues with Digital Learning.

Your Rating of Our Digital Learning Offer

Final rating was 4.31 out of a possible 5.

Suggestions for Improvement Comments

  • 57% of comments in this section were actually positives about the provision being made by the school for Digital Learning. Some lovely comments – thank you so much!
  • 26% of respondents requested more video/visual/audio or interactive content.  This is a very understandable request, however at the moment City of Edinburgh Council don’t permit any live video teaching. Live audio, recorded audio and recorded video are permissible. None, however are expected of teachers and it is down to individual teacher discretion/technical knowledge as to whether or not to use these facilities. Teachers and schools have come a long way in a short time with digital learning and to master and gain confidence in using these technologies is an ongoing process.  However we do value the views you expressed and will make some form of change in reponse – see actions below.
  • 17% of comments were a mix of points including: technical issues viewing video content on Teams and logging in. Workload issues were also raised: with a small numbers of parents/carers wishing for more work and similar numbers for less. The guidelines are that pupils should spend no more than 3-4 hours on concentrated academic work and we feel our offering meets this requirement. Our teachers are also trying to differentiate where possible to provide an appropriate level of challenge. Please never put pressure on yourselves or your children to complete tasks if you feel it is too stressful. Your and your children’s health and well-being are paramount. If you submitted any of the suggestions above and would like to discuss them further, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the admin mailbox.

Action Points from Survey

I will discuss the findings with our team and hopefully be able to share some actions that we can take to address the points you raise over the coming week. Thanks again for your openness and positivity.

Stationery Resources – Monday 18th 9.30-10.30am – Thank You!

The take-up with this was great. We hope to be able to repeat next week. More details will follow.

Kind regards

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

Parent and Carer Update: 15th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see update below for Friday 15th May.

Uniform Day – Friday 15th May 2020

Thanks to all for their participation. Some fantastic photos; this was a really simple but uplifting idea which worked well thanks to your support. Miss Munro has posted a collage of photos on the school app and twitter (@Stcuthbertsrcp)

Edinburgh Evening News – P7 Photos

Usually at this time of year, our local newspaper takes photos of the P7 class groups and produces a souvenir pull-out containing the photos of local schools in May/June. Unfortunately, that is not possible this year. The Evening News have however come up with an alternative and we have posted a letter from them on our website, app and Learning Journals Platform – please read it thoroughly.

EEN parent letter P7 2020

Although the letter states that the children can wear whatever they like in the picture you supply to them. As the children are representing St Cuthbert’s, I would like to ask that they wear school uniform and stand respectfully with a smile on their faces – so that the end result is something similar to the picture that would have appeared in a normal year!

From the school’s point of view this is an optional opportunity and no parent/carer should feel pressured to take part. Equally, if you like their proposal please feel very welcome to email your photograph to the Evening News – as per the instructions in their letter.  Please note that the deadline of 21st May must be adhered to.  No late photographs will be included.  Please also note that St Cuthbert’s Primary School accept no responsibility for the final printed supplement.

Parent/Carer Survey on Learning Journals – Update

Today is the end date for the survey, thanks for your sharing your views with us. We will feed back on the survey next week.

Stationery Resources – Monday 18th May – 9.30-10.30am

We thought it might be helpful to families to provide some additional resources such as jotters, pencils, rubbers etc.  A small selection of these items will be available from a trolley placed just inside the school gates on Monday. You are very welcome indeed to take anything you need. Please observe social distancing rules whilst doing so and note that the school building itself will remain closed. This will be done on an initial pilot basis to assess levels of demand – we will try to repeat if popular.

May Holiday  – Monday 18th May

A reminder that Monday 18th May is the last bank holiday of this term.  There will be no online learning or daily update on this day.

We hope you and your family enjoy the long weekend.

Kind regards

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