Dear Parents and Carers
First and foremost I hope that you and your families are well. As you will know from the news the current situation remains the same with the message Stay Home still our focus. You may also be aware of comments re the possible opening of schools in June for certain pupil groups. Please be assured that the City of Edinburgh will action any decisions in line with government advice. In the meantime Trinity staff will continue to provide learning and support from home. Feedback from parents and carers has been very positive – thank you so much for your comments.
Please note a few bits of school news below :
- Congratulations to Craighall, Melville and Argyll who have all now won. Come on Royston!
- The stock of blank jotters in the crate outside the main school entrance is proving useful. Please look out for stationery boxes in local shops. The idea with these boxes is to both provide the opportunity to collect any stationery items that may be needed or to donate any items. These boxes will be shared by the Trinity and Victoria Primary communities.
- We have issued paper packs of learning to families as requested. Please do get in touch either by email or on the school mobile number (07907 344059) if you are needing more copies. We have very limited access to our school building for printing purposes so please bear with us if packs take a few days to reach you.
- Food parcels continue on a fortnightly basis. From Wed 13th May any donations for our Trinity Primary Food Bank can be left in a box outside Leith Theatre. Many thanks to them for allowing us to use this site. Access is via the side gate to the left of Leith Library. The gate is open from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm every day. Any donations will be added to the food parcels.
- Thank you for the photos showing perseverance. Please do keep sending them in or let me know if I’ve missed one. Ms Pattinson has added them to the website – check under the news tab. One more week of focussing on this value and then we will move to our fourth value of respect.
Reporting to parents and carers :
Our final profile of the school year will be issued this term. As I am sure you will appreciate, given current circumstances, we have made a few changes as to how best to manage this taking into consideration family situations, work and other commitments, varying support given to learning from home, digital access etc. As our profiles are written around a conversation with individual children, to start the process we will be asking children to answer three questions relating to learning from home as well as a comment from their ‘teacher’ – this term their parent or carer! Please look out for this as a learning task from next week. Once written please return comments direct to your child’s class teacher. They will then respond by email with comments from the teacher. All comments will be saved on the profile template and printed off once we are back in school.
Sports Day :
As mentioned in the email to Trinity Learners last week our Sports Day will be launched on Friday May 15th(Uniform Day). I had a teams meeting with our House Captains this morning and they are all hoping that everyone in their respective houses will take part across the week and earn lots of house points.
Mon 18th May is a holiday so there will be no learning from home available.
As we now move into week seven of not being together in our school please remember what I said back at the beginning of this journey :
‘…….. be kind to yourselves and to each other. There is absolutely no expectation that everything is completed and we are very aware that everyone’s circumstances are different.’
I am very aware that for some of our learners any novelty of learning from home has worn off and they now just want to be back with their friends. We’re all ready to stop the pause and to press the play button again! However, I do believe we are getting closer to the end of the tunnel with each day so please do what you can, enjoy the successes and don’t worry about what hasn’t been done.
Back in March I shared with you comments from a teacher in China written as the country was beginning to come out of lockdown. Seven weeks on and what they wrote certainly resonates with Trinity staff :
As a teacher, the relationships I have built with my students have only continued to grow. I have loved seeing how independent they are, filming themselves to respond to tasks while also learning essential life skills such as balance, risk taking and problem solving, that even we as adults are still learning.
Our children are learning a whole new set of skills at the moment from making omelettes, to tying shoe laces, from painting fences to using technology to communicate with friends and families. The most important thing is for them to be happy and to look back on this time not with regrets or fear but with a sense of pride for what they have achieved.
I miss being in school and am counting the days to being back with everyone. Roll on our rainbow party. Do please keep in touch, keep safe and we will see you soon.