Dear Parents and Carers
The start of another school week and we continue to see really positive attendance figures from pupils and staff. I am hoping that, overall, it is an indication that everyone is keeping well. Our Rainbow Party was a great success. Seeing all the children come into school wearing bright colours and with a sense of excitement was so heartening. In true Trinity fashion the sun shone for us and everyone had a chance to dance and play outside, to make a rainbow scratch art magnet, to watch our MADD about Heroes learning videos and to enjoy an ice lolly. A great morning (with the added bonus of a long weekend!)
I hope that you found the Meet the Teacher videos on the website helpful. Information regarding how to access Teams has now been issued to each class. I am aware that we have had a few teething IT issues with this but we are hoping that these have now been resolved. Please do get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experiencing difficulties.
We are hopeful that school will continue to operate at 100% but we need to be prepared in case we do face either a class or classes having to isolate. If this were to happen teams will be our main form of communication. As happened during lockdown we were able to provide digital devices for families to use who had no access to a device at home. Teams can be accessed through a computer, phone, certain gaming devices, tablet but please do let us know (phone school on 0131 554 2062 or email admin account) if you have no access to any device and would require support from school.
Keeping everyone safe
With news that infection rates are rising again it is so important that we stick with the guidance.
- No adults are allowed onto school premises during the school day. This includes our school playground. Our aim is, as far as is possible, to minimise contacts and keep children and adults in school within a class or a year group ‘bubble’.
- Both outside and inside the school gates adults must be socially distanced. We ask again that only one adult comes into the school playground to collect a P1 or P2 child, that the adults wears a face covering if they are able to and that you exit the playground as quickly as possible.
- Given it can be difficult to distance immediately at the school gates I would suggest that parents and carers collecting children also wear a face covering to keep both themselves and others safe.
- If waiting in line in the park please ensure that other park users are able to move through the park safely and quickly
Outdoor learning – The children will be learning outdoors every day. As the weather begins to get colder please do make sure that your child has suitable clothing. For the foreseeable future PE will continue to happen outside. Your child’s teacher may suggest that on PE days children come to school dressed in outdoor PE kit.
Lost property – we now have a significant number of items of clothing that have been washed and put into storage. Unnamed sweatshirts, cardigans, black denim jacket, hoodies etc are all regularly being left in the playground or in classrooms. If you are able to use any particular items please just drop us an email. It is hoped that we will be able to operate a preloved uniform sale outdoors in the not too distant future.
Playground and Lunch supervision – to help with supervision of lunches as well as play support in the playground we have made a few changes. P2, P4, P5 and P6 pupils will now go outside to play before returning to the classroom to eat their lunch. Pupils in P1, P3 and P7 will eat first and then go outside. This will allow 20 minutes for eating of lunch which we are hoping will cut down on food waste. Whilst the children are eating in the classroom, they may watch a DVD or other appropriate programme.
External support staff – the initial weeks of the school year have seen very limited input from external support staff as advice has been for them to work from home whenever possible. This has meant that speech and language therapists, educational psychologist, additional support for learning staff , English as an additional language teacher etc have been unable to come into school. However we are delighted that changes to guidance now mean that these partners will be able to support in school. Please bear with us as we manage the back log of referrals and work to get all our supports back in place.
Thank you again for your support. Our values remain constant at Trinity and although not able to gather as a school we continue to encourage perseverance, creativity, respect and kindness. At our Friday assembly we have recently shared a video of two squirrels persevering over an obstacle course and the amazing video of Derek Redmond at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. If you have a few minutes they are both worth watching! The second one definitely left a lump in the throat.
Please do get in touch if you have any concerns.