Trinity News : 9th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you are all well.  Three long walks at the weekend (with a few coffees on the way) set me up for the week ahead.  It is definitely a case of simple things bringing pleasure at the moment.  I walked along the Water of Leith walkway to the Colinton tunnel to see the mural depicting Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’.  The mural was painted by local school pupils supported by an artist.  Worth a visit if you have time.

This week sees the last week of learning from home for P4 – P7.  We are so looking forward to welcoming them back.

Arrangements from Mon 15th March :

Times and entrance gates for ALL children will be as they were before Christmas.

8.30am – 2.55pm (12.05pm Fri) : P5 – P7

8.45am – 3.10pm (12.20pm Fri) : P3 – P4

9.00am – 3.00pm (12.00noon Fri) : P1 and P2

Infection control remains extremely important – now is not the time to become complacent!  Enhanced hand washing will continue, children will spend considerable time outdoors (please dress appropriately), school staff are now able to access lateral flow tests and will distance adult to adult.   All adults are asked to wear face coverings at drop off and pick up.   If we all stick with these simple rules I am ever hopeful that it won’t be too long until we can ‘burst the bubbles’ and our children can enjoy the full school experience.

Pre loved uniforms

Several parents and carers have both requested and offered pre loved items of school uniform.  We are once again able to accept donations of good condition items.  These will be kept aside for a period of time before being washed and made available.   Please send in items with your child.  

Class organisation

We have now started the process of organising classes and staffing for August 2021.  Thank you for letting us know if your child will not be returning to Trinity.  This is extremely helpful.  As many of you will be aware maximum class size varies as stages move through school ; P1 : 25, P2 and P3 : 30, P4 – P7 : 33. These numbers, along with other reasons, mean that classes are often reorganised which does allow for friendship groups to grow.    Please be assured that any reorganisation will be done using a range of criteria that may include meeting learners needs, age, friendships, gender balance and exceptional circumstances.   This will be done in consultation with pupils,  parents and carers.

Turn on the subtitles

I have recently been made aware of a campaign to encourage the use of subtitles when children are watching television.   Sometimes the simplest things can make a difference.  You may find the following brief explanations on youtube to be interesting.  

Stephen Fry

Looking ahead

It is hard to believe that it is nearly a year since we closed school for the first lockdown.  Little did we know then what the year ahead would bring.  What an amazing job we’ve all done! Staying true to our values has certainly helped us face the challenges. As we bring all our learners back together again please be assured that perseverance, respect, creativity and kindness will continue to be at the heart of our school.  Here’s to a successful few weeks ahead for everyone.

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott