Dear Parents, Carers and Trinity Learners
A very happy and healthy 2022 to you all. I hope that the festive season went well and that you were able to enjoy much needed time to relax with family and friends. On a personal note I had a fabulous holiday period made all the more special with having all my family home and able to celebrate with me when I received an MBE for Services to Education in the New Years Honours list. I cannot even begin to say how much this means to me (and to them). I have been incredibly privileged to work with so many amazing, committed and enthusiastic staff, parents, carers and, most importantly, pupils, throughout my career. Knowing that I have had even the smallest of positive impact on them is humbling. Thank you so much for all the lovely messages I have received, including my own Trinity Superstar delivered by an ex pupil!
It really is incredible to think that we are heading towards two years of living with COVID restrictions. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that we were watching the news from overseas oblivious to what was coming our way. We really have done ourselves proud with all that we have managed, overcome and continue to do. Perseverance and kindness have certainly stood us in good stead.
We are still operating within COVID guidance for schools so the following remains in place :
- 2m distancing between adults
- Only essential visitors to enter school building – unfortunately this includes parents and carers
- Staggered start and end times to our school day
- Face coverings worn in communal areas and at drop off and pick up times
- Anyone displaying symptoms is asked to stay at home and get a PCR test
It is possible that we will continue to see increased staff and learner absence over the next few weeks. The changes to isolation guidance is however likely to help in some ways. I am very aware that it can be difficult to keep up to date with what the guidance is saying.
- Anyone with symptoms should get a PCR test and isolate. This applies even where they have had a negative LFD. With a positive PCR or LFD test an individual should isolate.
- Positive cases should isolate for 10 days (though they may end isolation after 7 days in certain circumstances – returning two negative LFD tests from day 7 onwards
- Non-symptomatic contacts, including household contacts, needn’t isolate or get a PCR if fully vaccinated (2 doses and booster) or under 18yrs 4mths old. Instead, they should take 7 days of lateral flow tests and report results – only isolating where a LFD result is positive. (In these circumstances – positive LFD result for a close contact – there is no requirement to take a confirmatory PCR unless applying for the self-isolation support grant.)
- Non-symptomatic adult contacts who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must take a PCR and isolate for 10 days.
Our hope this term is to be able to extend invitations to parents and carers from other year groups to share learning in some way, albeit outside. Please look out for further information.
House Coffee Mornings
This term, in normal times, would see us enjoying our house coffee mornings where parents and carers would come to school, enjoy a coffee and a biscuit and chat with their child(ren) about their learning. Last year we moved to carrying this out on TEAMS as we were learning from home. This year, whilst our learners are in school, we are unable to invite in adults. We have therefore adapted our approach.
Each week children from an allocated house will bring home their learning record on a Friday (along with a biscuit!). Please take time to have a ‘biscuit and a blether’ with your child and complete the speech bubbles in their jotter. Learning records must be returned on the Monday as they will be needed in class. The dates are as follows :
Argyll : Fri Jan 14th
Craighall : Fri Jan 21st
Royston : Fri Jan 28th
Melville : Fri Feb 4th
Rainbow School & Fairtrade Tuck Shop
P4 have now taken over as our Rainbow stage and will be learning about and leading on our 7 commitments :
Red : Equalities & Diversity
Orange : Outdoor Learning
Yellow : Leaders of Learning
Green : Sustainability
Blue : Global Citizens
Indigo : Health & Wellbeing
Violet : Trinity Together
One of their first jobs will be to help Ms Grant with the running of our Fairtrade Tuck Shop. This will run fortnightly starting for the front gate on Wed 19th Jan and for the back gate on Wed 20th Jan.
Amongst other learning they will also be supporting Fruity Friday and sharing the winning class each week!
Sustainability : School lunches & Water
Please be aware that whilst lunches for P1 – P5 are now free of charge it is essential that they are ordered in advance on parentpay. We are experiencing a significant amount of food waste, despite encouraging the children to eat what they are given, so please do only order if you are confident your child will eat what is offered. Our rainbow classes are considering how we reduce food waste along with the amount of food packaging. Any ideas please do get in touch.
We ask that all children bring their own water bottle to avoid using disposable cups.
I hope that the term ahead proves to be a successful and happy one for everyone at Trinity. We really do miss seeing parents and carers in our school and are ever hopeful that it won’t be too long before we are able to have an Open Evening, a May Fair, Cinema nights, Parent / Carer meetings in person, Sports Day, volunteers supporting Star Time and other activities, Quiz night, Burns Night and Ceilidh, Easter party, church service and, fingers crossed, our school picnic to Aberdour. If this is able to go ahead it is pencilled in for Wed 22nd June 2022 so mark that in your diary now and be ready to join us at the beach!
Thank you as always for your support and understanding. I know that I speak for all of the Trinity team when I say that we all want to get it right for all of our children and, along with our learners, will work to go above and beyond in all that we do.