Dear Parents and Carers
As we approach our midterm break I hope that the term so far has gone well for everyone. We have continued to experience a high number of both staff and pupil absences which, as I am sure you will appreciate, does have an impact on school life. I am extremely proud to lead a school community who are understanding and flexible, who persevere and who have held onto a sense of humour. Seeing our learners continue to thrive despite the ups and downs of the last two years is testament to the effort put in by us all.
Parents and Carers’ evenings :
When we started the school year in August I was hopeful that we would be able to hold in school parents and carers’ evenings at some point in the year. The opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher face to face is so important. However, given restrictions are still in place we have decided to move to using video calls instead of phone calls for the rest of this session. Not quite face to face but at least teachers, parents and carers will be able to put a face to a name!
For learners in P4, P5, P6 and P7 video calls to talk about your child’s learning will take place towards the end of March. For those in P1, P2 and P3 they will take place in May. Please look out for further information in the week after the Feb holiday.
We are in the process of organising classes and staff for August 2022. At the current time we are looking to have 21 classes in August. Please do let us know if your child will not be returning to Trinity next school session as this can have an impact on class organisation.
Over the next few weeks we will be starting the process of reorganising year groups. Having the opportunity to extend friendships, to learn with others and to be supported and taught by different adults is very much part of the learning experience. Please do be assured that any changes will take a range of criteria into consideration – learning, friendships, relationships etc. – but do not hesitate to get in touch if you have anything you wish to discuss regarding this.
Office information :
Our office staff workextremely hard toensure thatschool runs smoothly. They have met with me and ask that you take a moment to read the following and help where you can.
Lateness : we have a significant number of children arriving late for school. This is not only disruptive to learning but is also problematic for office staff.
P5, P6 and P7 should be at the gates ready for 8.30am
P3 and P4 should be at the gates ready for 8.45am
P1 and P2 should be at the gates ready for 9.00am
Being on time and ready is an essential life skill and one that we are constantly trying to reinforce in our learners.
Please note if there is no longer an adult at the back gate children must be brought to the front gate. It is not safe to open the gate and allow them to run into the playground themselves.
We are experiencing a rise in the number of parents and carers phoning the school office and asking staff to collect children for appointments at very short notice. It is helpful if the office is informed of appointments in advance. Thanks
As we are sure you will understand, in a busy school environment trips, falls and slips are inevitable. Over the years the use of ice packs has become increasingly more common in schools with children asking for, and expecting, an ice pack for something that it will make little or no difference to. A cold compress (free of charge) will work just as well!
As a school we respond to each first aid event on a case by case basis and hope to always get it right. Moving forward, in general, an ice pack will be provided in the following circumstances :
- A head bump
- Soft tissue injury where there is a visible mark or swelling
- A suspected break
- An insect sting
In general an ice pack will not be provided for minor bumps, old injuries or injuries where the skin is broken.
We are aware that we have several parents and carers who work as health professionals and would welcome their advice on this matter if appropriate.
Spring term continues:
It has been great this week to see P2 share their learning about The Vikings with parents and carers. In true Trinity fashion everyone braved the elements and enjoyed singing and a quiz show outside! Well done to everyone involved with P2.
See below for some dates for the rest of the term :
Mon 21st Feb : School returns
Tues 22nd Feb : Our P4s are doing a fabulous job leading our Rainbow School, including improving our outdoor learning spaces. On Tues 22nd Feb we are expecting a delivery of soil donated by the Botanics. The P4s have the task of moving the soil from the front playground to the secret garden. Any offers of adult help would be much appreciated!
Tues 22nd Feb : TEAMS meeting re Benmore for P7 parents and carers. The meeting link will be resent tomorrow
Thurs 3rd March will see us celebrating World Book Day – further info will follow but, on this occasion, it will not involve the need for dressing up!
Mon March 14th and Tues March 15th : we are delighted to be able to welcome the photographer back into school. Both individual and family photos will be taken and available to purchase.
Fri March 18th : Red Nose Day – dressing down, up, daft, inside out encouraged!
School closes for the February break at the usual Friday times tomorrow. I hope that everyone has an enjoyable week, free from any illness, and that the next part of the Spring term sees all our school community healthy and here!