I am writing this just before our school comes together for our Easter assembly. We are so looking forward to the day when we can, once again, invite our whole school community to join us. In the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our school; staff, parents, carers and our fabulous learners for their incredible resilience, hard work, continued optimism and kindness. I think everyone truly deserves some down time over the next few days.
Are you interested in donating a book to school?
As I hope you are aware we are in the process of ensuring that the resources we use, and the curriculum we teach, are representative of the society we live in. The websites below have suggested books suitable for children that promote diversity and equality.
Trinity House Captains are delighted to announce that Trinity’s Got Talent 2021 will still take place. Although we will have to make it COVID friendly we are determined that COVID will not stop Trinity learners sharing their amazing talents.
Further information will follow early in the summer term but we wanted to give you the heads up to start preparing your act. You can sing, dance, tell jokes, do gymnastics, magic tricks etc etc. If you are doing your act with someone else remember they must be in your class bubble.
Auditions for the final will take place outdoors in the week beginning Monday 10th May.
Let’s make this year’s Trinity’s Got Talent the best one yet!
Oliver, Thomas, Rosa, Rachel, Gabby, Adriana, Hannah, Fiona, Isaac, Finlay, Mari and Erin
As we head towards the Easter holidays I hope that you are all well and optimistic as we move slowly out of lockdown. Being able to meet up with friends and family outside will be such a bonus.
This week in school sees our learners enjoying some Easter fun. We have house penny hunting, wreath making, body percussion Easter songs, how to draw a sheep or a rabbit art and each class sending an Easter message to another class in whatever format they choose.
Please find attached a copy of an Easter programme for over the holidays provided by CEC.
School closes on Thursday 1st April at the usual times. Everyone is encouraged to put aside their school clothes and wear bright colours to share some Spring joy!
Many thanks to those of you who have supported our P4W Easter egg group. They have sold over 140 bags with profits going towards supporting our Fairtrade work. Well done P4W.
Many thanks also to the TPSA who organised various virtual fundraising events.
Unfortunately over the past few weeks we have been made increasingly aware of the number of our learners who, outwith school, are accessing inappropriate websites, apps and games. Titles such as Sniper 3D and Discord along with adult youtube and Tic Toc are being used regularly despite suggested age limits. In school we do teach internet safety but we are limited in what we can achieve. Whilst we do appreciate that phones, tablets etc are very much part of life, ensuring children are safe when using them needs parents and carers to be very aware of what is being said, watched, played.
Be super strict, set boundaries and stick with them.
Set aside ten minutes everyday to sit with your child and go through their phone with them. The more regularly you do this the safer your child will be.
Beware of TikTok (if you set up your own account you can monitor your child’s activity)
Remove screens in bedrooms – no tablets, phones. This is also very beneficial for sleep.
you wouldn’t let a stranger into your child’s real life, please don’t allow it in their virtual life.
you wouldn’t allow your child to use foul language in the street, please don’t allow it over social media
you wouldn’t want your child playing violent games in the playground, please stop them playing online
Unfortunately schools are still seeing positive COVID cases being reported. Please help us prevent cases in Trinity by keeping your child at home if they are symptomatic or someone in the household is awaiting test results, keep wearing face coverings at the gates and remember adults need to keep a 2m distance from each other. If you or a family member test positive during the holidays please report to the contact centre on 0131 200 2000 – thank you.
I hope that you are able to enjoy a break over the Easter period and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday April 20th.
I hope that you are all well and were able to enjoy the sunshine at the weekend. This week sees week two of Trinity being Together again and learning from home already seems, in some ways, a distant memory (possibly not for yourselves!). Watching how settled everyone seems to be shows how resilient and adaptable our children are. A huge thank you for all the support and encouragement you have provided. I do wonder if, given the past year, any of our parents and carers are now interested in a career in teaching?? A mixed response I would imagine.
Please read on for some Trinity news:
Easter eggs for sale : a group of pupils from P4W have taken on the selling of Rainforest Alliance Easter eggs. Any profits will go towards supporting our Fairtrade learning. Please use the link below to place your orders by Friday March 26th.
Red Nose Day : Dress Daft, Dress Down and Dress Dressy was a great success and we raised a fabulous £432.50 through donations. Thank you
Water bottles : pupils must bring in their own water bottles as we are unable to provide cups or water cartons.
Trinity babies : I am delighted to let you know that Katie Lamb had twin girls two weeks ago. Both Bella and Imogen are doing well and Mrs Lamb is enjoying ‘double the fun’. We are so looking forward to eventually getting to meet Baby Pattinson, Baby Berthinussen, Baby Campbell, Baby Bryla and Babies Lamb at some point. Ms Graham who taught at Trinity last year has also just had a baby boy. It really has been a case of our staff making sure schools are kept busy in the future!
Election day : SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION: 6 MAY 2021 CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS (please see info from City of Edinburgh Council)
As in previous years Trinity will be closed to pupils on 6 May 2021 to allow its use as a Polling Place for the Scottish Parliament Election. The Council has a statutory duty to identify polling places for voters that are accessible, well located and of sufficient capacity to handle the numbers of voters attending. In many cases schools have been selected as polling places as they often offer an ideal location, good facilities and easy access. Where schools are used in order to maintain pupil safety it is necessary to close them to pupils during the hours of poll. This necessarily disrupts education and places a burden on parents and carers. It is never a step that the Council takes lightly nor without appreciating these consequences. For some elections it has been possible to arrange an in-service training day to coincide with polling day, but this has not always been the case.
The Council faces a tension between the duty to provide appropriate polling facilities to support turnout in democratic elections and a duty to provide a continuity of education to students in school. Over recent years, with reviews of polling arrangements in the City, increasing efforts have gone into identifying alternative venues to minimise the use of schools, with Council passing motions to ensure that this was done. From over 40 schools and nurseries being used just a few years ago, now only 18 will be used on 6 May and additional work is continuing to eliminate wherever possible the use of schools on future polling days.
It is appreciated that after the disruptions of the past year a further day of closure will not be welcome. However, this is only being done given the statutory duty to allow voters to participate in the election of the Scottish Parliament and we have a commitment that future use of schools will be ceased wherever alternatives exist. Proposals for alternative polling places can always be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote learning options will be available on 6 May. Further information regarding this will be provide by school nearer the time.
Former pupil : it is always great to hear what former pupils are achieving. Ben Liddall, who attends Trinity Academy, has set himself the challenge to run over 1000 miles in 100 days for the My Names Doddie Foundation and MND Scotland. He often runs around the local area and has raised £5000 so far – an amazing achievement. Anyone interested in supporting Ben can use the link below
I hope that the last few days of term go well for everyone. School closesfor the Easter holidays at the usual times on Thurs April 1st and reopens on Tues 20th April. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the summer term will see us all staying negative as we all keep positive!
Jacqueline Scott | Head Teacher | Trinity Primary School
If you meet the conditions for free school meals you may be entitled to other payments to help with meals during school holidays, closures or if your child has to self isolate.
You don’t need to apply separately. We will pay these to the bank account we hold for your clothing grant.
A payment of £2.25 was made for every day during school holidays, closures or where remote or learning is in place up to 29 January 2021.
From 01 February 2021, the payment increased to £2.50 per day.
Free School Meals payments have been made for all pupils up to 12 March 2021.
On 15 March 2021, a Free School Meals payment of £35.00 per child will be made for secondary pupils only as they are returning to school on blended learning. This payment is for the period 15 March 2021 to 01 April 2021.
Free School Meals payments will be made to all pupils for the Easter holidays.
This payment will be included with the Easter holiday Free School Meal payment.
The date for the Spring Hardship Payment and the Easter holidays Free School Meal payment has not yet been confirmed but the payment will be made in advance of the Easter holiday. Once the date is confirmed we will update our web page.
Parents of children already in receipt of Free School Meals DO NOT need to complete an application in order to receive the Spring Hardship Payment, it will be paid automatically using the bank/payment details we already hold.
I hope that the final week of learning from home has gone well for P4 – P7 and that you are looking forward to everyone returning to school on Monday as much as we are. Whilst a few children may be feeling a bit anxious please do not worry. Our focus for the next three weeks will be on health and wellbeing, along with literacy and numeracy, and we are confident that, working together, all our learners will quickly settle and enjoy being back with friends and able to share what they are learning. The school has certainly been quieter without P4 – P7! Please remember to return any school ipads and reading books.
Our first fun activity for Trinity Together will be Red Nose Day on Friday 19th March. Whilst we will miss the usual whole school buzz of Red Nose Day we would still like to support this charity. Our theme is ‘Dress Daft, Dress Down or Dress Dressy!’ To limit cash coming into schools any donations can be made through parentpay (from the end of next week). Thank you in advance.
Enjoy the weekend everyone and we’ll see you on Monday.
P.S. Please can you pass the following message on:
Dear P4 – P7 Trinity Learners
I am so excited that you will all be back in our school on Monday. It has certainly been a lot quieter without all of you! Please make sure you have a good sleep on Sunday and are up and ready for school in the morning. If you borrowed a school ipad or have any school reading books at home make sure you bring them with you. I’m sure you will all have remembered the gate you come in and the time that school starts but don’t worry if you’ve forgotten. We’ll all be around to help.
Next Friday we’ll be supporting Red Nose Day so start thinking about what you’re going to wear. Our theme is ‘Dress Daft, Dress Down or Dress Dressy!’ Big choice!