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Christmas @ Trinity News: Wednesday 24th November 2021

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Dear Parents and Carers

Apologies for the delay in sending out our Christmas activities calendar.  Please find dates below along with information about what is planned.  A paper copy of the calendar will be issued to every child to help everyone keep up to speed with what’s on and what’s needed.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact school.

In line with COVID guidance the children will be spending considerable amounts of time outside, or in school with windows and doors open, so please do make sure they are warmly dressed!

Tis the season to be jolly!

The following currently sits within COVID guidance.  However please do remember that we may have to alter if necessary. 

Mon 29th Nov : Watch ‘The Snowman’ in preparation for house art

Tues 30th Nov : Christmas jumpers etc are welcome to be worn from now on.  

House art day – all the children will be involved in doing art to represent ‘The Snawman’ a Scots version of ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs

Wed Dec 1st  : the following begin from the 1st

Trees will go up in foyer and outside front door.

Reverse advent calendar : children are welcome to bring in money donations instead of sending cards to each other.  House Captains will select a charity.

Santa fitness challenge : classes will be given a fitness challenge to complete.  Once completed they will add a piece of Santa to our large jigsaw

You’ve been Snowball Splattered!  : each class is tasked with secretly ‘snowball splattering’ another class.   

Snowman cutout photo : watch out for some amusing photos of children as they stick their head through the snowman face.     

Thurs 2nd Dec : Christmas Star Time : whole school

This year we have planned a variety of activities using mainly recycled materials and limited plastic.

Week of 6th Dec : Silent Disco :  whole school

Each stage has been allocated a slot as below

Mon : P2 and P5       Tues P1, P3 and P4           Thurs : P6 and P7

Mon 6th and Tues 7th Dec : Story in secret garden for P1 and P2

We are hoping Mrs Claus and elves will be in the garden to read a Christmas story to P1 and P2.    Toasted marshmallows will be on offer!

Wed Dec 8th : Pantomime and Christmas Lunch : whole school  

The plan is to make the day a ‘trip to the theatre and out for lunch’ so dressing up is welcomed!   A fair bit of poetic licence is required I know!   Elves will deliver an ice lolly to each child at the end of their pantomime ‘trip’. 

If you have not ordered a school Christmas lunch please remember to send in a packed lunch with your child.   

Thurs 9th Dec : Party and Activity day for P6 and P7 (dress for a party but please remember there will be time outside playing!)

Fri 10th Dec : Outdoor Christmas Service : whole school

Our plan is to hold our Christmas service in the playground.  Warm clothes will be needed!   In line with current guidance we are delighted that we will be able to invite P7 parents and carers to attend if they wish to do so.  I really do appreciate that many others would also love to come along but we have to limit numbers and have made the decision to invite P7 families as this is their last year at Trinity.  P7 parents and carers please look out for further info. 

Mon 13th : Party and Activity day for P2 (dress for a party but please remember there will be time outside playing!)

P3 pupils will also be presenting their outdoor show ‘Mermaids V Pirates’ to parents and carers of P3J

P3 parents and carers please look out for further info. 

Tues 14th  : Party and Activity day for P1 and P5 (dress for a party but please remember there will be time outside playing!)

P3 pupils will also be presenting their outdoor show ‘Mermaids V Pirates’ to parents and carers of P3F and P3K

P3 parents and carers please look out for further info.

P1 Nativity (online) will be shared with parents and carers – watch out for a link to this

Wed 15th  : Party and Activity day for P4 and P3 (dress for a party but please remember there will be time outside playing!)

Thurs 16th : Come dressed in PJs for ‘PJs and Film’ day  : whole school

Playground chalk art – classes will have the chance to take part in street art as they decorate our playground with Christmas art

Fri 17th : School closes for Christmas holidays.  

With COVID restrictions still in place finish times will be as follows

11.30am : P5, P6 and P7       11.45am  P3 and P4       12.00 P1 and P2

We are ever hopeful that all of the above will be able to happen.  Our main aim is to keep everyone safe and school open. 

Please support us with the following :

  • Ensure your child is on time and at the correct gate
  • Do not enter the playground unless collecting from P1 or P2.  Wear face coverings unless exempt
  • If your child has symptoms of COVID, keep them at home and book a test immediately
  • Make sure your child is dressed warmly – windows and doors are open and children are often outside

Thank you so much for your ongoing understanding and patience.  The last 20 months has certainly come with challenges for us all but we continue to be in this together and we will get through it together.  Seeing our learners in school laughing, learning and having fun shows how well we have all done and continue to do. 

Here’s to a Festive few weeks ahead!

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott

Trinity News: November 17th

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are all well.  I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to manage COVID infections and restrictions.  We are all very aware of how long it has been since we were able to welcome parents and carers into school – in fact for some families it is possible you have never actually been into the building that you send your child to each day.    We are desperate to open our doors again but in the meantime I hope you feel confident that we are doing all we can to ensure all our learners make progress and enjoy being at school.  

We are in the process of organising Christmas@Trinity.  For those of you familiar with us you will know that we try to include something for everyone and make the month of December a special one.  Our view is you are only young once!   Please look out for the Christmas activities calendar on Friday.

To get ahead of things the following information is worth noting:

  • From Nov 30th (house Christmas Art Day) Christmas jumpers are actively encouraged.  If your child has one and wants to wear it each day they are very welcome to do so.  Our sustainability group are keen to organise a ‘recycle your Christmas jumper’ event.  If you have any Christmas jumpers / T shirts no longer required please do send them into school as soon as possible. 
  • Christmas Star Time will take place on Thurs Dec 2nd.  This year we are aiming to use as many natural and recycled materials as possible.  The following items would be much appreciated – please send into school anytime from now:
    • Wool
    • Old clean white socks – any size
    • Material scraps
    • Buttons
    • Pine cones
  • To reduce paper / card use we ask that children do not bring in Christmas cards to distribute to friends but instead make a donation towards our reverse advent calendar – instead of getting something out / we put something in!  More info will follow
  • Christmas ‘picnic’ lunch : school Christmas lunch will take place on Wed 8th Dec.  Orders must be made on parentpay by Mon 29th Nov.  As with last year lunch will be provided in a Christmas box and will be eaten in classrooms.

Security

It is helpful to everyone if your child arrives at school at the correct time:

8.30am for P5, P6 and P7             8.45am for P3 and P4                     9.00am for P1 and P2

If you are late and no staff member is present at the back gate, children must be brought to the front gate on Newhaven Road and a phone call made to the school office.    For the security of everyone children should not be let into the back playground.  Once the P1 doors are closed the staff do not always realise that a child is outside.

Aug 2022

Enrolment for starting school in Aug 2022 is now open.   This has to be completed online.  If you have a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 Feb 2018 please complete the form or get in touch with the school office if you require any assistance.  

And finally a huge thank you to those families who came along to our playground tidy.  It was so lovely to actually see and chat with members of our school community.   What a difference they made!  The chicken house and rabbit hutch are now all prepared and ready for our new additions.  We will be welcoming them in January.

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott    

Elvis Kids

Recently, we published evidence that cells use the chloride from salt to fight viral infections. Also, nasal irrigation with salt water helped reduce the cold in adults. Hence, we are now testing if salt water nose drops helps children fight the cold.

If you have a child under 7 years of age, you may be able to join the fight.

The Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study of salt water nose drops to see if it helps get rid of the cold faster.

Your child does not need to have a cold right now to take part!

You can join right now by calling/texting 07973657457 for an appointment to sign up and to be taught what to do the next time your child has a cold.

Your child does not need to attend.

Families completing the study will receive travel expenses and a £30 voucher to compensate for any inconvenience.

Further information is in the attached flyer or at www.elviskids.co.uk ; Twitter: @elviskids; Facebook: Elvis Kids.

New – Support for Families Web Page

Dear All, 

Lifelong Learning Parent and Carer Support are delighted to launch our new Support for Families information pages on the Council website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supportforfamilies

We have transferred information on activities, groups, programmes and supports available for families which we previously listed in our booklets/ leaflets to this online version. Information is listed by theme and we hope this will make it much easier for parents and professionals to find support when it is needed.

Trinity New: 29th October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fabulous way to start a Friday.  The excitement from the children as they came into school dressed up and dressed down was infectious and brought a smile to everyone.  Our Halloween Dance-Athon is now in full fling.  If you would like to help raise funds for our school please go to the gofund page that has been set up – see link below – or scan the QR code on the posters at the gates.   Many thanks to our PTSA for organising this.  All money raised will go towards resources for active learning in literacy and numeracy to benefit all our learners.

HTTPS://www.gofund.me/CD76BB2

After break will be Halloween Star Time (all of the children have chosen a Halloween activity to take part in).  We are hoping the weather clears up a bit as some of the chosen activities are outdoors!

Outdoor space

We are so lucky to have such great outdoor learning spaces but they do require maintenance and are needing a bit of a tidy up before Winter sets in.  To help with this we are planning a community tidy on Sun  Nov 7th.   Jobs include sweeping leaves, cleaning the chicken house in readiness for our new additions,  painting railings, weeding, trimming hedges, moving soil.   Given we are still operating under some restrictions there will be no access to the school building and families will be designated an area / task to work on.   If you are able to help out at any point between 10.00am to 1.00pm on Sun Nov 7th we would be delighted to see you.  To help with organisation please sign up below.  Coffee and pastries will be provided:

Playground games

Those of you who are familiar with the programme I am sure will share my concerns that we are seeing several children playing a version of Squid Games in our school playground.  The age rating for the Netflix series is for mature audiences which means may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17.  It is definitely unsuitable for children of primary age.  Please can you discourage your child from watching the programme and remind them that it is not appropriate for any version to be played in school.  Thank you.

Whilst our first week back has gone really well and overall, our learners are settled and ready to learn, I would like to say a continued thanks to the Trinity staff team for their perseverance and flexibility.  This week has seen seven staff members absent.  We are all so looking forward to the day when everyone is back in school. 

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and do please remember to put your clocks back on Saturday night.  An extra hour in bed is hopefully a bonus!

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott  | Head Teacher | Trinity Primary School

Tel 0131 554 2062 | Email :  jacqueline.scott@trinity-pri.edin.sch.uk 

Website : www.trinity-pri.com

Perseverance          Respect          Creativity          Kindness

Trinity News: Friday 15th October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

As we come to the end of our first term I would like to share how proud I am of our Trinity Learners and school community.  It is a true privilege to be the HeadTeacher of such a great team.  Whilst there is no doubt that the last few weeks and months have seen us face many challenges, this week has seen us manage a particularly high number of staff absences,   we are continuing to face whatever comes our way with perseverance, respect and kindness.  

COVID update

For the moment restrictions as to how we operate in school continue although I am hopeful that these will ease throughout next term.  With 2m distancing between adults remaining in place we are unable to use our dining hall so children have eaten outside or in classrooms.  After the October break all lunches will be eaten indoors.   We have seen several cases in school, both of staff and of pupils, and I hope that the October holiday week proves to be ‘negative’ for everyone.   

Care4Calais

Thank you so much for the amazing response to our appeal for items for Care4Calais.  Unfortunately the charity now find themselves in the position of being unable to accept any donations.  We have contacted LIFT (a local charity who support families on a low income) and they will be delighted to accept what we have collected.  I hope that this is acceptable to you all.

Fairtrade Tuck Shop

It is great to have our Fairtrade Tuck Shop up and running again.  The tuck shop will run fortnightly : Wednesday for those pupils who enter by the front gate and Thursday for those who enter by the back gate.  Apologies for a miscommunication this week regarding this.   Our next tuck shops will be on Wed 3rd and Thurs 4th November.

Playground

Many of you will be aware that work is currently taking place on the mound to repair parts that have deteriorated through wear and tear.   Hopefully the area will be open and ready for action after the holidays.  We are also hopeful that work to start our outdoor library will also start soon.  

Rainbow School

This week has seen our P6 and P7 leaders of learning group take part in their first learning visits to other classes.  They spoke to children about what they were learning and wrote a brief report.  See below for a couple of extracts.

‘P5H were learning about chemical reactions in science.  They had to clearly label the equipment and explain it in their jotters………..  They liked how the science includes food and drinks………. A few groups also mentioned that a good lesson is a lesson which is fun.’   Georgina, Emily, Lucee

‘The P2s were very excited to tell us about what they were learning………   Charlotte told us she liked using the counting on strategy………….it is all quite active so they are not just sitting at a desk and doing a worksheet.   We think it is all very interesting and is an example of a great lesson.’    Phoebe, Meg

Today we have had an emotional goodbye to Mrs Martin.  The comments and wishes from everyone show exactly how much she is thought of.  We wish her every success at Blackhall.

I hope you all have an enjoyable October break and look forward to welcoming back all our learners on Tues Oct 26th ready for Halloween fun on Friday Oct 29th!

Thank you for your support

Jacqueline Scott

Trinity News: 6th October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are all well.   It is so lovely to see the sun shining again after the rain we have experienced.  In true Trinity fashion we have continued to have our learners outside – as the saying goes ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes’.  With that in mind please do make sure that your child comes to school with a suitable jacket and outdoor footwear.   As well as knowing that fresh air has benefits for our wellbeing we are also continuing to ensure that our school is well ventilated in line with COVID guidance.  Time outdoors allows us to manage this.  

Learning @ Trinity

As you know our values at Trinity are Creativity, Perseverance, Kindness and Respect.  This term we are seeing what might be an effect of the last 18 months on some of our learners.  In simple terms there is an increase in the number of children who do not respond positively to being asked not to do something (we are having to be firm in saying that no means no),  we are seeing an increase in children who will argue back and who can come across as being quite rude as well as some of our learners being unable to see the other side of a situation and accept their part in it.   These last months have been tough on everyone, not least our children,  and I am confident that together we can work through this.  Please do not think this is pertinent to everyone at school but as part of our learning about respect we will be focussing on these aspects and ensuring that we have high expectations regarding behaviour.  We are very much in a partnership with parents and carers and value the support that you give us.  It is always helpful if you can take a few moments to chat to your own child about how they behave and what you expect from them.    

Respect and Kindness go a long way!

Office and staffing update

As you are aware Katie Berry, our front of office clerical assistant, has now started her career break.  Interviews for her post will take place tomorrow.  In the meantime we will be operating a ‘reduced office service’.   Please bear with us.  We have a rota of very competent P7 learners who will assist Mrs Boath first thing in the morning.  It is extremely helpful if everyone comes to school at the correct time, using the correct gate and with everything that they need – thank you.    Being late, even by a few minutes, is disruptive to learning for everyone. 

The office will be closed from 1.00pm each day to allow Mrs Boath to undertake her own job.

The fact that school has operated fairly normally this term and nearly all our learners are settled and progressing well is testament to the commitment, flexibility and professionalism of all our Trinity community as we have not had our full staff complement in school since the INSET day of Aug 16th.  We are ever hopeful that next term will be a lot more settled but continue to ask for your understanding with this.   

Start and end times to the day

We are hoping to make adjustments to the start and end times of the school day in the not too distant future.  Unfortunately we do not yet have a specific date for these changes to happen as we are awaiting updated guidance from the Scottish Government.  To allow you to consider what impact the changes may have please see below for the proposed times :

There will be NO change for P1 and P2.  9.00am – 3.00pm (Mon – Thurs) and 9.00am – 12noon (Fri)  This allows for 22.5hrs of teacher contact.

P3 – P7 :  move to 8.45am – 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)  and   8.45am – 12noon (Fri).  This allows for 25hrs of teacher contact.

These times have been agreed taking into account the consultation with parents, carers and staff (survey in June).   Whilst there will still be a ‘gap of time’ between P1 and P2 and the rest of the school we have managed to reduce the gap to 15mins in the morning, to 10mins at the end of the day and to no gap on a Friday lunchtime.    

Uniform sale and lost property

Weather permitting preloved uniform will be available at the back gate tomorrow morning (Thurs 7th Oct).   Please do take a moment to have a look as there are so many items looking for a new home.   We simply ask for a donation to be made to school funds.   The amount of lost property in school is unbelievable.  If items are named they will make their way back to their owners.  With no name this is impossible to do so items are washed and placed in the preloved uniform boxes.  There are nearly brand new cardigans, sweatshirts etc.

Halloween

Everyone is welcome to come dressed up for Halloween on Friday October 29th.  This is always a particularly fun day for all our learners and there will be Halloween activities to enjoy.   Please look out for information about a fundraising opportunity from our TPSA.  

Friday October 15th – non uniform day

School closes for the October holiday at the usual time on Friday October 15th.    As it is the last day of term it is a non uniform day if your child wishes to dress up or down.    It will also be Mrs Martin’s last day at Trinity as she takes up the post of Acting HT at Blackhall.   Having been a part of Trinity for 21 years we’re gearing up for a bit of an emotional goodbye!

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Jacqueline Scott