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Trinity News: September 14th

Dear Parents and Carers

As I started to write this yesterday it was so lovely to see the sun shining outside.  Sun shine definitely lifts the spirits so we’re hoping for bright skies again today.

MADD : Fri Sept 17th

This Friday we are looking forward to sharing our learning from MADD about Myths and Legends.  It is a non uniform day and children are welcome to come to school either dressed up for their theme or in bright colours.  Part of the morning will involve us coming together on TEAMS for a story and a snack.  

School lunches etc

Unfortunately we are seeing an incredible amount of food being wasted at lunchtime.   Two of our responsible P7 learners shared with me how dismayed they were at all the food being put into bins.  Please only order a lunch if you are sure your child will eat it.  Whilst staff actively encourage we are not able to ‘force’ a child to eat if they don’t want to / don’t like what is being served.   Please take a moment to check with your child that they are eating their school lunch.   Children are expected to take home any leftover food from home packed lunches.

We also ask for your support in providing healthy and limited snacks!  Fruit, low fat crisps, vegetables, one biscuit etc are great.   Fruity Friday, where we hope everyone will eat fruit or vegetables for snack, will be reintroduced from Fri Sept 24th.  Watch out for more details from our P5 Rainbow School group.  

Water – we actively encourage the children to drink water (they must bring in their own named water bottle) but also teach them to drink at appropriate times – first thing in the morning,  during and immediately after break and lunch times etc.  As I am sure you will understand water being drunk needs to ‘come out’ and constant visits to the toilet can be very disruptive to learning in the classroom.   Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss this.

Staffing update :

As you know Kirsty Martin will leaving Trinity to take up the post of Acting HT at Blackhall.  An advert for an acting DHT will go live soon.    Kirsty has been a major part of our school for many years and will be sorely missed by all of the Trinity community.

Adverts on MyJobScotland close today for the post of PSA.  A further advert for a temporary clerical assistant at Trinity will remain live until 22nd Sept.   Katie Berry, our front office clerical assistant, will be taking a career break from Oct until the end of March.   We all look forward to her return!

We are experiencing higher rates of staff absence than is our norm and whilst we are trying to ensure continuity please do bear with us if your child is supported / taught by different staff.

Meet the Teacher

In pre COVID times we enjoyed having the opportunity to meet face to face with parents and carers at this time of the year.  Unfortunately with restrictions remaining in place our Meet the Teacher ‘event’ will be virtual.  From Thursday Sept 16th videos featuring school staff will be available on the school website.  Please do take a minute to watch them with your child and do give us any helpful feedback. 

Reporting progress to parents and carers

We have made the decision that, for the time being, we will continue with the approach we used last year.  This will mean that between now and Christmas you will receive a written profile (either through One Note or as a paper copy) and an opportunity to have a telephone conversation with your child’s teacher.  Please look out for further information.  We are ever hopeful that we will be able to meet in person at some point later this school year.   

REMINDER : School is closed on Monday Sept 20th for the September holiday weekend

COVID update

You will be aware that the last few days have seen a steady rise in the number of positive COVID cases being reported to school.   Reports from parents and carers indicate that whilst children are testing positive they do not appear to be too unwell and, in some cases, appear absolutely fine.  I know that some of you are anxious : about doing the right thing, about the risks of COVID etc.  It is really difficult, as it has been through this whole ‘journey’, to get this absolutely right for everyone. 

The clear message that is being given by CEC (from HPS) is that

Schools and similar educational settings are now seen as low risk environments given:  

  • Lower rates of transmission in under 18s compared to adults 
  • Under 18s at extremely low risk from adverse health effects of COVID-19 disease 
  • High rates of vaccination conferring protection to the adult population (particularly elderly and high risk groups) and therefore the risk of transmission from schools and children posing a significantly reduced concern.  

Children who meet the definition of a contact are considered low risk e.g. those who had contact in classrooms, dining rooms, common entry and exit points, general playground contacts, friendship groups and sharing transport to school. These contacts will not be directly contact traced by Test and Protect. When cases arise in a year group, parents and carers will be alerted via text to read the ‘warn and inform’ letter so that they can be vigilant and look out for symptoms and signs of COVID-19 in their children.

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive, they must self-isolate in line with advice given on NHS Inform.

Help us to keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.  Whilst the last 18 months have seen a significant change in how our school operates, I am confident that the ethos of Trinity remains the same.   Walking round our school I am both delighted and proud to see our learners embracing our values – respect, creativity, perseverance and kindness remain at the heart of what we do.

Kind regards

Jacqueline Scott  

New Staffing: monday 13th September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with very mixed emotions that I am writing to let you know that Kirsty Martin, DHT, has been appointed as Acting HT at Blackhall Primary.  We are all absolutely delighted for Kirsty as the appointment is very much deserved.  Blackhall’s gain is definitely Trinity’s loss!   I am sure you will join with me in wishing Kirsty many congratulations.  It is likely that she will take up the post following the October week holiday – we’ll certainly be making the most of the next few weeks with Kirsty as part of our senior leadership team.   An acting DHT for Trinity will be appointed in due course. 

Kind regards

Jacqueline Scott    

P2-7 Trinity News : 17th august 2021

Dear Parent and Carers

A very warm welcome to another school year.   Thank you so much for the kind words, cards and gifts shared at the end of term – they were very much appreciated by the staff.

I hope you have all had a good summer and were able to make the most of the great weather we had.  Everyone at Trinity is so looking forward to seeing our learners back in school tomorrow (Wed 18th Aug), ready and enthusiastic for what we hope will be a fun filled and together year ahead.  The news that we could ‘burst the bubbles’ was met with much delight.   Whilst this is so encouraging, and takes us ever closer to returning to what we see as normal, I am sure that you will understand that we have been asked by City of Edinburgh council to remain cautious in order to keep everyone safe and to keep schools fully open.  To this end please see below for current arrangements.

Times of the day :

These will remain as they were prior to the holidays with the plan to review after the September weekend.

P1 and P2

Mon – Thurs : 9.00am  – 3.00pm      Fri : 9.00am – 12.00noon

P3 and P4

Mon – Thurs :  8.45am – 3.10pm      Fri : 8.45am – 12.20pm

P5 – P7

Mon – Thurs : 8.30am – 2.55pm       Fri : 8.30am – 12.05pm  

School gates :

As well as remaining with staggered times for the beginning and end of the school day, pupils must also continue to enter and exit by the allocated gates.  Only P1 and P2 parents and carers are able to enter the playground at pick up time.  Please continue to wear face coverings.

P1 – back gate in to park.   

P2 – front gate on Newhaven Road

P3 – back gate in to park

P4 – front gate on Newhaven Road

P5H – back gate in to park

P5B and P5M – front gate on Newhaven Road

P6J and P7/6M – back gate in to park

P6M – front gate on Newhaven Road

P7 – back gate in to park

Lunches :

Lunches will continue to be eaten in classrooms.  Over the next few weeks our aim is to gradually introduce children back into the dining hall in line with numbers allowed.   Children in P1 – P4 are now eligible for a free school lunch.  If parents / carers wish to take this up please ensure that you have ordered lunch on parentpay.

School Uniform and PE kit :

As a school community we have always encouraged and supported the wearing of school uniform.  Circumstances last year saw a bit of a move away from this but we are hoping that we can start to return to all our learners wearing school colours (black, grey, yellow, white).  This helps them all to identify with being a Trinity Leaner.   

Over the next few days your child will find out when they will have PE in school.  On those days they are welcome to come to school dressed for PE.     

I am hopeful that this year will see us being able to welcome parents and carers physically back into our school.  In the meantime please be assured that the Trinity team will continue to do all it can to get it right for our children. 

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott

P1 – P4 News : June 25th

Dear P1 – P4 Parents and Carers

The end of term is with us!   I do hope that everyone has enjoyed the final week of school.   I have had a lovely time eating chips with P7 at Wardie Bay, watching P1 – P6 enjoying an ice cream in the sunshine, presenting yearbooks to P7 (very ably helped by P1),  eating pizza with P7 at their pizza party (food again!),  supporting our house captains presenting Trinity’s Got Talent and listening to a very emotional and spontaneous rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme from P7.  Certainly a week to remember.

I am aware that the rearranging of classes, particularly given the year we have all experienced as a result of COVID, can cause some uncertainty and possible concern.   Children were asked to identify friendships and staff took a considerable amount of time to use that information along with their knowledge of pupil learning styles, relationships and current learning levels.   All children are in a class with friends they identified and, I hope, the year ahead will provide all of them with the opportunity to widen friendships further, whilst making progress in their learning.   Our aim is to get it right for every child and I hope that you trust us to put the interests and needs of all of our children at the heart of what we do.  

There is no doubt that this has been quite a year but we remain committed to ensuring that our children feel nurtured, supported and have a sense of belonging.     I sincerely hope that as we start the summer holidays your children are looking forward to the weeks ahead but that they are also looking forward to returning in August ready to learn and to enjoy their next school year and all that it brings.   Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns.

Thank you for all your support and I wish you a very happy summer.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in Trinity on Wed Aug 18th.

With very best wishes

Jacqueline Scott  

P5 and P6 News : June 25th

Dear P5 and P6 Parents and Carers

I am delighted to let you know that Mr Stewart Johnson will be joining the P6 and P7 Trinity team in August and will be with us until Ms Berthinussen returns from maternity leave and Ms Armstrong returns to her post of Principal Teacher.  Mr Johnstone is known to us as he has spent several weeks at Trinity this session supporting learning.   He is looking forward to meeting his named class who will be known as P6J.  

I have been made aware that there is some unrest amongst parents and carers about our decision to rearrange classes, particularly given the year we have all experienced as a result of COVID, as well as some unrest about the thought process that has gone into this. 

Unfortunately with the slight decrease in numbers at P5 and P6, the decision to rearrange the classes was not made by us but was a result of having to move from 6 classes to 5.  As explained at the meeting earlier this term our hope is that P6 and P7 will be able to learn together across stages.   Whilst we are still unsure when COVID restrictions will ease we are remaining optimistic.

With regards to the thought process that went into making up the classes please be reassured that children were asked to identify friendships and that considerable time was taken by staff to use that information along with their knowledge of pupil learning styles, relationships and current learning levels.   All children are in a class with friends they identified and, I hope, the year ahead will provide all of them with the opportunity to widen friendships further whilst making progress in their learning. 

There is no doubt that this has been quite a year but we remain committed to getting it right for every child.     I sincerely hope that as we start the summer holidays your children are looking forward to the weeks ahead but that they are also looking forward to returning in August ready to learn and to enjoy P6 and P7 and all that it brings.   Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns.

Thank you for all your support and I wish you a very happy summer.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in Trinity on Wed Aug 18th.

With very best wishes

Jacqueline Scott