As we move towards schools opening up again to parents and carers we are now able to offer face to face meetings to discuss your child’s progress. These will take place one evening or on a Friday afternoon, in school, in the summer term – dates still to be finalised. Some parents and carers have however expressed a preference for such meetings to continue to be online. This may be because of child care or ease of access or to be more time efficient. To this end we are considering offering a choice. To help with this please complete the survey (link below) by Friday April 8th, expressing your preference. We will then make a final decision and share arrangements.
I hope you are all well. This week sees us into our final week of the Spring term. In many ways time really does seem to fly: April 2020 saw us learning from home, April 2021 the return of all our learners following the second lockdown and April 2022 the welcoming back of our parents and carers into our building. We are definitely going in the right direction. The summer term will see school begin to return to pre Covid times but we are asked to still remain cautious.
The updated guidance for schools comes into effect for the summer term. It is guidance and non statutory.
As always if your child is unwell, whatever it might be, please keep them at home until they are well enough to be back in school. This keeps everyone safe from the spread of possible infections.
Times and Gates :
The decision has been made to keep our school times as they are for the rest of this school year. They will change from August 2022. Further information regarding this will be shared next term.
However for the summer term there will no longer be a requirement to line up outside the school gates. Pupils can enter the playground using either the front or back gates.
The gates will open at 8.30am and will remain open. Pupils in P5, P6 and P7 will enter and go straight to class.
Pupils in P1 – P4, accompanied by parents and carers, will be able to enter the playground and wait there until time to go to class – 8.45am for P3 and P4 and 9.00am for P1 and P2.
P3 and P4 : all pupils will enter school by the front doors from the front playground at 8.45am
P2 : wait in front playground and go to class at 9.00am
P1 : wait in back playground and go to class at 9.00am
End of school day :
2.55pm : P5 – P7 will be dismissed and can leave school playground using either front or back gates
3.00pm : no change. P1 and P2 will dismissed from classrooms into front (P2) or back (P1) playgrounds. Either gates can be used to enter or leave playground
3.10pm : P3 and P4 will be dismissed directly into the front playground. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure an adult is there to meet them. Either gates can be used to enter or leave playground.
I hope that this all makes sense.
This week @ Trinity
Tues April 5th : 2.00pm P5 Scottish Opera performance to P5 parents and carers in the front playground
Wed April 6th : 2.00pm P5 Scottish Opera performance to other classes
Wed April 6th : 6.00pm – 6.40pm P1 and P2 Easter Penny Hunt event – front playground
Thurs April 7th : 2.00pm Spring Singalong in the front playground – ALL welcome to join us
Fri April 8th : School closes for holidays at usual times : 12.00 P1 and P2, 12.05 P5 – P7, 12.20 P3 and P4
As I write the following calendar of events I am so heartened to be able to include so many experiences that make Trinity, Trinity. Please be aware some dates might be subject to change.
Mon April 25th : School returns
P7 to Benmore Outdoor Centre until Fri April 29th
P6 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Tues April 26th : P6 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Thurs April 28th : P6 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Fri April 29th : P7 return from Benmore
P6 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Mon May 2nd : MAY HOLIDAY – school closed
Tues May 3rd : INSET day – school closed for pupils
Fri May 6th : School Open Morning – please come along between 9.00am and 10.00am or between 11.00am and 12.00noon to see your child’s classroom, some learning in action, chat with your child, stay and play, meet other parents and carers. Teas and coffees will be available in the main hall.
Sun May 8th : 9.30am – 12.30pm Community Playground and Secret Garden tidy : the more hands the better!
Thurs May 12th : P5 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Thurs May 19th : P5 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Fri May 20th : Sports Day in Victoria Park : ALL welcome
Sat May 21st : TPSA May Fair
Thurs May 26th : P5 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
Mon May 30th : Learners Conference at Victoria Primary : What Does Equalities mean for us?
Wed June 1st : New P1 transition event
Thurs June 2nd : School closed for Platinum Jubilee
Fri June 3rd : School closed for Platinum Jubilee
Wed June 8th : P5 – P7 Athletics Festival and Masteclasses
Thurs June 9th : P5 to Skiing and Outdoor Learning at Midlothian Ski Centre
6.00pm – 7.30pm : Open Evening to share Coast to Coast learning : All welcome
Tues June 14th : Thurs June 16th : Transition days for P7 pupils
Tues June 21st : Meet Your Teacher
Wed June 22nd : P1 – P6 picnic to Aberdour : All help much appreciated. Definitely a case of the more the merrier!
Thurs June 23rd : 6.30pm – 8.00pm : P7 Leavers’ Do in the Secret Garden
Mon June 27th : P7 picnic
Tues June 28th : P5 Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop event – parents and carers welcome
Wed June 29th : 9.10am End of year celebration : front playground : parents and carers welcome
Thurs June 30th : Trinity’s Got Talent final
Fri July 1st : School closes for summer holidays
11.45am : Clapping out of P7
12.00 : P1 – P6 dismissed
P4 – P7 parents and carers have now had the opportunity for a video or phone call with their child’s class teacher to chat about progress. Some have commented that it is helpful for these to be online whereas others have said they much prefer face to face. This is something we will be considering from August. In the meantime, with adults now allowed back into the school building, we are unsure as to what format we will use for P1 – P3 next term. Please look out for more details.
I hope that the last week of term goes well for everyone in our school community. We are still experiencing significant staff absence and thank you for your continued support. I am so looking forward to the summer term and, hopefully, a further move towards school returning to ‘normal’.
Jacqueline Scott | Head Teacher | Trinity Primary School
As I hope you are aware, when in P7, our learners have the opportunity to participate in a residential experience to Benmore Outdoor Centre. This is always a fantastic time spent enjoying outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings. Please check out www.experienceoutdoors.org.uk for some further information.
Our allocated dates for session 2022 / 2023 have now been confirmed and we will be heading to Benmore earlier than we have in the past : Mon 5th Sept to Fri 9th Sept 2022!
This will be a great chance for P7 to come together as a year group early in the school year and I am sure it will have real benefits. Over the next few days I will be speaking with P6 and sharing with them what the week involves.
The cost of the visit will be in the region of £360 – travel by coach, all activities, specialised equipment, food and accommodation. I do appreciate that this is a considerable sum of money and, as always, will aim to ensure that no child misses out because of financial reasons. We currently have space at Benmore available for all our P6s but need to confirm numbers by the end of April. To this end a non refundable deposit of £100 is due now to secure a place for your child. This can be paid through Parentpay. The remaining balance can be paid in instalments over the next few months. If you require financial help please get in touch immediately as we will be able to help. Please either phone to speak to Mrs Boath or email direct to Rebecca.email@example.com.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.
I hope all is well with you. In true British fashion I do find myself ‘talking about the weather’. The last few days have been so glorious and certainly helped to make our Red Nose Day event a huge success. I was so proud of all of our learners. Within less than an hour they had set up their stalls and events and the playground was transformed. Together we raised the amazing sum of £2232. Thank you so much for all the support with this.
Lunches and water
As the nicer weather sets in we will be moving to the children being able to sit outside to eat lunch. For many this is preferable to sitting indoors and also helps with the continued need to keep classrooms ventilated. Children must bring their own named water bottle to school. As a way of supporting sustainability we no longer purchase disposable cups to hand out to children.
P1 and P2 Easter event
This will take place in the front playground on Wed April 6th from 6.00pm – 6.40pm. Tickets will go on sale next week but please be assured there is a space for everyone in P1 and P2 if everyone wants to come along.
We are in the process of finalising classes for Aug 2022. Given a change in roll can result in a deduction in the number of teachers allocated to us please do let the school office know as a matter of priority if your child will not be returning to Trinity in August. Thank you to those who have already done this.
We are looking forward to welcoming our first pupil from The Ukraine in the next few days. It is possible that other children will join us in the future. The current situation is absolutely heart breaking and we will do all that we can to make any new pupils feel welcome, safe and included in our Trinity community.
We will be taking part in a Ukrainian tradition to decorate Pysanky eggs as a way of showing support.
Mon 28th March : 2.00pm P4 show in the Secret Garden
Tues 29th March : 9.15am P4 show in the Secret Garden
P1 and P2 Dental checks
Tues 5th April : 2.00pm P5 Scottish Opera in the front playground
Wed 6th April : 6.00pm P1 and P2 Easter event in the front playground
Thurs 7th April : 2.00pm Easter assembly in the front playground – parents and carers welcome
Fri 8th April : School closes at usual Friday times for holidays
Mon 25th April : School returns
P7 to Benmore
P6 Skiing at Hillend/ Pentland Outdoor Experience
Mon 2nd May : Monday holiday – school closed
Tues 3rd May : INSET day – school closed to pupils
It is looking likely that restrictions will continue to be lifted for the summer term. Fabulous news! We are in the process of rearranging plans that will, hopefully, see parents and carers back in school, Sports Day in the park, the P7 show, our picnic to Aberdour, our new P1s able to visit in person etc etc. Please bear with us as we put together the calendar. This will be shared as soon as possible.
A very quick email to say a huge thank you to everyone for an absolutely fantastic Red Nose Day morning. The playground was quite literally alive with stalls and events, all organised and run by our fabulous learners and the atmosphere was incredible. I was so incredibly proud of everyone.
The total raised will be shared on Monday.
I hope the sun continues to shine over the weekend.