Starting School 2020

13th August 2020


Dear P1 Parents and Carers

I am sitting at my desk, the sun is shining and all is calm!

It has been fabulous over the last two days to welcome our new P1s to our school and to welcome back our P2s – P7s.  We are so looking forward to having our whole school back together again from tomorrow.   Our children continue to be a real credit to us all – smiles and laughter from nearly everyone!  Their resilience and positivity are a testament to how well you have supported them.  In true child fashion the storm this week was what a lot wanted to chat about : weeks of lockdown, for many, already a thing of the past.

Thank you so much for playing your part in ensuring that we keep to our new procedures.  Ensuring your child is on time, using the correct gate, giving your child a snack and then collecting them correctly at the end of the day  is much appreciated by us all and makes all the difference.   There may have been some confusion about the end of the day for P1.  One adult per child is asked to enter the playground from the gate in the lane,  wait for their child outside their classroom and then exit by the gate into the park.  Thank you

Reminder : Friday 14th August : 9.00am – 12noon

From Monday 17th August : 9.00am – 3.00pm (Mon – Thurs),  9.00am – 12noon (Fri)

I have come to the conclusion that there is no normal in life so rather than this period being the ‘new’ normal it is simply life at the moment and we will take each day as it comes.   Please do get in touch if you have any concerns or simply have a question.

Here’s to a very happy and healthy 20/21 school year.

Jacqueline Scott


Please can you share the following with your children

Dear P1 Trinity Learners

I have had such a great couple of days meeting you all and I am so looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. 

I am so delighted that you are now a Trinity Learner.  I thought you might like to know what is very important to everyone at our school.  We have four, what we call our values.  These are creativity, perseverance, respect and kindness.  You will find out more about each of these in school although I am sure that a lot of you will already know what kindness means.  We also try to Go Above and Beyond in all that we do.  This means we try really hard to make everything extra special.

Stick to those and you will definitely be a Trinity Superstar.

Mrs Scott

6th August 2020

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Dear new P1 parents and carers

Please find attached the information relating to Trinity and what our new ‘normal’ will look like.  Whilst some aspects of school life will, by necessity, be a little bit different, the fundamentals will remain the same.  Respect, creativity, perseverance and kindness will be at our core along with Let’s Go Above and Beyond.  I have no doubt that our school community will rise to this challenge and ensure that everyone feels safe and happy.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our school.

Jacqueline Scott


25th June 2020

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P1 Parents and Carers,
It was an absolute pleasure for the staff to meet yourselves and our new Trinity Learners last week.  The teachers thoroughly enjoyed a chance to have a brief chat with many of you and most importantly, your children.  The teachers have been busy preparing the classrooms ready for our MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) about Superheroes topic, starting in August.

You will be aware that following the announcement yesterday, schools have now been asked to plan for 100% of pupils returning in August.   Whilst this is fabulous news, as we all want nothing more than our school community being back together in our school building,  this announcement has, as I am sure you will understand, brought with it many unanswered questions.   I had hoped that today might have brought some answers but as I write this I am still unsure about certain aspects.  What we are sure about is that as a school we will be prepared and ready for 100% or for putting our contingency plans into place if required.   I do apologise that I am unable to share detailed information with you regarding physical distancing, school start times, lunch arrangements, health and safety etc but continue to ask for your support in bearing with us.  Further information regarding Breakfast Club and After School Club will be shared in due course.  Given the ever changing nature of the situation my aim will be to share this information at the beginning of August.

As in previous years we are going for a phased approach for P1 pupils for the first few days.  We therefore plan to bring pupils in as follows:

Wednesday 12th August – 9.00 – 10.30 (Surname A-K)
                                               11.00 – 12.30 (Surname L-Z)
Thursday 13th August – 9.00 – 10.30 (Surname A-K)
                                          11.00 – 12.30 (Surname L-Z)
Friday 14th August – 8.50 – 12.25 All pupils (normal Friday school hours)
Monday 17th August – 8.50 – 3.15 for all pupils
Pupils will still enter through the back gate (Victoria Park entrance).
We have added a virtual tour video below, please take a moment to watch this.  May we take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

Jacqueline Scott (Head Teacher) and Cheryl Berthinussen (Depute Head Teacher)

Virtual Tour of Trinity Primary

Hello new P1s, we hope you enjoy viewing this virtual tour of your primary school. We can’t wait to welcome you all to Trinity. Have a fabulous summer when it arrives. See you soon!

Meet the P1 Team:

15th June 2020

Starting School 2020 | Trinity Primary School

Dear New P1 Aug Parents and Carers

I hope that you are well.  On Friday afternoon parents and carers of pupils in Edinburgh schools received a text from the authority providing a link to a letter regarding the reopening of schools.  Please see link below :

As you will read the model adopted for all schools will see 33% of the children in school across Monday – Thursday.  Whilst it is good to now have a plan to work to, I do not doubt that parents and carers will have many questions.  Please be assured that as a staff we have already started discussion as to how this will look at Trinity and will work together to ensure we provide a great learning experience both in school and out.  Whilst we would all much prefer to have 100% of our children in school everyday,  it will be great to at least start the process towards that.  Some children each day will definitely be better than none!  We really do miss them.

Further detail regarding what days your child will attend, what group they will be in, the entrance they should use etc will all be with you by the end of this week.  There is a lot to consider so please do bear with us.

I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy the weekend – perhaps with other family or friends.  The relaxing of lockdown certainly has its benefits.

I look forward to seeing some of you over the next couple of days when you come to the playground to collect P1 packs.

Jacqueline Scott


12th June 2020

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Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope this message finds you safe and well.
Our Teachers and Pupil Support Assistants are busy preparing the learning spaces for August and we are all very excited to meet our new Trinity Learners! As you know, it has been a very different induction procedure for schools and families this year but at Trinity, we remain committed to working with you in providing an exciting and positive start to your child’s primary school experience.  The following information is designed to give you the necessary details to help in these first steps towards P1.
Arrangements for August
At the time of writing, we are still awaiting final confirmation from the Authority on the attendance model for school return.  This will be with you very soon and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
P1 Information packs
These packs will be available to collect on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Packs will be displayed, in alphabetical order,  on a table outside the door of your child’s new P1 Room. The class groups are identified by a special hero character!
Please enter the school grounds through the Back Gate – from Victoria Park.   As we are all very used to by now, please remember to keep your distance.   Children are welcome to accompany you. Please be aware there will be no access to the school building.
Visits to P1
As you may expect,  there will be no transition visits before the end of term.
Of course this is disappointing for all of us, but we have prepared some experiences for the coming weeks:
  1. Look out for our Virtual Tour of the school, to be posted on the website during the last week of term.
  2. You might have seen a little yellow triangular character when you visited Trinity.  This represents a Trinity Learner: a triangle of Healthy BodyHealthy Mind and Healthy Respect.  You will find a pile of these ‘Trinity Learners’ when you collect your pack.   Please write your child’s name on the back of one of these Trinity Learners, before hanging it on the fence.
  3. There will also be a Video from your P1 Teaching Team, posted on the website next week.
 All About Me
Many thanks to those who have returned the ‘All about Me’ information sheet.  We have really enjoyed learning all about your child’s interests and the photo will help the Teaching Team to greet each child properly on the first day of P1. If you have not yet returned your form, it is not too late!  You have until the 22nd June to send them to Mrs Boath at
Although we have not been able to meet with you in person, we have tried to offer clear guidance and information here and  hope you will find it useful and practical to support you and your child in the move to Primary 1.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please note, an email informing you of your child’s teacher and classroom has been sent out.
Kind regards,
Cheryl Berthinussen
Depute Head Teacher
Trinity Primary School
9th June 2020

Dear P1 Parents and Carers

I hope that you and your families are well and that your child is excited about starting school.  We are very excited to be meeting them in August and are currently getting things organised to ensure that they, and yourselves, feel our school is safe, welcoming and a fun place to be.  As I am sure you will appreciate we are unable to hold our normal transition events so unfortunately there will not be an opportunity for your child to visit their classroom or to meet the staff in person.  This will however still take place, albeit virtually.    Please do look out for information from Mrs Berthinussen regarding the collection of school packs and the sharing of the P1 team.  This information will be with you by the end of this week.   In the meantime I thought you  might be interested to read our latest school news – see below

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing

Best wishes

Jacqueline Scott


22nd May 2020

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New P1 Parents/Carers and Pupils

All About Me Sheet


Dear Parents and Carers

First and foremost a very warm welcome to Trinity Primary School.  We are very excited that your child will be joining our school and hope that they thoroughly enjoy being a Trinity Learner.  If your child is no longer going to be attending Trinity please can you let us know by emailing as a priority.  As I’m sure you’ll understand we have children on a list waiting to find out if they have a space.

Whilst these are unprecedented times and we are awaiting guidance about the practical elements of our new P1 pupils starting school in August, please be assured that we are working hard to make this a positive and supportive start for everyone.   Our usual transition activities will still take place albeit in a slightly different format.

  • Mrs Berthinussen, one of our DHTs, has ‘met’ with all nursery staff and has had the opportunity to hear about your children.  This information will assist Mrs Berthinussen in making up the P1 groups.
  • Many of you have had the opportunity to visit our school earlier in the school year and many of the children were able to go on a tour – some saw every part in great detail!   A virtual tour of the school will be available on the school website in June
  • Please see attached information from the City of Edinburgh Council about the bear transition project and an ‘All About Me’ sheet to be completed and emailed to school . These documents have also been shared by some nurseries.
  • P6 pupils are very excited to have a P1 buddy in August and are already thinking about how they can support their new friends
  • Your child will be issued with a book bag containing a message from their teacher, the name of their buddy and, very importantly, the name of the house they will be in.  Information re how to collect the book bag will be with you as soon as possible (we are just working out how best to manage this)
  • An information booklet for parents and carers will also be in the book bag
  • School uniform can be ordered online from Superlogo (based in Coburg Street).  We are hoping to offer parents / carers the opportunity to purchase previously loved school uniform items towards the end of JuneI fully understand that you may be feeling anxious about this next stage in your child’s life especially given the current situation.  However we never fail to be amazed about how resilient young people are.  As I said in an email to our parent / carer body recently, children are living through a time in history that they will tell their children and grandchildren about.  We need to make sure they have happy memories to look back on.  Your child will respond to you so, please hide any anxieties you may have,  show them your excitement about them starting school, reassure them that it will be lots of fun and tell them they will make lots of friends.We have added some information to our website  Please keep checking the Starting School 2020 tab for up to date information.Our school staff are available to help in any way we can over the next few weeks.  Do not hesitate to get in touch either through email to or by text to the school emergency mobile : 07907 344059I look forward to meeting you in the not too distant future


Please can you share the following with your child – thank you.


My name is Mrs Scott and I will be your HeadTeacher at Trinity.  I am so excited that you are going to be joining our school.  We call everyone who comes to Trinity a Trinity Learner, even all the adults, because all of us are learning in lots of different ways and about lots of different things at our school.   You might have seen a little yellow triangle person when you visited Trinity. We call it the Trinity Learner.  It stands for having a Healthy Body, a Healthy Mind and Healthy Respect.  You’ll find out lots more about that when you’re in school.  In the meantime I hope you enjoy the bear hunt activities.

See you soon

Mrs Scott

19th May 2020

Why is Transition Important?
Moving on to P1 Information for Parents/ Carers

14th May 2020

Activities to help prepare your child for Primary 1


As you begin to think about the transition from nursery into primary 1, we have come up with some suggested activities to help to prepare your child for school. We encourage children to be as independent as possible and by working on some of these activities you will help your child to achieve this and make life easier for them (and their teachers!)

This is meant as a guide only and we fully understand that not all children will make the same progress as the same time. However, if you are looking for a few simple things to practise at home then this jigsaw would be a good place to start.

We look forward to welcoming everyone soon!

Preparing for P1 Jigsaw PDF


Please check this page for all transition updates for starting school in August 2020. 
As nurseries have closed their doors, the transition process will likely look different this year.  Please be reassured that we will work in partnership with your child’s nursery to ensure this process is still as smooth as possible. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Cheryl Berthinussen
Depute Head Teacher,
Trinity Primary School
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