Following on from the information we provided you last week please find some further information below. We are delighted to be returning as a whole school, however, we are of course aware of the need to remain vigilant and continue to manage the risks of COVID-19. As a result, there are particular measures which we have put in place, in line with government guidance, to ensure the safety of children, young people and staff. Please note the guidance provided by the school will be reviewed and updated as and when required.
We recognise and understand that some of these arrangements may take a little while to get used to but please be assured that your children will be well cared for and we are committed to ensuring that they are happy and receive the best experiences possible. We value our strong partnership with our families and we will continue to work closely with you as part of our parental involvement and engagement agenda. We thank you for your continued support as our children return to school.
Detailed Return to School Guidance:
St Cadoc’s Guide for Going Back to School Aug 20
Letter for Pupils from Mrs McBride
Letter to Parent Carers 5.8.20 Director of Education
staggered start and finish updated 11th Aug
Scottish Government Guidance
Early Years Government Guidance
Click the link below to view the (updated 20.8.20) Halal Menu.
Halal school menus v4
Below you will find some initial information and arrangements for children returning to school and nursery on Wednesday 12th August.
School Update and Arrangements for 12th August
P4 and P7 Letter to Parents
25 June 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Celebration of First Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020
Before the close of our schools for well merited summer holidays, I wanted to communicate to you our new plans for the celebration of your children’s First Sacraments which were postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions.
Both First Communions and Confirmations will now be celebrated in your local parish churches between September and November. Each of these will be given by your parish priests. I am happy to delegate the Sacrament of Confirmation to your parish priest to administer.
Our Head Teachers in both our Diocesan Primary and High Schools have committed to continuing the formation of our young ones to be ready for these Sacraments in support of our local parishes.
May I take this opportunity to thank our Parish Priests, Head Teachers and Diocesan Education Officers for their wonderful work in arranging a full consultation on this process in order to come up with the best solution for your families. Amid all the business of lockdown arrangements they gave generously of their time and talents to ensure your children will not miss out of the joyful celebration of our Sacraments.
May I also commend you in your amazing commitment to the partnership of our schools and parishes to ensure the peaceful formation of our young people in faith and character in these unprecedented times. May God reward your good work.
With every good wish and blessing,
Please find attached a copy of the revised school calendar for
School Holidays 2020-21
We welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement to aim for all pupils to return to school after the summer break. We look forward to welcoming back all children on 12th August and will now prepare and plan for this. We will inform parents if there are any further changes. All the work carried out to prepare for blended learning and social distancing will be valuable as contingency plans and if we are required to move to this model at a later date. The purpose of this update is to inform you of our Contingency Plan or Plan B.
If we ever have to use the Contingency Plan we will implement blending learning. Today you will receive a text message from the school to confirm your child’s group. We have split each class in to two groups-Group A and Group B. Group A pupils would attend Monday and Tuesday and Group B pupils would attend Thursday and Friday. The process for splitting classes is based on surnames, we have then ensured children within the same family attend school and nursery on the same days. Provision for children of key workers would remain in place.
We have also uploaded our Contingency Plan below. This Plan B, gives you more detailed information and includes our School improvement Plan. Please take some time to have a look at this.
We are looking forward to seeing our P7 children for their first transition session next week.
Please see the letter sent to you last week for for your child’s designated group. You can then view full details for each group below.
Please remember to drop your child off and pick your child up at their designated entrance. Unfortunately, parents will not be allowed to enter the school grounds however, there will be teachers and pupil support assistants available to meet your child and direct them to the appropriate area to line up.
P7a Transition Letter Group 1
P7a Transition Letter Group 2
P7a Transition Letter Group 3
P7b Transition Letter Group 1
P7b Transition Letter Group 2
P7b Transition Letter Group 3
P7c Transition Letter Group 1
P7c Transition Letter Group 2
P7c Transition Letter Group 3
We would also ask that all P7 children who have borrowed a Chromebook or laptop from the school return this on their second transition session, the following week, 22nd or 23rd June.
Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you all next week,
From Education Department:
Dear Parent Council Chairs
Thank you again for your participation in our meeting on Monday 8 June. As was shared at the meeting we received 608 questions from you on behalf of your parent forums. This tremendous response in such a short timescale reassures all that we are in this together to support our children and young people safely back to school as soon as possible.
A copy of the presentation from Monday night has already been shared with you. I believe the content of which has answered many of the questions posed. In addition we have grouped together questions under similar themes and answered as part of the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document.
Many of the remaining questions submitted were specific to individual schools and as such we have shared your questions with Head Teachers who can provide you with the detail you require moving forward.
Your continued support as we move towards phase 2 and phase 3 of our recovery plan is very much appreciated. We all want what is best for your children and for them to return to full time education as quickly as it is safe to do so.
Frequently asked Questions: PC FAQ
You can visit our home learning sites by clicking on the Nursery or Primary badge.
We hope you have been enjoying the start of the summer term – unlike any start of term before, but the weather has been good and we can enjoy our one hour outside every day. Getting outside for fresh air and exercise helps our physical health, and our mental and emotional wellbeing. This update gives more advice to families about these areas.
Health and Wellbeing Update 3(1)
Glow Password Resets
For Glow password issues, please visit: http://tiny.cc/of6xlz and complete the Form. Within 3 hours, your child’s password will be reset temporarily to changeme1234 and then at next login your child will be asked to change their password to something else.
Continuing learning in light of Coronavirus
You will be well aware of the rapidly changing situation across the country due to the coronavirus. As you know schools, in line with everyone else, are following national guidance which in itself is necessarily changing on a daily basis. More information is available from the NHS at www.nhsinform.scot.
At the moment all schools and Early Learning and Childcare Centres remain open. However, over the next few days and weeks, it is possible that an increased number of pupils and staff will catch the virus and have to stay at home. This will mean whole families having to stay at home for long periods of time, unable to come to school or go to work.
To help with our planning to continue to offer opportunities for learning we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions via the following link:
I know this is a worrying time for everyone and I want to assure you that we are working hard to plan for different situations and continue to provide learning and teaching for our children and young people. We will continue to communicate with you through our usual channels on the arrangements for your child. Please continue to follow the updates provided through the school and Council social media sites.
On Sunday 8th December, we will have our enrolment Mass for the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 10 o’clock Mass. Children should sit with their parents and sponsor and are asked to wear school uniform (a white shirt and tie). Although we encourage you to attend the 10am Mass as our children will be responsible for the liturgy you can choose to attend any mass during the weekend. All children intending to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year should participate in this Mass.
Children will write their Letter of Enrolment in school and these will be handed to Fr Eoin via the school.
If your child is not preparing for Reception of this Sacrament, they are very welcome to attend and receive a blessing.
Thank you once again for your support as we work together to prepare the children during this special time.
With Christmas fast approaching many of you might find Santa has brought you a new ipad, tablet, laptop or phone. It is worth remembering you can download all Microsoft office apps for free!
Glow users can download the Microsoft Office 2016 apps on up to 15 personal devices; up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad and Android) and 5 phones. Making these apps available helps Glow users take full advantage of the opportunities these tools offer. The Office apps which include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway, Forms and OneNote provide a learning platform that extends beyond school and into the world of work.
To download, log in to Glow. From the launch pad click the Office 365 Home tile then the “Install Office apps” button and follow the instructions.
When logging in, you will be asked to enter your user name and this is your Glow user name plus the domain e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, once you do this, you will be transferred to the usual Glow login screen, when you enter your details here your registration is complete.
The Glow username will only activate the software for as long as that account is active in Glow.
It is also possible to download the apps from within Microsoft O365 – within O365, click on the Office 365 link in the top left of your screen and from the O365 home page, click on “Install Office 2016”.
Many thanks for your response to our ‘School Values Survey’. We received 155 responses from our families and your suggestions give a valuable insight into what values matter most to you. Click the link below to see an overview of the most common themes.
school values survey
This information will now be taken forward, in consultation with our school working group.