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September 16, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Thursday 17th September 2020

Our first two groups of Primary 5 pupils will receive their First Holy Communion at two separate masses in the Cathedral next week. Although things will be a bit different from normal, the restricted numbers will hopefully allow Mass to feel more intimate and special for the children and their families; I have no doubt next week will be a very joyful and memorable occasion for the boys and girls. Please keep the children in your prayers over the coming days.

We have had a number of queries from both parents and teaching staff about the current arrangements for homework. It’s important that any temporary arrangements are manageable and sustainable and that they work for everyone: pupils, parents and staff. For this reason, I want to take a few days to discuss and explore options with staff before making any adjustments or changes. I’ll be in touch as soon as we’ve reached a decision on how best to proceed. Thank you for your patience.

September 15, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Wednesday 16th September 2020

After memorising the children’s names in Primary 4b on Monday, I successfully committed the names of all Primary 4c to memory yesterday afternoon. I’m looking forward to spending some dedicated time in Primary 5a today and learning the children’s names in the process.

It was great to meet the Parent Council for the first time (even though only virtually) on Monday evening. I have been asked to communicate the following points from the meeting:

The Parent Council would like to pass on their thanks to the school teaching and support staff for all the hard work that has obviously gone into making the school a safe environment for the children to go back into.  Feedback from the transition back to school is that the children have been fantastic in the way they have adjusted to the new rules in place.  The teaching staff have worked hard in the background to ensure that these new rules have not detracted from the normal, relaxed, and fun environment that school should be.  Thank you.

With the start of the new academic year we find ourselves with places on the Parent Council.  We are looking for people who can devote a small amount of time to support the school staff in delivering care and education to our children.  We are especially, but not only, looking for parents of those children newly joined the school at P1 and in the nursery.  If anyone would like to discuss what is required please approach the school who will put you in touch with a member of the Parent Council.

September 15, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Power Maths

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Today we worked on our Power Maths books. We looked at the place value activities and applied the skills of partitioning, ordering and sorting numbers. Mr Green was very impressed!


Homework this week is a special task for the whole school. Each child has been given a hand print and on each finger the should write a word that describes themselves. The can write one word or a sentence and can draw themselves on the palm. This should be brought back to school on Monday 21st and in line with COVID procedures will be quarantined before being used to create a whole school display.

September 14, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Maths Monday

Today in maths we demonstrated how we can round a number to the nearest 10, the nearest 100 and the nearest 1000.

September 14, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Tuesday 15th September 2020

Well done to the twenty-two pupils who made it onto this week’s Good Work Wall! As you can see from the photograph above, the children produced work of a very high quality and were all worthy winners of a sticker and two House tokens. Well done, boys and girls!

It was an absolute pleasure meeting all the nursery boys and girls properly yesterday. One little girl had clearly been doing her homework on me:

Me: ‘Does anyone know who I am?’

Nursery child: ‘Mr Young!’

Me: ‘Does anyone know what my job is?’

Nursery child: ‘You’re the Head Teacher!’

Me: ‘What does a Head Teacher do?’

Nursery child: ‘Paperwork!’

It was music to my ears when I found out that the nursery children have their names written on their shoes: learning their names will be so much easier.

Of course, I don’t have this luxury further up the school. However, I did manage to memorise all the names in Primary 4b yesterday afternoon and will be working my way through the other classes in the purple bay during the course of this week.



September 12, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Monday 14th September 2020

I had a very busy, but thoroughly enjoyable, first week here in Cathedral Primary. As well as having meetings with Derek Brown (Executive Director, Education & Families), Brendan Duffy (our school’s Quality Improvement Manager), and the other OLHS cluster Head Teachers, I also managed to have dedicated meetings with the Lead Practitioners from the Nursery, our three clerical staff and the Head Teacher from Firpark Primary.

On the to-do list for this week is to spend some dedicated time in our Nursery as well as the classes in the purple bay, meet online with the Parent Council this evening, get together with our support staff and last (but certainly not least!!!) of all, meet with teaching staff after school on Thursday.

Please can I take this opportunity, once again, to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome during my first week. I feel very much at home in Cathedral Primary already!


September 11, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Funday Friday

Today we described an underground train journey, using what we have learned about rhythm and rhyme. We then used the title ‘Above My Head’ as our inspiration for another piece of writing

Primary 6/7 enjoyed outdoor PE again today. Playing team games that involve fitness, strategy and teamwork.

September 11, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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Poems on the Table

We have been reading Table a poem by Turkish poet Edip Cansever translated by Richard Tillinghast. The class have been writing their own poem basted on the ‘shape’ of this poem. Click the titles to read the poems.

The featured image on this post is Our Table by cogdog on Flickr shared as Public domain

September 10, 2020
by The Banton Biggies
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“Cool Class” Thursday

Today we imagined that we were standing in a busy city, and using our prior knowledge from this week’s language lessons we had to visualise and describe what was beneath our feet.
Today we got to take part in Woodlands Primary Schools first virtual assembly. We listened to Mr Green, Miss Ferguson and Mrs Thomson. The class were delighted to win the first Cool Class Cup of the new school year.



September 10, 2020
by The Banton Biggies


Primary 1a –  Ella

Primary 1b – Holly

Primary 1c – Maria

Primary 1d – Ethan

Primary 2a – Ruby

Primary 2b – Grace

Primary 2c – Brianna

Primary 3a – Jakub

Primary 3b – Connor

Primary 3c – Zarah

Primary 4a – Kim

Primary 4b – Monica

Primary 4c – Antoine

Primary 5a – Julia

Primary 5b – Joseph

Primary 5c – Julia

Primary 6a – Filip

Primary 6b – Olivia

Primary 6c – Julia

Primary 7a – Nadia

Primary 7b – Chloe

Primary 7c – Riley



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