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COVID-19 Cases

Dear Parent / Carer

There has been multiple reported cases of COVID throughout all stages of the school. You don’t need to do anything unless you care contacted by Test and Protect as a close contact.  Please see the attached letter from Public Health with important information.

Please be aware that many cases are now showing first symptoms as a stomach ache and headache as well as, or in some cases instead of the previously reported symptoms of cough/temperature/loss of taste and smell.

If you or your child has any of these symptoms please get a PCR test as soon as possible.  We ask that you contact the school office if your child is feeling unwell and is being tested.  It is important you let us know as soon as possible the outcome of the PCR test to help us manage the spread of infection in school.

You can email headteacher@notredame-pri.glasgow.sch.uk at anytime out with school hours to keep us updated.

August 26th, 2021|

August 2021 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back!

What a busy week it has been and it is already clear to see that the children are tired, always hard to get back into a routine if I do say so myself.

It has been wonderful to have all of the children back and have a buzz around the place again. We are continuing with ongoing mitigations as advised and hopefully this will continue to keep us all safe. As we have resumed a 3 o’clock finish for all it has been extra busy around the gates. We welcome all of our new P1 children and parents and to help with their dismissal they will exit the school gates from 2.50pm, so please make way for them. Hopefully this helps clear the gates for everyone else coming out at 3pm. It would be really helpful if you could arrange to meet you child at a specific place away from the gates, especially from P4 upwards.

As before, we ask that you wear a face covering for drop offs and pick- ups. I have noticed that many haven’t been adhering to this but with more than 470 children at the school, the school’s perimeter is very busy. Please keep yourselves and others safe.

Also, a reminder that the traffic restrictions are now in place on Havelock Street so no moving vehicles between 8.30am and 9.15am and then again from 2.30pm to 3.15pm. A £50 fine is in place. This will hopefully support us in keeping the zigzag lines clear and keep your children safe.

Our Primary 1 children have all settled in very well and are finding their way around and it is wonderful to see them so happy to be at school. All other classes have returned ready to learn and with a positive attitude. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome two new teachers – Miss Mazur in P2a and Miss Egan in P5b and we wish them a very positive and happy year. We also welcome Mrs Nicol who will deliver P.E on a Thursday. Please ensure your children do not wear jewellery to P.E as they will be unable to take part.

Teachers are currently working on setting up new classes on Seesaw and this is where you will receive important class information and homework. Look out for the Seesaw code coming home. All other information from the school will come via e-mail or text. If you have not already done so
can you please download the Xpressions app as this helps reduce costs for us. Mr Ansdell is currently working on our new website and we hope that this will be up and running in the next few weeks.

Please also help us with lost property by ensuring that all items are labelled so that items can be returned to the rightful owner.
Our water fountain is still not in use so it would be really helpful
if children could come with a filled water bottle and we are then happy to refill it for them as they need it.

Our theme for the fortnight is making a positive start and we will have certificate winners next Friday. Following on from this we will be taking a look at challenging ourselves and charity. As many of you know I lost my mum in 2019 to Cancer and I wanted to do something that could raise money to help support those affected by Cancer. As a school community we have sadly been affected in many ways by Cancer too, so I have linked up with the Beatson Cancer Charity which is a local hospice and we are going to work together to fundraise for this amazing charity. The Beatson plan to visit the school over the month of September to talk to the children about the work they do and how they help those in the hospice.

My personal challenge is to ‘Brave the Shave’. I plan to shave my hair towards the end of September and will be telling the children about my challenge over the coming weeks. I will then ask each class to set a class challenge which will support the fundraising. Staff are already organising a hill climb too in order to raise funds. With joint effort we hope to raise valuable funds. We will keep you posted.

Please remember we are a ‘nut free school’. We have a number of children throughout the school with severe nut allergies so we ask that you do not send any lunch/snack items which have nuts. This includes Nutella or peanut butter sandwiches, Nutella bars, snickers bars and any loose nuts etc

PE days – Class teachers will let you know when your child’s gym days are. On these days only, pupils should come to school dressed in gym clothes and trainers, no need for uniform. As many PE lessons may still be outside, please provide your child with a suitable waterproof jacket.

I will continue to update you as guidance changes but please continue to look out for symptoms. If your child develops any Covid symptoms please arrange for a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until a negative result is received.

I wish you all a lovely weekend!

Take Care!

Tina MacDonald

August 20th, 2021|

COVID-19 Information

Dear Parent/Carer

COVID-19 information letter for the new school term

  1. What will happen when there is a case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in school?
  • Whole classes will no longer be asked to self isolate if someone in the class tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Your child will only be identified as a contact if they have had prolonged close contact with the case – e.g. same household, overnight stays.
  • There will be no requirement for you or your child to self-isolate unless you are contacted by Test and Protect.
  • All close contacts of the case who need to take specific actions will be identified, contacted and advised by Test and Protect to follow the latest guidance on self-isolation and testing which was updated from August 9th2021 for: –

– adults who are fully vaccinated, who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive; and

– children and young people aged under 18 who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive.

Further information on the latest self-isolation requirements can be found on the NHS Inform website at: www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 or Translations (nhsinform.scot) for accessible, easy read formats or other languages.

  1. Regular testing
  • Regular testing even when you don’t have symptoms can help keep you and your school community safe.
  • If your child is at secondary school, they can access free LFD tests from the school, to allow them to test twice-weekly at home as long as they have no symptoms. Please contact the school directly to ask about this if your child is having problems accessing tests.
  • Please encourage your child to test twice-weekly, and to record all positive, negative or void results on the online reporting portal at: nhsinform.scot/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19-report-your-test-result.
  • In addition, you and the rest of your family, including primary school-aged children, can access free test kits through the Universally Accessible Testing programme, which is available to everyone in Scotland. Free at-home LFD test kits are available for collection from COVID test centres or pharmacies, or delivery by ordering online. gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/no-covid-symptoms.
  1. Book a test if you or your child develop symptoms
  • Please be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 they must not attend school. They should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Find out more on NHS Inform.
  • All other household members of your child (including yourself) must also stay at home and follow the latest guidance, which can be found on NHS Inform. In the event of a positive result, Test and Protect will contact you to provide tailored advice on what to do.
  • Book a test at NHS Inform for your nearest COVID-19 test site. There are drive-through, walk-through, and mobile testing units across Scotland which are open from 8-am until 8pm, 7 days a week. A full list of sites can be found at Scot. Or you can order a home PCR test kit online, or by calling 119. A test will then be delivered to your home. To return you can either drop the test at your nearest priority post box, or if you are unable to go out, you can also call 119 to book a courier collection from your home.
  1. How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. Do:

  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so and are eligible. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell. If anyone who is eligible in your family or home have not yet been vaccinated, then they should arrange vaccination as soon as possible. This could also help you avoid having to self-isolate in the future. Information on how to arrange a vaccination can be found on NHS inform.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands.
  • Open windows/doors regularly to ventilate your home
  • Be vigilant for COVID symptoms and self-isolate when you have COVID symptoms or have been advised to by Test and Protect.

Further Information

For general Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and information: https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus/coronavirus-faq?age=0 and https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Yours sincerely

Linda de Caestecker

Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

August 12th, 2021|

Back to School Arrangements

Dear Parent or Carer,

Back to Primary school arrangements – August 2021

During the last 18 months I’ve promised to keep families updated on the Scottish Government’s advice and guidance for schools and nurseries to help manage the spread of the virus.

I’m delighted to welcome back our children and young people to schools and nurseries as the country moves to Beyond 0 from Monday 9 August and the removal of many of the restrictions that we have all been living with during the pandemic.

However, the Scottish Government has decided to keep in place most of the restrictions that have been in place in our schools and nurseries for up to six weeks of the new term.

We are now in a much more positive place and although some of the restrictions will remain for a few weeks, I’m sure you will agree that it’s good news that our primary schools will no longer need to operate the ‘bubble’ small group system and that whole ‘bubbles’ or classes will not routinely be asked to self-isolate if someone in the class tests positive for COVID-19.

This will result in less disruption to both families and our staff and of course benefit your child’s continued learning.

For your information, I’ve attached a letter from the Director of Public Health which gives clear advice on what families need to do if their child test positive or their child is identified as having prolonged contact with someone who’s tested positive for the virus.

This includes a link to the location of testing centres across the city where you will be able to get a PCR test for your child if they are contacted as a very close contact. A negative PCR test will allow your child to return to school without the need for the 10-day self-isolation.

One of the major changes is that our schools and nurseries will no longer be involved in contact tracing and this will all be done via Test and Protect.

This has been an extremely tough and challenging year and I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank you and your family for your resilience and support as we’ve navigated through this time.

It is now time to for our schools and nurseries to do what they do best and continue to support Glasgow’s children, young people and their families as we reconnect and recover from the pandemic and look forward to a much brighter future together.

You can read the full, updated Scottish Government guidance at

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in- schools/pages/overview/

Yours sincerely

MAUREEN McKENNA

Executive Director of Education Services

August 12th, 2021|

June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

School finishes this Thursday 24th June. P1-4 will finish at 12.45pm and P5-7 at 1pm. School will return on Monday 16th August. We will continue with the soft start which will be from 8.45am for EVERYONE, with school starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm. The only exception to this will be for Primary 1 who will start at 8.55am and finish at 2.55pm, allowing them a bit of space to meet their parents. Gates will be clearly marked for August so that you and the children know which gate to enter and exit.

We say goodbye and good luck to the following teachers who are moving on to pastures new – Miss Alexander, Miss Madden, Miss MacDonald, Miss Diverty and Dr Lundy. We wish you well for the future. We welcome back Mrs Summers from maternity leave and we welcome two new members of staff, Miss Mazur and Miss Egan.

We continue to have 17 classes and yesterday the children got to meet their teachers outside and got to see who will be in class with them. The classes are as follows:

P1a – Miss McHugh
P1b – Mrs Conroy and Mrs Worton
P1c – Mrs Boyle
P2a – Miss Mazur and Mrs Traynor
P2b – Miss Turnock
P3/2 – Mrs Gribben
P3a – Mrs Carr
P3b – Mrs McMullan
P4a – Miss Doherty
P4b – Miss Wells
P5a – Miss Campbell
P5b – Miss Egan and Mrs Hilditch
P6/5 – Miss McCann
P6a – Mrs Summers
P7/6 – Mr Aubrey
P7a – Mrs Rutherford and Mrs McIntosh
P7b – Mrs Boyle and Miss Thompson

As you can imagine, the classification process is very difficult and with our large numbers we have no option but to have some composite classes. We do our best to make sure that we have workable classes and have taken account of friendship groups too. However, change is good and we want to encourage new friendships to help prepare our children for the future.

We will continue to operate separate breaks and lunches as the overwhelming feedback is that this really works and allows the children to have more space to play. As restrictions ease we do hope to have the opportunity to mix ages and stages regularly.

We also say goodbye and good luck to 80 Primary 7 pupils who had a wonderful day yesterday with their leaver’s mass, awards ceremony and party in the playground. I wish them all a very happy and successful future. We also have some children from various stages throughout the school leaving us, returning home abroad or moving onto other schools. We wish you well in all you do.

It’s been a mixed bag of a year with many ups and downs but your children have continued to show great resilience and really made the most of things and I am very proud of them all. We hope and pray that session 21/22 is more normal, allowing us to be together more and unite as a school community.

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and I hope you all have a wonderful summer break.

God Bless
Tina MacDonald

June 14th, 2021|
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