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Newsletter 24/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came to the PTA meeting last Thursday the turnout was good. The new PTA constitution will be coming out soon for you all to see and comment on. Also thank you to all the parents that ran the PTA film night on Friday it was enjoyed by all.

We had a lovely day on Tuesday enjoying the huge snowflakes that were falling and even better all the roads were clear by home time – my kind of snow!

Next week the children in Ospreys are off to the Lowry to take part in a dance workshop and art activities to support their work on L S Lowry. We are all very excited about it.

On Friday next week 1st February the Ospreys will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

If your child is in choir and you haven’t returned the letter about the Kinder Choir Concert please can you.

We have received the following:

Dear Parents –

With online payments on the rise, Eduspot (as providers of SchoolMoney) would like to remind you to be extra vigilant when making payments.

Recently, there have been a small number of reports of attempts to defraud parents whilst using SchoolMoney. We thoroughly investigate all reports of attempts to defraud parents using our system (including separate, independent checks) and can confirm that we found we found that no fraud, data breach or malicious attack has occurred.

We believe however, that it important to remind parents to be extra vigilant when making payments online. NEVER give out your ATM pin to anyone – no system or person should ever require this to complete an online transaction. If something looks suspicious, do not complete the payment, close down your browser and start again making sure you are using a genuine website.

You should also ensure all system and app updates are applied to your PC or mobile devices and that they have reliable, up-to-date anti-virus software installed. Increasingly, mobile devices are the targets of malicious software so it’s important that these also have adequate protection.

Eduspot remains committed to protecting your online security and providing you with an easy to use solution to securely make payments to your schools. If you spot something that doesn’t look right relating to SchoolMoney, please contact us at

The Eduspot Team

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had another lovely week in school. I am enjoying getting regular pictures from Mrs Clayton in India. It sounds as if she is having an amazing not to mention mind blowing time. She has worked with the children in the school we are linked with and been training some of the teachers who work in Kolkata. We are looking forward to hearing all about it when she returns next week.

In school the children are all having great Eureka moments. There have been letters to dinosaurs, space station visits, stepping inside Lowry paintings, Fairy Tale telling, Teeth exploring, Beowulf imagining and shadow making to name but a few of the learning experiences the children have had.

We have been very busy changing the use of some of the rooms in school and tomorrow we will be opening our ‘Bookwormery’ (fiction library) and ‘Questionarium’ (non-fiction library). A huge thank you to all of you who through the PTA have provided £3,000 worth of books for these rooms.

There is an important PTA meeting tonight 7pm at The Cricket Club. One of the agenda items is the new PTA constitution. I hope a lot of you can be there.

It is Film Night on Friday. I am looking forward to watching a film with the children.

Next Wednesday 23rd January all the staff have to leave promptly to get to a training session so please ensure your children are picked up on time as nobody will be available to look after them.

Cookery Club is cancelled next week 22nd January as Mrs McLaren and Miss Byron are at training. Next week is a busy week for staff after school!

Well done to all the children who are helping their class reduce the number of lates they have. Merlins continue to be our punctuality super stars. If your child arrives at school after 9am they are late. Please can you make sure your child is in school before 9am.

No snow is forecast for here over the next few weeks but as the ‘S’ word has been mentioned let me remind you that we always try our best to keep school open if it is safe to do so. If school has to be closed either because not enough staff can get to school or it is not safe for the children to walk to school a text message will be sent out as early as possible. Let us just hope any white stuff falls at a weekend.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year. I hope you all had just the kind of Christmas you enjoy whether that be busy or quiet. It has been lovely to welcome all the children back into school.
A huge thank you to everyone who sent in a donation for the school we are linking with in Kolkata. Mrs Clayton is going there on Friday – tomorrow.

The Peregrines were welcomed back in with the news a space shuttle had crashed in the playground!
Luckily Keith is very good at clearing up messes so no evidence remains of the incident!

Our lovely choir, following their fabulous performances over Christmas, have been invited to take part in a concert on Sunday 10th March in Buxton. I know lots of them have regular commitments on a Sunday but we would appreciate it if they could miss them just this once. They should have brought a letter home about it yesterday.

Clubs restart on Monday. If any children would like to leave or join a club please just let us know. Remember it is the second group at cookery club.
Day Time Open To
Orchestra Monday 8.30-9.00 Anyone learning an instrument
Creative Club Monday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 2-6
ICT Club Monday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 4-6
Cookery Club Tuesday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Gardening Club Tuesday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 3-6
Key Stage 1 Club Tuesday 3.20 – 4.00 Year 1-2
Ignite Wednesday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Running Club Thursday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Drama Club Thursday 3.30 -4.30 Years 2-6
Film Club Thursday 3.30 – 5.00 Years 3-6

On Monday the Harriers are going to treat us to a Clarinet Concert in Assembly just after 9am. Please do join us to hear just how good they are becoming.

There is a PTA meeting on Thursday 17th January 7pm at The Cricket Club. Please do come if you can we need as many people as possible to help.

Friday 18th January is Film Night from 3.30 – 5.20. Look out for flyers about this.

The closing date for applications for a place for due to start in Reception next Year is fast approaching. The deadline is Midnight on Tuesday 15.1.19. Make sure you get your school preference in and remind anyone you know who may have forgotten to do it. Late applications are dealt with once the whole of the county has been allocated places.

The children tell me they have got a whole lot of new internet enabled devices, lucky them. A parent has told me about an app which helps them both know what the children are on and set limits for screen time. It:

Allows you to create child accounts for under 13s and they need to be part of a google family group which parents may already use to share apps.

Over 18 accounts can be set as ‘parents’ in the group.

Most apps on the device can be disabled / enabled remotely.

Time limits for individual days and overnight lockdowns.

Also gives you locations for devices and will get them to make a noise even on a tablet or phone on silent when lost at home!

Gives a report of how long each app has been used for. There is also a version for apple devices.

Sounds good to me.

Whilst we are talking all things electronic the children are also telling us that a number of them have been given or are playing with their fathers on ‘Grand Theft Auto’. This is an 18 and is an 18 for a reason it is very violent, and exposes children to a number of inappropriate sexual content such as rape. I would urge you not to let your children play on this game or watch others play this game until they are old enough.

I am attaching the dates for this term with the usual warning that things may change.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 20/12/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We are all very busy with the final Christmas Fun but we cannot see past the bus! Wow, Wow, Wow how fantastic is it for us to have a bus on the playground to provide some extra outside space for us. We are so grateful to Stagecoach who have donated the bus to us. A number of people have asked ‘Why a bus?’ to which my first answer is why not! But really the plan is to use it as a space to make the playground more creative and provide another option for children who are struggling to find something to do on the playground.

The choir were amazing when they were singing in Church on Sunday and Tesco on Wednesday. I am so looking forward to listening to them in Norfolk Square and at the Carol Concert. If you remember the sing in Norfolk Square is a meet by 6.20, we are singing first and then we are giving your children back immediately to enjoy the rest of the carols with you.

On Friday it is our Carol Service, which I know you all enjoy so do join us if you can. It is held in St Luke’s Church and starts 9.15-20ish depending when we are all there. The children in Kestrels will be sent home with their costumes tonight. Please can they meet us at church at about 9.00 dressed up and with their uniform in a bag. They don’t need their book bags. We would like the choir and the children reading to also meet us at church at about 9.00.

On Friday it is also our Christmas Dinner Day and I am very excited because you have only let us know about 3 children not having Christmas Dinner with us. It is always a great event and is best when as many children as possible participate.

We finish for Christmas at the end of the day tomorrow and school will reopen on Monday 7th January.

Dinners for next term are £2.10 which works out at £63 up to half term and another £73.50 to Easter so £136.50 for the whole term. If you still owe any money for this term please pay it.

I hope you all have a lovely festive period and that 2019 is a great year for one and all.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 13/12/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Christmas Fair last Friday. Thank you to everyone who supported it by sending in contributions, coming along, organising it or running a stall. The fair is enjoyed by all the children and it raised £988 for school. We are all so grateful to you all.

Money raised by you has been used to buy lots of lovely new books for all the children to enjoy so a huge Thank You from everyone at St Luke’s.

In sporting news our Boccia squad really enjoyed the tournament they took part in last week. Congratulations to our swimming squad who came second in the gala. An especial well done to the pupil who stepped in at the last minute when another child was injured.

The Peregrines and Ospreys treated us to a fantastic production well done to all of them. Thank you to all of you for helping them learn their lines.

Kestrels will be performing on Friday when they lead our assembly. Do come and join us if you can, it will be at just after 9am.

The choir have several bookings they are singing at St Luke’s Church carol concert at 6.30 on Sunday (they need to be there for 6.20 in uniform). They are also singing as part of the carols round the tree in Norfolk Square on Thursday 20th again at 6.30. They have been invited to sing at Tescos during the day sometime next week we are just negotiating when. It is always lovely to have an audience so please do come along.

Next week is full on Christmas we have parties, the carol service and Christmas dinner!

For the parties the children can come to school in their party clothes or change into them at lunchtime. If they are coming in their finery please remember that the children will be doing normal school activities in the morning including playing out so their clothes need to enable them to take part. The parties are:

Merlins & Eagles Tuesday 18th

Harriers & Kites Wednesday 19th

Ospreys, Peregrines & Kestrels Thursday 20th

On Friday 20th we are going to start the day with our Carol Service in St Luke’s Church. The Kestrels, Choir and Readers will meet at church at just after 9am everyone else will meet at school at normal time and walk across to church. The service will start as soon as everyone is there so about 9.20. We would love to have you join us. We then will go back to school and have Christmas dinner. In the afternoon we have our traditional whole school sing, prize giving and safety talk. Then everyone will go home for Christmas.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 06/12/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

School is looking great with the Christmas trees and wreaths made by the houses. You should be able to see them when you come to the Fair tomorrow.

The Peregrines and Ospreys are busy preparing their Christmas Play for you. Tickets should be coming home in book bags today. Please look after your tickets as you will need them to get in as we are very close to the fire limit.

The Kestrels are also very busy preparing their Assembly for you on Friday 14th. It will be at just after 9 do join us if you can.

Mrs Goddard our new Midday Supervisor started this week, we are very pleased to welcome her onto the team.

All after school clubs finish this week. They will restart in January week beginning 14th.

Today is the last swim before Christmas.

Tomorrow is Christmas Fair Day 5-7pm – hooray!!! The choir will open the fair at 5pm. There will be lots to see, do buy and enjoy. The PTA have put a lot of work into it and I am sure you will all enjoy it. I look forward to seeing you there.

Because of the fantastic fair there will be no toast on Friday.

Parties are the last week of term 5&6 on 18th, 3&4 on 19th, R,1&2 on 20th.

A reminder to the Choir that they are also singing on Sunday 16th December at St Luke’s Church Carols by Candlelight service. The children need to be there by 6.20. And at 6.30 on Thursday 20th December in Howard Square.

If your child is in Key Stage 2 and would like fruit next term please return the form.
Some children who took part in the Glossop Jog have yet to return their sponsor money, please can this come in as soon as possible.

On Sunday 9th December there are carols in Howard park 2.30-3.30, this is always a lovely event.

I don’t know if you caught the Channel 4 programme Lego Masters – it has had me hooked, creativity and engineering and Lego bricks. Well, they are looking for teams for the next series:

Following the success of current series, we are again on the hunt to find Britain’s most talented building duos. This year we had 7 incredibly talented and wonderful children on the show and it was their dream come true. With that in mind I was hoping to see whether you would mind distributing the flyer below to your staff and students or parent’s network to see if the next winner of the series is either attending or working at your school – as we are looking for creative adult teams too! Applicants must be aged 9+ by 03/02/2019. If you are interested in finding out more please email

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 29/11/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Wow what a week. Monday saw the older members of the Pupil Parliament visiting London. An early start was well worth it for an amazing day out. We were made to feel important from being welcomed over the tannoy at Stockport to entering the Houses of Parliament through the Queen’s entrance. We saw the changing of the Guard at Horse Guards and found loads of the Take One Picture pictures in the National Gallery. The children were a delight to spend the day with. We drew breath and then the Harriers were off to Chester on Wednesday. Much Roman learning was done and a good time was had by all. Today Eagles and Merlins are off to Biggin and Hartington schools to do some work on team building and understanding different faiths.

Tomorrow Kites will be leading our Assembly do join us if you can.

The Christmas Production is almost here!! Oh help! Children get those lines learnt. What I really meant to say is that if you haven’t ordered tickets yet please do so soon so we can allocate any spares. The production features children from Peregrines and Ospreys.

Kestrels will be giving us their Christmas presentation in their Assembly slot on Friday 14th December. They will also be performing in Church at our Carol Service on Friday 21st.

Our Christmas Dinner is on Friday 21st if your child usually has a packed lunch but is going to join in this festive event, this is usually just about everybody, please let the office know.

School led clubs will finish next week. Thursday 7th is the last day of clubs.

There is a Christingle Service in St Luke’s Church on Wednesday 5th December doors open for this at 3.45pm. This is always a lovely service enjoyed by the children who go.

Last but very definitely not least the Christmas Fair is almost here. Tomorrow is non uniform day for contributions for the fair, chocolate from Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys and presents for the wrap stall from everyone else. The Fair is on Friday 7th December 5.00-7.00. There will be games, and stalls, face painting and hopefully a visit from Father Christmas if he is not too busy at The North Pole. The Fair will be opened by the Choir singing at 5.00 which is always a treat not to be missed. I look forward to seeing you there.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 22/11/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It has been another busy week at St. Luke’s. The Year 4s thoroughly enjoyed their sleep over. Their excitement was evident in everything they did from playing games to cooking, making picture frames to singing round a campfire. We did wonder if they would calm down enough to sleep, but they did in the end. They woke up with just as much excitement as they had shown the evening before.

A RSC production of Romeo and Juliet was enjoyed by the Merlins and Eagles on Wednesday. Eagles have been having a busy week as they will be enjoying a dance workshop at Glossopdale today.

The Peregrines and Ospreys have started preparing the Christmas Play, they were wonderfully dramatic during the first rehearsal I think you will be in for a real treat. The performances will be on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th December 2pm and early evening on 12th December 6pm. A letter about tickets will be sent out soon.

Tomorrow Harriers will be leading our Assembly and Kites will be leading it on Friday 30th November.

Next week is a week full of trips. On Monday the older children on our Pupil Parliament will be visiting Westminster to find out more about how our democratic system works. I am sure it will be a great day. On Wednesday Harriers will be visiting Chester and on Thursday Merlins and Eagles will be visiting Miss Nicholls new school and doing some work with children from a secondary school around different faiths. (letters will be coming out today I hope).

Thursday is our next Bag 2 School day. We ask you to bring in any old textiles, these are reused and if they cannot be reused they are recycled. It also raises money for school. You should have a bag sent home to put your textiles in but any bag will do.

Friday 30th is non uniform day for the PTA Christmas Fair. The children in Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys are asked to bring in donations for the chocolate tombola and the older children are asked to bring in donations for the wrap stall. On this stall children (or adults) can buy presents for their family and have them wrapped up ready for Christmas. In other words send in something you would like, or at least not be unhappy, to receive!

On Friday 21st December it is our School Christmas Dinner. This is a wonderful event at which the children and staff sit down together and enjoy a delicious dinner. If your child usually has packed lunch and would like to have a dinner on that day please let the office know. The cost of a dinner is £2.10. It is most unusual for a child not to have dinner on this day.

Remember ICT Club is back on Monday 26th but Creative Club is not on.

This newsletter felt like a lot of dates and not much news I am sorry but there is a lot coming up you needed to know about.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 15/11/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Last Friday the gymnastics squad had a great time at the competition, well done to all of them.

This week there have been three important national weeks we have been celebrating; School Meals, Parliament and Anti Bullying.

For school meals week we were chosen to be Derbyshire’s representative school. Mrs Howe and her team did us proud and produced the usual delicious dinner. We were visited by council and regional big wigs. We also had the LACA roadshow with food tastings, games and science demonstrations. It was a wonderful event and the children were brilliant.

For Anti-Bullying week we have revisited what bullying is, we often have to reassure children that it is not falling out or not getting on with somebody but something much more serious. We watched Inside Out and used it to spark discussion. As ever I was very impressed by our children’s ability to think deeply about issues.

For Parliament week we have tried to get to grips with our electoral system. We also held a debate with some children from Hague Barr joining us. The children wrestled with the subject and many children who thought they would not be able to speak found themselves on their feet joining in.

Tomorrow is Children in Need Day. The children can come into school in non-uniform for a donation to Children in Need. Please remember that the children will need to do all the usual things in school so whatever they wear needs to enable them to do this.

Tomorrow is also Year 4 Sleep Over – We have some very excited Y4s, this is one of the most popular events of our school calendar.

There is a PTA meeting at 3.30 on Tuesday 20th November in the Library. Please come along if you can.

On Thursday 22nd November the Year 5s are attending a dance morning at Glossopdale. The childen are asked to meet Mr Warburton outside Glossopdale School between 9-9.15. If you have any problems with this please contact us.

The Osprey class are leading our assembly this Friday, next Friday 23rd Harriers will be leading it. Do join us if you can.

On Sunday 18th November the Monton Family are doing a walk for ‘Bliss’ starting a 5pm. If you are interested in sponsoring them or taking part please contact Sarah on 07976197787

Clubs: There will be no cookery club on Tuesday 20th November and no KS1 club on Monday 26th November.

The choir have been asked to sing at St Luke’s Church Carol service on 16th December 6pm and in Howard Square on 20th December at 6.30pm. Please put these dates in your diary. More details will follow.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 08/11/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a lovely week last week. The children have certainly returned refreshed.

Congratulations to the football squad who won the league on goal difference.

The Merlins and Eagles had great session exploring how people might have felt during WW1. Thank you so much to PEGS for organising this.

There will be no ICT club for the next 2 weeks as Mr Rank is away.

We have been reviewing Film Club and the present participants in the club are finding it too long after a day at school so we are changing the finish time to 4.30.

We have lots of exciting thigs coming up, today we have the Welsh Birds of Prey Centre coming in and working with the children. Next week is Parliament Week so the older children will be holding a debate on Wednesday. On Tuesday we have been chosen by Derbyshire Catering Service to have the National School Meals Roadshow come to us. As if all this was not enough on Wednesday it is flu vaccination day. Remember this is not an injection just a nasal spray. Children in reception to Y5 who have brought their permission back will receive the spray.

The PTA have asked me to thank you for all the books in good condition you have been sending in for the used book stall. Please remember the stall is just for children’s books.

We are very pleased that Dark Peak is using our school for music on a Tuesday evening. They are running a Dalcroze session 5.30-6.30 in the hall. Dalcroze is a fun and interactive, creative and highly effective method of music education based around movement. Children develop their understanding of all the elements of music and it helps them become confident and expressive musicians. If you would be interested in finding out more about this please email or ring 01457 853137.

Merlins will be leading our assembly this Friday and Ospreys next Friday, 16th November, please join us if you can.

High Peak Kids Council have designated this as litter picking week so we will be out and about tidying up our local environment.

I hope the gymnastics squad enjoy the competition on Friday.

Alice Littlehailes

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