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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

Newsletter 25/10/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

There are a lot of weary faces around school this week, the children are ready for the half term holiday. They break up at the end of school today (remember tomorrow is an INSET day) and return on Monday 5th November.

The children all worked very well together last Friday on the House Challenge afternoon and produced some wonderful things from tableaus of historical events such as Grace Darling’s epic rescue to inventing new countries. The team work involved was fantastic. They should all be very proud of themselves.

Last Friday the football team played the last matches of the league and remain undefeated.
Thank you to all parents who voted and gave feedback on the bike shelter proposal. The majority response was a ‘No’ which was largely a ‘No’ to the cost and not the idea of a bike shelter. The outcome of this vote will be discussed at the next PTA meeting, Tuesday 20th November, 3.30pm at school.

Thank you to all the people who helped with the disco last Friday – good fun was had by all.

School photos have been sent home. Please return orders to school by Thursday 8th November. After that date you will have to deal directly with Braiswick Photography.

If you still have Glossop Jog Sponsor money to come in please can you send it in ASAP.

There will be no clarinet for Year 4 on Monday 5th November.

On Wednesday 7th November Merlins and Eagles will be going to a workshop at New Mills Town Hall organised by the PEGS schools, they will be doing work around WW1.

On Friday 9th November Merlins will be leading our Assembly do join us if you can.

Please pay any dinner money arrears. Dinner money for next half term will be £73.50 for those of you who like to pay a whole half term in advance. The new school meals menu is coming home in book bags tonight.

The number of children arriving in school late, after 9am, has shot up recently. On Monday this week 20 children were late. I have been chatting to the children about how to improve this and they have come up with the idea to have an award for the class with the best punctuality that week. We will start this new push for punctuality after half term.

Over half term it will be Halloween and I know trick or treating is a very popular activity. The police every year ask us to remind everyone that it needs to be done safely. If you choose to let your children go out they need to be with an adult. Please respect other members of the community by only knocking on doors of people you know or who have indicated that they wish to participate. A number of older or more vulnerable members of the community are scared by people knocking on their doors at night, and feel intimidated by unknown people in the dark. I know you are all kind people who are enjoying an event but others don’t know this. I do know that lots of you will be attending a party or organising something at home rather than going out on the streets so that the occasion can be safely enjoyed by everyone.

As usual we are collecting for the Royal British Legion and so have poppies for sale in school for a donation. This year The Royal British Legion has also sent a small collection of gifts for sale for 50p or £1. They include pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, reflective tags and rulers. If you would like your child to buy any of them Y6 will be selling them after half term.

I hope you have a lovely half term.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/10/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I am sorry this newsletter is a day late this week, just keeping you on your toes.

Over the last week school has continued to be a vibrant learning community with children learning both inside and outside the classroom. The Year 6s had a great time at Whitehall challenging themselves to go that little bit further than they thought they could. A huge thank you to the staff who went with them. It is a massive commitment to give up that amount of time to help the children have these type of experiences.

It is the last evening of the Boy’s Football league tonight. Well done to all the boys who have taken part. We look forward to hearing what the results are.

Thank you to everyone who managed to attend the Maths Workshop. For those that couldn’t there is a website which can help you support your child at home. It does explain the principals on the opening page. If you want to use it and have any questions do ask and we will try to answer them. The link is

Parents of Y6 pupils remember to apply for secondary school places by the 30th October.

Next week is Walk to School Week. We encourage all the children to try to walk or scoot/cycle at least some of the way to and from school.

Remember there are no school led after school clubs next week.

We break up for half term on Thursday 25th October. The children return to school on Monday 5th November.

The managers of the Oakwood have asked me to let you know they have a family friendly day planned on 31st October. Haywill Animal Sanctuary is also having an event on Sunday 28th October 12-3.

I am looking forward to Peregrine’s Assembly this morning and seeing everyone at the disco 5-6.30 tonight.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 11/10/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely week enjoying the late Indian Summer and making the most of the lovely site we have. The children are loving the autumn leaves. The children at Whitehall had a fabulous afternoon yesterday and fingers crossed the forecast rain will hold off for as long as possible.

There are lots of slips which are due in so here is a general reminder please return:
• Parents evening slips
• Parent Governor election ballot papers
• Bike shelter consultation slips
• Maths workshop slips

Remember Kim finishes on the crossing on Friday. I know we will all miss her happy smile as she helps people across the road. The local authority has no plans to replace her at the moment so be aware this crossing point will not be staffed from next week.

Tomorrow is Eagle Classes’ assembly do join us if you can. The following Friday 19th October is Peregrine’s assembly.

It is individual and family photos day next Wednesday 17th October. If you would like to have a family photo taken including preschool children please be at school at 8.30 and we will do those photos first. All the children in school will have family and individual photos taken during the day.

Walk to school week is coming up on the week beginning 22nd October so start making plans to walk, cycle or scoot at least part of the journey to and from school that week.

There will be no school led after school clubs on the week of 22nd October due to parents’ evenings being held that week.

Ian Perks who teaches guitar has got a space. If your child is in Y3-Y6 and would like to start learning to play the guitar, please see the office.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 04/10/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to the PTA for a lovely scoot and skate last Friday. A good time was had by all.

On Saturday I was privileged to represent St Luke’s at the Grand Opening of Glossopdale School. What a magnificent building. The learning spaces have been so well thought out. It will provide the children of our community with a very positive learning environment. We were shown round the building by some delightful, enthusiastic young people who were articulating what the building meant to them and their learning. I am so pleased Glossopdale now has state of the art facilities.

It is our harvest festival tomorrow. We will register quickly in school and then walk over to church. We are asking the children to bring in donations of food for Glossop Foodbank. You are very welcome to join us in church for about 9.15/20.

As it is harvest festival there will be no Friday toast.

The PTA have sent out a consultation about the possibility of a bike shelter. Please return your slip by 12th October to let us know what you think.

You should also have had a letter about the PTA Pizza and Prosecco do on Thursday 11th at the Cricket Club. This is a free event but they need to know numbers so if you would like to attend please return your slip as soon as possible by 8th October at the latest.

On Thursday 18th October we have a maths specialist coming into school to talk about how you can support your child at home. He is going to run the workshop twice at 2.45 and at 5pm. During the workshop he will be introducing a new free resource to use at home. More details to follow.

The children in Harriers have asked me to remind you that we can recycle batteries and branded printer cartridges in school. The recycling point is in the entrance hall along with a donation box for Glossop food bank.

Sunday is Glossop Jog day. We ask the children and parents taking part to register at the school’s table by 10.50 ready to start the run at 11.00. The PTA are providing a refreshment stall so do come along and support the runners.

The Year 6s are off to Whitehall on Wednesday for a 3 day outward bound residential. We are all hoping for good weather for them.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 27/09/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The children have had a very sporty week with a squad of girls taking part last Thursday in what was billed as a soccer session but resembled water polo!! They came back very wet but very happy, a good time was had by all. On Tuesday some children enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Glossop Rugby Club learning lots of rugby skills. Across the year we try to have every child take part in a sporting event either competitive or collaborative.

As you may well have heard the very lovely Kim is finishing as the crossing patrol on North Road on Friday 12th October. At the moment it looks as if she will not be replaced. There certainly will be nobody there for the foreseeable future. Prior to Kim we went over 12 months without anyone. Hopefully now Glossopdale are all on the Hadfield site the road will be quieter.

There has been lots of lovely learning around school for example the naughty bus has been on lots of adventures, the habitat of insects has been explored, Anglo-Saxon cooking has been done, Viking pots have been made, forces have been investigated, journeys have been planned and vocabulary explored. All this and English and Maths enjoyed.

Tomorrow weather permitting we are going to have another go at scoot and skate night. This is an opportunity for the children to ride their scooters or skate in the playground for an hour after school. We ask that everyone riding wears a helmet. The forecast is for sunshine so we hope it will go ahead.

Glossop Jog is on 7th October if your child wants to take part please return the slip or let the office know. Once you have got your booklet you can start getting sponsors.

There will be no ICT club on Monday 1st October as Mr Rank is unavailable.

On Tuesday 2nd October the Y6s are visiting St Philip Howard School during the school day.

There is a meeting for the parents of the children going to Whitehall 6pm on Tuesday 2nd October.

On Friday 5th October we are holding our Harvest festival in St Luke’s Church. It will start as soon as we can get across from school so between 9.20-9.30. Please do join us for this celebration. There will be no toast on that Friday morning.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 20/09/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Congratulations to all the children taking part in Bikeability everyone worked very hard and did their best.

On Tuesday I had the privilege of attending the Induction of The Revd Toby May the new vicar of Whitfield Parish which is made up of St James’ and St Luke’s Churches and schools. I was able to formally welcome him and his wife Helen on behalf of the school. They are very excited to be starting their lives in the parish and we are excited to be able to work with them. It is a time for hellos and goodbyes in the Parish as on Friday we say goodbye to Dan who has finished his training as a curate and is about to take up his first post as Vicar of St Marks Church Haydock. We thank him for all the work he has done for school and wish him and his family well for the future. St Marks are lucky to get him.

Yesterday we had a fantastic morning being entertained by Image Musical Theatre’s production of Robin Hood. The children were mesmerised, enchanted, amused and surprised, in other words it was everything a theatre production should be. Thank you for making this possible, the regular contributions the PTA put into school fund helped to pay for this.

Good luck to the girls playing football this afternoon we hope they have fun.

Remember it is the phonics workshop after school today at 3.30 and the PTA AGM at 6.45 for 7 at the Cricket Club tonight.

Tomorrow weather permitting is scoot and skate night. This is an opportunity for the children to ride their scooters or skate in the playground for an hour after school. We ask that everyone riding wears a helmet. The forecast is for showers so we hope it can go ahead but a final decision will be made tomorrow afternoon.

I have a rather strange request – do any of you have a 2 wheeled bike you no longer need, suitable for children aged 4-5 which you would be willing to donate to school? The younger children are getting really good on the co-operative bikes and we would like to give them the opportunity to try and ride 2 wheeled bikes.

Swimming starts next Thursday 27th September for Y2 and Y6. The Ospreys (Y2) meet at the pool at 8.45.

Glossop Jog is on 7th October if your child wants to take part please return the slip or let the office know.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 13/09/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

What a great week we have had!

The new Reception children have all settled into school so well, it is such a pleasure having them here at St Luke’s.

The children in Harriers have started their wider opportunities lessons and are building up to learning the clarinet.

Lucy from Buxton Opera House came in and did some drama workshops. The older children learnt about the history of the opera house as well as trying out a number of drama techniques.

On Tuesday we welcomed the Peace Runners into school. They were welcomed with pictures songs and ideas about peace. They let the children hold the torch and we showed them our torches.

As well as all of that it is bikeability week and children from Merlins and Eagles are learning about how to ride safely on the road.

Clubs start next week, you should get a note confirming which clubs your child is in. Please remember to tell us if they are unable to attend one night or decide that club is not for them. Unfortunately there were not enough children who signed up to Ignite Club so it will not be running.

On Thursday 20th September Mrs Hillier is running a phonics workshop for parents at 3.30. We will be providing a crèche so you do not need to worry about child care.

It is the PTA AGM on Thursday 20th at the cricket club 6.45 for 7.00. The AGM will be brief and followed by a meeting to plan future events and spends. Please do come if you can.

We are very short of spare tights and socks for those soggy moments. if you have any at home you could donate we would be very grateful.

We are always in need of people to be relief cleaners or Midday Supervisors. If you might be available 3.30-5.30 to clean school should one of our cleaners be off or available 12-1.15 to help supervise lunchtimes please let the office know.

Thank you to everyone who is parking considerately and so keeping our children safe. I know everyone wants to get as close to school as possible but parking a bit further away not on the zigzags, across people’s drives or around the gates helps make the drop off and pick up times happier and safer.

Alice Littlehailes

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