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Newsletter 08/11/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

8.11.18

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 emma@darkpeakmusic.co.uk 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

25.10.18

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

19.10.18

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

https://www.westudysmart.com/

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

11.10.18

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

4.10.18

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

27.9.18

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

20.9.18

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

13.9.18

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


Newsletter 06/09/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

6.9.18

Dear Parents,

Welcome back I do hope you all had a great summer, we could not have asked for better weather.

We have been very busy settling into our new classes and carrying out important start of year tasks such as elections. I have been very impressed by the way the children have engaged with these elections. Congratulations to everyone who stood.

There is a PTA meeting after the Friday morning assembly – with cake! Every Friday we have an open assembly which everyone is welcome to attend. Following the assembly this Friday there will be a PTA welcome meeting for new and existing parents. Please do attend if you can, pre-schoolers are welcome.

The council has increased the cost of school dinners to £2.10 a day which works out at £10.50 per week. You are asked to pay for the meals in advance either online or by sending money in to the office. If your child is in Years 3-6 they need to pay for their lunches unless they are eligible for free school meals. If you think you might be eligible you can apply via phone 01629 536400, email checking@derbyshire.gov.uk or via the website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals .

I am attaching a copy of the letter about clubs available this year for your information. Your child should bring home a copy of this as well.

The start of the school year is a good time to remind you all that attendance and punctuality are really important and make difference to your child’s education. Holidays in term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Here is the official statement from Derbyshire:

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.

I am also including the information about our facebook page again just so you have it.

if you are a Facebook user we would welcome you to ‘like and follow’ the St Luke’s Church of England Primary School official Facebook page. The Facebook page has been established by the staff and governors to share information and events about the school to the school and local community. Its aim is to be a source of information, it is not to be a page for queries and/or concerns regarding your child/children. If you have any questions regarding school matters then these should be directed through the traditional channels of the school office or your child’s class teacher. The School staff will of course respond to comments as soon as possible should a response be required but this may not be immediate. We would be very grateful if you could respect this page and the users who use it – we will have to delete inappropriate comments should this be required. The staff and school governors hope that this will be a great new additional communication tool for the school, all the other communication channels will remain in place.

The school Facebook page can be found using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/

We recommend that you set up the St Luke’s Facebook page as a ‘favourite group/page’ by following these simple steps (from a desktop computer):

1) Like and follow https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/ on your personal Facebook profile

2) When on the St Luke’s Facebook page. Click the ‘following’ button and under ‘in your news feed’ section, tick the ‘see first’ button. This will ensure that when a new item is posted on the official page you will see this first in your newsfeed.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

There will be no toast tomorrow because of the PTA meeting. On Friday mornings we have toast as a treat. The children bring in 20p and for this they get a slice of toast. It is part of our economic education so once the children reach Year 3 if they forget their 20p they do not get toast. This is not us being mean but us helping them understand the relationship between money and food. If you are available on a Friday morning and would like to help make toast we would love to hear from you.

I am attaching the dates for this year. We do sometimes have to change dates so please keep an eye on the newsletters for updates.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 19/07/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

19.7.18

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe we are at the end of another school year already!

Thank you so much to everyone that helped with the PTA disco a good time was had by all.

We had a lovely day yesterday when all the children had a taster of their new classes. It was such a pleasure to meet all the children joining us through the school next year.

Last Friday the choir took part in the Buxton Festival Fringe; they had such a good time. If you were able to attend the organisers would love you to fill in the audience survey which can be found on their website. Here is the official review of the children’s performance.:

The children of St Luke’s Primary School in Glossop returned for a second successful year at the Fringe and could clearly adopt the tagline ‘Glossop’s Got Talent’. Unlike last year, the weather presented more of a challenge in terms of sunshine outside the Opera House, but again they were not deterred.

The choir were led by their musical director, Mrs Emma Hillier, who is, I suspect, something of a legend at the school and is a reception class teacher for ‘Kestrels’. They’d obviously worked hard on their show, and like that other Fringe favourite The Shakespeare Jukebox, the audience were in charge of selections, so they really had to know their stuff!

Everybody in the choir seemed to enjoy themselves and the audience clearly enjoyed the show too. The headteacher, Mrs Littehailes, the school and of course the parents should all be proud of the children, and perhaps some of them may be back next year?

So, a big Thank You St. Luke’s, well done again, and we’ll see you next year!

Whilst we were there we were approached by the Royal Northern College of Music who asked me to let you know about a mini Carmen event they are organising in Buxton on Saturday 10-11 for ages 8+

I have also been told about some activities being organised at Edale YHA over the summer on the weekend of 25th / 26th August they are organising taster sessions for climbing, canoeing, abseiling and weaselling. If you are interested in finding out more call 01433 670302.

If you haven’t paid for all your child’s school meals this term please remember to do so as soon as possible.

There have been reports of threadworms doing the rounds. Please be vigilant and treat the whole family if you find them.

There have been some important recent updates on Snapchat so the National Online Safety Team have updated their guide for parents and carers accordingly. It can be found here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/snapchat-guide-for-parents/

if you are a Facebook user we would welcome you to ‘like and follow’ the St Luke’s Church of England Primary School official Facebook page. The Facebook page has been established by the staff and governors to share information and events about the school to the school and local community. Its aim is to be a source of information, it is not to be a page for queries and/or concerns regarding your child/children. If you have any questions regarding school matters then these should be directed through the traditional channels of the school office or your child’s class teacher. The School staff will of course respond to comments as soon as possible should a response be required but this may not be immediate. We would be very grateful if you could respect this page and the users who use it – we will have to delete inappropriate comments should this be required. The staff and school governors hope that this will be a great new additional communication tool for the school, all the other communication channels will remain in place.

The school Facebook page can be found using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/

We recommend that you set up the St Luke’s Facebook page as a ‘favourite group/page’ by following these simple steps (from a desktop computer):

1) Like and follow https://www.facebook.com/StLukesPrimaryGlossop/ on your personal Facebook profile

2) When on the St Luke’s Facebook page. Click the ‘following’ button and under ‘in your news feed’ section, tick the ‘see first’ button. This will ensure that when a new item is posted on the official page you will see this first in your newsfeed.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

There will be no toast tomorrow because of the leavers service.

I hope you all have a lovely summer and good luck to everyone who is leaving us to go on to another school, you will still be part of the St Luke’s family and we will miss you all.

See you on 4th September, new Reception children on 6th September.

Alice Littlehailes


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