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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


Newsletter 12/07/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

12.7.18

Dear Parents,

Wow this term is flying by, I cannot believe we only have one week left after this one.

The children are all still working hard. As I walk around school I see lots of thinking, writing and tricky maths problems being tackled. I see those lightbulb moments when a child ‘gets’ a new concept. We will continue to work right up to the end as your children’s education matters and we don’t want to waste any available time.

The Merlins and Eagles have not only been working hard on traditional subjects but have also been honing their performance and public speaking skills. These are such important skills for the world they will work in. I am of course referring to the play they put on for us all. What impressed me most was how much all the children were enjoying what they were doing. A special well done to all the children who stepped in at the last moment and ensured the show went on.

Our enterprise skills were put to the test on Tuesday with the children learning about the difference between takings and profit! Different strategies were used by different houses with some going for low cost high volume items and others for higher cost items. The sums are still being done so I am afraid I cannot give you a total amount raised yet. Thank you for all your support for this.

We have been welcoming the new reception children this week. The present Year 5s are very excited about meeting their buddies and having lunch with them on Monday. Next week we will also be welcoming the children joining us in other year groups. Most are able to come on Wednesday when we have our move up morning when the whole school practices being in their new class. This is an important occasion which helps the children feel settled and ready for the new school year.

Today we have two exciting events on. Some of the Kites and Harriers are going to St Philip Howard School to share their art work with other schools. Other children are going to Tideswell to receive an award from the Bishop for our work on the virtue of community. Very excitingly one of our Year 2 pupils has been nominated for a Bishops Badge for his work. We are very proud of him.

Tomorrow is Harriers Assembly at just after 9am. In the afternoon the choir are singing in Buxton as part of the Buxton Fringe. We are singing outside the Opera House at 1.30 please do come and support us if you can.

Tomorrow is a very special school dinner it is seaside day. The children will have fish and chips and ice-cream cones outside just as if they were by the sea. If your child normally has packed lunch they are welcome to have dinners. A dinner is free for KS1 and costs £2 for KS2. Speaking of dinners if you owe any dinner money for this year please pay it by Tuesday so we can settle the accounts.

Tuesday 17th is Disco Night. A chance for the children to don their beach clothes and strut their stuff on the dance floor. If you would like to help, the PTA are always looking for people, just let us know and you will be welcomed with open arms.

On Friday next week it is the Leavers Assembly when we celebrate their time with us and wish them well for the future. After school we will be taking them out for tea.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 05/07/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter

5.7.18

Dear All,

Thank you to all of you who sent in bottles to support the PTA last Friday. Your generosity is much appreciated. Every one of you is part of the PTA by virtue of being a parent. Unfortunately there is a decreasing number of people able to come to PTA meetings. If there is a better time or place to hold them which would enable you to come along please let me know. If there is something putting you off from coming along please let me know then we can look at ways of involving more people.

On Tuesday night we were treated to a fabulous concert. A huge thank you goes out to the children who performed, the music teachers who helped the children prepare and Mrs Hillier who organised it. An extra thank you goes out to Mrs Elliott who played for us what a treat!

The Year 6s have been visiting their new schools this week. All the reports we have had back from the children are good.

Letters have gone out to all the children who will be in years 3-6 next year about fruit. If your child would like fruit next term please remember to return the slip. We cannot guarantee fruit for children who return their slips late.

Just a quick reminder that children in Years 3-6 pay for school dinners so the present Y2s will start paying from September, they cost £2 a day. If you think you might be eligible for free school meals you can apply by phoning 01629 536400/535743 by email: checking@derbyshire.gov.uk or at www.derbyshire.gove.uk/freeschoolmeals.

On Friday the Kestrels will be leading our assembly. The following Friday 13th July the Harriers will be leading it. Do join us if you can.

On Tuesday 10th July 2.30-3.30 it is enterprise day. In houses the children are going to be making things to sell. You are welcome to come and be a customer and or send your child in with a bit of money to spend. Please do support this event. We are also having the grand hair-cut. If anyone would like to sponsor the pupil please send a donation in in a labelled envelope.

Remember clubs finish today so only PAS is still on next week.

Next week is performance week for Merlins and Eagles. The evening performance on Tuesday 6.30 is a sell out so you must remember your ticket. We will not be able to admit people without one. The children need to be back at school for 6pm. There are still some tickets left for Wednesday afternoon.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 21/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter

21.6.18

Dear Parents,

We are having such a fantastic science week. Thank you to everyone who has, or is going to come in and talk to us. We have found out about thermal imaging, DNA, Arctic exploration, materials, batteries, magnets, animals and loads more. Some other schools joined us for our Great Science Share and we all joined in with other’s experiments.

The Y4s played with The Halle Orchestra on Tuesday. This was an amazing experience where the children not only heard a world class orchestra but joined in with them.

Tuesday was a very busy day because not only was it scientific, and musical but the Quad Kids Squad was also in action. They won the Glossop meet so have progressed to the High Peak final on Monday. Many congratulations to all of them. The cricketers did well last Thursday and enjoyed the final they were in.

On Wednesday we had a very good presentation on drowning prevention, the children learnt a lot about keeping safe near water.

The Summer Fun Event is almost here. It is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow after school. As this event is a very busy one for the PTA there will be no toast on Friday.

On Monday 25th The Harriers will be treating us all to a concert playing their brass instruments. Please join us if you can at just after 9am.

Friday 29th is both Peregrine’s Assembly and non-uniform day for bottles. For the privilege of coming in casual clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle of anything.

On Tuesday 3rd July we are holding our annual summer concert at 7pm. The choir perform for you and any child who learns an instrument at home or at school who would like to perform is invited to do so. If your child would like to participate please let Mrs Hillier know.

On Tuesday 10th July we are holding an enterprise afternoon. The Pupil Parliament have organised this. Every House is making things to sell. I do hope you will be able to support the children in this. Any money raised will go to Tourette’s Action a charity which supports people suffering from Tourette’s and research into this condition. One of our children is being sponsored to have their hair cut in aid of this charity. Not only will this raise money for Tourette’s but will also help provide a wig for a child in need of one.

The next PTA meeting is on Thursday 28th June at 7pm, I am not sure where but will let you know when I know.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 14/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter

14.6.18

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe another week has gone by! But here we are on Thursday again after another busy week.

Sports day went very well, congratulations to all the children for taking part in such a sporting way. Thank you also to all of you who were able to come for supporting all the children not just your own to make sure everyone had a good time.

We have eggs hatching in school at the moment, the first one hatched yesterday so hopefully we will soon have a little brood of chicks. They are with us as in preparation for science week next week when we will be welcoming lots of scientists into school to work with us and having an all-round good scientific time! Hot off the press we now have 5!

Ian came into assembly on Monday to offer guitar lessons to the children, he has some spaces. Yesturday Helen the violin teacher came in to do the same as she also has space from September. If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument do let us know.

Talking of all things musical on Monday the older choir members and Year 6 took part in the PEGS concert at New Mills. They performed very well and the whole concert was a treat.

Lee Baker from the police came in to talk to Eagles and Merlins about knife crime. This is part of our ongoing work to keep all the children safe throughout their lives.

Our High Peak Kids Council is meeting with Ruth George today in preparation for their visit to The Houses of Parliament next week.

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

The Summer Fun Day is almost upon us, it is a week on Friday, 22nd June from 3.30. Get ready to come and have some fun.

We have finalised the classes for next year and the only change to teaching staff will be Mrs Eltringham in Year 2. We are delighted for Miss Nicholls as she is leaving us to be the Headteacher of Biggin Primary School, we are however a little sad for us. There will be no change to the staff supporting individual children.

I have been told about a girl’s football festival at Chapel High School on 4th July 6-7.30 it is open to any girl aged 5-11.

It has come to my attention that some of you super sleuths have managed to work out the code for the gate and are letting yourselves in. I must ask you please not to do this but to wait until a member of staff comes to open the gate as it is closed for our children’s safety.

Running Club is cancelled next week, 21st June, as Mr Cooke is at a meeting after school.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 07/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter

7.6.18

Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good break in the sun.

There isn’t much news as we have had a short week but already the Peregrines have been on a visit to The Station House Dental Practice where they learnt about keeping their teeth healthy. They got to explore the dentist’s surgery and find out what they do. They were made very welcome. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Station House.

Today the Kites are off to the Hat Museum. They are particularly interested in the machinery as they are studying the mill industry in Glossop. I know they will enjoy this visit.

It is Sports Day tomorrow morning. We will start as soon as we can so about 9.15. Your child will need their sports kit and if possible a sun hat. We will make sure the children have plenty to drink. Parents are very welcome to come and support everyone. The theme this year is sporting heroes. We are asking the children to think about who their sporting hero is whether it is a Paralympian or a footballer a swimmer or an archer and use their determination and love of sport to inspire them. The children can come in their sports kit and get changed into school uniform later if they want to.

On Friday 15th Kites will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

I have had some very sad news, Daniel Robinson who left our school a few years ago has died. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends and everyone who is grieving for him.

I have had complaints that people are bringing dogs into the school grounds, please can I remind you not to do this.

Alice Littlehailes


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