Archive for June, 2017

Newsletter 29.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

I cannot believe that June is nearly over we seem to be hurtling very quickly towards the summer holiday.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in The Glossop Festival for putting on the concert for schools last Thursday. It was such a treat for our ears and for our performers.  The children were genuinely moved by the music.

On Friday our gymnastics squad performed very well and were awarded bronze medals. Congratulations to them.

This week Year 6 were all geared up to be extras in a film and Monday went well, however the weather put paid to Tuesday’s filming. The director says she will try again at the start of next week but does not know if the children will be needed.  I suggest they bring their film clothes into school for Monday and Tuesday next week and then we are ready if needed.

Thank you so much to Glossop Cricket Club who invited the children to watch the county match taking place this week. Luckily we picked Monday as the day to go.

It has been so nice to welcome the new Reception Children into school this week. We are looking forward to seeing them on Monday for a story and their lunch.

Friday is a busy day with Osprey’s leading the assembly in the morning, non-uniform day for a bottle and Forest schools for Y3.

Remember clubs run by staff members finish this week.

Next week sees our lovely Summer Concert on Tuesday 4th July.  This is an opportunity for all our musicians to perform and for everyone to hear the choir.  Please can all the performers, musicians and choristers be back at school by 6.50 for a 7pm start.  We do not issue tickets for this event but please do come along and enjoy a musical treat.

The last few weeks are so busy, and dates Keep changing so I thought I would give you an update.

Monday 3rd      New Reception Lunch

St Philip Howard Transition week starts

Tuesday 4th     Y6 Rounders’ tournament

Chapel Transition Day

Summer Concert 7pm

Wednesday 5th Last Y2 swim

The Great Science Share – This involves the Choir plus some scientists going to The Etiad

Longdendale transition


Thursday 6th    New Y3s visiting

Last Year 4 swim

Glossopdale & Longdendale transition

Friday 7th         New Y3s visiting

Kite’s Assembly

Glossopdale & Longdendale transition

Monday 10th    Y3/4 trip to Manchester Museum

Tuesday 11th   Cyclo cross competition

Y5/6 performance 6.30pm

Thursday 13th Year 5/6 performance 2pm

Friday 14th       Kestrel’s Assembly

Tuesday 18th   PTA Disco 5-6.30

Wednesday 19th Sports Day

Thursday 20th Choir perform in Buxton Festival Fringe

Friday 21st       Merlin’s Assembly

Leaver’s meal out

Finish for the summer

Tuesday 5th September Children return to school

Thursday 7th September New Reception Children start.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 22.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

What a hot week it has been! Many congratulations to the children who were part of the PEGS concert on Monday.  It was incredibly hot in the New Mills Art Theatre but the children performed really well and all received much praise from the other schools.  It is supposed to be cooling down now.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Family Fun Afternoon, organisers, helpers and supporters. A good time was had by all.

A huge thank you also goes out to everyone for the cup cake for dementia Mrs Howe has counted up the donations and we raised a fantastic £185. Well done everyone.

This afternoon the children are all going to a concert organised by Glossop Festival in which some of our children will be playing. We are so lucky to have high quality live music available to us.

Tomorrow, Friday 23rd, The Eagles will be leading our Assembly, on the 30th it will be Osprey’s turn.  Do join us if you can.

Friday 30th June is a non-uniform day.  For the privilege of coming in sensible own clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle which will be used at The Christmas fair.  It can be a bottle of anything; shampoo, ketchup, pop, wine, beer, bubble bath, the list is endless.

Our Summer concert is fast approaching, it is on Tuesday 4th July at 7pm.  This is an opportunity for any child who plays an instrument to perform.  I know the music teachers who teach in school are preparing their children.  It is also an opportunity for you to hear the choir.  If your child would like to perform encourage them to speak to Mrs Hillier.

The Library has contacted me to ask me to tell you about the Summer Reading Challenge. This year the theme is Animal Agents.  This is a great way to keep your child reading over the summer.  For more information pop into the library.

I understand there has been some chat and confusion on Facebook about purple polo shirts. The purple polo shirts some of you saw on Monday are the Arts uniform shirts.  School Uniform from September will be white polo shirts as these are readily available.

School run after school clubs will finish next Friday 30th June as we have a lot of other things on such as the summer concert and the Y5/6 production.

The Local Authority have asked me to give you the following information about term time holidays.

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.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 15.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Firstly, welcome to all the parents of children starting in September. This is the first of our weekly newsletters you will be receiving. We are so glad you are part of the St Luke’s family.

I am writing this a little bleary eyed having got back late from an amazing trip to London with our High Peak Kids Council representatives, so please forgive any mistakes. The trip was to see The Houses of Parliament in action and boy did we hit the jackpot. Our tour was just as all the ceremony surrounding the MPs swearing allegiance was happening.  John Bercow nodded at us and we can be seen on the BBC coverage being waved at by Teresa May and Jeremy Corbin.  Our new MP Ruth George met us.  We also saw the changing of the guards at Horse Guards Parade, popped into the National Gallery to see some of the pictures we had studied in take one picture weeks, had a good walk round central London, went on a London bus and on a tube. Phew!

This came just a day after a wonderfully musical day at which our children covered themselves in glory. In the morning the Year 4s played with The Halle Orchestra and in the afternoon The Choir sang to an audience including representatives from the Halle choir and the Music service in Derbyshire and Stockport.  Following both events lots of people told me how impressed they were with our children and the level of their musicianship.  The Choir’s next concert is on Monday afternoon as part of the PEGS concert when we are all getting together and sharing our music.  The children should be back for the end of the school day.

Thank you so much to Nicola Davies for organising the Dog Safety talks I think we all learned a lot. We are continuing on the safety theme today with a talk on being safe near water given by Glossop pool.

It is nearly here, just one more sleep until the Family Fun Day! Please do stay after school tomorrow for the PTA summer extravaganza. It should be a lot of fun and raise money for the PTA funds which are used to support school.

Remember it is the next bags 2 school textile collection on Tuesday 20th

Year 5 are leading our assembly on Friday 23rd June.  Please join us if you can.

I have been asked about activities organised by school for our Year 6 Leavers. As ever we are going to make a good fuss of them.  On Friday 21st they will lead our assembly and use this to say goodbye to the school community, we will have a special leavers lunch all together and then we have booked a meal out early evening on that Friday so they can finish on a high.


Alice Littlehailes

What The Inspectors Say

The older pupils look after the younger pupils very well, creating a harmonious school community
Ofsted 2016

Children make an outstanding start to their education in the early years because the staff have very high expectations of the children and consequently attainment is high.
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Newsletter 08.06.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday.

I am sorry I had to cancel sports day but the weather was against us. I left the decision as late as I could as the forecast was changing all the time, mainly for the worse!  Judging by the damp this morning the decision was the right one phew!  I would have felt dreadful if we had woken up to a lovely day.

Hopefully the weather will brighten up for the boy’s cricket tomorrow and the girl’s on Monday.

Tuesday is our fabulous musical day with the Year 4s playing with The Halle in the morning and the choir singing in a concert in Manchester in the afternoon. They will all need packed lunches.  If you haven’t returned your letter for this yet please do so ASAP.


On Friday 16th Year 5 are going to visit St Philip Howard School, lunch will be provided by the school.


Friday 16th is also the PTA family fun event including scoot and skate immediately after school 3.30-5.30.  Lots of exciting things are planned so please do come along.

On Thursday 15th we are having a cup cake fundraiser for Dementia Day.  The very lovely Mrs Howe is going to bake cupcakes for the children to decorate and eat for a donation.


The next bag 2 school collection is coming up on Tuesday 20th June so bags should be coming home today for you to fill with unwanted textiles.  We really appreciate your donations as each collection raises a few hundred pounds for school funds.

Alice Littlehailes

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