Archive for March, 2018

Newsletter 22/03/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Well believe it or not it is the end of term already – how could that have happened. But what a lot we have crammed into this half term, we have managed to fit six weeks into four!

Thank you to everyone who helped or supported the Easter Raffle and tea. The PTA made an amazing £1,454.89 which will be used to enhance your children’s education.

A huge well done goes out to the Kites and Harriers everyone thoroughly enjoyed their play and we are all relieved those rats have gone.

I also want to thank Esme’s parents who have given a book to all of the Kestrels to celebrate World Downs Syndrome Day this was so kind of them.

On Wednesday we celebrated Sports Relief by holding House Netball and Football and Key Stage One Sports. Despite the cold a good time was had by all. Sycamore won the Football and Beech the Netball.

Today we have been to church for the Easter Service, what a good job was done by the Merlins.

This afternoon the older children are going to enjoy a production by The English touring Opera of Shackleton’s Cat.

The children return to school on Monday 9th April. As well as the INSET day tomorrow we have one on Tuesday 8th May.

There are a number of outstanding dinner money debts. Please could everyone pay their dinner money as soon as possible.


ScienceX is a weekend-long science and engineering festival organised by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester. On 14-15 April this free event returns to intu Trafford Centre for the third year running and will be packed with amazing interactive activities to excite and amaze visitors. At ScienceX, we hope to showcase what science and engineering is really all about and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with our exciting programme of fun, hands-on activities. There is something for everyone at ScienceX – from the very young to the young at heart. Thrill seekers can have a ride in a flight simulator or try our Formula 1 racing car for size. Those who like technology can come and dance with robots or see the universe differently with a virtual reality experience. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with a whole host of experiments and
to meet world-leading scientists and engineers from the University of Manchester. For the full line-up, visit the ScienceX website –

I hope you all have a lovely holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 15/03/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the reading extravaganza yesterday there was a lovely buzz around school. I know some people weren’t able to make it so we will open the book fair again during the Easter Tea and just after school on Friday.

The last week has been a very cultural week with not only literature but also Eagles attending a concert by The Halle in Manchester and Merlins watching a live broadcast of Twelfth Night performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company. Add into the mix a lunchtime art club run by Glossopdale students and we have nearly all the Arts covered.

Tomorrow is the very exciting PTA Easter Raffle and Tea – I hope I win this year! From 2pm you are invited to join us for a drink and some cake, during the afternoon the raffle will be drawn. The children come into the hall in classes and have their drink and cake on the stage whilst you get to sit around the tables. We then all assemble for the raffle. The cost of the event is £2 for adults and £1 for children. I do hope lots of you can join us.

Next week is another busy week with:

• Kites and Harriers production on Monday at 6pm (please can the children be back at school between 5.30-5.40) and on Tuesday at 2pm.
• Parents evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday if you haven’t asked for an appointment yet please contact the office.
• Sports Relief on Wednesday with all the school taking part in sporting activities. I know we have been asking for money for a number of things recently, sorry, but if you would like to send a donation in we will be collecting for the good work sports Relief does.
• Thursday 22nd is our Easter Service in church at a little after 9am, well as soon as we can walk over there. We would love you to join us.
• Thursday is also the parents meeting for Whitby at 6pm.
• The children finish for Easter on Thursday 22nd, the staff have training on the Friday. We return on Monday 9th April.

With all this going on there will be no school led clubs next week, these will resume on Monday 16th April.

Whitfield Parish annual Easter Peg Hunt. It’s in Howard Park on Saturday 24th March from 3 to 5pm. They would love you to come with your children, grandchildren or indeed any children at all. Children find their pegs in the park in exchange for eggs. They will be serving hot and cold drinks as well.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 08/03/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

What a start to the half term! Such a short half term already and then everything was thrown up into the air by the weather. Anyway, hopefully we can get back to normal now.

Kestrel’s Assembly will now be on Wednesday 14th March at just after 9am please join us if you can.

Wednesday 14th March is also the rearranged reading extravaganza when you are invited to come into school from 2.30 have a look at /join in some of the reading activities the children are doing. Pick your child up as normal and then there will be a book fair in the hall and a book swop, both child and adult. We will run a reduced café (reduced because of the Easter Tea on Friday) where drinks and biscuits can be purchased. We held World Book Day on World Book Day for those children who were able to be in school but I know some children had costumes ready and were not able to come in so if your child would like to get dressed up on the 14th they are very welcome to even if they have already got dressed up last week.

Friday 16th is our annual Easter Raffle and Tea. You have all had raffle tickets to sell,if you need more there are spares in the office. Please return ticket stubs and money to the office by Wednesday 14th. On the Friday afternoon from 2pm you and the children are invited to tea where drinks and cake will be available. At this event the raffle will be pulled. The children are asked to bring in £1 for their drink and cake. There will be no toast that Friday because the PTA are very busy getting the afternoon ready.

The Y3/4 production is on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March. If your child is in Kites or Harriers you should have had a letter about tickets. Please return this as soon as possible so we can allocate them.

That week also sees Parents evenings again you should have received a letter inviting you to book an appointment. It is very helpful if you can tick more than one time slot as it is impossible to fit 30 parents into a half hour slot!

Last week we had a fabulous assembly by Maria Snowden who teaches the flute and Anna her pupil. She has some spaces available for children who might be interested in learning the flute. A letter inviting children to express an interest should be coming home.

Wow three quarters of a page and I haven’t even shared with you the snow fun we had, the amazing archery some of our children had the opportunity to participate in, the trip to St Philip Howard, the trip to Manchester University, the trip to listen to the Halle, the delicious menus created by Kites and Harriers, the wonderful House Verse Speaking (won by Willow House), High Peak Kid’s Council and some fabulous learning I have seen around school – I blame the snow.

This Friday 9th March is Peregrine’s Assembly as ever please join us.

Osprey’s Lunch is on Thursday 15th March and Peregrine’s on Thursday 22nd.

I have been asked to let you know Inside Out Forest School is running activities over Easter; you have had a flyer about these.

I have probably forgotten something if so sorry.

Alice Littlehailes

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