Archive for May, 2018

Newsletter 24/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It has been a fantastic and busy week this week. The children have been loving Take One Picture Week this week. On Monday the children stepped up and organised their own learning in Houses. The leadership, organisation and co-operation shown by the children was exemplary. The work they produced was very varied from a play including a bird cage they had made to scientific experiments. There were pompom birds and feathered hats, fact files and new inventions. The engagement with the picture and their learning has continued throughout the week. I am looking forward to Friday when the children are going to share their learning with each other.

Amongst all of this, the Year 5s had a visit to St Philip Howard. We participated in two cricket tournaments and a tri-golf tournament. All the children did well with the golfers getting silver medals and even more importantly the sportsmanship award. Congratulations to everyone involved in this.

Well done to everyone who has or is going to participate in walk to school week. I know the children enjoy walking at least part of their journey to school.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the PTA meeting. What came out of that meeting was that lots more help is needed for the Summer Fun Event after school on Friday 22nd June. If you could spare a little bit of time on that afternoon to be on a stall please let the office or a member of the PTA know. We really do need your help.

We finish for half term on Friday and the children are back on Wednesday 6th June. On that day the children in Peregrines have been invited to Station House Dental Practice to find out about what the dentists do, don’t worry nobody will have any dental work done! It is bag 2 school day on 7th June, you should have had your bag to start filling with textiles. Please return the bag on the morning of the 7th. Friday the 8th is Sports Day weather permitting. Parents are very welcome to come along and watch.

Speaking of holidays, I need to remind you that holidays in term time are not authorised except for exceptional circumstances and any such holidays may result in fines which are calculated per parent per child. This is a national governmental policy.

The office staff have asked me to remind you that dinners should be paid for in advance. There are a number of people with dinner money debts. Please could you arrange payment as soon as possible.

It has been lovely to see the field being enjoyed by the children at the end of the school day but I have to remind you that they still need to abide by the school rules and their behaviour is your responsibility. Children have been climbing over the fences, messing in the sensory garden, playing with sticks, pushing each other off the tyre and play fighting. Not only are these behaviours dangerous but because you have allowed it outside school time the children try to behave like this in school time so playtimes stop being enjoyable for everyone.

There is one last piece of very happy news, Mr Cooke is getting married on Saturday. We wish him and his bride a very happy future together.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I am finding it hard to believe another week has gone already this term is flying by. As ever I have been very impressed with the work I have seen around school. I have seen amazing marble runs, explorations of determination, marvellous Maths, studies of Mills, super symmetry, imaginary trips to the seaside and very hungry caterpillars! The Year 6s and Year 2s have also been tackling their SATS. I must say they have shown fantastic focus and determination. The Year 6s finish today the Year 2s will carry on until the end of term.

Last week we were also lucky enough to have the Northern Ballet deliver a dance workshop based on their production of The Ugly Duckling. The children absolutely loved it. I am just disappointed that the performance at Buxton Opera House is on a Saturday (26th May 2pm & 4pm). If it had been on a school day I would have taken the children. Maybe some of you will manage to go and see it. If you do I would love to hear about it.

We are about to start one of our favourite weeks of the year Take One Picture Week. Every year The National Gallery chooses one of its pictures to be the inspiration for children across the country. The children are asked to make a response to the picture and follow any line of enquiry that excites them. I love to find out what direction the children choose to go in as it invariably is something I hadn’t thought of. Do not worry the Year 2s will be fully involved even though they may be finishing off their tests.

There are some spaces from September for children interested in learning to play the clarinet. If your child will be in Y4 upwards and would like to learn the clarinet just let the office know. There will also be spaces for children in Y6 from September to learn the Oboe, how exciting, again let the office know if your child is interested.

Next week is a busy week. As well as take One Picture we have cricket tournaments, a tri golf tournament, a dance workshop, Year 5 are visiting St Philip Howard on Tuesday, lunch will be provided by them, and it is Walk to School Week. Let us see if everybody can walk at least a bit of their journey to school. We will all be ready for the holiday, the children finish on Friday 25th May.

The next bag to school day, when we ask you to bring in any old textiles, is on Thursday 7th June. Your child should be bringing a bag home tonight for you to fill, but any bag will do.

Remember it is the PTA meeting tonight 7pm in The Prince of Wales Pub. I do hope a lot of you can come.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/05/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I do hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, we could not have asked for better weather.

I don’t have a lot of news for you as it has been a very short week for the children. I can report that the boccia squad did well. Not only did they have a great time but the b team came second. I don’t often get to take our children out to such events but I was so pleased to go with them this time as it reminded me just how much our children understand kindness and community. Boccia is an inclusive sport so we were playing with teams from all ages and abilities. Without being asked to our children encouraged and praised everyone, they helped others play the side games even if it wasn’t something they wanted to do. They showed good sportsmanship and made me very proud.

Tomorrow 11th May The Ospreys will be leading our assembly please join us if you can.

Next week is SATs week when the Year 6 pupils take the national tests. There is no need for anyone to worry about this. The tests are just to get a snapshot of where the children are at in their learning, all the pupils are well prepared and should feel confident. As parents all you need to do is make sure they have a happy restful weekend, get plenty of sleep, don’t put any pressure on them and make sure they come into school on time having had breakfast. Please remember all our young people are fantastic individuals with a huge range of talents and abilities. What we want is for each of them to be happy confident members of the community. We are already proud of each and every one of them, nothing will change whether they get 0% or 100%. There is nothing for them or you to get worried about.

Kim the crossing patrol will be absent on Friday 25th May.

The next PTA meeting is on 7pm Thursday 17th May at The Prince of Wales Pub. Please do come if you can.

We are planning some developments in the grounds. Is there anybody out there with knowledge, skills, interest, capability, spades, diggers etc who can help? If so please chat to Mrs Hillier.

After School Clubs

As there are only three takers for film club at the moment we have taken the decision to cancel it for the rest of the school year.

On Tuesday 15th there will be no staff led clubs as we have a meeting. This means PAS is on but gardening is not.

On Monday 21st May there will be no science club or ICT club.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 03.05.2018

Newsletter 03.05.2018

Dear Parents,
I am sorry scoot and skate had to be cancelled but nobody would have enjoyed standing in the cold and wet!

It has been a busy week with the Ospreys visiting Staircase House to get a real feel for what life was like at the time of The Great Fire of London. They had a great time and learnt a lot. We are lucky to have this resource so close. Kites and Harriers visited St Luke’s Church to compare it to other places of worship. They enjoyed having time to explore the building and gain an understanding of the significance for Christians of different features. Some children went out to a writing workshop which they thoroughly enjoyed. The cyclo-cross squad showed great teamwork and sportsmanship and were awarded the Spirit of the Games certificate. We are very proud of them. I hope the Boccia squad also enjoy today. The Eagles and Merlins continue to impress all visitors with the depth of their discussions. All this and dinosaurs are invading the continuous provision in Kestrels and Peregrines!

We have a bank holiday on Monday, which I hope you all enjoy. Remember on Tuesday school is closed to children as the staff have a training day.

On Friday 11th Ospreys will be leading our assembly, do join us if you can.
I have been made aware of people stopping for a chat on the paths into school and blocking the way for others. I am very pleased St Luke’s is a friendly community where people are pleased to see each other and I would not want to lose that but please can everyone be considerate of others.

Alice Littlehailes

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