Archive for September, 2018

Newsletter 27/09/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


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


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


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


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 or via the website at .

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:

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 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

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