Newsletter 09.11.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Well the cold weather seems to have arrived I am back to scraping my car before leaving for school. I know when the weather is bad it takes a bit longer to get sorted for the day but this is no excuse for lateness.  The number of families arriving late for school is increasing again.  The children need to be in school before 9am in order to make the best start to their day.

Congratulations to the children who have been part of the football team for the way they have played across the tournament we are very proud of them.

If you would like to buy copies of your child’s photo they need to be returned to school by Tuesday 14th November as the order is being picked up on the 15th. After this date you will have to deal directly with the company and pay for postage.

Tomorrow Merlin’s are leading our assembly do join us if you can.

Tomorrow afternoon remember there is a first aid course running for parents, I am sure there is still time for you to sign up.

The fashion show is tomorrow evening; you can still get your ticket from the office.

On Friday 17th November it is Children in Need.  This year we are asking the children to be bright and or spotty.  They can come to school dressed in bright clothes or spotty clothes or both!  All we ask is that they bring in a donation for Children in Need.

Friday 17th is also Osprey’s Assembly and Year 4 sleep over.  Another busy day at St Luke’s!

If like me you are feeling bereft now bake off has finished and fancy yourself as a bit of a baker the solution is here. I have been asked to let you know that applications are now open for the next series.  You can apply at email them for more information at I am very happy to taste any creations!

The flu immunisations are on Monday for the children in Reception, Y1-4 whose forms have been returned.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 02/11/2017

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Dear All,

I do hope you all had a lovely half term break, listening to the children they all certainly enjoyed it.

Thank you to everyone who sent in some old textiles for our bag 2 school collection, there looked to be a lovely big pile.

Last night our Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer attended a glittering awards ceremony, where they were brilliantly entertained by some wonderful dancers before being awarded a gold sports award. This award is in recognition of all the sports we do at St Luke’s. A huge thank you to all the staff and parents that help this happen, without your organisation, transporting, kit finding and cheering on we would not be able to offer the range, quantity and quality of sporting activities. Another thank you goes out to Dawn Richardson, Anna Flannigan and the rest of the High Peak School Sports Team who coordinate all the sporting opportunities.

Yesterday, was clearly award day, as in assembly, school was awarded the Music Partnership Excellence Award in recognition of all the music, school offers to the children. Again thanks goes out to the staff and to our music partners for helping us provide such a rich curriculum.

Tonight there is a PTA meeting 7pm in The Friendship Pub, please come if you can.

There is no family assembly on Friday because we are working with the NSPCC on the children understanding how to keep safe.

Next week Friday 10th November Merlins will be leading our assembly.

We do have poppies available in school if you send your child in with a donation.

Next week as you will have read the children are all learning first aid. The trainer has also given you the opportunity to learn or brush up your first aid skills, if you remember she wrote: On the afternoon of the 10th of November, I invite parents who would also like to learn CPR themselves, to attend a 2 hour baby and child first aid class. In this class I teach how to deal with burns, bleeds, breaks as well as how to perform CPR and deal with a choking casualty. This class is £20 per person and you would be welcome to bring younger children along with you. If you would like to attend this session, please email me at to express your interest or for any further information.

The fashion show is fast approaching, do get your ticket as soon as possible to attend what should be a fantastic evening on 10th November ( I know it is a busy day!).

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/10/2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Thank you to the PTA for the disco on Friday everyone had a good time and they raised over £300 for your children.

Well done to the Gymnastics squad who had a great time at the competition on Friday.

Also well done to the Map Quest teams who enjoyed the challenges they were set in Manor Park.

Today is house challenge afternoon. This is one of the children’s favourite afternoons when they organise themselves in their houses to complete as many of the challenges as they can.

We finish for half term today with the children returning to school on Monday 30th October.

That first week back is very busy with;

 the rescheduled cross country on Monday 30th
 Bag 2 school on Tuesday. This is an opportunity for you to get rid of any old textiles and shoes, the company will recycle them and give us money for school fund – win, win. In fact I need to have a sort out myself. Please bring your bags of textiles and leave them under the porch on Tuesday.
 Sports Award Evening on Wednesday when the Prime Minister, Deputy prime Minister and Chancellor will pick up our Gold award.
 NSPCC in on Friday 3rd to work with the children on their Speak out Stay Safe project. This means there will be no family assembly that day.
 Football League matches after school on Friday.

Tuesday 31st is Halloween or the Christian Festival of All Hallows Eve which many families celebrate. The police have asked me to remind you about keeping the children and the community safe. If you choose to allow your children to trick or treat please make sure they are accompanied by an adult and only go to people they know. Many older people get very anxious about people knocking on their door after dark, especially if they are dressed up and have their face covered. Please do not go to any house which has not signalled that they are open to visitors e.g. they have a pumpkin in the window.

I hope many of you had the chance to meet our school Governors whilst you were here for parent’s evening. If you didn’t meet them they asked me to pass on their greetings. They were also asking parents to fill in the parent view survey which can be found at please do take the time to do this.

Have a lovely half term.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/10/2017

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Dear All,

This week is Artsmark celebration week and St Luke’s is one of four schools to be featured in a collection of films. The film can be found at The school comes across really well, the children are delightful and just ignore me! If any of you feel moved to celebrate the impact of the arts in school and want to tweet #celebrateArtsmark, feel free.

Well done to all the runners and supporters who took part in the Glossop Jog on Sunday. I know Mr Cooke is very proud of his running club, and has his eye on some of the younger runners hoping they will join when they are old enough. If you want your book signed with the number of laps on it just bring it into school. Please collect and send in your sponsor money as soon as possible.

The Friday football league has started and our team are all excited to be taking part. We hope they continue to play well, be good sportsmen and have fun.

Next week is walk to school week. This is a national initiative to encourage everyone to walk, cycle, scoot or car share. The aim is to reduce the traffic on the roads and particularly around schools and to give people time to chat with their children. Walking to and from school is a lovely time to connect with your child and enjoy their company. I hope everyone will be able to walk at least a bit more of their journey to school even if the whole journey is too far. The weather forecast for next week is looking good at the moment.

You may have noticed some lambs in the lower field. This is a new initiative to help the children gain some understanding of farming and food. We are very excited about it.

The Harriers are leading our Assembly tomorrow Friday 13th October do join us if you can.

The PTA disco is almost here. Tomorrow the children can put their glad rags on and come and dance the night away, well between 5-6.30 anyway.

It is individual and family photo day next Wednesday 18th October. If you would like a family photo with any preschool children please be at school for 8.30am.

There will be no school led afterschool clubs next week due to parents evenings. PAS and Gymnastics will still be on but the rest will not.

We finish for half term on Thursday 19th October. The children come back on Monday 30th October. If you are looking for something to do Manchester Science Festival is on all week. PAS are running a half term club. Inside Out Forest Schools are running Camps on 20th, 23rd and 24th. Go on their websites to find out more.

In November we are having a first aid week during which all the children will learn basic ways to help someone. The trainer has offered to run a 2 hour workshop for parents & grandparents as part of this work. The workshop will probably be on the afternoon of Friday 10th November and will cost £20 per person. I am waiting for final confirmation of the date. If you are interested in learning or refreshing your skills look out for more information.

Alice Littlehailes

Governor Newsletter October 2017

St. Luke’s Governors Newsletter – October 2017


Manchester and the surrounding areas have seen some of the great scientific discoveries and personalities: Ernest Rutherford split the atom; Alan Turing invented the stored-programme computer; and more recently the wonder-material graphene was discovered and found to be 200-times stronger than steel. The Manchester physicist Professor Brian Cox is rarely off our TV screens!


Science is a core part of the primary school curriculum, but many schools have the resources to teach only the statutory requirement. Here at St. Luke’s, science is just as important as the other core subjects.


We have two members of staff, Miss. Nicholls and Mrs. McLaren, who lead on the teaching of the science curriculum across the school, and all our staff have undergone further training in this area. Miss. Nicholls and Mrs. McLaren recently attained an Enthuse Award for the school, in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) competition run by the University of Manchester.  This award helps us to develop links with the University to further improve our teaching of science.


From reception to year 6, our children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about how science can explain what happens around them.


Our teachers run a weekly science after-school club, and we’ve seen two fantastic Science Week events over the past two years. I had the pleasure of observing and working with the children during the Science Week in June.


It was a delight to see the children immersed in a wide range of hands-on activities, many run by scientists from the University of Manchester. These included a planetarium, making DNA bracelets, a scientific ‘Wow Show’, investigating the properties of slime, experimenting with thermal cameras, and a hands-on animal show. The enthusiasm and interest across the whole school was wonderful to see.


Thirty St. Luke’s children also had the chance to participate in the Great Science Share at the Etihad Stadium in July. This event inspires young people to share with others the science they enjoy in the classroom, outdoors and in clubs.


A child’s passion for science develops from an early age. The teachers and governors of St. Luke’s are committed to doing all we can to nurture that passion.



Deb Griffiths-Jones

St. Luke’s mum, Science Link Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors




Newsletter 05/10/2017

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Dear All,

Another busy week at St Luke’s. The children are all busy learning and enjoying school.  I have particularly enjoyed Kestrel’s Rosie the Hens popping up all around school.  The Year 6s have had a fantastic time at Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre.  When I popped in to see them they were all very proud of themselves for taking up the challenges offered.

The choir today are being filmed singing the song for Derbyshire on Glossop Station. They will feature along with children from across Derbyshire in the finished film.

The PTA could not believe it when yet again the rain came down last Friday afternoon so the Scoot and Skate had to be cancelled. In other PTA news there will be a sub-committee meeting on Tuesday 10th at 7pm at the Oakwood.  This is to plan in detail the fashion show and the Christmas fair.  If you are able to be involved with either of these events do go along.

Glossop Jog is on Sunday 8th October. If you who are taking part you need to be there by 10.45 to sign in, the jog starts at 11. There is still time to sign up if you would like to.

Parents Evening letters have gone out for Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October.  If one has not made it home to you do pop into the office to get one.  Please tick as many slots as possible as this makes it easier for us to fit you in, if everyone only ticks the first slot we cannot fit everyone in.

The PTA disco is fast approaching, it is next Friday 13th October.  A flyer will be coming out with more details.

The PTA is raising money this year towards a bike shelter. If anyone has any ideas for fund raising activities they would love to hear them.

I know Bike Club is looking for more members. It meets on a Saturday 10-11 at Glossopdale School, Glossop site.  They charge £3 a child a session.  Children need a bike and a helmet.  The children love it and improve their cycling skills no end.

Mrs Hukin has asked me to remind you that dinner money needs to be paid up-front, a number of people are building up large debts.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 28/09/2017

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Dear All,

I have been reading a lot of reports recently about sleep. Research is showing the long term effects on our health and wellbeing of sleep deprivation.  Amazingly an adult who has six hours sleep a night for 10 days functions as poorly as someone who has zero hours for two days.  As we know children need significantly more sleep than the seven hours seen as ideal for adults so we need to ensure they are getting at least ten hours a night.  Maybe we all need to make our resolution to sleep more.

There have been a number of sporting events over the last week where our children have conducted themselves really well so well done to all the footballers for such great sportsmanship.


On Wednesday it was European Day of Languages which we celebrated by the children all experiencing three languages. Everyone had a great day. There were huge smiles all round.


There is a phonics meeting for Reception parents tonight straight after school.


Remember scoot and skate has been rescheduled and we will try again this Friday 29th September.


The Y6s are off to Whitehall on Monday for three days of adventurous activities.


On Thursday 5th the choir will be filmed singing the Derbyshire Song.  If you haven’t sent back in the permission they will not be able to join in so please do so as soon as possible.


Peregrines will be leading our Assembly on Friday 6th October, do join us if you can.


Can I remind you that You must not use the staff car park at the beginning or end of the school day unless you have special permission.


Glossop Jog is on Sunday 8th October there is still time to sign up if you would like to.


PTA meeting is tonight at 7pm at the Cricket Club.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 21.09.2017

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

I am afraid I am going to have to start this week’s newsletter with a rant about parking as I am still getting complaints from the neighbours about unsafe and illegal parking. I know parking around school is difficult as it is around all schools however this does not mean people can park on the zig zags, across drives or in the school carpark.  All these things put our children in danger.  You may need to park a little further away in order to ensure everyone is safe but this is a small price to pay in order to keep children out of danger.  We do not want the near misses we have had to become hits!

This week has been a busy week with Year Six visiting St Philip Howard School to take part in a trampoline lesson and the whole school enjoying a production of Wind in The Willows.

Tomorrow, Friday 21st, is our Harvest Festival run by Eagles’ Class, which we are holding in school.  We are asking all the children to bring a donation of timed or dried food which will be given to the Glossop food bank.  Please do join us if you can.

It is also scoot and skate night on Friday. Children are welcome to stay after school and enjoy an hour of scooting round the playgrounds, something they are not usually allowed to do.  It is a PTA fundraiser so we ask for £1 for the privilege and there will be refreshments on sale.

The children in Key Stage 2 who have signed up to bikeability should have had a letter saying which group they are in and so when their bike needs to be in school. If the letter has not made it home please contact the office.

I don’t like doing this just after clubs have started but the staff have a number of meetings after school next week so Cookery Club is cancelled on Tuesday and Key Stage One Club on Thursday.

Glossop Jog is fast approaching, it is on Sunday 8th October.  You should have had a letter inviting your child to sign up for this very popular annual event.  It is run by Glossop Rotary Club and is a sponsored run, jog, walk, toddle, meander depending on your fitness and inclination.  The participants are sponsored for the number of laps they do.  A number of parents do the jog with their children.  I do hope as many people as possible will take part.  If you have mislaid the letter and want to join in please let the office know.

If you are looking for something exciting to do at half term you may be in luck. I have been asked to tell you about the below:

Autumn Half Term Forest School Camp run by Inside Out. Our autumn activity camp enables young people who love the outdoors to learn, discover and connect with their natural surroundings. Inside Out holiday camps include shelter building, bush craft, campfire food preparation and cooking, nature art and craft, forest games, bug hunting and nature identification Venue: GLOSSOP – Dinting Cricket Club Friday 20th Oct, Mon 23rd and Tues 24th Oct 2017

Times/Prices 9-4pm £25 each, siblings £20/£15 (book all 3 days receive a 10% discount). Bring a packed lunch but snacks and drinks are provided.

To book your place on any of these sessions please contact Esther on 07979 381833 or email

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14.09.2017

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Dear All,

What a soggy week it has been this week great for ducks and welly wearing children who like jumping in puddles less good for people trying to keep dry. I am sorry about the large puddle that appears by the gate, the council are still promising it will be sorted!  On Monday when there was a torrential downpour just as everyone was arriving at school a problem developed, Keith had to ask people to walk through the car park because the path had turned into a river which should have been safe because parents are not to use it to drop children off.  Unfortunately a number of people decided to drive into the school carpark putting everyone in danger.  Please park outside school we want all the children to be safe.

Despite the wet the children have all been settling well into school. I have seen Anglo Saxons making bread, children working on their handwriting, fish swimming through Kestrels class and crayons being taken on adventures in Peregrines, books being enjoyed and numbers being partitioned.  In other words a happy working school.

I do have some sad news for you Mrs Gallacher’s husband died on Friday. Please hold her and her daughter in your thoughts and prayers.

You know I said last week dates might change well …..having got the dates from Glossopdale I realised our Whitehall meeting clashed with their Open Evening so I have changed the date of the Whitehall meeting to Tuesday 19th September at 6pm.

After school clubs start on Monday.

Next Friday, 22nd September, Eagle’s will be leading our Assembly.  It will be our harvest assembly and we are asking the children to bring in donations for Glossop Food Bank.  The assembly will be in school, do join us if you can.

That Friday is a busy day because it also sees a girl’s football tournament for some of the Y5/6 girls and Scoot and Skate. This is a PTA event.  The children are invited to stay after school for an hour and play on the playgrounds with their scooters or skates.  The cost of this event is £1.  We ask that the children all wear helmets.

I have been given information about a new Boccia Club which is starting up in Glossop on Wednesdays 5-6pm at St Philip Howard School. For further information please contact Jacob Meaton on  07786144414 or via email at

Derbyshire are auditioning for soloists to sing ‘Walking in the Air’ and ‘Close Your Eyes’ from Cinderella. Auditions are being held here at St Luke’s on Tuesday 10th October 4-7pm. For more information and to apply for an audition go to their website by following this link

Children in Eagles and Merlins have been offered the opportunity to do their Bikeability Course. They should have brought information home.  If you would like them to do it and letters have not come home please ask in the office.

The flu immunisations for Years Reception, 1, 2, 3 & 4 will take place on 13th November.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 07.09.2017

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Dear All,

Welcome back it is lovely to see everyone after the long summer break. Also welcome to all our new children and parents, not only do we have the lovely Reception children starting today we have also welcomed children across the school.  I am sure you will already have spoken to the new parents in the playground.

The children have made a good start with fantastic hustings for the elected positions in school. The speeches the children made were well thought out and delivered with passion.  It is going to be so hard to decide who to vote for.

Thank you to everyone who sent in old red uniform for us to donate to a school in Nigeria, if you still have uniform to send in please do it by next Friday as we want to get it sent off.

Friday Assemblies are family assemblies where everyone is welcome to join us. They start at about five past nine.  After this week’s assembly the PTA are holding a meeting to welcome new parents and talk about the coming year.  If you are new to the school or not please do stay for this get together, there will be cake.

The staff very generously give up their time to run clubs after school. We will be sending out a separate letter about these. If your child in interested in attending any of the clubs please fill in the slip below and return it to the office. The clubs will start the week beginning 18th September.

There will be toast tomorrow. On Fridays we offer the children the treat of toast at break time for 20p. This is a way of making a bit of money for school and everyone looks forward to it.  Very kind parents come into school and cook the toast for us.  If you are free on Friday mornings and would be willing to butter (well marge) hundreds of slices of toast please let us know.


I am attaching the list of dates for this term, as ever some dates may change and extras events will be put in so do keep an eye on the newsletter.


Alice Littlehailes


Dates Autumn 2017


Friday 8th PTA    Welcome meeting after assembly

Professor Lightbulb trip

Monday 18th        Clubs start

Wednesday 20th  The Selfish Giant performance in school

Thursday 21st        Swimming starts Y6 and Y2

Y6 parents meeting for Whitehall

Friday 22nd            Eagle’s Assembly

PTA Scoot and Skate

Monday 25th          Bikeability starts

Tuesday 26th          European Day of Languages


Monday 2 – 4      Whitehall visit

Friday 6th              Peregrines Assembly

Sunday 8th            Glossop Jog

Friday 13th            Harrier’s Assembly

PTA Disco

Tuesday 17th         Parent’s Evening

Wednesday 18th    Photo day

Parent’s Evening

Thursday 19th        Finish for half term

Monday 30th          Return to school


Friday 3rd              NSPCC Speak out stay safe

Friday 10th            Merlin’s Assembly

Fashion Show

Friday 17th             Year 4 Sleep Over


Friday 1st               Kite’s Assembly

Non uniform day for fair

Monday 4th           Whole school to ‘The Snowman’

Friday 8th              Kestrel’s Assembly

PTA Christmas Fair

Tuesday 12th         Peregrine’s and Osprey’s Christmas Play Performance 6pm

Wednesday 13th    Peregrine’s and Osprey’s Christmas Play Performance 2.30pm

Thursday 14th        Choir Singing at The Methodist Church

Friday 15th             Christmas Dinner

Monday 18th           Y5/6 Party

Tuesday 19th           Y3/4 Party

Wednesday 20th    Reception/Y1/Y2 Party

Thursday 21st         Carol Service including Reception Class Nativity

Finish for Christmas


Thursday 4th           Term starts



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