Newsletter 12/07/2018

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Wow this term is flying by, I cannot believe we only have one week left after this one.

The children are all still working hard. As I walk around school I see lots of thinking, writing and tricky maths problems being tackled. I see those lightbulb moments when a child ‘gets’ a new concept. We will continue to work right up to the end as your children’s education matters and we don’t want to waste any available time.

The Merlins and Eagles have not only been working hard on traditional subjects but have also been honing their performance and public speaking skills. These are such important skills for the world they will work in. I am of course referring to the play they put on for us all. What impressed me most was how much all the children were enjoying what they were doing. A special well done to all the children who stepped in at the last moment and ensured the show went on.

Our enterprise skills were put to the test on Tuesday with the children learning about the difference between takings and profit! Different strategies were used by different houses with some going for low cost high volume items and others for higher cost items. The sums are still being done so I am afraid I cannot give you a total amount raised yet. Thank you for all your support for this.

We have been welcoming the new reception children this week. The present Year 5s are very excited about meeting their buddies and having lunch with them on Monday. Next week we will also be welcoming the children joining us in other year groups. Most are able to come on Wednesday when we have our move up morning when the whole school practices being in their new class. This is an important occasion which helps the children feel settled and ready for the new school year.

Today we have two exciting events on. Some of the Kites and Harriers are going to St Philip Howard School to share their art work with other schools. Other children are going to Tideswell to receive an award from the Bishop for our work on the virtue of community. Very excitingly one of our Year 2 pupils has been nominated for a Bishops Badge for his work. We are very proud of him.

Tomorrow is Harriers Assembly at just after 9am. In the afternoon the choir are singing in Buxton as part of the Buxton Fringe. We are singing outside the Opera House at 1.30 please do come and support us if you can.

Tomorrow is a very special school dinner it is seaside day. The children will have fish and chips and ice-cream cones outside just as if they were by the sea. If your child normally has packed lunch they are welcome to have dinners. A dinner is free for KS1 and costs £2 for KS2. Speaking of dinners if you owe any dinner money for this year please pay it by Tuesday so we can settle the accounts.

Tuesday 17th is Disco Night. A chance for the children to don their beach clothes and strut their stuff on the dance floor. If you would like to help, the PTA are always looking for people, just let us know and you will be welcomed with open arms.

On Friday next week it is the Leavers Assembly when we celebrate their time with us and wish them well for the future. After school we will be taking them out for tea.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 05/07/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear All,

Thank you to all of you who sent in bottles to support the PTA last Friday. Your generosity is much appreciated. Every one of you is part of the PTA by virtue of being a parent. Unfortunately there is a decreasing number of people able to come to PTA meetings. If there is a better time or place to hold them which would enable you to come along please let me know. If there is something putting you off from coming along please let me know then we can look at ways of involving more people.

On Tuesday night we were treated to a fabulous concert. A huge thank you goes out to the children who performed, the music teachers who helped the children prepare and Mrs Hillier who organised it. An extra thank you goes out to Mrs Elliott who played for us what a treat!

The Year 6s have been visiting their new schools this week. All the reports we have had back from the children are good.

Letters have gone out to all the children who will be in years 3-6 next year about fruit. If your child would like fruit next term please remember to return the slip. We cannot guarantee fruit for children who return their slips late.

Just a quick reminder that children in Years 3-6 pay for school dinners so the present Y2s will start paying from September, they cost £2 a day. If you think you might be eligible for free school meals you can apply by phoning 01629 536400/535743 by email: or at

On Friday the Kestrels will be leading our assembly. The following Friday 13th July the Harriers will be leading it. Do join us if you can.

On Tuesday 10th July 2.30-3.30 it is enterprise day. In houses the children are going to be making things to sell. You are welcome to come and be a customer and or send your child in with a bit of money to spend. Please do support this event. We are also having the grand hair-cut. If anyone would like to sponsor the pupil please send a donation in in a labelled envelope.

Remember clubs finish today so only PAS is still on next week.

Next week is performance week for Merlins and Eagles. The evening performance on Tuesday 6.30 is a sell out so you must remember your ticket. We will not be able to admit people without one. The children need to be back at school for 6pm. There are still some tickets left for Wednesday afternoon.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 21/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We are having such a fantastic science week. Thank you to everyone who has, or is going to come in and talk to us. We have found out about thermal imaging, DNA, Arctic exploration, materials, batteries, magnets, animals and loads more. Some other schools joined us for our Great Science Share and we all joined in with other’s experiments.

The Y4s played with The Halle Orchestra on Tuesday. This was an amazing experience where the children not only heard a world class orchestra but joined in with them.

Tuesday was a very busy day because not only was it scientific, and musical but the Quad Kids Squad was also in action. They won the Glossop meet so have progressed to the High Peak final on Monday. Many congratulations to all of them. The cricketers did well last Thursday and enjoyed the final they were in.

On Wednesday we had a very good presentation on drowning prevention, the children learnt a lot about keeping safe near water.

The Summer Fun Event is almost here. It is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow after school. As this event is a very busy one for the PTA there will be no toast on Friday.

On Monday 25th The Harriers will be treating us all to a concert playing their brass instruments. Please join us if you can at just after 9am.

Friday 29th is both Peregrine’s Assembly and non-uniform day for bottles. For the privilege of coming in casual clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle of anything.

On Tuesday 3rd July we are holding our annual summer concert at 7pm. The choir perform for you and any child who learns an instrument at home or at school who would like to perform is invited to do so. If your child would like to participate please let Mrs Hillier know.

On Tuesday 10th July we are holding an enterprise afternoon. The Pupil Parliament have organised this. Every House is making things to sell. I do hope you will be able to support the children in this. Any money raised will go to Tourette’s Action a charity which supports people suffering from Tourette’s and research into this condition. One of our children is being sponsored to have their hair cut in aid of this charity. Not only will this raise money for Tourette’s but will also help provide a wig for a child in need of one.

The next PTA meeting is on Thursday 28th June at 7pm, I am not sure where but will let you know when I know.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14/06/2018

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Dear Parents,

I cannot believe another week has gone by! But here we are on Thursday again after another busy week.

Sports day went very well, congratulations to all the children for taking part in such a sporting way. Thank you also to all of you who were able to come for supporting all the children not just your own to make sure everyone had a good time.

We have eggs hatching in school at the moment, the first one hatched yesterday so hopefully we will soon have a little brood of chicks. They are with us as in preparation for science week next week when we will be welcoming lots of scientists into school to work with us and having an all-round good scientific time! Hot off the press we now have 5!

Ian came into assembly on Monday to offer guitar lessons to the children, he has some spaces. Yesturday Helen the violin teacher came in to do the same as she also has space from September. If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument do let us know.

Talking of all things musical on Monday the older choir members and Year 6 took part in the PEGS concert at New Mills. They performed very well and the whole concert was a treat.

Lee Baker from the police came in to talk to Eagles and Merlins about knife crime. This is part of our ongoing work to keep all the children safe throughout their lives.

Our High Peak Kids Council is meeting with Ruth George today in preparation for their visit to The Houses of Parliament next week.

Tomorrow Kites will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

The Summer Fun Day is almost upon us, it is a week on Friday, 22nd June from 3.30. Get ready to come and have some fun.

We have finalised the classes for next year and the only change to teaching staff will be Mrs Eltringham in Year 2. We are delighted for Miss Nicholls as she is leaving us to be the Headteacher of Biggin Primary School, we are however a little sad for us. There will be no change to the staff supporting individual children.

I have been told about a girl’s football festival at Chapel High School on 4th July 6-7.30 it is open to any girl aged 5-11.

It has come to my attention that some of you super sleuths have managed to work out the code for the gate and are letting yourselves in. I must ask you please not to do this but to wait until a member of staff comes to open the gate as it is closed for our children’s safety.

Running Club is cancelled next week, 21st June, as Mr Cooke is at a meeting after school.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 07/06/2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good break in the sun.

There isn’t much news as we have had a short week but already the Peregrines have been on a visit to The Station House Dental Practice where they learnt about keeping their teeth healthy. They got to explore the dentist’s surgery and find out what they do. They were made very welcome. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Station House.

Today the Kites are off to the Hat Museum. They are particularly interested in the machinery as they are studying the mill industry in Glossop. I know they will enjoy this visit.

It is Sports Day tomorrow morning. We will start as soon as we can so about 9.15. Your child will need their sports kit and if possible a sun hat. We will make sure the children have plenty to drink. Parents are very welcome to come and support everyone. The theme this year is sporting heroes. We are asking the children to think about who their sporting hero is whether it is a Paralympian or a footballer a swimmer or an archer and use their determination and love of sport to inspire them. The children can come in their sports kit and get changed into school uniform later if they want to.

On Friday 15th Kites will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

I have had some very sad news, Daniel Robinson who left our school a few years ago has died. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends and everyone who is grieving for him.

I have had complaints that people are bringing dogs into the school grounds, please can I remind you not to do this.

Alice Littlehailes

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

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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

Newsletter 26.04.2018

St Luke’s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well the sun didn’t last long did it! At least the weather was glorious for the children on the Whitby residential. They all had a great time and returned feeling very proud of their achievements. Thank you to all the staff that gave up their time to make it possible.

Welcome to the parents of the children who will be joining us next year we are very pleased you will be part of our school.

On Monday the children in Y1 and Y2 enjoyed a morning of cricket. They had a great time at Hadfield cricket club learning some skills.

Last night we were invited to see some of last year’s Y6s at Glossopdale, they shared their work and their stories of their new school. It was lovely to see them doing so well.

On Friday Eagles will be leading our Assembly just after 9am do join us if you can.

Tomorrow is also the PTA scoot and skate after school – weather permitting. Unfortunately the forecast is for cold and wet.

As you know we are part of PEGS, a collaboration of local schools. Being part of this group helps us continue to improve the education we can offer your children. This collaboration has led to a Pupil forum called High Peak Kids Council. HPKC has decided they would like to have a litter picking week around our schools next week. If you have any litter pickers or gardening gloves we could use we would be very grateful. The day we do it will depend on the weather I am hoping for Wednesday or Thursday.

A quick reminder about medicines. We are happy to administer proscribed medicines during the school day but you need to fill out a form detailing things like dosage. There is a copy of the form on the website to help those of you who cannot pop into the office in the morning. The medicine and permission need to be given in by an adult not left in school bags. Sometimes we are asked to give pain relief such as Calpol. We are prepared to administer this with a permission form but we will not accept bottles of paracetamol in school, we ask that you bring sachets. The reason for this is that paracetamol overdoses are incredibly serious and sometimes the side effects are irreversible. We would all hate for a child to get hold of a bottle of paracetamol and do serious damage to themselves.

A few of the Kestrels still don’t have PE kits in school. They all need shorts, t-shirt and pumps.

Alice Littlehailes

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