Newsletter 17/05/2018

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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

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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

Newsletter 19/04/2018

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Dear Parents,

It is lovely to see so many smiles now the sun has come out – long may it last.

Since the last newsletter we have had a couple of sporting events Aqua Splash which was much enjoyed by the team and three of the younger children got to go to New Mills Primary to find out what they do for PE. They came back buzzing, full of ideas of games we had to play and equipment I had to buy. They were so excited they were falling over their words. We are very grateful to New Mills for this.

The children in Whitby are having a great time and learning lots including independence! We could not have picked better weather for this residential.

Last week the head from Eyam came to do some work around Character Education with some of the Pupil Parliament, she was very impressed with the children’s thinking and how well they articulate their ideas. She was particularly impressed with how the whole school lived the ethos and cared about each other.

You know I said last week that dates may change well …….sports day is now on Friday 8th June in the morning!

The next Scoot and Skate is almost here, start getting your scooters and helmets out because there is less than a week to wait. It is after school on Friday 27th April. Fingers crossed for weather like this week.

Talking of wheels the Glossop Go-Ride Bike Club starts up again this Saturday at Glossopdale- at the Glossop site. (Turn left at main entrance to park & walk round the back of building passed Tennis courts towards the running track) Arrive 9.45am with your bike to be checked to start 10-11.30am. £3 per session. 1st & 3rd sat of each month Bikers need to wear helmet & gloves.

There is a Macmillan coffee afternoon at St Luke’s Church this Friday, 20th April 2.30-4.30 they say you are welcome to take the children after school for a drink and a cake.

The summer must be on its way because Glossop Cricket Club is starting the ever popular Friday Night coaching sessions. Registration is on Friday 27th April 6-7pm at the club. Membership is £20. Coaching starts on 4th May at 6.45 for an hour. I know lots of you will be keen to sign up.

There has not been much take up of the Ignite club after school on Wednesday, which is a surprise as this was a very popular club at lunchtime. If your child would like to join this club please let us know by Monday as we may have to cancel it.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/04/2018

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good Easter it is lovely to see the children back bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to learn.

We had a very important visitor yesterday, The Gingerbread Man came to school! He was spotted in the sensory garden and the Kestrels invited him to come into school and see what they were doing. This led to some very good scientific experiments to see what would happen if a biscuit got wet. The results led to bridges and boats being built to protect the Gingerbread man.

We are very pleased to be welcoming Glossop Sailing Club who are coming in today to talk to the Year 5 & 6s and offer some free taster places.

Your child should have brought home a battery recycling box, this is part of a new initiative at school to encourage the recycling of batteries. In the entrance hall as well as the ink cartridge recycling box and the Food Bank collection box we also now have a battery recycling box.  We are asking you to pop spent batteries into the little box and bring it into school when it is full.  The box can then be used to collect more batteries.  This initiative is part of our learning about the environment and what we can do to protect it.

Today your child should be bringing home a long letter about Data Protection and a form to sign. As I am sure you are aware, due to the number of companies emailing you, the rules around data are changing and we have to inform you of the data we hold about your child and seek positive consent for it.  All the data we hold is either statutory or necessary – such as contact details.  If any of you have concerns around the data we keep do contact me.  Please could you fill in and return the declaration sheet.

Excitement is rising in Eagles, as are nerves, as the residential in Whitby is fast approaching. Next Wednesday they will be setting off for three days of learning and fun.  I confidently predict they will return on Friday tired, grubby and very proud of themselves for having done this.

On Saturday 14th April 12-2 the Friends of Manor Park are holding and enchanted forest event with refreshments, crafts, storytelling and more.  They are aiming to raise money for an accessible roundabout.  It sounds like a great event and the weather is forecast to improve by then!

I am attaching the dates for the term. As ever things might, in fact probably will, change so do keep an eye on the newsletter.

Alice Littlehailes



Dates April – July 2018


18th                  Whitby trip

20th                  Return from Whitby

23rd                  Ospreys and Peregrines Cricket

24th                  High Peak Kids Council

25th                  Tintwistle choir visiting

27th                  Eagle’s Assembly

PTA Scot and Skate


1st                    Osprey’s trip to Staircase House

7th                    Bank Holiday

8th                    INSET Day

10th                  Dance Workshop

11th                  Osprey’s Assembly

14th                  SATS week starts

17th                  PTA meeting 7pm

21st                  Take one Picture Week starts

24th                  Urban Gongs Project

25th                  Finish for half term


6th                    Return to school

7th                    Sports Day am

Bag 2 school

11th                  PEGS Concert

12th                  High Peak Kids Council

15th                  Kites Assembly

18th                  Science week starts

19th                  Harriers Play With The Halle

21st                  High Peak Kids Council Parliament Trip

Y5 to Glossopdale

22nd                 PTA summer Fun

28th                  PTA meeting 7pm

29th                  Peregrines Assembly


6th                    Kestrels Assembly

10th                  Merlin’s and Eagle’s production evening performance

11th                  Merlin’s and Eagle’s production afternoon performance

13th                  Harriers Assembly

Buxton Fringe

20th                  Leavers Assembly

Leavers Do

Finish for summer

Newsletter 22/03/2018

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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

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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

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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

Newsletter 15/02/2018

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Dear All,

Thank you to everyone who helped with the disco I understand it was a huge success. I was sorry to miss it but I was on a course in South Normanton and couldn’t get back in time. As ever these events only happen because of the huge amount of work the PTA put in.  Talking of PTA events the next one is the Easter Raffle.  After half term your child will bring home some raffle tickets to try to sell.  This has always been a big fundraiser for the school so thank you for your continued support.

The children have taken part in a number of sporting events, the girls enjoyed the football league and the indoor athletics squad had a great time on Wednesday. These events are some of the ways we are encouraging all our children to be active.  Our aim is for every child to find a sport or physical activity which they enjoy and that they will continue into adulthood.

On Friday we finish for half term and return on Monday 26th February.  World Book Day is on Thursday 1st you should have received a letter about the plans we have for this day.

Thursday 1st March is also Kite’s Lunch day, I am looking forward to finding out what they have got planned for us.

Tomorrow Friday 16th Osprey’s will be leading our assembly and on Friday 2nd Kestrels.  Do join us if you can.

Class Photo day is on Monday 5th March.

People have been asking me about term dates for 2018/19, such organised people. Here they are:

Term starts Tuesday 4th September (new Reception children will start on Thursday 6th)

Half term Friday 26th October – 5th November (children finish on Thursday 25th)

Term ends for Christmas Friday 21st December

Term starts Monday 7th January

Half Term 18th – 22nd February

Term ends for Easter Friday 12th April

Term starts Monday 29th April

Half term is Monday 27th May – Tuesday 4th June (children back in on Wednesday 5th)

Term ends for the summer on Tuesday 23rd July

This includes all the INSET days

The first week back after half term there will be no school led after school clubs. Clubs restart on Monday 5th March.

Alice Littlehailes


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