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

St Luke’s Newsletter


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

St Luke’s Newsletter


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

St Luke’s Newsletter


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


Newsletter 08/02/2018

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Dear All,

I hope you have all had a good week, I know we have in school. The children have been taking advantage of the clear cold weather and have been exploring ice, there was even an ice dragon!  Some children went to New Mills Leisure Centre and met Dame Sarah Story.  They listened to her talking about her life, got to see her gold medals and learned to play boccia. We welcomed some of the schools in PEGS to St Luke’s on Wednesday, they came and did some drama with us.

Merlin’s menu was delicious last week, everyone tucked into fajitas and sweet potato chips. Today it is the turn of Eagle’s who have chosen chicken wraps or Quorn mince tacos – yum.  Next Thursday it will be the Harrier’s menu consisting of messy meatball buns or vegetable curry.

Merlin’s will be leading our assembly this Friday and Osprey’s next Friday, 16th February.  As ever we would love you to join us.

Tomorrow is Disco day 5-6.30. We look forward to seeing the children dance the night away (well the early evening anyway). Thank you to the PTA for organising this.  The pTA is always looking for more people  and new ideas please do get involved if you can.

House Verse Speaking day is almost upon us, it is Friday 16th February.  Please help the children polish up those poems.

Is anyone available next Thursday morning, 15th February, to help with swimming?  A number of the TAs are on first aid training so we need someone to help walk Ospreys back from the pool at 9.30 and two people to walk Eagles up to the pool at about 10.10 and back again after their lesson.  If you could help out we would be very grateful.

We finish for half term on Friday 16th February and return to school on Monday 26th. That first week back is going to be a special celebration of reading week as World Book Day falls on the Thursday 1st March.  This  year we are inviting the children to dress up as their favourite character from a book and bring the book in with them.  More details about the week to follow.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 01/02/2018

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Dear All,

It has been another busy week at St Luke’s. The girl’s football team had a great time on Friday night and will continue in the tournament this Friday.  I have been assured that there are dragons living in the courtyard, there have been several sightings but there is some argument about what colour they are! The older children have been thinking about how believers from different religions get through difficult times.

Your child should have brought home a sheet with the poems they are learning for their house. This is for our House Verse speaking challenge where every year all the children learn one poem set by me and one chosen by their house.  These poems are then performed by the whole house together on Friday 16th February when our poor judge will award points.  Please help your child learn their poems, I know it seems like a lot to learn but every year they surprise me by picking them up really quickly.

Thank you to everyone who helped with or came to to the quiz night last Friday. A good time was had by all with much laughter not only that it raised £70 for PTA funds.

Next Tuesday is Internet Safety Day as part of our ongoing work on internet safety we would like to set up a working group with pupil, parent and staff representatives on it. If you would like to be part of this group please let the office know.


There have been a number of reports of headlice, please be vigilant and keep checking heads.

We are having class menus again this year. Today is Merlin’s menu they have chosen fajitas or vegetable lasagne.  Next Thursday 8th Feb will be Eagle’s menu.  If your child usually has packed lunches but would like to join in these special days they are very welcome.  A dinner costs £2.

The PTA disco is fast approaching make sure you keep Friday 9th February free 5-6.30.  If you are available to help the PTA are always grateful for volunteers.

There will be an INSET day on Tuesday 8th May when school will be closed to children for staff training.  This will make this a 4 day weekend as this is the day after the bank holiday.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 25/01/2018

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Dear All,

This week I showed a colleague round from another school which was a real pleasure as I got to see school through someone else’s eyes. She was so impressed with the atmosphere in school.  She commented on the busy happy children who understood what good learning looked like. She noted that the children were happy to have a go at things even if they might get it wrong.  You should be very proud of your children, I know I am.

I am sorry the children have been coming home muddy this week, they seem to be mud magnates. The wet weather has caused muddy puddles to form in the soil at the edges of the playground and it has also washed some mud down from the bank.  We are forever talking to them about not going in the mud but it is so appealing. The only way to ensure they stay mud free is to not allow anyone out until the ground dries up, which is months away!  Nobody wants that.  We will continue to remind the children to stay on the playground and hope for some dry weather.

We have had an invitation from New Mills Secondary School for you and your children to take part in a moonwatch on Thursday 1st February between 5-7pm.  They will have a variety of telescopes set up so people can see the craters, mountains and lunar landing sites on the surface of the moon, weather permitting of course.  If you and your child would be interested in taking part please fill in the attached form and return it to the office.

Glossop North End Juniors are collecting pennies. They are trying to create a world record so if you have any pennies hanging around at home please bring them in.


PTA Quiz night is tomorrow. If you would like to join in this fun event please buy your ticket £3 by the end of the day today.

Harriers will be leading our Assembly tomorrow 25th January and then will be treating us to a concert on Monday 29th both just after 9am.  Do please join us for these.  Kites will be leading the Assembly on Friday 2nd February.

The girls are starting their football league on Friday we hope they all enjoy this.

Alice Littlehailes



Newsletter 18/01/2018


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Dear All,

Thank you to the PTA for organising another great film night, the children really enjoyed it.

Congratulations to Mrs Clayton who has had her work to help the children understand democracy recognised with a Silver Parliament Champions award. We are all very proud of her.

Our character virtue for the last two weeks has been fairness which has brought up some interesting discussions around what is fair, and is what feels fair to one person the same as what feels fair to another. We have also been considering if equal and fair are the same thing and come to the conclusion that they aren’t. The level of discussion the children have engaged in has been fantastic.  Next week we move on to the virtue of friendliness.

Tonight there is a PTA meeting 7pm at the cricket club.

Tomorrow Eagles are leading our Friday assembly do join us if you can. The following Friday 25th Jan Harriers will be leading it.

Friday 26th January is the ever popular PTA quiz tickets £3 a person. You can come in a ready-made team but don’t need a team as teams will also be assembled on the night this is a great way to get to know other parents.  If you would like a chippy supper that can also be ordered.  Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th.

We are in need of some more relief Mid-days. If one of our Mid-day supervisors is off for any reason we need somebody to cover lunchtime.  If you are available at relatively short notice between 11.45 and 1.20 and fancy working the occasional lunchtime just let the office know.

Harriers have been making good progress with their brass lessons and would love to show you how well they are doing. They are going to put on a concert for you on Monday 29th January in the morning assembly. I do hope you will be able to come.

You may remember way, way back in the autumn the choir were filmed singing on Glossop station, this has been combined with the films of other schools to produce the Derbyshire Song ‘The Best That You Can Be’ The song and video is now available to download via priced at £1.49. It is a lovely video and it is great to play spot the children we all know. I am sure a number of you will want to buy the video.

I have been told about this opportunity to Volunteer in restorative justice!

Receive 3-day training in restorative approaches (Training dates are 27th, 28th Jan and 3rd Feb 2018) and ongoing support and development opportunities

  • Want to support all those affected by crime / conflict? üAble to volunteer a minimum of 6 hrs per month? üGood listener? üGood communicator? üAbility to remain impartial? üLike to help others?


If you can commit to the three training dates and answered “yes” to the above then we would love to hear from you! To register interest or for further info please contact Restorative Communities CIC on 07960 551 815 or e-mail



Alice Littlehailes

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