Dear All,
I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend. This one always feels strange when Easter is late but a three day weekend is always a lovely treat.
Thank you to the parents who sent in a petition following the consultation about and decision to change the colour of the school uniform. The points raised had been considered in the decision making process. Please be reassured it was a genuine consultation and the points raised in favour and against were carefully considered. I am sorry the decision that was made does not please everyone, but it was never going to.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in Sainsbury’s vouchers, we have never collected them before as there isn’t a very local one but we now have enough to be able to order something. We are going to use the vouchers for cookery club. If you have any or know anyone who has any we would love you to send them in.
Tomorrow, 5th May, Kites will be leading our assembly and on Friday 12th Peregrines will be taking the lead. Do join us if you can.
Kim our crossing patrol (lollipop lady) will be away from 18th May to 11th June. There may not be anyone crossing the children over the road during this period.
Remember there will be no clubs except PAS on Tuesday 9th May as the staff all have training.
The next PTA meeting is on Wednesday 10th May 7.30 at the Cricket Club

The children are all very excited about science and this event will further feed this excitement.
The University of Manchester Community Festival on 17 June: (open to all) 11-3pm
Come and experience our free Community Festival packed with fun family-friendly interactive activities. We are throwing open our doors for our local neighbours to discover the variety of things we do. Go behind the scenes at the University to find out all about our work and get hands-on with our exciting activities. More information at:
Alice Littlehailes


Dear All,
I hope you had a lovely Easter. Welcome back to school for the term that always feels like an express train picking up speed as it goes downhill. There is, as ever, lots planned to give your children as many wide experiences as possible. For example:
On Friday 28th April the Kites will start doing some Forest Schools work on site. This is where the children learn outside, as it has been shown to have many benefits. The children will be going out in all weathers so will need suitable clothes such as waterproof coats and wellies if it is raining and warm clothes if it is chilly. I would suggest the children come in school uniform and if it is the kind of day where they need to be dressed in clothing that is not uniform they can get changed at lunch time.
All the children in Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys were in Buxton yesterday enjoying the park and the Ballet. The staff at the Opera House asked me to pass on to everyone how outstandingly well our children behaved. They were a credit to you.
The new outdoor play equipment is here and looks amazing. Thank you so much to all of you for raising the money for it. If you would like to pop in at the end of the day to see it, please do.
Swimming starts for the Ospreys on Wednesday 3rd May.
On Thursday 4th May, the children in Key Stage 2 will experience The English Touring Opera.
There will be no family Assembly this Friday 28th April.
Kites are leading our Assembly on Friday 5th May; do join us if you can.
A note for your diaries: there will be NO school led clubs on Tuesday 9th May as the staff are all on internet safety training.
The cricketing season is starting and Glossop Cricket Club will be starting their Friday night coaching sessions on 5th May. Registration for any child from Reception to Year 6 is this Friday (28th April) 6.30-7.30. If your child is interested do go along to the registration as places are limited.
Dates for the term to follow.
Alice Littlehailes


There is so much to celebrate this week.
The children in Kites and Harriers put on a fabulous show this week. They acted and sung their hearts out making parents and staff so proud. Well done to all of them.
The children who took part in Aquasplash had a great time, I was told it was “sooooo much fun”. They behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school.
The girls football squad are celebrating because they finished top of the league. Well done to all of them and thank you to parents and staff who gave up Friday early evenings to make it possible.
Friday is our Easter Service in church. It will start as soon as we can walk the children over from school. The Merlins have written a moving account of the Easter story. Do come and join us, If you can, tissues in hand.
This Friday is also the PTA Easter coffee morning and raffle. After church at about 10.30 you are invited to come to school and have coffee and cake. Adult’s £2. The children also come out of class to have a drink and some cake for £1. Once everyone is fed and watered we will pull the raffle. Just who will be going to that Little Mix concert? Whose hair will look amazing? And just how many Easter eggs will be won this year? Do come along and find out.
We also finish for the Easter Holiday on Friday. The children return to school on Tuesday 25th April (Monday 24th is an INSET day for staff).
On Wednesday 26th April kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys are off to the Ballet. They are seeing Goldilocks and The Three Bears at Buxton Opera House.
Thursday 27th April Harriers will start swimming.
On Friday 28th April The Kites will start doing some Forest Schools work, on site. This is where the children learn outside it has been shown to have many benefits. The children will be going out in all weathers so will need suitable clothes ie waterproof coats and wellies if it is raining.
After school clubs run by school staff will restart the first week back. Gardening club will also restart on Tuesday 25th 3.30-4.30 it is open to any child from Y3 upwards. If your child would like to go please let the office know. Again wellies and waterproofs are useful.
The new menu for next term should be in your child’s book bag, it looks delicious.
The consultation on the possibility of a new uniform has finished. Some excellent points have been made by people in favour and against, so thank you for the thought you put into it. The majority of parents are in favour or not against this and the pupils are very positive about it so we will be phasing in a purple uniform from September. I will be sending out full details in the new term.
Thank you for all your support this term. I hope you have a lovely Easter.
Alice Littlehailes


Dear Parents,
Well done to the children who organised film night last week. They did a great job and raised over £100.
The fund raising continued on Friday with red Nose Day. All the oddness raised £253 for comic relief. Thank you so much for your generosity.
The Year 5s are currently in Whitby. They have definitely followed the better weather. The last report I have had from the East is that the children are all enjoying themselves and being really good.
Next week is a really busy week with the Kites and Harriers performing Fee Fi Fo Fum on Tuesday at 6pm and Wednesday at 2pm. I had a sneak preview yesterday and you are in for a treat. On Tuesday the children need to be back at school between 5.30 and 5.40 to get costumed up all ready for you.
Next week is also Parents Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. If you haven’t made an appointment to see your child’s teacher yet please contact us.
Friday 7th April is the last day of term and it is full of treats. We will start the day with our Easter Service in church at about 9.20. Please join us if you can. Following this is the PTA raffle and coffee morning back at school. The children bring in £1 and have a drink and cake, parents come and have cake and a drink and we pull the Easter Raffle. The prizes this year are amazing – Little Mix Tickets, the latest Toni and Guy hair styling products that have only just been launched, vouchers for Fieldings and many others. The buzz about who is going to win the main prizes is growing. At least 8 children have told me it is going to be them!
Due to all these events there will be no school run after school clubs next week.
Tomorrow Ospreys will be leading our assembly, as ever please do join us.
The children return to school on Tuesday 25th April and on Wednesday 26th Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys are all off to the Ballet in Buxton. We are still short of a few permission slips, please return them if you have not yet done so.
On Tuesday I was out at a Safeguarding meeting where the local Police shared with us which apps they have concerns about children using. They all have a minimum age requirement of at least 12 but the Police are aware that they are used by a lot of primary school children. The one they are most concerned about is Musical.ly as it is being used by predators to start conversations with children. ooVoo is a web cam to web cam app which enables people to group video chat. Children are adding people they don’t know into the chats and there are increasing reports of adult males popping up behaving inappropriately. Police also warned us about Roblox an online gaming app which is causing problems. Another concern is MYLOL which is a teenage dating app which encourages children to meet up with strangers. All these apps are being used by primary aged children so please be aware of what your child may be doing. A positive they told us about is Youtube Kids which enables children to access Youtube but not the wealth of inappropriate content and popups. The internet is a wonderful tool but as the average age a child first sees pornography is now 9 we as adults need to help keep our children safe online.
The popular plant sale leaflets came out this week. Please order your plants by 6th April.
Alice Littlehailes


Dear Parents,
Wow! Is the only word for how good the children were at Buxton Opera House performing in the Dance Festival. Both dances were amazing. The children gained so much in terms of personal confidence by taking part. I am especially proud of those children who at the start of the process said they didn’t want to, or couldn’t, dance. They were standing ten feet tall having conquered their fears. The girl’s finished the football tournament on Friday we don’t know what the final results are but a good time was had by all so well done to the whole team.
Congratulations to Lily Barlow who won a writing competition and has signed one of the metal tiles going on the new Glossopdale school. Just think our Lily’s name will be part of that building for years and years.
Swimming has finished for this term. After Easter Year 2 and Year 4 will be swimming. Letters will come out nearer the time.
Tomorrow Friday 24th March is Red Nose Day – a very odd day! Children can come in odd shoes, socks, clothes anything that is a bit odd. All we ask is for a donation to Comic Relief. As ever If your child does not like dressing up they do not have to.
Tomorrow as part of the Red Nose Day fun the Key Stage Two children are having a House Netball and Football competition and the younger children are doing sporting activities.
Talking of sport has reminded me about bags. The bags the children are bringing to school every day are getting bigger and bigger. When I ask the children, all that is in their huge bag is their reading book. We do not have space to store all these bags. Coat pegs are full of bags and coats are on the floor. Ideally all the children would have a PE bag on their peg all the time, just in case we have a sudden opportunity to do some sport, and would bring a book bag in each day. The next time you replace your child’s school bag please help us by making it as small as a book bag.
The Year 5s are off to Whitby on Wednesday, excitement is rising.
On Friday 31st March the Ospreys will be leading our Assembly do join us if you can.
Dates for 2017/18 are:
September 5th Children return to school Half term is the week of 23rd October. Term finishes on 21st Dec. Children return to school on 4th January. Half term is the week of 19th Feb. Term finishes on 22nd March. Term starts 9th April. Half term 28th May, we are back on 6th June. Finish for the summer on 20th July. There is also an INSET day on 20th October.
Church have asked me to pass on this message:
Doors open at 3.45 pm on Thursday 6th April. Join us for games, crafts and snacks.
Please just come along or if you would like more information contact julia@whitfieldparish.org

Alice Littlehailes


Dear Parents,
What a lovely sunny few days we have had. The children have made the most of it at lunchtime.
As ever our children have enjoyed a number of sporting events. Our lower Key stage Two Gymnasts took part in a gymnastics competition and some of our Year Fives were in a Futsal tournament. Please don’t ask me what Futsal is, I believe it is a variation on indoor football but know no more than that, you will have to ask the children.
The choir went into Manchester to take part in a very inspiring workshop with the leader of The Halle Children’s Choir. If any of your children are interested in joining this choir they are recruiting now, if you google Halle Children’s Choir you will get to the application. I know a number of your children were interested, and would be good at it. If you have any questions Arthur and Henry are members and I am sure would be more than willing to answer them.
Tomorrow Eagles will be leading our assembly; do join us if you can.
Next Monday 20th March it is the Peak Dance Festival. The children in Years 2 &6 will be travelling by coach to The Opera House taking their picnic tea. After a rehersal on the stage and something to eat they will be performing to parents and friends of all the schools that will be there. Soooo exciting!
Thursday 23rd is Film Night organised by the children in aid of The High Peak Kid’s Council. I know lots of the children are hoping to attend.
Due to the Dance Festival Science Club will be cancelled on Monday and due to Film Night all after school clubs on Thursday 23rd will be cancelled.
Friday 24th is Red Nose Day when we are all encouraged to do something funny for money. My life would not be worth living if we didn’t do something! This year we are having an Odd Day, come in odd shoes, odd socks maybe have odd hair or clothes. Just let your inner odity out. In return for this chance to be decidedly odd all we ask is for a donation towards Comic Relief, which we will collect in the morning.
Yesterday I had a very shaky neighbour come in to see me after a near miss outside school. Due to a car parked on the zig zag lines she couldn’t see properly, a child started to quickly cross the road and an accident was only avoided because she was going very slowly and was on high alert. I feel as if I am continualy talking about safety and cars outside school. I hope it doesn’t take an accident rather than a near miss before everyone parks and drives responsibly.

Alice Littlehailes


Dear Parents,
I am afraid there are no pictures this week because I am writing this as a speed newsletter having run out of time! If I have made any typos or other mistakes please forgive me.
All the events have been much enjoyed this week. The Dixieland workshop was amazing. The children all came back buzzing with excitement. They loved every minute and were so proud of themselves.
The trip to London was a fabulous experience. The tube ride amazed the children; they loved the long escalators and travelling at speed through a tunnel. The school we visited was a very interesting because it was a multi faith school combining Muslem and Jewish families with links to the local Christian church. It was inspiring to see how closely all these faiths worked together for the children. We were made incredibly welcome in the school and the local mosque. Not only did the school community give the children refreshments at the event they also gave them all a packed tea for the way home.
The PTA film night went well with the children enjoying the opportunity to watch a film with their friends.
This Friday Kestrels will be leading our assembly, so do join us if you can. Next week, 17th March, Eagles will be taking the lead.
Next week is another musical week with the choir going to a workshop with the Halle on Tuesday. They need to remember their packed lunches.
Some of our Year 5s are going on some training to be change4 life champions. I am really looking forward to finding out from them what that entails.
Please order your class photo online if you want a copy of it and have not yet returned your pack. I think they are all lovely.
I have been told by the pool that they are offering free swimming for 8-15 year olds in March so now is a good time to get everyone to the pool enjoying some exersise.
Remember it is the Peak Dance Festival on Monday 20th, tickets from Buxton Opera House. Our Year 2s and 6s will be performing.
Alice Littlehailes


St Luke’s Newsletter
Dear Parents,

I am writing this on Wednesday night so I am just assuming that all the children had a lovely World Book Day and that those that came dressed up looked amazing! Your child should be bringing home a World Book Day book token from the book sellers, if they don’t please let us know.

The PTA quiz night was a triumph enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this event especially our quiz master Mr Quirk.

The girls did very well at football on Friday winning 3 matches and drawing 1. They play again this Friday.

The children who came to Education Sunday were fab! They sang well and read their prayers with real feeling. I was very proud of all of them.
Tomorrow Friday 3rd March is the PTA film night. It is immediately after school, so children can stay here and go to the film from class. They can bring in their £1.50 and go from class to the film night. The event finishes at 5.15 and children can be picked up from the hall door. The ticket includes a drink and some popcorn.
On Monday 6th the Harriers are going to Gamesley Primary School to take part in a Dixieland workshop. They are meeting there with their clarinets at 9.00. They will be getting a coach back to school in time for lunch.
I am sure you have all realised that Merlin’s Assembly on Friday has been cancelled; however Kestrels will be leading Friday assembly on 10th March do join us if you can.
If any of you have any spare or old underwear, tight or socks suitable for Key Stage 1 children we would be very grateful for it as our supplies are much diminished.
There is a PTA meeting on Wednesday 8th March 7.30 at the cricket club. Everyone is very welcome please do come along.
I hope you are enjoying the online payment system. I know there have been some teething problems for some people. If it is not working for you please let us know and we will try and solve the problem for you.
Alice Littlehailes


St Luke’s Newsletter
Dear Parents,
I hope you all had a good, if wintery week off. It is lovely to see everyone back. Miss Byron hasn’t come back yet as she has had an operation. Everything went well and she is hoping to be back in a few weeks. Whilst she is off Mr Warburton is stepping into her shoes, the heels really suit him. He knows the children well so their learning will continue as normal.
The first week back has been a busy one. Our representatives have attended the High peak Kids Council and come back with a long list of things for the Pupil Parliament and me to do. Being part of PEGS has given our children so much already.
Some children have enjoyed a workshop with The Northern Ballet. They all joined in and produced some lovely movements. The staff then gave up their Wednesday evening to attend their own workshop at Buxton Opera House to help develop their dance teaching. All this is part of the preparation for the Peak Dance Festival. The Merlins and Ospreys are preparing their dances to perform on the stage at Buxton Opera House on Monday 20th March. Tickets for this are available from Buxton Opera House Box Office.
Tonight at 6pm is the parents meeting for Eagles in preparation for their trip to Whitby.
Tomorrow, Friday 24th February the Eagles are visiting Glossopdale. They are meeting at the Hadfield site with their PE kits at 9.10 and will then walk back to school for lunch.
The Girl’s football league starts this Friday, we hope all the girls participating enjoy it.
Friday is also the PTA quiz there are still tickets available from the school office.
On Sunday the choir are taking part in the Education Sunday service at St Luke’s Church. If they could meet us there in uniform at 9.45. The service should finish at about 11.15.
Next week the Eagles will be walking across to St Philip Howard School for a visit on Tuesday 28th, again they will need their PE kits.
It is World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March if your child would like to come to school dressed as a literary character they can but they do not have to.
Friday 3rd March is the PTA film night. The PTA have reviewed the event following the first film night and this one will be straight after school so children can stay at school and go to the film. The event finishes at 5.15 and children can be picked up from the hall door. The cost will be £1.50 on the door. The ticket includes a drink and some popcorn.
On Monday 6th the Harriers have been invited to Gamesley Primary School to take part in a Dixieland workshop with their clarinets. Watch this space for details.
I finally have the date for the last INSET day of the year Monday 24th April. Sorry it has taken so long I have been waiting for trainers to get back to me.
Alice Littlehailes


Dear Parents,
I cannot believe half term is almost upon us! Where is this year going?
I need to raise again issues around drop off and pick up times. These times of the day are very tricky, a lot of people are using the same space in different ways and everyone has somewhere else to be so they are hurrying and distracted. These times are therefore the times our children are most vulnerable. Please can everyone be extra vigilant, drive extra slowly and park extra considerately. The times I am talking about are not just about the normal school day but also out of school activities. There was a near miss on Disco night when a child was almost run over. At the moment I allow parents cars into the car park for club pick up events but am considering the wisdom of this. I would welcome anyone’s thoughts.
The disco was a very successful night raising £382, thank you to everyone who helped.
I am very pleased that we have managed to organise I trial of online payments starting after half term. If you have not received the information about this please ask for another copy.
Today is bug busting day when we try and clear the school of head lice. Your child should be bringing home a detection comb and a letter about this. I am looking forward to seeing lots of lovely shiny hair tomorrow as everyone will have had their hair washed and checked.
If you are paying music teachers for lessons please try and send the correct amount as they often do not have change and neither do we.
Tuesday was internet safety day and the whole school has been learning about how to stay safe online. The internet is a wonderful thing but like anything we have to learn to use it safely. Out of the fabulous discussions the children have had some things have emerged I think you need to know about. Children are playing games such as Call of Duty without their parents knowing. Some children are using gaming platforms which pose some risks:
Roblox allows you to create your own games or play games others have made and chat online to other players. Children like it because it is fun, entertaining and creative. It is risky because players are open to inappropriate comments and are essentially sharing information with strangers.
Musical.ly and Live.ly are free social media music apps where users can watch user generated lip sync video, and create video themselves lip-syncing or dancing to music. Children like it because it is fun and easy to use and share. Risks include 18+ content, interacting with strangers, potential bullying and inability to be private – even videos from deleted accounts remain on the public database.
All social media apps pose risks. Be very aware of Ask.fm, Kik, Snapchat, Whisper and Yik Yak, all of which encourage the sharing of personal information with people users don’t know. The NSPCC Online Safety website is an excellent source of further information.
Have a lovely half term see you on Monday 20th February.
Alice Littlehailes

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