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Dear Children,

All the staff of St Lukes have come up with a way of keeping in touch with you all. Each class now has a ‘blog’ and we are going to use it to set challenges each week and to keep in touch with you. On each blog you can upload photographs, pictures and comments. All the staff would love you to ‘talk’ to them about whatever you are doing or just to say hello and we will tell you about what we are up to too. We would like each child in our class to post on their class blog at least once a week, just so we know you are ok. If you have any questions you can also ask them on the blog. We will answer them as soon as we can.

The links to each class blog are:

For the time being Miss Byron will communicate with Kites class as well as Merlins. Feel free to comment on each other classes blog too.

As always remember how to stay safe online.

  • Don’t post photographs which give personal information away ie with your school jumper on, in front of your house number etc.
  • Think about what you are saying on the post. All the staff will check each comment before it goes ‘live’ but still if you wouldn’t say it to Mrs Littlehailes don’t say it at all.
  • Don’t give out other personal information on the posts as it might not be suitable.
  • If you unsure of anything ask a trusted adult at home.
  • If you post a comment please just use initials eg CB, not full names

In addition to the blog each of you will get a stationary pack to help you get started on the challenges we set. There are numerous web sites to access as well. Here are the ones we recommend:

  • Reading plus (year 4 and year 6)
  • Numberbots
  • Timestables rockstars
  • Hamilton Trust
  • Tables Logik
  • K& Maths
  • White Rose maths
  • Phonics play
  • Topmarks (NOT the paid app)
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • BBC Supermovers
  • Go Noodle
  • School zone

There are also apps available, in particular there is one which allows you to download books for free run by the Library service called: Borrow Box. You do need to be a member of a library in order to do this. Other apps which are free are also available : Spelling Shed, Creative Book Builder, Pic Collage etc.

Finally, even though we are not all together we are still here for each other. Please use the blog to keep in touch with one another as well as staff. We will look forward to being together again soon.

With love from,

All the staff at St Luke’s CE Primary School


Newsletter 26/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

26.11.2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all bearing up during this extra uncertainty, hopefully by the end of today we will all know what tier we are living and working in for the next few weeks. I know lots of people are having to make difficult decisions about Christmas Bubbles, who is in who is out? Is it safe to include this person? If we are in this Grandparent’s bubble that means we cannot be in that Grandparent’s who do we choose? A social and emotional minefield. As ever we are here for all of you, not that we have the solution to any of the above.

The festive period is rapidly approaching. I am looking forward to seeing the trees each class makes this year. I will send out photographs as I know many of you love coming to see them and will miss this. The children are talking very excitedly about their advent calendars; I know some doors have been opened already! We are also approaching the time when we all have to annual Christmas Card dilemma. In recent years the number of children and adults sending cards has declined mainly due to their environmental impact. Some children still like writing them and others feel it is a big chore. Some children like receiving them and feel really upset if they don’t get one from one of their classmates others are less interested and they leave them lying around the classroom. Please do not feel you and your child have to send cards, some parents encourage their child to write one card for the whole class as a solution which works well. If your child does bring cards in for their classmates we will distribute them but it may not be on the day they come in.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 19/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

19.11.2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all alright. As we reach the end of week two of the second national lockdown I hope you are all coping. I know it is difficult and lots of the things we would have been doing at this time of year like Christmas shopping, planning to meet up with friends and family or enjoying a meal out just can’t happen. Who am I kidding I never do any shopping if I can help it, but I know some people like it! The positives are that the rate of infection is coming down so it is working and it will have saved many lives. If any of you feel in need of any support do phone we want to help all our community.

The weather is getting colder and we are keeping the classrooms well ventilated as this helps keep the risk of infection down. The result is that the temperature is school is lower than it normally would be. The children seem to be fine, in fact many of them take off their jumpers, but if your child might feel the cold do dress them in layers. I recommend a long sleeved t-shirt under their normal shirt and or a vest. If any child seems to be cold we also encourage them to put on things like their outdoor PE jacket/top. We will continue to monitor the situation and make sure they stay warm enough. As I said they are not feeling the cold at the moment but I am planning for those cold days that are to come.

Thank you for all the bags of old textiles you brought in – what a magnificent heap. That was very kind of you.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 12/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

12.11.2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well and did manage to squeeze a few minutes in to look after yourself over the last week. I am missing seeing you all twice a day but I am teaching a lot at the moment so can only be out in the yard some days. Thank you all for how well you are sticking to the new rules. I know many of you find it very frustrating not being able to have a quick chat at drop off and pick up time with your child’s teacher, we are feeling the same. Remember if you need to talk to us we are still here just phone or email the office and the right person will get back to you.

I have been contacted to say that the parking outside school has got worse. I believe some people are not only breaking the highway code they are also being dangerous. Drop off and pick up times are busy times even with the staggered times and parking outside school is limited. The situation has been exacerbated by more people working from home so their cars are, quite legitimately, outside their houses when in the past they would not have been. It may mean walking a bit further but please park responsibly and respectfully.

If you are wanting to order photographs the proofs need to be back in school by Monday 16th November.

On Tuesday it is flu immunisation day, I know most of you have signed up for your child to receive this.

Remember Wednesday 18th November is Bag 2 school day. Please bring in your old textiles. If you could put any bags outside the main entrance, we would be very grateful.

You will have seen that it is Christmas Dinner Day on the last day of term. We can’t have Dinner all together in the hall but the staff will eat with the children in their bubble, we will still have crackers and a good time. This event is usually attended by almost all the children and they love it. If you don’t want your child to have Christmas Dinner please let the office know as soon as possible as the food has to be ordered.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 05/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

5.11.2020

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see everyone back after the half term break. I know it feels very strange as we have just gone into the second national lock down. This one feels different with darker nights and less optimism. I know lots of people are feeling a heightened anxiety level and are finding they get angry quicker and are less tolerant of others. Please try to be kind to yourself, accept we cannot do or control everything and forgive yourself for not always feeling great. This will help us all forgive each other. I hope you all have someone to talk to who will support you, if you haven’t please remember we are here for you as well as your children. We will get through this winter and spring will come, hold onto that hope for the future.

The lock down changes do not substantially affect primary schools, we remain open and are delighted to be here for your children.

This week has been RE week and across the school the children have been learning about different religions and thinking about those big questions. As ever the staff have been very pleased with the thought the children have put into their discussions.

It is also Parliament Week and we are very grateful to Robert Largan MP for The High Peak for taking time out of a very busy week to talk to the older children about the job he does. The children enjoyed learning more about being an MP.

We would like the children to enjoy as many of the traditional activities for this half term as possible, they may be different but they will still happen. The dates are:

December 1st – Christmas tree make – in classes not houses. One tree will be put up in the Methodist Church for their Christmas Tree Festival.

16th December – Y5 party Y1 party

17th December – Reception party,  Y2 party,  Y3 party,  Y6 party,  Y4 party (We will use the classrooms and other spaces for parties)

18th December – Carol Service – this will be on zoom and you will be invited to join us

Christmas Dinner

Finish for Christmas

4th January – Return to school

Applications for primary school places open on the 9th November. We are not able to give tours of the school but there is a link to a virtual tour on our website. The link is https://youtu.be/WZowdyTMRe8 do share this with anyone who has a child due to start school next September.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 22/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

22.10.2020

Dear Parents,

Here we are on the last day of the half term, tomorrow is an INSET day and the children are back in school on 2nd November. It will be so nice to have the Y6s back with us we have missed them. The children have been fantastic this half term we are proud of them all in fact so proud for the first time ever I have awarded all of them a super student badge because that is what they have been, super students. I feel I should be giving you all a badge too as your support for school this half term has been great. We have all really appreciated it, the feeling that we are all working together for our community has been a source of great joy.

Tomorrow we are going to attempt parent’s meetings via zoom, you should have received your link. If you are on a computer, you just click the link and follow the instructions to open the link. If you are using a tablet or phone you will need to download the Zoom for Intune (meet happy) app. If the app is open, you may be able to just click on the link to open the meeting. If not, you can enter the meeting using the meeting id and password. It sounds a bit complicated but trust me even I can do it! You should enter into a waiting room and you will be brought into the meeting when the teacher is ready for you. If it does not work we will give you a quick ring so you may get a call from a number you don’t recognise.

We are having another bag 2 school day on Wednesday 18th November. I know this is a bit away but we are sending home the bag 2 school bags today just in case you get inspired to have a clear out over half term. A bag 2 school day is a fundraiser for school when we ask you to bring in any old clothes, shoes or other textiles. We give you a bag but they can be brought in any bag not just the official one. Please do not bring the bags in until the 18th November as we do not have anywhere to store them.

If you owe any dinner money please can you pay it so we can reconcile the half term accounts – thank you.

We are also sending out the new menus which start after half term.

Over half term Ruben’s Retreat are holding a fundraising ‘Creepy Crawl’:

Looking for something SAFE to do this half term? Then join our Creepy Crawl in Howard Park, Glossop…..

From the 24th – 30th October you can visit the park, find the spooky signs to reveal a secret word and complete our scavenger hunt! Let us know the word you find to be in with a chance of winning terrific treats . Get your scavenger list here (£5 per entry)…..

Halloween Creepy Crawl – Scavenger Hunt

Spooky fun for all the family!

*Please only visit in groups of up to 6 & with members of your own household. Stay safe and enjoy *

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 15/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

15.10.2020

Dear Parents,

Well another week has flown by with the children working hard and enjoying being together. I hope we don’t have to ask anybody to isolate but we continue to plan just in case. Over the next few weeks you should receive a QR code this is to enable you and your child to access See Saw. This is a great way for your child to be able to share any work they do at home whilst in isolation with us and for the teachers to be able to give them feedback on it.

Whilst thinking about Covid I am sure you are all aware that Glossop has been put in Tier 2, I know the information about what this means has been hard to pin down so here are some headlines. This does not change what we are doing in school but it does change what you can do at home. You cannot meet with anyone from outside your household indoors, so those sleep overs and playing at each other’s houses or meeting up for tea out has to stop. The exceptions include for childcare including informal childcare. Childminders can still operate as normal and you can have an arrangement with one other family to care for each other’s children, the guidance is clear that it is not one family one day and a different family another day – sorry. Someone who lives with no other adult can still be part of a bubble with another household. You can still meet outside as long as you obey the rule of 6. People are asked to work from home if they can. I hope this helps and the new rules do not cause you any major headaches.

On Wednesday 21st October, we are asking the children to bring in a donation for Glossop Food Bank this can be tins, dried food or toiletries. We are also for the first time supporting Social Box Biz. SocialBox.Biz, a social enterprise, supplies free reused laptops with open source software to the homeless, refugees and the elderly. It was founded by a former child refugee who was given an old used laptop. SocialBox.Biz has had a surge in requests for the laptops but unfortunately has not been able to meet the increased demand. If you have an old but usable laptop and charger which you are happy to donate please send it into school.

Hopefully on Monday you will get the link to your zoom parents meeting on Friday 23rd, we have tried to accommodate everyone’s wishes.

I am attaching a letter about private speech and drama lessons held at school.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 08/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

8.10.2020

Dear Parents,

I do hope you all enjoyed the sculptures the children made with the theme of Hope. They all made me smile, and still do even though they are looking a little bedraggled due to the rain. I do hope this next week is less soggy!

The children are all having a first aid session this week. I am so pleased that despite the restrictions we are still able to offer extras such as the sculpture park and first aid.

Because of the restrictions we are not able to join together in church and celebrate the harvest. I do miss us all joining in songs of praise together, but keeping everyone safe is more important. We do however want to still think about how grateful we are for what we have. With this in mind, on Wednesday 21st October, we are asking the children to bring in a donation for Glossop Food Bank this can be tins, dried food or toiletries. We are also for the first time supporting Social Box Biz. SocialBox.Biz, a social enterprise, supplies free reused laptops with open source software to the homeless, refugees and the elderly. It was founded by a former child refugee who was given an old used laptop. SocialBox.Biz has had a surge in requests for the laptops but unfortunately has not been able to meet the increased demand. If you have an old but usable laptop and charger which you are happy to donate please send it into school.

On Wednesday 14th October it is photo day. I have been asked if the company is still happy to do pre-schoolers in a family group. I am checking it out and will let you know.

We have been thinking about how to do parents evenings without meeting up in person. We have decided to hold the meetings via zoom. On Friday 23rd October you will be given a ten-minute slot to talk to your child’s teacher, we will coordinate so you are not due to talk to 2 teachers at the same time. You will get an invitation via email. If there is any time between 8am and 6pm when you are not available on the 23rd please let us know. If you can be available at any point there is no need to reply.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 01/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

1.10.2020

Dear Parents,

Well here we are in October already where has September gone? The weather is certainly feeling more autumnal and the trees are turning, and I was given my first conker of the year this week. The children are settling back into the school routine, though it has taken a little longer than most years because of lockdown.

Thank you to all the parents of key stage 2 pupils who have got them going on Reading Plus at home. If you are having any difficulties do get in touch because this will really help your child’s reading.

Well done to all the children in Y5 who have done Bikeability I have received some great reports about your work. All the children looked much more confident at the end of the 2 days.

We are really missing the Y1 children and cannot wait for them to be back with us on Monday. I hope we don’t have to ask any other classes to isolate but just in case we do we would love any tips for other parents on how to make zoom lessons as good as possible. Thank you to the parent that suggested making sure the name on the log in is the child’s name. If you have found anything particularly helpful just let us know so we can put together a tips and wrinkles sheet for parents just in case.

We are about to hold our now annual sculpture park. I know some classes have been asked to send in recycling and there has been a great response to this, thank you. I am looking forward to seeing all the sculptures on Monday. We are planning to put them on your walk round school so you can see them whilst still following all the rules around social distancing.

From 2021 the Government is changing the Early Learning Goals for Reception children. We are an early adopter school so we have been disapplied from the current statutory Early Learning Goals and instead will be using the new ones. This will not affect the curriculum your child is offered.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 24/09/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

24.9.2020

Dear Parents,

This has been a tricky week. I am so sorry I have had to ask the children and staff in Peregrines to isolate for 14 days. I know this is very disruptive to the children and to parents work. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this. You know that I always try to get the children into school if at all possible. Miss Done has been doing a great job supporting the children’s learning via zoom, something we are all learning about how to do. Thank you to all you parents who have helped make this happen for your children, we do not underestimate how hard that can be.

I also unfortunately had to postpone one of the bikeability groups because the instructor was unwell and had been asked to have a test. That came back negative and the team are trying to find availability to rebook. I will let you know more as soon as I know.

I have sent out a letter from the DFE yesterday going through who should and should not be tested. It is so hard we all want to do the right thing and not clog up the system but also don’t want to be infectious and pass it on to others. If we all keep doing our best and keep being kind to each other we can feel confident we can do no more. There were new regulations announced on Tuesday none of which will affect school at the moment. I would just remind you that if at all possible just 1 adult from each family should come to drop off or pick up their children. This is to reduce the number of people on site and so the number of possible infections.

On Wednesday some of the children and I were explaining to the teaching students at Manchester University how things had changed in schools. I was very proud of all the children involved as they answered questions with confidence and honesty.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


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