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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 04/03/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Hapy World Book Day! I hope you all manage to take a moment out of your incredibly busy days to enjoy a book with your children. I know I am looking forward to storytime via zoom at 4pm today as I love sharing books.

It is so nearly here………Today is the last day of live lessons, tomorrow the children will have tasks set by the teachers to do but no zoom lessons. On Monday we will welcome you back to school. I sent out information about how we will be keeping you all safe last week but I am attaching it again in case you miss it. It is really important that you read it.

Drop off and pick up times will be staggered, details in the attached information. Please wait for your children in the playgrounds. Do not come up to the doors or wait on the path near the 5/6 door. This ensures everyone can keep a safe distance from each other.

I know there are many children and adults with mixed feelings about coming back to school. It will be like coming back in September but with bells on. Do not worry if your child fluctuates between being very excited and being worried. Reassure them, remind them of all the things they like about school. It will be ok. If you feel they, or you are more anxious than this do contact us.

If your child is in Key Stage 2 and you ordered fruit from January do not worry it will be carried forward.

Monday is class photo day – ideal as non of the children will have had a lot of time to get their clothes messy, though I am sure some of them will manage it. If I am honest my favourite school photos of my own children are the ones where they are looking less than perfect!

Lastly and most importantly I want us all to take a moment to celebrate what you have achieved over the last few months. What has been done is fantastic, you have either risked your own health to go out to work, thank you, or you have been at home supporting your children’s education as well as everything else you have to do paid or unpaid, thank you. The sacrifices you have made have started to bring down the infection and death rate. I know we have a long way to go and the spring will still be spent not with friends and wider family, but if we all follow the guidelines we will get there. Thank you all for what you have done, and will continue to do. You are all amazing.

See you on Monday

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 25/02/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a good week last week and enjoyed the respite from home learning. I know a number of you are really enjoying home learning but everyone likes a break.

On Monday we had the announcement that schools will be open to everyone again from the 8th March. This is fantastic news both for the children and because it means infection rates are coming down. I am attaching a letter outlining all the arrangements that will be in place from the 8th. Don’t worry they have not changed significantly from the ones that were in place, but please do reread them to make sure.

There have been some questions asked about school uniform. The children are asked to wear school uniform. If your child has outgrown any item of uniform such as shoes I know it is not possible to shop for them at the moment so do not worry, send them in a suitable alternative as close to uniform as possible.

In order for staff to get school ready for Monday 8th there will be no live Zoom lessons on Friday 5th March. There will be work posted on See Saw but all staff will be in school getting the classrooms ready and so will not be available to lead those live lessons. As ever if there are any problems just phone school.

I know a lot of the children will be excited to be coming back to school and to be seeing their friends again however they may well be feeling a little anxious as well. Any change in routine brings with it those feelings of nervousness. Please reassure your child that lots of children will be feeling the same mixture of excitement and trepidation, that feeling in their tummy. Let them know that school is safe and they will be well looked after. These feelings will pass. If you think your child is more than a little anxious about the return please let me know and we will try to help them with this transition back into school.

Next Thursday is World Book Day. The booksellers of this country have again provided every child with a Book Token towards a book. This is incredibly generous of them at a difficult time for many businesses. I am attaching a pdf document which you can use instead of the physical voucher we usually give out. You can use this e voucher once for each of your children.

Raspberry Pi are running a coding competition for any budding programmers:

Inspire your child to create with technology! The Raspberry Pi Foundation is hosting an exciting, global technology showcase for young people, called Coolest Projects.

It is online, free to take part in, and open to all children aged 7+ who like coding and making things with tech. Your child can take part with a scratch project, a website, a game, an app, a robot, or anything else. After they register their tech creation for Coolest Projects, it will be showcased in the Coolest projects online gallery, for people all over the world to see. All ideas and experience levels are encouraged and celebrated!

Visit the Coolest Projects website to get started.

Junior Bake Off are looking for new contestants:

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Full Reopening of School March 2021

Full reopening of School March 8th 2021

As you know from 8th March the expectation is that all the children will be back in school unless you have been advised by their clinician that it is not safe for this to happen. The children will be in class bubbles and in order to keep everyone safe during the pandemic the bubbles will be kept as separate as possible.

We are very lucky that the children returning to school has been prioritised. In order for schools to remain open it is vital that we all follow the guidelines even though it is tempting to cheat a little. We do not want to go back to home learning.

The routines we have adopted to minimise the risks; lots of handwashing, catching, binning and killing coughs and sneezes, well ventilated spaces and staggered playtimes will continue.

In the classrooms the children will be encouraged to keep apart from each other.

Equipment the children use a lot will be kept as personal equipment. Other equipment will be regularly cleaned.

Most of the children will continue to have lunches in the classrooms, it is working really well, our lovely kitchen staff have helped us make this possible. The only children who will be eating in the hall are the Reception children.

Things the children will need to keep in school

We are asked to minimise the number of things going back and forth between home and school so please can the children leave these things in school.

PE Kit

A water bottle – please do not send in a bottle every day with juice in, we ask that children drink water during the day apart from at lunchtime.


Waterproofs if you have them – if not please can they bring a waterproof coat in every day.

Morning routine

The morning has worked well with a steady flow of parents and children arriving at school. (Thank you for all your support to help this happen). For this reason, we are going to keep using the system we have been with the one-way system around school. We will also ask you to continue to limit the number of adults who drop off or pick up your children to one.

The children will go in through their normal door and wash their hands.

We will continue to stagger the start times alphabetically by surname, so families only have one time.

8.40-8.45 A-F

8.50-8.55 G-M

9.00 – 9.05 N-Z

If you talked to us about the time you drop your child off and arranged a slightly different time that is still fine.

Please do not come onto the site before 8.35 as we are trying to limit the contact between people.

After school routine

We are also going to continue to stagger the pick-up times. We reverse the one-way system at the end of the day so parents go through the carpark and round the back of school. We then ask you to pick up any key stage 2 children from that yard and then continue round to pick up any younger children. This makes sure the children always walk on the path rather than on the carpark.

As soon as you have picked up your children please can you leave the site. I know this has been the hardest thing as everyone wants to stand around and chat at the end of the day but we are trying to limit the contact between people. I know it is tempting to visit the park with other families on the way home, please resist the temptation and follow the guidelines, the stay at home ruling still applies.

Please do not come on to the site more than a couple of minutes before your pick up time as we are trying to limit the contact between people.

3.15 A-F

3.25 G-M

3.35 N-Z

In the case of illness

If someone in your household tests positively for Covid 19 your child must stay off for 10 days.

If your child shows symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or small) you must keep them off school and get them tested. If the test comes back negative they can come into school. If it comes back positive they must stay off school for 10 days.

If your child develops symptoms at school we will isolate them from the other children, don’t worry an adult will take care of them, and phone you to pick them up in order to take them to be tested. They will need to remain off school until the result of that test.

If there is a confirmed case in school we will contact Public Health England who will help us carry out a risk assessment and advise us what to do. If they ask us to close a bubble or the whole school we will support remote learning until we can get the children back into school.

I hope I have managed to cover all your questions. If I have missed anything or you have any concerns do contact me.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 11/02/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well it has been a chilly one hasn’t it. Some beautiful days but cold on the toes and nose. Summed up in the immortal words of Winnie the Pooh ‘Nobody knows tiddly pom, how cold my nose tiddly pom, how cold my nose tiddly pom is growing’!

Glossop Fair Trade Group have organised this year’s annual competition for the children to be something you can do at home. It is a delicious baking challenge. I know from the children just how much they are enjoying baking at home so do have a go at it. I am attaching the details. Any entries can be emailed to the school office or brought into school.

I have been told about some great Community Outreach Work which has been undertaken by the keyworker pupils at St Philip Howard School during this term. As part of their work they were asked to come up with some ideas of how to connect with the wider community in these unusual times, after looking at lots of different ideas they have decided to create a ‘Covid secure’ activity trail for the children of the Glossopdale area for the upcoming half term.

Starting last week they had 60 pupils decorating pebbles to be used on the trail. I have attached a map for you to see the trail and what they have created for the children, along with the activities. The trail is approximately 1.5km and appropriate footwear will need to be worn. They would love you to walk the trail over the half term holiday.

As set out on the map the pupils are to follow the path to find the various stones and answer the questions about the stones. Once they have completed the trail the school want to encourage the children to email the answers back to St Philip Howard so that we can involve the keyworker pupils in the outcome. I also want to email back a certificate to in effect thank them for taking part. The email to use is

Points to note:

1. It needs to be made clear that they shouldn’t move or touch the stones

2. As this is unsupervised please make it clear to your pupils that they should only go on the trail in their family bubble

3. They should remember to follow social distancing guidelines

School will be closed next week for half term. Just like at Christmas if anyone who has been in school, adult or child, tests positive over half term they must let me know as I may need to ask others in school to isolate. As the school office will be closed please inform me by texting or emailing

It has come to my attention that people have started bringing their dogs to school again and leaving them outside the gate. Please can I remind you that this is not permitted, even if a member of school staff is asked to look after them. Even the friendliest dog can become anxious when left by their owner. We have had an incident of a pupil being bitten in just such a situation. I would ask you please not to use the school run as a dog walk, or if you need to stay with your dog at the gate and send your child into school from there.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 04/02/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

So much to celebrate this week – mainly you the parents. I have been chatting to the children who are at home, in small groups, and they have been so positive about what you are doing. They all want to come back to school as soon as possible and I have reassured them that I will do everything I can to get them back in. They sometimes have down times missing their friends and wanting to get out and about but they all generally feel positive. They all talk about all the things they have learnt with you such as judo, cooking savoury and sweet, to ride a bike, roller blading, to look after a baby and many, many other things. They all talk about getting some exercise every day and how much they enjoy doing it with you. They talk about learning at home with you working not in a negative way but understanding the compromises everyone has to make. They know you sometimes have down times as well but despite that they feel happy and safe. It has been, and I am sure will continue to be, a delight to talk to them. On their behalf, because I know they will sometimes forget, can I say a huge heartfelt thank you. You are doing an amazing job.

Next Tuesday 9th February is Internet Safety Day. This is an annual event where we all remind ourselves how to stay safe on the internet and use this amazing tool appropriately. As the children are not in school we can’t do the big push on this we normally would so please could you take some time to talk to your children about the internet and how to stay safe. I am attaching a letter from a Derbyshire charity ‘Safe and Sound’ with information about a very interesting sounding workshop please do take the time to read it and if possible attend the workshop.

Just a reminder that we have been told that schools should shut as normal at half term. Just like at Christmas if anyone who has been in school, adult or child, tests positive over half term they must let me know as I may need to ask others in school to isolate. As the school office will be closed please inform me by texting or emailing

I am loving all the sunflowers I am seeing. The whole school sunflower project will continue until after half term so do check back on Seesaw to see what suggestions there are. If you come up with anything extra do let us know so we can share your ideas with everyone else. I have already shared some of your sunflower pictures with the other schools in PEGS and invited them to spread the sunshine. They were very impressed.

Remember if your children want to enter our poetry recital they need to let me know by Wednesday 10th Feb.

I hope you all have a good week this week.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Letter to Parents from ‘Safe and Sound’

Safe and Sound Group

2nd February 2021

Dear parent or carer

I am writing to you personally as the CEO of Safe and Sound, a local grassroots charity in Derbyshire that supports children, young people and their families who have been exploited or are at risk of exploitation. When I took over the leadership of the charity in May 2019, I was surprised how hard it was to get people talking about child exploitation.

“It I don’t hear about it it’s not happening.” I must change that and get everyone thinking about it.

Over 70% of children and young people we supported last year were groomed online. The youngest child we have supported was eight years old. One in twenty children will suffer some form of sexual abuse. That is one in every classroom. Sadly, it can happen to any child anywhere and at any time.

The use of some form of technology features in many cases of child sexual exploitation. Perpetrators might use social media to locate and target vulnerable children or they might use a mobile phone as a direct line to a child to facilitate the grooming process.

For children and young people growing up today being online is very much a part of their normal social experience. Most children from school age have access to the internet whether through a tablet, a mobile phone, or a gaming device.

At the same time, technology moves quickly, and it can be difficult for parents to keep up and to know what safeguards might help minimise the risks children could encounter online.

We also know during Covid-19 the risk has again escalated. Perpetrators are aware children and young people are at home spending more time at home, may be isolated from their friends. They are using this to their advantage.

We are always available through our online chat facility on our new and improved website You will also find guidance and resources on here.

On Tuesday 9th February 2021 it is Safer Internet Day. We are using this opportunity to reach out to parents and carers to reduce the risk of our children and young people being affected by online dangers and exploitation.

During this day we are also hosting an online interactive live session through our Facebook account between 10 and 11am and providing an hour workshop on online safety and awareness through Zoom between 130 and 230pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 2904 0011

Passcode: 811976

There are 100 places so log on nice and early.

If you would like to take part in an awareness workshop but cannot make Tuesday, please contact us via to register your interest for a future workshop.

In the first instance, talk to your child about what they do online in the same way as you ask them about what they do offline. Ask them about what they share, who they talk to, how they know their online friends and what they do to keep themselves safe. You would not let them go to meet someone you did not know without putting some checks in place, would you?

Thank you for reading this letter and I hope together we can keep our children and young people safe.

Yours sincerely

Tracy D Harrison

CEO, Safe and Sound

Newsletter 28/01/2021

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Dear Parents,

What a wet week we have had January seems determined to go out with a whoosh. It feels very dark and gloomy as the sun has not managed to break through the clouds, however your children’s work and messages are bringing the sunshine to us all. I continue to be so impressed by you and the way you are organising learning at home, less than 1.5% of our children are not attending school or their live lessons and we are hopeful that those very few children will be able to join in before long. That regular contact with the rest of the children, their teacher and teaching input is so important for the children. Thank you for making sure it happens, I do not underestimate how difficult it can be.

I am starting to see sunflowers and messages appear in people’s windows brightening the gloomy winter scene, thank you. For those of you who have missed the two-week project for every class on Seesaw the whole school is working on Van Gough’s ‘The Sunflowers’, do go on and check out the ideas for home learning. As part of the project we have suggested that children can make pictures of sunflowers to put in their windows with messages to brighten up everyone’s daily exercise. The story goes that Van Gough had invited his friend Gauguin to visit, Gauguin said he would come so Van Gough got his room ready and put some fresh sunflowers in it to make it bright but Gauguin didn’t come. This kept happening until in the end Van Gough decided to paint the sunflowers so the room would always be ready for Gauguin if he came. We are all looking forward to seeing our friends again so are putting sunflowers in the window to let them know we are thinking of them just like Van Gough.

You will have heard on the news last night that schools will not start to open more widely until at least 8th March. I am sorry but we have got to keep protecting our whole community. As ever if you need anything do let us know. If what you need is a chat, we are here for you we know just how lonely it can be at home with the children all day.

We have been told that schools should shut as normal at half term. Just like at Christmas if anyone who has been in school, adult or child, tests positive over half term they must let me know as I may need to ask others in school to isolate. As the school office will be closed please inform me by texting or emailing

As we are in this strange time we are not able to hold our annual House Verse Speaking event which we all love, however we have a plan! Any child who would like to learn a poem and recite it on Friday 12th February we would love to hear it. All they have to do is let me know by Wednesday 10th that they want to join in the event and I will set it up. Get looking for those poems to learn.

I hope you all have a good week this week.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 21/01/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I don’t know if you are surprised we are at Thursday already, can’t believe it is only Thursday or like me both at the same time! Anyway well done we have all managed another week, actually amend that judging by what I have seen in school, on zoom and on seesaw we have all bossed this last week. The children are engaging with their learning and seem happy and relaxed. As ever if you have any concerns about your child emotionally or academically please, please contact us. A message on seesaw will get privately to the class teacher, an email or text to school will get to the class teacher or me and I am nearly always at the end of the phone.

I know the weather has been rubbish and made getting your children active even harder. If you can’t face another Joe Wicks session, you have all learnt all Oti’s dances and the thought of another set of chair exercises makes you want to scream, have a look at the cricket session I sent out yesterday. The live session is on a Wednesday but a recording of it is still available by following the link.

Thank you to all of you. Why? I hear you ask because as members of the PTA you have bought us some more ipads and a new ipad trolley to keep them in. They are a very useful addition to the equipment we have in school.

I have an apology to make to the lovely children who come along to Story Time every day at 4pm. I had promised them another Dick King Smith story tonight but I have to be in a meeting. So the bad news is they will have to wait until Friday for the story, but the good news is Mrs Hillier is going to be doing story time instead. Everyone is welcome to join in and listen to a story at the end of the day, it is lovely to see those that come along.

I hope you all have a good week this week.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for the way you have just stepped up and helped us get remote education working. I have been amazed at just how smoothly it has gone. I know there have been a few teething problems at our end and yours but we seem to have got those sorted. If you are having any problems at all technological or emotional please get in touch.

You will have seen that the guidelines around part time timetables have changed. The children of critical workers are expected to be at home if they can be and can now be in for part weeks, vulnerable children are expected to be in school full time.

You will have seen that there has been some controversy over the quality of the food hampers provided to the parents of children in receipt of free school meals in some parts of the country. I am pleased to be able to tell you that the hampers provided by Derbyshire Catering Service to our parents have been great. They contain a lovely mix of fresh and tinned produce and would make tasty, healthy lunches. The Catering service should be commended on the speed with which they put together these hampers across the whole county. I know our catering team assembled them as well as providing lunches for the children in school. A huge thank you goes out to them.

I am missing you all.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Letter to children 07/01/2021


Dear Fabulous St Luke’s Children,

I am so sorry that you are not able to come to school at the moment. The corona virus is doing what viruses do and infecting lots of people. Luckily it is not making lots of children ill but it is making adults ill. Most children are being asked to work at home so that you can help keep the grown-ups safe and well. Thank you so much for doing this you are really helping. Some children have been asked to come into school to help make sure everyone in our country can still be looked after, thank you to those children too.

We were told this was happening after school closed on Monday so I was not able to see you before it happened. I am sorry I was not able to answer your questions or reassure you that we are all still here and still care about you. I am still here for you. If you need me or any of the other adults in school you can send a message on See Saw, the other children will not see that. You can email school at or you can phone 01457 852602.

It is really difficult for the adults at home with you so please be kind and helpful. There will be days when you feel grumpy and fed up, there will also be days when your grown-ups feel grumpy and fed up! We all need to be patient and forgiving.

Please remember to take care of each other. Please be kind on line, don’t say or write anything you would not say to me. Please make sure nobody is left out of group chats. If you think somebody is feeling sad please tell a grown-up.

You are all amazing. I am so proud of the wonderful young people you are. The St Luke’s team can get through this.

Remember as a church school we believe in hope for the future, things will get better. I am so looking forward to the day when we will all be at school together again.

Mrs Littlehailes

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