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Newsletter 12/12/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Wow what a wonderful play the children in Peregrines and Ospreys treated us to this week. They all performed really well, made us laugh and cry.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair on Friday by, donating, helping or attending a good time was had by all and the princely sum of over £1,200 was raised for school. All the hard work that went into it was definitely worth while.

Next week is full on Christmas week with parties and concerts and carol services and Christmas dinner – lots and lots of lovely things.

Sunday 15th                 St Luke’s Carol Service 6.30 in church the choir are singing

Monday 16th                Flu immunisation for those that were off.

Tuesday 17th               Eagle’s and Merlin’s party

Wednesday 18th          Harrier’s concert at 9ish

Kite’s and Harrier’s party

Choir singing in Norfolk Square 6.30

Thursday 19th              Kestrel’s, Peregrine’s and Osprey’s party

Friday 20th                   Carol Service

Christmas Dinner

Finish for the holiday.

The PTA have asked me to pass on this message:

The PTA would like to say a massive thank you to all parents, carers and teachers who helped and came to the Christmas Fair last Friday. It is always a magical event with lots of happy and excited children!!! The event raised £1,206 of funds for the school which is an amazing amount that will contribute to this year’s spending plans…
Many thanks again and Happy Christmas!!!!
Julie Shepley, PTA Chair.

Remember the Kestrels are leading our assembly tomorrow.

Please remember to pay any dinner money debts as soon as possible.

If your child is in Key stage 2 and would like fruit next term slips need to be in tomorrow.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 05/12/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had a technological disaster week with both the office and my computers deciding to die!! Please could you email the office so we know we have your right email address. We lost all our contacts.

On a much more positive note the children taking part in the Bikeability course on Monday and Tuesday all did really well they made good progress despite the icy start. Well done to all of them.

The Christmas Fair is now almost here – I am looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

Next week it is the Peregrine’s and Osprey’s Christmas play which we are all looking forward to on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Friday the Kestrels will be leading the assembly with their Christmas performance.

On Sunday 15th the choir will be singing at St Luke’s Church carol service 6.30pm (choir to be there for 6.15). This is always a lovely service so do come if you can.

Party season is almost upon us with Eagle’s & Merlin’s party on 17th December, Kite’s & Harrier’s on 18th and Kestrel’s Peregrine’s and Osprey’s on 19th. . On party day the children can come in party clothes or get changed at lunchtime. The children will be doing normal lessons in the morning and playing out as normal so what they wear needs to enable them to do that.

On Wednesday 18th December the choir are singing in Norfolk Square at 6.30pm.

Friday 20th is our last day and is going to be a lovely day it starts with our carol service in church at 9.15, followed by our Christmas Dinner. This is a very special dinner where the children sit on tables with the staff and we all enjoy a special lunch together. What I love about this occasion is just about everyone takes part. If your child is on packed lunches and does not want to have a Christmas Dinner with us please let the office know. We finish at normal time that afternoon. School reopens on Monday 6th January.

I have managed to sort the last INSET day for this academic year – it will be on Monday 20th April.

The frosty weather has reminded me to tell you about arrangements for snowy days. If the school is going to be closed due to impassable or dangerous conditions we will send out a text message so it is important we have your correct number. In the past I have been able to keep school open when others have had to closed but due to staff changes this may not be possible. The staff now live further away and I cannot open school with insufficient staff to keep the children safe. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause if it has to happen. Closing school is never a decision taken lightly and I will do everything in my power not to have to do it.

Today is the last swim of the term.

Alice Littlehailes


PTO for a message from the PTA


🎄🎅 Santa’s coming!!🎄🎅


Thank you to everyone for the chocolates and lovely gifts donated for non-uniform day!


We are also collecting second hand books and preloved toys to sell at the book and toy stall this year. If you want to clear some clutter, please drop them off at reception this week. Nothing too big please, and all cleaned and ready to sell!!


We also have a few slots available if you’d like to help out at a stall at the fair!


All pre-booked appointments for the big man are taken but there will be spaces on the night. Just make sure you see the head elf in the Elf’s workshop on Friday!


We have some great prizes at the raffle which include £30 voucher for Pico’s, £15 for Harvey Leonards and a Woodland Wellbeing retreat (worth £60), definitely worth getting a few tickets!!


See you all at 5pm for some festive fun 🎉☃️


Newsletter 28/11/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had a busy week! It started with St Luke’s being awarded the Timpson Attachment Award for 2019 in recognition for our work with children who have experienced trauma. It is a great honour to have won this prize and I am very proud of all the staff, governors, children and parents of this school who work so hard to help everyone. Then it was the Year 4 Sleep Over – so much fun was had by the children and we could see them grow in self-confidence just across the event. Well done to all of them, and thank you to the staff who made it possible. As if all that was not enough the children in Eagles enjoyed a dance workshop at Glossopdale on Monday and then yesterday went to an RE conference. They had an opportunity to work with children from four different faiths and gain an understanding of how their faith affects their lives. The young people from Blue Coats school in Nottingham showed maturity and generosity when sharing their lives. Whilst this was happening the children in Merlins were watching The Royal Shakespeare Company perform ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ via an outside broadcast. All this as well as the normal exciting vibrant learning that is happening in school.

Tomorrow the children will be making Christmas trees in their houses. We will be displaying them in the hall so you will all have the opportunity to see them in all their glory.

Remember tomorrow is non uniform day. In return for the opportunity to wear their own clothes the children are asked to bring in donations for the Christmas Fair. Children in Kestrels, Peregrines and Ospreys are asked to bring in chocolate for the chocolate tombola and the older children are asked to bring in presents for the presents stall – this is a stall where children can buy and have wrapped up presents for their adults; so only send in what you would be happy to receive.

The children in Harriers will be leading the assembly tomorrow, do join us if you can.

The children in the second Bikeability group are doing their training on Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday 5th December is the last swim of the term.

Clubs finish for Christmas on the 5th December as in the following weeks we have performances, parties and general celebrating. Film and Creative clubs have already finished as Mrs Hillier and I have meetings.

It is the Christmas Fair on Friday 6th December. This is always a magical event with stalls and games, the choir opens it at 5pm with song and I believe Father Christmas has managed to make time despite being so busy to come and see us. Please do try to come and support this event.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 21/11/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have been trying to hold the girl’s football league for the last two Thursdays but rain has stopped play. I do hope the girls will be able to play tonight.

The year 4 sleep over is almost here. Excitement is rising and I know the children will have a great time.

On Friday the Kites will be leading the assembly do join us on the 29th the Harriers will be leading it.

The Christmas Fair is almost here and we are still looking for books that have been read but are in good condition to be sold. As well as books we are also looking for good quality toys your children have finished with. Remember it is non uniform day for donations on Friday 29th November. I am sorry if it feels as if we are asking for lots of things but the Christmas Fair is one of the big fundraisers for school. A great way you can help with this raising of funds for school is by offering to help at the Fair on 6th December. If you could spare just half an hour to help on a stall, setting up or clearing up please let the office know, or a member of the PTA committee. Thank you in advance for all you do for this event it really does make a difference to school.

Year 5s remember you are meeting at Glossopdale School on Monday (25th November) at 9.10, and on Wednesday 27th November you need to be at school for 8.15am.

Please can we have an amnesty on school kit, sports kit and choir shirts. Please, please, please can you have a good look at home and return any you find.

There have been a number of bugs going round school recently. Please remember that if your child is sick or has diarrhoea they need to be clear for 48 hours before they can return to school so they don’t infect others.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14/11/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the textiles you sent in for Bag 2 School we had a fantastic mountain.

Last week I told you that I would be on a train to London well the trip was amazing I was so proud of all the children we were able to take. I know you were facing torrents of rain but the sun shone all day, we visited The National Gallery, walked through London, saw the horses at Horse Guard’s Parade, went on the tube. All this as well as visiting The houses of Parliament. Everywhere we went we were treated with kindness and to top it all we were taken to our return train through the service area under Euston Station!

On Friday the children in Merlins led a very moving remembrance service. They showed great maturity in the way they dealt with a sensitive subject. I am very proud of them.

The Year 2s had a great trip to Staircase House they have been full of how they dressed up and all they had learnt. They are going to share more of this in their assembly tomorrow 15th November. Do join us if you can.

Also on Friday the Year 5s were trained as playground leaders it is lovely to see them taking responsibilities around school.

There is a PTA meeting tonight 7pm at the Cricket Club.

The new date for flu immunisation is on Monday 18th November.

On Friday 22nd November the Kites will be leading the assembly.

Also on Friday 22nd it is the Year 4 sleepover – excitement is building.

On Sunday 17th at 5pm Mrs Monton and her children are holding a Bliss Little Lights Walk meeting in Norfolk square. They are raising money for premature and sick babies. If you would like to support this you can contact her on

Applications are open for next year’s Reception if your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 you need to apply for a place via if you have any problems come in and see us and we will help.

On Friday 29th November the PTA is holding a non-uniform day for the Christmas fair please see the attached leaflet.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 07/11/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a good half term. This is going to be a short newsletter as on newsletter day I will be on a train to London with the older children in parliament to visit parliament. What a great time to be visiting the Houses of Parliament just when a new government is being elected, I know they will have a greater understanding of how our country is governed following this visit.

This week is parliament week and as part of our work on citizenship we held a debate with other schools. The topic was ‘This house believes all homework should be banned’. It started as a quiet restrained affair but the children quickly got into it and a lively debate was had.

Year 6 are leading our assembly on Friday, they will be leading us in a remembrance service. Do join us if you can. Remember we do have poppies for sale in school. Ospreys are leading the assembly on Friday 15th November.

The children in Ospreys are going to Staircase House on Friday as part of their work on The Great Fire of London. I am sure they will enjoy their visit.

Bag 2 school is on Tuesday 12th of November, we have sent home a bag for you to fill with any shoes or textiles which you have finished with but any bag will do. Please do not bring them in until the 12th as we don’t have anywhere to store the bags. What you send in is weighed and school receives money. The clothes etc are sorted some items are reused and the rest are recycled.

There is a PTA meeting on Thursday 14th November 7pm at the golf club do come along if you can as you are all members of the PTA.

I have been asked to pass on this message:
“The PTA annual newsletter is attached and hopefully gives everyone an idea of what the PTA does, how the funds raised are used and the type of events held each year. Please have a read through when you get the chance.
The Christmas fair planning session is taking place this Friday at 12am in Picos, please feel to join us. After this session we will have an idea on the number of activities/stalls for the fair and will send out requests for lots of Santa helpers!! If you can help out in anyway please let the PTA team know. We will be having the book stall again and will start taking donations from next week (details in the poster attached). We are also going to try a Toy stall this year, more details to follow soon”.

Remember there is still time to register your child for the very important flu nasal spray inoculation. See attached information

The link for the flu e-consent system is

Your school code is: DD112817

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 24/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who helped with the disco on Friday a good time was had by all.

The children who got to go to the Rugby Megafest on Monday had a great time and were a credit to you and the school. I just wish we could have sent more children as it was such a positive event.

The children finish for half term today and will be back on Monday 4th November.

On Tuesday 5th November it is flu vaccination day – remember it is not an injection but a nasal spray.

On Thursday 7th November the older pupil parliament members are visiting the Houses of Parliament, I wonder if we will have a government by then!

On Friday 8th the Merlin’s will be leading our assembly, do join us if you can.

Friday 8th is also the day the Ospreys are going to Staircase House.

Bags 2 school is on Tuesday 12th of November, we are sending home a bag for you to fill with any shoes or textiles which you have finished with. Please do not bring them in until the 12th as we don’t have anywhere to store the bags. What you send in is weighed and school receives money. The clothes etc are sorted some items are reused and the rest are recycled.

If your child is in Y6 remember the deadline for applying for a secondary school place is the 31st of October, make sure you have put your application in by then.

If you owe any dinner money please can you pay today so we are straight for the end of the half term.

I have been asked to pass on this message:

The PTA would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who helped and attended last week’s Disco. The event raised funds of £413 which is amazing. The annual PTA newsletter will be available after half term which will include updates on how the funds raised are going to be spent this year.

The school Christmas fair will be on the 6th December, more details to follow after half term.

Many thanks, Julie.


During half term I know many of the children will be online more; remember if you want to find out about any risks or dangers with particular games and apps net aware which is run by the NSPCC has very down to earth and useful information.

I hope you have a lovely half term week, see you on the 4th


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It has been lovely to hear all the tales of Whitehall, with them getting taller and taller by the second! It sounds as if all the children had a great time, took on challenges and learnt lots. Thank you to the staff that made that possible.

Last night was cross country and Mr Holt tells me that the children showed great sportsmanship, they encouraged everyone and he was very proud of them. Well done to everyone.

Your children may well have come home and told you there was a drone flying over school this week. Well they were right, let me explain… you know we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school and that is the reason many of you chose St Luke’s for your child. Being inclusive means we support all children no matter what their background or ability, whatever their educational need is. We support children to learn academically and socially. The work we do has been recognised by a nomination for a national award. We are down to the last two schools, which is a huge honour in itself. You may ask what that has to do with a drone? Well; we have been asked to submit a very short film to support our nomination and the drone was taking some aerial shots of the playground. The film is being put together now and I will let you see it when it is finished.

Tomorrow is disco night. We look forward to seeing the children with their glad rags on at 5pm. The disco finishes at 6.30. I have just come up with a new plan for pick up which may work better. If parents come in through the hall door collect their child and go out through the main entrance door. Operating this one way system should help us see everyone out safely. The children like to have a bit of money for some food and something from the little toy stalls.

Peregrines are leading the assembly tomorrow, do join us if you can.

Next week is walk to school week when we encourage everyone to try and walk more of their journey to school. Please support this initiative by walking some or all of the school run to and from school.

It is parents evening on Wednesday 23rd October so there will be no afterschool clubs that day.

We finish for half term on Thursday 24th October and will return to school on Monday 4th November.

I have been asked to let you know about the ‘Peak Performers Choir’ who are looking for new members. They are a choir for children aged 7-13. They rehearse on Wednesdays 6-7pm at Partington Theatre Club Room. Subscriptions are £2 per week. If your child is interested contact Brenda Pickford on 01457 856851 / 07975856424

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Wow what a great turn out at the Glossop Jog despite the miserable weather. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. It is now time to collect all your sponsor money in and return it to school. If you don’t know how many laps your child did the office has the list.

The library visits were very successful and lots of the children now want to join the library, it is a great place to go and get books to read for free.

The Year 5s had a great day out at the People’s Museum in Manchester, I will be honest I hadn’t known much about it before but what a great museum. The children found out about the Peterloo Massacre and looked at different perspectives on what happened.

The Merlins are having a great time at Whitehall. The reports are all happy and all asleep by 10.30 – I think that just might be a record!

Remember it is the PTA AGM tonight 7pm at the Cricket Club. Please come if you can.

The Eagles are leading our assembly on Friday 11th do join us if you can. Peregrines will be leading assembly on Friday 18th October.

The PTA disco is on Friday 18th October.

We are sending home information from The Book People about how you can get cheap books and support school – win, win I feel.

As part of the celebrate artsmark week this week the film The Mighty Creatives made about our school has been launched. It can be found at

As you will have seen on the dates we have decided to trial holding Parents Evening on just one day as more and more of you are asking for later appointments. The evening will be on Wednesday 23rd October. Once we have the slips in we plan family appointments so there are no clashes or long gaps. Please remember that appointments are 10 minute appointments, if you need longer than this you will need to make a separate appointment to see the class teacher at another time. Taking more than ten minutes causes problems for other parents. I am attaching a letter with an appointment slip. Please tick as many boxes as possible. As well as sending a copy home.

Dark Peak Music is running fun interactive music classes at St Luke’s for children ages 6-9 5.30-6.30 on Tuesdays. If you think your child might be interested email or ring 01457 853137


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 03/10/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the sculpture park I was so impressed with the work the children did.

I hope those people who made it to the Online safety session on Tuesday learnt a lot. I know the staff did at their training session earlier in the day. The Year 6s led an amazingly good Online Safety session for the rest of the school, they really showed how much they have learnt.

This afternoon is our harvest festival I do hope to see a number of you there. All donations of food are going to Glossop Food Bank.

Sunday is the Glossop Jog I know we have got lots of runners signed up. Remember we are meeting at Glossop Cricket Ground this year. Be there from 10.30 ready for an 11.00 start.

Thank you to everyone who is sending in the Aldi stickers we are collecting them so all are gratefully received.

The Year 5s are out on a trip on Monday which is very exciting and the Year 6s go to Whitehall on Wednesday until Friday.

On Friday 11th October the Year 5s are leading the assembly do join us if you can.

The PTA meeting planned for tonight has been postponed to 10th October.

I have been asked to give you this information about half term activities offered by Inside Out Forest Schools – I know the children enjoy them:

We are holding our usual October half term holiday camp at Gnat hole farm Woods in Glossop.

The camp is on for 3 days and our first day is Fri 25th Oct (Inset day). Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

This for children aged 5-11 years. Please message me if you want your 4 year old to attend. The day costs £25 and we offer discounts for 3 day block bookings and sibling discounts. To book on use this link.


Alice Littlehailes

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