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Newsletter 02/05/2019 & Dates for Summer Term

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter. It was great to see all the children back bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.

We arrived back to the very exciting news that Mrs Howe, who as you know had been nominated for an award, has won the best unit manager in the country 2019. This is a very important award and we are incredibly proud of her and all her team.

Please can everyone check at home for school PE uniform we are missing a number of shirts shorts and socks from the official school kit which means children representing us may not be able to wear the uniform. Please can you look under beds, at the back of drawers and wardrobes, in dog baskets, behind the washer etc we would be so grateful to have it back.

After school clubs restart next week apart from those on Thursday which start on Thursday 16th May. The clubs on offer this term are:

Monday – ICT Club & Creative Club

Tuesday – Gardening Club

Thursday – Drama Club & Film Club

All the clubs finish at 4.30. If your child would like to start going to a club no longer wants to go to a club please can you let us know so that the registers are accurate.

Some organised people are starting to ask about the term dates for next academic year so here they are:

4th September Children return to school, New Reception on 6th

24th October children finish for half term                    4th November school restarts

20th December children finish for Christmas              6th January school restarts

14th February children finish for half term                  24th February school restarts

3rd April children finish for Easter                               20th April school restarts

22nd May children finish for half term                          3rd June school restarts

21st July children finish for the summer

I have again managed to give you a week and a half at May half term which enables people to have a holiday when it is cheaper, I know many of you appreciate this. There is still 1 INSET day to be allocated.

PTA news – Well done to everyone the Easter Raffle and tea raised £1,319 amazing.


Alice Littlehailes


Dates Summer Term 2019


3rd Key Stage 1 trip to Buxton Opera House

6th Bank Holiday

14th Kestrel’s Parents invited to come and share the learning Journeys from 2pm

16th PTA meeting

17th Sports day 9.30

24th Half Term Starts


5th Term Starts

10th PEGS music concert

14th Eagle’s Assembly

Bags 2 School

Non uniform day for bottles

18th Great science share

19th Harriers Play with The Halle

21st Ospreys Assembly

PTA fashion show

28th Kites Assembly


1st Clarinet Concert 9am

5th Harrier’s Assembly

PTA fun day

8th Last clarinet

11th Last swim

12th Kestrel’s Assembly

15th Summer production afternoon performance

16th Summer production evening performance

19th Peregrine’s Assembly

Children performing in Buxton Fringe

22nd PTA disco

23rd Leavers Assembly

Finish for Summer

Newsletter 11/04/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well Easter is almost here and the weather is getting better and better.

Well done to all the children in Kites and Harriers for their wonderful production, I will never be able to think of Jack and the beanstalk again without talking animals and bad breath.

The children in Merlins have been very busy preparing the Easter Service. I do hope you can join us tomorrow in church.  The service will start as soon as we have walked the school over to church so around 9.20.

A date for the diary – The parents of the children in Kestrels are invited to come into school on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May for the children to share their learning journeys with them 2-4pm.

The lovely Ed who helps us with choir and the lovely Nicole who teaches piano have started a choir Pennine Voices. This is a Glossop based choir for everyone aged 10-18 with no auditions.  They will be rehearsing on Thursdays 8-9 at Simmondley Primary School.  The first rehearsal is on Thursday 9th May.  If your child would be interested in joining you can register online at or phone 07491992380

If you are looking for something to do over Easter we have been asked to pass on these activities:

Keep your children active during Easter with our holiday Club which is running from 9-4pm (with an early drop off an late pick up option)Week 1 – Monday 15th April – Thursday 18th April and Week 2 Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 26th April.  £13 per day or £45 per week.  Must be over 8 and be able to swim 2 lengths.Each day a variety of multi sports will be coached at the Leisure Centre and a fun session at the Swimming Pool.

Call 01457 842272 to book your child on.

Come and join in the Family Sporting Easter fun for ages 6+ (Parents must attend and join in)

Week 1

Monday 15th April @ Fairfield Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Tuesday 16th April @ Chapel Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Wednesday 17th April @ New Mills Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am

Thursday 18th April @ Whitfield Youth Centre 9.30am – 10.30am Please note – This session is specifically for children with additional needs and their families therefor Booking is essential


             Week 2

Tuesday 23rd April @ Chapel Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Wednesday 24th April @ Fairfield Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Thursday 25th April @ New Mills Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Friday 26th April @ Whitfield Youth Centre 1.30pm – 2.30pm

For more Information or to book your place on 18/4/19 please contact Nicola Bruce on 01629 531282


I hope you all have a lovely Easter break. See you on Monday 29th April.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 04/04/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

A fabulous time was had by all at Whitby.  The children all came back so proud of themselves for having done it.

We received some very exciting news this week; Mrs Howe has been nominated for a prestigious national award, unit manager of the year.  She is one of four finalists and will be going to an awards dinner in a big London Hotel.  We are all so proud of her.

Talking of cooking if you see yourself as good cook there is a new competition organised by Derbyshire for parents, grandparents and carers.  You have to plan and cook a 2 course meal suitable for serving in a primary school.  Registration packs are available at . You could win a coking kit for school.

Tomorrow all the children in Key stage 2 will be taking part in House Netball and Football so they need to have their PE kits in school.

Next week is parents evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday 12th we are holding our Easter Service in St Luke’s Church at about 9.20, or when we have walked the children across. Do join us if you can.

On Thursday 11th April it is the grand Easter Raffle and afternoon tea.  On that afternoon you are invited to come to school for a drink and cake.  The children are asked to bring in £1 for which they get a drink and a cake.   Please can you return any sold or unsold raffle tickets as soon as possible.  The deadline for sold tickets is 9.4.19.  In order for the afternoon tea to happen we need volunteers to bake cakes and to help on the day.  If you could bake and or help please contact Tim Barnett or the school office.

I have been approached by Esther Brock who has offered to run a forest school club the information is below.

We are excited to announce we will be running an After school Forest School Club (suitable for all year groups) led by Inside Out Forest School on Thursdays 3:30pm- 5pm starting after Easter.

Cost: £4 a session

All sessions must be blocked booked for the 10 week course via our website  search under ‘children’
A consent form will also be attached to the web page to print out, fill in and bring on the first session or emailed to Esther.

Sessions will be mainly based in the sensory garden area and mini field. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Children can change in to more suitable clothing or wear school uniform. The session will include games, nature arts and crafts, bush craft skills, campfire cooking, mindfulness in nature and lots more. We will have a shelter outside in case of rainy downpours.

If you’re interested, there are only limited spaces. The booking system will open on Mon 8th April and the first session will be Thursday 2nd May running through until July 11th.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 28/03/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The Eagles are in Whitby as we speak. All the reports are that they are having a wonderful time.

We have had another busy week with us enjoying a performance by the English Touring Opera on Friday, it was lovely to welcome Dinting School to share that with us.

The girls enjoyed playing football as part of the league, well done to all of them.

The choir sang beautifully on Sunday and they also got to enjoy listening to an orchestra play. Thank you for all you did to get the children there and thank you to Mrs Hillier for making it possible.

On Monday the Ospreys had a fantastic trip to The Lowry where they got to look at the art gallery and take part in a dance workshop. We also welcomed the NSPCC into school to help the children learn how to keep themselves safe.

For comic relief we raised £192.55 thank you for your generosity.

Next week on Thursday 4th April Ospreys are meeting at Glossopdale to take part in a dance day.

It has been reported to me that a parent is regularly seen texting as they are driving outside school. This is very dangerous and illegal. Please can we all put the children’s safety first.

You have all been invited to St Luke’s Church’s Messy Easter session on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at St Luke’s church.  Doors open at 3.45.  I know this is enjoyed by lots of our families.

Today is the last swimming session this term.

Today is also the last evening for school led clubs.

The Year 3 & 4 production is almost upon us. It is on Monday 8th April at 6pm and Tuesday 9th at 2pm.  If you haven’t asked for tickets yet remember to do so.

I hope the selling of raffle tickets for the Easter raffle is going well.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 21/03/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Congratulations to Kites and Harriers who raised £150 for Mummy’s Star and Reuben’s Retreat, what a great bit of service.

Thank you for all your support of the book fair there was a great buzz around school talking about reading.

I hope the children enjoyed Red Nose Day – they all looked very odd!!

Those of you with children in Merlins and Ospreys I hope you enjoyed Monday Night. I was blown away by the quality of their dances.  They were so proud of themselves for overcoming their fears and dancing on that proper stage. The other schools staff complemented us on the dances and the stories they told.  Well done to everyone involved.

On Wednesday four of our children went to New Mills Leisure Centre to be trained as our change for life champions. I hope they are going to be able to encourage us all to lead healthier lives.

On Friday it is a very busy day:

  • Eagles are leading our assembly
  • It is the dinner Ospreys have chosen for us, chilli I believe.
  • The older children get to see The English Touring Opera
  • The girls continue their football tournament
  • It is scoot and Skate after school.

On Sunday the choir are again in concert, what it is to be popular.

On Monday the NSPCC are in talking to the children about keeping safe. They will be talking about the speak out stay safe programme This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6.  They will also be talking about the underwear rule this helps children understand that their bodies belong to them and them alone.  For more information, go to

Also on Monday the Ospreys are going to the Lowry. This is the trip which was postponed due to the weather.

Eagles are off to Whitby on Wednesday the class is full of excitement and trepidation in equal measure! I know they will have a great time and come back feeling so proud of themselves.

As I am sure you know Mr Cooke is off sick at the moment and likely to be off until Easter, Mrs Grange is covering the class for us. He was always going to leave at Easter and I am very pleased to let you know that Miss Done will be taking over Peregrines after the holiday.  I am sorry for the slightly unsettled time but we are working with the children to keep things as settled as possible.

Remember next week is the last week of the school run afterschool clubs until after Easter.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 14/03/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely dance filled week. The children in Eagles and Merlins worked with a dancer from The Northern Ballet. Wow, what an opportunity!  She was very impressed with the work they did.  The younger children have got into the dance groove and Kestrels have been choreographing a dance, we have been treated to a dance assembly by two of the children and some of the children are setting up a lunchtime dance club.  Merlins and Ospreys are very busy preparing their dances for the dance festival on Monday.  We will be leaving school just before the end of the school day and going by coach to Buxton.  We will be rehearsing and eating our packed tea before performing on the stage at the Opera House.

Eagles class also enjoyed visiting St Philip Howard for a taster lesson. They are learning a bit about what life is like at secondary school and what kind of lessons they might have.  I believe they were looking at Shakespearian insults.

Remember it is the Book Fair after school today and tomorrow the selection of books looks great this year.

You should have had your child’s class photo order form yesterday. If you would like a copy of the photo please return the order form to school by 22nd March.

Tomorrow is Red Nose Day the children are invited to come in something odd for a donation to comic relief.

The Kestrels have been preparing to lead our assembly tomorrow I believe it is going to be laughter filled. Do join us if you can.  Next week Friday 22nd March Eagles will be leading the assembly.

There is a PTA meeting tonight 7pm at The Cricket Club please do come if you can. Talking of the PTA, if the weather improves there will be a scoot and skate on Friday 22nd March after school.  The children can stay after school and use the playground to scoot and skate on – if they have a helmet on.  Watch out for further details.

School run after school clubs will finish on Thursday 28th March.

The girls taking part in the football tournament had a good session last week, winning more games than they lost but more importantly playing well as a team. I hope they do as well this week.  Thank you to Mr Warburton for giving up his Friday after school to enable them to play.


Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 7/3/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The children in Kites and Harriers had a lovely day out on Monday they learnt a lot about the justice system and how a court works. I know they enjoyed the workshop and museum as well as the train ride and walk into Manchester.

On Tuesday there were lots of pancakes in school with the children enjoying making and eating them. I have to say the Year 6s were fantastic pancake makers. At dinnertime the children were loving their pancakes provided by the kitchen.

Remember Eagle’s Assembly has moved to Friday 22nd March. Next week 15th March Kestrels will be leading our assembly.

Tomorrow we are having a special dinner chosen by the Kestrels class it is going to be sausage pasta bake. The week after it will be Peregrine’s menu they have chosen Red Nose Day Pizza. If your child usually has packed lunches and wants to join in any of the special days just let us know.

It is class photos on Monday.

The children in Ospreys and Merlins are performing in the Peak Dance Festival on Monday 18th March thank you so much for all the offers of lifts back. If your child needs a lift back do let us know so we can help sort it out.

There is a PTA meeting on Thursday 14th March 7pm at the Cricket Club. This meeting is open to all parents and it would be lovely to see you there.

On Monday 11th March at 6pm we are holding a meeting for the parents of the children going to Whitby to finalise arrangements and answer any questions.

The choir concert with Kinder Choir is almost here, excitement is building. The children need to meet us at the Octagon Pavilion Gardens Buxton at 9.45 on Sunday 10th March with a packed lunch. I hope you have managed to get your tickets for the concert at 3pm.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 27/02/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a good week last week, the weather was fantastic and the children have been telling me all about their adventures it sounds as if you all made the most of it. The children have come back ready to learn it is great to see them all.

We have had to change the date of Eagle’s Assembly to Friday 22nd March because a number of them are involved in other things on the original date. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Merlins will be leading our Assembly this Friday 1st March and Kestrels on 15th March do join us if you can.

Tonight three of our year 6 pupils are representing us at the High Peak School Sports Awards where they will be receiving our Gold Games Mark Award. We are very proud of the quantity and quality of physical activity we offer to the children.

On Monday the Kites and Harriers are meeting at the station and going to the Manchester Police Museum. I know they have been very excited about their preparation for a trial!

World book day is almost here it is on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite character from a book. Please don’t feel you have to go out and spend money on this. Talking of books following the success of the Book Fair last year we have booked it again. We will be opening the book fair on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March after school.

As part of our work on character virtues we are exploring service. The children in Harriers and Kites have decided they would like to run a bake sale and second hand toy stall on Thursday 7th March to raise money for two local charities Reuben’s Retreat and Mummy’s Star. If you would like to support their endeavours, please send your child in with a small amount of money on the 7th so they can visit the stalls.

On Monday 11th March at 6pm we are holding a meeting for the parents of the children going to Whitby to finalise arrangements and answer any questions.

The choir concert with Kinder Choir is almost here, excitement is building. The children need to meet us at the Octagon Pavilion Gardens Buxton at 9.45 on Sunday 10th March with a packed lunch. I hope you have managed to get your tickets for the concert at 3pm.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 14/02/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe but the half term holiday is almost here, this half term has flown by with lots of things learnt and experiences had. Eureka is proving to be a topic which is leading to lots of reflection around ideas and learning and those light bulb moments. Exploring the lives of people who have made a difference to the world we live in has shown the children that education and hard work is important. It has also given them the confidence to believe that they can make a difference.

Today is our annual House Verse Speaking competition. I am looking forward to finding out what each house has done with the poems they have learnt. Thank you for all your work helping the children learn the words.

Thank you also to everyone who helped with the disco on Friday the children all had a lovely time. Whilst the primary aim is not to make money at the discos but to give the children a good time it did raise £384 towards PTA funds which are used for the children.

I am sorry but we have had to change the dates of the Year 3/4 production. It will now be on Monday 8th April at 6pm and Tuesday 9th April at 2pm.

There are a few dressing up days coming up so I am giving you an early warning! World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March when the children are invited to come as one of their favourite characters from a book, and comic relief is on Friday 15th March. This year we are inviting the children to come in something odd! Please do not spend lots of money on dressing up clothes a nod towards the theme is all that is needed.

Mrs Hukin has asked me to remind you that dinner money should be paid in advance and to ask you to clear any dinner money debts.

The Harriers are leading our Assembly tomorrow and the first Friday back (1st March) Merlins will be leading it. Everyone is welcome to join us for our Friday family assemblies.

When we did internet safety day we realised that the children are still confused about real friends and online friends. Some of them have not understood that people can pretend to be anybody online and that just because an online friend says they are a ‘9-year-old boy’ doesn’t mean they are. I am telling you this to remind you to be vigilant when your child is playing or chatting online. Keep an eye on what they are doing and saying.

I hope you all have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing everybody back on Monday 25th February.

A huge enormous thank you goes out to The Car Care Centre in Padfield who have carried out all the work which needed to be done to the bus to enable it to stay safely in our playground. They have refused to take any payment. What kind people.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 06/02/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The children in Y5&6 had a fantastic time at the Police Museum not only did they have a guided tour of the museum but they enacted a trial. The trial was based on a real case and was around internet safety. This fitted in really well with Tuesday being internet safety day.

On Tuesday all the children did some work around internet safety, they discussed how to keep themselves safe online. The internet is a wonderful thing and has brought so many benefits to all of us but is another area of life where we have to teach the children how to be safe. We talk to children about only going on age appropriate games and sites, especially those with online chat or play. We make sure the children understand what to do if someone says something on line which makes them feel uncomfortable – tell an adult and report it using the report it button. We talk about not posting anything which might upset anyone – the advice we use is that they should never post anything which they would not say to Mrs Littlehailes’ face! We talk about friends we make online not being real friends and how we should not arrange to meet up with them. The older children explore how everything on the internet is not always true and we should always check information. The problem is when children are sat at home online they often forget all they have been taught so please as parents keep monitoring what they are doing on line and keep reiterating the safety messages.

Your child should have brought home a sheet with two poems to learn. This is for our House Verse Speaking competition on Thursday 14th February. Lots of the children, yes even the youngest children, have learnt their poems. Please help your child make sure they know them.

The Peregrine trip which was cancelled due to the snow has been rearranged for March 25th. The change for life event will now be on Wednesday 20th March.

If your child is in Merlins or Ospreys put Monday 18th March in your diary, they will be taking part in a dance festival it Buxton Opera House. The festival is at 7.30, I know it is late but we have no control over times. Tickets are on sale from Buxton Opera House at £7. I know tickets sell fast so I would get them sooner rather than later.

Friday looks like it will be a very exciting day with Kites leading the assembly in the morning and the PTA disco at 5pm. Harriers will be leading our assembly on Friday 15th February. You are as ever very welcome to join us for our Friday Assemblies.

Alice Littlehailes

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