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Newsletter 01/07/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

1.7.2021

Dear Parents,

July already! How can that be true!

We are all missing the Y2 children. They will be released from lockdown at the end of Friday and we will be so pleased to see them on Monday. There has been lots of talk in the press around bubbles and children isolating. I just wanted to reassure you that we are taking a measured approach trying to protect both health and education. The advice we are receiving at the moment is to remain in bubbles until the summer holiday. This seems to be sensible advice, I do not want to mix the children that last week and then have to ask the whole of the school population to isolate for the first ten days of the summer holiday. However; I will wait until the much anticipated guidance comes out around possible full opening up to make final decisions about end of term activities. Just in case the Year 6 start panicking the end of primary school celebration we have planned for them in their bubble will still go ahead on the 22nd.

It is the last night of parent meetings I hope you have found them more convenient than having to find child care and come out to school. The feedback I have been getting is that a few people had a few problems but generally it is an improvement.

If your child is in Y2-5 this year and you would like them to have fruit next term the deadline for paying is 9th July. After this date we cannot guarantee that we can offer them fruit.

Next week is the residential at school week – so exciting. The children in Y6 will be camping Monday and Tuesday nights and the Y5s Wednesday and Thursday nights. You have been sent kit lists for the children. If you have problems with anything on the list do let me know.

If you still have a Smarties tube at home with some money in it please can you send it back into school as soon as possible as the PTA would like to finalise the total you have managed to raise.

I am going to say this very quietly so I don’t disturb them but have you seen that dinosaurs have moved into the sensory garden? There is even a pterodactyl in the trees by the path shhh! I believe they have been invited by the children in kestrels.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 24/06/2021

 

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

24.6.2021

Dear Parents,

It is such a shame that we have had to close a class but not unexpected in the present situation. The Ospreys are isolating and learning from home. We can’t wait until they are back with us again. The number of cases locally is rising so we all need to be extra vigilant to keep everyone safe and able to go about their lives.

The Year 6 and the Year 5 camps are almost here. I sent out a kit list yesterday. The Year 6s will come to school at normal time on Monday 5th July with their kit, in non-uniform and will stay until normal home time on Wednesday 7th July. The Year 5s will come to school at normal time on 7th July with their kit, in non-uniform and stay until Friday 9th July leaving at normal home time. If you have any questions do get in touch and I will try to answer them.

I hope you received your child’s report on Tuesday, if you didn’t please let us know. Parents meetings are online this time if you haven’t booked your appointment yet you still can.

There will be no toddler group next week as one of the leaders is isolating.

You should be getting a bag 2 school bag just in case you have any textiles that missed the last collection. As I explained last week the last collection we had was delayed by the company due to lockdown so the two are very close together.

I do have some very exciting news to cheer us all up. The High Peak is getting some new bin lorries and they had a competition to name them. We entered and …………… two of our names have been chosen. So there will be bin lorries in the High peak called ‘Binasaurus Rex’ and ‘Ariana Binday’. Well done to the classes that came up with those names.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 17/06/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

17.6.2021

Dear Parents,

Well it has been a week! Thank you all for your engagement with the Ofsted process. Your feedback and comments both positive and negative will help us continue to try to give the children the best education possible. Your children were stars. Mr Wilkinson commented that they were very well behaved and engaged in their learning, he also commented on how respectful they were towards adults and each other. We won’t know the final grading for several weeks but I am pleased with the feedback we have been given so far.

We have taken part in The Great Science Share this week. It has been great to see the huge range of Science going on in school and hear how articulately the children can talk about what they have learnt. There has been work on the effect of exercise on the body, space, how waterproof different materials are, rocks and soil, the digestive system, sorting and classifying animals, the effect of mixing different liquids.

The weather has been lovely and I have been pleased to see the number of children who have had sun cream on and brought hats. If your child needs a top up of sun cream at lunch time, please can you teach them how to put it on and send it in in a named bottle. When it gets hot jumpers get taken off, please, please, please can you make sure your child’s name is in their jumper so we can try to reunite jumper and child.

Thank you to everyone who has sent back in their smarties tube already. If you still have it at home, please can you send it in as soon as possible so the PTA can count all the coins. I don’t envy Tim that job!

I know it feels as if we have just had a bag 2 school day, because it was delayed, but the next one is on July 7th so do start collecting your textiles.

If you haven’t booked your parents evening appointment yet, please do so. Remember booking is online this year.

I received an email about an online story event which looks interesting, the details are below:

 

We’re getting in touch today to let you know about an event, organised by the British Academy, which is taking place on Saturday 19th June at 11am. We hope is will be of interest to parents and teachers alike.

We Can Be Heroes: Classical Stories for Wellbeing Today is a live, free, 45 minute event for children aged 3-9 and their families, and part of the British Academy Summer Showcase.

 

What can you learn about kindness from a lion? Could a mouse show you how to help a friend in need?

Classical stories have a lot to teach us about wellbeing and mental health today, from how to help others, to showing kindness even when we are afraid.

 

 

Join Dr Rachel Bryant Davies from Queen Mary University London and storyteller Wendy Shearer to hear tales from the Greek and Roman world – plus kids can even learn to make your their own origami lion!
Parents can sign up on the British Academy’s website here.

 

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 11/06/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

27.5.2021

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all been enjoying Travel Smart Week and have been able to make fewer, or shorter car journeys. I know the weather has not made it easy for us!

It was lovely to see the parents of the new children on Tuesday even if it was virtually. If you have any questions, please do contact us so we can try to answer them.

You should have received information about our new parent teacher meeting booking system. We received so many positive comments about how much easier it had been in the autumn to manage these meetings around family life the only slightly clunky thing was the method. We are trialling a new system where you are able to book your own meetings giving you more control. If you have problems do let us know and we will try to help, when I say we I of course mean Mrs Hukin and Mrs Evans. Not that I wouldn’t try to help just that I don’t know how much use I would be.

As we approach half term I again need to remind you that if your child shows symptoms of Corona Virus and tests positive with a PCR test we ask that you use the school text service to tell us. It is really important that any contacts are asked to isolate to reduce the possible spread. There won’t be anyone in the office over the holiday but we will monitor the texts. Thank you for this.

I have received the following message from the local Cubs leader:
“Cubs is for boys and girls age 8 to 10.5. Meetings have recently restarted at 3rd Glossop on Hope Street on Tuesday evenings. It is usually advisable to put your child’s name on the waiting list when they are 5 or 6 as there are normally not enough spaces for all who want to join. Due to Covid, there will, however, be spaces from September. If you’d like your child to join cubs, email: david.woodward@glossopdistrictscouts.org.uk”

I know it is a long time in a child’s life until September and we have 1/6 of the school year still ahead of us, but people are starting to ask about which teachers will be teaching which class next year. So here are our current plans, things of course can change. I would ask you not to make a big fuss of this information with your children as I don’t want them to feel that this year is over already – we still have lots to achieve.

 

Reception – Mrs Hillier

Year 1 – Miss Done

Year 2 – Mrs Eltringham

Year 3 – Mr Holt

Year 4 – Ms Noble

Year 5 – Mrs Clayton & Miss Ellwood

Year 6 – Miss Byron

 

We break up for half term tomorrow and the children return to school on Thursday 10th June. I hope you all have a good break and the weather improves.

 

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


  • Calendar

  • Staying 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
  • Additional Learning Resources

    Some websites provide additional resources for learning at home. 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.

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