St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It is starting to feel properly autumnal now.  The children in Merlins have had lovely autumn weather for their residential at Whitehall.  They had a great time and were a credit to you.

Thank you all so much for your donations for Glossopdale Food Bank.  Your generosity will help members of our community who are struggling.

Thank you also for the bag 2 school donations.  Your old textiles raised £88 for school.

Friday is our annual sculpture park.  The children in class have made sculptures on the theme of ‘The Rhythm of Life’.  You are invited to look at all the sculptures with your children at the end of the school day.  This year we are making our park even better by incorporating some musicians to play for you and your children.  Looking at the weather forecast, wet and windy, we may well have to move the sculptures and music indoors.  Whether we are inside or out this should be a lovely event combining music and 3D art.  I hope you are able to support it by staying for a little while after school.

School is taking part in a Cyber Security Project this year with Derbyshire County Council.  As part of this they are offering everyone the chance to carry out their own cyber security MOT.  All you need to do is log onto It takes just a few moments and will give you useful advice on staying secure.

On the 6th of October the catering service are having a Big Breakfast Lunch.  The children across the county have been so disappointed that The Big Breakfast is not a regular option that they have agreed to offer it on that day.  If your child usually has packed lunch but would like to have a school dinner on Big Breakfast Day, just let the office know.

A parent has asked for your help.  Last term on 7th July at pick up time there was an accident outside school a van and the parent’s car scraped together with the van having to reverse to become disengaged from the car.  There is some dispute as to who was at fault.  If you witnessed this accident, please can you let the office know.

The Glossop Jog is nearly here.  It is on Sunday 9th October at Pikes Lane Sports Ground.  There is still time to sign up for this popular event.

I have noticed a number of children walking on the walls around school.  This is not safe and I would ask that you don’t let your children walk on them.

A reminder about holidays in term time. 

Holidays during term time are not something I can authorise, the rules state:

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. 

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.


Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 22/09/2022


Dear Parents,

Well this has been a funny old week with Monday making everything feel different.  I am not sure what day I am on.

Some of the children in Key Stage 2 went to a Rugby Megafest at Glossop Rugby Club.  They all enjoyed it.  Thank you to all the people that made it possible.

You should have received nomination papers for the post of parent governor.  If you did not receive them please let us know.

Tonight at 7pm Mrs Hillier is running a phonics workshop online for parents of children in Kestrels and Peregrines.

Tomorrow is the Harvest Festival.  We are collecting food for Glossop Food Bank.  If your child is able to bring in dried or tinned food it would be gratefully accepted.

On Monday the children in Year 6 go to Whitehall for their residential.

Wednesday 28th is our bags to school collection.  If you can bag up and bring old clothes, textiles and shoes it helps raise money for school.  You can use any bag.

Friday 30th is our sculpture park and music festival.  Next week the children will be making sculptures for you to see.  To entertain you as you visit our sculpture park some parents will be playing.  Please do stay with your children after school to enjoy this.

Glossop Jog is fast approaching.  It is on Sunday 9th October.  If your child would like to take part please let us know.

Emma (Cello Teacher) came into assembly yesterday she has spaces for y3-y6 children who  would like to learn to play, if anyone would like the details pop to the office.

The PTA meeting on Tuesday was well attended, thank you to everyone who came.  Everyone is a member of the PTA and your support of school is much appreciated.  There is a message from Chika Jones the new Chair of the PTA attached.


Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 15/09/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be able to tell you that school has been awarded Artsmark Platinum.  This is the highest award the Arts Council can award a school in recognition of the work they do in the arts.  We are incredibly proud to receive it.

Today is meet and greet the teachers after school 3.30-4.  Once we have seen the children out to their parents, you are welcome to come into the classrooms with your children to see where they are working this year and meet their teacher with more time than at drop off time.

Monday is a Bank Holiday because it is the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.  School is closed.

Due to school being closed on Monday Tuesday’s dinner is breaded chicken or cheesy bean enchilada.

Tuesday 20th the PTA AGM and meeting is being held in school at 7pm.  I do hope as many people as possible will attend as you are all members of the PTA.

On Thursday 22nd swimming starts for Y6 & Y2.  Remember Y6 are meeting at the pool at 8.45.  If you have not returned your child’s forms yet please do so.

On Friday 23rd we are holding our Harvest Festival.  This year we are collecting food for Glossop food bank.  If possible, please can your child bring in a donation on Friday morning.  We are holding it in school so unfortunately there will not be space to invite you to join us.

On Monday 26th the very lucky Y6 children go to Whitehall.

On Wednesday 28th we are holding our bag to school collection.  Please bring to school on that morning any old textiles, shoes, clothes.  They will not accept old duvets.  They can be brought in any bags and put outside the office window.  This is a great way to reuse/recycle old clothes etc and raise money for school.

The sculpture park and music festival is fast approaching.  On Friday 30th September you are invited with your children to view our sculptures and listen to some of our talented musician parents.  The event will happen after school.

If your child is in Y5 and you have not returned your Whitby Letter please can you do so.

Remember if you want your child to receive the flu immunisation at school you need to register online.  We do not hold this information and cannot remind you that you haven’t done so yet.  Last year a number of parents were expecting us to remind them personally that they hadn’t registered their children; as we do not know who has and who hasn’t we cannot do this.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 22/07/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I cannot believe this is the last newsletter of the school year it doesn’t seem five minutes ago I was welcoming you back in September.  What a lot has happened this year.  I hope you are all as proud of your children as I am.  They have all grown, developed and learnt about so many things.  They have performed, taken part in sporting activities, represented the school in so many ways.  They have just been fabulous young people.  It is such a pleasure to be part of their lives.

We managed to have a sports day on Friday, until the rain came down.  I know it feels odd that PTA events like the summer fair can happen but not your attendance at sports day.  This is because you are responsible for your children at the summer fair like you would be at any event you chose to take your children to, whilst at sports day we are.  I am still working on a plan to make it possible for you to come to sports.

It was lovely to welcome the new reception children into school on Tuesday.  Despite the heat they all had a great visit.  They start with us on Wednesday 7th September.  On that morning the PTA are offering all the parents of the new children coffee and cake in the hall once you have dropped your children off.

I am looking forward to the summer concert tonight.  The children taking part need to be back about 6.50 for a 7.00 start.  Remember to bring your ticket if you are in the audience as you will not be able to come in without it. The number of covid cases are on the rise so masks are advised.

Tomorrow we are saying good bye to our lovely Year 6.  They are leading our assembly at just after 9.  2 family members are invited to come and watch, I will send out the code word tomorrow.  The number of covid cases are on the rise so masks are advised.  They will also have lunch together and a party 4.30-6pm.

We are also saying goodbye to Miss Campbell and Mrs Taylor who are leaving to take up new jobs.  We will miss them both.

We are saying a temporary good bye to Mrs Shepherd who is due to have her baby very soon.  We cannot wait to meet her baby.

If you still owe dinner money please pay today.

I hope you have a lovely summer.  See you back on Monday 5th September.

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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