Archive for January, 2019

Newsletter 30/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you; we received lots of positive messages about staying open yesterday. The staff did an amazing job trying to get in those that couldn’t come spent ages in their cars attempting the journey. We cannot promise to always manage to stay open as the staff increasingly live a distance away but we will always try. We had a lovely day working hard and then having a whole school play out in the snow. I am sorry we had to postpone the Osprey’s trip, we are trying to rebook it.

Monday is Merlin’s and Eagle’s trip. They need to be at the station by 9am and picked up from the station at 3.59. If you haven’t returned the permission slip yet please do so or else we will not be able to take your child on the trip.

This Friday Ospreys will be leading our assembly and next week 8th February the Kites will be taking the lead. Do join us if you can.

The Disco is almost here – hooray. On Friday 8th February it is the PTA disco 5-6.30. I know the children always look forward to disco night.

I have had a request through for you to take part in a research project:

We are researchers from the University of Leeds, and we are conducting a study to find out more about children’s eating habits and food in the family home. In particular, we are interested in the views of parents of primary school aged children. We have developed an online questionnaire and are trying to get as many parents to fill this in. The questionnaire takes about 8-12 minutes to complete, is anonymous and voluntary.

We would be grateful if you would consider sharing the questionnaire link (below) with parents of children at your school (e.g. in your school newsletter/bulletin)

*Questionnaire link – *

If any of you would like to help I know they would be grateful.

I have attached some new information about how to keep your children safe online that I have been sent by Derbyshire. I think it is worth reading.

I hope we all have a good week and it warms up!

Alice Littlehailes

In-game chat: What you need to know

Video games have always been popular among children – even more so now that online multiplayer games like Fortnite, FIFA and Overwatch have evolved into social spaces, where friends and strangers meet and play together.

Many children make new friends by playing online and get to know each other via voice or text chat while playing.

In-game chat refers to the game’s own built-in chat function which lets the entire group of people playing together, friends and strangers, talk. It’s also popular to use external chat platforms, like Skype or Discord, in which only invited members can join the chat. Being a part of an online community where like-minded people can talk to each other can be great fun — but not everyone in in-game chats has good intentions, and there are a few things to be aware of if your child is using in-game chat functions.

Online grooming

Online grooming is when an adult, sometimes using a fake identity, establishes a relationship with a child online to exploit them sexually — perhaps by asking for nude photos or to meet in person. There have been several reports of children being targeted by abusers through games like Fortnite, and it’s important that your child knows how to handle contact with people they don’t know in ‘real life’.

Explain to your child that people online aren’t always who they claim to be and that they shouldn’t be sharing personal information (their real name, their address, their school’s address) or agree to meet up with people they haven’t met in person before.

Sometimes, abusers will be quite explicit about their intentions and show their interest in children within their username or profile. Make sure your child takes this seriously and doesn’t dismiss it as ‘just a joke’.

They should be aware that abusers might start chatting during a game, but then ask to stay in touch on social media. They might even offer to send children a phone so that they are able to keep their conversations secret.

If you’re worried that your child might not yet be ready to speak to people they don’t know online, all games consoles feature parental and privacy settings that you can adjust so that your child can only communicate with people on their friends’ list – check online for information about your child’s console.

As your child grows, you might be more comfortable with letting them communicate with players they don’t know – but get to know the reporting mechanisms of the game they’re playing first, and encourage them to quickly block and report anyone who harasses them, or makes them uncomfortable.

If you come across something you suspect might be online grooming, go to the NCA-CEOP site where you quickly report it.

Read more about online grooming

Online bullying

Playing online with others, especially in ranked matches, can lead to heated arguments, swearing, and insults— especially when one player performs badly. Most in-game communication, whether it’s via text messages or voice chat, is immediate and unmoderated.

When a child is on the receiving end of mean comments or insults, they’ll probably be tempted to respond aggressively or seek revenge. Remind your child that this usually makes the situation worse, and that they should try not to take it personally – the issue is not with them, but rather the bully. Let your child know that they can talk to you if they have been cyberbullied and you’ll always help them.

Keep a record of the abuse – take screenshots of text messages, for example. Reporting tools vary depending on the game but they’re normally easy to find. If a game doesn’t have them, it’s probably best to avoid it.

If your child seems very upset after being bullied, there are several free support services available that can help them recover.

Read more about bullying in video games on Parent Info.

Think about alternatives to in-game chat

As we’ve mentioned, you can limit who your child can communicate with by adjusting the settings so that they can’t be contacted by people who are not on their friends’ list.

But another option is to set up a private chatroom for your child and their friends using platforms like Discord, which is very secure.

And some games, like Minecraft, offer the ability to set up a private server so that only approved players can enter the gaming session.

Newsletter 24/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came to the PTA meeting last Thursday the turnout was good. The new PTA constitution will be coming out soon for you all to see and comment on. Also thank you to all the parents that ran the PTA film night on Friday it was enjoyed by all.

We had a lovely day on Tuesday enjoying the huge snowflakes that were falling and even better all the roads were clear by home time – my kind of snow!

Next week the children in Ospreys are off to the Lowry to take part in a dance workshop and art activities to support their work on L S Lowry. We are all very excited about it.

On Friday next week 1st February the Ospreys will be leading our assembly do join us if you can.

If your child is in choir and you haven’t returned the letter about the Kinder Choir Concert please can you.

We have received the following:

Dear Parents –

With online payments on the rise, Eduspot (as providers of SchoolMoney) would like to remind you to be extra vigilant when making payments.

Recently, there have been a small number of reports of attempts to defraud parents whilst using SchoolMoney. We thoroughly investigate all reports of attempts to defraud parents using our system (including separate, independent checks) and can confirm that we found we found that no fraud, data breach or malicious attack has occurred.

We believe however, that it important to remind parents to be extra vigilant when making payments online. NEVER give out your ATM pin to anyone – no system or person should ever require this to complete an online transaction. If something looks suspicious, do not complete the payment, close down your browser and start again making sure you are using a genuine website.

You should also ensure all system and app updates are applied to your PC or mobile devices and that they have reliable, up-to-date anti-virus software installed. Increasingly, mobile devices are the targets of malicious software so it’s important that these also have adequate protection.

Eduspot remains committed to protecting your online security and providing you with an easy to use solution to securely make payments to your schools. If you spot something that doesn’t look right relating to SchoolMoney, please contact us at

The Eduspot Team

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had another lovely week in school. I am enjoying getting regular pictures from Mrs Clayton in India. It sounds as if she is having an amazing not to mention mind blowing time. She has worked with the children in the school we are linked with and been training some of the teachers who work in Kolkata. We are looking forward to hearing all about it when she returns next week.

In school the children are all having great Eureka moments. There have been letters to dinosaurs, space station visits, stepping inside Lowry paintings, Fairy Tale telling, Teeth exploring, Beowulf imagining and shadow making to name but a few of the learning experiences the children have had.

We have been very busy changing the use of some of the rooms in school and tomorrow we will be opening our ‘Bookwormery’ (fiction library) and ‘Questionarium’ (non-fiction library). A huge thank you to all of you who through the PTA have provided £3,000 worth of books for these rooms.

There is an important PTA meeting tonight 7pm at The Cricket Club. One of the agenda items is the new PTA constitution. I hope a lot of you can be there.

It is Film Night on Friday. I am looking forward to watching a film with the children.

Next Wednesday 23rd January all the staff have to leave promptly to get to a training session so please ensure your children are picked up on time as nobody will be available to look after them.

Cookery Club is cancelled next week 22nd January as Mrs McLaren and Miss Byron are at training. Next week is a busy week for staff after school!

Well done to all the children who are helping their class reduce the number of lates they have. Merlins continue to be our punctuality super stars. If your child arrives at school after 9am they are late. Please can you make sure your child is in school before 9am.

No snow is forecast for here over the next few weeks but as the ‘S’ word has been mentioned let me remind you that we always try our best to keep school open if it is safe to do so. If school has to be closed either because not enough staff can get to school or it is not safe for the children to walk to school a text message will be sent out as early as possible. Let us just hope any white stuff falls at a weekend.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/01/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year. I hope you all had just the kind of Christmas you enjoy whether that be busy or quiet. It has been lovely to welcome all the children back into school.
A huge thank you to everyone who sent in a donation for the school we are linking with in Kolkata. Mrs Clayton is going there on Friday – tomorrow.

The Peregrines were welcomed back in with the news a space shuttle had crashed in the playground!
Luckily Keith is very good at clearing up messes so no evidence remains of the incident!

Our lovely choir, following their fabulous performances over Christmas, have been invited to take part in a concert on Sunday 10th March in Buxton. I know lots of them have regular commitments on a Sunday but we would appreciate it if they could miss them just this once. They should have brought a letter home about it yesterday.

Clubs restart on Monday. If any children would like to leave or join a club please just let us know. Remember it is the second group at cookery club.
Day Time Open To
Orchestra Monday 8.30-9.00 Anyone learning an instrument
Creative Club Monday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 2-6
ICT Club Monday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 4-6
Cookery Club Tuesday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Gardening Club Tuesday 3.30 – 4.30 Years 3-6
Key Stage 1 Club Tuesday 3.20 – 4.00 Year 1-2
Ignite Wednesday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Running Club Thursday 3.30-4.30 Years 3-6
Drama Club Thursday 3.30 -4.30 Years 2-6
Film Club Thursday 3.30 – 5.00 Years 3-6

On Monday the Harriers are going to treat us to a Clarinet Concert in Assembly just after 9am. Please do join us to hear just how good they are becoming.

There is a PTA meeting on Thursday 17th January 7pm at The Cricket Club. Please do come if you can we need as many people as possible to help.

Friday 18th January is Film Night from 3.30 – 5.20. Look out for flyers about this.

The closing date for applications for a place for due to start in Reception next Year is fast approaching. The deadline is Midnight on Tuesday 15.1.19. Make sure you get your school preference in and remind anyone you know who may have forgotten to do it. Late applications are dealt with once the whole of the county has been allocated places.

The children tell me they have got a whole lot of new internet enabled devices, lucky them. A parent has told me about an app which helps them both know what the children are on and set limits for screen time. It:

Allows you to create child accounts for under 13s and they need to be part of a google family group which parents may already use to share apps.

Over 18 accounts can be set as ‘parents’ in the group.

Most apps on the device can be disabled / enabled remotely.

Time limits for individual days and overnight lockdowns.

Also gives you locations for devices and will get them to make a noise even on a tablet or phone on silent when lost at home!

Gives a report of how long each app has been used for. There is also a version for apple devices.

Sounds good to me.

Whilst we are talking all things electronic the children are also telling us that a number of them have been given or are playing with their fathers on ‘Grand Theft Auto’. This is an 18 and is an 18 for a reason it is very violent, and exposes children to a number of inappropriate sexual content such as rape. I would urge you not to let your children play on this game or watch others play this game until they are old enough.

I am attaching the dates for this term with the usual warning that things may change.

Alice Littlehailes

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