Archive for January, 2021

Newsletter 14/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for the way you have just stepped up and helped us get remote education working. I have been amazed at just how smoothly it has gone. I know there have been a few teething problems at our end and yours but we seem to have got those sorted. If you are having any problems at all technological or emotional please get in touch.

You will have seen that the guidelines around part time timetables have changed. The children of critical workers are expected to be at home if they can be and can now be in for part weeks, vulnerable children are expected to be in school full time.

You will have seen that there has been some controversy over the quality of the food hampers provided to the parents of children in receipt of free school meals in some parts of the country. I am pleased to be able to tell you that the hampers provided by Derbyshire Catering Service to our parents have been great. They contain a lovely mix of fresh and tinned produce and would make tasty, healthy lunches. The Catering service should be commended on the speed with which they put together these hampers across the whole county. I know our catering team assembled them as well as providing lunches for the children in school. A huge thank you goes out to them.

I am missing you all.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Letter to children 07/01/2021


Dear Fabulous St Luke’s Children,

I am so sorry that you are not able to come to school at the moment. The corona virus is doing what viruses do and infecting lots of people. Luckily it is not making lots of children ill but it is making adults ill. Most children are being asked to work at home so that you can help keep the grown-ups safe and well. Thank you so much for doing this you are really helping. Some children have been asked to come into school to help make sure everyone in our country can still be looked after, thank you to those children too.

We were told this was happening after school closed on Monday so I was not able to see you before it happened. I am sorry I was not able to answer your questions or reassure you that we are all still here and still care about you. I am still here for you. If you need me or any of the other adults in school you can send a message on See Saw, the other children will not see that. You can email school at or you can phone 01457 852602.

It is really difficult for the adults at home with you so please be kind and helpful. There will be days when you feel grumpy and fed up, there will also be days when your grown-ups feel grumpy and fed up! We all need to be patient and forgiving.

Please remember to take care of each other. Please be kind on line, don’t say or write anything you would not say to me. Please make sure nobody is left out of group chats. If you think somebody is feeling sad please tell a grown-up.

You are all amazing. I am so proud of the wonderful young people you are. The St Luke’s team can get through this.

Remember as a church school we believe in hope for the future, things will get better. I am so looking forward to the day when we will all be at school together again.

Mrs Littlehailes

Newsletter 07/01/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see everyone back on Monday I am just sorry that it was only for one day. I was pleased to see the announcement by Gavin Williams the Education Secretary that schools are safe and the closure is not because they are unsafe. Thank you all for all you have done to help us manage this rapid move back into partial closure and online learning your patience and understanding has really helped. The St Luke’s family is such a strong team I am so pleased to be part of it.

I thought yesterday’s online learning went well, there were some glitches but hopefully we can iron those out. Almost the whole school was online yesterday which was amazing. If you are experiencing problems with devices or data allowances please contact me and I will see what I can do to help. This may well mean passing the problem on to others as I am a bit of a luddite, or just old!

If you need any equipment such as paper or pencils, please be in touch and we will help.

If you are experiencing any problems at all please get in touch by phone, text, email or see saw we want to help support you through this. We know having to have your children at home all day, get them to engage with their learning and carry out your normal work, paid or unpaid, is incredibly difficult. I am very grateful mine are now adults. Even if all you need is an outlet to vent your frustration, please, please give me a ring.

During the last partial school closure there were some issues around the children keeping in touch over social media. There were some children who were excluded from zooms by other children and some unkind things said on social media. The children are not at school where disagreements and fallings out can be quickly resolved in person either on their own or with adult support. I know this is another job for you, and I am sorry, but please can you keep an eye out for these kinds of behaviours and if you cannot help your child resolve it let school know and we will try.

Remember the closing date for Reception places next year is 15th January. If you haven’t applied yet you need to. If you know of others who should be starting school in September please remind them.

I am attaching a letter for the children please can you share it with them.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

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