Archive for September, 2021

Newsletter 30/09/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you managed to have a look at our sculptures in the sculpture park on the theme of sanctuary. Thank goodness the sun came out for pick up time giving you a nicer experience. I am not sure how long they will last with the wind and rain forecast for the next few days. Through this project the children have explored the need for safety. They have learnt about the life of refugees and gained a deeper understanding of the international right of the child.

The Glossop jog is fast approaching. This is the annual charity fundraising event organised by the Rotary. St Luke’s children and families have always taken part in large numbers. It is on Sunday 10th October at 11am. The event lasts an hour during which time the entrants see how many times they can run, walk or toddle round the course. If your child, or whole family would like to take part and have not yet signed up just let the office know and we can sort this out.

Remember at 7pm tonight Mrs Hillier is holding a phonics workshop for Reception parents and anyone else who has not been able to attend before or who would like a refresher. The link to the workshop is:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 910 5405 8234
Passcode: E6ecrw

Important Covid Information

We are finding that there is some confusion around covid testing. There are two types of tests:

The lateral flow test which you can get from chemists or have posted to you. This is done at home and the results are read at home. These are for regular testing if you have no symptoms. They are for adults and secondary aged children to try to pick up anyone who has covid without symptoms and who might infect others. They are not for people who have symptoms.

The PCR test which is for people who have symptoms. This is done at a testing centre or you can request one to be sent to your home. The results are tested in a lab. You can book a test by logging on to

If you or your child has symptoms a PCR test is needed not a lateral flow test.

Whilst we are on medical things if your child has sickness or diarrhoea they need to be off for 48 hours from the last occurance.

Remember Friday 8th October is our Harvest Festival we are asking you to send in donations for Glossop Food Bank. I am sorry that I cannot invite you in to join us.

A few dates for your diary:

Tuesday 12th October Whitehall parents meeting 5.30pm

Wednesday 13th October Individual and family photos

Friday 15th October Sleep over for Y5

Friday 15th October – Thursday 21st October parents meetings with staff – you will get a letter telling you what times are available for your child’s teacher and how to book an appointment.

Friday 22nd October INSET day, children not in school. Start of half term holiday.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

New Families’ Open Afternoon

Date for your diary!

Reserve the date!

Friday 22nd October between 2 and 6pm, open to all families with a child due to start in September 2022.

Open afternoon. Come and see the school, meet the staff and tour the grounds.

Please email our school office to arrange a preferred time to visit.

We look forward to seeing you!

Newsletter 23/09/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Good morning I hope you are all well. School continues to be a calm, happy, purposeful place. We now have our pupil parliament elected and up and running. The children held their first meeting yesterday and I am looking forward to hearing from them about what they want to achieve this year. We have also elected our chaplains who think about our spiritual development. They also met yesterday and I know they are looking at the reflection areas in the classrooms and how they can be useful spaces. I am sure both groups will represent the children well.

On Wednesday 29th we are setting up our annual sculpture park. Around the outside of school there will be a number of sculptures made by each class. This year the theme is sanctuary. We chose this because of the number of refugees seeking sanctuary around the world. The children have been really moved by the images of people trying to flee Afghanistan and wildfires or floods and famine. We wanted to explore what safety and a safe place to live means. We hope the sculptures come together and that you enjoy them.

On Thursday 30th September Glossopdale is holding an open day for Year 6 pupils. To be as covid safe as possible each primary school has been given a time slot. The slot for us is 3-4pm. They contacted me and asked if I would mind children leaving school early for this and I of course said that was fine. Transition to secondary school is really important so I was happy to help this happen. You can book your place by emailing

On Thursday 30th September Mrs Hillier is holding a phonics workshop for Reception parents and anyone else who has not been able to attend before or who would like a refresher. The link to the workshop is:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 910 5405 8234
Passcode: E6ecrw

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 16/09/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a good week and are settling into the current normal. I know a number of you have been swapping the challenges of working from home for the challenges of going into work. I hope it is going relatively smoothly for you.

We have had a good week at school. It was so lovely to see the younger children at scoot and skate last night. We are looking forward to seeing the Key stage 2 children tonight. Thank you so much for the members of the PTA who have organised these events for us.

The children new to school in Reception or higher up the school have settled so well. As I walk round school I see lots of happy, focused, settled learners. It is such a pleasure to be able to share the children’s learning with them.

Our whole school virtue at the moment is caring and I have seen lots of examples of children caring for each other and for the environment. I hope they are caring for you at home.

This term the number of children coming to school late has jumped significantly. It is so important to bring your children to school on time so they have a good start to the school day and are ready to learn. Children who arrive late take longer to settle to their learning. Children who arrive late are also learning poor habits for when they are adults and will be expected to arrive at work on time. Please can everyone make a concerted effort to be at school before 9am, doors open at 8.45 so I would aim for then.

I have also noticed that a number of children are bringing in water bottles with juice in. I am sorry but the children are only allowed to drink water during the school day please do not send them in with juice.

Sorry that felt like a couple of nags I am just keen to make sure all the children can get the most out of their school life and learn to be happy healthy adults.


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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