Archive for May, 2022

Newsletter 19/05/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you have been enjoying Walk to School Week I know a number of you have tried to leave your cars further from school or even walked the whole way.  The weather has helped.

The children have been loving our Take One Picture Week.  Their responses to the picture chosen by The National Gallery have been amazing.  I have seen 3D depictions of the picture, drama, music compositions, big art, animations, science experiments to name but a few.

The weather has been lovely this week.  Please remember to put sun cream on your child at the start of the day and send in a hat if the forecast is for a sunny day.  If you send in some sun cream in a named bottle your child can reapply their sun protection at lunchtime.

Next week on Tuesday 24th May Glossopdale staff are coming to talk to the children starting there in September.  They will also be available to talk to the parents of those children in the playground at the end of the day.

Thank you so much to everyone who has returned their sold raffle tickets.  They can go in the bucket (when I remember to bring it out with me!), given to me or handed in to the office if neither me nor the bucket are outside.  If you have run out of tickets there are spares in the office.  If you are still selling fantastic just remember they need to be in by the end of the day on Wednesday 25th May.

We are combining the pulling of the raffle with the school’s celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee next Friday 27th May.  During the day the children will be taking part in lots of Jubilee events.  Parents are invited to join the street (playground) party from 2.30pm.  On that day if the children would like to dress in red, white and blue they are very welcome to.

On Friday 27th May the children in Eagles are leading our collective worship (assembly).  Up to two people from each family are welcome to join us for this.  We ask that if possible any adults joining us wear face masks.  It starts at about 9.05 once we get all the children registered and into the hall.

We break up for half term on Friday 27th May and return on Thursday 9th June. 

Here are a couple of new dates for next half term.  We are hoping to hold our Sports Day on Tuesday 12th July at 9.15 am.  We are also planning to hold an open afternoon on Wednesday 22nd June from1.30pm when you can come in and see your children’s classroom and work, I know you have all missed the opportunity to do this. You are welcome to pop in at any point across that afternoon.  I would just ask that you are mindful of covid and not all being in the classrooms at the same time.

Simon Lodge our Brass Instrument teacher has some availability for new pupils.  If your child might be interested in learning a brass instrument see below:

To register your interest either email or follow this QR code. 


Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/05/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

This week has been our least favourite week of the year as the Year 6s have had to do their SATs tests.  I have however been incredibly proud of them. They have remained positive, focused and upbeat throughout.

We have still done a number of exciting things.  On Tuesday a member of the Parliament Education team came to talk to the children about parliament and how it works.  He was very impressed by how much the children know about our democracy.

We have also had a member of the road safety team in talking to the children about staying safe near the roads.

The Kites have been out at a cricket event.  They bounced back having had a wonderful time.

Some of the children in Peregrines and Ospreys represented us at a Gymnastics event.

Last Friday we had House Dinners.  This is part of our ongoing efforts to support the children having good table manners.  Whilst a number of the children can use a knife and fork there are children across the school who cannot.  We would love you to also help them to learn this skill.  We also practice having good conversations over the dining table.  The other positive of this is that the children get to sit with children from other classes and the family feel of the school can grow.

We are waiting for a number of slips back from parents.  Eagles still need to return Jubilee concert and Whitehall slips; Kites need to return Magna slips.  If you haven’t returned the slip to say your child either can or cannot go to an event please can you as soon as possible.

On Tuesday 24th May staff from Glossopdale will be coming down to talk to the Year 6 pupils starting with them in September.  They will be available to talk to any parents of these children in the playground at the end of the school day.

Next week is walk to School Week. We encourage everyone to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school that week.  If you live too far away to do the full distance you could park further away from school and walk some of the distance.

I am attaching a letter from the PTA about this year’s raffle.  We are combining the pulling of the raffle with the school’s celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee on Friday 27th May.  Parents are invited to join the street (playground) party from 2.30pm.  On that day if the children would like to dress in red, white and blue they are very welcome to.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 05/05/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend, it felt very strange coming so soon after the Easter holiday.

Eagles parents I hope you have managed to get tickets for the Jubilee performance at Buxton Opera House 2pm 13th June.  Remember you need to get them from the Opera House not us.

If your child would like to take part in the Glossop Victorian Weekend Parade with school on Saturday 28th May please return the slip as soon as possible.  If we do not have enough expressions of interest we will not be able to take part.

There have been reports of head lice in school.  Please can everyone check their children’s hair regularly.  If you find lice please treat the child and the rest of the family.  You can get rid of them by putting conditioner on their wet hair and using a fine tooth comb, combing out any lice, this needs to be repeated every three days for two weeks. Alternatively, you can get treatments from a chemists, again these need to be repeated.  Having head lice is nothing to be ashamed of most of us and our children have had them at least once.  My son even asked if he could keep some as a pet!

I have noticed that some children are carrying their school reading books in their hands not in a book bag.  Please can children have a book bag.  If the books get wet they start to deteriorate quite quickly and we need to be able to use them for as long as possible.

As the eagle eyed of you will have noticed Mrs Shepherd is pregnant.  We are all very excited to meet her baby when it arrives in the summer.  This also means people are starting to ask who the teachers will be in each class next academic year.  The plan at the moment is (I say at the moment because it is four months away and things can change):

Reception : Mrs Hillier and Mrs Fletcher

Year 1:        Miss Ellwood and Mrs Maniak

Year 2:        Mrs Eltringham and Miss Grandidge

Year 3:        Mrs Clayton / Mr Groarke and Mrs Taylor

Year 4:        Ms Noble and Miss Campbell

Year 5:        Mr Holt, Mrs Harris, Mrs Pierce, Mrs Swift and Mrs Woolleson

Year 6:        Ms Byron and Mrs Day

Please don’t focus on next year with your child.  We have a lot of exciting learning still to do this year.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

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  • 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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