Archive for January, 2023

Newsletter 26/01/2023

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents & Carers,

This week has been RE week.  The children have been learning about different faiths and considering big questions like ‘if people believe God is everywhere why do we have churches?’  As ever the children have impressed us with the respectful, thoughtful way they have approached their learning.

You should have received information about Film Night yesterday.  It is on Thursday 2nd Feb.  There will be no Recorders and Orchestra that day.

Parent teacher online meetings will be held the week beginning 13th February. Letters about this will be emailed to you later today. There will be no afterschool clubs that week. 

Tomorrow Harriers will be leading our Collective Worship.  Their assembly starts at about 9.10.  I will text out the code word in the morning.  On Friday 3rd Kites will be taking the lead.

Your children should be coming home with the words for 2 poems they are learning as part of our annual House Verse Speaking Challenge.  Due to covid it has been a number of years since we were able to do this.  Each house learn 2 poems, one I have chosen for everyone and one the house has chosen.  Your first reaction will be they will never learn these how ridiculous. However, every year the children rise to the challenge, learn the poems and perform them together.  Please help your child to learn the poems at home.

I am attaching information about this year’s Fairtrade competition for your child.  The choir have been asked to sing at the prize giving for this competition on Saturday 1st April.  I do not yet know where or at what time.  As soon as I know you will be asked to indicate your child’s availability.  We will do it if enough children are free, though we do appreciate it is the first day of the Easter Holiday.

Whitfield Parish has sent through the following invitation to you all:

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/01/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

This week has been a chilly old week with the children in Kestrels making full use of the low temperatures to make ice sculptures.  I was very pleased to see some of them come rushing into my office with great excitement to ask me to come out and look at them.

The children in Eagles enjoyed a morning of dance at Glossopdale.  Thank you to the children and staff from Glossopdale school who ran this.

As you may be aware, we have been advised by the National Educational Union (NEU) that their teacher members intend to take industrial action. The union is declaring seven days of strike action in February and March, though any individual school will only be affected by four of them. The first is scheduled for Wednesday 1 February 2023.

The impact of this action on schools may vary depending on the proportion of teachers who are members of the NEU. As a result, headteachers are currently liaising with staff to determine the impact this may have on their individual schools. Headteachers will share further information with parents and carers at the earliest opportunity.

While we are not yet in a position to offer definitive guidance, we do want to reassure you that we will be in touch as soon as we have something to share.

Friday next week is the first of our child led collective worships.  On Friday 27th Harriers will be leading.  I will send the parents of the children in that class a code word that morning.

We have received this letter for you:

Dear Parent Carers
Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice (DPCV) have 3 lunchtime meet and eat information sessions coming up across the county in Buxton, Chesterfield and Swadlincote, 11am – 1pm.

Come for as little or as long as you can.

Have lunch, meet other parent carers and find out about:

  • DPCV (Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice) – Speak with trustees, become a member, learn about other upcoming parent carers events and tell us what information and support you need for the year ahead.
  • DIASS (Derbyshire Information Advice Support Service) – Useful information about EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) Assessments, speak with DIASS representative.
  • Sign up for a virtual 1:1 with Dan Careless, Strategic Lead for Schools and Learning from Derbyshire County Council, Children’s Services.

Click the link below to register via the DPCV website and Eventbrite:

We look forward to seeing you.
The DPCV Team

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/01/2023


St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a bit of a break over the festive period.  It has been lovely to see the children come back recharged and ready to learn.

Swimming restarts next Thursday 19th January.  The Eagles will meet at the pool at 8.45 so they are ready to start their lesson at 9.  The Ospreys will meet at school and walk up ready to start their lesson at 9.30.

A quick reminder that children must not wear earrings for PE, including swimming.  If the children cannot remove their earrings by themselves then they need to not wear them for school on the days they have PE.  This is why we recommend if you want to have your child’s ears pierced you do it at the start of the school summer holiday.  If your child has had their ears pierced in the last 6 weeks we will tape them but you must understand that this is not as safe as having no earrings in for PE.

The weather has been so wet and it looks to continue to be wet for the foreseeable future.  I have noticed that on wet days several parents have been driving into the carpark or getting taxies to school and having them drive into the carpark.  Please do not do this, it is not safe.  There are a few vehicles that have prearranged permission to drive into the carpark such as nurseries, taxies dropping children off without an adult and adults with disabilities.  Please do not take this as permission for anyone else to use the carpark.  I want us to keep everyone safe.

I am attaching dates for the term.  As always plans may change so do keep an eye on the newsletter.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

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