St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I do hope you all had a great summer. It is always a delight to see everybody back and ready for the new school year, though they all (and the staff) find getting back into the routine tiring.

There is a PTA meeting after the Friday morning assembly tomorrow– with cake! Every Friday we have an open assembly which everyone is welcome to attend. Following the assembly this Friday there will be a PTA welcome meeting for new and existing parents. Please do attend if you can, pre-schoolers are welcome.

The start of the school year is a good time to remind you all that attendance and punctuality are really important and make difference to your child’s education. Holidays in term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Here is the official statement from Derbyshire:

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.


I am also including the information about our facebook page again just so you have it. I will try to get better at remembering to use it!

if you are a Facebook user we would welcome you to ‘like and follow’ the St Luke’s Church of England Primary School official Facebook page. The Facebook page has been established by the staff and governors to share information and events about the school to the school and local community. Its aim is to be a source of information, it is not to be a page for queries and/or concerns regarding your child/children. If you have any questions regarding school matters then these should be directed through the traditional channels of the school office or your child’s class teacher. The School staff will of course respond to comments as soon as possible should a response be required but this may not be immediate. We would be very grateful if you could respect this page and the users who use it – we will have to delete inappropriate comments should this be required. The staff and school governors hope that this will be a great new additional communication tool for the school, all the other communication channels will remain in place.

The school Facebook page can be found using the following link:

We recommend that you set up the St Luke’s Facebook page as a ‘favourite group/page’ by following these simple steps (from a desktop computer):

  1. Like and follow on your personal Facebook profile
  2. When on the St Luke’s Facebook page. Click the ‘following’ button and under ‘in your news feed’ section, tick the ‘see first’ button. This will ensure that when a new item is posted on the official page you will see this first in your newsfeed.There will be toast tomorrow. On Friday mornings we have toast as a treat. The children bring in 20p and for this they get a slice of toast. It is part of our economic education so once the children reach Year 3 if they forget their 20p they do not get toast. This is not us being mean but us helping them understand the relationship between money and food. If you are available on a Friday morning and would like to help make toast we would love to hear from you.
  3. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

I am attaching the dates for this year. We do sometimes have to change dates so please keep an eye on the newsletters for updates.

Alice Littlehailes


Dates 2019-20


6th                           PTA Coffee Morning

9th & 10th             Bikeabilty

13th                        Plastic collection starts

16th                        Clubs start

17th                        Library visits

18th                        Pinochio in school

19th                         Phonics Workshop

20th                         Bring Plastics in

Scoot and Skate

23rd                         Y6 online safety

27th                        St Luke’s Sculpture Park


1st                           Online safety training for parents

3rd                           PTA AGM

6th                           Glossop Jog

9th-11th                  Whitehall

11th                        Eagles leading Assembly

16th                         Individual Photos

18th                         Peregrines leading Assembly

PTA disco

23rd                         Parents evening

24th                         Children finish for half term


4th                           Children return to school

5th                           Flu vaccinations

7th                           Visit to Parliament

8th                           Ospreys trip

Merlins leading Assembly

15th                        Ospreys leading Assembly

22nd                        Kites leading Assembly

Y4 Sleep Over

29th                        Harriers leading Assembly


10th & 11th           Christmas Production

13th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

17th                        Eagles & Merlins party

18th                        Harriers & Kites party

19th                         Ospreys, Peregrines & Kestrels party

20th                        Carol Service

Christmas Dinner

Finish for Christmas


6th                           Children return to school

31st                         Kites leading Assembly


7th                           Harriers leading Assembly

14th                        Merlins leading Assembly

Finish for half term

24th                        Children return to school


6th                           Ospreys leading Assembly

9th                           Class Photos

13th                        Eagles leading Assembly

20th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

27th                        Peregrines leading Assembly

30th&31st              Y3/4 Production


1st                           Parents Evening

3rd                           Easter Service

Children finish for Easter

20th                        Children return to school

22nd – 24th           Whitby


1st                           Eagles Assembly

8th                           Bank Holiday

15th                        Sports Day

22nd                        Children finish for half term


3rd                           Children return to school

8th                           PEGS music concert

12th                        Kites leading Assembly

26th                        Harriers leading Assembly


3rd                           Ospreys leading Assembly

W/B 6th                 Merlins & Eagles Production

10th                        Peregrines leading Assembly

17th                        Kestrels leading Assembly

21st                         Levers Assembly

Children finish for summer