St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a good Easter enjoying snow, hail, fog and sun! The children have all returned well, looking happy and rested, all ready for a good term.

We were very lucky to have two special visitors in school on Tuesday. We were visited by some lambs. What a big adventure for these two week old babies. I know the children are now saying what next? We have had chicks and lambs; I do draw the line at the suggestion of lion cubs or an elephant calf!

I know it is not as exciting as lambs but next week we have got another bag 2 school collection. On Friday 30th April we would love you to drop off an old textiles including old shoes. They are not supplying bags this time but you can bring your old clothes etc. in any bin bag or carrier bag. If you could bring them in and leave them outside the front door that would be fantastic.

PAS afterschool clubs restart next week. There is a sports club for the children in years 4,5, & 6 on Tuesday, A gymnastics club for children in years 1,2, &3 on Wednesday and a sports club for years 1,2,&3 on Thursday.

As things begin to open up I know lots of you are starting to think about the possibility of a holiday away from Glossop, heady stuff. If you are thinking of going abroad once that becomes legal remember to plan in time for isolating on your return in case that is necessary. It seems like a good time to remind you that holidays during term time are not permitted.

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.

As part of Veg Power’s on-going mission to encourage the UK to eat more veg, they would like to make it easier for parents and carers to add more veg to children’s lunchboxes. Recent research from Leeds University found that only one in five children had any vegetables or salad in their packed lunch.

To support parents, Veg Power has developed a ’60 Second Lunchbox Hacks’ PDF for circulation to parents via schools. It features easy-to-implement ideas and serves to make this task as simple as possible. I am attaching it to this newsletter.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes