Newsletter 05/09/2019

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

Newsletter 18/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I cannot believe this is the last newsletter of this academic year it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was welcoming you in September! Thank you all so much for this year and all the support you have offered the school. Without your support the education we could offer the children would be so much poorer. The children have achieved so much this year, experienced so much this year and enjoyed so much this year.

Congratulations to the children in Eagles and Merlins for the quality of their work in the production this week. The acting and singing was of a very high standard and the stagecraft shown was outstanding.

We welcomed the police into our assembly on Wednesday, they came to talk about keeping safe across the summer holiday. They reminded the children about water safety, not playing in derelict buildings or building sites and not getting so distracted by their mobile phones that they don’t notice roads.

Today is a busy day with Kestrels and Peregrines having a pirate day and everyone getting involved in a maths challenge day.

On Friday the choir will be donning their wet weather gear and taking part in the Buxton Fringe. They will be going to a performance at the Opera House and then performing between 1.30-2.30 either outside the Opera House or just inside the Pavilion Gardens. Do come and support our performance if you can.

Next week we are having our meet your new teacher session on Monday.

On Monday it is also the PTA Disco 5-6.30pm Do put your glad rags on and join us.

On Tuesday, the last day of term, it is the leavers assembly where we are entertained by the Year 6s as they celebrate being ready to move on to Secondary School. They also have leaver’s lunch at lunchtime. The leavers do is at Pizza Express. The Year 6s can go home get glammed up and meet us at 5pm.

Thank you again to everyone who supported the summer fun event you raised £695 whilst having fun.

A few reminders; bikeability letters need to be back for children in Y4&5 who would like to take part in this important safety event. Whitehall letters for children in Y5. Fruit money for children in Key Stage 2 next year needs to be in and please pay any dinner money debts.


I hope you all have a lovely summer and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday 4th September. The new Reception children start on Thursday 5th September.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 11/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who helped at or supported the Summer Fun event I believe it was great fun. I am sorry I was not able to be there.

Congratulations to the girl’s cricket squad who performed well at the county final and were a credit to the school. Can I take this moment to thank all the parents who have made it possible for the children to attend so many sporting events. We could not do it without you.

This week we have welcomed visitors from the DFE who came to see us because of the work we do on being an inclusive school and supporting all children. We feel very honoured to have been chosen for this visit, not because we get it right all the time because we don’t but because it is recognition that we are always striving to meet everyone’s needs.

Tomorrow the Kestrels are leading our assembly and next Friday 19th July the Peregrines will take the lead. You are all welcome to our Friday Assembly.

Next week is the Y5&6 production of Treachery at Traitor’s Quay if you haven’t ordered your tickets yet please do.

On Friday 19th the choir are going to Buxton Opera House in the morning and are then singing as part of the Buxton Fringe between 1.30-2.30 hopefully on the Opera House forecourt, if we are not allowed to be there just round the corner in the Pavilion Gardens. If you are available please do come and support us at what is always a lovely event.

We are reaching the end of the school year and this year there are a number of members of staff whom we are saying goodbye to. Mrs Radford and Mrs Jones are retiring after many years’ service. Mrs Howe has been promoted so will be leaving our kitchen and Mrs Lamb has taken up an exciting position in another school. We wish them all well with their next step. If anyone would like to make a contribution to a leaving present for any of the staff leaving please send it into the office in a labelled envelope.

If your child is in Kites, Harriers, Eagles or Merlins next year and they would like fruit remember to send in their slip and money.

Not everyone has returned their blue permissions letter please can you as soon as possible.

Please can you remember to pay all dinner money debts.

The last disco of the year is on Monday 22nd July.

On Tuesday 23rd July there will be the leaver’s assembly, leaver’s lunch plus their leavers party at Pizza Express. It is also the last day of term.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 04/07/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

My apologies for the shortness of this newsletter but I hope I have remembered all the really important things!

Thank you to everyone who supported the summer concert, it was a lovely event.

Speaking of lovely events the summer fun day is almost here and excitement is building. I hope you are all able to stay after school on Friday, or come specially. It should be great fun and a chance for everyone to enjoy being together.

Remember it is Harrier’s Assembly tomorrow and Kestrel’s Assembly on Friday 12th please do join us for these family assemblies.

Next week is the last week of school led after school clubs.


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 27/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Let me start with a correction I am so sorry but I got the start dates for next September wrong Y1-6 will start back on Wednesday 4th September the children in Reception will start on Thursday 5th September.

It was a pleasure to welcome the parents of the new Reception children on Monday and we are looking forward to their children’s visits in a few weeks. We are also hoping you will be able to take up the invitation to attend the Summer Fun Event on Friday 5th July from 3.30.

Thank you to the PTA for putting on the fashion show on Friday. It was much enjoyed by the people who attended. The PTA are very busy at the moment as they are organising the Summer Fun Event for next Friday 5th July straight after school. As every parent is a member of the PTA it would be lovely to see more of you having an input into the events, I know more help would be much appreciated for the 5th. I have been asked to put this message on the newsletter: “Preparations for the Summer Fun day are underway and the weather forecast is good! – The PTA are putting the plans together to make this a great event for the children including the very popular Inflatable Assault Course, Wet the Parent, Face painting, Tin Can Alley and many more!! This is a request for helpers, whether it’s baking cakes for the day, taking part in Wet the Parent or manning a stall/activity, any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you can help. Many thanks, Julie Shepley”

Kites are leading our assembly this Friday 28th June and Harriers will be leading it next Friday 5th July. You are very welcome to join us for our Friday assembly.

On Monday 1st July Harriers are treating us to a clarinet concert. Fresh from their triumph at The Bridgewater Hall they are preparing to wow us all. Please do join us for this just after 9am.

On Tuesday 2nd July it is our Summer Concert at 7pm. This is an opportunity for the choir to sing and anyone who is learning an instrument to perform. It is a lovely event and I hope lots of you will be able to come.

Most of the Year 6s have transition visits to their new secondary schools next week. I am sure they will all have a good time and start to feel more relaxed about the move to a new school.

It looks as if the summer might actually finally be here so can I remind you about putting sunscreen on your children before they come to school. If it needs reapplying during the day the children can bring in a named bottle that they can apply themselves. If you are going to send a bottle in please remind your child it is just for them and they should not be putting it on anyone else! A hat is also a good idea.

Please can the choir return their permission letters for the theatre and fringe concert by Wednesday 3rd as we have to sort tickets and transport. If their permission slip is not in by then we may not be able to take them.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 20/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome to all our new families who have been added to the newsletter list. We are looking forward to getting to know you.

We have had a very musical week this week with the Glossop Music Festival providing workshops for the children in Y6 and Y4 then the children in Reception and Year One going on a dinosaur hunt with The Halle Orchestra. Then the Y4s got to play with The Halle in a truly inspiring concert.

The musical theme will continue with the Y4s treating us to a clarinet concert at 9am on 1st July and our summer concert being on Tuesday 2nd July at 7pm. This concert is an opportunity for the choir to perform for you and for any child who is learning an instrument to share what they have been doing. This is always a very joyful concert enjoyed by all. The choir will all be performing but if your child would like to play an instrument just let Mrs Hillier know.

This weekend Cameron Bowers is taking part in the climb I told you about before. If you want to support his efforts and have lost the just giving page it is .We all wish him well and hope he climbs high.

It has been reported to me that there has been dog excrement left on the land just outside the gate. It is important we keep the are clear of dog muck as we want our children to stay well. Please can you clear up after your dog.

Remember on Friday we are having a Maths challenge day. At the end of the school day to company running it for us will be opening a shop for you to buy any of their resources. I know that my children loved them when they were younger, in fact still do!

I hope you have all bought your tickets for the Fashion Show in school on Friday night.

Remember there is a PTA meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 25th June. I think it is at the cricket club, if I am wrong about that I will let you know.

On Friday 28th June Kites will be leading the assembly do join us if you can.

Remember the Summer Fun Day is almost here – keep Friday 5th July clear in your diary and hope for good weather.

We will be sending out new permission sheets over the next few weeks please sign and return them to us as soon as possible so we know what we do and don’t have permission for.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 13/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We have had an exciting week. The children loved the Fisherman’s Tale thank you so much to Whitfield Parish for organising this and inviting us to attend. The girl’s Kwick Cricket High Peak Final was on Thursday and the girls won!! This means they have progressed to the Derbyshire Final. Congratulations to them. The boy’s final has been cancelled for tomorrow due to a wet pitch! This will now take place on 27th June.

The cake sale was a huge success thank you for all your support with this. The children who organised it did a great job and should feel very proud of themselves.

The Y4s are attending a workshop with Glossop Music Festival today and Y6 are tomorrow. I am sure they will have a great time.

Remember tomorrow 14th June is Bag 2 School day, please bring in your old textiles. It is also non uniform day for bottles. As if that was not enough excitement for one day it is also Eagle’s Assembly.

On Tuesday 18th June all of Reception and Year 1 are going on a very exciting trip to The Bridgewater Hall to see the Halle Orchestra. This is an amazing opportunity for the children to experience world class live music and we are all very excited about it. If you have not yet sent your slip back please do so as soon as possible I would hate your child to miss out on this.

Change of date The Osprey’s Assembly is now on Thursday 20th June at 2.30. The reason we have had to change it is because we have been offered a Maths Challenge Day on the Friday.

On Friday 21st June the children will be taking part in a Maths and teambuilding challenge day run by The Happy Puzzle Company. I have worked with this company before and their games and puzzles are amazing. After school they will be running a shop for you if you would like to purchase any of their games and puzzles.

Remember the PTA Fashion Show is on Friday 21st June, tickets available from the school office or Blossom. The PTA have asked me to circulate the message below:

The summer fun day will soon be here (5th July) which is always a great event, especially as next year’s parents and children are also invited. To get things started, we need to have a meeting to discuss ideas/plans and start putting together what help we need both before and on the day. If you would like to be involved in the planning we will be meeting on Wednesday 19th June (venue and time to be confirmed but it will be after 7pm). If you can’t attend but would like to help please let me know”.

There will be no ICT club on Monday 17th June as Mr Rank is not available.

These are the classes for next academic year, as ever things do sometimes change but at the moment these are our plans:

Reception        Mrs Hillier & Mrs Bilidt

Year 1             Miss Done & Mrs White

Year 2             Mrs Eltringham, Mrs Bewley, Miss Campbell, Miss Grandige & Mrs Woolleson

Year 3             Mrs McLaren, Mrs Holland, Mrs Lamb & Mrs Swift

Year 4             Mr Holt, Mrs Holland, Mrs Lamb & Mrs Swift

Year 5             Mrs Clayton, Mrs Day & Mrs Harris

Year 6             Miss Byron, Mrs Day & Mrs Harris

Mr Warburton will be working in Y2-Y6 Ms Lee will be teaching French in Y3-Y6 Mrs Gallagher will be in Y1 &R

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 06/06/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope you all had a good week and a bit off, I know lots of you took the opportunity of the slightly longer holiday to get away on a cheaper holiday than you can in the summer.

We came back to a lovely event where one of the children received The Bishop’s Badge and the work of the Kites and Harriers supporting Reuben’s Retreat and Mummy’s Star was recognised. It was such a pleasure to have our children recognised and rewarded by the Bishop.

Today and tomorrow all the children from Y2 upwards will be walking up to St James’ Church to do some RE work either on Thursday or Friday. This is a drama performance called The Fisherman’s Tale. We are looking forward to what is always a good session. We are very grateful to Whitfield Parish for putting on this event.

On Friday 7th there will not be a family assembly. On Friday 14th June Eagles will be leading our Assembly.

Today you should be getting a bag 2 school bag, please fill it with old textiles and shoes and bring it back to school on 14th June.

On Monday some of the Year 3 children have planned and organised a cake sale in aid of homeless charities. They have asked me to ask you to send in cakes to sell (preferably small cakes and biscuits) and also to send your child in with a donation. I am so impressed with the work the children have put into this and I hope you can support their efforts.

On Monday the choir are singing in New Mills Arts Theatre as part of the PEGS annual concert. I am sorry the letters came out so late. Please can you return the permission slips as soon as possible.

On Thursday and Friday next week the Year 4s and Y6s have been offered a music workshop by the Glossop Music Festival. We are all looking forward to these events.

On Friday 14th June it is a non-uniform day. For the privilege of coming to school in sensible casual clothes the children are asked to bring in a bottle for the PTA. The bottle can be of anything; shampoo, sauce, pop, wine – anything. Thank you for supporting school in this way.

On Friday 21st June the PTA are holding a fashion show in school. Tickets, which cost £5, will be available from the school office and Blossom.

Public Health are consulting with the public and local stakeholders on creating ‘additional smokefree public spaces’. One of the main aims of any future work in this area is to try and protect children from second hand smoke. The consultation can be found here


Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 23/05/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came and supported sports day it was a lovely if cool event. It was great to welcome Biggin School. The children were very excited to see Miss Nicholls again and they made some new friends.

This week we have been very busy with Take One Picture Week. The children’s work is coming from the picture Men of the Dock. We have had seascapes, bridges, trips to New York, interpretations of the picture in different media, drama and many other things. The House Captains did a lovely job on Monday of helping the children lead their own learning.

We finish tomorrow for half term and start back on Wednesday 5th June.

If you owe any dinner money, please can you settle your bill. Dinner money for next half term is £73.50.

When we come back all the children from Y2 upwards will be walking up to St James’ Church to do some RE work either on Thursday or Friday. This is a drama performance called The Fisherman’s Tale. We are looking forward to what is always a good session.

On Friday 7th there will not be a family assembly. On Friday 14th June Eagles will be leading our Assembly.

It was lovely to have Julia in Assembly this week, if a little sad that this will be her last assembly with us, she is moving on to her new curacy.

A date for your diary – on 22nd June at New Mills Football Club there is a family fun day to raise money for local children’s charities. The afternoon includes a football match with an all stars team including Emmerdale stars. Kick off at 2pm.

There is an opportunity for girls to have a golf taster session. This is on Saturday 1st June 3-5pm at New Mills Golf Club SK22 4QE. If you are interested you can book via Sam Shaw 01663 746161

I hope you all have a lovely holiday, see you on the 5th June.

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 16/05/2019

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

What a beautiful sunny week it has been. With the improving weather can I remind you to apply sunscreen to your child before school and send them in with a hat.

It is sports day tomorrow and the forecast is perfect dry with some cloud cover. All the children need to have sports kit in school (Please can the Kestrel’s come dressed in their sports kit and bring their uniform to change into later). They do not need to bring drinks as we provide them. Parents are invited to come and watch, we will start at about 9.15 on the top field. The format of the morning is that we start with sporting stations the children go round in their houses followed by some races. During the races can I remind you that parents need to stay back from the track and at the side, we would like all the children to enjoy the morning and not be intimidated by the crowd. The children from Miss Nicholls’ new school Biggin will be joining us at some point over the morning.

The children are very excited about our new goal posts, thank you very much to the Sales-Jones family who donated them.

Over the next month we are very excited to have been chosen to work with a professional film maker to make a film for ‘The Mighty Creatives’ about the importance of arts and pupil voice. The film will be used to help other schools develop their work. Some general shots will be taken around school as well as some interviews with some children. We have your permission slips in and will not be interviewing any children we do not have permission for. If you have concerns about your child appearing in a general panning shot please can you let me know as soon as possible.

Cameron Bowers is part of the Youth Development Climbing Team over in Stockport whom are sponsored by SkillForce, he and his team mates are climbing the height of Everest in a day! They are attempting this feat on 22nd June to raise money for Prince William Award. If you would like to support this their just giving page is:

The forest school club is going very well on a Thursday. Inside Out who run it have these activities running over half term:

Inside Out Forest School will be holding a 2 day Whit Week camp at Gnat hole Farm in Glossop on Tues 28th May and Wed 29th May 9-4pm. To book visit our website and search under Children-holiday clubs.

We are also holding a 2 day camp to accommodate children from St. Lukes only on the Inset days of Mon 3rd and Tues 4th June with a reduced price of £20 per child, £15 a sibling. The booking system is now open and look under children, Holiday Clubs then click on Glossop.

I look forward to seeing as many as possible of you tonight for a PTA meeting 7pm in school.


Alice Littlehailes

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