Newsletter 27/04/2023

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents & Carers,

Well another week has flown by.  There is a lovely productive atmosphere across the school. Something that was commented on by the Inspectors on Tuesday. I have been lucky enough to have loads of children bring down some fantastic writing to show me.  I really enjoy seeing the children’s pride in their work when they know it is their best.

I hope your children all enjoyed the toast last Friday provided by the PTA.  Toast is going to be a regular Friday feature again.  Starting tomorrow if your child brings in 20p on a Friday they can buy a piece of toast.  The older children love being the person who is in charge of the list of those who have paid.  Not only is it a treat it is also part of the children’s financial education.  The children learn the link between money and goods.  In an age when lots of people pay with cards or online that understanding is even more important.  Thank you so much to the parents who have volunteered to make this possible.

I am attaching some information about a free girls’ cricket taster day.  Our girls are really enjoying cricket as a sport and I am sure a number of them will want to go to this.  It has been organised by Mrs Pierce so they will have a friendly face there.

It has been pointed out to me by one of our visitors to school that people have been parking on the zig zag lines outside school.  Please make sure you are following the Highway Code and parking responsibly to keep everyone safe.

Remember Monday is a bank holiday.  On Tuesday the NEU has called another strike day so Years 3,4 & 5 are not in.  Y1 are not in for the morning but will be in for their dinner at 12.  Reception are in for the morning but picked up at 12.30 after their dinner.

Next week we will be finding out more about the coronation and the role of the monarch.  On Thursday we will be having Merlin’s special menu of sausages – always a favourite.

A number of the older children are experiencing difficulties managing relationships on WhatsApp.  If this is true for your child the advice is not to ban them or take their phone off them but to talk to them about being respectful online, not using it as a way of saying to people things you wouldn’t say to their face.  It also should not be used as a way to exclude people.  WhatsApp is for 14 years plus and if you decide to let your child use it, help them to use it in a way that does not cause upset.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes




Newsletter 20/04/2023

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you all had a good Easter.  It has been lovely to welcome the children back into school.

I hope you have all seen the clubs letter I sent out earlier in the week.  I realise that in fact Science and Rugby Clubs cannot start until the week after.  Science Club will start on Wednesday 3rd and Rugby club on Thursday 4th May. Sorry for causing confusion.

As you will be aware we are welcoming Mr Millinson into school to carry out our SIAMS inspection on Tuesday.  We are looking forward to sharing our lovely children’s achievements with him and helping him understand us as a church school.

I am attaching information from Glossop Music Festival about their concert for children Musical Beasts.  It looks very exciting.

Swimming starts next week for the Y1s they come to school as normal and walk up in time for their lesson at 9.30.

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


Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 30/03/2023


St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents & Carers,

I cannot believe that we have almost reached the end of term and what a fabulous end of term it has been.

  • The chicks are still causing huge excitement and interest in living things. The amount of learning has been amazing.
  • The PTA are selling egg cups and raffle tickets. I cannot wait to see what decorations the children come up with.
  • Not only that the PTA ran a much enjoyed quiz on Friday. I feel so disappointed that I was not able to be there.  Not only was fun had £500 was raised.
  • The Year 5s are having a wonderful time in Whitby. They have been on a town trail, seen a seal and enjoyed each other’s company.
  • The children in Kites and Harriers put on an amazing production. I was blown away by the quality of their singing.  They all got into role and acted so well.  We are all very proud of them.
  • I am so proud of the touch rugby team who played on Monday, they embodied good sportsmanship. They realised that one of the smaller local schools did not have enough players so subbed in for them with no fuss.  They got through to the final which was a draw and instantly offered the win to the other team who had beaten them in the earlier round robin rounds.  They enjoyed representing school, played really well and showed everyone how to be competitive but sporting.  They are a true credit to the school and to you.

I said it was a fantastic end to the term.  Which will be rounded off with the Easter Service in church at about 9.15 on Friday.

The children have all been planning healthy school lunches and our lovely school cook Mrs Lomas has agreed to cook the meals they have planned instead of those planned by the catering team.  The first Thursday back after Easter we will be having Kites menu which is nuggets or meatballs with chips, peas and beans followed by apple crumble and custard.

Paper copies of the new dinner menu are coming home. I am also attaching an electronic version of the new menu. 

Whitfield Parish are organising an Easter peg hunt on Saturday.  Flyer attached.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter.  See you all back on Monday 17th April

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes




Newsletter 23/03/2023

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents & Carers,

Well this has been an exciting week.  On Monday most of the children in Merlins performed on stage at the Buxton Opera House as part of a dance festival.  It was a lovely evening and the children did themselves proud.  Then on Wednesday the chicks started hatching!  The children across school are enjoying watching the chicks emerge from their shells and start to grow.

We are all looking forward to seeing the children in Kites and Harriers perform on Monday and Tuesday.  Please can the children come back to school to get ready by 6.10.  Doors will open to let them and the audience in at 6.00.  If you are coming to a performance, please remember your ticket.

Remember clubs have now finished.  New club’s letters will go out after Easter.

On Wednesday 29th March the Eagles are going to Whitby.  The coach is picking up from school at around 8.45.  Drop off on that morning is going to be tricky.  Please could you park further away from school and walk to try and alleviate the potential chaos.

I am receiving complaints about the parking around school with people blocking driveways and parking on road junctions.  I know everyone wants to park as close to school as possible but it is making drop off and pick up time more dangerous than they need to be.

The PTA are organising a design an egg cup competition and a virtual duck race.  Please see the attached poster for more details about these exciting events.

The PTA quiz night is proving to be very popular with only a few tickets remaining for Friday night.  If you haven’t got your tickets yet don’t delay.

The Ospreys are leading our collective worship on Friday.  As ever it starts just after 9am.  I will text out the codeword tomorrow morning.

GAST are carrying out a travel survey to try and find solutions to the traffic problems in Glossop.  Please take the time to fill it in, the details are below.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

  • Calendar

  • 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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