Newsletter 07/01/2021

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see everyone back on Monday I am just sorry that it was only for one day. I was pleased to see the announcement by Gavin Williams the Education Secretary that schools are safe and the closure is not because they are unsafe. Thank you all for all you have done to help us manage this rapid move back into partial closure and online learning your patience and understanding has really helped. The St Luke’s family is such a strong team I am so pleased to be part of it.

I thought yesterday’s online learning went well, there were some glitches but hopefully we can iron those out. Almost the whole school was online yesterday which was amazing. If you are experiencing problems with devices or data allowances please contact me and I will see what I can do to help. This may well mean passing the problem on to others as I am a bit of a luddite, or just old!

If you need any equipment such as paper or pencils, please be in touch and we will help.

If you are experiencing any problems at all please get in touch by phone, text, email or see saw we want to help support you through this. We know having to have your children at home all day, get them to engage with their learning and carry out your normal work, paid or unpaid, is incredibly difficult. I am very grateful mine are now adults. Even if all you need is an outlet to vent your frustration, please, please give me a ring.

During the last partial school closure there were some issues around the children keeping in touch over social media. There were some children who were excluded from zooms by other children and some unkind things said on social media. The children are not at school where disagreements and fallings out can be quickly resolved in person either on their own or with adult support. I know this is another job for you, and I am sorry, but please can you keep an eye out for these kinds of behaviours and if you cannot help your child resolve it let school know and we will try.

Remember the closing date for Reception places next year is 15th January. If you haven’t applied yet you need to. If you know of others who should be starting school in September please remind them.

I am attaching a letter for the children please can you share it with them.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/12/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well here it is the last newsletter of 2020! What a year it has been, so many highs, so many things to be proud of and so many challenges to face. I wish I could say the challenges would all be gone as we go into 2021 but we all know that is wishful thinking. It makes the Christian Christmas message of forgiveness and hope so much more important. (I am a bit annoyed with Boris Johnson because he referenced the song I was going to use in this newsletter today in his speech yesterday, grrr, honestly I had planned this before then.) At the weekend I was listening to Kylie Minogue’s version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and thought how apt it was for this year with lines such as;

‘Next year all our troubles will be miles away’

‘Faithful friends who are dear to us will be near to us once more.

Someday soon we all will be together if the fates allow.

Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow.

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.’

Here is a link to her version of this song I hope we all manage to enjoy and make the most of our pared down Christmas this year and can hold on to that hope for the future.

Tomorrow we are holding our carol service online at 9.15 here is the link to it it is locked down at the moment and will be opened tomorrow. Please be forgiving and remember we are not the BBC. The children have written all the readings and have done a great job. The words of the carols are on the screen so you can sing along as we will be doing in our own bubbles in school. Thank you so much to Mr Holt for the hours he has spent editing this.

Remember if your child tests positive for Corona Virus up to and including 24th December you need to let me know either by texting the school texting service or by emailing . If your child develops symptoms and you are having them tested it would be really helpful if you let me know just so I don’t have a surprise amount of work on Christmas Eve!

Derbyshire County Council has asked me to share the information below with you.

If you are a family on a low income you could get food vouchers for your children over the Christmas period. The money to pay for these vouchers has come from the government through its COVID-19 winter grant scheme which is over and above the other support schemes already provided by Derbyshire County Council. The family of every child who gets free school meals in Derbyshire schools because of low income can get a £30 food voucher for the Christmas holidays. You will get another voucher in February if you are still eligible, the amount will depend on the number of children who qualify at that time. Some other families are also eligible based on financial hardship. You will receive vouchers if you meet one of the following criteria:

• Have a child aged 3 to 18 in a Derbyshire school (nursery to year 13), eligible for free school meals because of low household income.

• Have a child aged 3 or 4 not in a Derbyshire school nursery that receives free childcare and qualifies for ‘pupil premium’ based on low income (this is sometimes called ‘economic funding’).

• Have a child aged 2 that is eligible for free 2-year-old childcare because of low household income.

You do not need to do anything if your child already meets these criteria (see our website for full terms and conditions). We will contact you and you should receive a payment by email or text message that should arrive by 21 December 2020. If you have children and you do not currently claim free school meals or means tested free childcare you may still be eligible. For full details of the scheme or to see what help and support is available, please visit

If you still owe any dinner money please can you pay it as soon as possible.

Have a lovely break if you can and I look forward to seeing you all on 4th January.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/12/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well here we are contemplating the last week of term next week. What a term it has been! Thank you all for all you have done for the whole community by following the guidelines school has put in place such as the one-way system and the staggered beginning and end of the day. Whilst I am thinking of that if your child is being picked up by someone else please can you let them know about the system just so we can keep all visitors to the site safe.

For most of this term we have had very few children late for school, the staggered start has helped you get your child to school on time, but over the last few weeks a number of families are starting to arrive after 9.05. I understand that very occasionally there are good reasons for being late which we accept but please can I remind you that it is your responsibility to get your children to school on time.

This week we have been thoroughly enjoying the Carrot Productions Snowman streamed concert. Thank you so much to Zoe Bowers who organised it for us.

Next week we are doing our best to keep as many Christmas traditions alive as possible whilst remaining covid safe. Our Plans are:

Each class to watch ‘The Snow Queen’ online. Thank you to the PTA for funding this.

I believe that Santa is going to try to fit in a zoom meeting with us. We know he is very busy preparing for Christmas but he says he just might squeeze us in.

On Wednesday 16th Y5 and Y1 are going to have their parties.

On Thursday 17th it will be Y2, Y3, Y4, Y6 and Reception’s turn

All parties will be in class bubbles and the children will not mix with another bubble. On the day of the party the children can come in their party clothes. Please bear in mind that normal school life will happen in the morning including PE for those who usually have it, that playtimes will still need to be on the field, and that the classroom windows have to be open for ventilation. In other words a strapless ball gown and stilettoes is probably a bad idea!

On Friday 18th we are holding our Carol Service. This will be streamed to each classroom and to you. The link will be sent out. The children will not be mixing with other bubbles.

Also on Friday 18th we are having our Christmas Dinner. We have ordered a dinner for everyone who has not told us they are having a packed lunch. If you remember I asked you to let the office know if you did not want your child to have Christmas Dinner. This year we will not be able to all be together but we will still make it festive in everyone’s classroom.

We finish for Christmas on Friday 18th and school will reopen on Monday 4th January.

The Government has asked that all covid cases confirmed in the first 6 days of the holiday (up to and including 24th December) are reported to school so we can inform any contacts of the need to isolate to protect others. As the office will not be staffed over the Christmas break, please do not leave telephone messages. Instead please text the school text service or email me on . I can then pick up your message and take any necessary action. I am hoping that you will all remain fit and healthy and fully able to enjoy the holiday.

The Government has given schools the option of swapping a future Inset Day to Friday 18th December to allow school’s responsibility for track and trace to end a day earlier. In making a decision about this, we have taken into account the following:

– The resulting need for some parents to arrange childcare at short notice.

– The current attendance levels within the pupil and staff community.

– The existing training plans for the remaining 3 Inset Days.

– The plans already in place for the end of term.

We have decided that we will open as usual on Friday 18th December.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 03/12/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Here we are again on another Thursday! I hope you have all had a reasonable week, given how dark and dismal it has been reasonable feels like a win. I hope you are all enjoying your advent calendars, yes I know some of you have your own so you don’t have to steal the chocolate from the children.

This week we have been making our annual Christmas Trees.

Due to covid restrictions and keeping in our bubbles we have made them in our classes this year not in our houses. We are all looking forward to being able to work in our houses again once the restrictions are lifted. As promised here are the trees:

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 26/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you are all bearing up during this extra uncertainty, hopefully by the end of today we will all know what tier we are living and working in for the next few weeks. I know lots of people are having to make difficult decisions about Christmas Bubbles, who is in who is out? Is it safe to include this person? If we are in this Grandparent’s bubble that means we cannot be in that Grandparent’s who do we choose? A social and emotional minefield. As ever we are here for all of you, not that we have the solution to any of the above.

The festive period is rapidly approaching. I am looking forward to seeing the trees each class makes this year. I will send out photographs as I know many of you love coming to see them and will miss this. The children are talking very excitedly about their advent calendars; I know some doors have been opened already! We are also approaching the time when we all have to annual Christmas Card dilemma. In recent years the number of children and adults sending cards has declined mainly due to their environmental impact. Some children still like writing them and others feel it is a big chore. Some children like receiving them and feel really upset if they don’t get one from one of their classmates others are less interested and they leave them lying around the classroom. Please do not feel you and your child have to send cards, some parents encourage their child to write one card for the whole class as a solution which works well. If your child does bring cards in for their classmates we will distribute them but it may not be on the day they come in.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 19/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you are all alright. As we reach the end of week two of the second national lockdown I hope you are all coping. I know it is difficult and lots of the things we would have been doing at this time of year like Christmas shopping, planning to meet up with friends and family or enjoying a meal out just can’t happen. Who am I kidding I never do any shopping if I can help it, but I know some people like it! The positives are that the rate of infection is coming down so it is working and it will have saved many lives. If any of you feel in need of any support do phone we want to help all our community.

The weather is getting colder and we are keeping the classrooms well ventilated as this helps keep the risk of infection down. The result is that the temperature is school is lower than it normally would be. The children seem to be fine, in fact many of them take off their jumpers, but if your child might feel the cold do dress them in layers. I recommend a long sleeved t-shirt under their normal shirt and or a vest. If any child seems to be cold we also encourage them to put on things like their outdoor PE jacket/top. We will continue to monitor the situation and make sure they stay warm enough. As I said they are not feeling the cold at the moment but I am planning for those cold days that are to come.

Thank you for all the bags of old textiles you brought in – what a magnificent heap. That was very kind of you.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well and did manage to squeeze a few minutes in to look after yourself over the last week. I am missing seeing you all twice a day but I am teaching a lot at the moment so can only be out in the yard some days. Thank you all for how well you are sticking to the new rules. I know many of you find it very frustrating not being able to have a quick chat at drop off and pick up time with your child’s teacher, we are feeling the same. Remember if you need to talk to us we are still here just phone or email the office and the right person will get back to you.

I have been contacted to say that the parking outside school has got worse. I believe some people are not only breaking the highway code they are also being dangerous. Drop off and pick up times are busy times even with the staggered times and parking outside school is limited. The situation has been exacerbated by more people working from home so their cars are, quite legitimately, outside their houses when in the past they would not have been. It may mean walking a bit further but please park responsibly and respectfully.

If you are wanting to order photographs the proofs need to be back in school by Monday 16th November.

On Tuesday it is flu immunisation day, I know most of you have signed up for your child to receive this.

Remember Wednesday 18th November is Bag 2 school day. Please bring in your old textiles. If you could put any bags outside the main entrance, we would be very grateful.

You will have seen that it is Christmas Dinner Day on the last day of term. We can’t have Dinner all together in the hall but the staff will eat with the children in their bubble, we will still have crackers and a good time. This event is usually attended by almost all the children and they love it. If you don’t want your child to have Christmas Dinner please let the office know as soon as possible as the food has to be ordered.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 05/11/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see everyone back after the half term break. I know it feels very strange as we have just gone into the second national lock down. This one feels different with darker nights and less optimism. I know lots of people are feeling a heightened anxiety level and are finding they get angry quicker and are less tolerant of others. Please try to be kind to yourself, accept we cannot do or control everything and forgive yourself for not always feeling great. This will help us all forgive each other. I hope you all have someone to talk to who will support you, if you haven’t please remember we are here for you as well as your children. We will get through this winter and spring will come, hold onto that hope for the future.

The lock down changes do not substantially affect primary schools, we remain open and are delighted to be here for your children.

This week has been RE week and across the school the children have been learning about different religions and thinking about those big questions. As ever the staff have been very pleased with the thought the children have put into their discussions.

It is also Parliament Week and we are very grateful to Robert Largan MP for The High Peak for taking time out of a very busy week to talk to the older children about the job he does. The children enjoyed learning more about being an MP.

We would like the children to enjoy as many of the traditional activities for this half term as possible, they may be different but they will still happen. The dates are:

December 1st – Christmas tree make – in classes not houses. One tree will be put up in the Methodist Church for their Christmas Tree Festival.

16th December – Y5 party Y1 party

17th December – Reception party,  Y2 party,  Y3 party,  Y6 party,  Y4 party (We will use the classrooms and other spaces for parties)

18th December – Carol Service – this will be on zoom and you will be invited to join us

Christmas Dinner

Finish for Christmas

4th January – Return to school

Applications for primary school places open on the 9th November. We are not able to give tours of the school but there is a link to a virtual tour on our website. The link is do share this with anyone who has a child due to start school next September.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Virtual School Tour

Newsletter 22/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Here we are on the last day of the half term, tomorrow is an INSET day and the children are back in school on 2nd November. It will be so nice to have the Y6s back with us we have missed them. The children have been fantastic this half term we are proud of them all in fact so proud for the first time ever I have awarded all of them a super student badge because that is what they have been, super students. I feel I should be giving you all a badge too as your support for school this half term has been great. We have all really appreciated it, the feeling that we are all working together for our community has been a source of great joy.

Tomorrow we are going to attempt parent’s meetings via zoom, you should have received your link. If you are on a computer, you just click the link and follow the instructions to open the link. If you are using a tablet or phone you will need to download the Zoom for Intune (meet happy) app. If the app is open, you may be able to just click on the link to open the meeting. If not, you can enter the meeting using the meeting id and password. It sounds a bit complicated but trust me even I can do it! You should enter into a waiting room and you will be brought into the meeting when the teacher is ready for you. If it does not work we will give you a quick ring so you may get a call from a number you don’t recognise.

We are having another bag 2 school day on Wednesday 18th November. I know this is a bit away but we are sending home the bag 2 school bags today just in case you get inspired to have a clear out over half term. A bag 2 school day is a fundraiser for school when we ask you to bring in any old clothes, shoes or other textiles. We give you a bag but they can be brought in any bag not just the official one. Please do not bring the bags in until the 18th November as we do not have anywhere to store them.

If you owe any dinner money please can you pay it so we can reconcile the half term accounts – thank you.

We are also sending out the new menus which start after half term.

Over half term Ruben’s Retreat are holding a fundraising ‘Creepy Crawl’:

Looking for something SAFE to do this half term? Then join our Creepy Crawl in Howard Park, Glossop…..

From the 24th – 30th October you can visit the park, find the spooky signs to reveal a secret word and complete our scavenger hunt! Let us know the word you find to be in with a chance of winning terrific treats . Get your scavenger list here (£5 per entry)…..

Halloween Creepy Crawl – Scavenger Hunt

Spooky fun for all the family!

*Please only visit in groups of up to 6 & with members of your own household. Stay safe and enjoy *

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

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