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

Newsletter 15/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well another week has flown by with the children working hard and enjoying being together. I hope we don’t have to ask anybody to isolate but we continue to plan just in case. Over the next few weeks you should receive a QR code this is to enable you and your child to access See Saw. This is a great way for your child to be able to share any work they do at home whilst in isolation with us and for the teachers to be able to give them feedback on it.

Whilst thinking about Covid I am sure you are all aware that Glossop has been put in Tier 2, I know the information about what this means has been hard to pin down so here are some headlines. This does not change what we are doing in school but it does change what you can do at home. You cannot meet with anyone from outside your household indoors, so those sleep overs and playing at each other’s houses or meeting up for tea out has to stop. The exceptions include for childcare including informal childcare. Childminders can still operate as normal and you can have an arrangement with one other family to care for each other’s children, the guidance is clear that it is not one family one day and a different family another day – sorry. Someone who lives with no other adult can still be part of a bubble with another household. You can still meet outside as long as you obey the rule of 6. People are asked to work from home if they can. I hope this helps and the new rules do not cause you any major headaches.

On Wednesday 21st October, we are asking the children to bring in a donation for Glossop Food Bank this can be tins, dried food or toiletries. We are also for the first time supporting Social Box Biz. SocialBox.Biz, a social enterprise, supplies free reused laptops with open source software to the homeless, refugees and the elderly. It was founded by a former child refugee who was given an old used laptop. SocialBox.Biz has had a surge in requests for the laptops but unfortunately has not been able to meet the increased demand. If you have an old but usable laptop and charger which you are happy to donate please send it into school.

Hopefully on Monday you will get the link to your zoom parents meeting on Friday 23rd, we have tried to accommodate everyone’s wishes.

I am attaching a letter about private speech and drama lessons held at school.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 08/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I do hope you all enjoyed the sculptures the children made with the theme of Hope. They all made me smile, and still do even though they are looking a little bedraggled due to the rain. I do hope this next week is less soggy!

The children are all having a first aid session this week. I am so pleased that despite the restrictions we are still able to offer extras such as the sculpture park and first aid.

Because of the restrictions we are not able to join together in church and celebrate the harvest. I do miss us all joining in songs of praise together, but keeping everyone safe is more important. We do however want to still think about how grateful we are for what we have. With this in mind, on Wednesday 21st October, we are asking the children to bring in a donation for Glossop Food Bank this can be tins, dried food or toiletries. We are also for the first time supporting Social Box Biz. SocialBox.Biz, a social enterprise, supplies free reused laptops with open source software to the homeless, refugees and the elderly. It was founded by a former child refugee who was given an old used laptop. SocialBox.Biz has had a surge in requests for the laptops but unfortunately has not been able to meet the increased demand. If you have an old but usable laptop and charger which you are happy to donate please send it into school.

On Wednesday 14th October it is photo day. I have been asked if the company is still happy to do pre-schoolers in a family group. I am checking it out and will let you know.

We have been thinking about how to do parents evenings without meeting up in person. We have decided to hold the meetings via zoom. On Friday 23rd October you will be given a ten-minute slot to talk to your child’s teacher, we will coordinate so you are not due to talk to 2 teachers at the same time. You will get an invitation via email. If there is any time between 8am and 6pm when you are not available on the 23rd please let us know. If you can be available at any point there is no need to reply.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 01/10/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Well here we are in October already where has September gone? The weather is certainly feeling more autumnal and the trees are turning, and I was given my first conker of the year this week. The children are settling back into the school routine, though it has taken a little longer than most years because of lockdown.

Thank you to all the parents of key stage 2 pupils who have got them going on Reading Plus at home. If you are having any difficulties do get in touch because this will really help your child’s reading.

Well done to all the children in Y5 who have done Bikeability I have received some great reports about your work. All the children looked much more confident at the end of the 2 days.

We are really missing the Y1 children and cannot wait for them to be back with us on Monday. I hope we don’t have to ask any other classes to isolate but just in case we do we would love any tips for other parents on how to make zoom lessons as good as possible. Thank you to the parent that suggested making sure the name on the log in is the child’s name. If you have found anything particularly helpful just let us know so we can put together a tips and wrinkles sheet for parents just in case.

We are about to hold our now annual sculpture park. I know some classes have been asked to send in recycling and there has been a great response to this, thank you. I am looking forward to seeing all the sculptures on Monday. We are planning to put them on your walk round school so you can see them whilst still following all the rules around social distancing.

From 2021 the Government is changing the Early Learning Goals for Reception children. We are an early adopter school so we have been disapplied from the current statutory Early Learning Goals and instead will be using the new ones. This will not affect the curriculum your child is offered.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 24/09/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

This has been a tricky week. I am so sorry I have had to ask the children and staff in Peregrines to isolate for 14 days. I know this is very disruptive to the children and to parents work. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this. You know that I always try to get the children into school if at all possible. Miss Done has been doing a great job supporting the children’s learning via zoom, something we are all learning about how to do. Thank you to all you parents who have helped make this happen for your children, we do not underestimate how hard that can be.

I also unfortunately had to postpone one of the bikeability groups because the instructor was unwell and had been asked to have a test. That came back negative and the team are trying to find availability to rebook. I will let you know more as soon as I know.

I have sent out a letter from the DFE yesterday going through who should and should not be tested. It is so hard we all want to do the right thing and not clog up the system but also don’t want to be infectious and pass it on to others. If we all keep doing our best and keep being kind to each other we can feel confident we can do no more. There were new regulations announced on Tuesday none of which will affect school at the moment. I would just remind you that if at all possible just 1 adult from each family should come to drop off or pick up their children. This is to reduce the number of people on site and so the number of possible infections.

On Wednesday some of the children and I were explaining to the teaching students at Manchester University how things had changed in schools. I was very proud of all the children involved as they answered questions with confidence and honesty.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 17/09/2020

Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter 


Dear Parents,

Hasn’t it been lovely to have some sunshine this week I know the children have been enjoying it. The forecast looks good up until next Wednesday – hooray.

I want to congratulate all the Year 6 children who stood for office in the elections. Their husting speeches were really good. They had all put so much thought into what they wanted to say. I wanted to elect them all. As parents you should be incredibly proud of them.

The systems in the morning and evening seem to be working well. Thank you to you all for not hanging around in the yard, much as you would like to chat. In terms of the perennial problem of traffic outside school the staggered start and end of the days has reduced the number of school cars at any one time. However, there is an increased number of neighbour’s cars parked around school due to more people working from home, this has led to problems. One simple solution is to park a little further away from school and walk. Please also think about the safety of all the children and do not park or mount the pavements. I know these are stress points in the day but nobody want’s there to be an accident.

I know there has been a lot of activity on Facebook around the subject of testing. A number of the children have got colds, the advice from Public Health England is that people should not seek tests if they have a cold. If someone develops a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell they should have a covid test. I am saddened by how unkind people have been towards each other on Facebook over this issue please think before you post anything and make sure you are showing respect towards others opinions and feelings. We are a strong community who need to stand together at this time. I also believe that there have been rumours flying around about us closing. I will always let you know if a class or the whole school have been asked to isolate. Our thoughts go out to the local schools who have had to partially or fully go into isolation. We can all imagine how hard it will be to keep children at home isolated for 14 days when they have just gone back to school. I know you will all help the families effected in any way you can.

We sent out an email about access to digital devices at home. If you have not replied yet please can you as this will help our planning.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 10/09/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter 


Dear Parents,

As this is the first real newsletter of the new school year welcome back. It is so lovely to have school back to a full complement of pupils. It is also lovely to be dealing with the usual such as children (and staff) who suddenly hit that first full week back wall yesterday. If your child was one of those who suddenly felt sooooo tired don’t worry it is normal and gets better!

I cannot praise the parents, friends and family of St Luke’s enough for how sensible and considerate you have been. Even though a number of you may have been anxious over the children coming back you have shown care for our whole school community and tackled the new normal with a smile. I know the rules are getting stricter from Monday with the number permitted in a gathering both inside and outside being reduced to 6. This new rule will not affect how school is operating so there will be no changes to the current arrangements.

An email was sent out earlier this week about flu immunisations for the children, please remember to register your child for this. It is even more important this year to reduce the spread of flu.

I know it feels odd to be reminding you about the rules around holidays in term time at a time when most of us are trying to feel the love for holidays at home but it is one of those things that I need to do.

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, I know I am rubbish at posting on it put it down to my age!

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.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

I am aware of a real and particularly nasty viral post going round on TikTok. The company are dealing with the situation and it should be cleared within the next few days. I am mentioning this to you as it gives you the option to prevent your child using TikTok temporarily if you think that is appropriate.

At this time in the term I usually send out a list of dates but unfortunately at the moment there are few dates I can give you. I know our lovely PTA, which you are all members of, are frustrated that they cannot meet and plan events. Keep an eye on the newsletters and I will let you know what is coming up when we are able to have things.

On Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th the first group of Y5s will be doing their bikeability course, we will keep our fingers crossed for fine weather for them.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

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