Newsletter 19/01/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

This week has been a chilly old week with the children in Kestrels making full use of the low temperatures to make ice sculptures.  I was very pleased to see some of them come rushing into my office with great excitement to ask me to come out and look at them.

The children in Eagles enjoyed a morning of dance at Glossopdale.  Thank you to the children and staff from Glossopdale school who ran this.

As you may be aware, we have been advised by the National Educational Union (NEU) that their teacher members intend to take industrial action. The union is declaring seven days of strike action in February and March, though any individual school will only be affected by four of them. The first is scheduled for Wednesday 1 February 2023.

The impact of this action on schools may vary depending on the proportion of teachers who are members of the NEU. As a result, headteachers are currently liaising with staff to determine the impact this may have on their individual schools. Headteachers will share further information with parents and carers at the earliest opportunity.

While we are not yet in a position to offer definitive guidance, we do want to reassure you that we will be in touch as soon as we have something to share.

Friday next week is the first of our child led collective worships.  On Friday 27th Harriers will be leading.  I will send the parents of the children in that class a code word that morning.

We have received this letter for you:

Dear Parent Carers
Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice (DPCV) have 3 lunchtime meet and eat information sessions coming up across the county in Buxton, Chesterfield and Swadlincote, 11am – 1pm.

Come for as little or as long as you can.

Have lunch, meet other parent carers and find out about:

  • DPCV (Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice) – Speak with trustees, become a member, learn about other upcoming parent carers events and tell us what information and support you need for the year ahead.
  • DIASS (Derbyshire Information Advice Support Service) – Useful information about EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) Assessments, speak with DIASS representative.
  • Sign up for a virtual 1:1 with Dan Careless, Strategic Lead for Schools and Learning from Derbyshire County Council, Children’s Services.

Click the link below to register via the DPCV website and Eventbrite:

We look forward to seeing you.
The DPCV Team

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 12/01/2023


St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a bit of a break over the festive period.  It has been lovely to see the children come back recharged and ready to learn.

Swimming restarts next Thursday 19th January.  The Eagles will meet at the pool at 8.45 so they are ready to start their lesson at 9.  The Ospreys will meet at school and walk up ready to start their lesson at 9.30.

A quick reminder that children must not wear earrings for PE, including swimming.  If the children cannot remove their earrings by themselves then they need to not wear them for school on the days they have PE.  This is why we recommend if you want to have your child’s ears pierced you do it at the start of the school summer holiday.  If your child has had their ears pierced in the last 6 weeks we will tape them but you must understand that this is not as safe as having no earrings in for PE.

The weather has been so wet and it looks to continue to be wet for the foreseeable future.  I have noticed that on wet days several parents have been driving into the carpark or getting taxies to school and having them drive into the carpark.  Please do not do this, it is not safe.  There are a few vehicles that have prearranged permission to drive into the carpark such as nurseries, taxies dropping children off without an adult and adults with disabilities.  Please do not take this as permission for anyone else to use the carpark.  I want us to keep everyone safe.

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

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 15/12/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you so much to all the parents and children who supported the choir on Sunday.  Despite coughs and sneezes and the cold it was a good concert.  I was very proud of the children.

I was also proud of the children in Peregrines and Ospreys who performed their play so well.  They spoke and sung up and filled in for each other like seasoned professionals.

Tomorrow Friday 16th Kestrels are leading our collective worship.  Their assembly will start as soon after 9 as we can manage.  Parents of the children are welcome.  I will text out a code word tomorrow morning to enable you to get in.

Thank you to the Central Methodist Church who are welcoming all the school across today and tomorrow for an immersive Christmas experience.

Next week is another busy week.

Monday – Choir singing at Tesco in the morning, Y3 & Y4 party in the afternoon.

Tuesday – Y5 & Y6 party

Wednesday – R, Y1 & Y2 party

Thursday – Carol Service 9.15ish in St Luke’s Church (you are welcome to join us).  Christmas Dinner and finish for Christmas.

Remember weather permitting the PTA are having a pop up stall in the playground at the end of the day next week.  The tea towels you ordered should also be available to be picked up then.

I have noticed that a number of children are wearing earrings for PE and saying they don’t know how to take them out.  Your child’s earrings need to be removed for PE for safety reasons.  If your child cannot take them out and put them back in please make sure they are removed before they come to school on PE days.

In January school reopens on Monday 9th.

Applications for Reception 2023 close on Sunday 15th January if you have a child born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019 you must apply for a school place by then.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes

Newsletter 08/12/2022

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the PTA Christmas Fair.  We are so grateful to everyone who donated something, gave their time to set up be on a stall or clear up, came and made it a success.  Lots of people left saying how much they had enjoyed the event so thank you to everyone.

We are so proud of our Merlins class as all of them have achieved the National Curriculum standard in swimming already.  It is a real achievement to have been deemed to swim well enough to save your life in an emergency and so important in this area with all the water in reservoirs, rivers and canals around us.  As they are now all at least where they should be, many of them well beyond this, they will not be swimming in January.  The Eagles Class will start school swimming lessons then. Ospreys will continue swimming until Easter.

Friday 16th December the Kestrels will be leading our collective act of worship.  Their assembly will be just after 9am.  Parents are very welcome to come and join us for this.  On the morning of the 16th a code word will be texted out to the parents of children in Kestrels.  You will need this code word to get in.  If you are unable to attend and you are asking someone else like a grandparent to represent you, please make sure they know the code word but don’t share it widely.  You will not be able to film the assembly or take pictures please just enjoy the moment.

Remember school led after school clubs finish this week.  Information about the next set of clubs will be sent out in the new year.

If your child is in Key Stage 2 and would like to have fruit at morning break remember the deadline is 16th December.  Anyone signing up for fruit after that date may not be able to have it.

This Sunday the choir are singing at St Pauls’ Church Stalybridge at 4pm.  They are also singing as part of the Carols in the square in Norfolk Square at 6.30 on Wednesday 14th December.  Do come and see them.

On the last day of term Thursday 22nd December we are holding our carol service in church at about 9.15 (or as soon as we can get all the school across there).  You are very welcome to join us for this service.

The PTA tea towels will be available to be collected the week of 19th December. Weather permitting they are planning to hold pop up stalls that week where you can collect any tea towels ordered and buy any little bits and pieces.

There is a flyer attached to this newsletter from Santa!

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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