Newsletter - 10th March 2023

Newsletter - 10th March 2023

We are now in the season of Lent within the church year. I have been sharing daily reflections following the Church of England’s Lentern study called Dust and Glory. If you would like to know more about this please follow this link: Dust and Glory Our next community Eucharist with Choir Church will be in school on Wednesday 29th March starting at 3.40pm. The choir will have a quick rehearsal before we start and then parents and community member will be invited to join. Please come along and join in to support the project and hear the wonderful singing from our incredible children. ALL parents and community member are invited. Hot Cross Buns and cake will be available after the service. We will also be holding our Easter Outdoors after school on Thursday 30th March. Please join us in the school hall for hot cross buns and a tour of the reflection stations with your child. This was well attended last year and the feedback was really positive so please come along and join in. Last year many of you enjoyed participating in the Easter Gardens display in school. Please bring your Easter Gardens in on Thursday 30th March to use as part of the hall displays. A selection of the winning gardens will be taken to St Luke’s church to display during their Easter services. Kind regards, Mrs Armistead

St Luke's Church

The next All Age Service at St Luke’s will be on Sunday 2nd April at 11.00am.  It would be really lovely to have lots of families join in this Palm Sunday Service.  I will be asking children in school if they would like to take part in the service, please help them to do this should they wish to, or come and join in anyway.

Please be aware that if you are thinking about your child attending Ripley St Thomas for High School, their Admissions Policy has changed slightly.  Your child will still get points for attending a church school but no longer do they get ‘extra’ points for attending this school.  I order to ensure your child gets a place it is highly recommended that they (and you) attend church regularly over a period of time.

If you would like more information about this, please get in touch with Rev Caitlin or Mrs Armistead.

Contact with school

A reminder of all the ways that we communicate with you and you can communicate with us:

ParentApp – PA Connect – all newsletters, forms, information and letters will be sent out via ParentApp as a push notification, text message or email.  All parents MUST have access to this as it sends you the latest messages etc.


Parent Pay – all trips, residential, music lessons, clubs, night owls and early birds are to be paid for using Parent Pay.  In paying for the activity, you are also giving consent for your child to attend the activity.  We MUST have this permission for activities that take place outside the local area of the school.  All parents need access to Parent Pay.


CONTACT US – Any information that needs to be shared with the teacher, office staff, Mrs Armistead, our SENCO or Pastoral Team can be emailed to  Someone will endeavour to reply to your email within 1 working day of receiving it.


Telephone – You can call school anytime on 01524 65445.  If there is no one available to take your call, you can leave a message and someone will endeavour to get back to you within 1 working day.  Follow the phone instructions to talk to the office, the Business Manager or the Pastoral Team.


CLASS DOJO – This is specifically used to share learning including homework and home learning during periods of isolation.  Parents are encouraged to see their children’s learning and the whole school pages where we share whole school information.  It is very easy to message staff using Class Dojo but all too easy for staff to miss these messages. 


Please call or email .  We will endeavour to reply to your messages within 1 working day of receiving them.  It is NOT ok to expect a member of staff to reply before 8.00am, after 5.00pm or at weekends.


Please Note: Mrs Armistead WILL NOT reply to any messages sent via Class Dojo.  If you want to contact the Headteacher directly, please email OR phone 01524 65445


in personStaff members are always in the playground before and after school, as are members of SLT.   The office is open before and after school for advice and to take orders e.g. Photographs, Friends activities etc.  If you require a longer discussion with a member of staff, please telephone or email to make an appointment. 

Right Start Pedestrian Training Programme

We are looking to restart Right Start Training with the younger children in school. We have previously taken part in this programme every year before the pandemic and would love to start it again now. 

The programme is designed for use with children age 5 – 7 and involves schools and parents working in partnership to enable children to become safer pedestrians. Training for the trainers take approximately one hour and thirty minutes.  The trainers would then offer this programme to the children over a 6 week period.

We are looking for parents/ grandparents who would like to get involved with the training and delivery of the programme in school.  We need a minimum of one adult per two children for the programme to run.

If this is something you might like to get involved with, please contact Miss Quilliam in the school office.


A huge thank you to the members of Friends of Skerton St Luke’s.  Without these volunteers we would be unable to run the amazing activities we do for our children.  Every parent is automatically a member of FOSSL so please come and join in with anything you can to help raise much needed funds to help our children have the best opportunities they can.

Activities that are coming up include:

Bags to School – bring along unused clothing etc on Monday 13th March and Wednesday 28th June

Chocolate Mufti Day – Children come in own clothes and bring chocolate to ‘pay’ for the privilege, chocolate is used for prizes at Chocolate Bingo – Friday 24th March

Chocolate Bingo – Come and join Chocolate Bingo in the school hall – Wednesday 29th March 6-8pm. Mr Andrew has kindly agreed to be our new Bingo Caller for this event so please come along and support him!

Food Boxes

As you may be aware there is a huge demand for boxes and support from the local food banks and they do an amazing job in helping people in our community.  We continue to be fortunate enough to receive donations from Rapid Relief Team who provide boxes with food that has a long shelf life for people to access.  If you, or anyone you know, could do with support from this charity, please contact Mrs Armistead direct to arrange – OR 01524 65445.

Choir Church

The Choir Church lessons and after school club are up and running and the children are singing beautifully across the school.  We had an amazing turn out on Wednesday 22nd February when parents were invited to attend the club after school and join in with a singing Eucharist in the school hall. 

Please come and join us at 3.40pm on Wednesday 29th March. 

NEU Strike Action

School will be open to all classes on the next strike days, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is on Friday 17th March.  This year we are ‘Dressing for Joy’.  The children and adults can come dressed in clothes that bring joy (as long as the clothing is appropriate for school!)

If you can donate to Red Nose Day, this year we will be taking collections via ParentPay (you do not need an active ParentPay account to do this). Please visit the following link to make your donation

You can donate from now until 31st March but please only contribute if you can afford to. 

The Zones of Regulation Workshop

Miss Stephenson and Mrs Walling Lewis will be running a workshop looking at The ZONES of Regulation. The ZONES are used throughout school to help our children have a common emotional language and an understanding of how different emotions and feelings can be linked to the 4 zones. This has helped children with self-regulation, self-expression and given them individual strategies to try out.

Our school SENCO, Mr Molloy, will also be present at the workshop.

ZONES workshop in school

Friday 31st March 9:30am (straight after Worship).


  • Resource packs handed out and introduction to The ZONES.
  • Questions, ideas and suggestions.
  • Refreshments.
  • Time to chat with others.
  • Finish by 11am.
  • Please email or phone 01524 65445 opt 3 if you would like to book a place.


We hope to see you there. 

Dates for your Diary
13/03/23 Bags to School Day
17/03/23 Red Nose Day 'Dress for Joy'
24/03/23 Celebration Worship & Chocolate Mufti Day
27/03/23 4.00pm Full Governors
29/03/23 3.40pm Choir Church Eucharist & 6.00pm – 8.00pm Chocolate Bingo
30/03/23 Easter Gardens to school & 3.20pm Parents and children Easter Reflection Stations
31/03/23 Easter Celebration Worship. 9.30am Zones of Regulation Parents Workshop & School closes for Easter Holidays.
17/04/23 School Back


It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.


I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.


Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.


The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6