Newsletter - 15th September 2022
We continue to be in the official time of mourning following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As you will be aware, Monday 19th September is a Public Holiday for the funeral, therefor school will be closed. Thank you all so much for a fantastic start to the new school year. The children are all working hard and the atmosphere in school is incredibly positive. We would love more parents and family members to get involved in school and there are a number of ways you can do this. • Join in Friends of Skerton St Luke’s (FOSSL) activities. All parents of pupils at the school are automatically members of FOSSL so anyone can come along to meetings and join in with all fundraising etc. The next meeting is on Friday 16th September at 9.15am in the Cabin on the school playground. For more information email friends of email@example.com or DM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/friendsofstlukesschool • Become a School Governor. School governors are volunteers who work together with the headteacher and the local authority to improve education and other outcomes for all pupils. The governors meet as a full governing body three times per year. If you would like to know more about this role please contact Mrs Armistead on 01524 65445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Volunteer to listen to children read. If you have some time to spare, a good grasp of written English, and if you enjoy spending time with children, you could become a school reader. For more information please contact Mrs Goodwin on 01524 65445 or email email@example.com. • Offer to lead an after school club/ lunch time club in the Spring or Summer Term. We love offering different extra-curricular activities to the children in school. If you have a particular skill that you would like to share with children then consider offering to lead a club in school. Some examples might be gardening, sewing or cooking. For information please contact Miss Garnett on 01524 65445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Join Drop In on Wednesday straight after school. Parents can join their child in the classroom to chat about and see what they have been learning. No need to book, just turn up. Kind Regards, Mrs Armistead
Salt Ayre Leisure Centre
Have launched some new sessions for children and young people with additional needs. No proof necessary. Please book via the links below and here Additional Needs Sessions - Lancaster City Council
SEN X-Height Climbing Sessions
This session is for children with Special Educational Needs. We use fun sensory activities on the wall to improve climbing ability and confidence. This is also a session that helps to give a comfortable place in which to socialise and raise confidence. Suitable for 5+ years. All children must be accompanied by an adult (Parent guardian/ Carer), non-climbing.
Mid-week Thursdays, 5pm - 5.50pm & 6pm - 6.50pm £6 per chi Parent/Guardian/Carer goes free Book your place today!
Weekends Sundays, 4pm - 4.50pm £10 per child Parent/Guardian/Carer goes free Book your place today!
SEN Climbing Club
Starting Wednesday 21st September Runs for 5 consecutive weeks £60 per child 4pm - 5pm 5 - 7 years 5pm - 6pm 8 - 12 years All children must be accompanied by a non-climbing parent/guardian/carer
Our XHeight Climbing Club is a fantastic way for climbing enthusiasts to hone their skills with our friendly team on hand to 'show you the ropes'. It's also a wonderful way to meet new people, build strength and confidence. These small group sessions will be specially adapted for those with special educational needs. Please feel free to contact us via email@example.com or call 01524 847 540 if you have any queries prior to signing up for the course. Book Now! 5 - 7 years SEN Climbing Club
SEN Energy Indoor Soft Play Sessions
Sundays, 4pm £5 per child Parent / Guardian / Carer goes free Book your place today
These play sessions are designed for children with Special Educational Needs in mind. This is also a session that helps to give a comfortable place in which to socialise and raise confidence. Suitable for 5 - 12 years, Max height of 148cm applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult (Parent guardian/ Carer).
Network Wheels Disability Bikes Tuesdays: 12.45pm - 1.30pm 1.45pm - 2.30pm
Thursdays: 10.30am - 11.15am 11.30am - 12.15pm £5 per person
Suitable for 16 years+ with additional needs. Parent/Guardian/Carer goes free. Must sign disclaimer for those under 18 years old.
Lead by our specialised team, Network Wheels is a fantastic session which offers access to 2 wheeler bikes, trikes, side by sides, wheelchair bikes and other bikes with adaptations added to them. So, no matter what the disability we are able to assess what bike is comfortable for the individual, so they can get active. The majority of individuals come with carers or parent/guardians and can take part in the session together. We also have an outside cycle skills area which can be accessed in nicer weather as long as helmets are worn. All participants need to be accompanied by a responsible adult whilst outside. This session is great for physical, social and emotional wellbeing. If you’re attending Network Wheels for the first time you will need to be assessed before you access the session. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Children arriving late, after 8.55am, should be accompanied by an adult to the School Office at the front of school. Parents and visitors must sign in and enter school through the secure entrance at the front of school. If your child arrives after 9:15am they will be marked in the register as unauthorised 'late after registers closed’.
You may be subject to a penalty notice if your child is consistently late for school.
Smoking and Dogs
We are a smoke-free premises and site. Parents are also reminded that when on the school premises (including passage from Vale Road and pedestrian driveway) dogs are not allowed.
We cannot allow children to leave school e.g. for a dental or medical appointment before the end of day, unless collected by a parent or responsible adult. We ask all parents in KS1 at the beginning of every year to provide school with a list of adults who have permission to collect their child. The list must be kept up to date at all times. If an adult attempts to collect a child and their name does not appear on the list, we will refuse them.
When dropping off or collecting your child, please park with consideration. Do not park across resident’s drives or park on the grass embankment across from school. We suggest you park at the community centre which in itself is safer as you do not have to cross the main road. Do not ‘stop’ or ‘park’ on the yellow zig zag lines outside school – this is dangerous and illegal. Penalty tickets have recently been issued.
Children MUST wear full uniform including black school shoes, except on PE days. On PE days we encourage children to come to school in PE clothes (school t-shirt, track pants or shorts and trainers)
No rucksacks or other bags. Book bags, lunch boxes and water bottles only please. Long hair MUST be tied back and all jewellery must be removed.
Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name.
Do you have a child, or know someone who does, starting primary school in September 2023?
We are holding an Open Afternoon for parents to visit school before applying for a place. Sessions will be in the school hall and include a tour of the school. Please book by emailing email@example.com.
2.15pm Wednesday 21st September 2022
Secondary School applications are also now open to current Year 6 pupils – apply before 31st October at lancashire.gov.uk/schools
|Dates for your Diary|
|19/09/2022||Public Holiday for HM Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral|
|21/09/2022||2.15pm Open Afternoon for Reception 2022|
|23/09/2022||Harvest Celebration Worship|
|25/09/2022||St Luke's Church Harvest Festival|
|27/09/2022||9.30am Official School opening of new building|
|30/09/2022||Year 6 sharing for Celebration Worship & 10.30am SEND parents drop in|
|04/10/2022||Y6 Eucharist in hall – parents and parishioners invited|
|05/10/2022 - 07/10/2022||Year 6 to London|
|07/10/2022||Year 5 sharing for Celebration Worship|
|10/10/2022||4.00pm Governors Resources Committee 5.00pm Governors Standards, Effectiveness and Curriculum Committee|
|14/10/2022||Year 4 Sharing in Celebration Worship|
|17/10/2022||School Photo Day - more info to follow|
|18/10/2022||St Luke’s Day – Service in church & 6.00pm Reception Parents Phonics Evening|
|20/10/2022||Key stage 1 Share a Story - Parents Invited|
|21/10/2022||Year 4 sharing for Celebration Worship & School Finishes for Half Term|
|02/11/2022||School back after Half Term|