Newsletter - 4th November 2022

Newsletter - 4th November 2022

Welcome back to Autumn 2. This half term is a very busy one in school as we head towards Advent and Christmas. I urge you to check the ‘Dates for your Diary’ which is at the end of this newsletter to ensure that you don’t miss out on any activities in school. WARM SANCTUARY – Parents and carers are always invited to join us for Celebration Worship on Friday mornings in the school hall. I would like to extend the invitation for parents and carers to stay after the children have gone back to class, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chance to be in the warm environment for a while. Please feel free to bring your phone or tablet (with chargers) and use the school electricity to charge your equipment before the weekend. If you are finding things a struggle at the moment please make an appointment to come and speak to myself or one of our pastoral team in school. Maybe we can help to signpost you to further support or just be a listening ear. Sometimes just a chat can ease your stress and let you know you are not alone. Please feel free to ring school and choose Option 3 to speak to a member of the Pastoral Team. Kind Regards, Mrs Armistead

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.

Parents' Evening

We are having our first face to face parent’s evenings since Autumn 2019.  You will shortly receive information about signing up to see you child/ children’s class teacher on either Monday 14th November or Thursday 17th November.  We are all excited about being able to meet face to face again and ask that you stick to the 10 minute allotted appointment time for the meetings.  Should you require a more in depth meeting with the teacher or SENCO please make an appointment separate to these parents’ evenings.

Reception Phonics

Due to illness, we had to postpone the planned Parents Introduction to Phonics for those whose children started in Reception this year.  This will now be in school at 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th November.  We urge you to come along and find out about how and why phonics is taught in school.

Absence Reporting

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, you must inform the school office. You can do this by Parent App, telephone call or telephone answer message. Please do not send absence messages to Teachers/TA’s through Class Dojo.

Children In Need

Friday 18th November is Children In Need and the theme this year is ‘Be SPOTacular’.  Children can come to school dressed in their most spotacular outfits.  Please bring a small donation if you can.

Ways to get involved

  • 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.  Keep an eye out for the up-coming Christmas events Newsletter. For more information email friends of or DM on Facebook
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Late arrivals

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 between 8.55am and 9.15am, they will be marked as late. 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.

Primary School Applications

Primary School applications are open

Apply now at

Closing date  - 15th January 2023 

Dates for your Diary
07/11/22 - 11/11/22 Name the Teddy competition (FOSSL). Children can Guess the Bear's Name for 50p at morning break.
11/11/22 9.10am Remembrance Worship & 9.30am FOSSL meeting in the hall - WARM SANCTUARY for parents and carers.
14/11/22 Parents' Evening (face to face)
17/11/22 Parent's Evening (face to face)
18/11/22 Children in Need (come to school in a SPOTacular outfit)
21/11/22 4.00pm Full Governors meeting in school
25/11/22 Year 3 sharing Celebration Worship & Christmas Jumper Swap Day (FOSSL)
29/11/22 Life Education classes in school
30/11/22 Life Education classes in school
30/11/22 YR-Y6 Nasal Flu Vaccine in school
01/12/22 6.00pm Snuggle up with a book - School Hall
02/12/22 Year 2 sharing Celebration Worship & Mufti Day - bring tombola prizes!
06/12/22 2.30pm Reception Class Nativity
07/12/22 2.00pm KS1 Nativity
08/12/22 9.15am KS1 Nativity
09/12/22 Christmas Jumper Day - Christmas Jumper top half, PE kit bottom half! 1.30pm - Elf Run for St John's Hospice. 3.30pm - Christmas Fair
10/12/22 12.00-3.00pm St Luke's Church Christmas Fair
12/12/22 KS1 Christmas Dinner & Party!
13/12/22 KS2 Christmas Dinner & Party!
15/12/22 Disco Night! Reception and KS1 - 4.00-5.00pm. KS2 - 5.30-6.30pm.
16/12/22 9.00am - Carol Service in St Luke's Church. 2.00pm - School finishes.


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