Newsletter - 6th January 2023

Newsletter - 6th January 2023

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27 Happy New Year! Welcome back to a new term and a new year. Over the last little while I have been gathering your thoughts about how you would best describe our school. Thank you to those parents who completed a Parental Questionnaire, your thoughts and ideas are much appreciated. Taking your suggestions and adding them to ideas from children, staff and Governors, we have a new Mission Statement: Live, Learn, Thrive Love God, Love Each Other Our Bible Reading builds on the reading that we have been using for a while: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27 Over this term we will be learning about what this means as a member of our school family. I will share this learning on Class Dojo so you can talk with your child about this learning.

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 feel free to ring school and choose Option 3 to speak to a member of the Pastoral Team.

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.

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.


A number of parents have mentioned that their child/ children had contracted head lice last term.  Many of them successfully treated it over the Christmas holiday and on return to school their child has lice in their hair again.  I urge you all to check your child’s hair daily and treat the head lice straight away. Please ensure hair is tied back to help stop the spread.  For more information about the treatment of head lice please follow this link:

Please be aware that Covid and Strep A are still around so if your child has a temperature or a bad cough, or has a strep A infection, you should stay away from nursery, school or work for 24 hours after you start taking antibiotics. This will help stop the infection spreading to other people. Serious strep A infections (invasive group A strep) need to be treated in hospital with antibiotics.

Please continue to follow good hygiene practices by washing hands regularly, using tissues and disposing of them appropriately and coughing into your elbow to stop the spread of germs.

Ways to get involved in school

  • 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.  

School Applications

Primary School applications are open

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Closing date for Primary - 15th January 2023 

Dates for your Diary
13/01/23 9.10am Year 2 sharing in Celebration Worship
20/01/23 9.10am Year 1 sharing in Celebration Worship
27/01/23 9.10am Reception sharing in Celebration Worship
03/02/23 Year 6 sharing in Celebration Worship
10/02/23 Year 5 sharing in Celebration Worship & School finishes for February Break
13/02/23 - 17/02/23 Half Term Break
20/02/23 School Back. 4.00pm Governors Resources Committee 5.00pm Governors Standards and Curriculum Committee
22/02/23 Ash Wednesday
24/02/23 Celebration Worship
27/02/23 Parents Evening
02/03/23 Parents Evening
03/03/23 World Book Day Dress Up


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