Mailbag 1 April 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
At Hillcrest, we intrinsically believe that our school sits at the very heart of the community. We are continually looking for ways to work in partnership with parents, local businesses and initiatives such as last week’s Roads Project.
When one of our community feels ‘let down’ by our school, we all feel let down.
Last Friday (25th March) a local resident, whose garden backs on to School Road Park, was enjoying a relaxing afternoon at home when their peace was shattered by a rock, thrown from the park, hitting their Velux window and damaging their roof. Clearly aware of their actions, the children, wearing their Hillcrest uniforms, were seen running away. Fortunately, the damage was to property and not to the resident or a member of their family.
This member of our community is well aware that accidents happen and has never had cause to write to the school in such a way before. This incident, however, was not an accident.
I have spoken to all of the children in assembly about this matter. I also reminded them that the staff and I care deeply about what happens to all of them whilst they are in school and that this care does not stop at the school gates.
We celebrate their successes outside school in Celebration Assembly when we award ‘out of school certificates’; we applaud their sporting achievements against other schools in our match reports; we look forward to hearing about their personal interests on our podcast and seeing their work on display at community events, and we celebrate these success TOGETHER.
Obviously the actions of the children on Friday 25th March are not to be celebrated. However, we must shine a spotlight on our failures as well as our successes and do this TOGETHER.
This behaviour in no way reflects our vision - ‘Where all children learn together to create a better world’ - or our values - ‘Resilience, Innovation, Partnership and Excellence’. Our vision and values are the golden threads which run through everything we do. What we do, both in school and out of school, matters and anything less is not good enough.
And now back to celebrating...
Alhamdulillah! The blessed month of Ramadan is upon us once again! For Muslims across the globe, these few weeks are a sacred time for worshipping their God, Allah. Many Muslims donate to charity and carry out good deeds. It is a period to reflect on faith and spend time with family and loved ones.
Ramadan ends after 29 or 30 days, depending on the moon, and will come to an end with Eid Al-Fitr, ‘the Festival of Breaking the Fast’.
The whole school will look forward to sharing in Eid Al-Fitr on Tuesday 3rd May, when all parents will be invited to share in the feasting as they collected their children from school.
News for Everyone
COVID - Universal free testing ends today. You can find the updated guidance about what to do if you or your child have COVID-type symptoms HERE. Note that the advice for adults and for children is slightly different. In summary, for children:
- A child who is unwell and has a high temperature (38 degrees or higher) should stay at home. They can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
- A child who has a positive test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test (Day 0). After 3 days (on Day 4) they can return to school, if they feel well enough and do not have a high temperature, even if they are still testing positive. E.g. a child who tests positive after school on a Friday can return to school on Tuesday morning, if they are well enough.
You can find the government’s latest advice on living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19, HERE.
The Road Project exhibition - The fabulous artwork the children made for the project will be on show to parents in the small hall after school on Monday. You can have a sneak preview, introduced by our art specialist Ms Sharples, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIGFFq4qAEo
My Great Hillcrest Spelling Saga - As the end of term is upon us, it's time for the children to complete their next level checks in their Spelling Saga. Please help your child revise words from across all their level's sections ahead of next week; classes will complete level checks on Thursday.
If your child needs to battle a boss, the Boss Levels will be completed on Wednesday.
Netball News - Our amazing Hillcrest Hurricanes came third at a netball tournament this week.
They played five games - winning one, drawing three and losing one. It was a fantastic effort from the team. Their passing was measured and purposeful; their running off the ball was constant and, when it came to shooting - my goodness - they were ruthless.
They really did us proud. So well done to Phoebe, Alba, Stephene, Beth, Mimi, Iona and Ellie (team photo HERE). And a big thank you to Miss North for organising.
Hillcrest Sensory Room Easter Raffle - £1 per entry - unlimited entries.
1st Prize is a Mendip Chocolate Chef Luxury Easter Hamper worth £49
2nd and 3rd prizes are Lindt Luxury Easter Hampers
We are fundraising to provide Hillcrest Primary with a Bluetooth speaker and equipment for the sensory room. The Sensory Room provides so much for our children with additional educational needs to help regulate their anxiety and emotions. The addition of the speaker and equipment will enhance the experience in the room even more, to help children relax and regulate! 100% of the money raised will go to Hillcrest.
The draw will take place at 10am on 8th April and prizes can be collected the same day from the school office.
Buy your raffle tickets at https://gofund.me/93eada30
Children’s University activities for everyone - Click on the links to download holiday activities and CU newsletter. Fun family ideas for all, whether or not your child is already enrolled in the CU.
April Challenge Sheet, April Holiday Newsletter, Easter Challenge Sheet.
Congratulations to this week’s Celebration Award winners!
News for Year Groups
Yr 3 - The first swimming session is on the first TUESDAY after the holidays - the second day back.
Yr 4 - Magdalen Farm Camp Healthcare form
Yr 6 - Kilve Camp Healthcare form
Look in your child’s year group ‘satchel’ under Homework on the website for this week’s Retrieval Questions.
Check out the Community Notice Board on the website...
- Fast Forward Sports Term 5 programme - Futsal, Basketball, Tennis, Tag
- What’s on at Redcatch Community Garden over the Spring holiday?
- Yr 6 Leavers Party Easter Egg Raffle
- Yoga at Redcatch Community Garden
Look out for the last Mailbag of term on Friday 8th April.