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Mailbag 10 May 2021

Mailbag 10 May 2021


I hope you all had a lovely weekend.


This week we are releasing a parent information video all about our 'Recovery Curriculum.' This is a chance to hear what our priorities are for this term and the next. It outlines how we have identified those priorities for your children and some of the assessment strategies we apply in terms of finding out what children may need help with. Click on the link to watch the video:


Please feel free to email with any questions you may have relating to the presentation to and I will answer each and every one of them. I will also compile the answers to frequently asked questions to send out in next week’s Mailbag.



New books for our libraries - Jeni Easterbrook (Mum to Louis and Hugo) has donated £400 worth of beautiful new books, mainly on the subject of autism but also about emotions and empathy, bought with money raised by her Easter Raffle.


One of the most wonderful things about a book is its ability to reveal to us a little piece of ourselves. When we can relate to a story or a character, we are left with a better understanding of who we are.


This might be most true for children on the autism spectrum. Things like relating to others, understanding emotions and making and keeping friends are common challenges faced by children with autism. Reading about autistic characters can act as an outlet and a learning tool to discovering one’s own place in the world.


While some of these books are written specifically for children on the autism spectrum, others are aimed towards siblings and friends. Regardless of the specific audience, children’s books about the autism spectrum provide a level of comfort and understanding that can only be achieved through a good story.


Jeni met with Karin Bowden, our school librarian, to hand over the books - a wonderful resource for both our KS1 and KS2 libraries.


A massive thank you to Jeni for organising the fundraiser and thank you to everyone who contributed by buying raffle tickets.


Eid Mubarak to the Hillcrest families celebrating Eid-al-Fitr later this week. If your child is going to be off school, please drop us an email to let us know when.


Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic festival that celebrates the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Sharing food with family, friends and other members of the community is an important part of the festival. It is a time of goodwill, when presents are given, new clothes are worn and the graves of relatives are visited. Because one of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving to charity - Zakat - many Muslims will also celebrate by making donations and helping out others.


NSPCC Number Day - What a fun day we had on Friday, celebrating maths and raising funds for this excellent cause. Have a look at the photos from the day here. Thank you for all your donations to the NSPCC. We are really grateful for everyone's generosity so far. The Just Giving page will stay open until July: We can't wait to see what our final total will be!


Slapped Cheek (Parvovirus) - A child in Yr 1 has suspected Slapped Cheek. It’s a common, mild virus in children, Symptoms may include a high temperature, a runny nose, a sore throat and headache, followed by a rash. Once the rash has appeared there is no need to stay off school, if the child feels well. You can find out about it on the NHS website here.


Reading Celebration - Check out this week’s Reading Celebration Assembly. It features competition winners and an introduction to a reading skill we would like the children to focus on this week. If your child has any reading successes and joys that you want to celebrate send them to and we will add it to the next assembly. Keep on reading Hillcrest!


Pupil Voice Assembly - Our resident Rubik’s Cube expert, Hugo, shares his puzzle cracking secrets in this week’s assembly. Watch the video on the website here. We feel a craze coming on!


Positive Period Workshops - Local mum, Debs Kelly, runs Mother-Daughter workshops for girls aged between 9 and 12. The aim is to prepare girls for the changes during puberty and to arm them with all the information we wish we had had as we started our periods. By the end of the workshop, the girls will feel at ease with their body, understand fully what a period will look and feel like, and how their menstrual cycle will affect them throughout the month and, indeed, can be their superpower! She covers body awareness and body positivity, and why supporting our friends is important during this time of change. Her next virtual workshop is coming up in the June half-term holiday. Email Debs at or call 07530 388212.



Parrots Lower Stock Farm trip

Puffins Lower Stock Farm trip

Yr 4 Animal Encounters visit

Yr 5 Magdalen Farm Camp

Yr 5 Falconry visit

Yr 6 Kilve Court Camp Positive Period Workshop flyer



Check your child’s year group page under the Homework tab on the website


Look out for your next Mailbag on Monday 17th May