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Mailbag 11 February 2022

Mailbag 11 February 2022

I wanted to use this opportunity to say a MASSIVE thank you to our wonderful students from UWE, who have been with us for their Year 2 teaching placement. We have hosted many students over the last few years. The placement gives them the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and gain hands on experience of many of the tasks and responsibilities teachers take on, inside and outside the classroom. Our most recent recruits have risen to the challenge and formed great relationships with the children. We will be sad to see them go. All our very best wishes to Ellie Martin (3NA), Georgie Seymour (4SL), Katie Speers (4RT), Sam Brudney (6NW) and Evie Bessell (6PB).


News for Everyone

Rainbow Flag Award - We’re delighted to announce that we’ve achieved two more steps on our path to the full award - ‘Effective Policies’ and ‘Supportive Governors & Parents’. Here’s a quote from the Evidence Review:


“This is a clear pass - well done! I’m really impressed with the work your school is doing. Governors and parents are both kept informed of the inclusive work you are doing in several ways, with governors actively encouraging the school to ensure the work goes further than just the award. The website is a great way to keep parents up to date and give them access to support and information as well.”


Have a look at the Rainbow Flag page on our website for information about the award and what it looks like in action at Hillcrest, LGBT+ support links, children’s book reviews and learning resources for grownups. You’ll also find a link where you can send us your comments and questions. We would love your feedback.



Thank you for all your donations to the NSPCC on Number Day last week. Together, we raised a magnificent £667 to support the charity’s valuable work.



From the Crest of the Hill - Keep an eye on your email inbox next Tuesday, when the latest episode of our school podcast drops. It features a very special Teacher Tale from Mr Boyle, who talks about his time working in a school for refugees in Calais. And, seeing as it is Valentine's Day next week, a group of Year 5s sit down with Holly from Year 6 to ponder what love really means in the Big Question. Trust us, this episode is not to be missed!



My Great Hillcrest Spelling Saga - We have been so impressed with all the effort the children have been putting into their spellings this term. The Bosses are trembling in their boots (apart from Venom who is a snake 😉).


Next week, the children will have their end-of-term spelling level checks where they will be challenged to spell words from across their spelling level. Please find time to revise words from all six sections of this term's spellings.


In Next Friday’s Celebration Assembly we’ll be celebrating children who pass their levels, defeat Bosses and achieve new high scores within their level.



We are going all out for the 25th annual World Book Day this year - so far out that we are actually celebrating it on two days - Thursday, March 3rd and Friday, March 4th.


On the Thursday, author Anthony Lewis Churchill will be popping in to share his fantastic book 'Lucy the Triceratops'. This will provide the stimulus for the rest of the day which we are entitling 'We Are Who We Are'.


We would love each year group to dress in a colour theme that day:


Year R in red

Year 1 in yellow and/or orange

Year 2 in purple and/or pink

Year 3 in white

Year 4 in blue

Year 5 in green and/or brown

Year 6 in black and/or white


On the Friday, we will be reinvigorating the children's love of reading with our traditional fancy dress day - inviting them to dress up as their Most Favouritest book character. 


We'll also be launching our weekend-long, Totterdown-wide Hillcrest Book Barn Readathon!  Look out for the sponsorship forms coming home next week.


The full timetable will be released next week.



Don’t drown our books! Please don’t pack them in with water bottles. We’ve had some soggy, ruined books lately when bottles have leaked in book bags and rucksacks.



Remote learning resources - If your child has to isolate but is feeling well enough, you can ask their teacher to email you lesson slides and related activities to keep them busy. If they would like more to do, try some activities from their year’s remote learning pack (under Year Groups on the school website). You will also find a wealth of resources to support learning and well-being at the bottom of the Homework page, below the ‘satchels’, here.



Children’s University - Find information for parents about the CU and the February half term Newsletter, challenges, activities and stamp codes here.



News for Year Groups

Yr 1 Redcatch Community Garden visits letter



Friends News

Could you help organise a disco for years 3, 4 or 5? A year group Disco is a fun event which the kids really enjoy. All we need is 3-4 parent volunteers from each year to make it happen! Friends of Hillcrest and previous organisers will be on hand to advise about what is involved, and will organise the DJ. We’ve had a fantastic response from the Reception and Yr 1 and 2 parents - thank you very much!


If you could help make this fun event happen for Yrs 3, 4 or 5 please email us at



A few Friends dates for your diary...


11 March - Parents’ Disco (to be confirmed)

Easter Holidays - Family Egg Hunt

12 May - Comedy Night

20 May - Reception and Yr 1 & 2 Discos

10 June - Quiz & Curry Night

20 - 24 June - Sponsored Walk

2 July - Summer Fair





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 for...


  • Book Fast Forward clubs at Hillcrest in Term 4 - Futsal, Basketball, Tennis, Tag
  • Proposed phone mast in Redcatch Park - info and petition
  • Peri-Menopause workshop
  • Half Term fun at Redcatch Community Garden
  • Found Property - see if you recognise any of these stray possessions


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 18th February.