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Mailbag 12 July 2021

Hillcrest Mailbag 12 July 2021

Dear Parents & Carers


This week’s message is a simple one - PLEASE can you make sure you have named your child’s uniform? Cat Cox in the office is soon going to disappear under the pile of unclaimed, un-named jumpers and cardigans. At the last count there were 42 items, and that’s just from this term! If your child has a name their jumper the return rate is 99.9%, if not this becomes nearer 0.1%




Book Future Stars childcare now for Term 1 - From September, our Breakfast and After School Clubs will be provided by Future Stars, who have been running Holiday Clubs at Hillcrest for some time. We’re delighted that they will be employing Shelley, alongside two regular coaches, so there will be continuity for the children. See below for all the details.



Website - We took note of the comments on the Communications Survey and by the time we come back to school in September we should have a shiny new website, hosted by a different company. We’re moving things around at the moment to ease the transition. If you’re looking for something on the current website and it isn’t where you expect, you can use Search to track it down. Sorry for any inconvenience.



Sports Day - What a successful event! Check out the photos of the day here. Well done to Yr 6, who rose to the responsibility of running the activities and were fantastic with the younger children.

Congratulations to Discovery, this year’s Sports Day champions and well done to Victory who were the most improved.



Yr 6’s Mini Enterprises raised £1,525 - a Hillcrest record! Huge congratulations to all the Yr 6 children who created such prosperous businesses, and a massive thank you to all the children in the other year groups (and their adults) for making their day so successful. Yr 6 appreciate the support! They will now be able to enjoy a treat day on Tuesday 20th July with their hard-earned money.



Yr 6 Leavers’ Assembly - We have sent an email to Yr 6 parents about this today.


This Week...

CoMMinS Saliva sampling - The CoMMinS team will be in on Wednesday, 14th July, to take samples from the children and staff registered for the study. As usual, Yrs 2 and 3 will be up first thing so please make sure children taking part have finished breakfast and cleaned teeth before 8.30. Thank you.


Reports will be emailed to parents on Wednesday.


Yr 1 are going to Weston-Super-Mare on Wednesday too. It’s going to be sunny so slop on the sunblock, slap on a hat and have a lovely day at the seaside Yr 1!


Community Notices


Does your child receive free school meals? Free Summer Holiday Club sessions are running at Redcatch Community Garden on Mondays (except bank holiday) and Tuesdays, 10am-2pm throughout the summer holidays, for children aged 8-14 years old, with a focus on children who receive free school meals. Activites will include garden-related crafting and cooking using community garden produce. Lunch will be provided. For more information click here.



Open Your Street for Play - Play Streets are short temporary road closures usually organised by neighbours on their own street, creating a safe space for children to play out together on their doorstep. Outdoor play is vital for children’s health and wellbeing and Play Streets are an ideal (and free) way for children and communities to reconnect and recover post lockdown. Playing Out can help streets in Bristol with the whole process. Get in touch for support and info on how to get started:

Visit or call 0117 9537167



Summer Holiday Tennis Camps at Knowle Lawn Tennis Club



Council Survey - Tell us what you think about the council’s draft strategy for delivering Alternative Learning Provision services in Bristol.


Alternative Learning Provision (ALP) is where children and young people can receive an education if they aren’t able to remain in school full-time. This can be for health reasons, exclusion, or because they need some additional support. Bristol’s vision is for ALP that helps young people achieve their full potential, at all stages of their education journey.


The draft strategy is based on input from children and young people, parents/carers, schools (including ALP schools) and other education professionals.


Before we produce a final strategy, it is important to hear people’s views on the proposals. All the suggestions and comments received will be considered and may be included in the final version of the strategy.


Please complete the online survey here. The consultation closes on 23 July 2021. Information can be provided in an alternative format including paper copy by calling 07392 108815 or emailing


Look out for your next Mailbag on Monday 19th July.




Future Stars @ Hillcrest Primary

Future Stars are excited to announce that we will be taking on the Breakfast Club and Wrap Around Care at Hillcrest Primary School from September 2021.


We want to reassure you that the principles of the club will remain the same with the lovely Shelley leading, supported by members of our coaching team. We know Shelley plays a key role in yours and your child’s time at Breakfast and Wrap Around so we wanted to keep that for you and are really looking forward to working with her.


Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am until the start of the school day. Wrap around follows on from the end of the school day until 5.30pm, with the option of a 4.30pm pick-up. Our Breakfast and Wrap


Around clubs provide the children with a wide range of fun, engaging activities such as Multi Sports and Arts and Craft.


Breakfast Club will continue to take place in the small hall. When you arrive at the school gate, use the number displayed to phone Shelley, who will come and meet you at the gate to sign your child in.


Breakfast is served until 8.30am and the children have the option of toast, crumpets, cereals and orange/apple juice. Alongside the breakfast will be the opportunity for the children to get involved in either some team games - fun warm up games, football, parachute activities, or to sit quietly for some drawing, board games, Lego or to read a book. This gives the children time to prepare for the day ahead and have some fun with their friends before school starts. Children are dismissed from the hall and walk through the school to their classrooms.


For Wrap Around, children are brought to the hall by their teachers at the end of the school day. The children will have access to board games, drawing and books, whilst everyone is arriving, and then a register will be taken. After registration the children are given a healthy snack, with options of ham and cheese wraps, crackers, fruit and veg - and sometimes a yummy treat like popcorn!


After their snack the children can choose whether they want to go outside for multi sports activities or stay inside to continue with their quiet activities! All activities are based on the children’s interests and what they want to play with…if they love football there will be different football activities provided - mini tournaments, penalty shoot outs, and there is always the option to enjoy some free time and create their own games. On a Wednesday the children will have the opportunity to take part in some gardening activities and on a Friday there will be cooking - pizzas, rice crispy cakes, fruit kebabs!


Collection will take place from the main school gates. If the children are outside then the coaches will be looking out for you and the Lead coach will get your child ready for you. If we are not outside then the mobile number will be displayed for you to contact us on. On collection the coach will ask for a signing out password for safeguarding.


Wrap Around is a great way for your children to have the opportunity to get active or relax after a long day at school and enjoy some time with their friends in a fun, safe and friendly environment.


Breakfast Club - £6.00


After school care - stay until 4:30pm for £6 or until 5:30pm for £8.50 We take Childcare Vouchers

To book your child's sessions go to and follow the links to our dedicated booking system.


When booking your child on for their first session it will ask you to provide all information about your child such as age, medical or dietary requirements, who will be collecting and a signing out password. These will then be saved for future bookings. Our coaches will have access to the information they need to safeguard your child and make sure any individual requirements are met.


The system is very user friendly but if you have any problems call the Future Stars office on 01275 867128 and a member of our office team will be able to help you.