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Mailbag 12 November 2021

Mailbag 12 November 2021

At Hillcrest we have our vision, 'Where all children learn together to create a better world', and our values, Resilience, Innovation, Partnership and Excellence.

We have also introduced ‘The Six Ours'

  • Our Family -Term 1
  • Our School - Term 2
  • Our Community - Term 3
  • Our Global Village - Term 4
  • Our Passions - Term 5
  • Our Future - Term 6

Each 'Our' blends into the next and many themes are connected, which enables your child to build on their prior knowledge.

Last term the whole school looked at chronology through timelines and the children produced their own timelines linked to local, national and international events.

This term, as you can see, is 'Our School'. We have a wealth of historical documents, from 1877, when the school first opened, to now. We have put up a permanent display in the KS1 corridor which the children will be referring to throughout the year.

I wanted to share with you an extract from the Headmasters report in1953.

'I would remind you that a school is not merely a building. The school is a living and growing thing and its vitality depends on its members, it is as good or bad as those within it strive to make it. Each has a contribution to make and each should have a feeling of personal effort.'

Sixty eight years later I feel exactly the same. Every single member of our school community - children, staff, governors and parents are making that effort on a daily basis.

Thank you


News for everyone

Anti-Bullying Alliance’s Odd Socks Day on Monday! All you have to do to take part is wear odd socks, on Monday 15th, to your school, at work or at home. It couldn’t be simpler! It's a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying Week!  

Odd Socks Day takes place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week each year to help raise awareness of bullying. You don’t have to raise money to take part - the most important thing is the message of Odd Socks Day.

Last year over five million children, thousands of parents, hundreds of workplaces and lots of celebrities got involved, including Ant and Dec, Emma Willis, Craig David, Sir Mo Farah and Annamarie, all donning their odd socks!


Non-Uniform Day for Children in Need on Friday 19th November - The Fundraising Committee thought Children in Need is a cause that we would like to raise some money for.  They decided a non-uniform day would be a great way to raise money.  We are asking for a £1 donation, either cash or via a special Children in Need fundraising page (we’re just waiting for the web link).

We hope you will join us to help raise vital funds for this cause.

The Fundraising Team


SMSA vacancy - We’re sad to be saying goodbye to Andrea, from our lunchtime team, after seven years at Hillcrest. Would you, or someone you know, like to join the team, looking after the children whilst they’re having their dinner and playing out at lunchtime? The hours are 11.45am to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term times. Start date 6th December. Click HERE to visit the Eteach site for full details and an application form.


School Trip balances - Thank you SO much! Payments have been pouring in after our reminder about money for trips and visits in last week’s Mailbag. There are still quite a few payments outstanding for these, though. Please pay if you are able.

  • Yrs 5 & 6 -Travelling Light’s touring production, Vixen
  • Yr 4 Egyptian Escape Room
  • Yr 2 SS Great Britain trip
  • Yr 2 Community Garden visits
  • Yr 6 Swimming

If you’re not sure how to use the Gateway payment system yet, the office staff will be happy to help. Please email or talk to Bridget or Tina, in confidence, if you genuinely can’t afford to pay at the moment. We do have a small hardship fund, provided by Friends of Hillcrest.


Medical Tracker - Introductory letter about the new way we will be letting you know when your child has first aid or medicine (e.g. inhaler) at school.


Mr Mac explains Reading Eggs & Reading Eggspress -


Spelling Saga - Strategy video for Section B -


Congratulations to this week’s Celebration Award winners!


The Hillcrest Hoops squad have done us proud! Find out more here.


Hillcrest Comedy Club 18th November - ONLY 40 TICKETS LEFT!

Thank you to all who have already bought tickets for next Thursday’s comedy night. If you haven’t got your tickets yet click here:

We respectfully ask that everyone attending has been double vaccinated and please wear your facemasks until seated. The hall will be ventilated at regular intervals so wrap up warm and please follow the one-way system to get to the bar! Over 18s only.

Friends of Hillcrest


Arnos Vale path closures - Some routes through the cemetery will be closed between today and 25th November whilst re-surfacing work is done. The main top to bottom road won’t be affected but some of the routes through the woods will be closed off temporarily. Access to the park (closed today) will be back to normal from tomorrow. The trust apologises for any inconvenience.


News for year groups

Reception, Yr 1 & Yr 2 Author visit letter - Rachel McCoubrie will be visiting with her award winning book, ‘The Great Alien Cake Off’. Signed, personalised copies can be pre-ordered using the reply slip on the letter. Deadline for orders is Monday 15th November. Christmas is coming!

Yr 6 M-Shed trip letter




Check 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...

  • Family Mud Run for Bristol refugee charity ABC
  • Spaces for 2 yr olds at St Mary Redcliffe Nursery
  • Family Print Workshop in the Christmas holidays
  • Home Start volunteers
  • Christmas Craft Night at TBC, fundraiser for the Wild Goose Café


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 19th November.