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Mailbag 13 September 2021

Mailbag 13 September 2021

Well, what can I say about the amazing weather we had last week, as soon as we were back in school? Typical!

We are thrilled to bits to see all your children back in school. There really has been a fantastic buzz about the place.

We would also very much like to see you all in school, and I am sure you would like a look around and to see your child’s new classroom. With this in mind we have set up Curriculum Evenings for each year group, from 5.30 - 6.30pm on the following dates:

Rec Wednesday 6th October

Yr 1 Wednesday 29th September

Yr 2   Monday 20th September Yr 3   Monday 27th September Yr 4  Tuesday 21st September Yr 5 Thursday 23rd September

Yr 6 Wednesday 22nd September


This will be a chance for you to tour the school and gather in the large hall to hear about the school year, expectations, curriculum aims and priorities, homework etc. We will be asking you to socially distance and wear a mask.


I would like to draw your attention to the information that I sent out last week, detailing changes in the way schools are required to manage any cases of COVID, and the changes to the school arrangements. I will continue to monitor the local and national picture and make any changes necessary in line with our school contingency plan.


We have welcomed some new staff members this term and I would like to introduce them to you:

Nathan Redshaw, who did his PGCE placement with us a couple of years ago, joins us as a class teacher in Yr 1.

Early Years Practitioners Nandini Banerjee and Ingrid McNeilage will be working with Teacher Emily Howard (returning from maternity leave - welcome back) to support the children with additional needs in our Reception classes. Ingrid will also be a Yr 4 Teaching Assistant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Teaching Assistants Ana Mendez Munos and Sharon Bains join the Yr 1 team as 1:1 support.

Teaching Assistants Ria Harding and Karis Reilly will be in Yr 4 and Yr 3 respectively. We also have a new cook - Jo Rendall now heads up the Chartwell’s kitchen team.


I am sure that you will welcome all our new staff to Hillcrest and wish them well in their new roles.


A warm welcome, too, to all the new families starting with us this term. Our new Reception children have started school this week, and I hope that our new children across the higher years are settling in. I’m sure that you will all thoroughly enjoy being part of our Hillcrest community.


Finally - We have a shiny new WEBSITE! Let us know what you think.


News for Everyone

Medicines kept in school IMPORTANT - Does your child have an inhaler, Epipen or other medication kept in school? Please complete a new Asthma Card or Individual Child Healthcare Plan, downloadable from the website HERE, and hand it into the office with their medication.



A song to learn - We’re going to start our Celebration Assemblies with a bang this year, singing Celebration by Kool & the Gang. It would be great if the children could have a listen and get to know the song so we can really raise the roof! You can find the lyrics and a link to the official music video HERE.



Copse Road gate rota - Volunteers needed to open and lock gate so people can continue to use the safer route to school. Please drop Cath Atkinson an email if you can help.



Primary School Applications - For children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, applications for Reception in September 2022 must be received by midnight on 15th January 2022. Find out more HERE. We will be holding two prospective parents’ meetings. Dates to follow.



Worried about your child's behaviour, emotional well-being or mental health? Not sure what's normal? Wondering whether to see your GP? Perhaps you've been referred to specialist services but there is a long wait.... or perhaps you've been told the problem isn't quite serious enough to be


Happy Maps is an amazing website to support parents, with a wealth of information, resources and advice on a range of issues, including anxiety, problems with sleep, ADHD and much more, from babyhood right through to young adulthood.



Letters for Everyone

All years - New Oasis Academy in South Bristol flyer

All years - Applying for a Primary School Place 2022 flyer





News for Year Groups

Yr 1 Parents - As you know, over the next two terms we are developing a more play-based curriculum in Yr 1. Providing opportunities for children to access continuous provision eases the transition from Reception, supports independence, helps the children’s emotional welfare and wellbeing, develops key play skills and engages the children in their own interests.

We need your help! We would like to further develop our outdoor learning environment and are hoping you may have some resources you could donate. In particular we would like:

Pots, pans and cutlery                        A mud kitchen!

Watering cans                                     Sand/water trays

Guttering                                             Tyres

Wood (all sizes)


Thank you in advance for your support. The Year One Team


Yr 5 Magdalen Farm Camp reminder - If you would like your child to go on camp please pay before the end of the month and return the consent form.



Yr 6 Secondary School Applications IMPORTANT - If your child was born between 1 Sept 2010 and 31 Aug 2011 you will need to apply for a school place by 31 October 2021. Find out more HERE. Details of open days will be on the secondary school websites, but we post any flyers we get about them on our ‘Moving on’ page.



Yrs 5 & 6 Netball Club - Booking is now open on Gateway for Miss North's Thursday morning Netball Club. It will be at 8am, starting on 16th September. It’s free and there are limited spaces available so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



Letters for Year Groups

Reception Term 1 letter Reception Term 1 Overview Yr 1 Term 1 letter

Yr 2 Term 1 letter Yr 3 Term 1 letter Yr 4 Term 1 letter Yr 5 Term 1 letter Yr 6 Term 1 letter

Yr 6 Applying for a Secondary School Place 2022 flyer

Yr 6 Swimming letter



Community News

Check the Community Board on the new website for:

Lollipop Man Paul Whitmell’s retirement bash invitation

Mr Barham, Miss Miles’ and Minna’s fundraising challenges Outdoors Project flyer - they’re starting up again

Insane Root’s Hansel & Gretel in Arnos Vale Babysitter available




In response to your feedback we are going back to sending out the Mailbag on Fridays, rather than Mondays, so...

look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 17th September.