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Mailbag 15 October 2021

Mailbag 15 October 2021

I’ve been touched and overwhelmed, once again, by the generosity of the Hillcrest community. A huge thank you to everyone who has brought in food for our Harvest Festival appeal for the Matthew Tree project. My office is FULL!

Food plays a key role in the project’s work - it’s a lack of food which brings people to them in the first instance. Understanding what has caused the inability to access a good, nutritious diet and solving this issue is key to helping someone to rebuild their life and not fall back into crisis.

Your donations will make a real difference. Thank you.


News for everyone

COVID update withdrawn - You may have seen reports in the press today about a lab in Wolverhampton being the source of recent false negative PCR tests in the south west. Tests will now be processed elsewhere and people who have had an incorrect test result will be contacted.

In the light of this, yesterday’s update for schools has been withdrawn and we have been advised to revert to the published guidance and rely on PCR test results.


Does your child need an inhaler or other meds in school? There are still quite a few children, who we have on record as needing a reliever inhaler or other emergency medicine for allergies, who have nothing in school in case they become poorly. Please make sure you have filled out a new Asthma Card or Long Term Health Care form for the new school year, and bring in with up to date meds, in the original packaging, with your child’s details on the pharmacist’s label.

If your child no longer requires meds please let us know.


Is your child allergic to sticking plasters? If so, please can we ask you to bring in a small supply of the plasters you use for them? We no longer have hypoallergenic plasters in our first aid kits because even these are not suitable for everyone.


Children’s University - The fun half term challenge is for everyone, whether your child is already signed up to the CU or not. The newsletter is packed with ideas, activities and events to keep the family busy over half term.

We’ll be re-launching the CU at Hillcrest with a special assembly soon, for those children who haven’t had the opportunity to join yet.  Find out more about the CU HERE.

Children’s University Half Term Challenge

Children’s University October Newsletter

These Books are Rubbish - book making workshops at the Arnolfini at half term


Unnamed & Unclaimed - After every playtime an armful of abandoned coats and jumpers arrive at the front desk, to join all the other stray items - lunch boxes, water bottles, PE kits and so on. Cat takes the time, each day, to reunite every NAMED item with its owner (she would be buried otherwise!)

You may have seen all the clothing we put out on the wall on the Parents Evenings this week. Can you believe that those were just the UNNAMED things that have accumulated since the start of term?

You must get fed up with us banging on about labelling things. We are all out of ideas! We would welcome suggestions about a) how to persuade parents to label everything their children wear and bring into school, and b) how to help the children to be more careful with their things.

We will put all the week’s unnamed lost property out in a box at the end of the day on Fridays, under the cherry tree in the KS1 playground (or under cover near the front door if it’s wet) for parents to look through.

After that, if it’s unclaimed and unnamed it will go in the clothes bank or in the bin.


More space on Free Wheel Fridays - We will be coning off a space for football in the KS2 playground on Friday mornings to allow a larger area for the children with wheels. Remember it’s just scooters, skates or skateboards (not bikes, Segways, e-scooters etc).


The Hillcrest Harriers football team played in a tournament yesterday evening. Read more HERE.


Celebration Awards - Congratulations to this week’s winners!


What’s Coming Soon? Click to find out.


Pumpkin Carving Competition - Endeavour Vice Captain, Elliott, promised a pumpkin carving competition as part of his election manifesto and he is delighted to follow through on that pledge.

A message from Elliott:

We want you to email in pictures of your Halloween pumpkins to We will be looking for the most creative pumpkins.

Entry is 50p, with all profits going to charity.

The winner will get one box of Dairy Milk chocolate (if the winner has an intolerance to dairy they will get a bag of lollypops instead). Three runners-up will win a roll of Mentos each.

Get carving, folks!


News for Year Groups

Year 6 - Please pack an electric torch in your child's bag on Monday - we will need it for our Science lessons next week.


Year 5 - We will be learning how to cook Smokey Bean Burgers at the Little Kitchen cookery school in Totterdown next Wednesday. Please read the letter and return the Little Kitchen form to school if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements they need to know about.

5DB Little Kitchen letter

5CS Little Kitchen letter

Little Kitchen Allergy form



Check your child’s year group ‘satchel’ under Homework for this week’s Retrieval Questions


See the Community Board for news about...

  • Global Day of Action for Climate Justice - info and donations
  • Hoo-Ha - FREE fun-packed family festival at the Bristol Beacon at half term
  • Fast Forward Sports after school clubs for Term 2 - Futsal, Tag, Basketball & Tennis
  • Treasured AC-DC jacket gone missing


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 22nd October.