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Mailbag 17 September 2021

Mailbag 17 September 2021


It has been another good week in school and our classes are now well settled into normal routines. On Monday we will welcome our Reception children for their first full week. They have been in for either a morning or afternoon session so far and it has been wonderful to see them again this week.


It's great to see all the children wearing smart uniform - thank you - but we already have lots of school jumpers and cardigans in lost property, many without names. Please, please name children’s uniform and their water bottles. There will be a much greater chance of getting it back should it be misplaced – named uniform also makes a big difference to teachers!


Have you had a chance to visit our brand new shiny website? Please do let us know what you think. We would welcome the feedback.


I am sure you have heard the news of the cabinet reshuffle. Gavin Williamson has been relieved of his duties as Education Secretary. The new appointment is Nadhim Zawahi who previously held the position of Secretary of State for Children and Families. I sincerely hope that he can cut through some of the ‘political red tape’ and put our children at the heart of Government policy.


Friends of Hillcrest are holding their AGM at the end of the month, see below. It’s open to everyone so do Zoom in if you can.


We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our Curriculum Evenings next week, kicking off on Monday with Year 2.


And finally, congratulations to Mrs Cockle in the school office. It’s 20 years today since she joined the school. That’s 7,300 days... 175,200 hours of hard work and dedication!



News for everyone

School Photos next week - It’s been a long time since we had individual photos taken! We are trying a new company who are a little bit cheaper than Tempest and offer a better choice of photo packs. They have had a last minute cancellation and are able to offer us Wednesday and Thursday next week. They will be taking the individual photos on Wednesday and sibling groups on Thursday. You will be able to bring pre-school children along on Thursday to be photographed with their siblings. We will send out more information about this on Monday.


Help us support our school! Friends of Hillcrest will hold their Annual General Meeting on TUESDAY 28th SEPT, at 8pm by Zoom. This meeting is open to ALL Hillcrest parents and carers, please come along to hear about the amazing amount of money Friends and the school community raised last year and what the money has funded.


Do you have an event or fundraising idea for the forthcoming year? We would love to hear from you!


At this meeting several of the current committee will formally stand down. We need new people willing to give some of their time to take Friends of Hillcrest forward - could this be you? Roles available are:

  • CHAIR (or two co-Chairs)


We also need two CLASS REPS per Year group. There is a list of the roles and what each entails HERE.


Joining Friends in any capacity is a great way to meet fellow members of the Hillcrest community. Many past and present committee members will remain as Trustees/volunteers and will be available to provide support, answer questions and give advice about how things have worked previously. If you are potentially interested in any of these roles please email us ahead of the AGM at




In the Spring Friends of Hillcrest teamed up with Redcatch Community Garden to run a sunflower growing competition. We are NOW ready to receive entries! Please submit by emailing a photograph of your competition worthy flower/display & measurements etc to with your NAME, CLASS & FIRST LINE OF YOUR ADDRESS.


There are top prizes available for winners of the following categories, including a £100 Gift Voucher for a Family Portrait at


  • BEST IN BLOOM – Most impressive display
  • POLLINATOR SUPERHERO – most attractive display to flying friends


Entries will be judged by the Community Gardens’ Head Gardener. For any close contenders a doorstep visit will be arranged! WINNERS will be contacted directly and announced in the forthcoming Mailbag.


Wells Road crossing - Hillcrest parent, Anna Boulter is currently in communication with Don Alexander, the BCC Cabinet Member for Transport, regarding lollipop man Paul’s replacement for the Wells Rd crossing. Her aim is to ascertain whether or not we need to launch a new campaign in order to hold the council to account - having said they would keep the crossing manned and replace Paul after he retired.


Trading Cards - Cass and Ben from Yr 6 approached Ms Norman to ask about allowing trading cards in school. They report: “The staff had a meeting this week about reintroducing trading cards to Hillcrest. We think it’s a great idea. We’re trialling cards this week and if everything goes well we will continue.”


Text Messages - You may remember, we asked you all some time ago to use the web version of Gateway and not to download the Gateway app (which we found unreliable). It’s just come to light that if you deleted the app from your phone without first logging off, messages may have carried on going to the app rather than SMS. We don’t know how many parents this has affected.


If you never seem to get text messages from school this is likely to be why. Please reinstall the app, log out, and uninstall it again. Sorry, this is a nuisance - Schoolcomms say there is no way to do it from their end.


ERIC - Caring for a child with a bladder or bowel problem can be extremely isolating; many people still don’t talk about these problems. They are actually fairly common - one in 15 children will experience some kind of issue, whether that’s daytime or night time wetting or constipation. ERIC’s Bristol Parents and Carers group offers support for anyone caring for a child or young person under the age of 19 who has a bowel or bladder condition. Download their flyer HERE.


News for year groups

Yr 4 Camp date correction - Please note that the dates for camp in the Term 1 letter should have read 11th - 13th October.

Yr 6 Secondary school visits - Please let the office know if your child will be out of school visiting a secondary school. An email or text is fine, there’s no need to fill in an Absence Request form.

Yr 6 Curriculum Meeting rescheduled to Wednesday 29th September


Letters for year groups

Reception Drop off & Pick up point

Yr 4 Egyptian workshop letter



See what’s in your child’s homework ‘satchel’ on the new website HERE.


Community Board

Check out our Community Board on the website HERE for news about:

  • Raring2go - on line what’s on magazine for Bristol families


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 24th September