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Mailbag 18 March 2022

Mailbag 18 March 2022


This year is the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the historic and much-loved shopping street which extended up the Wells Road from the Three Lamps junction.


A huge thank you to everyone involved in putting together The Totterdown Road Project. This builds on the success of the Three Streets Project which saw blue plaques popping up on houses and shops telling us about those who lived and worked there, in some cases over a century ago.


If you’re out and about from next Thursday (and over the following two weeks) please do have a look at the Wells Road Gallery of photos and children’s drawings. Keep an eye out for QR codes to scan, too. Each one will allow you to listen to a Hillcrest child retelling the tale of the Wells Road High Street. People, shops and stories of the bygone street will be brought to vivid life.


The children have also documented the current businesses and re-imagined what the Wells Road might have looked like now, had the shops not been demolished!


There’s a free twilight tour at 7pm on Thursday 24th which will show the High Street in all its glory, via the magic of projection! Click HERE for information and tickets. It sounds wonderful.


A massive thank you to John O’Connor for including us from the start and to Mrs Bonner, Mrs Sharples, Mrs Lamb and Mr Boyle for bringing our children on the journey in such an imaginative way. 

Much of the artwork will be on display after school on Thursday 31st March and we would love you to pop in and have a look.


News for Everyone


The Readathon raised a magnificent £2028.76 to buy new books for our libraries and Book Barn! Thank you to every child who took part and to everyone who sponsored them.



Spelling Saga - Doubles Week

Term 4 is only six weeks long, not enough for the children to practise one section of their spellings each week and have a week to revise for their end-of-term level assessments.


So next week will be DOUBLES WEEK, DOUBLES WEEK - not only will children learn and practise two sections of spellings (D and E), they will get double House Points, double Golden Tickets, double Celebration Certificates and double Celebration Assemblies!


This video explains it for the children:


Mr Wilson and Mr McIntyre



Eminent scientist comes to Hillcrest - Children in Yrs 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit from physicist Dr Vincent Smith MBE this week. Read more here.

Yr 6 are collecting second-hand books for their Cake & Book Sale - Please do have a clear out and drop off any donations before or after school any day next week. Children’s and grown-up’s books are all welcome. There will be collecting boxes next to both main entrances.


The Yr 6 Cake & Book Sale will be after school on Monday 28th March, in the KS2 playground.



Chickenpox - There are still new cases cropping up across the school. It normally goes around amongst the little ones but older children are getting it at the moment too, probably because they didn’t catch it during lockdown. Keep an eye out for symptoms. See the NHS information HERE. Most adults will have had chickenpox as children so won’t be susceptible, but do check the guidance if you are, or might be, pregnant.



Payments - Dinner money debt used to be real problem and took up a lot of admin time. Now it’s rare for anyone’s account to slip into the red. Thank you - this makes a big difference.


When we ask you to pay for a school trip it’s a request for a voluntary donation, as we always make clear in the letter. All the children are treated the same, whether or not you have paid.


There are big shortfalls for some of trips the children have enjoyed since September, though. This puts a strain on the school’s finances and we have to bear this in mind when planning future visits.


If it’s just a matter of over-sight, and you are able to clear any outstanding payment requests on your child’s Gateway account, we would be most grateful. Thank you.



School Health Nurses free webinars for parents - Download the March programme HERE. Topics include keeping your child happy and healthy, sleep, healthy eating and physical activity, dental health, eating disorders, wellbeing and continence.



News for Year Groups


Yr 6 - The Leavers Party will be held at Redcatch Community Garden on Tuesday 12th July. The exact times will be confirmed closer to the date but will be roughly 7 - 9pm. 



Check out the Community Notice Board on the website...


  • There’s still time to oppose the Redcatch Park mast - petition open to ALL Bristol residents
  • Bristol Girls Can - Take a small step towards getting more active
  • Art workshops for children and families from printmaker (and Hillcrest parent) Kate Miller
  • Break Out Voices choir concert in aid of Bristol Refugee Rights


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 25 March.