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Mailbag 19 July 2021

Hillcrest Mailbag 19 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers


The last few days of this academic year - thank goodness it’s not too hot!


I could not be prouder of our children, our school and our whole community. Hillcrest truly is a special place. All the staff here are hugely impressed by the way the children have stepped up to the many challenges this year has thrown at them. We are blessed with the most amazing children and families

  • resilient, kind and respectful, honest and co-operative, who work in partnership with us, continuously striving to succeed. Thank you. Keep thinking like the champions that you all are.


We are particularly proud of our wonderful Year 6 children, who leave us this week to go on to local secondary schools. What a fabulous group of young people! Your new schools will be extremely lucky to have you. There is a special goodbye message from all the staff below.


Staffing Update - We are delighted to announce that Nathan Redshaw will be joining us as a Yr 1 class teacher, alongside Mrs Flook, from September.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs Sewell and Miss Mcnab all the very best for the future. They have both seen Hillcrest grow and develop and we thank them for all that they have done over their years at the school. Please do listen to their interviews on the final ‘From the Crest of the Hill’ podcast for this academic year - tissues at the ready!


Uniform - Over the past several months we have been fairly relaxed regarding uniform. As a consequence we have seen a wide variety of shoes, all styles and colours, multi-coloured socks and tights, jogging bottoms etc.


From September we want everyone looking neat and proud in their Hillcrest uniform, wearing smart school trousers, skirt or shorts, white or black socks/ tights and plain black school shoes, with laces, Velcro or strap fastening.


Black trainers are acceptable but ONLY if they are completely black - that means not mainly black, not partly black with a white stripe along the bottom, not 80% black and 20% red swoosh!


PLEASE NAME every item of your child’s uniform. It’s so depressing to see this term’s pile of jumpers and cardigans that we can’t reunite with their owners - there are over seventy.



Chair of Governors end of year letter - Click HERE



Can you guess how much the Friends Sponsored Walk raised? Click HERE to find out and read an important update on the Sunflower Competition.



‘From the Crest of the Hill’ - Our final podcast of the year will be live tomorrow afternoon. Listen on our Podcast page HERE after 5pm on Tuesday. Due to the number of children who are isolating, the Podcast Password competition will be online. Just email the podcast team the password before 1pm on Wednesday, 21st July, with the password and your child’s name and class to be entered -


September childcare - Don’t forget to book your child’s Future Stars Breakfast and After School Club sessions, ready for the Autumn, HERE.



Book Amnesty - Please check every nook and cranny at home for any school reading books or library books and bring them back before the end of term. There are boxes waiting for them at every entrance - no questions asked! Thank you.



Pick up and drop off arrangements for September - At the moment, it looks as if we won’t have to have ‘bubbles’ and staggered start and finish times in the autumn. We plan to change how you drop off and pick up your children after the summer. You can find our current Plan A and Plan B HERE. Obviously, any plans may be subject to change. We will email final details before term starts.



Yr 4 Ukulele Concert - The videos are finally up on the website HERE. Sorry it’s taken so long.



Yr 4 Heads Up - A letter and Gateway Payment Request will be sent out tomorrow for Yr 5 Magdalen Farm Camp (for the children who will be in Yr 5 from September). The deposit must be paid and consent form returned by the end of July.



Children’s University - For everyone, not just members. Click HERE for the Summer Newsletter, which is packed with ideas for activities over the holidays - all of which carry Learning Credits! If your child would like to give Children's University a go over the summer you can also download a Provisional Summer Passport. If they enjoy being part of the scheme they can sign up in September.



Get paid £20 to review a website - Researchers at University of Bristol have developed a website called Germ Defence that is designed to help people protect themselves and people around them from viruses like COVID-19. At the moment, it’s still being worked on, but the research team would really like people to take a look and share their thoughts. You can access Germ Defence HERE. Once you’ve had a look, you will be invited via the website to take part in a survey and/or to talk to the researchers (phone/Zoom interview) about your thoughts about Germ Defence. An interview would take up to 60 mins via phone/Zoom and you would receive a £20 voucher for your time. You can also contact the study team at: to let us know you’d be happy to take part in an interview. You can find out more about the study HERE.



Fancy being on TV? ITV Westcountry is looking for a case study family for some filming and interviewing at the end of August / beginning of September. They'd need to film with the whole family for a few hours at home as part of a consumer-led news feature about climate change and Carbon Footprints. Ideally they need people who have an interest in becoming more environmentally-friendly, but don't know it all already! If you're interested in taking part please contact Claire Satchwell at



Bristol artist Luke Jerram’s Mars artwork will be on display in the Great Hall in Wills Memorial Building on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August. It is free but timed tickets need to be booked: 162261828497


Also, his Museum of the Moon artwork will be at Bristol Cathedral from 11 - 30 August, free, just turn up:


Year 6 - Farewell from all the staff at Hillcrest

So here we are at the end, for lots of you and your families, of seven years as part of the Hillcrest family. For the parents and carers with older children, it’s even longer than that.


There have been many changes to adjust to over those years and the school will continue to change and grow, just as you are doing. We are so very proud of how you have conducted yourselves, this year in particular, Talk about facing challenges!


Although we are sad to see you go and this is bound to be an emotional time, there is no doubt that each and every one of you is READY for your next adventure and the next stage of your lives.


We would like you to take a little piece of Hillcrest with you (not literally!) Over your time at Hillcrest you have absorbed not only information, knowledge and skills but also our values and ethos.


We hope that Hillcrest has prepared you to be resilient and equipped you with the determination to succeed and overcome the inevitable knock backs along the way.


    • Have big dreams and ambitions for the next stage of your life.


    • It’s easy to feel defeated at times but view these moments as a challenge.


    • Positivity attracts positivity - positive people are generally great people to be around.


    • Never imagine that you are too small or insignificant to make a difference.


    • As you get older you will get to know yourself better.


    • Always, always be true to yourself; never try to be what you are not - Back yourself and be yourself.


    • And finally... go easy on your parents and carers. Your first day in Reception probably feels like yesterday to them. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Put your phone away every now and then, look them in the eye and have a chat with them, offer to empty the dish washer once in a while (even if you don’t want anything!) and, above all, BE KIND.


Best wishes from ALL the staff at Hillcrest Primary School


The term ends on Wednesday. We wish you all a lovely summer. The first three days of Term 1 will be Inset Days so the children return to school on Tuesday 7th September.