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Mailbag 21 June 2021

Mailbag 21 June 2021

Dear Parents and Carers


After 16 years of caring for our children, our Early Years Leader, Mrs Jacky Wyatt, has finally decided enough is enough and she is taking early retirement!


Mrs Wyatt has supported our children, parents and community in so many ways over the years. When I think of what makes this school a special place, it is people like Jacky Wyatt who come to mind.

Jacky has been a friend as well as a colleague and her presence will be missed.


Over the years she has not only taught and influenced hundreds of children in the classroom, she has been a valued member of the governing body, sung her heart out with the choir that she formed, mentored countless student teachers in our school and, the most important job of all, scripted the Staff Christmas Panto!


Mrs Lucy Newstead put together a fantastic video of messages from both staff and children, which was shared with the school on Friday. Comments from colleagues included 'leaving us with an amazing legacy', 'warm and caring nature', 'high standards for the children in her care', 'fabulous supportive colleague'. The staff re-enacted Joyce Grenfell's Nativity monologue and our children presented cards, flowers and liberally doled out tissues to mop up the tears.


I know you join me in wishing her well in retirement and hoping this next stage is filled with good health, happiness and many joyful family moments. Jacky's last day will be Thursday 24th June - this is due to a house move that came sooner than expected!


Friends of Hillcrest Sponsored Walk on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July


All year groups will be taking part in a sponsored walk in Arnos Vale Cemetery, during school hours. It’s a great opportunity for the children to exercise and have fun whilst raising funds, all of which go towards enriching their education and school experience. This year, each year group has set its own challenge!


Find out more and download a Sponsor Form here.



Pupil Voice - Learn about living with Diabetes in the latest Pupil Voice assembly video.



Super Spellers video -



Parking - It seems unlikely that the offenders would be Hillcrest parents, but, just in case, can we remind drivers to park well away from the school and keep pavements clear for pedestrians? We have had complaints about inconsiderate parking on School Road. Cars are blocking the pavement so families have to risk walking in the road. It’s particularly difficult with a buggy.


What’s On?


Yr 6 left for Kilve Court this morning. We hope they have a wonderful time at Camp! We’ll be posting photos and dispatches as they arrive, in News on the website.



Today is World Music Day, an annual celebration around the world. It is a day to encourage young and amateur musicians to play their favourite instruments for enjoyment and relaxation. Our whole school theme this week is ‘Music can change the world.’


Reception will be visiting Lower Stock Farm this week - Parrots on Thursday and Puffins on Friday. Click on the links if you need a reminder of the details.


Friends Pre-Loved Uniform Sale after school on Friday in the playground. Re-scheduled from last Friday. Fingers crossed for better weather this week! Masks, social distance and change please.


Looking ahead to next week... The children are learning poems to recite on Poetry Day next Thursday. The poems for all the year groups are on Seesaw and on the website here.


Yr 6 will be selling their wares at their Mini Enterprise Market next Friday, 2nd July. All year groups will be taken to visit the market so please send them in with some pocket money.


Community News

Volunteering Opportunity at Lifeskills - Based at the CREATE Centre, Lifeskills is a unique, interactive safety education centre where primary school children learn how to stay safe in their every- day lives.


In a realistic village setting, including a road, beach, dark alleyway, shop, homes and a railway platform, Year 6 children experience lots of common hazards and surprises, and are taught, by trained volunteers, how to handle those situations in a safe, fun environment. A highlight in the school calendar, Lifeskills provides an exciting, interactive, and memorable experience.


The past year has been challenging for many charities, and for Lifeskills, the knock-on effect has been a decline in volunteer numbers. They are looking to recruit and train some new volunteers. Might you, or someone you know, be interested in this rewarding opportunity?


Visit Lifeskills in July, for an hour long 'Introduction to Lifeskills and Tour' to see how you could help to protect even more children and save lives. Find out more HERE.



Can you help with feedback? Researchers at the 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. A research study found that people who follow the advice in Germ Defence are less likely to catch viruses, and less likely to pass them on to members of their household.


The team are inviting school staff, parents and secondary school pupils to help them make some changes to Germ Defence, so that it can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools. They need your feedback to make Germ Defence more helpful, easy to use and interesting.


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 them know you’d be happy to take part in an interview. You can find out more about the study here.



Charity Abseil - On July 10th, Yr 2 LSA, Craig Beard will be abseiling off Castlemead - the tallest skyscraper in Bristol - to raise money for St Peters Hospice. He would very much appreciate any kind donations.




Check your child’s year group under the Homework tab,



Look out for your next Mailbag on Monday 28th June.