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Mailbag 22 October 2021

Mailbag 22 October 2021


We thought we'd leave you with a few snapshots of a wonderful first term. A big thank you to all the

children and staff for all their hard work and positivity over the last six weeks. We hope you have a

fun and safe holiday. We are already looking forward to seeing you all when we get back!


Click HERE to have a look!


Ms Norman & Mr McIntyre




News for everyone


From the Crest of the Hill podcast - Season 2 Episode 1 is out now! Listen HERE.



Podcast Password Competition - Well done to Endeavour, the house which harvested the most passwords from our amazing Password Comp, brought to you by Wards Solicitors. Endeavour will be having a non-uniform day on the first day of next term - Tuesday, November 2nd.


And hearty congratulations to the individual prize winners, whose names were drawn out of a hat (well, a jar):


  • Maya in 5DB who will be having science fun at We the Curious
  • Aidan in 6PB who will have a wild time at the Wild Place Project
  • Isla in 3EN who will be bouncing off to Freedog



Celebration Awards - Congratulations to this week’s. winners.



Spelling Day - Next term we will be releasing our very own spelling scheme, called 'My Great Hillcrest Spelling Saga'. To help launch it, we will be having a Spelling Day on Friday, November 5th where the children will enjoy lots of spelling-related activities. To add an extra dash of fun to the proceedings, all children are invited to dress up as their favourite word that day.



Future Stars are looking for an additional member of staff for their After School Club at Hillcrest on Mondays and Tuesdays. Find out about the vacancy HERE and please spread the word if you know someone who might be interested.



Safety at Halloween and Bonfire Night - We have been asked to by Avon Fire & Rescue Service to share some key safety advice for you and your children this spooky season. Each year, the emergency services deal with many accidents which could easily be avoided if everyone followed these simple safety tips. There’s an information sheet HERE. You can also click on the link below to access advice on Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s website:



School meal price increase - Don’t forget that the price of a school meal is going up to £2.30 per meal from 1st November,



Menu - Some of the children aren’t too sure what Chicken Filo Pie (Week 1) and Katsu Chicken (Week 2) are. Chartwells should probably have called them chicken pie and chicken curry for clarity.



Families in Focus Bulletin - Click HERE to download - Information and Support for Families, Parents/Carers and Young People from the South Bristol Families in Focus team.



Halloween Children’s Book Launch - You may have spotted this event on our Community Board. Unfortunately Ruth Drury, the author, now has COVID so the launch has been cancelled. We’ll let you know when it’s rescheduled.




News for year groups


Yr 2 - Redcatch Community Garden visits letter


Yr 6 IMPORTANT DEADLINE - Don’t forget that secondary school applications close at midnight on 31st October. If you haven’t already applied, see the information on our website HERE.


Yr 6 - Kilve Court Camp 2022 Initial letter


Yr 6 - National Child Measurement Programme opt out letter


Yr 6 - Water Safety Training letter




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



News from Friends of Hillcrest


Hillcrest Comedy Club - SAVE THE DATE - Hillcrest parent Stuart Goldsmith is organising a comedy night in aid of Friends of Hillcrest to take place on Thursday18th November in the big hall. For details of the fantastic line-up see our poster HERE.


Tickets will be £10 and, COVID situation permitting, will be on sale in the week after half term!



Halloween/Autumn Creativity Competition - Friends of Hillcrest would love to see some more of the legendary late October creativity from the Hillcrest community! So, for a chance to win a prize please send us your entries for:


  • Best Halloween/ Autumn costume


  • Best Halloween/Autumn front garden or window.


Please email a photo of your masterpiece and child’s name and year group to


Winners will be announced after the half term!


PS For anyone doing a creative pumpkin don’t forget to enter it in Endeavour Vice Captain Elliott’s Pumpkin Carving Competition by emailing a photo to



Committee News - Kay Clark, who has a daughter in Reception, has kindly taken over from Rachel as Secretary for Friends. Sarah Breton, who also has a daughter in Reception, will be working alongside the current Treasurer, Felicity Lindsay, with a view to stepping into the Treasurer role in the future. Thank you to Rachel for your sterling service as Secretary and to Kay and Sarah for stepping up to the plate!



Friends of Hillcrest ‘Donate my School’ Crowdfunder


Friends set up the Crowdfunder at the beginning of 2020 to allow us to continue to raise money despite being unable to run our usual fundraising events. The Hillcrest community donated an incredible £2,165 to the fund last year! This money has contributed towards musical instruments and books for the school and the circus workshops and performance enjoyed by the children at the end of last term.


At this years’ Friends AGM we agreed to keep the fund open for another year. Donation is completely voluntary and any amount is welcome. If you would like to donate please do so here:




Have a great half term break. Term 2 begins for the children on Tuesday 2nd November (the Monday is an Inset Day).



Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 5th November.