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Mailbag 24 September 2021

Mailbag 24 September 2021


News for Everyone

Are you eligible for Free School Meals?

Whatever year your child is in - even if you don’t pay for meals yet because they’re in Reception, Yr 1 or Yr 2, and whether or not they have school dinners - please apply if you think you might qualify. See the letters below for details. (Reception parents, your letter was in your induction pack).

Yr 1 & 2 Free School Mealsletter

Yr 3 Free School Meals letter

Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Free School Meals letter


As well as your child getting Free School Meals, schools get extra funding from the Department for Education called Pupil Premium. That money goes towards providing extra support for your child and to reducing the cost of school trips.


For every child that is eligible, the school receives £1320 a year.


Parents Evenings - Reception and Yrs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 will be on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th October. The Yr 5 teachers will be away on camp, so theirs will be on 9th and 11th November.


Booking will be open from Thursday next week. We’ll send a reminder when it’s live.


The ‘flu vaccination program for primary schools has been postponed because of the roll out of the COVID vaccine to secondary school children. We will let you know when we have a new date.


Free Wheel Fridays are back from 1 st October! Staff will be out in the playground from 8.30 on Friday mornings so children can come in with their scooters, roller skates or skateboards for a supervised scoot about. (For the rest of the week, though, please remind children to hop off their bikes and scooters when they’re in the playground. We’ve spotted a few bikes and scooters whizzing around at home time.)


Congratulations to this week’s Celebration Award winners! See their photo in Latest News.


Parking - We are so lucky that Hillcrest families generally live very close and most children can walk to and from school. This means that damaging pollution from car exhausts and congestion on the narrow streets around the school are kept to a minimum,


If you need to drop or pick your child up by car, please help to keep everyone safe by parking well away from the school. Parents have told us that School Road was particularly bad this week. Children having to cross the road between parked cars is dangerous because drivers may not see them until they step out.


Fish and Chip Thursday - 7 th October is School Census day. The number of children taking a school meal that day determines the funding we get for Universal Free School Meals for the whole year. The kitchen will swap the Thursday and Friday menus and serve fish fingers and chips - the most popular lunch - on that Thursday. It would help our school finances to have as many children as possible having a meal that day. We’ll put a reminder in next week’s Mailbag


Do you run a local business or service? Would you like to reach the whole Hillcrest community with an advert in our next ‘From the Crest of the Hill’ podcast? Email Mr Wilson and Mr McIntyre at


See the Community Notice Board on the website HERE for news about:

  • Hillcrest Dads’ Football
  • TCCW staff vacancies
  • Ashton Park Sports Centre holiday programme
  • Voice Kids on ITV seeking contestants



Look in your child’s Year Group ‘satchel’ HERE for this week’s Retrieval Questions homework


News for Year Groups

Yr 5 Parents and Carers - In case you couldn’t make it to the meeting about camp this week, here are the slides from the presentation: Yr 5 Magdalen Farm presentation slides


Yrs 5 & 6 - Mr Mac is starting a morning Basketball Club at 8am on Tuesdays, from 5 th October - Christmas. There is no charge and there are 20 places. Book on Gateway


Yr 6 Parents and Carers - On Friday 27th September, 9am, Year 6 are inviting parents to (virtually) come and watch their children debate whether communism is a better system than capitalism. Zoom details for the event will be sent out to parents during the week.


News from Friends of Hillcrest

FRIENDS AGM - TUESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER at 8:00pm - Everyone welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting



With a bit of September sun, the entries are in! Well done to everyone who entered and for sharing your fine displays. The winners are…




ORLA PALMER, 3EN. We’re not sure what you’ve been feeding your flowers but this was quite literally head and shoulders above the rest. You will receive a £100 FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT VOUCHER!


BEST IN BLOOM – Most impressive display


ADA BARBER, RLN came the closest to creating a meadow of Sunflowers amongst our cityscape. Some top notch Redcatch Community Garden merchandise will be coming your way.


POLLINATOR SUPERHERO – most attractive display to flying friends


ANGUS SPIERS, 2KL also cultivated a beautiful cluster of flowers which have no doubt been treating a frenzy of flying friends. Some top notch Redcatch Community Garden merchandise will be coming your way too.


Congratulations to you all!


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 1st October.