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Mailbag 25 March 2022

Mailbag 25 March 2022

Spring has certainly sprung this week. We almost saw Mr McIntyre’s knobbly knees but he decided against the shorts at the last minute - phew! In the lovely weather, the children are enjoying our outdoor spaces and casting off their jumpers and cardigans (and forgetting to pick them back up!) Please, please, please make sure everything your child wears to school is clearly named. You will stand a much better chance of being reunited with mislaid items! The same goes for water bottles!

We are continuing to see challenges with staffing levels, exacerbated by COVID-19. Over the last two weeks we have had 6 - 8 members of staff out daily. I know they would much prefer to be in school but the way the children in their classes have conducted themselves in their absence is a real credit both to them and to you, the parents.


Unfortunately, there just aren’t the supply teachers available at the moment but we have been able to cover teacher absences internally, mainly by re-deploying Mrs Howard, Miss Wilson, Mrs Hornsby and calling upon our amazing Teaching Assistants. I would like to thank the whole Hillcrest Team for pulling together.

And finally... BIG news! We had the first egg of the year, laid this week! Chickens generally stop laying in winter to conserve their energy. Obviously the warmer weather has set things in motion and we look forward to the rest of the flock catching on so that we can sell fresh, Hillcrest eggs at the school gates once more.


News for Everyone


The Road Project art date change - The parent and child drop in to see the art created for the project will now be held after school next Friday (1st April) not on the Thursday.



A Parent Governor vacancy has arisen on our governing board. The board is asking you to nominate someone with parental responsibility for a child at the school. Please complete a nomination form and return it by noon on Thursday 7th April 2022.


If there are more than two nominations, a ballot will be held, with voting papers going out on Monday 25th April 2022, and the ballot count held on Wednesday 4th May 2022.


If you wish to become a Parent Governor yourself, you will need to be nominated by someone from the parent community and provide a brief statement (no more than 300 words) that includes your reasons and skills you can contribute.


You can find a letter which explains what being a governor entails, the process of selection and appointment and a Nomination Form on the Letters page on the school website here.



Yr 6 Book & Cake Sale - Come along to the playground at 3:30pm next Monday, 28th March, to buy a yummy cake and maybe find a bargain new book or two. The proceeds will go towards the Yr 6 money Leavers’ party.



News for Year Groups


Yr 3 - Swimming starts on 26 April, the first day back after Easter. Come ‘beach ready’ with swimwear under uniform and remember to pack underwear in swimming bag to put on afterwards.


Yr 4 - The slides from this week’s Magdalen Farm presentation are on Yr 4’s Year Group page here, just below the Term 4 timetable.




Look in your child’s year group ‘satchel’ under Homework on the website for this week’s Retrieval Questions.



Friends News


Friends Meeting on Zoom, Tuesday 29th March - Come and discuss upcoming events for the year. All parents and carers are automatically members of Friends of Hillcrest. Please feel free to come along and hear about what we are up to, or suggest an event we might run. Here’s the link:


Kate Cook - INDEFINITE FILMS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Friends Zoom

Time: Mar 29, 2022 08:00 PM London 

Meeting ID: 898 9591 5606

Passcode: 618449


Could you hide an egg for our Easter Family Egg Hunt? If you would be happy to put a beautiful decorated egg in your window over the Easter holiday period please email us at



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


  • Outdoors Project - Easter Holiday Clubs and Summer Term After School Club
  • Redcatch Quarter consultation extended
  • There’s still time to sign the petition about the proposed mast in Redcatch Park
  • Part time Preschool Assistant vacancy at Sydenham Road Under Fives
  • Ex-Hillcrest pupil available for babysitting


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 1st April March.