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Mailbag 29 April 2022

Mailbag 29 April 2022

Welcome back to Term 5, the shortest term on the school calendar! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break.


We were delighted to welcome Mr Jim Gump back to Hillcrest today. Jim visited us before Covid and was a true inspiration. He started by running 10k EVERY DAY, after being inspired by the 2012 Olympics. He now clocks up approximately 22 miles a day!


Jim likes nothing better than setting himself a challenge. His latest quest is to cover the equivalent of running around the equator - 25,000 miles!


Having clocked up 9,999 miles, he came back to run his 10,000th mile with us in the playground at Hillcrest!


One of Jim’s main aims is to promote both adults and children getting active. We don’t have to go as far as Jim, just try to get some exercise every day.


On the back of Jim’s visit, we plan to reinvigorate our Daily Mile by getting the distance marked out on the playground so that children can tell when they have clocked up a mile.


We wish Eid Mubarak to everyone in the Hillcrest community celebrating Eid on Monday/Tuesday next week. (Read about this important festival in the Islamic calendar HERE.)


We will be celebrating Eid in school on Wednesday 4th May and would like to invite you all into the small hall at pick up, 3.30pm, to taste some delicious food and celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan.


The children are welcome to wear something shiny or sparkly to school that day - this can be a whole outfit or simply a bracelet or headband, for example.


News for Everyone


Term 5 Newsletters - Look on your child’s Year Group page on the website to find out what they’ll be learning this term.



Help Hillcrest on School Census Day - Our annual funding for Universal Free School meals is set according to the number of school dinners taken on School Census Day - Thursday, 19th May. It will make a real difference to the school’s finances to have as many children as possible having a school meal that day. We’ll be switching the menu that week and serving fish fingers and chips, with ketchup, on Thursday instead of Friday. We’ll pop a reminder in next week’s Mailbag too.



Lost Property will be put in a box outside the main door so parents and children can look for missing items. We will dispose of anything that’s not claimed after a week.


The first few days back have brought a huge haul of unnamed items. This gets worse as the weather gets warmer and children take off their coats and jumpers and leave them in the playground. We collect them up but if there’s no name we can’t return them to their owners.

Please invest in a laundry marker pen or some Stikins name labels and name EVERYTHING.



Chickenpox is still doing the rounds. There has been another case in Reception this week. See the NHS information HERE, particularly if you are, or might be, pregnant. We’ve also had reports of Thread Worms in Reception. Information HERE.



Children’s Quiz - About two months ago, Anna, Lucy, Isaac M and Noah from 4SL came to the office and asked if they could do a quiz for the school. When they got the go-ahead, they set about devising questions for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (they even included a tie-breaker) and rounding up a team for each class.


Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, they delivered a fantastic quiz out on the grassy area at lunch time. The questions were cleverly designed to be challenging yet achievable for each year group and were confidently delivered from the stage. The audience, which was close to 100 children, absolutely loved it. You can see some photos HERE.


Well done to our amazing quizmasters who are the epitome of our four elements. And well done to all the contestants.



Peter and the Wolf Family Concert - 4pm Saturday 30th April at Totterdown Baptist Church

We’re so lucky to have world-renowned pianist, Allan Schiller, living locally. Many Hillcrest families will remember his lovely family concerts, before Covid brought everything to a standstill. Now they’re back! This Saturday he’ll be playing Sergei Prokofiev’s ever-popular piece for children, Peter and the Wolf. He will be joined by actor David Collins, narrating the story.


Children are welcome to come dressed as characters from the story (a wolf, a cat, a duck, a bird or a hunter). As usual, there will be the Allan Schiller’s World of Music slot and the chance for the kids to win an Acapella pizza!


Tickets from  Adults £5, children £1



Future Stars - Crafts, gardening, board games, reading, socialising, cooking, competitions, painting... there’s so much more on offer than just sport! Future Stars give your children the opportunity to get active and take part in outdoor and hall games, but if they’re not keen there are plenty of other activities. Sign up for wrap around care with Future Stars at



News for Year Groups


Yr 1 Caldicot Castle trip letter





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



Friends of Hillcrest News


Where can you enjoy quality comedy and cheap booze a mere stone’s throw from your door? Why, at the second Hillcrest Comedy Night of course!


This time we welcome Rob Deering (BBC radio 4, BBC 6 Music), Ria Leena (Live at the Apollo) and Firuz Ozari (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year) and, of course, our very own Stuart Goldsmith as host!


Thursday 12th May in the main hall, doors open 7.30 for 8pm start


Fully licensed bar. Over 18s only please.


Tickets now on sale here:


This promises to be a fantastic night! In case you need any more convincing, here are a few comments from the audience at our last Comedy Night:




“My cheeks were hurting from laughing so much”


“Better than what I’ve seen on the Edinburgh Fringe”


As always, all money raised goes to Friends of Hillcrest to benefit our children and our school.

Thank you for your support!




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


  • Nominate someone for BBC Radio Bristol’s Make a Difference Awards
  • Outdoors Project Summer Term
  • Joseph’s Bike Ride for Ukraine
  • Relaxation Workshops for families of children with autism and additional needs



Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 6th May.