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Mailbag 5 March 2021

Mailbag 5 March 2021


Mr McIntyre we salute you! What a fantastic World Book Day!


Books are not just reading; they’re adventures; they’re experiencing worlds and cultures, they’re escapism and entertainment, they’re knowledge and learning, they’re expanding your horizons, they’re comfort and familiarity.


Books are life.


Set sail into your book of dreams...


AND we can’t wait to see you on MONDAY!



Here are a few reminders:

8.50am Drop Off/3.20pm Pick-Up9am Drop off/ 3.30pm Pick-Up


Check which entrance to use on the school map HERE.


Dropping off - As before Christmas, teachers will meet the children at the gate so please say your goodbyes there. We know that you will continue to keep social distance and wear a mask (unless exempt) when dropping off and collecting. Can we also remind the few parents who come by car to park well away from the school entrances to give families on foot as much space as possible?


Staying Safe - The school is being deep cleaned and ‘fogged’ ready for the children’s return. We will still be keeping the year group ‘bubbles’ separate. Children will be prompted to wash/sanitise their hands frequently and staff will sanitise surfaces and touch points throughout the school day.


Staying warm - We’ll be keeping classroom windows and doors open and using our outside space as much as possible. Whilst the kids don’t seem to feel the cold like us grownups, you might like to pop on an extra t-shirt or vest under their school uniform. Please make sure your child has warm outdoor wear for the playground (and that everything they’ll be taking on and off has their name in it).


Hot school meals are back! See the menu HERE (no salad bar or school packed lunch options for the time being). Children order their lunch at morning registration each day. Yrs 3, 4 5 & 6 - meals must be paid for in advance so please make sure there is enough credit in your child’s School Gateway account.


Breakfast Club will be open as normal and Early-gators will run to 5pm. Book on Gateway


Books - We have been delighted to see so many children visiting the Bookbarn throughout lockdown. You guys have been reading your socks off - so much so that our cupboard is looking a bit bare! Please can we have ALL school books back on Monday so we can replenish our stock? So check under your bed and behind the sofa and drop them off when you return on Monday. We will start sending out books again on Tuesday.


World Book Day - A humongous thank you to all of you who got involved in yesterday's World Book Day - you all played your part in making it a fun-filled and word-filled day


Close to half a million words were read by Hillcrest children yesterday, which is just phenomenal! Lots of you also wrote amazing stories about Barney and Wilma.


We are going to make a collage of all the weird and wonderful places you read yesterday - we were so impressed with your innovation! You can see some of the fabulous photos sent in HERE.


A special 'thank you' to the more than 200 children and staff who dropped into one or more of the 30 children's story-times. Your thoughts and presence made for a wonderful atmosphere.


An extra special 'thank you' to our 30 readers. I was in awe as I watched each and every one of you step up to the challenge and read your books with poise, passion and huge smiles on your faces. The variety of books was fantastic and kept me hooked all day. All of us here at Hillcrest are enormously proud of you - thank you for making the 24th World Book Day extra special.


We have been inundated with emails for our various World Book Day competitions so the winners won't be announced until next week. If you have any entries still to email in, please send them to



Home-learning Survey - The Governors would like to thank all the parents who took the time to complete the survey. We had a really good response. The initial look seemed to be generally very positive but we will analyse the results in more detail and use parents’ input to inform our work. Thank you very much.


Future Stars Holiday Club will be running at Hillcrest over the Easter break. Booking is open HERE.


Head Lice - It seems small beer compared to Covid but there has been outbreak amongst the children in school over the past couple of weeks. It would be wonderful to have a clean start when everyone comes back. Please can you check your child’s hair over the weekend?


Charity Bike Ride - Joseph Tingay has been nominated by a friend to do the ‘2.6 Challenge’ and is raising money for local charity St Mungo's which supports the homeless in Bristol. Joseph is going to cycle 60km today! Then he’ll be nominating 6 others to take on the challenge! If you would like to support Joseph’s fundraising effort for this excellent local cause you can donate on this Just Giving page. STOP PRESS - 64 kilometres done! Well done Joseph!


Hazel Winter’s Guitar Club has been running on line since the first lockdown. She’s hoping to restart face to face tuition in school after Easter, all being well. Enquiries to


Website changes - The Home Learning pages will disappear from the website this weekend as we revert to our normal Year Group and Homework pages. You can still access the huge list of resources to support your child’s learning at home that we complied over lockdown. It’s under the Parents tab HERE.


Dojonator results:


KS 2 Celebration Assembly:


KS1 Celebration Assembly:



Chartwell’s Menu

School entrances map

TCCW Easter Holiday Club


Check your child’s Year Group page on the website for this term’s Newsletter from their year group team.


Look out for your next Mailbag on 12th March