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Mailbag 6 May 2022

Mailbag 6 May 2022


We were thrilled that so many of you could join us to celebrate Eid on Wednesday. It was fantastic to see so many children and adults in school. A huge thank you to all our families who took the time to make and bake the food. It was delicious. I have never seen so much food consumed in such a short time! You can see some photos from the event HERE.


Next week our Year 6 children take their SATS in Reading, Writing, SPAG and Maths. The children have worked hard pre-Covid and during Covid and this has carried on throughout Year 6. We are already immensely proud of them and I know they will do their best. The finest chefs in all the land will be serving them SATs breakfast from 8.15am throughout the week in the large hall.


During the month of May, our Year 2 pupils will also be undertaking a range of assessments planned and delivered by their teachers. These will contribute towards their final Key Stage 1 assessments.


As we know this year Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, after 70 years of service. The Jubilee celebrations are taking place from 2nd to 5th June. As this is half term for our children, Hillcrest will be celebrating on Wednesday 25th May.


Mrs Howells, Mr Boyle and Mrs Sharples have been working behind the scenes to make this a fantastic and memorable day for the children. Here is a message from them about the plans:


Hillcrest Jubilee Celebrations


We couldn’t let this pass without celebrating in true Hillcrest Style!


On Wednesday 25th May children will be involved in lots of activities to celebrate this momentous occasion.


Your children are invited to come to school dressed in 1950s fashion, red, white and blue or wear an accessory of their choice fit for the occasion. We would love to see children dressed in their best, waving a flag!


During the morning, the children will be exploring the history behind the Jubilee followed by a workshop where they will design and make their own crown.


At 1:30, the whole school will be involved in a parade around the block (walking along the pavement) and we’d love to see as many of you as possible lining the route, clapping and wishing us well! Our route will be Hawthorne Street, Fordell place, School Road, Wells Road and Cemetery Road.


The children will wave goodbye to you all and return to school for a Jubilee variety show followed by a tea party. Your class teacher will contact you nearer the time should you wish to contribute some food. Watch this space!






Don’t forget your tickets for the Comedy Night next Thursday (12thMay)


We have an amazing line-up for you!


Rob Deering (BBC radio 4, BBC 6 Music)

Ria Leena (Live at the Apollo)

Firuz Ozari (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year)

and our very own Stuart Goldsmith hosting


Watch an exclusive teaser video from Rob Deering HERE!


Thursday 12th May in the main hall, (doors 7.30 for 8pm start) this promises to be a fantastic night in aid of Friends of Hillcrest. And 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”



Fully licensed bar. Over 18s only please.


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


Thank you for your support!


News for Everyone


Come join our reading team! For the first time since the pandemic, we are very excited to reopen our doors to parents and carers to come in to support children with their reading.

We want to build up a team of volunteer readers who can pop into school regularly and help children flourish with their reading. Interested? Find out how to get involved HERE.



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.



Slapped Cheek - There is a case in Yr 3. See the NHS information HERE. Tell your midwife or a GP if you're pregnant or have a weakened immune system and have been near someone with slapped cheek syndrome.



New Secondary School for Knowle - Bristol City Council has approved plans for a 900-place school which will be called Oasis Academy Daventry Road. The former Merrywood School located on Daventry Road will be demolished to make way for a new building with state-of-the-art facilities, including an activity studio, sports hall, sports pitches, and multi-use games area.


Oasis Academy Daventry Road is forecast to open in its permanent building in September 2024 subject to achieving further milestones. The next phase of the project is underway to start preparing the site for demolition works.


To meet the need for school places from September 2023, the Department for Education and Bristol City Council is working towards opening the school in temporary accommodation on the site of an existing school in Hengrove, Oasis Academy John Williams.


Find more information HERE and an artist’s impression of the new school HERE.



The teachers take their punishments! The children paid a donation on Red Nose Day to vote for the punishment they wanted to give their teachers! Custard pies in the face, ice down their backs and (horror of horrors) waltzing together! Well done to the Fundraising Committee! Photos HERE.



Wells Road School Crossing Patrol Campaign - a message from Anna Boulter

I am sorry to say that, due to personal circumstances, I was not able to carry on with the campaign to reinstate the crossing patrol last term. Don Alexander’s response to my initial enquiry came so close to Christmas that no-one had the time to come alongside me and form a working party and so there wasn’t anyone to pick up the baton in my absence. 


I still do not have the capacity to continue with the campaign and I have, reluctantly, made the decision to step back.


If there is a group of parents who would like to pick up the baton I will gladly pass on all the information and contacts that I have. Our local councillor Ed Plowden (an ex Hillcrest parent and governor) is excellent and incredibly supportive of the campaign. You will have his full backing and help.


If no one steps forward, which I would totally understand given how many things there are to campaign against at the moment, I will write one last email to both Don Alexander and the Mayor, in attempt to appeal to reason, and leave it at that.


Anna Boulter

Yr 5 parent





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


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


  • Yr 6 Leavers Table Top Sale
  • J& M Dance School - Join the Dance Showcase!
  • TCCW May Holiday Club
  • Bristol South Aikido Club
  • Joseph’s Bike Ride for Ukraine Update


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 13th May