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Mailbag 6 November 2020

Mailbag 6 November 2020


As you may be aware, there are a handful of parents who have received a positive test for Covid. We are following the most up to date guidelines and the children from those families are self-isolating.


Bristol City Council regularly review their flow-chart for schools which sets out what to do if a child or staff member tests positive. You can see it here and we will make sure the most recent version is always available on the ‘Infection’ page under Parent Zone on our website.


In the event of a positive case in school, the Council will tell us whether to send home the whole class bubble or just close contacts. We want to be as transparent as possible. With the permission of the family concerned, we will keep you fully informed if a child or adult in your child’s bubble, or a household member of someone in their bubble, tests positive.


It is vital that you let us know immediately if you, your child, or anyone else in your household develops any of the Covid symptoms - a new, persistent cough, a high temperature, change to, or loss of, sense of smell or taste. Your whole household must isolate at home whilst you arrange a test and wait for the result.


If you are told to self-isolate by Track & Trace or have a child who is asked to self-isolate from Nursery or secondary school, again, please let us know straight away.


All our staff know just how important it is to get the basics right and maintaining bubbles, sanitizing surfaces and hand washing remain our priority in school. Particular thanks to Shelley and Tilly who are doing a sterling job keeping the ‘touch points’ around the school clean all day, every day.


We will be keeping all our classroom windows and doors open, regardless of the weather, to keep the rooms as well-ventilated as possible. Children may wish to wear an extra layer - a vest, thermals, Tshirt or long sleeved top - under their uniform if they find it chilly. We may have to resort to coats if there is a cold snap!


Please continue to keep everyone safe at pick up and drop off by wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.


Thank you


Poppy Appeal - We will be reminding the children about the significance of Armistice Day next week. If you would like your child to wear a poppy they are welcome to bring in 20p to buy one in school on Monday, when we will be taking them around the classrooms.


Yr 5 Changes - From Monday, Yr 5 will be using Entrance 1 - the big double gate at the end of the KS2 playground - for drop off and pick up. This will give you more pavement space so you can spread out and avoid waiting in the road. Please queue to the left of the gate, the Wells Road side, as Yr 3 use the same gate and queue to the right.

We are also tweaking Yr 5’s drop off time slightly, to 8.50am and pick up to 3.25 prompt.


Friends Pre-Loved Uniform Sale - Thank you to everyone who brought in clothing this morning. Your donations will be quarantined for three days then sorted ready for a sale in the KS2 playground straight after school next Friday.


Massive congratulations to Jorja in 6RT who was this week's random winner of the 'I Read At Least Four Times This Week And An Adult Has Signed My Reading Book To Prove It' competition. She has won a personalised bookmark. Keep reading everyone and next time it could be you!


Did you know that a child who reads for 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1.8 million words in a year while a child who reads for 1 minute a day is exposed to 8,000 words?


Musicians! The second episode of Hillcrest's podcast 'From the Crest of the Hill' will be coming out later this term. We would love to have some home-grown theme music for the intro and outro. Would you like to create a very short instrumental piece? Please send your 30 second music clip to Mr Mac by Friday 20th November.


Anti Bullying Week is the week after next. We’ll be kicking the week off by wearing odd socks to school on Monday 16th November.We’ll put more details and a reminder in next Friday’s Mailbag.


Salvation Army Toy Appeal - Every year the Salvation Army hands out gifts and food parcels to around 1,000 local children and families. Christmas is going to be so much harder this year for those in need and we at Hillcrest would like to help out and give back, if we can. If you have any brand new toys you could spare (perhaps duplicate presents?) to brighten a child’s Christmas, please send them in with your child. There will be a collection box in each classroom. We will quarantine them before they are collected by the Salvation Army in December. Please remember that the gifts need to be new.

Thank you, Tina.


Hair today... Rose in Yr 1 had never had her hair cut and had a plait all the way to her bottom. Despite being very nervous, she decided to donate her hair - 15” of it! - to The Little Princess Trust, who make free wigs for children who have lost their own hair as a result of cancer treatment. Well done Rose. What a kind, brave and generous thing to do.

Rose and her family have also raised the money to cover the cost of transforming her hair into a wig. The goal was £150 but, so far, Rose has raised a fantastic £260. Any extra money raised goes to funding researching cures for childhood cancers. If you can donate anything to this amazing charity, big or small, it all helps!


The Coke Bottle - Parents of neurodivergent children may have come across this analogy before, illustrating the way that stresses can build through the day and explode at home time. This extended version is a thought provoking read. Most parents will recognise that end of the day meltdown!


Thank you to everyone who entered the Friends of Hillcrest Halloween / Harvest competition. We had an amazing response, with 40 addresses entering nearly 60 windows/gardens and/or pumpkins. The standard was so high that the judges had an extremely difficult time choosing the winners!


But without further ado...The winners of the Friends of Hillcrest Halloween/Harvest competition 2020 are:


Best Window: 23 Belluton Road (This is how the story begins…)

Best Garden: 59 Sylvia Avenue (Spider’s nest)

Best Creative Pumpkin: 12 Bayham Road (Mexican day of the Dead pumpkin)


Huge congratulations to each winner who will be finding a £10 National Book Token delivered to their address!


The judges have also chosen some Highly Commended entries:



15 Calcott Road (Fright night)

28 St Martins Road (Spooky doorway)

41 Calcott Road (Scary visitors)

73 Ravenhill Road (Zombie school)

30 Somerset Road (Bunting and bats)

22 Park Street (Spiders, bats and cats)



52 Somerset Road (graveyard garden)

159 Somerset Road (buried skeletons)



12 Vale St for their characterful black rat

28 Bayham Rd for their Princess Leia hairdo pumpkin (and whole brilliant set of pumpkins including the fairy house)


All the entries can be seen on the Hillcrest Social page here. Thank you to everyone who took part and a special thanks to our guest judges Mrs Flook and Mrs Fleming!



Youth Mental Health courses - The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has funding for half price courses for adults.



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