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Mailbag 7 January 2022

Hillcrest Mailbag 7 January 2022


Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to school. It was lovely to see you and your children again. I hope that you enjoyed the Christmas break and were able to spend some quality time with your loved ones.


I’m sure that you will be aware of the constantly changing government guidance regarding COVID19 and it is important that we take our lead from the Department for Education. I sent a letter to all parents on Wednesday of this week detailing the up-to-date requirements and changes to the isolation period. This is now 7 days from the start of symptoms or from the date of positive test if asymptomatic, on condition of two negative lateral flow tests undertaken on days 6 and day 7 at least 24 hours apart.


In other news, as much as I love our four-legged friends, please can we ensure that dogs are not brought into the school playground? Many children can be quite wary of dogs especially if they have a tendency to bark or jump up. Please can I also ask you not to stand with them blocking the entrances as children and their parents are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate a safe exit. Thanks for your co-operation.





News for Everyone


Term 3 Newsletters - Look on your child’s year group page on the website HERE for an introduction to the term ahead from their teaching team. Please check which days they need their PE kit in school this term.



Online Safety - At Hillcrest we are dedicated to keeping children safe, both offline and online. We have signed up to National Online Safety which offers a wealth of information for parents and carers. You can access all the resources for free by registering your email address at 


In addition to access to videos and advice about e-safety, each week you will be sent a poster covering a different app or game. This week’s was all about Fortnite. Have a look at it HERE to find out about the features of the game, the minimum age recommendation and the potential risks your child might come across whilst playing it.


We believe these posters are really helpful for starting conversations with your child about games and apps they may be playing and what they can do to keep themselves safe and happy online.


Let's make the internet a safer and happier place for all.


Mrs Loader - IT Lead



NSPCC Number Day, Friday 4th February - We’ll be taking part in Dress up for Digits and having a fun-filled day of maths activities and games to raise money to support the NSPCC’s services such as Childline. We’re inviting children and staff to dress up as a number and make a donation. We’ll remind you again nearer the time.



Accidents happen! - We’re running short of socks, tights and girls’ pants in all sizes in the medical room. If you have any outgrown ones going spare please can we have them? Thank you.



Alternative ‘flu vaccine - Sirona are arranging additional clinics where parents who didn’t take up the nasal spray vaccine for their child (because it contains a trace amount of pork gelatine) can book  them in for the adult injection instead. They hope to send the details out to schools next week.



Term 1 Diary Dates

Yr 1 Bristol Museum Art trip - Friday 21 January

NSPCC Number Day - dressing up - Friday 4 February

Yr 5 Swimming starts - Tuesday 8 February

Yr 3 Little Kitchen workshop - Tuesday 8 February

Yr 4 Little Kitchen workshop - Tuesday 8 February

Yr 5 Little Kitchen workshop - Tuesday 15 February

Yr 6 Little Kitchen workshop - Wednesday 16 February

End of term - Friday 18 February


News for Year Groups


Yr 4 - Sorry to start the year with bad news, but please can you check your child’s hair for head lice and nits? You know the drill, but you can find the information HERE if you need a reminder.





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 for...


  • Outdoor Project Spring Term flyer
  • Pilates Classes
  • Save Jubilee Pool 24 hour relay swimathon  



Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 14th January.