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Mailbag 8 October 2021

Mailbag 8 October 2021


At this time of year, we usually support the Matthew Tree Project by holding a Harvest Festival in school.


The Matthew Tree Project’s holistic ethos is to meet people at their point of crisis. To love. To understand. To empower. To support. In the centre of their ‘tree’ logo is the word ‘love’, written in Chinese, to depict branches of compassion reaching out to people in their time of need.


The simple and compassionate act of giving people food on a weekly basis creates a safe and positive environment to build relationship and gain an understanding of each person’s circumstances. 


This year, it has never been more important to support local charities who have helped so many families during lockdown. 


We welcome gifts of food from Monday 11th - Friday 15th October (tins, dry goods, long life items etc.) which we will donate to the Matthew Tree Project. If you would like to make a donation, please send in food items with your child. 


Thank you in advance for your generosity.





News for everyone


Please read this important letter about school attendance and punctuality:


Attendance letter



Congratulations to this week’s Celebration Award Winners!



House Points - See what our new House Captains and Vice Captains came up with to reveal this week’s winners here!



A Proud Day! We are delighted to announce that Hillcrest has achieved the 'Outstanding Skilled Teacher' award of the Rainbow Flag Award. Thanks go to Mr Wilson, in particular, for driving this forward.


The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses on positive LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBT-phobic bullying.


Find out more about the award -



Curriculum Evening Slides - If you missed the Curriculum Evening and would like to see the slides from the presentation you can find them on the website. Click the links.


Reception      Yr 1      Yr 2      Yr 3      Yr 4      Yr 5      Yr 6



First Aid in school


Our Teaching Assistants and lunchtime staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid. We also have two members of staff with the First Aid at Work qualification who are on call for any adult first aid needs.


We treat day to day bumps, scrapes and cuts and send home a first aid slip to let you know what happened. Bumps and bruises are usually treated with a cold compress. We clean wounds with water or water-based steriwipes and put on a plaster or dressing (if your child is allergic to plasters please let us know). We are not allowed to use disinfectants or antiseptic creams, give any non-prescription medicines, such as Calpol, or attempt anything invasive, such as removing splinters.


Head bumps - most are minor, but we will always let you know if your child has bumped their head so you can keep an eye out for signs of concussion. You can find information about concussion and what to look out for here.  Instead of the paper ‘head bump slip’ we used to send home we will now give your child a red wrist band with the date and time they had the bump.


Emergency contact details - We will phone you if we feel your child needs more than the basic first aid we are allowed to give or if they are unwell and need to go home.  Please keep us up to date with your contact details so that we can always get in touch with you or, failing that, another emergency contact.


Medicines in school - Please give your child any medicine they need before/after school if you can. We do have staff trained in Administration of Meds who can give prescription medicines during the school day, if it’s essential. You need to fill in an Administration of Meds form and bring it into the office with the medication in its original packaging, with your child’s details on the pharmacist’s label.


If your child has long term medical needs please let us know. We will work with you to set up an individual medical plan.


We can’t give non-prescribed medicines, such as Calpol or antihistamines, but you are welcome to come into school to give it yourself. Children should never have ANY sort of medication with them in school - not even cough sweets or sun cream.


Vomiting or diarrhoea reminder - Children must stay away from school for a clear 48 hours after the last time they were sick or had diarrhoea. There are no exceptions.




News for Year Groups


Yrs 3, 4, 5 & 6 - The price of a school meal is going up to £2.30 from the start of Term 2, the beginning of November. That’s £11.50 for a week and £78.50 for the full term.



Yr 3 - Don’t forget to pay for your child’s school dinners now they don’t get Universal Free School Meals. Please make sure there is always enough money in their school meal account on Gateway, in advance, to cover any lunches they order. We have to pay Chartwells and we can’t give credit. If you need help using School Gateway please ask in the office. If you receive benefits or Child Tax Credit your child may be entitled to free school meals - more information here.



Yr 3 - Please see letters for allergy information about the Little Kitchen cookery workshops. If your child has a food allergy please complete the form and return by email or paper.


3NA Little Kitchen allergy letter

3EN Little Kitchen allergy letter

Little Kitchen allergy form



Yr 4 - Wicked Weather Watch photos opt out letter






Check your child’s year group ‘satchel’ under Homework for this week’s Retrieval Questions





Visit our Community Notice Board for news about...


  • Minna’s Sugar Free fundraiser total
  • Outdoors Project Half Term activities
  • 2 new babysitters available
  • TCCW Holiday Club
  • TCCW Play Leader & Play Worker vacancies




Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday 15th October.