Keeping our community together! Page 1

'We are so lucky to be able to help each other, in little ways and in big ways. The reason we are lucky is because helping each other, is in fact, what makes us happy.'
Though we have to be apart, physically, at the moment, we're still a school community. We want children and parents to know that Hillcrest is still here! We're all part of the Hillcrest family.
We thought it would be a nice thing to have a community page. If you have something you would like to share - photos, videos, messages, children's art, recipes, suggestions for activities, links, birthday greetings, whatever! - email it to Juliet and we'll post it on here.
Things are starting to fall off the bottom!
Better start a new page.
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Look who's been sunbathing on the school roof! Apparently, they were there for ages this afternoon.
"What does a dog have to do to get some attention round here?"
Mrs Fleming
"See, I told you I could enter Hillcrest’s Got Talent!"
Mrs Loader
"See? I've got better curls and thighs than that Joe Wicks"
Cecily Palmer
"Can I  have a doggie treat now pleeeease?"
Mrs Cockle
What do YOU think Wilma's saying?
Here's a nice suggestion from the WhatsApp group on Mrs Hendy's street....
"A lot of children live on our street so when it's their birthday we all make posters for our windows and sing Happy Birthday, as a street, at 10am on their special day. No birthday parties for the kids who have their birthdays at this time, so brings a little bit of joy to them."
Just posted: Lots of useful resources and contacts for supporting children's mental health and wellbeing on the website here.

Join us on your YouTube channel this week for some creative - and educational - live learning events!


Last week we launched our #LearnToLoveNature campaign, which provides inspiring and enriching content for families and young people to access and use independently from home.

Our exciting new Live Learning events programme, which are streamed weekly on our YouTube channel, brings together some of WWF's leading conservationists and scientists to share their experiences and answer your questions. We hope that you're able to share these events with your pupils as they continue to learn more about - and explore - our world from home. 

With best wishes,

Lizzie Goldsbrough and Caroline Howkins
WWF Education Officers


TUESDAY, 31 MARCH @ 11AM: Home safari with Matt.

Join WWF-UK’s Matt Larsen-Daw live on our YouTube channel for an introduction to the Seek app and some tips for finding, identifying and recording wildlife without leaving your home.



WEDNESDAY, 1 APRIL @ 11AM: Make a bug hotel with Lizzie.

Join Lizzie on our YouTube channel and create a wonderful bug hotel for your garden using recycled materials.



FRIDAY, 3 APRIL @ 11AM: Giving nature a voice.

Join our Director of Science, Mark Wright, as he reflects on the state of the planet and his own passion for nature that has driven him to devote his life to conservation.


Get social with WWF

We’re a social bunch here at WWF, so we’d love to hear from you on social media. Share your school stories on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LearnToLoveNature.





 What a lovely craft idea! Make an Elmer out of an empty milk carton.
Photos from Mrs Loader, showing what some of the children from her class have been up to.
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Mabel and Felix have been doing science experiments in the garden!
 Hi from Lydia and Sophia!
Free Webinar from the British Dyslexia Association
How to manage you and your child’s anxiety during school closures with Professor Amanda Kirby
Wednesday 1 April at 7.30pm
In these times, many parents and children are not surprisingly feeling anxious. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to help.
Following from hugely popular session with Karen Mace, join our live FREE webinar for parents hosted by Professor Amanda Kirby on Wednesday 1 April at 7.30-8.30pm.
This session will:
  • Help you better understand what anxiety is
  • Provide practical tools to help you and your children manage and minimise anxiety in these uncertain times
  • Improve happiness and wellbeing

Amanda will focus on remembering to be realistic, not superhuman! 
Register for free here
Some good ideas here:
Thank you to Eva Cooper for sending in the link.
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  Look at this great video William in Puffin class has made with his Daddy!
What's Wilma saying?
"I hope no one is coming to take me for a walk."

Best Wishes to all from Tina xxx (Mumsie to Miss Norman)
"Here I’m sitting in the sun
Where have all the children gone?
I miss you all so very much
Don’t forget to keep in touch!"
Mrs Cockle
Here is Noah (5WL) with our cat George (George has definitely been enjoying having Noah at home all the time!). Also, here is a photo of our (Hannah, Rowena, Noah 5WL and Eli 2KL) rainbows ready to go in our front window. 
As you may know, I work at Bristol Zoo and Wild Place. I’m sure lots of people from Hillcrest already follow the zoo/Wild Place on social media, but for anyone who doesn’t, but likes animals - the zoo and Wild Place have been posting photos and videos on social media most days, showing the animals enjoying the sunshine with no visitors around, so they might like to take a look. 

Best wishes, 
The Sustainable Transport Team at the Council are sending out a Stay Active newsletter every Friday. Here's today's, with some fun activities and a competition for children. Click on the link to have a look:

The Royal Ballet & The Royal Opera House has extended their free trial to 30 days for streaming recordings of live shows. There’s the fabulous ballet of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including a tap dancing Mad Hatter! Wonderful for a cosy couple of hours of culture or a rainy day.  


Also look out on Filmedonstage for more free streamed live theatre.

Huge Jackman and Peter and the Wolf are included in tonight’s fayre.



From Time Out:
The National Theatre is going to stream a free play every Thursday night! 

As numerous theatrical institutions have admirably opened up their archives in response to increasing lockdown restrictions, all eyes have remained on one organisation: the National Theatre, which has the greatest archive of cinema-quality recordings of stage plays of any theatre in the world, thanks to its formidable NT Live programme. It’s designed to beam productions from the NT into cinemas across the country, but there are of course no cinemas in operation at present. So the NT is switching to its YouTube channel. From April 2, under the banner of National Theatre at Home, every Thursday (7pm) will see a new National Theatre play released – free to watch for one week – along with bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks.

There’s a definite emphasis on family-friendly good cheer for the line-up so far, which kicks off with a big hitter: Richard Bean’s beloved farce ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, starring a pre-chat-show-days James Corden. Over the next few weeks you can expect a string of family-friendly titles, though naturally there will be those hoping for some of the real NT Live blockbusters, notably ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Frankenstein’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘Coriolanus’ starring Tom Hiddleston.

The initial programme is:

April 2 ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean, starring James Corden. 

April 9 ‘Jane Eyre’, adapted by Sally Cookson.  

April 16 ‘Treasure Island’, adapted by Bryony Lavery. 

April 23 ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig. 

Also might be worth mentioning which has some brilliant free resources and short story masterclasses by amazing children’s authors. Mr Mac will love it! 
Best wishes
The on line collection for Lollypop Man Paul Whitmell's retirement gift raised a whopping £480! Thank you to Rachel Harrison for organising it.
Paul loves model railways so Rachel bought him a gift voucher for an online model railway company. 
She's had this email from Paul:

Dear Rachel

Could you please give a BIG THANK YOU to all the Hillcrest Families.

I have looked at the comments left by the families and was blown away by the comments. I have loved the job being brought to life by all the children and parents that I saw every day. 

I will miss them all.

Thank you again, when all of this is over I will arrange for a proper thank you to go to all the families.

Love Paul



Thank you to Maya in 2EH for this fabulous guided meditation. Love the woodland setting!
This is her Hillcrest's Got Talent entry but it's worth sharing here too so people can try it at home. 
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We have our first Hillcrest's Got Talent entry, from Mr Redshaw, the PGCE student in Miss Silver's class, who's definitely thrown down a gauntlet to Mr Barham! 
This is gorgeous. If you need a few minutes of calm and peace in your day just have a listen to this....
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David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. 
Hillcrest’s Got Talent
 is still going ahead!
One category for children and another for staff and parents.
Send your clips to Juliet 
(if your video is too big to send by email upload it to YouTube and send us the URL). 
The House Captains will be our on line judges.