Mailbag 15 May 2020


Mailbag 15 May 2020     Plain text version for Google Translate


Parents of children in Reception and Yrs 1 and 6 - I was hoping to let you know today which group your child would be in, with which adult and which entrance they would be using if they return to school on June 1st. I am still finalising those details but I will be able to let you know in next week’s Tuesday mailbag. Sorry for this delay.


Best wishes


Mr Mac’s Hillcrest Podcast - Children - Would you like to record something for Mr Mac to include in our first ever school podcast? Maybe you would like to do a short interview with a family member, recommend a book, review a computer game, read a poem or tell us a story? Keep your recording nice and short - between 2 and 5 minutes would be perfect (no longer). Email your sound file to with Hillcrest Podcast in the subject bar.



Phone Calls with no caller ID - In response to feedback from last week’s parent survey, your child’s teacher will ring you for a catch-up once a fortnight. For the sake of privacy, their number won’t be displayed. If you miss a call, they will send a follow up email.



Home Learning printing and stationery - We really don’t intend that you should need to print out the daily tasks, unless you particularly wish to. If the issue is access to a device, don’t forget that your child can borrow a school iPad - just email their teacher and we can arrange it. If you would like to pop in to pick up any stationery just give the office a call so they can have it ready for you.



Summer Exhibition - We’ve had a flood of wonderful submissions for our very first on line art exhibition. Keep them coming!  You can submit as many art works as you like. Everything piece you send in will be featured in one of the three categories under the Lockdown Social tab on the website here. So far we have a lot of 2D pieces, a handful of 3D works but only one digital media submission. We’d love more of every category! Send your artworks to Mrs Fleming.



Lockdown Social - Don’t forget to visit our feel-good social page on the website here. There’s always something new to see. Mrs Fleming is particularly excited about the photos children have been sending in of the tiny worlds they’ve been creating in response to her Very Small Challenge! If have something for the Lockdown Social page send it to



Friends of Hillcrest THREE PARKS CHALLENGE - Sponsored walk over half term

Friends of Hillcrest fundraising have adapted this year’s sponsored walk for Lockdown. A variation on the Three Peaks Challenge, which takes in the three tallest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales in 24-hours, this challenge with be considerably more local but nonetheless hilly! STARTING & FINISHING at your own HOME, we challenge you and your family to walk a nearly 4.5km route that takes in Arnos Vale, Redcatch and Perretts Park. This should be carried out as a family unit as part of your permitted daily exercise, whilst adhering to the government guidelines on social distancing.


In order to avoid any congestion on the route we are recommending that each year group carries out the walk on a designated day of the HALF TERM. It may also be a good way to spot your schoolmates along the way. Obviously, if the allotted day isn’t convenient, or you have children in more than one year group, you are welcome to walk on another day.


Sat 23rd May – Reception

Sun 24th May – Yr 1

Mon 25th May – Yr 2

Tues 26th May – Yr 3

Wed 26th May – Yr 4

Thurs 27th May – Yr 5

Fri 28th May – Yr 6


You will find a sponsorship form and a rather lovely printable map to show you the route HERE.  As no-one wants to be handling cash at the moment, we request that all donations are made via Paypal:, noting your NAME & CLASS.


If you manage to raise over £10 you will be eligible to collect a THREE PARKS CHALLENGE 2020 wrist band from school, when you start back.


The walk covers the following route If you fancy a bigger challenge then you can always add another couple of kilometers to your route by extending it to include Victoria Park:


All routes will have Hillcrest “Three Parks Challenge” way markers.


This is likely to be the main Friends fundraising activity of this year so we really hope you can take part and enjoy a school community activity that gets us out and about during the holidays, whilst staying safe.




World Record Challenge! - Would you like to be part of breaking the world record for the largest online art lesson? This will be an official Guinness World Records title attempt so if we are successful, we will be making history...from home! You can find out all about it here.


The lesson will take place online on the from 4:00pm - 4:30pm 21st May. It will be led by World Book Day author and children’s book illustrator, Rob Biddulph. You might know him from #DrawWithRob (as seen on BBC or all over social media) or his books, ‘Odd Dog Out’ or ‘Blown Away’. The lesson is free to join and suitable for everyone at home.  To count towards the world record, all you need to do is register at - grownups can take part too!




Art - Click here to find next week’s activity from Ms Sharples.




Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.