Mailbag 15 November 2019





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Mailbag 14 November 2019

Even compared to other city schools, Hillcrest has particularly limited grounds which can make delivering PE a challenge. HOWEVER, despite that, we are getting quite a reputation for all things sports related! Following our football team’s successes last term, our Yr 6 athletes competed in Ashton Park School Sport Partnership’s inter-schools Sportshall Athletics tournament yesterday and came first - fantastic! Read about it here.

We welcomed ‘Tan Teddy’, a Jamaican Folk Culture group, to our school earlier in the week. They delighted us with their singing and told us how the songs relate directly to their culture and identity. You can see some video clips of their lovely songs here.

We were proud of the Yr 4 and 6 children who represented our school at the Armistice Day ceremony in Arnos Vale on Monday. Read about it here.

I have spent this morning with some Yr 5 children putting up the Blue Plaques commemorating former residents on the houses of the Three Streets. I hope you get the chance to get out and about and see what the Arts Trail has to offer this weekend. You can pick up a map from any of the venues displaying a flag, or download the free Totterdown Front Rooms app from your app store.

School photos on line orders - We really appreciate the fact that most parents are placing their orders on line, which earns the school three times as much commission as sending in an order form. Don’t forget to order by the end of the day next Monday, 18th November, if you want your photos postage free. You can still order after that date but you will have to pay postage.

Christmas Card orders - Absolute last call for orders! Email Leanne from Friends before midnight tonight.

Non-Uniform Day for Just One Tree. We are joining the nationwide non-uniform day next Friday, 22nd November, to mark the start of National Tree Planting Week. The Just One Tree initiative helps to remove CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation, focusing on projects in poverty stricken locations. Their partners work with villages that are committed to restoring their forests. Through training, education and employment they are lifted out of poverty, whilst simultaneously improving the environment. With every £1 raised they will plant one tree in Madagascar, Kenya, Haiti or Mozambique.

Threadworms - There are cases of threadworm in school at the moment and they are very easily spread. See for symptoms, treatment and advice. It’s not mentioned on the NHS site, but it’s worth noting that the only symptom one child had was feeling as if she needed a wee all the time. Her parents and doctor assumed it was a UTI so it took a while to get the correct diagnosis.

Collectors cards and toys - Please don’t let children bring their precious card collections or toys into school (unless it’s their ‘Special Person’ day). It’s very upsetting if things get lost or cards get inappropriately swapped.

Canvassing - Local MP, Karin Smyth, and two or three volunteer canvassers will be outside the school gate at around 3.00 - 3.30, sometime in the next three weeks, to talk to parents and hand out letters. They will be completely respectful of parents that do not wish to talk to them. This is part of Karin’s electoral campaign and not connected with the school.

Yr 4 Architecture Project - We are building our own version of Bristol with the Royal Institute of British Architects. We will need lots of cardboard for this exciting build.  Please send in any empty boxes, no larger than cereal box sized, and any other bits and pieces that the children would like to use. They will know the sort of things they need. Thank you.


Christmas Jumper Swap - Helping the planet one jumper at a time!  As you know, we’re going to be taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day on Friday 13th December. Lots of children (and maybe some grownups too!) will have grown out of last year’s jumpers, or may just fancy having a different one. It makes no sense, though, to buy a brand new jumper that will only get worn a couple of times. Following the success of the clothes swap last term, we’ll be holding a Christmas Jumper Swap in the hall straight after school on Thursday 5th December. This is just a heads up to give you time to dig out your jumpers. We’ll put a reminder in the Mailbag nearer the time.

Yr 6 Christmas Fair Elves - Father Christmas always needs help at this time of year, so the Friends of Hillcrest have asked if the lovely Yr 6s will be Elves at the Fair on Saturday 7th December! There is a sign-up sheet in each Yr 6 classroom with time slots from 12 - 1pm, 1 - 2pm and 2 - 3pm. If your child is interested they can sign up for their preferred time. Jobs will include helping Santa, meeting and greeting and helping on the art and crafts stalls. Friends of Hillcrest have some elf hats but it would be great if children could dress up all elf-like in their own costumes and hats if possible. Thank you for your help and support.

Want a stall at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December 12pm-3pm?  Friends are looking for traders who would like to have a stall at the fair to sell craft and local produce. Cost is £10 a stall for parents and £15 for external people. Also looking for volunteers to help on the day for 90 minute slots. If interested then please email Kate at

Egg boxes - We have as many as we can store at the moment, so no more for the time being, thank you.


Community Notices

Events at Redcatch Community Garden



Yr 1                             Yr 2

Yr 3                             Yr 4

Yr 5                             Yr 6


Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.