Mailbag 21 April 2020


Mailbag 21 April 2020  Plain text version for Google Translate


Well, it’s a strange beginning to Term 5 but welcome ‘back to school’! We hope you’ve been enjoying the lovely weather and had as pleasant an Easter break as possible.


The teachers have begun posting daily tasks again on the website and on Seesaw.

From next week, they will each be holding a weekly Zoom check in with their classes. Look out for details and the meeting codes on Seesaw. There is a parent’s guide to Zoom here which you may find helpful if you’re not already using it for other things.



September - It seems a long way away, and who knows what the state of play will be by then, but parents have been enquiring - the next school year will begin on Tuesday 1st September.



Art Challenge - We’ve had some absolutely brilliant recreations of works of art sent in in response to Mrs Bonner’s challenge. Have a look here. If inspiration strikes do keep sending them in! There’s a new link to lots of fun art activities to keep you busy and creative here.



What a talented lot you are! We’ve had loads of amazing Hillcrest’s Got Talent entries from both children and grownups. Have a look through the two pages of videos in Hillcrest Social. The closing date is this Friday so there’s still time to get your entry in. Judging will be a tough job for our School Councillors!



Learning at Home resources - We’ve added some more links, including publisher Harper Collins who have made all their reading scheme books available free, on line.



Hillcrest Social - We hope you’ve been enjoying the posts on this page. We’re adding to it every day so do keep checking in. It’s great to see what people are up to at home and share ideas and information. Please keep your contributions coming. Email them to Juliet at



Do you have a young chess enthusiast at home? Alan Tanner, who runs the lunchtime chess club for the older children, recommends this:

One million ChessKids - Free Online Lessons and Play to July 20!

Chess in Schools & Communities is delighted to announce the launch of their campaign to get one million children playing chess in the UK during lockdown. They have teamed up with ChessKid to offer 1 million free 3-month Gold Memberships of their online platform.

Every child of primary school age in the UK is eligible. ChessKid is a website and app that gives children access to interactive lessons, instructional videos, thousands of puzzles, and a safe environment in which to play chess online. Click the link for details.



Find out what to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak here.



Are you struggling to top up your prepayment gas/electric meter due to COVID-19?

The Warmer Homes, Advice & Money (WHAM) project can help.

  • Call your gas/electric supplier first - they may be able to offer short-term support.
  • If you are still struggling to top up or are worried about running out whilst self-isolating, contact Warmer Homes, Advice and Money (WHAM). Call 0800 082 2234 or fill in the contact form at


The WHAM project can also advise you on:

  • Making your home warmer and saving money on your fuel bills
  • Understanding your energy bills, your tariff and reading the meter
  • Grants, discounts and other offers available to maximise your income
  • Making energy saving improvements and repairs to your home
  • Specialist benefits and debt advice.




Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday.