Mailbag 22 May 2020


Mailbag 22 May 2020   Plain text version for Google Translate


The half term break begins today.


We wish Eid Mubarak to the Hillcrest families celebrating this weekend.



Term 6 - The final decision on whether to re-open our doors to children from Reception, Yr 1 & Yr 6 on June 1st rests on government, local authority and union advice, our governing body and the availability of staff. As you know we have a draft plan in place and when we hear further news we will let you know.


If we do re-open, Zoom check ins will still take place weekly for Yrs 2, 3, 4 & 5 and class teachers of these year groups will still be commenting on their children's work on Seesaw. Teachers will also still be contacting parents every two weeks. This will be by email, but if you feel you would like to have a phone conversation just let them know and they will give you a ring.



Key Workers - If we do open on June 1st, please ensure that you contact the office if you have a child in Yr 2, 3, 4 or 5 and require childcare. We are limited on staff availability so this is only if it is ESSENTIAL and your child really cannot stay at home. If necessary, Key Workers’ children will be able to stay in school on Friday afternoons and go to after school club until 5pm if you have made a booking. If you receive Free School Meals your child will have a packed lunch provided by the school on Friday.



It was Mr Wilson’s last day today but we are delighted that he will be back at Hillcrest in the autumn. Have a look on the website here.

You might be interested to know that Mr Wilson runs his own tutoring business and has spaces available for online tutoring sessions for children in KS2 and KS3.  If you are interested in getting some additional, regular support to boost your child's learning in maths, reading or SPaG, you can contact him by email for more details:



Inset Dates for next year:

Oct 23rd Friday

Dec 18th Friday

Jan 4th Monday

April 1st Thursday

June 7th Monday



Half Term Break - We are not setting any Daily Learning Tasks over the holiday - we reckon everyone deserves a break - but if your child wants something to do there are Big and Small Plate Challenges for each year group on the Learning at Home page.



The Department of Art - We are loving seeing all the art you’ve been making; there’s so much variety, and creativity - it’s fantastic. Keep sending in any entries for the Summer Exhibition; we’d love to see more as it’s such a pleasure looking at them. 
We’ve also come up with a really fun project for the holiday that we think you’re going to love! Check it out here. Happy painting, drawing, building, arranging, printing, dancing, fairy doors-ing from Ms Bonner and Ms Sharples


The West of England Summer School Games Virtual Challenge is hosted by School Games Ambassador Simran Kaur and Young Leaders from Ashton Park School. The virtual challenge is something children can do in their home, yard or garden or at school.  It will give them the chance to achieve their personal best and take part with other children from across B&NES, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset! 

Every Monday at 10am a new challenge will be posted. The Our Young Leaders will demonstrate the activity and explain the rules.  All children need to do is practice the activity and get a member of their family or a teacher to record their results and submit them by 11.59pm on the Sunday. Find out more and register HERE.



Molly Ross tells us that some fairies have just moved into the area! Why not go on a Fairy Door Hunt? There are eight front doors to find! Two on Lilymead Ave, one on Haverstock Road, one in Perrett's Park, two on Crowndale Road, one on Wells Road and one on Cemetery Road.




Don’t forget the Three Parks Challenge over half term! Read all about it and download your sponsor form here.

This is 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.



Lockdown Social page - Mrs Fleming will still be checking her emails and adding posts to the Social page over the holiday so do let her know what you’re up to and keep sending in your contributions to



Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday 2nd June.