Mailbag 24 January 2020


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No I haven’t been on holiday! I saw a chiropractor on Monday, followed by a two day Health & Safety Course on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Primary Heads Meeting on Thursday morning, led by Mr Tim Browse (our last-Head-but-one) who sends his warmest regards. It was great to see the school still standing as I came through the gates on Thursday afternoon!

Now, according to Mr McIntyre (who is never one to shirk a challenge) he and some of our fabulous Yr 1 children were on last night’s HTV News in a piece about National Handwriting Day. Nice try, Mr Mac, but national radio trumps regional TV so I’m still in the lead!

In other news, we were delighted to welcome Asher Craig to our school again this week. She truly inspired the children, talking about how resilience, innovation, partnership and excellence helped her on her on her way to becoming the Deputy Mayor of Bristol and are important every day in her work for our city.

Talking of inspiring individuals, please have a look at the brilliant design by Ella in Yr 6 for our Value of the Month, which we introduced at the beginning of January. Each month we will be thinking about an important value, what that looks like in our day to day lives and how it links to our four Hillcrest Values (Resilience, Innovation, Partnership and Excellence). Our value for January is Kindness.

I’m off to prep for the Reception & Yr 1 Bedtime Story Evening next week!

Parents’ Evenings 4th & 6th February - Filling up fast! Book your appointment here.


Paying for Breakfast and Gator Clubs - Did you know that, as with dinner money, you can pay a lump sum into your account in advance for any of these three clubs? (Money will not automatically transfer between them though. If you want to use credit you have on one club to pay for another you need to let us know.)


Important change to booking arrangements for Breakfast and Gator Clubs - In response to the apparent need amongst parents to book at short notice, from today you can make on-line bookings up to 24 hours ahead, rather than 48.  Shelley and Tilly will now have access to a bang up to date register on an iPad so you can even book for Monday’s Breakfast Club over the weekend (up to 7:30am on Sunday).   


Hopefully, this will make parents’ lives a little easier. Please note, though, that the clubs cannot accept a child whose name isn’t on the register - we will be clamping down on this.


Making a late booking through the office is only for last minute emergencies and should be rare now that you can book later on line yourself. Please remember that a booking made by phone is not secured until you have paid on Gateway and forwarded the receipt email to  


(We will, of course, continue to make the bookings for parents who pay with vouchers.)


Fun French learning - We’ve added a couple of new links to the ‘Supporting your child’s learning at home’ page on the website, here.


BBC Radio 2 500 Words 2020 - The UK's largest story writing competition for kids is back for its tenth year. Find out all about it and how children can enter here.


Spread the Happiness - As you know, we are collecting food for families in south Bristol likely to suffer holiday hunger over the February half term. Donations have been pouring in, particularly in KS1! Thank you so much for your support. We will carry on collecting until the last Monday of term, 10th February. Each year group is collecting a different item, and storing them in their classrooms:


Reception: Tinned fruit                       Yr 1: Dried pasta

Yr 2: Breakfast cereal                         Yr 3: Hotdogs / beans with sausages

Yr 4: Tinned vegetables                      Yr 5: Tinned potatoes

Yr 6: Soap and multipack crisps

Clothes & Books - Yr 6 are holding a sale on 13th February to raise money towards their Leavers’ Party. If you’re having a post-Christmas clear out, they would be very grateful for donations of clothes and books to sell. We don’t have anywhere to store them though, so they’re asking people to bring things in the day before the sale, Wednesday 12th February.


Don’t bring dogs into the playground please, even after the end of the school day. It may seem unfair that this doesn’t apply to Wilma, our Nurture Dog, but she is specifically covered by our insurance.


Bedtime Story Evening for Reception and Yr 1 at 6pm on Thursday 30th January. Children are welcome to come in their pyjamas and bring a cushion or a beanbag, if you have one. Siblings are welcome too. Listen to stories, enjoy a hot chocolate and possibly do some stargazing too (clouds permitting!) This is a free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (If anyone has a telescope we could borrow please let us know!)


The Yrs 5 & 6 Disco scheduled for 7th Feb has been POSTPONED until Friday 28th Feb. Please change your diaries!


The Hillcrest Harriers, our football team are back to their winning ways! Read the latest match report here.


Community Notices

Family Friendly Concert tomorrow! World famous pianist Allan Schiller plays pieces by Chopin in the second in a series of short (45 minutes) classical piano concerts at Totterdown Baptist Church. Perfect for children, families, people learning the piano and anyone who loves hearing live world-class music. 4pm on Saturday 25th January £5 adults, £1 children. Refreshments afterwards.  


The first concert in the series (Mozart) was a real treat and ended with all the children chasing a ‘gorilla’ round and round the church! We don’t know if he’ll make an appearance at this one but we DO know that our favourite pianist (and ex-Hillcrest parent), Rustom Battiwalla, will be joining Allan in a duet. Tickets on the door and on Eventbrite:



Yr 1                 Yr 2                 Yr 3

Yr 4                 Yr 5                 Yr 6


Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.