Mailbag 25 February 2020


Mailbag 25 February 2020  Plain text version for Google Translate


Welcome back to school for Term 4. Here are some dates for your diary:


Book Fair after school each day from this Thursday to Wednesday 4th March.

Yrs 5 & 6 Disco this Friday, 28th February - tickets on sale in the playground and on the door.

Yr 5 Harry Potter trip Tuesday 3rd March - Don’t forget packed lunch and tea.

Yr 1 Bristol Museum trip Tuesday 3rd March - Don’t forget packed lunch.

World Book Day Thursday 5th March - Dress up as an illustrated book character.

Fair Trade Fortnight begins on Monday 9th March

Science Week begins on Monday 9th March

Friends of Hillcrest Parents’ Quiz Night Friday 13th March

Yr 4 Ashford Water Works trip Monday 16th March

Yr 6 Easter Experience trip Friday 20th March

Yrs 3 & 4 Disco Friday 27th March

Open Doors morning Wednesday 1st April

Term ends Friday 3rd April


School Entrance - We’ve had some positive feedback from parents this morning about the new entrance set up, despite a few teething problems with the technology! The lobby is now our reception, providing a ‘holding area’ for visitors, in line with Ofsted’s safeguarding requirements. Please bear with us whilst we all get used to the new arrangement and make the necessary tweaks.


We hope that having such a teeny window doesn’t feel unfriendly. We decided against taking out the pane completely so that Mrs Cox doesn’t freeze every time the outer door opens! We are hoping the glaziers can make the hatch open a few inches further.


As space is tighter now, please can you leave buggies in the covered area just outside, unless you’re coming right into school for something? To reduce queues, Paul will be putting a post box on the wall outside so if you don’t need to speak to someone you can just drop in letters or forms.



Climate Strike - We realise that parents may wish to take children on Friday's climate march and to see Greta Thunberg speak. Children should come to school in the morning as normal. You can pick them up to go to the demo, which starts at 11am on College Green, and bring them back to school afterwards. Please drop an absence request form into the office so we know who's going to be out. You can click on the link above to and print a form or pick one up from the rack in the lobby. Thanks.


Save yourself some time in the morning - From next Monday, Chartwells will be offering a packed lunch, alongside the hot meal and salad bar options. Children can order a packed lunch at morning registration, just as they do for the other lunch choices, and the price is the same, £2.15 (free for Reception - Yr 2). They will get a sandwich, cucumber or carrot sticks, a piece of fruit and a home-baked dessert such as shortbread or flapjack, all packed in a colourful paper bag. We think this will be a popular option, particularly once the weather gets warmer and children can eat outside at the picnic benches.


Head Lice - Parents of children in several year groups have found lice in their children’s hair over half term. Please check.  It's a good idea to make wet combing part of your regular weekly routine - ideally, bath time on Sunday evening, so you know they’re starting the week clear.



Routine Appointments - Please try to make your child’s non-urgent appointments, such as dental check-ups and eye tests, either during the school holidays or outside school hours.


Don’t forget to book Enrichment Clubs - All the teacher led clubs start this week and there are still places available in all of them. Book on Gateway. We’re opening Mrs Newstead’s Friday Spread the Happiness Club (games, activities, music and mindfulness to promote well-being, resilience and kindness) to Yrs 1 - 4.  Mr Mac and Mr Taylor would love some more KS2 girls to sign up for Girls’ Basketball and Football Clubs so they have enough for a decent game.  And at the moment, poor Mrs Howard has no takers at all for her Monday morning KS2 Yoga Club, which seems a shame.


Teach Your Monster to Read - This Bafta-nominated game is always available to play free on your PC or laptop here, and, JUST UNTIL THIS FRIDAY, the app is FREE to download to your phone or tablet from all app stores (normal price £4.99). This immensely popular game, developed by The Usborne Foundation (a charity founded by children’s publisher, Peter Usborne MBE), has now been played almost 100 million times worldwide and helped over 10 million children learn to read.  We’ll be using it in school and you can download it for your child to use at home too!





Yr 1 Bristol Museum trip 3rd March - If you haven’t already done so, please pay for the trip on Gateway (£8). Come and talk to us if you are having trouble making the payment. You can download the trip letter sent out on 14th February here. The deadline set for ordering a free school packed lunch for this trip has passed, but, as the kitchen will be making them daily anyway from next Monday, we will take any late orders. Please let the office know in advance though, because Maria will need to have the lunches ready first thing in the morning.


Yr 4 Camp - The next instalment, £38, is due next Friday, 6th March. Please pay on Gateway.


Yr 6 Camp - The final payment, £50, is due on Friday 13th March. Please pay on Gateway.  



Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday.