Mailbag 29 January 2021






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I hope that you all enjoyed the snow at the weekend and that you were able to get out and make the most of it. I’m sure that there were some great ‘snow angels’ and ‘snowmen’ in the Totterdown area! In my household, the snow certainly provided a welcome change from the regular weekend routine.


As you will no doubt have heard, the Government have announced that schools “could reopen from 8th March” at the earliest and that we will get two weeks’ notice of any changes. As I have explained before, schools don’t get any advance information about Government plans or what the intended return will look like. As soon as we have firm information we will, of course, let you know.


We will be engaging in a programme of asymptomatic testing for STAFF. This will be implemented during the coming week and will help to identify any staff who may be carrying COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. Staff will self-test twice a week and report the results to the Government and the school. This is another measure to help to keep the school as safe as it can be for all of us.


Finally, a huge thank you to all of you who continue to put an incredible amount of effort into your home learning, both parents and pupils. Please speak with your children’s teachers if you are having any difficulties. I know that they will do as much as they can to support you.


Best wishes


No Outsiders Assemblies - We’ve decided that a No Outsiders Zoom assembly every day is over ambitious for Miss Norman and Mr Mac to fit into their days, as well as for families at home. From next week they will just be on Mondays and Fridays, at midday.

Meeting ID: 896 2045 1738

Passcode: assembly



Every day is Mindfulness Day - Our School Councillors got together with the House Captains and Vice Captains to plan a Mindfulness Day. They have created a wonderful Mindfulness page under the Pupils tab on the school website, here, packed with resources for children to use. This ties in well with Place2B’s Children’s Mental Health Week which begins on Monday.



Children's Mental Health Week - Place2Be has teamed up with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy to create a free virtual assembly to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week. The assembly will be available from 9am on Monday until Friday for all to view. Look out for some famous faces! Follow @BSGChildrensUni on Twitter where the link will go live on Monday morning. Every day next week Children’s University will be posting things related to mental health on their Twitter page.



Children's University has recently started an online Lockdown 2021 After School Club. Each week they set five new challenges that the children can do at home for CU credits, these are advertised weekly on their Twitter Page and can also be found at along with other activities for children to do at home. (children don’t need to be registered with the CU to use the resources). Email if you need any support.


Take part in the next episode of ‘From the Crest of the Hill’ - This year's second episode of our school podcast is in the works and we are looking for children from across the school to get involved in the segment called ‘Voices from the Playground’.


As we can't tour the playground for soundbites right now, we'd like to invite children to send in short voice recordings in response to the question ‘How do you stay positive during lockdown?’


We'd like to hear children's top tips for how to look after our mental health during this time; so whether they're dancing round the kitchen to their favourite songs or taking a walk around the neighbourhood each morning, we'd love to hear from them!


The soundbite should be just a sentence long, and should follow this format:


‘My name is [first name only] and I'm in [bird] class, and I stay positive in lockdown by...’


Voice recordings need to be clear and without background noise.  We will be choosing 2 or 3 soundbites per year group, so unfortunately won't be able to guarantee that all children will be included.


Please email voice recordings to  before next Friday lunchtime (5th February).



Celebrity Reader - Mr Wilson had quite a coup for Yr 5 this week! Find out more here.

Who else could we ask? Does anyone have any connections?



A fresh approach to Fridays - From next week we will not be setting Maths or English lessons on Fridays. Instead, every Friday will be a theme day based on one foundation subject or concentrating on an aspect of enquiry.



The final three days of this term are also going to be theme days. There will be a Storytelling Day, a Safer Internet day and an Art Project (stretching over all three days).



Newspapers - We will be using papier-mâché in our Art Project in the final week of term and we’ll need lots of newspaper for the children in school and at home, if your child is home learning. If you get papers, please start saving them.



Support Friends of Hillcrest with Amazon smile - If you are buying something from Amazon, please consider using this link: and buying the item through Amazon Smile instead. Amazon Smile has the same products as normal Amazon, but 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will come to the Friends of Hillcrest charity. As always, all funds are used to support the education and enrich the experience of Hillcrest pupils. Thank you.



In other moos... Mr Mac wasn’t cowed by the forfeit last week’s winning house, Endeavour, chose for him! Check it out here.



Check out our Social page here and keep sending your photos, links, suggestions, birthday mentions etc. to Juliet at



Dojonator results -


Celebration Assembly



Miss Norman’s Friday Challenge for the whole school. Are you ready to break a record?



Art Challenge



Yr 6 Spellings & Seesaw Homework



Letter for parents of children in school - Important




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