Mailbag 3 December 2019


Mailbag 3 December 2019  Plain text for Google Translate


We have a busy couple of weeks coming up!


Parent/Carer Satisfaction Survey - Please could you take a few minutes to complete our anonymous on line questionnaire? The survey is being carried out by the Governing Board to help them better understand the views of parents and carers and help the Governors in their work in leading and supporting the school. Click HERE or use the link on the home page of the school website. If you would rather fill in the survey on paper, ask at the office. Please submit your survey by 9pm on Monday 9th December. Thank you for your help.


Christmas Dinner deadline extended until the end of the day tomorrow! Book on Gateway.


Non uniform day this Thursday, 5th December - Just bring in a donation for the Christmas Fair Tombola. Biscuits, chocolates, wine, spirits, toiletries, as-new toys, books etc gratefully received. Friends will be on the gate in the morning to collect contributions. Thank you.


Christmas Jumper Swap after school on Thursday 5th December - Helping the planet one jumper at a time!  As you know, we’re going to be taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day on Friday 13th December. Lots of children (and maybe some grownups too!) will have grown out of last year’s jumpers, or may just fancy having a different one. It makes no sense, though, to buy a brand new jumper that will only get worn a couple of times. Following the success last term’s clothes swap, we’re holding a Christmas Jumper Swap straight after school on Thursday. Bring your old jumpers (children’s and adults’) to the hall and see if there’s a new one your size.


It’s the Great Hillcrest Christmas Bakeoff on Friday! Bring your fabulous festive bakes in on Friday morning and drop them off in the small kitchen. Don’t forget to put names and classes on your entries and on your cake tins and boxes. There will be prizes for Best Bake in KS1, Best Bake in KS1 and Most Ambitious Bake by an adult or child. The winners will be announced in Friday’s Mailbag. All the entries will be sold on the cake stall at the Christmas Fair. If you’d like to donate cakes for the stall but don’t want to enter the Bake Off that’s fine too - home bakes or shop bought, we’re grateful for all.

Please remember that we’re a nut-free school.


Christmas Fair on Saturday 12 - 3! Do invite family and friends to come along - there will be lots of lovely things for all ages. Did you know you can bring your Christmas presents and get them expertly eco-gift-wrapped for a small donation? (If you have any old kids’ magazines or newspapers to donate for eco-wrapping please drop them off in the office.)


We would really benefit from some more volunteers so if you are able to help for an hour or so please sign up here.


Reception & Yr 1 Nativity evening performance on Wed 11th - Please bring the children in for 5.30 so we can get ready for our performance at 6.00. Yr 1 - come in through the main door, Reception - go straight to their classrooms via the outside doors. Once the Reception children have played their part we will look after them in the classrooms until the end of the performance.


Reception costumes - We are going to be angels and stars, so please can the children wear something white?  If they have a white angel or star costume already they are welcome to wear it but we don’t want anyone to buy something especially. Bring costumes in as soon as possible please (so we know if we’re short of anything), every item named, in a clearly-named carrier bag. Thank you.


Gator Clubs Christmas Party on Wednesday 18th December - Shelley and Tilly are organising fun, games and party food. Book Early or Later-gators as usual if your child would like to go to the party.


Future Stars Christmas Holiday Clubs will be running at Hillcrest on Monday 23rd December, Thursday January 2nd and Friday January 3rd.  To book places go to


The next Swimming Gala will be on 5th February, NOT on 5th December.


Air Pollution - Did you know?  You would think that, inside a car, you would be well shielded from traffic pollution. Actually, you are exposed to far more than cyclists or pedestrians!

Polluted air from the exhaust of the vehicles in front can get sucked into your car and stay trapped there. An experiment found that a car driver was exposed to twice as much pollution as a pedestrian and nine times as much pollution as a cyclist travelling the same journey at the same time of day.



Collection for Julian Trust, Caring at Christmas - We will be collecting donations in the playground at drop off and pick up on Monday 9th and Monday 16th December. Please click HERE for the list of donations they are particularly interested in receiving.  Any donation, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.


There are currently 98 people who are rough sleeping in parks, shop doorways and car parks in Bristol City central area. More sleep further away, in the Bristol suburbs. In addition, many people live in poor accommodation such as caravans by the roadside, or they are ‘sofa surfing’ - staying temporarily in other peoples' flats.  Many of these homeless people are in poor health and do not get the benefits which they are entitled to. They are often alone, having lost contact with friends and family that could help them. They find themselves on the streets for many different reasons - relationship breakdown, declining mental health, loss of job, financial difficulties, release from hospital or prison without adequate support, or escaping danger from conflict abroad.


Caring at Christmas are taking over the Julian Trust Night Shelter from 23rd December to 1st January, providing shelter, food, warmth, company, activities, emotional and medical support and a welcoming atmosphere for those experiencing homelessness at an acutely difficult time of the year.


Teachers’ Gifts - Many families kindly express their appreciation of school staff with presents at Christmas. We would be more than happy, though, if you would like to donate something to Caring at Christmas rather than spending the money on gifts for us. If children want to do something, teachers would love a (recyclable) card, a Christmassy picture or a small token the child has made themselves.



Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday.