Mailbag 6 December 2019


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A big thank you to Emelye Chanot and all the volunteers for arranging our Yr 3 Christmas Experience at Christ Church in Clifton.

Thank you to everyone who has already filled in our on line parent survey. As you probably know, this is something we ask people to do twice a year (and, come the day, Ofsted will ask you to complete something very similar). The survey is open till the end of the day on Monday and we would very much value your feedback. It will only take you two or three minutes to complete and you can access it here or from the home page on our website.

I had an extremely tricky job today, along with Mrs Fleming, judging the ‘Hillcrest Great Christmas Bake Off 2019’. The standard of the entries was remarkable, as ever, and not a soggy bottom in sight! I’m delighted to announce the winners, who will get their certificates and prizes in an assembly next week:

KS1 Best Bake - William Greenhouse from Puffins

KS2 Best Bake - Noah Long from 6PB

Most Ambitious Bake - Marcus Perry from 6RT

Highly Commended:

Ted Turner     

Fin Kelly         

Elliot Long      

Archie Newton                       

Joseph Tingay

Alba Newton  

Maisie, Noah & Isla Thorn     

Phoebe & Louisa Drane


Thank you to Leanne for all her hard work organising the Friends Christmas card fundraiser and sorting out all the orders for collection today. I would also like to say a big thank you to all of you who have donated tombola prizes, cakes etc. or are helping at the Christmas Fair tomorrow. All the money raised goes straight back into the school and it is such a help.

Christmas Fair helpers are still needed for tomorrow, particularly for the later shifts. Please sign up for an hour if you can. Click here to book a shift. Thank you.

Christmas Card orders - If you didn’t manage to collect your cards, mugs etc after school today you can pick them up at the fair tomorrow from the Friends Pre-Loved Uniform stall.

Christmas Jumper Day next Friday - Bring in £1 for Save the Children and wear your most festive pullover!

Reception & KS1 Nativity tickets - On line booking closes at 4pm today. All the evening tickets have been allocated. It looks as if there will be around a dozen spare tickets for the afternoon performance. These will be released, via the office, at midday on Monday. Either phone or drop in. Strictly first come, first served, one per family.

Please note that we’re not issuing paper tickets. We will just have a list of names on the door.


Year 4 have been learning about electricity in our enquiry ‘How Many Bulbs are too Many?’  As we are nearing the end, we are going to challenge the children to make a simple working circuit to place inside a Christmas lantern.

To help with this, we would like all the children to bring in a clean jam jar and two AA batteries by Monday 16th December so that we can make them in the final week of term.  Please make sure batteries and jars are labelled.

Teachers’ gifts - Please don’t feel that we were veto-ing presents for teachers in Tuesday’s Mailbag. The choice is entirely yours.

Sports Teams - Read about the exploits of our athletics and football squads this week here.



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