Mailbag 7 February 2020


Mailbag 7 February 2020  Plain text version for Google Translate


It’s a bumper Mailbag today!


A big thank you for attending our Parents’ Evenings this week. It was lovely to hear so many positive comments regarding our staff.


At the moment, anyone - visitor, contractor, parent, delivery driver - who comes in through the front door during the school day can easily bypass the office and has immediate access to the entire school. To meet Ofsted’s standards for safeguarding our children we are re-modelling our entrance and reception area over half term, within the tight constraints of our Victorian building, to create a ‘holding area’ for visitors to the school. (This is something you may be familiar with in other schools.)


When we come back after half term, the current lobby will be the new reception area. We are opening up one of the attractive stone-arched windows to make a new hatch where you can speak to our receptionist, Cat. The electronic sign-in screen will be moved so it is by the hatch. The front door will open without you needing to use the buzzer. If you need to come further into the building, Cat will release the inner door for you.


Inevitably, the tighter space will lead to some congestion, particularly when parents arrive late and queue to sign children in. In the future, we hope to be able to extend the reception area out to provide more space but it’s not something we can do this academic year. In the meantime, it would help enormously if, when you just have a message to deliver, you could email or text it to us. And, of course, please bring children to school on time they so don’t need to be signed in. Thank you.


Next week we will be having another ‘Bang on Time in the Line’ drive, promoting our 8.50am start. Over the last few weeks the number of children arriving after the beginning of the school day has been creeping up. As soon as you hear the school bell, please say goodbye to your child so that the class teachers can see who is in the line and take their class in. Do feel free to leave you child in the playground from 8.40 am as there will be a member of staff in both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 playgrounds.


Future Stars Half Term Holiday Club at Hillcrest - They’ll be open from Monday to Friday over half term (unfortunately, they can’t cover the Inset day on Monday 24th February - sorry).

Their prices are competitive, they offer standard and extended days and the coaches are lovely! Click here for details and booking links.


Sponsorship Money - Thank you for bringing your envelopes in so promptly. The promised Sports for Schools wristbands will be arriving before the end of next week.


Open Doors Day on Wednesday, 9.00 - 10.00am. The theme is Reading. Come along if you can. 9am in the big hall followed by a 20 minute workshop in your child’s classroom. The workshops will run twice so, if you have two children in school, you can get to both classes.


Yr 6 Second Hand Clothing & Book Sale after school next Thursday - If you have any outgrown clothes or books (in good condition) to donate they would be gratefully received. Please bring them in next Wednesday or Thursday. And do come along and grab a bargain! The proceeds will go towards the Yr 6 Leavers’ party at the end of the school year.


Charity Cake Sale next Thursday - Jet, Tom and Henry from 5WL want to show Australia’s stricken wildlife some love by raising money for the WWF. They’ll be selling cakes after school next Thursday, alongside the Yr 6 fundraiser. See Jet’s lovely poster for the event on the website here.


The Year 5 & 6 Disco is on the first Friday back after half term, 28th February, 6.30 - 8.00pm. Tickets will be on sale in the playground a few days beforehand and you will also be able to pay on the door.


What else is on next week? Our Tuesday assembly will be about Dementia Awareness. It’s also Safer Internet Day and we’ll be talking about this in class. Reception and Yrs 3 and 5 will be having food workshops in the afternoon. On Thursday, 1MH will be doing a dance performance at Merchants Academy. And, of course, Term 3 ends on Friday.


Break time snacks and packed lunches reminder - No sweets, chocolate bars, crisps or fizzy drinks please. For snacks we suggest fresh or dried fruit, crunchy veg, rice cakes, slow release carbs. Please check the ingredients on cereal bars and flapjacks to check they don’t contain nuts.


School Gateway App - If you have downloaded this app to your phone please delete it and use the web version instead (type School Gateway into your search engine). The app is not reliable.


Payments due - Please pay on Gateway:


Yr 4 Camp - The next instalment, £38, is due today.

Yr 5 Harry Potter trip - The last payment, £12 for the coach, is due today.

Y6 Camp - The next instalment, £50, is due next Friday, 14th February.


Term 4 Enrichment Programme - Next term’s clubs will be open for booking by 6pm today! Download the Programme below.


We lots of old favourites, some new teacher-led sports clubs and a welcome return - Mr Boyle’s Yr 5 & 6 Running Squad is starting again - sign up for trials. Mr Macintyre is will be doing KS2 Girls’ Basketball and Yr 3 & 4 Boys’ Basketball (whilst continuing to coach our elite Yr 5 & 6 Basketball squad - sign up for trials if your child is interested in joining the squad). Mr Taylor is offering KS2 Girls’ Football.


Mrs Flook is running a KS2 Sewing Club and Mrs Newstead is offering a KS1 Spread the Happiness Club promoting well-being, resilience and kindness through games, activities, music and mindfulness, which sounds very lovely. Mr Barham is running his popular Minecraft Club again.


Ukulele Club - Children are already signed up for Terms 3 & 4 but Aidan can squeeze three more in - first come, first served.




1MH - Colours for Olympic-themed dance performance

Term 4 Enrichment Programme and providers’ flyers

Let’s Pretend lunchtime drama workshops letter

Future Stars Half Term Holiday Club at Hillcrest flyer

Children’s University February Newsletter

Yr 5 Warner Bros Studio trip itinerary letter

1MH Information about new Home/School Cards


Community Notices


Taster Singing Sessions with St Mary Redcliffe Church Choirs - Boys aged 7+ and girls aged 9+ who enjoy singing are invited to come along with a parent to find out more about the choirs at the church. For boys, there will be taster sessions on Tuesday 11th February and 3rd March 6.30-7.30pm; for girls on Thursday 13th February and 5th March from 4.15-5.15pm. All taster sessions are held in the choir vestry at St Mary Redcliffe Church on Redcliffe Way. Please contact Andrew for further details:




Yr 1                             Yr 2                             Yr 3

Yr 4                             Yr 5                             Yr 6


Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.