Mailbag 7 July 2020


Mailbag 7 July 2020  Plain text version for Google Translate

We are delighted to announce that Teaching Assistant, Monika and her husband Darek, a mainstay of our vital Hillcrest cleaning team, have a beautiful new baby boy - Mum and baby are home and doing well.

Congratulations Monika and Darek

and welcome Aleksander!




Covid Safe - The Bristol Health& Safety Team are visiting all Local Authority schools to check their Risk Assessments. We received our visit and checks on 25th of june and were judged ‘Covid Safe’. This means the local authority were happy with our systems and procedures for keeping our children and staff safe.


Childcare Survey for September - As you know, when we return in September, the children will be taught in class 'bubbles' and, as far as is practical, we will be minimising contact between those groups. However, we know that some working parents will need childcare and we are considering the safest way we can offer extended day provision in Term 1.

Breakfast Club will run as normal and Early-gators (our after school club) will run until 5pm. There won't be the range of Enrichment activities we're used to in Term 1. Our Teacher-led clubs will not be starting until Term 2. To keep everyone safe, neither will indoor-based enrichment activities, though we ARE planning to have some outdoor sports clubs.

Please bear with us. We hope to get back to something more like normality in Term 2.

We'll be working alongside the Totterdown Children's Community Workshop (who will be providing care until 6pm) and it would be a great help, to both Hillcrest and the Workshop team, to know what the demand for childcare is going to be.

We would like every family to fill in a short survey FOR EACH CHILD by Friday this week, (even if you don’t plan to use childcare). There are only six quick questions. Click HERE or on the link on the Home page of the school website for the survey.



Meet the Teacher Zoom session with Miss Silver, 2CS - Apologies, she’s double booked. The session scheduled for Tuesday 14th will now be on Thursday 16th instead.


Social Distancing on Cemetery Road - Jon Ross, our Chair of Governors, has put in a recommendation to the council that they should close Cemetery Road to cars during school drop off and pick up to enable children and parents to socially distance on the school run.  The more people that raise the issue, the likelier it is that the council will take action.

Please use this virtual form to make recommendations to BCC regarding changes to roads and pavements.



A message from Hillcrest governor, Jen Ryder - Like many people across the country I am currently in need of a haircut and am awaiting a space at the hairdressers when they re-open. Naturally, I thought the obvious course of action in this situation was to take part in ‘Brave the Shave’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
On July 18th I will be shaving my head for this amazing charity. If you would like to sponsor me please head to my page at



Remote music lessons - learn to play the guitar, drums, keyboard or to sing one-to-one from home! SAM Music Service offers affordable online live weekly individual 30 minute drum, guitar, piano, keyboard and vocal lessons suitable for both children and adults. Lessons cost as little as £15 per lesson and you can pay with Childcare Vouchers. For more information go to


Look out for your next Mailbag on Friday.