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22nd January 2021

News sheet 22nd January 2021

Important Dates

These are statutory school dates we will advise when school is open to all pupils

Friday 12th February 2021 -School closes for Half Term Holiday

Monday, 22nd February 2021- School re-opens

Thursday 1st April 2021 - School closes for Easter Holiday

Monday, 19th April 2021 - School opens

Friday 28th May 2021 - School Closes for Half Term Holiday

Tuesday, 8th June 2021 - School re-opens

Friday 23rd July 2021 - School closes for Summer Holiday


Monday, 7th June 2021


BCP Covid situation


Public Health Dorset report that current rates of infection in BCP are still very high and numbers of hospital admissions are still currently increasing. It is, of course, essential that everybody continues to follow the Lockdown rules and to stay at home wherever and whenever possible.  


Children in school


School is open to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. We currently have over 20% of our normal intake in school. All staff are in school working hard to provide remote learning to children at home as well as supporting those in school. We are grateful to all parents for supporting our rules and expectations which help us to keep everyone safe in school.


On-line safety 


With children being online more than ever during their remote learning, it is important that parents are ensuring that their children are safe. Whilst the internet is a great way for children to learn and stay in touch with their friends and teachers, it can also bring risks. Now, more than ever, it is important to talk to your child about staying safe online. This includes the website they are visiting and the apps that they are using. 

There is lots of advice available to parents, so please us it if you are unsure of how to keep your child safe online. The link below will take you to a website called Internet Matters. Here you will find ways of ensuring parental controls are set on the devices your child is using whilst also suggesting how to talk to them about keeping safe online.

Dorset Police have alerted schools to an increase in internet grooming and so we urge you to monitor your children’s internet use carefully. 


Connectivity and device issues


Please contact Mr Claxton directly on  if you have problems with your internet or connectivity. Internet providers are offering additional support for children working from home and Mr Claxton will support you to access any support necessary.


Contact with children at home


Zoom and Google classroom provide a great way for teachers to check in with children. If your child is not able to join class meetings, your class teacher will call by phone to speak to your child about their work. Your child’s class teacher will also arrange a suitable time for a member of staff to make a doorstep visit to see your child.


Weekly challenges


Teachers at Hillbourne have set weekly challenges in their specialist subject areas. These are designed to enhance your child’s learning and are by no means compulsory. 


Children are welcome to undertake any or all of the challenges set. We would encourage children to do at least one, hopefully allowing them to develop an area in which they have a strong interest. 


The challenges are not screen based to encourage children to expand their learning away from their screens. We also hope that parents will enjoy supporting their children with these tasks. 


Cooking at home


Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing cooking ideas. Look out for the first in the series, ‘Cook along with Mrs Ainsborough’ on our Facebook page.




The building programme is going well. The floors have been laid in the classroom block and the hall. We are expecting the roofing slabs to arrive next week.

Plans are also underway to prepare for the transfer which is currently scheduled for October half term 2021. 



Safeguarding/Child Protection


Hillbourne Primary School is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


If you have any concerns, please contact the following people through the school office:

The designated child protection lead: Ms Helen Roderick, Headteacher. The deputy designated child protection/safeguarding officers are: Mrs Jane Ryan, Pastoral Care,       Ms Stephanie Meredith, SENCO. Tel: 01202 692604