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27th November 2019

Newsletter - 27th November 2019

Thank you to all the parents who responded so positively to the misleading article in the Bournemouth Echo. It was heartening to read so many comments of support for the school.


Times Table Rockstars


As you may know, children in KS2 recently took part in the Maths Rock Out competition. We were delighted to come 32nd out of 3000 schools and a fantastic 24th for our school average. 16000 classes took part. 6CH and 4SW at Hillbourne came in the top 100!


Well done to everyone who took part!




We are delighted to welcome Mrs Sheppard back to school. Mrs Sheppard will be working in 4MT every afternoon. We hope that she will soon be back in Breakfast Club too.


Mrs Sibley remains unable to return to work for the foreseeable future. We hope that she knows how much we miss her!


Flu vaccination


We have received information from Public Health England about an increase in flu outbreaks in the South West of England. They advise that the best way to protect against seasonal influenza (flu) is the annual flu vaccination. If your child missed the first session of vaccinations, please register on  for a catch-up clinic appointment.  If you have any difficulties in registering online please telephone 01425891162 and they will complete with you via the telephone.


Anti-bullying week

The week started with an assembly linked to this year’s theme ‘Change Starts with Us’, where we discussed bullying, how it makes people feel and how we can make changes to stop it happening.  Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.

Thank you to everyone who supported Odd Sock Day which was a fun way to encourage children to celebrate their differences and individuality.  The children produced some excellent Anti- Bullying posters for the competition run by the Safe Schools and Communities Team.  Throughout the week, each class engaged in activities designed to raise awareness of anti-bullying and to give children confidence to speak out about it. The week ended with fun activities in the classroom for Friendship Friday.  Thank you to everyone who returned the Anti- bullying questionnaire the responses will be used to update our Anti-Bullying Policy.


Miss Meredith


Children in Need

What a fantastic day Friday the 15th was! 


It was fabulous seeing all the spots dotted about the school showing support for BBC Children in Need 2019. We are super happy with our total money raised within our school, which was donated into the British public’s phenomenal pot of £47,886,382 to continue to change the lives of children and young people across the UK. This year’s theme was ‘Get Together’ which, as a school, we decided to link into Anti-Bullying week and celebrate with 'Friendship Friday’. Small changes equal big differences.


The children across the school from reception to Year 6 were working together, dressed in spots, completing fun filled friendship activities. We hope they had an exciting day whether it was in a spotty T-shirt, dotted trousers or a warm ‘children in need onesie’. Well done Hillbourne! 


Miss Patton on behalf of the School Council


Christmas/ Party Jumper Day


With Christmas fast approaching, School Council would like you to save a date! Christmas jumper day will be held on Friday 13th December!


Three-ish simple words. Put. On. (Silly). Jumper. It’s time to get out our jumpers, whether it be a fancy festive jumper or just your favourite party jumper, the 13th of December is the day to wear it. With this festive treat in mind we will be collecting donations to go towards the Save the Children charity. Save the Children can do some amazing things with this money, from pencils to clothing and health care to food. Every penny we can raise goes towards a fantastic charity for children, as well as letting us look good as well. 


Save the date for Save the Children! 

Friday 13th December. 

We look forward to seeing all your snazzy jumpers


School Council and Miss Patton


Film project


Ten of our Year 6 pupils have just finished making their first short film with Jordi Robert, an international, award-winning film maker. The film focuses on Hillbourne School as it is now and as it will be once our new building is complete. The children planned, directed and filmed this work themselves. Their finished work will be premiered on the school website shortly. I will let you know when to look out for it!


Christmas Productions


This year, Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils will be performing ‘Christmas with the Aliens on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December. Ticket letters will be sent home later this week so please check your child’s bag!


Key Stage 2 will be presenting the Nativity Story in readings and song on the afternoons of Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December.


I look forward to seeing you all over the next few weeks.