Hillbourne Primary School
Newsletter – 30th January 2020
The children of Hillbourne have made a great start to 2020. They have returned to school ready and eager for the next steps of their learning and we are, as always, proud of each and every one of them.
Australia Day 2020
We were exceptionally proud of our School Council who, under the guidance of Miss Patton, organised Monday’s celebration of Australia Day. Here is their report:
Australia Day 2020! Crikey, we had fun!
Australia Day is a day to reflect on the history of the country, through its highs and its lows. Unfortunately, the country is going through a devastating low at the moment. Bushfires have spread all across the land causing tragic havoc in its path. ‘Bushfires have devastated Australia.’ - WWF-Australia.
We had a lovely day celebrating Australia’s highs on the 27th January 2020, the observed date for Australia Day, where we put in place a big look at Aboriginal art work. Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture on Earth, therefore we were able to dive deep ‘down under’ to explore art through the famous Aboriginal dots. We couldn’t celebrate in proper Aussie style with the beautiful weather and a tasty barbecue on the beach due to our poor English weather so, we decided to take on a challenge in the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ style. Lunchtime was full of bush-tucker trials, where the children had to hunt through disgusting bowls, buckets and bins in order to set the kangaroos free, we are happy to say that the majority of these Kangaroos were saved throughout the hour long process. It caused quite a buzz and those who took part had massive smiles on their faces, other than when they touched something slimy.
Over the last 40 years WWF-Australia has worked on species conservation and habitat and landscape management across Australia. As a school, we raised a fantastic total of £247.00 which will be send over for WWF-Australia who will use the funds to restore what has been lost in a time of climate emergency. Putting in place wildlife response, habitat restoration for people and nature as well as future-proofing Australia.
Phenomenal efforts, Hillbourne Primary School! Thank you for all your help and support.
Year 6 Football
For the past two Fridays we have entered a football team into the Bournemouth Community Sports Trust Tournament at Littledown.
First up was the Year 6 Girls team. The girls have had a good season and have been developing well throughout the year. We knew that there would be some tough opposition to face, but the girls were prepared to work hard and try their very best. What more could we ask for! Hillbourne were put into a league against St Michael’s, Epiphany and Corpus Christi, with the top two progressing into the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, we did not qualify, but we showed some excellent team play and scored some great goals, winning two matches and losing two was definitely no disgrace!
Next up was the Year 6 Mixed Team, who again were handed a difficult league to progress from. With only one team qualifying from each league we had to come above Parkfield, St Mary’s and Broadstone Middle. With great skill, great resilience and great unity we overcame the odds to qualify without losing a game! In the Semi-Final we were pitted against Christ the King Primary School. After 10 minutes the score was 0-0, which meant that extra time had to be played. Again, there was no score, so the match went down to a penalty shootout! Unfortunately, we lost on sudden death and were eliminated. However, we are so proud of the determination of the pupils to try their very best, even when injured. We are also even more proud of their reaction when comforting their teammates when they missed a penalty-great togetherness was shown! Well done everyone for all your efforts and for ensuring we keep making progress with our sporting skills and attitude at Hillbourne.
I am sure you are all aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus in China. As part of its efforts to halt the spread of this virus, the Chinese Government has postponed all educational visits. This means that we will not be able to welcome our Chinese students as planned this week. Year 5 have worked really hard in preparation for this visit, so we really hope that the children are able to join us in the UK soon.
I am really disappointed to let you know that there has been a further delay to the start of the building work, although I have been assured that we are still on track to open in September 2021.
The Department of Education is concerned that there is insufficient play space on the new site. The Design team are working hard to try to find a solution to this.
A reminder please to park safely and legally around the school. We have received a number of complaints recently from local residents who have found their driveways blocked.
Please also ensure that you do not park on corners of roads as this prevents children and parents seeing oncoming traffic when they need to cross.
Dogs are not allowed on the school premises. We would also ask that dogs are not kept directly outside the main entrance gate to avoid any potential problems with small children.
A further plea to dog owners-please make sure that you pick up any dog poo so we can all walk along the pavements freely!
Half term activity day: Wednesday 19th February
We have been offered the chance to host an activity day over the February half term holiday. On Wednesday 19th February, children are invited to a day of sport led by our Futsal coach, Kevin Stacey. The day will run from 9-3pm and will cost £15 per child. If you would like your child to attend this day, please contact the school office by email or phone to register your child.