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4th September 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,


Welcome back! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer. We are very pleased to see your children back in school ready for another year of great learning!




The School was awarded the Silver Sportsmark for our work in 2018-19. This is the second year we have achieved this award and I am very proud of all the children who took part in so many different activities to make this possible. Huge thanks to Mr Hickson and all the teaching staff who give so freely of their own time to provide the sporting opportunities for the children. We are quietly hoping for Gold at the end of this coming year…!




Thankyou for ensuring that your children have returned to school looking so smart. A gentle reminder to label all your child’s uniform, including PE kit and shoes, so that we can try to keep clothes and child together!


Please could I ask that children wear proper school trousers. Jeans are not acceptable in school.


Meet the teacher


We are inviting parents to come into school this afternoon (Wednesday) to meet your child’s class teacher. At 3.30pm and 4pm, class teachers will talk briefly about the curriculum for the year, any visits already planned and behaviour expectations. Your children will show you where to go.


Staff news


Mrs Ware has taken up a role as a Montessori Teacher and sadly therefore will not be returning to Hillbourne this year. We were delighted to hear that she has been able to return to her work as a Montessori teacher in Bournemouth. We hope that she enjoys her time there.


Start and end of the day


A reminder of the arrangements for the start and end of the day:


Reception and Y1

Reception and Year 1 children line up in the playground outside the Year 1 and Reception classrooms at the start of the day. Class teachers lead the children into their classes when the bell goes at 8.45am.


Please pick your children up from the classroom doors and be sure to let their teacher know that you have taken them! Please let us know if someone different is picking up your child at the end of the day.


Year 2

Please take your children to the playground behind the Acorns building where they should line up in classes ready to be taken inside by their teacher at 8.45am. Please pick your children up from this playground at 3.15pm.



Parents may allow Year 3-6 children to go through to the top playground from 8.30am. Please note that this area is unsupervised until 8.40am and we can only accept responsibility for children who arrive after this time. The bell will ring at 8.45am when children will line up in classes and be taken into school by their teachers.


At the end of the day, KS2 children are brought to the central area near the sign post so that they can be dismissed safely to parents/ carers or seen safely out of the gate if walking alone.


If you are late picking your child up, please contact the office if at all possible. We will look after your children at the Oaks office until you arrive. After 3.40pm, children will go to tea-time club for which there may be a charge.




It is important that every child attends school as regularly as possible if they are to achieve their full potential. 


The law requires parents to make sure their children receive full-time education suitable to their needs. Please continue to support your child to have the best possible school attendance by;

  • making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • taking an interest in their education - ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • telling us about any problems they might be having in school, no matter how small they might seem
  • not keeping your child at home for minor ailments - particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.

If you are finding it difficult to get your child to school regularly, please do not hesitate to talk to Jane, our Pastoral Support Worker, or to Mrs Wright in the school office.

A reminder that no holiday during term time can be authorised. If you need to take your child out of school for any exceptional family circumstances, please contact me to discuss.


Water bottles


A reminder, please, to make sure that your child’s water bottle is named (name and class). A sharpie pen will do the job effectively. If you would like us to label your child’s bottle in school, please let us know.

Please send your child with a full water bottle every day. We would suggest that water bottles are washed out daily.


Food in school


A reminder please that children in Years 3-6 should bring a piece of fruit/ vegetable to school for their break snack. Children in Reception, 1 and 2 will have a snack provided each day.


Please could we also ask that you keep sweets as treats for your children at the end of the day and do not include these in lunch boxes.


Class letters


You will shortly be receiving letters from your child’s new teacher with details of curriculum coverage, visits and assembly dates for the term. We will also be publishing our revised extra-curricular programme to you before the end of the week.




Clubs will start the week beginning Monday 16th September. Clubs will be held every week except for the last week of this half term and the final week before the Christmas break.


Information about clubs for the Autumn term will be sent home tomorrow.


Parent Questionnaire Feedback


Thankyou to the many parents who completed the parent questionnaire. Please find attached feedback. We are very grateful for the constructive comments made.




Parents reported a lack of consistency over the school’s approach to homework. We have reviewed our Policy (attached). Your class teacher will explain how you can best support your child at home in tonight’s meetings and in the class letters.


Building Update


Work on our new school will start in February 2020. We will be making changes to the way we enter and exit school at Christmas in preparation for the builders’ arrival. In the meantime, we will continue to operate in the usual way.



Dates for your diary


Please find dates for your diary attached.


With best wishes







Helen Roderick






Attachments are available in whole school letters to parents