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8th February 2021

News sheet 8th February 2021


School Reopening


We are very much hoping to welcome all pupils back to school on Monday 8th March. The Prime Minister is making a statement about schools tonight and may well bring this date forward. Further information about the reopening of school will follow as soon as the date is confirmed.


Mental Health


We enjoyed seeing so many of the children expressing themselves in their own clothes on Friday. In this time of so many changes and uncertainty, it is even more important that we support children to feel safe as they grow up. There are some great suggestions on this site:


Children feel safe and happy when the systems and routines are consistent around them. Simple things like regular meal-times and bedtimes provide that security. Playing games with your children and making sure they take regular exercise also helps. The wellbeing of the adults around them is also key, so remember to look after yourselves!


Please do have a look at this link to ‘How to stay calm in a pandemic’




The building works have continued unimpeded during this latest lockdown. The framework is now complete as are most of the floors. The builders are currently fixing the three layers of the roof into place. This involves using a form of shot which you may be able to hear!


We expect the building to be completed in September and to be moving in over the October half term. After waiting for so long for the new build, it seems incredible to be thinking about colours for the new classrooms!


Covid rules


We are really looking forward to the school reopening and know that we all have an important role to play in making sure that it is safe to do so. The infection rates in BCP have been very high for the last few months and whilst they are improving, they are still some of the highest in the country. It is essential therefore that we all continue to follow all of the rules.


Keep your distance

Wear a mask

Stay at home

Don’t mix households




The school is charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our children during this period of school closure. Your child’s class teacher takes a register for each Zoom session or Google meet. If your child is not able to attend, please call the school office or email your child’s class teacher. If we have not heard from you, we will contact you by phone initially and will visit if we cannot get in touch any other way.


Please help us by keeping in close contact if your child cannot access their learning in any particular day.


Home Learning

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s learning please email your class teacher directly or contact the school office who will arrange for your teacher to telephone you at a convenient time.  Please do not join the class Google meets to discuss your child as this time is for children’s learning.


Safer Internet Day


Tomorrow, Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day. In this time of remote learning, this is even more important than ever to ensure that your children are safe when using the internet.

We will be sharing special assemblies for all pupils tomorrow and will be setting some additional challenges to help pupils understand more about how they can keep themselves safe and when to ask for help.


Please see the following links for ideas to support parents to keep children safe on line.


Please do contact us at school if you need any support.


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

INSET Day:  Monday, 7th June 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