Air Balloon Hill Primary School opened on the 1st of September 2009 following the amalgamation of two successful, but separate, infant and junior schools. The school, which is situated in the East Bristol suburb of St George, was built in 1905 to replace a former school in Crews Hole.
The school has expanded to four form entry to help cope with the high numbers of children in East Bristol. We are now an all-through four form entry school with a maximum of 120 children in all year groups.
The school is an interesting mix of old and new. The old part of the school is based around three separate halls with classrooms leading off them. Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 (upstairs, with their own roof terrace), are housed in our new building which is at the back of the school, creating a central and impressive ‘heart’ of the school. The buildings combine 1905 grandeur with 21st century efficiency and beauty.
Outside we have three playgrounds, a ball court, a grass play area and sports field with private access path, changing rooms, toilets and storage. Reception classes have a fantastic large and enclosed outside learning environment. We also have a developing forest school area and an award-winning garden and allotment.
On Monday, we launched a really exciting art competition for the children. We shared with them some ideas about what art is by showing them some influential artists and their work. We wanted the children to be inspired to help create their own artwork that we can hang up around school.
The rules of the competition are:
~ It must be on A4 sized paper or card.
~ It can use any art medium they like (crayon, pencil, charcoal, chalk, oil paint, watercolour, pastel…).
~ It must be a piece of art inspired by Air Balloon.
The children should submit their art work to their class teacher after the Christmas holidays (so they’ve got lots of time to sketch, draft and practise their final design). We will then select ten pieces of art to be enlarged and framed and put up around the school. The competition is being funded by FAB, so a huge thanks to them.
We can’t wait to see what amazing works of art the children create.