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Telephone: 0117 903 0077

Email: airballoonhillp@bristol-schools.uk

Headteacher: Mr T Browse BA (Hons)


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Newsletter – Newsletter 7 – 2017-2018

Dear parents and carers,

It’s half term!

I can hardly believe that the holiday has arrived already. It seems like only yesterday I was saying ‘Good morning everybody’ in the first assembly of the year. That said, I am certainly ready for the break.

It has been, for me, a tremendous start to the year. Despite being only seven weeks into the job, I feel that Air Balloon is now my home. I have said before how everyone has made me feel so welcome and, over time, they have continued to do so. I really want to thank everybody for making my first term so enjoyable.

The first term is only the beginning. There is so much to do – as there always is – throughout the rest of the year and I cannot wait! The enthusiasm and readiness demonstrated by the staff, children and governors causes me to believe that this year is going to be the first of many fantastic years at Air Balloon Hill Primary school.

I know I am still in my ‘honeymoon’ period but I can honestly say that I don’t think the ‘specialness’ of Air Balloon will ever leave me. We have a fantastic community here, and I am so proud to be part of it and I can’t wait to work with you all in the near future.

Enjoy the holiday everyone, I think we’ve earned it.

I look forward to seeing you next term.


Tim Browse


1st Week of Term 2


~ 1st day of term

~ Start of the new Autumn/Winter Dinner Menu


~ Special Halloween Menu for lunch

~ Travelling Book Fair Open in the Dining Hall – 3.30-4.30


~ Reception Open Morning for September 2018 starters

~ Travelling Book Fair Open in the Dining Hall – 3.30-6

~ Parents’ Evenings (Years 1-6)


~ Travelling Book Fair Open in the Dining Hall – 3.30-7

~ Parents’ Evening (Years 1-6)

~ Netball Match – away at Beacon Rise – 3.30pm


Parents’ Evenings

Parents Evenings for Years 1-6 will take place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November.  Reception Parents’ Evenings will take place on 20th, 21st and 23rd November.

Apologies to parents in Sky and Neptune Class who may have experienced some problems in booking – this is the first year we’ve had teachers on a job-share and so we weren’t quite sure how the booking system would work. Unfortunately, it seemed to want parents to book for both teachers but that isn’t the case.  We have now resolved the problem and you will get a message during half-term to confirm your appointment times – you will only need 1 appointment!

If you have any queries about parents evening booking or experience any problems, please speak to the school office who will be able to help you.


Team Points

1st – Brunel (124)            2nd – Banksy (117)

3rd – Rowling (97)           4th – Dixie (85)


Term 1 results

1st – Banksy (732)           2nd – Brunel (701)

3rd – Dixie (650) 4th – Rowling (638)


That’s the first term that Rowling haven’t come 1st in over a year…Well done to Banksy for a great result this term!


Spelling Bee Winners

We’ve had our end of term Spelling Bees this week. Congratulations to the following children who won their year group heats:

Year 1 – Paulan in Earth

Year 2 – Ubaid in Voyager

Year 3 – Emily in Neptune

Year 4 – Ridwan in Orion

Year 5 – Katie in Polaris

Year 6 – Gracie in Comet


Reception and Year 7 Applications

Please remember that the deadlines for applying for school places for Year 7 is midnight on 31st October 2017.

If you need help with your application, please see Mrs King in the school office


Autumn Discos & FAB News

Thanks to DJ Mills and his assistant DJ Jackson and to all of the FAB volunteers for last night’s Autumn Discos.  The children always enjoy the event and it’s a great fundraiser for the school.  Special thanks too, to the teachers who stayed after school to help out & bust a few moves on the dance floor – FAB really appreciate your support especially at the end of a long week & a very long term!

Last week, FAB had a coffee morning and meeting and it was great to see some new faces. We discussed plans for the Christmas Fayre, Bingo Night and our new event…Choc & Rocks (see below for more details).   We’ve had a really successful fundraising year this year and as a result have money to spend.  We asked teachers and staff what things they would like us to buy and they came up with quite a list!  We’re working our way through it & will let you know over the coming weeks how the money is being spent.  This week we were able to buy and donate a selection of Blox to Year 5 which will be used for reward time as well as supporting the development of fine-motor skills.

If you, as parents/carers, have any thoughts or ideas as to what you would like FAB to spend money on in the school, please let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss it with Mr Browse and at our next meeting.  You can email any ideas to us at friends@abhps.com


FAB Choc & Rocks

Bristol Rocks is currently a huge phenomenon in Bristol with people painting and hiding rocks for others to find.  We thought we would get involved and try to raise some money for FAB.  On Friday 10th November, we’ll be holding a Choc and Rocks event in the Dining Room after school.  We’ll provide the rocks and paint as well as hot chocolate and cookies all you have to do is bring along your artistic ideas to turn into lovely painted rocks.  Spaces will be limited due to hall capacity but if it proves to be popular, we’ll look to run some more craft events during the autumn and winter months.

Tickets will go on sale after half-term. 1st come, 1st served – £2 per person (accompanying adults are free).  The price includes everything you need to decorate your rock plus hot chocolate and cookies.


Well Done Macey

Macey in Capella arranged her own Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September.  She organised everything and raised £48.50 for the charity.   Well done Macey – great work for a great charity.



What a fabulous menu we had yesterday for Diwali.  The food was superb and the kitchen looked amazing. 

Happy Diwali to everyone in our school community who is celebrating this week.


Book Fair

In the first week of Term 2 we welcome the Travelling Bookshop to school again. Parents/Carers will be able to purchase books after school on Tuesday 31st October (3.30-4.30), Wednesday 1st November (3.30-6) and Thursday 2nd November (3.30-7). The Book Fair will be in the Dining Hall.

Books start at just £2.99 and are not only an excellent reward for a good report at Parents’ Evening but also an ideal opportunity for children to read to you 3 times a week!


Harvest Festival

Thank you to everyone who donated food for our Harvest Appeal.  We were thrilled with the number of tins, packets and bottles we were able to give to the Foodbank.  You donated so much, that it took 2 car journeys to transport it all!  What a fantastic school community we have to provide so much for people in our local  community who need our help.

Thank you too to Rev Jordan for 3 brilliant Harvest Assemblies.

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    Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning and Cake Sale last Friday. We raised a fantastic £244.89 for this brilliant charity.

    We know that a lot of our families have been supported by Macmillan and so it is always nice to be able to give something back.

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