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Newsletter – 19th May 2017 –  Newsletter 31 – 2016-2017


KS1 SATs week have gone very well and pupils have tried really hard. We have tried to keep the impact to a minimum to reduce any anxieties. The children have been happy and have had a good week.

May Day practise has been in full swing and we are hopeful that the rain will stay away for this afternoon. There is a mixture of dancing this year. Staff and pupils are looking forward to the celebration.

Year 6 are heading out to Torquay for school camp next week. The camp is a great opportunity to explore and develop new skills. There are also a range of day trips around the area and I really hope the sun shines for them and they create lots of memories.



We were sent a lovely poem this week by Melody in Venus Class so we thought we would share it with you all.

Air Balloon School is a wonderful place

The children there are lovely and kind

They make lots of friends,

They learn how to share

It’s a lovely place indeed.

There isn’t any talking when the teacher is talking too

There’s only love and friendship in the school of Air Balloon

by Melody in Venus

We completely agree with Melody – Air Balloon Hill Primary School is a lovely place to be.


Next week in school:


Year 6 Camp and Day Trips


~ Neptune and Saturn Class WOW Event – Parents invited – 2pm

~ Year 4 Victorian Games WOW Event – Parents invited – 2.30pm

~ Hanging Basket Workshop – 3.20 – 4.30pm – Everyone welcome.

~ Full Governing Body Meeting – 6.30pm


~ KS2 Choir rehearsal for the Colston Hall Concert – 9.30-12

~ Titan and Jupiter Class WOW Event – Parents invited -2pm


~ Spelling Bees

~ Resilient Readers Cinema Treat


~ Spelling Bees

~ Year 1 WOW Event – Parents Invited – 2.30pm

~ Year 5 WOW Event – VE Day Celebration with WW2 themed fancy dress – Parents Invited -2.30pm


~ FAB Coffee Morning – 9am – Everyone welcome

~ Last day of Term!


Hot Air Balloon Hunt

Our first Balloon is already on display  and the classes are busy finishing off the rest of the balloons.  Next week every child will be given a free map to bring home so you can find all of the 29 balloons during half-term.   This is a completely free event – a chance to get out and about in the local area during the holiday.  All correct entries returned to the school office by 16th June will be entered into a free prize draw.

This event has been made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of the local businesses displaying the balloons.

Here are a few preview pictures of some of the beautiful balloons you can expect to see in St George over the next couple of weeks.


Team Points

1st – Rowling (244)                      2nd – Brunel (211)

3rd – Dixie (167)             4th – Banksy (159)


In-Service Closures

Friday 23rd June,

NEW DATE: Monday 4th September


Does your child go out alone?

Does your child walk to school alone or sometimes pop to the local shop without an adult? The NSPCC have developed an advice leaflet for parents which contains really useful tips.  We thought it would be helpful to share it with you following the safety message we received from John Cabot earlier this week about men acting strangely in the Hanham area in a silver VW car and approaching children. You can download a copy here:


Library News…Overdue books and the pursuit of paperless!

The Library is in the process of setting up a paperless system for Overdue library books. Currently, we would be printing and sending home up to 150 letters for overdue books, but under the new system, an email will go out fortnightly to advise you of the overdue Library book that your child has. Please ensure that your email address is up to date, and advise the office of any changes.

All children are able to come to the Library with their class or on their own at break or lunch time to select a book to take home to read. All books are on loan for a two week period. If the book is not returned within the two week time frame, an email will be sent out to let you know the book is now overdue. If the book is not returned then a further reminder email will be sent out. On the occasion that the book is lost or damaged the school policy is to charge £5.00 to replace the lost/damaged book. However I am very happy to accept a book from home, like for like in replacement.

Once the book has been returned or you have paid for / replaced the missing book then your child is able to get another book to read. If you feel that you would not like your child to bring a library book home please advise the class teacher.

I would also like to thank all the parents who have donated books to the library in the last few months it really is fantastic to add to our library collection, especially when we have such a very limited budget for new library books.

I am looking for any volunteers after school to join Book Bee! We have a few books that are damaged and need fixing or it may just be helping to put books back on the shelf. If you can spare anytime 5, 10, 20 minutes, please come and let me know.

Miss McDonald – Librarian


Hanging Basket Workshop

Don’t forget our Hanging Basket workshop on Monday – why not stay on for an hour after school with your child/ren and help Paul Brookshaw make some lovely hanging baskets to brighten up the school for the summer.

The session is running on Monday 22nd May from 3.30-5.30pm. Please let the office know if you’re interested in attending.

If you have any spare plants that we could use in the baskets or on the school allotment, we would be very pleased to receive them. Please hand them into the school office.

We are very grateful to FAB for the donation towards the plants and baskets and to Mr Brookshaw for all his time and support.


Class Changes

You should have received a Class Changes letter this week. Please email with any friendship preferences or to let us know if you don’t want the class teacher to ask your child about their choices.

We are presently finalising our budget and as previously identified, we are facing increasing financial pressures. A group of parents have got together to fight for better funding for Air Balloon and schools across Bristol. The NUT has organised a march in Bristol City Centre on Saturday to protest against the drastic budget cuts that Bristol schools are facing.

For more information on school budget cuts – please see the Facebook Page set up by some of the parents at  Air Balloon –


Community and Charity News

Can you help United Response, a charity working with young people and adults  with a wide range of disabilities?

They have recently acquired 875m2  of overgrown allotment space in Troopers Hill and need volunteers to help make the space usable.  They have a volunteering day on Thursday 1st June and would be grateful of any help and support. Attached to the email copy of the newsletter is a flyer about the charity and the event on 1st June. If you can help this very local cause, please get in touch with the charity – they would be very pleased to hear from you. You can email


Summer Fayre

Don’t forget that the Summer Fayre is on 30th June (weather permitting, on the school field).  If you can help in anyway, please get in touch with FAB – either see Sally King in the school office or email  We’d be very grateful for volunteers to face paint during the day, help to set up the tents and gazebos on the field, and run stalls at the event.


Charity Plant Sale

Our neighbours at Hillside Allotments are having a plant sale on Saturday 27th May from 9am at the St Peter’s Hospice Shop on Hanham High Street.  They will be selling home-grown flower and vegetable plants with all proceeds going to St Peter’s Hospice.

Leaflets about the sale are available to collect from the main foyer.


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