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Headteacher: Tim Browse


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Newsletter 12 2022-2023

Christmas Events:

Stories Around the Christmas Tree

This annual Air Balloon tradition will be taking place on Tuesday 13th December from 6-6.30pm.  Children can return to school in their pyjamas and dressing gowns for some festive stories, milk and biscuits.  Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment using this link:  We will be using the main school classrooms for this and so entry to the site will be via the main entrance.  FAB will be providing hot drinks and mince pies for the adults to enjoy while you wait. This is a free event, we just ask you to book so that we know how many children we are expecting.

Reception Nativities

We have our Reception Nativities on Monday 12th December. Star and Sky at 10am and Sun and Moon at 2.20pm.  They will be held in the Messier Hall and entry will be via the gates in the front playground. This is a free event and you are welcome to take photographs and video recordings but remember, these must never be posted on Facebook or Social Media. 


We appreciate that some parents may need to bring younger siblings in prams and pushchairs to watch the Nativity performances but we would ask that, as much as possible, buggies are left at home or collapsed down, as we have limited space to store them during the shows. Thank you.

Christmas Jumpers

Children are welcome to wear Christmas Jumpers to school on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December

Christmas Lunch ​

This year, Christmas Lunch will be on Thursday 15th December.  A copy of the menu is attached.  So that no-one misses out, we will automatically order a Christmas main meal for all pupils unless you complete this form to let us know that your child either doesn’t want a lunch or requires the Halal or Vegetarian option instead.

Christmas lunch is £2.25 per pupil (unless they are eligible for Free School Meals or are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2).  Payment for lunches must be made via Arbor before Thursday 8th December – if you have a positive balance in Arbor for dinners, the cost of the meal will be deducted from your balance automatically on the day.

Please ensure you complete the above form by Friday 2nd December so that our kitchen know how many Christmas lunches will be required.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Mann in the school office.  Allergen information will be available on request.

Please note that the jacket potato option will not be available on this day.


School Photos

Children should have brought home their photo proof cards yesterday. If you would like to place an order and have your photos delivered free to school the deadline is Wednesday 7th December at 15:00pm. Any orders placed after this date will be delivered to your home address and you will be charged a delivery fee.


Year 1 Christmas Singing

Year 1 Parents and Carers are invited in to the classrooms on Friday 16th December from 8.45-9.15am to hear the children perform some Christmas songs.  


Sarah’s Top Tips

Is a member of your family a young carer? Or do you know someone who is? There are currently 800,000 young carers aged five-seventeen years here in the UK. Those are just the registered ones. There is a lot of support out there for young carers and their families. These organisations support families with a non judgemental and supportive approach. For more information please click here.

If you have a young carer in your home and would like some support please get in touch with one of these organisations below or alternatively, I’m happy to have a chat with you about what support is available. 

Young carers Festival – Please click here

NHS – Being a young carer – Your Rights – Please click here

Job hunting is never fun. But it can hopefully be a bit easier! One of our parents, Christina shared the below sites with me. If you’re looking for a job, why not take a look!

Skills as verbs:

Seven basic skills:

National careers service does a skills assessment, which may help to provide evidence for skills to encourage more confidence  : 

If you have any tips that you think other parents and carers would find helpful, please let us know about them and we can share them with the school community.  Email – or let Sarah or the school office know.



During December we will be continuing our appeal for support with the 2nd Reverse Advent Calendar – collecting food and other every-day items which can be donated in January to support the Foodbank in the new year.  If everyone is able to pick 1 day from the advent calendar and donate that item, we will be able to give the Foodbank over 700 items in January.  Look out for more details on display in the main foyer next week, or see the calendar attached to the newsletter.

If you are struggling with the cost of living crisis and need a foodbank voucher, please speak to Sarah Webb our Family Support Worker, Mrs Knight our Assistant Head or Mrs King, in the school office.


Dates for your Diary

  • Tuesday 13th December – Air Balloon’s Got Talent & Stories Around the Christmas Tree (6pm)
  • Thursday 15th December – Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day
  • Friday 16th December – Christmas Jumper Day and Class parties
  • Term 3 Starts on Tuesday 3rd January 2023
  • Monday 9th January – Inset Day
  • Monday 20th March 2023 – Inset Day.


FAB News

FAB would like to thank everyone who came and supported the Christmas fayre. They have raised an incredible £2,700 for the school.


Ukraine Christmas Appeal

An Update from Bristol With Love Ukraine Christmas Appeal. On the 27th December, with the help of the Lord Mayor of Bristol and Father Christmas (yes, the real one!), we loaded 170 boxes of Christmas gifts for the children of Ukraine, into Frank and Debbie’s van.

Frank and Debbie set off immediately, escorted by the Blue Knights, on their journey to the Romanian / Ukrainian border at Suceava. On Tuesday the 29th, they arrived and met our Ukrainian Partners, The Volunteer Organisation of Ukraine’s Defence. The boxes were swapped over and now begin the second part of their journey to the children of Ukraine.

Many thanks to you guys, our amazing and generous donors! More updates to follow…


Job Vacancies at Air Balloon Hill Primary School

Please visit the vacancies section of the school website for our latest job opportunities, or visit

Air Balloon Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check are required for these positions.

We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including, ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.



Congratulations to Pete in Aquila class who achieved a distinction in his first piano exam at Grade 1 last week.


SEND Information

At ABHPS, we use Bristol’s Ordinarily Available Provision to adjust our curriculum to meet the needs of all learners in our school. This is a parent friendly guide.  

A guide to Ordinarily Available Provision for parent carers (


Fruit Trees

Thank you to everyone who applied for a free fruit tree as part of Bristol City Council’s campaign.  Unfortunately, we received more applications than we had trees allocated to us and so we are not able to provide trees for everyone who applied.  They have been allocated to the first 80 families who requested a tree and completed the application form.  Where families have requested more than one tree, we regret that we are only able to supply 1 tree per family.  The trees will be delivered on Monday and will hopefully be available for collection at the end of the day.  We will email parents on Monday with details of how to collect the trees that have been ordered.

Archived Newsletters

For copies of any previous newsletters, please email the school office – 

Term 5


Term 6


Special Events
  •  Stories Around the Christmas Tree

    Tuesday 13th December


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