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Telephone: 0117 903 0077


Headteacher: Tim Browse


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Newsletter 34 – 2018-2019

Newsletter 34 – Term Dates 2019-2020


The sun finally got to shine this week – thank goodness! Especially as we welcomed the parents of next year’s Reception children to the school last night. It is always such a privilege to welcome new families to Air Balloon as well as the many familiar faces of those parents who already have children in our school. It won’t be long until they come for their first taste of school life later on this term, judging by the children that were there last night: they can’t wait!

In the summer term we also have more children arriving and leaving school by bike or scooter. This is great but we do ask that everyone remembers to be safe when riding to school. Our school crossing patrol officer – known to many of you as Rose – has reported that several children are not crossing roads safely when on their bikes.  Children must dismount and walk across the zebra crossing with their bikes to make sure that they are safe. We also ask that children do not ride their bikes or scooters on the school site. The start and end of the day are really busy times with lots of young children around who could get accidently knocked over by fast moving bikes and scooters. If we could all play our part in making sure Air Balloon is a safe place for all children that would be great.

Enjoy the weekend – I hope the weather holds up.

Tim Browse


Best Class Attendance of the week


This weeks winners are:

Year 2/3 Hall: Discovery 98.89%

Dining Hall: Endeavour 97.78%

PE Hall: Polaris 96.62%

 Attendance for the week = 93.52% that’s  3.48% below our target of 97%.


In-Service Closure

 Monday 22nd July 2019
Tuesday 23rd July 2019

New dates added for 2019/20

 Monday 2nd September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Monday 6th January 2020

Friday 13th March 2020

Monday 20th July 2020


Please note the change of date for early May Bank Holiday

Friday 8th May 2020 to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.


Sports Days

Sports days will take place on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July.

Tuesday 2nd

~ Reception 9:15 – 10:45.

~ Years 1 & 2 – 11:00 – 12:30.

Wednesday 3rd

~ Years 3 & 4 – 9:15 – 10:45.

~ Years 5 & 6 – 11:00 – 12:30.


Next Week In School


~ Mercury Class trip to Sevington.


~ Earth Class trip to Sevington.

~ Year 6 – CLF Induction Day.


~ Mars Class trip to Sevington.

~ Apollo Class Assembly – 8:55am – Parents Invited.


~ Venus Class trip to Sevington.

~ Orion and Sun Class Assemblies – 8:55am – Parents Invited.


~ School Fayre – 3:30pm – School Field.


Team Points

1st –     Dixie  (19)     2nd –   Brunel (12)

3rd –    Rowling (10)   4th    Banksy (5)


Year 1

 Do you have any of the following you no longer use? Play food/role play cups and saucers etc. , cars, outdoor toys, sand toys, water toys, dressing up clothes and construction toys which are in good condition for our Year 1 classrooms.

Please hand any donations in to the school office.



 On Tuesday, our netball team played an away match against St Stephen’s Junior School.

It was an exciting game from start to finish – Mrs Cox has never been so nervous on the side line! The team played fantastically together and showed true sportsmanship throughout. Each player should be very proud of their achievement.

Air Balloon Hill 14 – 0 St Stephen’s Juniors


No Scootering in school

Please be reminded again that scootering and riding bikes is NOT permitted in school.  Whilst we love that children use these methods of transport to get to and from school, we must ask that they get off their bikes and scooters at the gate and do not ride them in the playgrounds (or buildings).

Bikes and Scooters can be stored in the bike sheds during the day but we would recommend using a chain and lock to secure them


Music News

Well done to those who took part in the orchestral workshop at Bristol University on Tuesday. We had a fabulous rehearsal with over 100 other students from across Bristol, followed by a performance of the three pieces to parents/carers.

All music clubs are running next week. Please make sure your child(ren) attend as we are working hard towards various performances at the end of term. A gentle reminder that KS2 choir are performing some of their songs at the school fair on Friday.

 Friday 28th June: Key Stage 2 choir performing at the school fair.

Tuesday 2nd July: Key Stage 2 choir Bristol Schools ‘Summer Sing’ rehearsal and evening performance at UWE.

Monday 8th July: Instrumental concert (band, recorder groups and Key Stage 1 choir also performing).

Friday 12th July: Key Stage 2 choir performing in the Summer Music Festival at St Ambrose Church in Whitehall.

Miss Sadler


FAB News

 Ice Cream Friday

Ice-creams will be back on sale todaay.

Summer Fayre– 28 June at 3.30pm

One week to go until our summer fayre.  Please can everyone start doing a sun dance!!


Raffle tickets will be on sale every Friday at the Ice-Cream Table and in the foyer from 3:15, Monday – Thursday.

Great prizes to be won:       Top prize – £50 cash

                                            Second prize – Luxury hamper

Many other prizes

Donations for the Summer Fayre

As you can imagine, there is quite a lot of financial outlay when organising a summer fayre.  We would therefore be very grateful if parents could make a small donation to help us out as follows:

Reception – Fruit donations.  A sign up list will be put up outside classrooms shortly

Year 1 – Homemade cakes

Year 2 – Bottles and Tins

Year 3 – Bottles and Tins

Year 4 – Homemade cakes

Year 5 – Homemade cakes

Year 6 – Bottles and Tins


Fayre Face-painting

If your child would like their face painted during the day of the school fayre,  please sign up via Parentmail. All monies to be put in an envelope marked “Facepainting” with your child’s name and class.  Prices are £1.50 for a full face, 50p for a stencil or small design.


Inflatable Wristbands

Wristbands for unlimited bouncing on all our inflatables at the summer fayre are now on sale via Parentmail.  These bands are well worth the money.  We have three inflatable’s this year – a bouncy castle (for smaller children), an assault course and a rodeo pull.


Prices are £10 for one wristband, £18 for two wristbands and £25 for three wristbands.

Wanted – we will be having a plant stall at the summer fayre which will be selling plants to raise money for the school allotment.  We would be grateful for any plant donations.  Please hand in at the office on Thursday 27 June.

Wristbands will be sent to your child’s class on the Thursday before the fayre.

Happy’s Circus

Tickets can be booked via ParentMail for the circus on 20th September. Prices are:

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £28

Single tickets £8

Tickets will only be issued once payment is received and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.  Once you have completed the form on ParentMail, please pop your money in an envelope marked “Circus” together with your Child’s Name and class.

FAB are looking for any parents who work for a company that supports match funding.  Match funding allows us to boost the amount of money we raise on a specific stall at the summer fayre, because the company matches it.  Companies such as Abbey National, Alliance & Leicester, Argos, Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Sky Broadcasting, HSBC plus many other banks, building societies and supermarkets are happy to match fund.

If you work for one of these companies and are happy to approach them to see if they will match fund at our fayre next week, please leave your contact details at the office or email 


Nut Free Zone

 Please remember that the school is a nut-free zone.  We have children in school who could have a severe allergic reaction if they come into contact with nuts – even from the packaging of cereal or Nutella bars.

Please do not send your child to school with anything containing nuts – including cereal bars, granola bars, Nutella or peanut butter sandwiches. Thank you.

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