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Headteacher: Tim Browse


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Newsletter 35 2020-2021


Due to the delay in the easing of restrictions following the government’s announcement on Monday, it has been necessary to review our risk assessments for some of our summer events.

Sports Day

Our sports days will continue as planned however it will no longer be possible for parents or carers to attend the event. We are sorry for this change and the disappointment that it may cause however we are sure that the children will still enjoy their sports day. (Please note that the Year 3 sports day will now be held on Friday 9th July).

Y6 discos

This event is still scheduled to take place on 20th July at 7:00pm-8:30pm however it will be held outside on the Y1 field and amphitheatre. Please be advised that this event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.

Y6 graduation

This event is still scheduled to take place on the morning of 21st July and will be held outside. Due to restrictions, the event will be conducted class by class and only one adult per child will be allowed to attend. We will write to Year 6 parents and carers to inform them of the exact timings and the necessary precautions that will be in place. Please be advised that if the weather is bad, meaning the event will need to take place indoors, parents and carers will not be able to attend.

Reception ‘stay and play’

These events have been cancelled. New families will instead receive a personal welcome video message from the class teacher.

Moving up day and ‘meet the teacher’

We are still planning on all children having an opportunity to spend some time with their new class and teacher before the end of term however this still requires additional risk assessing before we can confirm the arrangements. It is unlikely that parents will have an opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher prior to September but we are looking into how we can arrange a remote welcome before the summer.

If there are any additional changes before the end of the year, I will of course make sure that parents and carers are informed as quickly as possible. I am aware how frustrating these changes are – for parents, children and staff – but they are necessary. We are trying our very best to ensure that the children enjoy the end of the year and prepare for the next, as safely as possible and I thank you for your patience and understanding.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Tim Browse


Transition and pupils with additional needs

We understand that for some pupils, the end and start of a school year can be difficult.  Class Teachers and Mrs Knight will be identifying children who would benefit from an enhanced transition over term 6.  This will include additional opportunities to meet their new teacher and any other adults who will be supporting them, and creating a transition booklet which they will be able to look at over the summer holidays.  Class teachers and Mrs Knight will ensure that any key information is passed on to new classroom staff.  If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s current teacher. 



Please can we remind parents/carers that masks must be worn when you are on the school site, even in the playgrounds, as social distancing cannot always be maintained.


Year 4

Congratulations to Lewis and Rylee in Orion, who participated in a national football tournament last weekend in London. Their team came second place, completing against London Elite Youth Blues, Coventry Sky Blue Eagles and PFA All Stars. Well done to you both for completing at such a level.


School Uniform Orders – online ordering

We are pleased to announce that you are now able to place orders for school uniform direct with our supplier.

Please visit

to see the list of uniform items available and to place your order direct.  Orders can be posted to your home (charges apply) or delivered to school to be given to your child to take home (free of charge).

We are currently in the process of changing our administration systems to a new provider.  Whilst we are still happy to accept school uniform orders via the school office and SCOPAY at the current time, this will change later in the year.  We will update you in due course.


Message from Hillside Preschool

The time that everyone thought would never happen has come, Mrs Llewellin is retiring!!! After 32 years of teaching, Bev has decided to step back at the end of the school year.

Although she wouldn’t want any fuss, we can’t let this momentous occasion pass without celebrating it. Many, many of your children (and parents!) have passed through the preschool. If you would like to make a donation for a gift and give a card please deliver into the safe hands of  Mrs Briody. Thank you very much.


FAB Logo Competition

We’ve had some great entries so far, but we would love to see more so we’ve extended the deadline to Wednesday 30th June… There’s still plenty of time to enter your design.

We want as many Air Balloon pupils as possible to enter our competition to design a new logo for FAB.  The chosen design will feature as the official FAB logo appearing on all of our advertising, volunteer T-shirts, the website and Facebook page.

You can use the template attached, or pick one up from the school office to draw your design.  We want it to be as colourful and eye catching as possible. Our only requirements are the letters FAB appear somewhere on the logo and it’s in colour (no collage or sticking).

Once it’s completed, make sure you add your name and class and hand in to the office by Wednesday 30th June. 

The chosen design will receive an amazing art set as well as having their design chosen as the FAB logo!

Good Luck!


Could you foster?

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To find out more about becoming a foster carer or a respite carer in Bristol and surrounding areas please call 0800 389 0143 or email


Get singing and playing this summer!

Over the summer Bristol Plays Music are opening their doors for two weeks of activities for young people to play, sing and explore their creativity.

These fun-packed weeks are for young people aged 9 to 13 who will be going into Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 in September 2021.

Brass Band week is taking place over 26 – 30 July and for young brass musicians playing at Grade 1-5 to play, socialise and make music together. Find out more and book here.

Sing the Musicals is taking place on the 2 – 6 August where young vocalists will be able to get back to singing and performing the songs they love, from modern musicals to Disney songs they will be singing and dancing their way through this fun-packed week. The only requirement for this week is enthusiasm! Find out more and book here.

Held at Bristol Plays Music’s centre in Southmead there will be informal performances at the end of both weeks for parents and carers.  

Running daily from 8.45am until 3.15pm each course costs £50 for the week, Bristol Plays Music also offer bursaries for low income families.


Employment Opportunities at Air Balloon Hill Primary School

New positions have been added this week to our eteach job vacancies page.


Reporting Covid Symptoms and Tests

Please can we remind parents and carers to report any covid-19 symptoms to the school office – either via the absence line (0117 903 0077 option 1), via ParentMail or email to airballoonhillp@bristol-schools.ukIf your child, or any member of your household displays any of the Covid-19 symptoms, you must contact 119, get a PCR test and the household must isolate until you receive a negative test result.  Lateral Flow Device tests (those that you do at home and give you a result within 30 minutes) are only to be used for regular testing by people who are not displaying any symptoms.

If your child has taken a test, even as a precaution, please tell us this too so that we are aware that contact tracing may be required should the result be positive.  All test results must be reported to us before your child returns to school – even if the result is negative.

We are aware that covid cases are increasing, so we still need to  take every precaution necessary to ensure we can keep our children and staff safe. Please help us by keeping us informed of any symptoms or test results.


Message from our Lollipop Lady

Rose would like to thank all parents/carers and children for your support, understanding and best wishes.

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