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Headteacher: Tim Browse


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Newsletter 31 2021-2022

Parent Governor Vacancy Letter


To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and in partnership with FAB (Friends of Air Balloon), next Friday will be a ‘wear red, white and blue’ day. Everyone is welcome to come to school dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign. If taking part, we do ask that children bring in a donation of up to £1 for FAB.

We will also be running a little royal art competition for any child who would like to take part. Children should create their own portrait of the Queen – in any medium – and send it into school by the morning of Thursday 26th May. We will showcase the winning artwork during Friday’s celebration assembly.

Finally, there will also be a FAB hosted afternoon tea party on the school field (weather permitting) after school on Friday 27th May. Families are invited to purchase an afternoon tea box and take a blanket to the field to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. More details of this FAB event can be found below.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I will see you next week.

Thank you,

Tim Browse


Jubilee Afternoon Tea

On Friday 27th May, FAB invite you to an afternoon tea party on the school field to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The event will take place from 3:45pm-5:00pm on the school field – accessed via the school lane.

Families can pre-order their cream teas using a form which can be found by clicking here. Each cream tea purchase costs £2.50 and includes:

Cream tea box: a scone, jam, clotted cream, a cake and a cup of tea/coffee with squash for the  children.

Gluten/dairy free cake boxes are also available.

Orders must be received by 3:30pm on Wednesday 25th May. Payment must be made in advance in an envelope marked “Cream Tea” and sent to the school office by 9am on Friday 27th May. 

Families are welcome to bring their own afternoon tea treats if they prefer but please keep in mind that alcohol is strictly prohibited at this event.

Hopefully the weather will be warm and sunny and families can bring a blanket to the field and sit down to enjoy a cream tea together and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum jubilee.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 27th May.

Friends of Air Balloon


Sarah’s Top Tip 

This week’s top tip is recommended by Harry’s Dad in Sky class – Too good to go app

Rescue magic bags of surplus, unsold food from your favourite shops and restaurants

Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers – just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets you buy and collect this food – at a great price – so it gets eaten instead of wasted. You won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up – it’s all part of the surprise. Download the app to get started. For more information click here

I have included this week some helpful links:

Rowland Hill Fund – The charity for postal people in times of need. For more information click here

Grocery Aid – Is a charity that can provide financial grants to people who work or have worked in the grocery industry; these grants do not have to be paid back. For more information click here

Rainy Day Trust – Is for people who have worked in the housing/building industry/builders merchants/allied trades who can access grants and financial support. For more information click here

NewstrAid – Provides a wide range of services to people who work or have worked in the sale and distribution of newspapers and magazines. For more information click here

Footwear Friends – Footwear Friends, formerly the Footwear Benevolent Society, is a charity which provides financial assistance to people who have worked in the Shoe Trade but have fallen on hard times. For more information click here

Turn2us – Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. For more information click here

Please do feel free to get in contact if you would like to speak with me about the above – Sarah Webb – Family Support Worker.

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.


Lost Property

We have a lot of lost property (mainly coats) in the lost property cupboard. Lost property is located by the welfare room. Please take time to check the cupboard if your child has lost anything.

Please can we remind you to label all clothing as it makes it easier for us to return lost items to their owner.


Class Changes

Reminder that information about class changes for September was sent out earlier this week. 

The view of parents and carers is also important and we are asking you to talk to your child about who would be a positive influence on their time in class. (Ask them who will help them with their ruby/diamond/emerald/sapphire powers!)

Additionally, if you have some specific requests that you would like the school to consider, please email Please get in touch with any views you wish us to consider by 8:00am Monday 23rd May.

Please note that children currently in Reception will move into Year 1 with their current class.  Class mixing takes place from the end of Year 1 upwards through the school.


Statement about Leave of Absence in Term Time from Bristol City Council

After so much disruption to your child/ren’s education over the past 2 years, the most important thing is that the staff at Air Balloon Hill Primary School and parents/carers work together to make sure children attend school regularly.

Attending Air Balloon Hill Primary School every day throughout a term helps children and young people maximise their learning in the classroom and enjoy the benefits of their educational experience. It really does make a difference.  Therefore, parents/carers are reminded about avoiding booking holidays during term time. Other than in exceptional circumstances, it is unlikely that any leave will be authorised by the Head Teacher particularly after so much enforced absence from school. However, any request should still be put in writing (Leave of Absence Request Forms are available from the main foyer. Although such absence may be unauthorised, it is better that we know your child is safe, rather than missing.

Family emergencies need careful consideration. It may not always be appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members.

Parents/carers are reminded that any unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice or prosecution. It is important that if you have concerns regarding your child’s attendance you contact Mrs Knight – Assistant Head, Mrs King or Mrs Stone in the school office.


Hillside Road Closure

We know it is very difficult to turn around whilst Hillside Road is closed, however, please can drivers be very careful and mindful of children who may be crossing the small roads in the area, particularly when turning or reversing in Kenn Road.  A child was almost knocked off their scooter today.  Thank you.


Parent Governor Vacancy

Reminder that we have a vacancy for a parent governor. The deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Monday 23rd May. More details can be found on page 5 onwards.


No Dogs

Please can we remind parents/carers that dogs are not allowed on the school site, even if they are being carried. Thank you.



We’re always on the look out for new FAB committee members to join our friendly team and support our wonderful fundraising events throughout the year.

We are very grateful for any help, support or new ideas we receive and you can give as much or as little or your time as you are able.

If you would like more information or to come along to the next committee meeting please either email or leave your details at the school office and someone will be in touch.


Employment Opportunities at Air Balloon Hill Primary School

Please visit the vacancies section of the school website to view our current job opportunities.

We are currently recruiting for School Meals Supervisory Assistants.

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 is required for these positions.

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

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