We look to the stars not our feet

Telephone: 0117 903 0077

Email: airballoonhillp@bristol-schools.uk

Headteacher: Mr T Browse BA (Hons)


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Newsletter – Newsletter 13 – 2017-2018


We were visited, this week, by our School Improvement Officer (SIO), from the local authority. David Shears met with me, our chair of governors, and the school’s deputies. During the morning we visited classes and discussed children’s achievement and our plans for school improvement.

David was impressed with the school site along with the kind and respectful behaviour of the pupils. He also felt that the quality of the teaching that he saw reflected our own judgements of teaching and learning based on our observations of everyone’s hard work during the autumn term.

Overall, the SIO was satisfied that the senior leaders have a solid understanding of the school’s overall effectiveness. Air Balloon has numerous strengths but we are not without our vulnerabilities. We have developed a school development plan that will further improve the school for the benefit of the whole community, especially the children.

At some point in the New Year, governors and I will be inviting parents and carers to an evening where we can share the plans that we have started to put in place. Governors will use this opportunity to share with you the results of their work on the school vision so that it is clear what ‘we look to the stars…’ means to every member of our community. Details of this evening will be available at some point next term.

Meanwhile, the final week of term 2 is approaching. As well as some seasonal activities there are plenty of other exciting things going on: from topic WOW events and science assemblies to spelling bees and sporting events.

One thing is for certain, I’m sure we will all be in need of a little rest, this time next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Tim Browse


Next Week in School


~ KS1 – Mad Science Assembly

~ Year 2 WOW Event – Apollo and Discovery Classes – Parents Invited to help make cars

~ 6pm – Stories Around the Christmas Tree (see below for more details)


~ Church services at St Aidan’s – Years 1 & 2 – 9.10am, Years 5 & 6 – 9.30am, Years 3 & 4  -10.40am

~ Reception Nativity – 2pm – Star and Sun Class (see below for more details)

~ Book Buddy Training

~ Inter-school Bench-Ball Match away at Two Mile Hill – 3.20pm

~ Carols Around the Christmas Tree – 7pm We’re very sorry but tickets for this event have now sold out.


~ Year 1 and 2 Spelling Bees

~ RNLI visiting to talk to Year 1 children

~ Reception Nativity – 2pm – Moon and Sky Class (see below for more details)

~ Year 5 WOW Event – 2.30pm – WW2 and Christmas Quiz – Parents invited


~ Years 3-6 Spelling Bees

~ Christmas Lunch – children can wear a Christmas Jumper to school

~ Air Balloon’s Got Talent in the afternoon

~ Year 3/4 Hockey Match against Two Mile Hill – 3.20pm at Home


~ Last day of term and class parties in the afternoon. Reception Children can wear non-uniform all day. Years 1-6 are invited to bring non-uniform clothes to change into after lunch. Please see class teachers for a list of party food donations required.


Reception Nativities

Next week we have our Reception Nativities. Star and Sun on Tuesday and Sky and Moon on Wednesday.  This is a free event and again FAB will be on-hand serving refreshments (donations welcome!).  Doors open just before 2pm.  You are welcome to take photographs and video the plays but remember, these must never be posted on Facebook or Social Media.


Stories around the Christmas Tree

We still have spaces for years 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 for Stories Around the Christmas Tree.  This is a lovely, free event for the children – they come back to school in their PJs or onesies, dressing gowns and slippers for milk, biscuits and festive stories around the Christmas Tree. Teddies and soft-toys are obviously an optional extra to bring along too!

Whilst the children enjoy a story or 2, parents and carers are invited to head to the Dining Hall where FAB will be serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows!) and mince pies.  Again this is free but donations are welcome!


Team Points

1st –     Dixie (80)                      2nd – Banksy (77)

3rd –     Rowling (68)                   4th – Brunel (48)


In-Service Closures

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Monday 23rd July 2018

Tuesday 24th July 2018


Term Time Holidays

January is often the time that families look at booking holidays for the summer and so we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that term-time holidays are not authorised and may result in Penalty Notices being issued to you.

The full Attendance Policy can be viewed on our website – www.abhps.com/policies.  Penalty Notices are issued at an initial fine of £60 per parent, per child but if they are not paid within 21 days, this doubles.  Fines that remain unpaid do result in parents being taken to court and can result in County Court Judgements being recorded against you.


Christmas Fayre

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas Fayre last Saturday – it was another successful FAB fundraising event. We raised £1,246.   Special thanks to Santa for stopping by to make the day extra special.

Since September, FAB have raised over £3,500 for the school – well on track to meet our £10,000 target for the year.  This figure is even more impressive when you realise that the school has less than 20 active FAB members – in a school community of over 500 families!!  So a massive thank you to those volunteers who give up their time and energy to not only raise money for the school, but also to provide activities, entertainment and events for the whole school community to enjoy. 

If you’re interested in getting involved and helping FAB to raise money and put on events, please get yourself added to our email list & we’ll let you know about meetings and events directly (as well as advertising them in the newsletter).  Email us your details at friends@abhps.com


Stratos Galley

Spare a thought on Thursday for our wonderful Stratos Galley staff and SMSAs.  They will be preparing, cooking and serving 819 Christmas lunches! That’s a lot of turkey and sprouts!! 

Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper to school on Thursday 14th December for Christmas Lunch Day.  Please note that this is not a non-uniform day – children will be expected to wear the rest of the school uniform.


After School Activities

If your child currently attends an after-school club or is interested in starting, please read the information below carefully.

The only clubs running next week are:

Monday – KS1 Choir

Tuesday – Year 1/2 Stages Dance Club

Thursday – KS1 Gymnastics

                    KS2 Tag Rugby


All other clubs have now finished for the term.

Letters have gone home this week about the following clubs for Term 3:

¨ Mad Science – Wednesdays (slips and money to be returned to the school office by 15th December)

¨ Gymnastics (Reception and KS1) – Thursdays (sign-up online directly with Future Stars)

¨ Advanced Invasion Games  (KS2) – Thursdays (sign-up online directly with Future Stars)

¨ Boxing Club – Mondays (letters are in the main foyer – slips to be handed into the office. Payment made to coach on first session)

The following clubs will start again w/c 8th January with the same children who have attended this term:

KS1 Choir, KS2 Choir, Lunchtime Music Clubs and Band, Wednesday and Thursday Netball Clubs, Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 Stages Dance Clubs.  Messy Church will continue with the same children (dates to be confirmed in January) and will have a few spaces available for those wanting to join – again, more details to follow after the holidays.

Clubs that have now finished:

Gardening, Football and Green Team Clubs have now finished and will start up again in Term 4 – please look out for details in the newsletter just before the February holiday.


Choir at St Georges

Well done to the KS2 Choir and Miss Sadler for Wednesday evening’s performance at St George’s, Brandon Hill.  The children had obviously worked really  hard learning a range of Christmas songs which they performed along with several other Bristol Schools in the annual Bristol Plays Music Christmas Concert.  The children were really well behaved and looked great in their black outfits and red tinsel!

In February 2018, the concert hall, St George’s Bristol will be hosting a brand new Community Opera:  ‘The Hall on the Hill’ celebrates the colourful life and times of St George’s and its surroundings (Brandon Hill, Queens Square etc.) through words set to music, and has been written with the help of 80 local school children.  The show highlights major elements of local history, as well as supporting music and literacy appreciation and learning.       

Schools involved in the creation of the new work are working alongside the ‘Cosmos’ Children’s Community Choir based in Knowle West and ‘Music Box’ Children’s Opera Group.  All of the children will be singing and acting alongside professional musicians and a large choir of adult singers. 

The opera will be premiered to the public on the evenings of 28 Feb and 1 March, as part of St George’s relaunch week celebrating the opening of its two-storey extension and Heritage Interpretation Space. 

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  • Other Christmas reminders....
    Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper to school on Thursday 14th December for Christmas Lunch Day. Please note that this is not a non-uniform day - children will be expected to wear the rest of the school uniform.
    We still have some spaces left for Stories Around the Christmas Tree on 11th December - Please sign up at the school office

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