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My name is Tim Browse and, as the Headteacher of Air Balloon Hill Primary school, I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our school community.
This is a very different welcome compared to previous years as, due to the many safety precautions we currently have in place in school due to coronavirus, we are unable to invite you into school to meet you and talk to you about your child’s start at school.
I am really sorry not to be able to meet you all in person as are the rest of the school team including our Reception staff. However, we have put together some materials that I hope will provide you with all the information and guidance that you require to feel happy and confident about your child’s start in September.
Over the coming weeks, we will also be sending out a video, introducing the school and staff to you and explaining some of the information that we have shared in our information booklet. I know that your child’s new class teacher(s) and support staff will also be sharing personal videos to help introduce themselves to you and your child.
We are committed to making sure that the start of your child’s time at Primary School is as positive and as smooth as possible. That is why, in September, we will be inviting each family to a one-to-one visit to their classroom where they can explore the classroom and meet the staff before the children begin attending school with other children. This will really help us to get to know you and your child and will help them feel comfortable in school before they start.
I appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in and hopefully the forthcoming videos will help. I would also recommend that you visit the school’s YouTube channel which help give you a sense of what an exciting and lovely school Air Balloon is.
If you do have any questions that you can’t find the answer to in the information booklet or this webpage, please do contact the school.
We know that many parents and carers will be keen for their child to start their time at Air Balloon in school uniform. Your child’s uniform can still be ordered, prior to the summer holidays, and parents can collect it in September during your one-to-one school visit. This means that when your child starts attending school with other children, they will be able to wear their uniform.
However, we are also aware that COVID-19 may have impacted on many people’s finances. Because of this, we are relaxing our uniform expectations until October half-term. We hope that allowing children to wear non-uniform at the start of the school year, will provide some support for families during this challenging time.
The school uniform at Air Balloon Hill Primary School is:
PE Kit MUST HAVES:
Our full school uniform policy can be found here: Uniform Policy
School jumpers and cardigans can be ordered directly from the school along with school-logo book bags. All other items of the school uniform are readily available at supermarkets and other high street stores. The uniform is simple to avoid unnecessary expense for parents.
All items of school uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
There are 2 ways you can order school jumpers, cardigans and book bags:
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sample sizes for children to try on, however, below you will find a useful sizing guide to help you to order.
Age 3-4 Age 5-6 Age 7-8 Price Cardigan (to fit chest in inches) (height in cm) 22-25 ins 104cm 25-28 ins 116cm 28-30 ins 128cm £11.50 All uniform ordered by Friday 17th July will be delivered to school ready for you to collect when you attend your appointment in the first week of term. If you have any queries about uniform, please call the school office between 12.30 and 3.30pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jumper (to fit chest in inches)
Cardigan (to fit chest in inches)
(height in cm)
All uniform ordered by Friday 17th July will be delivered to school ready for you to collect when you attend your appointment in the first week of term. If you have any queries about uniform, please call the school office between 12.30 and 3.30pm or email email@example.com
Since September 2015, the school catering has been provided in-house. The school is passionate about providing your child with a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal every day. The children are our customers and so it is really important to us that they enjoy their dining experience at school.
Our menus include a wide-range of dishes which allow children to try different foods and experience foods from different cultures.
We guarantee to only use fresh, high quality ingredients and will use British Red Tractor and MSC sustainable fish whenever possible. All of our eggs are free-range and meals will always contain at least 2 portions of fruit or vegetables. We use fresh fruit and vegetables from our own allotment whenever possible and offer Yeo Valley organic yogurts as one of our daily dessert options.
If your child has any food allergies or intolerances, it is vital that you let us know about these so that we can make sure we are able to meet your child’s dietary requirements. A form will be sent you on ParentMail for you to complete if this applies to your child (or you can download a copy here (LINK) and hand it into the school office)
We are able to offer Halal meals to all children if required and a vegetarian option is also available every day.
The school is part of The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and each child in Reception and KS1 receives a piece of fruit (or sometimes vegetable) every day. We are trying to follow the path of encouraging healthy eating, and therefore do not allow any other snacks. Free milk is provided for children under five, and after their fifth birthday you can pay for milk through the dairy – the office will supply all the details.
If you have any questions or queries about school meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Below you will find some examples of our school menus along with some of the ‘special event’ menus we have provided – please click on the image to see it in detail. There are also some photographs of our food displays – click through the photos to see what we offer. We are still finalising the menu for September and will send one home to you before your child starts to stay for lunch.
We are very fortunate to have Breakfast, After-School and Holiday Club wrap-around care provision at Air Balloon. ‘Space Cadets’ is housed in it’s own building, with direct access, through the Space Cadets gate, where staff have created a warm friendly environment, catering for all ages.
You can find lots of information about Space Cadets on their page on our website and in this information booklet that you can download:
Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am to 8.45am (last drop-off time is 8.20am) – there is no need to book in advance, you can use it on the days you need – whether that is regularly or as a one-off.
After-School Club runs until 6pm every day and a healthy snack is provided at 4.30pm. This does need to be booked in advance (see below for details)
Holiday Club runs on school in-service days and school holidays and is also bookable in advance – booking forms are available from Space Cadets of the school office ahead of each holiday period and in-service day.
We understand that for working parents, ensuring their child is cared for before and after school when they need to work, is really important and being able to secure that provision as soon as possible will put you mind at rest. We will be sending out a Registration Form on ParentMail for you to register your interest in Space Cadets and Stacey James, our Wrap-Around Care Manager, will then be in touch to confirm the bookings.
If you have any queries about our Wrap-Around Care provision, please email Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of things you can do to help your child get ready for school. The welcome booklets we sent also have some ideas in them. You can use this checklist to talk to your child about the things they need to be able to do before they start school and share it with their teacher in September:
At Air Balloon, we want our pupils to enjoy learning, experience success and realise their full potential, which is why regular school attendance is so important.
We want our pupils to attend school every day, unless they are really not well enough to. We believe that children who attend school regularly are more likely to feel settled in school, maintain friendships, keep up with their learning and gain the greatest benefit from their education.
Our Term dates for 2020-21 are:
Term 1 Tuesday 1 September 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020
Term 2 Monday 2 November 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020
Term 3 Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021
Term 4 Monday 22 February 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021
Term 5 Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021
Term 6 Monday 7 June 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021
You can download a calendar to print out and pin up here – Term Date Planner 2020-21
Our full attendance policy can be found here and more information is also available on our Attendance Page. In September, you will be given a paper copy of our policy along with other useful attendance information – some of which can be found here:
Making sure that we can support your child with any medical needs – whether that is a long-term medical condition, or a one-off first aid treatment, is really important to us. Our Welfare Room first aiders are always available in the mornings, should you wish to discuss a medical need with them or request that they administer any prescribed medication. For children with long-term health needs or care plans, you will be invited in to meet with Mrs Leonard to complete any forms necessary and to discuss in detail, your child’s condition.
If you child has asthma, we request that you bring in an inhaler that they can keep in school. We can also, if you give consent, use an emergency inhaler for your child if necessary (for example, if their inhaler has run out, or they have forgotten to bring it in). To do this, we need your consent – you can download the consent form here or complete the form which will be sent to you on ParentMail.
If your child visits a first aider whilst in school, the incident will be recorded on Medical Tracker and you will receive an email notification to let you know what has happened. If your child suffers an injury to their head or face or the first aider feels that they need to go home, you will receive a phonecall.
Medical Tracker not only allows us to inform parents/carers of first aid incidents and medication administration by email but it also allows us to analyse the data we record.
Important – Please be aware that when we start using Medical Tracker, email messages will be sent from email@example.com. Please add this address to your email address books (or approved sender list) to prevent messages from being blocked by your SPAM/JUNK filters.
More information can be found in our Administering Medication and Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy: Administering Medication & Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy – 25.11.19
The School Nursing Team have asked us to share the attached flyer with you. At this time of year the school nursing service usually offers a parent /carer information session, to help with the transition of starting school and they usually attend our open evening too. This year they would like to offer a virtual session for all parents of new starters, with the aim of providing information about what the school nursing service can provide for all children and how families can support their child to be school ready.
They are aware that there may be a lot of parental anxiety due to the current situation, and additionally starting school can sometimes be a worrying time for both parents/carers and children, however they want to support parents to have conversations with their children, to prepare them for starting school as well as acknowledging the difficulties in these unprecedented times.
Air Balloon parents will have the opportunity to book onto a session by calling the central Bristol school health nursing helpline 0300 124 5816. Once you have requested a session, the school nursing team will then send an email inviting you to join a virtual session at the requested date and time of your choice.
For more information about GDPR and data sharing and to read our privacy notices, please visit our GDPR page.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be sending you the following consent forms to complete on ParentMail so that we have everything ready for September.
We will also send you additional forms to complete if they are relevant to your child:
If you have any questions that you can’t find the answers to here or elsewhere on our website, please don’t hesitate to email us – firstname.lastname@example.org.