We are getting ready for National Poetry Day!






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The start of October

What beautiful sunny weather we have had to start the month of October.

Thank you to all the school staff who led curriculum workshops for parents and carers last night. The feedback from those attending was very positive.

Next week we will be visited by a group of trainee teachers who will be developing their skills in planning for the learning of children in The Early Years Foundation Stage.


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Sunflower Competition

“A huge well done to all the children who took part in our sunflower competition. It has been lovely looking through all of the entries. Your sunflowers grew to magnificent heights! Very impressive.

The tallest sunflower from each year group was announced during Celebration Assembly on Friday and the winning children were presented with their prizes.” Miss Kennedy

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Getting Ready…

Since the children broke up from school, staff have been working hard to prepare for the next academic year. Some of the classrooms are already having a makeover ready for next term. Do you think that these might be in your new classroom?

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On Monday 20th July, our Year 2 children performed their Leavers’ Assembly. It was a wonderful celebration of their time at Hilltop Infant School and I needed tissues to help me get through the whole performance. Many thanks to all of the Year 2 staff and to Mrs Walter who helped prepare the children so well. How confident they were!

Our final assembly of the term gave us the opportunity to say goodbye as a school to all the special members of our community who were leaving us. We sent all our Year 2 children on their way to their new schools; their Year 3 teachers will be very lucky indeed to receive this wonderful group of children. We were also able to say goodbye to Harry and Georgina who are moving on to other schools.

During assembly, Class 3 (disguised as Minions) said farewell to Mrs Mead, Miss Giblin’s Class shared their knowledge of the Irish they have learned from her and also said goodbye in verse. Class 8 sang to Miss Sully and made us laugh. Thank you to the Teaching Assistants who helped the children to prepare for this assembly.

We send them all off with a special dusting of Hilltop Love

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End of Term.

What a wonderful time we all had as the academic year ended. On the last Friday of term, we celebrated the finals of Hilltop’s Got Talent. Our Year 2 children had already been sharing their performance skills in class and the whole school was able to watch the children who had been voted through to the final. Many congratulations to everyone who took part and special praise to our hula-hooping star who won the event.

The Shipmates’ Family Disco, on the Friday evening was a huge success, especially as the weather was perfect and the disco could be outside. Thank you to everyone on the committee who planned the event.

Friday 17th July also involved Eid celebrations for several members of our school community. Eid Mubarak to all of you.

On the last Monday of the year, Mr Phillipson came into school to talk to us about being a Buddhist and he shared his experiences of going to the Buddahfield festival with his family. He was able to show us some photos of the celebrations that were special to him and his family. Many thanks to Mr Phillipson.







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Summer Fete

Shipmates have planned a wonderful Summer Fete for this afternoon. Do come along and enjoy the fun!

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Keep on Running!

Congratulations to all of the Year 2 children who took part in the running finals yesterday. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners climbed onto the podium amid cheers from the rest of the school. Everyone stood quietly and smartly while The National Anthem was sung.

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Many congratulations to Miss Field and Miss Fitzgerald who graduated yesterday. We are so pleased that their experiences with us at Hilltop Infant School have helped them to become such wonderful teachers.


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What a wonderful week!

This has been a wonderful week at school. The bees have gone and we are able to use the school field, our new reception children have been to visit again and we have had the delights of the Wickford Arts Evening at The Bromford’s School and our Sports Day today.

Staff and governors have been working hard and there have been lots of professional meetings as well as assessments and moderation.

I am off home now to start reading and commenting on the reports that the teachers have spent several weeks writing. Perhaps if it is sunny, I can work in the garden!

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