Weekly Updates


Please find the weekly updates below along with useful reminders for next week:

Learning mentors

High Down Schools have Learning Mentors whose aims are to provide a support service to individual and groups of children to help them reach their full potential in school and to address issues which may affect their learning.  Support might include:

  • Helping build self esteem
  • Helping to identify barriers to learning
  • Providing guidance
  • Liaising with families and staff
  • 1:1 contact with identified children
  • Small group work
  • Referrals to young carers.

Our Learning Mentors are Caroline Battlebury (Full time Juniors) and Tracey Parkinson (PM Juniors and Thursday/Friday AM Infants).

School Dinners

As in our mail earlier this week, another plea to please order your child’s lunches on Aspens because the number of children having school dinners this week were way over what had been ordered on the system.  We are keeping an eye on the situation and will have to consider what action can be taken if this does not improve eg. children who have ordered will be served first.  Lunches can be ordered up to 9:30 that same morning and if you have any difficulties logging in or ordering meals, please see Lisa in Reception.

Chinese New Year Menu

Aspens are putting on a special Chinese New Year menu on Thursday 27th February. Details are attached. (If you had already booked a meal on that day you will need to rebook as when making the menu change Aspens cancelled all existing bookings).

News Coverage on Mobile Phone use

You may have seen in the press or on the local news this week some very positive articles about our policy on mobile phone use on the school grounds. Thank you for your continued support with this – we believe the benefits it brings in terms of safeguarding, health and safety and encouraging interaction and language development are significant.

Parents Evening

A reminder, if you have not already done so, to book a parents evening slot. The link for Infants is https://highdowninf.parentseveningsystem.co.uk and the link for the Juniors is https://highdownjun.parentseveningsystem.co.uk. Please contact the school office if you are experiencing difficulty logging in.

PSA Disco

Just a reminder that the School Disco is tomorrow (Friday 7th February) from 5.30 – 7.30pm in the Infant Hall.  We’re still on the lookout for some children’s Raffle prizes so please check your cupboards and bring any to the next tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Year 2 Indian Puppet Show

A reminder that Payment and Parental consent are needed for the Indian Puppet Show on Monday 10th February.  Please log onto Parentpay for this or alternatively let the School Reception know if you need a barcode letter to pay by cash using the paypoint facility.

Kitchen Vacancy

Aspens have a vacancy for a kitchen assistant here at High Down for 16.25 hours per week. If you would like further details, please contact  jayne.parsons@aspens-services.com

Year 3 Swimming

Thank you to those parents that have kindly provided consent and payment for the transport for swimming lessons starting after half term.  As a school we must have online parental consent before your child can attend swimming lessons.

If you have not already done so, please log onto parentpay to provide consent and payment as soon as possible.  If you wish to pay by cash using the paypoint facility, please request a barcode letter from the School Reception.

Infant Reminders for next Week

Monday 10th February – Year 2 Indian Puppet Show.

Tuesday 11th February – Parents Evening 3.30 – 7.20pm

Wednesday 12th February – Year 2 E-Safety Service to parents (9.00)

Thursday 13th February – Parents Evening 3.30 – 6.10pm

Friday 14th February – Non Uniform Day for ‘Just One Tree’ (£1 donation)

Junior Reminders for next Week

Monday 10th February – Don’t forget to bring in Treasure T-Shirt (Plain white or light blue T-shirt) ready for Thursdays activity.

Tuesday 11th February – Parents Evening 3.30 – 7.20pm

Wednesday 12th February – Year 4 Swimming

Thursday 13th February – Junior Treasure T-Shirt Activity

Parents Evening 3.30 – 6.10pm

Friday 14th February – Non Uniform Day for ‘Just One Tree’ (£1 donation)



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Bristol BS20 6DY