Newsletter 11th Jan 2021

Weekly Newsletter – 11 January 2021

Dear parents and carers

Gosh! What a week last week was! Apologies for any confusion and difficulties caused by the late announcement of lockdown. I am pleased to say that we managed to organise remote learning for everyone quickly and put in place childcare for all our critical worker children.

Let’s hope that we can look forward to better times ahead as the vaccine is rolled out.

We know how challenging home learning is and hope that the live lessons are providing some structure to your child’s day and that this is helping the children to continue their learning. Your child’s classteacher will keep in regular contact with you but, if you have any concerns at all, please do email them using the class email address or contact school to speak to myself or the office.

As always, I have tried to keep the weekly newsletter as brief as possible. Please try to take note of everything in the newsletter as it contains important information and updates.

Critical workers


We have received a high number of critical worker requests and have up to 50 children in school on some days this week. This is difficult to manage safely whilst maintaining the high standard of live lessons and home learning. Please can I urge those of you who can to keep your children at home if at all possible. Attending school should be a ‘last resort’. Public Health have asked us to remind you that schools are as safe as we can make them but that they are closed due to a public health crisis. Thank you.

We can no longer accept any more critical worker requests. If your circumstances change and you need to discuss this, please contact the office.

Assemblies – Zoom links for children working at home

During the last lockdown we found that assemblies played an important part in the children’s wellbeing and in helping them to still feel part of school. I will lead assemblies every Monday and Friday. To fit in with the live Zoom lessons, the Y3/4 assemblies will be at 10.15am every Monday and Friday and the assemblies for Reception, Y1/2/5/6 will be at 11.15am. Children in school will join me in the hall and those working at home can join me using the links below. I do hope that they prove helpful and that the children enjoy them.

Zoom details for the Y3/ Y4 assembly:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 799 8963 0697
Passcode: u7ihvj

Zoom details for the Reception/ Y1/ Y2/ Y5/ Y6 assembly:
Meeting ID: 758 3425 4703
Passcode: wXc4wB

BBC support for home learning including live learning on TV

The BBC have just launched a range of new learning. Click the link for details.

This includes the support already available through the BBC website and BBC Bitesize but also learning and lessons children can watch on TV. Primary learning is between 9am and 12pm every day starting today. There is a timetable available through the link above.

Parent governor – reminder

We have two new vacancies for the position of parent governor at Hillside. The position of parent governor is a commitment but it can also be very rewarding and worthwhile.

Governors meet once a term as a full group and also meet in one of three committees once a term. Meetings last between one and two hours and are currently held virtually. Governors provide support and challenge for school leaders and the headteacher and play an important role in the running of the school. Hillside currently has a very effective governing body. Governors are looking forward to working with the leadership team to help the school continue to move forward and improve.

Any parent who is interested in the role and would like to know more or discuss this further, please contact the office or speak me either before or after school. Please complete a nomination form before Friday 15 January at 12pm. If we receive more than two nominations then we will hold an election. Thank you.

New Year Messy Bags

During January Helsby Methodist Church would like to offer you a free child's activity bag for your family.  Your bag will be delivered directly to your doorstep without any contact, enabling you to stay safe at home!  Please request your bag by emailing by Thursday 14th January. Don't forget to provide your address in the email!  Thank you and stay safe.

Catherine Clarke, Part-time Children's & Family Worker, Helsby Methodist Church

Thanks everyone. Please take care and stay safe.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson


Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: