A massive thank you to everyone who is getting to school and on time. It was great to hear how much these children love coming to school and improving their learning. As a school we want our attendance to be 97% and these children are helping us reach for this goal.


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A lovely time was had by all. Well done to all the children for their excellent attendance.

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Open event dates for Reception 2018-19

Open Events to Reception Class for Sept 2018

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Carol Singing on Christmas Steps

Pupils and parents from St Michael’s took part in carol singing on the Christmas Steps last Friday.  The switching on of the Christmas Steps lights is a very cheering and atmospheric way to start the festive season.

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More memories

We have received another email this week from a former pupil of St Michael’s.  We all love to hear these memories. Thank you to Robin.

“In 1960 I was 9 and my mother had recently separated from my father and after moving to 9 Thomas Street, Stokes Croft she chose St. Michael’s at the bottom of St. Michael’s Hill as my new school. We went for an interview with Mr Searle, the headmaster, who I believe was also new to the school that year, and I started in a class in the main building for the few months remaining in that school year. I don’t recall my teacher’s name in this class.

In the next school year my class moved into the top floor of the new building across the lane from the old building. Our class teacher was Mr Thomas. Mr Thomas looked like the BBC current affairs presenter Cliff Michelmore. Miss Conway taught another class on the ground floor of the new building. Miss Conway was blonde, young and pretty. I think we may have been the first classes to use this new building. Apart from the two classrooms, the new building also contained the assembly hall which was also used for PE. Our playground was now the tarmac area between the new building and the church.

In those days school dinners were delivered to the school in large metal trays for heating/cooking, and after lunch the used dinner trays would be stacked outside for collection later in the day. Some of us would sometimes check to see if any food was left. We got into trouble for this, and I remember a few of us having to report to Mr Searle’s office to be reprimanded.

In those days the church was open, and all pupils would attend on special occasions like harvest festival celebrations – and I, too, remember singing “We plough the fields and scatter…”.

My best friends were Ian Pratt (I’m pretty sure his mother was the ‘lollipop’ road crossing lady), Peter Dovey, Michael Stenner, and “girlfriend” Barbara Eden, the tallest girl in the class, who lived in Bedminster so she had a long way to travel to school.

I have a memory of occasional swimming lessons at the baths in Kingsdown (Southwell Road I think). There was a fish and chip shop on the road to the baths and we used to get a bag of ‘scrumps’ on the way home. ‘Scrumps’ were bits of batter that came off the fish as they were cooked, and were scooped out before frying the next batch of fish. Sometimes we also got some small crunchy chips as well.

I‘ve also got a memory of a scout hall on the grounds near the new building where I attended cub scout meetings.

I took the 11-Plus exam at St. Michaels, and left St Michaels for Cotham Grammar School in the summer of 1962. On leaving Cotham in 1868 I became a computer programmer at WD & HO Wills in Bedminster, and then Hartcliffe, and in 1978 I emigrated to Sydney, Australia where I worked on various credit card and debit card computer systems until December 2015 when I retired to Wyoming on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

In all I attended 5 primary schools, one in Keynsham, one in Gloucester, and three in Bristol, and my fondest memories are of my time at St Michael’s.

I’m Robin Trulock, and in the class photo below I’m in the front row, first from the right.

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Memories from a former pupil

We received a wonderful email recently which we would like to share with you.

My name is Angela Johnson and I used to be a pupil at your school although then my name was Angela Dunford. I started school in September 1950 and stayed until I passed my 11+ in 1961. One of my teachers was a Mrs Stephens and another was called Mrs Vickerstaff. The headmistress at the time was Mrs Heath.

I had two best friends, Barbara Bibbey and Angela Morel.

We used to have milk at recess which was delivered to the school and I do remember getting orange juice too.

I lived quite a long way away from the school, the other side of the Bristol Markets and mum would walk me to school everyday until I was old enough to go on my own. The teachers would let me and a friend go and buy their lunch at the old fish and chip shop at the bottom of the Christmas Steps and we would often poke a hole in the bag and sneak out one or two chips! I realise now the teachers must have known but they never said anything and we felt we had got away with it.

The boys used to have their playtime in the lower quadrangle and the girls in the top one. We used to do PE in our vests and knickers!!!!

The church was open in those days and we used to go across for all religious occasions, such as Easter and Christmas and we always performed a nativity play in the church at Christmas. One year I was lucky enough to be a shepherd. My favourite time was Harvest Festival when the church used to be decorated with flowers and we all used to bring donations of fruits and vegetables to be distributed amongst the poor and we used to sing “We plough the fields and scatter…”

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I am in the second row from the front, 3rd from the right!

And below in the Nativity play, back left!!!

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Of course, I now have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren and I live in Australia these days.

Please excuse my writing out of the blue but I always have fond memories of the school and thought my letter may be of some interest.


Angela Johnson


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Maths Challenge – October 2016

On the 4th of October 2016, four of our amazing Year 6 Mathematicians took part in the Bristol Mathematics Challenge at Red Maids School.

Essa, Ben, Sultan and Kushal pushed their brains to the limit, when they undertook a range of problems and challenges against 19 other schools. We are incredibly proud of them and the wonderful attitudes that they showed.

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Play Buddies

On 27 September, a selection of Key Stage 2 children, who had applied for the position in writing, began their Play Buddy training.  The day consisted of various activities to promote inclusion and enjoyment as well as allowing children the opportunity to build self-confidence, develop relationships and play an active and meaningful role in our community.

After a few warm up games, the children shared some of their earliest memories of play.

In circle time, we shared our experiences of play.  We talked about what we used to play and the types of games we enjoy playing today.


Next, the children were split into groups and asked to organise statements into different categories, discussing whether they were fair, unfair, safe and unsafe.

LO: We are learning how to be inclusive. We are learning to keep children safe.




The group discussed what they thought the job of a Play Buddy would involve.  This was their thought process:

Helping others through games

Including everyone

Uniting others through games

Teaching fun and safe games

Listening to others

Leading through kindness


Talk – reassurance


Having empathy

Begin kind

Half way through the discussion a Year 6 child came up with the slogan:

“Invite and Unite”

After enjoying lunch together as a group, we became playground detectives.  We observed and learned to notice things going on in the playground.


As a play buddy it is important to be aware of how we speak to others.  After considering what a good listener is, in groups we worked together to reword badly phrased comments.



Then the children taught each other playground games that they could use in their role.




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