Weekly Bulletin: Friday 10th December 2021
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
It’s Christmas Jumper Day! Along with today’s Christmas dinner, this is giving everyone in Team Tunbury a lovely festive feeling today.
As a school community, we are thinking of other children around the world and supporting ‘Save The Children, Christmas Jumper Day 2021’. Together, we can make sure that children everywhere get the food they need, to laugh, play and see wonder in the world. If you can, please donate to Save the Children, with a recommended donation of £2 per pupil. We have a Tunbury ‘just giving’ page for this at: Our Christmas Jumper Day (savethechildren.org.uk) and at the time of writing, we have raised £83, please donate if you have not already done so – thank you for your support.
Huge congratulations to our Reception children for their fabulous Nativity performance yesterday. It was a wonderful heart-warming experience for everyone involved, with children so proud to perform for their parents for the very first time since starting school. They did a brilliant job, learning their lines, songs and actions so well – everyone was super impressed! Thank you to the Reception staff team for making all of this possible! Thank you to Reception parents for supporting our children and understanding our Covid control measures. Events like this create learning opportunities (for music, performance, self-confidence and much more) and may also create some life-long memories…. can you remember performing in a Nativity when you were at primary school?
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
SEND Forum Feedback
We held our first SEND forum of 2021-2022 on Thursday 2nd December between 2 and 2.45pm. We were really lucky to have the Medway Parents and Carers Forum (MPCF) attend the meeting. This was organised by one of our Tunbury parents, who volunteers for the service. MPCF are an excellent service that can often chase up appointments for parents and offer support, as they are based in the same building as Snapdragons.
Some key information about MPCF:
- MPCF are a central point of contact for support organisations i.e. Club Ausome
- When lobbying for progress and change, MPCF endeavour to be the voice of parents generally and not for individual families
Emma Poad, our SEND parent governor also attended the SEND forum, thank you very much for your support. It was clear from our recent meeting that parents really want access to support / organisations / specialist advice for their children. At our next meeting we would like to have MPCF attend again and also Kent PACT, who offer a similar service for Kent families.
Recommended support agencies/contacts suggested in the SEND forum:
- Medway Small Steps Service - Where child is 0-19 years of age and does not yet have a diagnosis of Autism and /or ADHD. Families or professionals can self-refer for home visiting support, parent/carer support groups, befriender support, information workshops, groups and parenting programmes. Parental consent required. www.family-action.org.uk
- Medway SEND newsletters (Local Offer)- this can be signed up for at www.medway.gov.uk
- Kent Pact - Forum for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND with Kent local authority whose aim is to make sure that services provided by education, health and care meet the needs of the children with SEND and their families. www.kentpact.org.uk
- Kent also have a regular SEND newsletter https://www.kelsi.org.uk/news-and-events/news/primary/send-newsletter-october-2021
Ideas moving forward to increase engagement at forums and provide information to Tunbury parents and carers:
- Use of surveymonkey to inform areas of need and interest regarding SEND parent forum
- Possible workshops covering SaLT, Sensory processing, SEMH, ADHD, Autism at SEND parent forum
- Increase frequency of forums and offer forums online via TEAMS
- Invite representatives from Kent PACT and MPCF to future meetings
Admissions for children starting school in September 2022: We are holding one final New Entrants meeting and tour of the school at 2.00pm on Friday 7th January. Please book onto this session by emailing the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, child's name and a contact number. Additionally, if you have already attended one of our tours and have any further questions regarding our school, please contact us via the school office as we would be happy to help.
Please take a look at our school website for photos, videos and information for prospective parents at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/New-Entrants-2020/ . We have made videos featuring our Reception staff, Year 6 children and Reception children. Also, please share this information with friends or neighbours who may have a child starting school.
Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority before the deadline in January:
- Kent residents apply at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places
- Medway residents apply at www.medway.gov.uk/admissions
Messages via the school office: The school office staff are receiving a lot of last minute phone calls about changes to adults picking up children at home time. It is difficult to get messages to teachers in the day during lesson times and not ideal for lessons to be interrupted. We do understand that sometimes changes to children’s collection arrangements are beyond your control, therefore we are happy to accommodate these as a one-off emergency. Ideally, we prefer you to sort out going home arrangements with your child, in the morning, prior to the start of school. However, if you do need to get a message to the class teacher please email the office at email@example.com so that we can help.
TSA Present Room: Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December – please see the flyer in the letters and forms section for more information.
Team Points: The points for this week are as follows. Attenborough have retained their lead, with one week to go. Well done! With more Golden Team Points still to be awarded, any of our four teams could still win this term’s race.
Free School Meal (FSM) Provision for the Christmas, February and Easter Breaks: The Government has recently finalised the terms of the Household Support Grant, which will provide support to the most vulnerable families this winter. KCC Members have agreed to use this grant to fund supermarket vouchers for families eligible for free school meals for the Christmas, February and Easter holidays. The agreed amount of funding for eligible children will be set at £15 per child per week. Therefore £30 per child will be allocated for the Christmas and Easter holidays and £15 for the February break.
If you do not already receive FSMs for your child and your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may want to check if you are eligible for FSMs please visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals#tab-1. To apply please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/.
iRock music lessons: Lessons are held in the school hall on Thursdays. Please see the letter in the letters and forms section for further information and how to book.
Covid-19: Please be aware of the changes to national guidance: we should all be alert to Covid risks, symptoms and procedures. We have not seen any significant increase in the number of in-school cases recently, but we know from past experience that increases in the local community are likely to be reflected in-school too.
The move to ‘Plan B’ does not result in any specific changes to our in-school operations, although we are always mindful of reducing Covid risks where we are able to, throughout the school day. Recently, we have raised the profile of hygiene/handwashing for all pupils in school. We already have specific control measures in place for events such as our Christmas performances. We have also taken steps to reduce the amount of mixing between different year groups indoors by moving to online assemblies for the last week of term.
At home, please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance (www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do ). As always, it is essential that you do not enter the school site if you have any Covid symptoms.
As a reminder, if you have Covid cases in your household, our local Health Protection Team’s advice is for all other members of the household (including other children who are still attending school) to take a daily lateral flow test so that any transmission of Covid is detected as soon as possible.
Dates for your Diary
Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes.
Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day
Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm
Tuesday 14th December – TSA Present Room NEW
Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm
Wednesday 15th December – TSA Present Room NEW
Thursday 16th December – Class Christmas Parties – children can come to school in their party clothes
Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm
Thursday 16th December – TSA Christmas Elf Door Trail 3.15-4.30
Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm
Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2
Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils
Friday 7th January – New Entrants meeting – 2 pm NEW
Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up
Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week
Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day
Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3
Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils
Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
Friday 18th March – Science Day
Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4
Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed
Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6
Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2
Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5
Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)
Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils
Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day
Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week
Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)
Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6
Class assemblies are scheduled to take place in-person, in the school hall, on Friday afternoons. Please come to the front of the school and wait outside the hall entrance doors. You will be invited in at approximately 2.45 pm. The assembly will begin at 2.55 pm and last for about 10 minutes, finishing in time for you to collect your children at the end of the school day, as normal.
Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly
Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly
Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly
Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly
Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly
Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly
Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly
Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly
Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly
Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly
Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly
Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly
Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly
Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly
Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly
Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly
Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly
Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly
Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly