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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 11th September 2020

Headteacher’s message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well done Team Tunbury - our first full week!  It’s been a busy week in school, with all children focused on their learning and all teachers getting to know their new classes much better.  As a result, we know that our children (and adults) may be a little tired! 

One of the many changes in the ‘new normal’ is that our school assemblies are now held via video-conferencing.  Instead of walking down to gather in the school hall, children remain in their classrooms and the assembly is shown on their class whiteboards.  Like our other changes, it takes some time to get used to the new system, but one advantage is that we can now hold regular whole-school assemblies.  Previously, this had been impossible because we can’t fit all of our classes in the hall at the same time.

In my Friday morning whole-school assemblies we’ll be sharing our weekly House Point totals.  We thought that you might like to see this too, so this week’s totals are as follows:

Rowling  623
Attenborough  539
Holmes 547
Hawking 524

House Points are awarded by all school staff in every class for a range of different positive behaviours.  For example, this week our House Points have been awarded to children for kindness, taking pride in their work, showing good manners, excellent examples of learning and great behaviour on the playground.  Please talk to your children about House Points and ask them how many they received this week – I’m sure they will have good things to tell you!

Take care everyone and have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes
Ruth Austin


Covid-19 symptoms: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site.  Please be aware of the following government advice:
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

TSA AGM: This will be held online on 17th September at 20:00 via Zoom. If you would like to join the meeting parents can email support@thetunburyschoolassociation.com to request dial in details.

School Lunches: The school kitchen is now serving hot food every day.  Please visit our website to view this term’s menu  https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Meals/  Children in Year R, 1 and 2 go into the school hall to eat their lunches, for both school dinners and packed lunches.  Children in Years 3, 4 5 and 6 eat their lunch in their classrooms, for both school dinners and packed lunches.  School lunches are delivered to children from our school kitchen using special takeaway meal boxes. Parents can pay for school lunches (£2.20 per meal) via parentmail or send in money in a labelled envelope via the class teacher. Free school meals provision will continue in school as normal.  All children in Year R, 1 and 2 are eligible for the universal free school meals.
PE: Thank you for sending children to school on their PE day already dressed in their PE kit.  The PE day for each year group is as follows:
Monday: Year 5
Tuesday: Year R and Year 3
Wednesday: Year 2 and Year 6
Thursday: Year 1 and Year 4

iRock music lessons: back in early February, iRock visited the school and held assemblies with the children about learning to play instruments as part of being in a band.  Unfortunately, we could not start these lessons as the school had to partially close.  We are now happy to start these lessons this month – please see the attached letter for further information and how to book.  Lessons will be held in the school hall and bands will contain members of the same year group only.

Reception Year Entry/Exit – update: just a reminder that we move to full days next week.  Your drop-off time slot in the mornings is 08:55 - 09:05am at the playground gates – please do not arrive early, especially if you do not need to drop-off an older sibling.  From 09:00am the path is clear and the playground is quieter, so do please consider your time of arrival.  We will continue inviting you onto the playground in the mornings for Monday and Tuesday.
Your pick-up time slot will start a little earlier at 2:50 until 3:05pm – please join the section for your class along the path during this time (this will continue to be signposted for you) and the children will be dismissed to you in the same way we were doing on Thursday and Friday.  Again, can I please ask that only one adult drops off and picks up to help keep numbers to a minimum and that you queue on the left of the path as it gets very busy.
Please remember, children need to be in PE kits on Tuesday.
Thank you.
Mrs Smith.

SENCo Message: We have been very busy in school making sure we are Covid safe and every teacher is currently busy assessing every single child. 

I have asked the office staff to ask parents to talk to their new class teachers in the first instance (as they are with the children in their bubble every day) and to then contact me if needed later on, if it is related to a specific SEN request that the teachers cannot deal with.  I am currently meeting with every year group across the school with the new phase leaders, which will take me a couple of weeks to complete.  These meetings are to plan the provision for each class after completing the essential teacher assessments that are currently taking place.  The class teachers will then create their own provision maps for the children in their class. 
Please give us a few weeks to get organised and if you would still like to talk to me, you can ask for a SENCO telephone meeting.  The office can book you in for one or you can email me direct on the SENCO email address.  Unfortunately until we have provision mapped as a whole school and carried out teacher assessments I will not be able to discuss detailed provision with you for your child.  We will get there, but please give us some time.

Dates for your Diary

Please note: at present, we are planning for all Autumn term events or meetings with parents and carers to be held online, rather than in person.  This will include the Autumn term parent consultation meetings.

Term Dates: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/

Thursday 24th September 2020 – Phonics Session for parents of Year R & Year 1 4:30pm
Thursday 15th October 2020 – Kent Test
Monday 19th October – Thursday 22nd October 2020 – STEAM Week
Friday 23rd October 2020 – INSET Day
Thursday 5th November 2020 – New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)
Thursday 5th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)
Tuesday 10th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)
Friday 13th November 2020 – Children In Need
Monday 16th November 2020 – Anti-Bullying Week
Monday 16th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (2pm)
Wednesday 25th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (5pm)
Monday 30th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)
Friday 11th December 2020 – Christmas Lunch


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