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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 12th March 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

It has been an absolute delight to welcome children back into school this week! After such a long time apart, it has been fantastic for children to see their friends, have ‘real life’ lessons with their teachers and just enjoy being back in school. I am so impressed by our children’s ability to cope with the changes and challenges of recent months and like you, I am extremely proud of them.

This week’s focus has been to resettle children into school life, giving them the opportunity to re-connect with their peers, teachers and other school staff, while also re-establishing normal school rules and expectations. Thank you for your support in preparing children for the return to school, as this has really helped to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Thank you also for adapting to our adjusted entry/exit routines this week. After a few days, the timings should now be working more smoothly for school staff, parents and children. However, it is important that we all stay alert to Covid risks and comply with guidance on face coverings and social distancing. Please remember that we still need to avoid gathering at the school gates as much as possible. For this reason, please arrive throughout your 10-minute entry/exit window, not before.   It is not necessary for all families from each year group to enter or collect right at the start of their 10-minute window, so please avoid doing this if you can. Also, please could we ask that sibling groups enter in the mornings as a complete group, not separately, as this helps to keep our family bubbles and year group bubbles apart. Finally, thank you to Year 3 parents/carers for adapting to the change of time to 8.45-8.55 and no longer arriving early!

We are very keen to re-connect with all of our families, so please book your appointments for parent consultations with your class teacher, if you haven’t already done so. These are taking place via Teams on Thursday 18th March and Tuesday 23rd March. The letter with booking details, which was sent out last week, is attached again for you. Please contact the school office should you have any difficulties with booking.

At the end of our first week back, I’m sure that there will be plenty of tired children this evening! Take care everyone and have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin 

Our Learning: Year R


This term, we have been hunting an extremely Evil Pea! The children have made Wanted posters as part of the veggie hunt, as well as coming up with some great traps to capture the villain. We have been exploring 3D shapes such as cylinders, cuboids and spheres - the children even worked out that Evil Pea was shaped like a sphere. As part of our learning enrichment, we have been learning about the lambing season, we are looking forward to talking to Farmer Robert next week to find out what life is like on his dairy farm.   This week, our Reception children were overjoyed to be reunited with their friends and the teaching team, and have really impressed us with their resilience, curiosity and thirst for learning. 



Online safety

What is screen time?

Screen time is any amount of time spent in front of a screen on any device. Digital devices provide many great opportunities for the whole family, including activities for learning and creativity, as well as entertainment and enjoyment. However, parents and carers know that managing screen time can be a source of conflict with their children. When it comes to children and technology, parents and carers have long been asking the same question:

How much screen time is OK for my child?

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have produced guidance for screen time for under-18s. Drawing on research and studies on the impacts of screen time, they have concluded that there is no ‘recommended’ or ‘set amount’ of time that children should be limited to on devices. Instead the focus should be on ensuring that time spent on devices does not replace sleep, exercise, or family time. They advise that devices should be avoided in the hour before bed to promote healthy sleep and have provided the following checklist to help parents and carers make decisions about their family's screen time use:

  • Is your family's screen time under control?
  • Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do?
  • Does screen use interfere with sleep?
  • Are you able to control snacking during screen time?

 Dr Russel Viner, President of the RCPCH comments on screen time, stating that, 

"One size doesn't fit all, parents need to think about what's useful and helpful for their child."

"Parents should consider their own use of screens, if screen time is controlled in their family, and if excessive use is affecting their child's development and everyday life."

There are lots of simple things you can do as a parent/ carer to ensure that you feel confident about your child’s interaction with technology, and set achievable goals that work for your family.

Click below to find tailored advice and top tips for supporting children of different ages with their screen time:



Mr May, Online safety lead


Data Collection sheets: Thank you to parents who have sent in their completed data collection sheets. These were sent home before Christmas (printed on green paper) with the children’s assessment documents. Understandably due to lockdown we have not had many returned, but now the children are all back in school we would be grateful if you could return your data collection sheet to the school office. Even if you do not need to make any changes, we would be grateful if you would sign and return the document. It is vitality important that your contact details are kept up-to-date.

Total Catering Solutions: TCS (our school lunch provider) have a vacancy for a casual ad-hoc person to work in the school kitchen. Approximate hours will be 11 am – 1 pm. If you are interested, please contact the school office who will be able to pass your details to Mrs Esposito, our school cook. 

Team Points: Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s TEAM Reading Competition by entering the number of minutes spent reading into our online form. At one Team Point per minute, the extra Team Points gained for each team were 5749 for Rowling, 3259 for Attenborough, 2899 for Holmes and 6509 for Hawking. Wow!

When added to our in-class team points totals for this week, this means that our overall totals are as follows. Well done Hawking team! 









Covid testing: We have been asked to share the following guidance on Covid testing for households, childcare and support bubbles of primary age children.  The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test. To access testing for your household (to include older children who are not accessing testing via their secondary schools, college, university or workplace and any adults but not to include primary age children as it is not recommended that children of this age receive a test unless they have symptoms), a summary of how to do this is as follows:

  1. Get a test through your employer: Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
  2. Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site: You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. You may need to book an appointment. Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.
  3. Order home test kits online: If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online. Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
  4. Collect test kits: You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment. Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

For your ease, the local test centres where kits can be collected are as follows:

Tonbridge & Malling      Ditton Youth Centre Car Park, Kiln Barn Road, Aylesford

Maidstone                          Shepway Green Youth Centre Car Park, Cumberland Ave

Medway                              Jellicoe Building Car Park

Medway                              Christ Church, Luton Road 

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief – Friday 19th March 2021: Our school council held a meeting last week to decide what children would like to do for Red Nose Day on Friday 19th March. This year’s focus for comic relief is superheroes and laughter. With this in mind, we would like children to support this charity by dressing up in a superhero costume or non-uniform with at least one item of clothing being red. £1 donations can be made on the Comic Relief website: https://donation.comicrelief.com 

In school, children will be completing two separate activities. The first being based around an evil supervillain who steals the worlds laugher and the second being a ‘Tunbury laughter afternoon’ where children will be completing activities designed to get us all laughing.  

In addition to this, we will also be running a design your own red nose competition. Red noses need to be designed at home and have to be handed to class teachers by Monday 29th March 2021. The more creative the better! Entries will be judged by the school council and the winner will receive a £10 gift voucher. 

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile charity.  

Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

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. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

 Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you need to inform us of a positive Covid test result for children who have been attending school, please do so straight away, either by phone (during the working day) or email (in the evenings or weekend) to the school office: 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . In your message, please include the date of symptoms starting, the date of the test and your phone number. 

Entry and Exit times: All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2021/22, including INSET days, for next academic year are now published on our website: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/ NEW

Term Dates for 2020/21: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

Thursday 18th March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

Friday 19th March – Red Nose Day

Tuesday 23rd March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

29th March – 1st April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6 NEW

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

Friday 28th May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 7th June – INSET Day – children do not attend school

Tuesday 8th June – first day of Term 6 for children

28th June – 2nd July – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6 NEW

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6





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