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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 14th May 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We are all looking forward to the next step of the government’s Covid roadmap, with easing of lockdown rules from Monday. Despite this, the latest guidance for schools is mainly unchanged, so we are still working with our class and year-group bubble system and the hierarchy of control measures in our school Covid risk assessment. Please help us by remaining vigilant for Covid symptoms, wearing a face covering (unless exempt) at drop-off and pick-up times and following all relevant government guidance. 

Although we all hope that things will start to get back to normal, we’re not there yet. As always, we endeavour to maintain good communication and keep you informed of any changes as they occur. With this in mind, we would like to reassure Year 6 parents/carers that we are currently working through risk assessment and operational considerations for our residential trip in June and that we will share further information with you as soon as we possibly can. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Online Safety: Contact 

Whilst we know the internet and being online can be a hugely rewarding place, we should also be aware that children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them.

It is important for children to realise that new friends made online may not be who they say they are and that once a friend is added to an online account, you may be sharing your personal information with them.

Regularly reviewing friends lists and removing unwanted contacts is a useful step. Privacy settings online may also allow you to customise the information that each friend is able to access. If you have concerns that your child is, or has been, the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, it’s vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (www.ceop.police.uk ).

If your child is the victim of cyberbullying, this can also be reported online and offline. Reinforce with your child the importance of telling a trusted adult straight away if someone is bullying them or making them feel uncomfortable, or if one of their friends is being bullied online.

As always, being curious about your child’s online presence and being calm and approachable will ensure that your child feels comfortable in coming to you immediately with any concerns that they have. Please reiterate with your child that feeling uncomfortable online is not acceptable and with your help, the problem can be addressed quickly and effectively.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Notices 

School Photos: Tempest school photographers are now processing the recent photo order to be sent to school – hopefully the order will be received in school next week. However if you have forgotten to place your photo order, you can still place an online order for home delivery. We are planning for Tempest to return to school at the end of June to take class photographs. More information will be sent at a later date.

Team Points: Our totals at the end of this week are as follows – still a very close race this term, with Attenborough regaining the lead! With two weeks to go, who will be our winners?

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

3084

3319

3198

3164

School Attendance: After the disruption to children’s learning and in-school attendance this year, we all hope that the Summer Terms will be a long, uninterrupted period of ‘normal’ school for all of our children. Please remember that school attendance is now mandatory and that parents/carers have a duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly. As a reminder, please also be aware that at Tunbury, we do not authorise absence for holidays during term time and that unauthorised absences over 5 days are referred for penalty notices.

PSCO visit: Our local PSCO was at school this week to help move traffic on if drivers chose to stop on the zig-zag yellow lines outside school. Thank you for driving and parking responsibly if you do need to drive to school at drop-off/pick-up times. 

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 your child, 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/EXIT REMINDER

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

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

Please can all ‘family bubbles’ enter at the youngest sibling’s gate in the mornings and exit together in the afternoons. The organisation of this has not been easy and we appreciate your consistency and support with this. 

Dates for your Diary 

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

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/ 

Friday 28th May – TSA non-uniform day

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

Monday 21st June – Wednesday 23rd June – Year 6 Residential visit to PGL, Marchants Hill

Monday 21st June - New Entrants meeting at 4pm via Teams

Friday 25th June 2021 – Graduoke filming – Year 6 NEW

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

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