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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 15th January 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

Thank you for working so hard with your home learning – I have heard lots of lovely things from your teachers, teaching assistants and parents. 

Also, I know that we’re all trying to be kind. In assembly this week, we thought about acts of kindness which we could do every day. We all loved trying out the ‘post-it compliments’ kindness challenge. Did it feel good to give someone else a compliment? For other ideas about kindness, please take a look at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/letters/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

Have a lovely weekend with your families – take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Now that we have reached the end of our second week, it seems that we are settling in to our new roles in this lockdown period. 

I would like to say a huge thank you to our key worker parents for completing the additional information that we requested from you this week. This was so helpful to us in organising in-school attendance from Monday. We have already contacted all the families who requested or required a follow-up call, so if you haven’t heard from us then your child should attend school as normal from Monday. 

For our families supporting children’s remote education at home, thank you for everything you are doing. We have had a great deal of positive feedback about how children are responding to the daily contact with their teachers and teaching assistants in the live lessons – thank you. We are also always looking to make improvements – as we all become more familiar with the opportunities and challenges presented by live lessons, these should become even more effective. 

Please continue to keep in touch with the school during this time. You can still phone or email us through the school office, as we are always happy to help with any issues you may be having with remote learning. For example:

  • We can print the weekly home learning documents for you to collect from the school office.
  • If you have more than one child at home and their live lesson times clash, your children can join the ‘other’ session for their group if this would help you.
  • If you do not have fixed broadband at home, you can join a government scheme to boost your mobile data. Please call or email the school office if you are interested in this scheme. We will just need to collect a few details from you in order to apply.
  • We are hoping to receive a small number of laptops from the government – these are intended for families who do not have enough internet-enabled devices for home learning. Please contact us if you are struggling with having enough devices for your children’s remote learning. We will then prioritise our families with the most urgent needs. 

Thank you everyone for your continued support. Please take care of yourselves and your families. Have a lovely weekend. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 1 

Our topic this term is Paws, Claws and Whiskers. We have been learning all about what animals eat and how to classify animals into 5 groups- mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. We really enjoyed researching mammals and becoming wildlife news reporters to share what we had found out.

We have also been on a virtual school trip! We were lucky enough to have a talk with a zoo keeper from Whipsnade Zoo on Wednesday. They talked to us about animal classification and there were even camels in the background of our call!! All the children and adults really enjoyed our visit to the zoo and learnt lots!


In maths we have been practising our place value to 20. We have had to get very creative at home to come up with ways to make our own resources.


In English we have been looking at the story of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We have discussed how we would feel if a tiger turned up on our door steps and have written recounts of when we have had friends or family over for tea remembering to include lots of adjectives!



Free School Meals: the national voucher system for free school meals will be starting again next week until the February half term. Parents eligible for benefit related FSMs will receive an email from noreply@edenred.co.uk. (Please keep a check on your junk mail folder just in case). An eCode emailed from Eden Red can be redeemed for an eGift card to use at your chosen supermarket.

If you have any questions, please refer to these useful FAQs:


If your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may now be eligible for free school meals. To check if you are eligible 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/. During the closure period, eligible families are receiving £15 supermarket vouchers per week per child to help pay for meals.

Covid-19: 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. 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. 

Team Points: Team points are being awarded for children working at home, as well as children working at school. After the first two weeks of term, Hawking are in an early lead – well done!









Staffing news: We are all sending our very best wishes to Mrs Aylward, who is beginning her maternity leave on Monday. In school, we look forward to welcoming Mrs Lidsey, who is joining our teaching assistant team in Reception as maternity cover for Mrs Aylward.

Attainment updates: if your child was absent on the last day of term before Christmas and therefore did not bring their attainment update home, you may wish to come to school to collect it.  Please avoid coming to collect during drop-off and home times.  If you wish someone to collect it on your behalf, please email the office prior to them coming to collect. Thank you to everyone who has already come to the school office to collect these updates.

Entry and exit times reminder: Please be on time for the 5-minute entry/exit slots for your year group. The times are now as follows. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 – 3.10

Playground gate

Year 1

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Front gate

Year 3

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 4

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Playground gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Side gate

 Final reminder for children starting primary school this September: you must apply for your school place TODAY, if you have not already done so. 

Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority.

Dates for your Diary 

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

Friday 12th February – last day of Term 3

Monday 22nd February – INSET DAY – no children in school

Tuesday 23rd February – children return to school for the start of Term 4

Thursday 25th February – Parents’ Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Tuesday 2nd March – Parents’ Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4





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