Weekly Bulletin: Friday 15th July 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
Thank you for joining us yesterday for our Open Classroom session at the end of our transition day. Children had a fabulous day in their new classes, meeting their new teachers and teaching assistants – we’re all ready to go for September! We hope that yesterday’s opportunities will help children, staff and parents/carers to approach the new academic year full of confidence and enthusiasm.
Looking ahead, just a reminder that we are undertaking a construction project in our Year 1 and 2 classrooms. This will reconfigure walls and layout to enlarge our smallest classrooms, ie Blue, Orange, Lavender and Pink classrooms. If you visited us yesterday afternoon, you’ll already know that these classrooms are too small, but we are fortunate to be able to make significant changes before children return in September – very exciting!
We have one further change to our staff team for September, which we would like to share with you today. Our Deputy Headteacher Mrs Smith has been successful at being offered a one-year secondment at a Kent primary school which is in need of leadership support. Although she will remain a Tunbury member of staff, Mrs Smith will be working full-time at this school for a one-year period from September. We are very sorry to see her go, but also understand that we can’t keep her at Tunbury forever! Mrs Smith has been part of the Tunbury leadership team for six years – and I am sure that many parents/carers will join me in recognising just how far our school has come in that time. Mrs Smith has been integral to this journey, so on behalf of everyone in Team Tunbury, I would like to say a huge thank you to her for her achievement, contribution and dedication to our school, as well as wishing her all the best for her next steps.
Our new Deputy Headteacher for September is Miss Stevens, who is joining us for the one-year period of Mrs Smith’s secondment. Miss Stevens has been in school this week for handover with Mrs Smith, and has also met some children and staff. We are looking forward to welcoming her to Tunbury and working with her throughout next year. Please read the messages from Mrs Smith and Miss Stevens in the section below to hear more from them both.
Have a lovely weekend everyone – stay cool if you can… Please see the notices section for a reminder of our adjustments for hot weather, due to the extreme weather warning in place next week.
Dear children, parents/carers,
My 6 years at Tunbury so far, have been some of the most interesting and rewarding of my career to date. I now have the opportunity to work within a leadership team at another primary school and I am excited by the challenge that will give me.
For me, the biggest reward whilst working at Tunbury, has been the positive changes I have seen over the last 4 years and I am so proud to have been a part of those changes, helping to drive Tunbury forward.
The staff team here are truly amazing and without a doubt, have the children's best interests at heart - please thank them occasionally, I cannot tell you how much it means to them when you do. The magic at the heart of this school is the children. You genuinely make my day when you chat to me about your learning or anything else you want to share and I will miss that the most.
I will remain in contact and come and visit occasionally over the year and I look forward to seeing you all when I do.
Have a restful, fun and safe summer.
I am delighted to be writing to introduce myself as a new member of the senior leadership team. I am extremely excited to continue taking the school forward; building on the many successes that Mrs Austin and the whole school team have already achieved.
As an experienced leader of 15 years, and teacher across all phases of primary education, I know that children thrive in both their academic and personal development when they are happy at school and immersed in an exceptional learning environment. Teaching should inspire, challenge and extend pupils’ thinking through an irresistible curriculum. One which nurtures every child’s well-being, individuality and independence.
I believe that the best way to achieve this is to create an open, inviting and trusting atmosphere, where a clear development plan steers improvement and guides everyone towards excellence.
It is very important to me that the whole school community celebrate achievement, whether at an individual level or as a school team. Shaping school values together and upholding these will help us do this.
I believe wholeheartedly that potential is limitless for every child and I’m looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments achieved within our school community here at Team Tunbury!
Have a lovely summer, stay safe and I look forward to welcoming you back through the gate in September.
SENCo Parent Forum, Monday 18th July 3.30-4pm; Kent Pact and Medway Parent and Carers Forum and meet Mrs Davies (the new Senco)
On Monday we will have our third and final parent forum of the year in the main hall. Kent PACT and Medway parent and carers forum will be there with advice for parents and Mrs Davies Tunbury Primary School’s new Senco will be attending. So this is a really good chance to meet her. Tables will be set up so that you can meet Mrs Davies and talk to the lovely ladies from Kent PACT and the Medway Parent and Carers Forum.
Pupil voice – Year 5 trip to Chatham Grammar for Science Workshop
On Monday 11th July, all pupils from Year 5 went to Chatham Grammar School for girls to a science workshop (‘Stings and Things’) with the University of Kent.
An ex-pupil spoke all about the school and it sounded brilliant! A science teacher showed an investigation with an ant, to prove that they squirt acid from their bottoms when they sting people (big red ants do that). Whilst we watched that on the screen, everyone seemed fascinated.
A lady taught us how to test liquids such as cola, baby shampoo, soda crystals, toothpaste, bubble bath and men’s shampoo, to see which were acids or alkalis. We had to use a pipette to use a drop of the liquid and put it in one of the test tubes, then with a different pipette, we had to put the indicator in too.
We all had to test the liquids to see whether they were strong acids, weak acids, neutral or alkalis. With a special piece of paper we had to dip it into one of the test tubes to see what colour it started to turn into and what type of acid or alkali it was. It was an interesting morning carrying out the investigation.
I really enjoyed this experience and think that we were very lucky to have this opportunity. We even came back with instructions of how to make our own indicator from red cabbage so that we could do the investigation at home with an adult.
Written by Jaycee, Isaac and Kate (Magenta class)
Adjustments for hot weather: With the unique extreme weather warning in place for next Monday and Tuesday, we will, on this occasion, be allowing children to come into school in their school PE kit in order to feel a little cooler and more comfortable. Children may still wear normal school uniform if they wish, but ties are not necessary. Please note, this is not an 'own clothes' opportunity - normal rules regarding jewellery, make-up and hair being tied back apply. Children may wear their PE kits from Monday to Thursday next week, ie right up to the end of term.
Staff in school will also be advised to take children into the shade for short periods during the day in order to give children space and allow classrooms to ventilate further. Please ensure your child is wearing sun protection cream, has a hat and has a bottle of water with them in school every day.
Year 6 Production: Due to the extreme weather warning for heat next week, we have made the decision to move the Y6 production from Tuesday 19th July to Wednesday 20th July. Current forecasts are for a high of 36 degrees on Tuesday, falling to 25 degrees on Wednesday. We understand that this decision will be disappointing and frustrating for visitors intending to come into school on Tuesday and we are genuinely sorry for this. Overall, we feel that moving the production is in the best interests of our children, staff and visitors in the current circumstances.
The production times will remain unchanged at 2.00 and 6.30 pm. Any tickets for Tuesday will be automatically transferred to Wednesday. If you need to make adjustments to your ticket bookings please revisit the booking system using the same device you used to book tickets on originally. The video company have confirmed they will be coming in to film the 6:30 pm production on Wednesday.
Annual reports: Children’s annual reports are coming home today – each child should have a white A4 envelope containing their reports.
TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day: Thank you for your support for this event today. Please join us later today for the TSA family picnic on the field from 3.30-4.30. Free to all Tunbury School pupils, their siblings and their parents/carers, including children joining Tunbury this September.
After school clubs: Please note: there will be no after school clubs on next week – the last week of term.
Change to next week’s menu: On Wednesday the school kitchen will be serving fish and chips and on Thursday chicken goujons will be served, replacing the published menu on these days.
Team Points: Team Points totals are as follows. Congratulations to Hawking team for taking the lead this week – a dramatic end to this term’s race!
Police attendance for intruders to the school site at evenings/weekends: Last Saturday, a group of secondary-aged children accessed the school site by climbing over our perimeter fence. We have also had damage to external sheds, with locks being broken to gain access and learning resources (eg our bicycles/tricycles for Reception children) thrown around the school site. On Saturday, police were called and did attend site within 10 minutes. If you are a local resident and see unauthorised access to the school site, please do call the police. If you have older children/young people who may know of those who are gaining access, please remind them that trespass on the school site can be a criminal offence. Thank you for your continued support.
Free School Meal (FSM) Provision for the Summer Holidays: Supermarket vouches have been issued to families eligible for income based free school meals. Eligible families have received £50 for each child to use during the Summer holiday period.
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/.
Kent Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2022: Saturday 9th July – Saturday 10th September, The Summer Reading Challenge introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and addresses the “dip” in children's reading that can occur over the summer holidays, if they don’t have regular access to books, and encouragement to read for pleasure. Kent Libraries are also offering children the option to take part either by visiting their local library or virtually, plus free virtual and in person events. Find out more at your local library, visit bit.ly/Gadgeteers2022, our dedicated Summer Reading Challenge page or follow Kent Libraries social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to find out more about the Gadgeteers and all the exciting events and activities happening this summer in Kent Libraries. The document in the letters and forms section of our website provides more information.
Road Crossing Patrol: As mentioned in our previous Weekly Bulletins, we are writing to remind you of the vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) to work on Tunbury Avenue. To date, zero applications have been received for this position. We really hope to fill this position soon, to help keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. Please see the attached advert for further details. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this position, please contact the school office.
Covid: We still have some Covid cases in school this week. Please remain vigilant for Covid symptoms in your family members and stay away from school if you or your child are unwell or have a high temperature.
Free bus travel for young people and families this summer holiday: Reconnect has teamed up with Kent’s bus operators who have kindly agreed to support children, young people and families this summer holiday with free bus travel. There are two bus passes available for use from 23rd July 2022 to 31st August 2022 inclusive:
- Young Person’s Bus Pass – for all pupils in years 6 to 13
Children in Year 6 will receive a printed pass before the end of term. A digital version of the Young Person’s Bus pass will also be available, which can be found and downloaded here - https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/136945/Reconnect-Young-Persons-Bus-Pass.pdf. To use the digital pass, young people will need to download this onto their phone or take a screenshot.
• Family Bus Pass – for all families with children in Kent – Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Dates for your Diary
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/
Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic
Monday 18th July 3.30-4.30pm - SEND Forum with Kent SEND parental support kentiask
Wednesday 20th July – Year 6 production 2 pm and 6.30 pm – please note change of day
Thursday 21st July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly: 2 pm
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 2.45/2.50 pm. The assembly will begin at around 2.50 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 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly