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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 16th July

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This year, we have tried some creative ways of getting the whole school together through different projects, even though we can’t physically gather together. For example, children might remember whole school signing (‘Reach out your hand’), the Great Tunbury Ball Run, Sports Days, Maths Olympics week and our Summer Read. This week, we had another first for Tunbury: a whole school dance! Children had been learning dance moves for ‘Footloose’ (an 80s classic) in their PE lessons this term and then yesterday morning, all children came to the lower playground in their year groups to perform the dance. This was a lovely joyful moment for the end of term, so thank you to Mrs Smith for organising this event and our Sports Coach Miss Payne for the choreography and dance leadership! 

Today, children have enjoyed their transition days in their new classrooms with their new teachers. This time last year, our transition activities were all via Teams, so we are pleased to be able to offer a better experience this year. We are optimistic that this is the beginning of school life feeling more ‘normal’ for our children, staff and parents/carers. This isn’t our last bulletin of this academic year – our final bulletin will be on the last day of term on Wednesday, where we will share guidance for the new school year, including details of entry/exit procedures and other key points. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Tunbury Maths Olympic Week 

Last week we had the enjoyment of celebrating Tunbury Maths Olympics. On each day, the whole school had a theme to link their maths learning to: Money Monday, Time Tuesday, Weighing Wednesday, Triangle Thursday and Fraction Friday. The children developed their prior knowledge of these mathematic areas linked to the Olympics. In addition to this, on Friday the children were able to dress up in maths themed clothes and participate in a competition. The children were fully engaged and everyone had a wonderful week!  

 

 

 Notices

TSA Dare to be Different day - Monday 19th July: celebrate diversity in exchange for a donation to the TSA.

  • Don’t wear school uniform
  • Don’t wear school shoes
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear bright hair accessories
  • Wear a football shirt
  • Wear lip gloss or nail varnish

Please add up how much you owe (50p per dare) and place the money in the green boxes at all school entrances (including those to breakfast clubs). 

End of year reports: Children brought home their end of year reports on Wednesday, to give you enough time to read these before the end of this academic year. If you have not received your child’s report, please let us know. 

Menu change: On the last day of term, Wednesday 21st July, the school kitchen will be serving fish and chips instead of the lunch published. 

Road Crossing Patrol: Please note there will be no Road Crossing Patrol on the afternoon of the last day of term – Wednesday 21st July.

KCC Reconnect: Please read the leaflet in the parents - letters and forms section on our website, on the KCC Reconnect program for the summer holidays, including leisure centre access and learning opportunities for children. We also have a set of free bus passes for the summer for our Year 6 children and these will be handed out on Monday.

Policy updates: At our Governing Body meeting on Wednesday, governors approved our updated Accessibility Plan, Relationships and Sex Education Policy and Behaviour Policy. These documents can be found in the Policies Section of our school website.

Behaviour Policy: Our vision is that Tunbury is a safe, nurturing and inclusive school community where everyone is respected and valued. With this in mind, we have been working hard over the last term updating our Behaviour Policy, which is now published on our school website. As with all things, teamwork is so important in developing positive behaviour and we appreciate your support.  

Although there are no huge changes to our approach in the updated Behaviour policy, we have improved clarity of expected behaviour norms to improve consistency.  Behaviour norms we expect from children at Tunbury are: 

  • Ready – being ready to learn and participate, this means being punctual and having the correct equipment uniform and attitude.  
  • Respect – for themselves, each other, the school and the environment.  
  • Safe – is the action/ behaviour choice keeping themselves or others safe? 
  • Fair – is the choice they are making fair for others or themselves does this impinge on others individual liberties?  
    We have been using the assemblies over the last term to make these terms clear to children and they have produced some amazing posters for the Deputy Headteachers’ Office. Below are two examples – A Key Stage 1 understanding of the 4 expectations and a Key Stage 2 understanding of how to show respect by being kind and thoughtful.
       
    We also have our learning behaviour that we expect children to follow in all lessons, which will help them develop into successful, independent life-long learners. These are:    
  • Active listening and engagement 
  • Good collaboration and teamwork 
  • Enthusiastic, “give it a go” attitude 
  • A sense of pride in themselves, things they produce and their school 
  • Creative and imaginative thinking 
  • Risk taking and learning from failure We understand that children do not always get things right and again, to make things clearer, we have three expectations for when pupils make a mistake. These steps should help children to develop their self-discipline and problems solving when faced with a problem and support them in later life.   
  • Own their behaviour – Children need to see their role and what they have chosen to do in a negative behaviour situation – others may have played a part but children should reflect and honest about their role/ actions.  
  • Understand cause and effect – Children need to understand that the choice and actions they make have a consequence, these can be positive such as rewards and achievement or negative such as sanctions. 
  • Proactively make a change – Once children have made mistake, we want children to be proactive and make a change to their behaviour. This could be how they deal with similar situations or emotions.  Our policy also improves clarity on how we use positive recognition as the key driver to supporting children to learn and follow our expectations.    

Team Points: This week’s scores are as follows. In our penultimate week, Rowling retain their lead – well done Red team! Can you hold onto your lead for your first win this year?

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

4642

4506

4250

4530

 i-Rock are now taking September bookings for ‘band’ music lessons on vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums. Please see the letter in the parents-letters and forms section on the website.

Covid-19: Despite the changes for Step 4 of the Covid roadmap on Monday, we are not planning to make any changes to school procedures for the last three days of term (Monday 19th July – Wednesday 21st July). This means that school procedures will remain unchanged, with continued non-mixing of bubbles and staggered entry and exit times until the end of this term. We are currently working on school procedures for the start of term in September, and these will be shared in our final bulletin on the last day of term on Wednesday.

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 so that we can contact you.

Entry/Exit procedures: These are unchanged for Term 6 and remain as follows.

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

Dates for your Diary 

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

Monday 19th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day 

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

Thursday 2nd September – First day of term 1 for pupils

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