Weekly Bulletin: Friday 17th April 2020
Messages for children at home
Hello Team Tunbury
We are all thinking of you! Take a look at our brand new video at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/News/
I’m so proud of our whole team and I know that you are lucky to have such a wonderful group of staff looking after you. A special thank you to Mrs Fullbrook for putting this video together for us over the Easter holidays – great work! Hopefully we’ll all be back together soon.
I hope everyone has been enjoying this nice weather as much as possible (within the confines of a garden) over the last week. I have had the first few BBQ’s of 2020 and even made my own burgers and homemade buns – well worth the extra effort! Maybe some of you could challenge yourself to try some new cooking?
I have also been carrying on with my fitness even if now I do it online with a webcam. I‘ve been keeping a record of my efforts to challenge myself to keep improving.
Hope you are all keeping well, setting yourself new challenges and goals and staying safe.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and have been enjoying the sunshine safely when you can? Despite my lactose intolerance, I did get a couple of Bournville chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny – I was very excited! It seems very strange to start a new term via online learning but I am sure we will all do our best with it. Year 6 – I have commented on your class blogs on Purple Mash and it would be lovely to hear back from you. I will try to comment on others – we are still working out the technicalities of sharing the blogs!
Headteacher’s message for parents/carers
I hope that you are all safe and well. I also hope that you enjoyed some quiet family time at home over the Easter holidays. The current situation is difficult for everyone, but it does make us slow down, appreciate the simple things and have extra time with the special people we share our lives with.
In these unprecedented times, we are constantly adapting to the new ‘normal’ and trying to do everything we can to support our children and families. As part of this, Tunbury remained open over the Easter holidays for our key worker families and vulnerable children, offering a ‘Holiday Club’ provision in partnership with our colleagues at Progressive Sports. Numbers were low, with between 1-6 children attending each day, but children had some (socially distant) fun!
Now that we’re back in term-time, teachers are working hard to provide children with home learning, published as usual via the school website. Nobody knows when we will be able to return to normal and re-open the school fully, but as the weeks go by, it becomes even more important that you encourage and support your children with their learning at home. We do appreciate that this isn’t easy, but we will do our best to support you. Please encourage children to engage with their teachers and classmates via Tapestry (for Reception) or Purple Mash (for all other classes). The school office is still open, so if you have any problems you can ask us for help by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 01635 863085.
Tunbury is still open for children of key workers and vulnerable children, but the advice remains that if children can be cared for safely at home, then this is where they should be. As a result, the number of children in school remains low, with 11 attending yesterday. If you are a key worker and your circumstances change so that your children will need to return to school, please let us know.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
School Kitchen: Please can we remind you that the school kitchen is now closed. Any children attending school during the closure period will need to bring a packed lunch, snack and water bottle.
Free School Meals: Thank you for your patience with the delays in the national voucher system for free school meals. Parents eligible for FSMs should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. (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:
Are you eligible for Free School Meals? If your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may now be eligible for free school meals. If so, please apply at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/. During the closure period, eligible families are receiving £15 supermarket vouchers per week per child to pay for meals. To be eligible for free school meals, you need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
New Entrants: We are delighted to have offered 90 school places for children joining us for a September 2020 start in our Reception classes. Our number of ‘first choice’ applications to Tunbury increased from 66 last year to 86 this year, showing some renewed confidence from our local community. Thank you! We’ll be sending a welcome letter to our new families next week and we look forward to getting to know them over the coming months and years.