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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 17th December 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

End of term already – how time flies!  I would like to start by expressing our gratitude to Tunbury’s fantastic staff team for making this term a success.  Since September, our teachers and teaching assistants have worked so hard to restore a full school experience for our children, showing true dedication and commitment to each and every child in our care.  This support has truly enabled children to thrive and make excellent progress in their learning this academic year – wonderful work, Team Tunbury!  

This has been a busy week in school, with Christmas events and parties throughout the week.  Congratulations to Year 1 and Year 2 for their fabulous Christmas shows.  Children did a magnificent job and were so proud and excited to share their performances with parents – special moments and happy memories to treasure.  In Year 1, our performance was based on the poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’, which was read, acted and sung beautifully.  Year 2 performed a full Nativity story, ‘Behind the Stable Door’, which told the story with a traditional Nativity cast and some very catchy songs!  Well done to Year 3 and 4 for some beautiful singing in our ‘Carols on the Playground’ yesterday.  For Year 5 and 6, their turn will come later today for an end-of-term finale. 

Also, thank you to our TSA volunteers for operating our outdoor ‘Christmas Present Room’ for some secret Christmas shopping.  As a result, many Tunbury parents/grandparents will find a special mystery present under the tree this year - enjoy! 

Overall, this Christmas we have tried to achieve a balance between providing our children with a wide range of opportunities, while reducing Covid risks by limiting numbers, along with other control measures.  We were thankful that Covid cases have remained low in school this week, enabling us to go ahead with our Christmas events as planned. 

However, we all know we are going into a Christmas break with some uncertainty about the impact that Omicron may have on us in January.  Although we are well prepared for any change of government guidance, we hope that schools will be able to operate without further disruption in the new year.  We can already predict that as cases rise, we will experience further disruption to staffing arrangements caused by Covid-related absences.  If absences affect your child’s class in the new year, please be reassured that we always do our very best to cover staff absence with as much consistency as possible.  We will see what the future brings…

Finally, all that remains is for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Take care of yourselves and enjoy some valuable family time together over the festive season.  We look forward to seeing children back in school on Wednesday 5th January 2022. 

Happy Christmas everyone! 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin



Message from the TSA: Big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far this year. The fireworks and Christmas cards were both a great success. This week we held two present room mornings which, as I'm sure the volunteers who helped would tell you, were two very busy days! The look on the children's faces as they came to pick presents made it all worth it. We ran our first of two refreshment stalls in the playground yesterday - don't worry, the donuts will be restocked today so bring your wallets and purses!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

****Save the date**** On the 28th January we are hoping to hold our first race night - virtual horse, dog and even pig races. We hope it'll be a fantastically fun evening. More information will be sent out in the New Year. 

Recruitment news - School Crossing Patrol: We’re sorry to share the news that Clare Dillon, our SCP, has resigned from her post. We would like to convey our thanks to Clare for working on the crossing, helping our children to cross the road on their journey to and from school – we wish her well. 

As a result, Tunbury Primary School needs a new School Crossing Patrol! Could you be our new Local Hero?

The role of School Crossing Patrol (also known as a Lollipop Lady or Man) is a great way of contributing to your local community, as well as seeing lots of smiling children every day.  Uniform, training and support are all provided.  The role could be filled by one applicant or two people in a part-time or job-share arrangement.

The advert is now live: https://recruitmenthub.solutions/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=3913 .
Please spread the word as applicants often come from within the school community – please help us to find a new School Crossing Patrol to help keep our children safe. 

In the meantime, please be aware that school does not have a School Crossing Patrol at present, so extra care is needed helping children cross the road during the mornings and afternoons. 

Recruitment news – in-school positions: We have current vacancies for support staff, as follows:

Teaching Assistants: Team Tunbury Teaching Assistants do a fabulous job at providing additional learning support for our children.  We are looking to recruit new Teaching Assistants in January and our advert is currently live at www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=94465 

SEN Assistant: this is a new position for Tunbury to provide administrative support to our SENCo.  It is a part-time position, working 14 hours per week, with some flexibility in working hours/days.  For further information, please visit www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=95059 

Save the Children Christmas Jumper day: Together, we raised £285 for Save the Children through our Christmas Jumper day last week.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this charity appeal. 

Staffing update: Today was our last day working with Miss Chiarletti, who leaves us for a teaching role in another Kent school.  Parents/carers of children who have been lucky enough to be in Miss Chiarletti’s classes know what a wonderful teacher she is, and we all wish her the very best for the future.  

PE kits for winter: As we move in to the time of year where we are mostly likely to receive particularly wet or cold weather, we would just like to remind you that PE kits may need to be adjusted in order to allow us to continue to teach PE lessons outside as much as possible.  Please could you ensure that your child has the following items with their PE kit:

  • hat, scarf and gloves
  • spare pair of socks
  • trainers rather than plimsolls
  • tracksuit bottoms and long sleeved tracksuit top
  • coat

Playground Gate: a reminder that we will be returning the key to the Parish Council for the large park access gate.  Please can adults stay back from the gate, especially those with dogs, in order for children to have safe and clear access when coming through.  It is not possible to chat with staff at this time as this adds to blocking the gate – please put any messages in contact books or on paper to share with the class teacher.  Thank you. 

Team Points: At the end of Term 2, the final scores are as follows. Even after the award of the Golden Team Points, Attenborough held their lead and are victorious for this term. Well done Green Team!  Children in Attenborough will have extra breaktime as their reward this afternoon. 









Support for low-income families: There are three elements of support available this Christmas for families entitled to benefits related free school meals. Eligible families will have already been sent an email from school with a leaflet attached which provides further information:

  • Free School Meal (FSM) Provision for the Christmas, February and Easter Breaks: the Household Support Grant, will provide support to the most vulnerable families this winter. KCC Members have agreed to use this grant to fund supermarket vouchers for families eligible for free school meals for the Christmas, February and Easter holidays. The agreed amount of funding for eligible children will be set at £15 per child per week. Therefore £30 per child will be allocated for the Christmas and Easter holidays and £15 for the February break.
  • Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme: free exciting, enriching activities for children and young people during the school holidays, with healthy, nutritious food. The HAF programme also supports children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. Children aged 4 to 16 years, who are eligible for benefits related free school meals, can access these opportunities in the Christmas, Easter, and Summer holidays. This Christmas, HAF providers have been funded to take participating children on a trip, such as to a panto or an ice rink, with both the cost of entry and travel covered by the programme. The good news is the funding for the HAF programme will continue for the next three financial years.
  • Free bus pass for families this Christmas: Kent’s bus companies have provided free bus travel for families who receive benefits related free school meals for one adult and up to three children or two adults and two children. 

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/

Covid-19: Please be aware of the changes to national guidance: we should all be alert to Covid risks, symptoms and procedures.  At home, please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance (www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do ).  Tunbury staff are taking twice weekly Covid tests and will test immediately before returning to school in January, so we would encourage other adults and pupils in our community to do the same.   

Dates for your Diary 

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

Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes. 

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 7th January – New Entrants meeting – 2 pm

Friday 28th January – TSA Virtual Race Night   NEW

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3

Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Friday 18th March – Science Day

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2

Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5

Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)

Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6 

Class assemblies

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 pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.55 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 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly

Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly

Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly


Reminder: Monday 21st February 2022 is an INSET day.