Weekly Bulletin: Friday 18th March 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
Today is our Science Day! Children have enjoyed a special Science assembly with our visiting expert, where they met Jeff the robot, saw an amazing elastic-band-powered plane and learned about dinosaur poo! As well as this, children took part in class-based activities with the theme of ‘Growth’. Please ask your child what they got up to today – we hope that they have lots of exciting things to tell you about…
As many parents are aware, we have experienced an increased number of Covid cases over the last two weeks, affecting both children and staff. Although contact tracing has ceased and we no longer send out NHS ‘warn and inform letters’, this wave of Covid is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant for symptoms and follow the current national guidance regarding staying at home. Further details are at: When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do - NHS (www.nhs.uk) Thank you for your support.
Several parents have mentioned road safety concerns recently, with concerns about inconsiderate/unsafe parking and driving around the school site at drop off and pick up times. Every family and child should feel safe and be safe on their journeys to and from school. We do still have a vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) to work on Tunbury Avenue - we have been trying to fill this vacancy since December, when our previous SCP left the role, with no luck so far. If you know of anyone who could be our new ‘Local Hero’, we have details of the role and application forms in the school office. Alternatively, please contact SCP@kent.gov.uk for further details about this rewarding role. While we do not have a SCP, please take extra care around school and please do not park at the crossing point, on double yellow lines or in bus stops. Thank you for your support.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
TSA support for Ukraine: Thank you for you the donations we received this morning for our Ukraine appeal. We’re also collecting donated items on Monday morning too. As well as this, our planned non-uniform day on Friday 1st April will now have all funds sent to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Please see the email sent home from the TSA yesterday for full details.
TSA Mother’s Day Present Room: The TSA will be running a gift shop next week on the mornings of Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th March. The children will be able to choose special gifts for Mother's Day. Gifts are £2 each. Classes will be taken to the present room by teachers.
Team Points: This week’s points totals are as follows, with Hawking team still in the lead – congratulations!
Support for low-income families: There are two elements of support available this Easter break for families entitled to benefits related free school meals:
- Free School Meal (FSM) Provision for the Easter Breaks: £30 per child will be allocated for the Easter holidays. As in the previous holidays eligible parents will receive an email from Evouchers. The Household Support Grant, has provided support to the most vulnerable families this winter. This grant has been used 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 is £15 per child per week.
- 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 Easter holidays.
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/.
Easter holiday activities: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s holiday activities for Easter 2022 is now available to book. The scheme for 4-16 year olds features a range of activities, workshops and clubs which are offered by local providers to help keep children stimulated and active during the holidays. There is also a significant discount available for families on low incomes who hold a Leisure Pass.
The activities are now available to view at www.tmbc.gov.uk/holidayactivities
All bookings should be directed to each provider as stated on the website.
Covid-19: We have seen continued high case numbers in school this week, affecting both children and staff throughout the school. Although contact tracing has ceased and we no longer send out NHS ‘warn and inform letters’, we all need to remain vigilant for Covid symptoms.
Reminder: please follow the current national guidance on Covid and check this if you or your children experience Covid symptoms or a positive case. Further details are at: When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do - NHS (www.nhs.uk) Thank you for your support.
Dates for your Diary
SEND Forum terms 4 and 6 2022
28th March 3.30-4.30pm: Sunshine Room, opportunity for parents to discuss SEND with Medway SEND parental support SENDIAS.
18th July 3.30-4.30pm: Sunshine Room, opportunity for parents to discuss SEND with Kent SEND parental support kentiask.
Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/
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 18th March – Science Day
Monday 21st March – Rich Victorian Day – Year 1
Tuesday 22nd March – CSI Day – Year 5
Wednesday 23rd / Thursday 24th March – TSA Mother’s Day present room
Monday 28th March 3.30-4.30pm: Send Forum, opportunity for parents to discuss SEND with Medway SEND parental support SENDIAS NEW
Thursday 31st March – Ancient Greek Workshop – Year 6
Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4
Friday 1st April – TSA Non-Uniform Day
Friday 1st April – TSA Easter Egg Hunt
Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed
Friday 6th May – TSA Race Night
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
Monday 13th June – School Health Questionnaire – Year 6
Tuesday 14th / Wednesday 15th June – TSA Father’s Day present room
Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day
Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week
Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair
Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)
Friday 15th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day
Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic
Monday 18th July 3.30-4.30pm: SEND Forum, opportunity for parents to discuss SEND with Kent SEND parental support kentiask NEW
Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6
We have now resumed our program of 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 2.45/2.50 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.
Please see the re-arranged dates for the five classes who have had assemblies postponed due to Covid disruption. Please note: assemblies for Scarlet, Crimson and Orange classes are on Monday afternoons.
Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly
Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly
Monday 28th March – Scarlet Class Assembly
Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly
Monday 25th April – Crimson 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
Monday 20th June – Orange Class Assembly
Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly
Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly
Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly
Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly