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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 1st April 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This week we have been looking forward to Easter, with an assembly from our local minister, Reverend Stephen Roe from Walderslade Baptist Church.  Children enjoy Rev Roe’s visits and it is always helpful to have visitors to give us different perspectives and widening children’s outlook.  To continue with this in the Summer term, we’re looking forward to a visit to Tunbury from our local MP, Tracey Crouch.  We’ll share further details nearer the time. 

In the lead up to Easter, we’re also enjoying some Easter events, including the TSA Easter Egg Hunt at 3.15 this afternoon.  Team Tunbury staff even enjoyed their very own Easter Egg hunt yesterday after school, which was very competitive! 

We hope that all of our families enjoy a happy and restful Easter break.  We look forward to seeing children back in school for the start of the Summer term on Tuesday 19th April.  Take care everyone, and enjoy the sunshine/snow! 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher    

Attendance update 

Attendance at school is really important for your children’s education, wellbeing and social interactions and development with their peers. This is why at Tunbury Primary School we are clear that regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from all the opportunities we can give them in school. 

We are aware attendance has been hard this term with the rise in Covid cases recently.  However, we would like to say a huge well done to all the 263 children who have been in every day this term and the 152 pupils who have been in school 98% of the time since September! 

There is often seen to be a correlation between attendance at school and attainment, with government data showing there is a link between overall attendance and attainment both at KS2 and GCSE. This is a correlation that we can see within our own school too.  In our Spring Assessments, we could see only 66% of children with attendance below 90% were “On Track” or “Working at Greater Depth” in Reading, in comparison to 80% of children whose attendance is 98% or above.  This gap is similar in Writing and Maths, with those whose attendance is lower being less likely to be “On Track” or above.  This gap in attainment is likely to be linked to the fact that learning is a progressive activity; each day’s lessons building upon those of the previous day and of course children are missing out on direct interaction with their class teacher and peers. 

With this in mind, we are publishing the attendance data for each class below.  A big well done to Yellow Class for having the highest attendance so far this academic year with 96.38%.  Other classes are quite close and could easily catch back up. We would hope that with the improvement in the weather, all classes could be over the 96% attendance threshold next term, meaning that more children are in school more consistently and therefore better able to progress their learning. 

Class

Attendance this academic year

Yellow

96.38%

Pink

96.23%

Lavender

96.01%

Lilac

95.89%

Indigo

95.86%

Sapphire

95.79%

Amber

95.68%

Turquoise

95.48%

Azure

95.35%

Violet

94.73%

Emerald

94.48%

Magenta

94.41%

Ruby

94.36%

Orange

94.35%

Scarlet

94.28%

Bears

94.13%

Hedgehogs

93.98%

Blue

93.84%

Owls

93.39%

Crimson

93.37%

Red

93.1%

SENCo’s message to parents/carers 

Fiona Byrne is the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Please contact Miss Byrne via the SEND email address: 8862530.senco@tunbury.kent.sch.uk or the school office email: office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk 

We recently had a parent forum with Medway parents and carers forum and Kent PACT on Monday 28th March between 3.30pm, 4.30pm, it was really helpful.   Emma Kelliher and Sally Congram from the Medway parents and carers forum attended and Amanda Oliver attended from Kent PACT.  

Kent PACT is a registered charity working with parents and carers in Kent.  They can be contacted on 07947563123 and via email on info@kentpact.org.uk. 

Their facebook page is www.facebook.com/kentPACT Their next virtual coffee morning is listed below:

 

The Medway parents and carers forum hold regular coffee mornings for parents of children and young adults with SEND.  They can offer bespoke training to parents / carers and they have links with SENDIAS and Small steps.  They are based in Snapdragons and can be contacted by telephone on 07813123984 or at medwaypcf@googlemail.com or www.medwaypcf.org.uk

Our next parents' forum will be on Monday 18th July between 3.30 and 4pm.  A play space will be set up for parents so that you can bring your children with you.  Please join us in the Sunshine Room for tea, cake, and the specialist advice from the Medway parent forum and Kent PACT.

Our new SEND Information Report has been published on our website here: Tunbury Primary School - SEN

Useful SEND Contact Details:  

Medway Community Healthcare (MCH/Snapdragons) -0300 123 344 medch.childrenscommunity@nhs.netwww.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk 

NEFLT North East London Foundation Trust

Single point of Access 0800 0113474

Kent and Medway Eating Disorders Service 0300 300 1980

Neurodevelopment and Learning Disability Service 0300 300 1622

Medway Family Action SENDIAS

01634 566303

www.family-action.org/uk/what-we-do/children-families/send/medway-sendias

Medway Council

SEN Team 01634 331123 seneducation@medway.gov.uk

Educational Psychology 01634 335647 education.psychology@medway.gov.uk

0-25 Disability Service

01634 338500

disabilityduty0to25@medway.gov.uk

Please find below a link to the SEND local offer on the KCC website:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs 

Notices 

TSA: Thank you for your donated items for the Ukraine appeal, which have now been taken to our local collection point by our TSA Chair, Sarah Mingozzi.  Thank you also for your donations for today’s Own Clothes day, which will go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.  If you were not able to donate cash at the gates this morning, please visit www.dec.org.uk/ to donate online. 

Team Points: At the end of Term 4, our Team Point winners are Hawking - Congratulations!  Hawking team enjoyed extra playtime today as their reward.

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

5063

4606

5132

5312

School Crossing Patrol: We are still looking for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) person to help keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, the online advert is available to view here: https://recruitmenthub.solutions/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=4764

Covid-19: Case numbers have continued to ease in school this week, although we still have new cases being reported in children and staff.  National guidance is changing again today, but we continue to ask you to check the current guidance if you experience symptoms or a case of Covid.  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 

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 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

Thursday 5th May – Year 3 visit to Living Land, Kent County Showground, Detling

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 with Kent SEND parental support kentiask

Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6

Class assemblies

 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 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

Noticeboard

Reminder: Friday 1st April is the last day of Term 4.

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.