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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 20th September 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week I would like to start with a summary of your views from our parent survey. In the end, we had a total of 97 responses – thank you.  I found all of your comments insightful and useful in helping me to understand our current position.  Every school is different and at Tunbury we have plenty to celebrate, as well as some areas where improvement is needed.  There were several common themes running through your responses, including the following top three responses for each question.

What are we famous for?

  1. The TSA (35 responses) – thank you to our fantastic TSA – you’re doing a great job!
  2. Quality of our staff team (22 responses)
  3. Success for children’s learning (15 responses)

What day-to-day things run smoothly?

  1. Start and end of school day routines (28 responses)
  2. Our after school and breakfast club (15 responses)
  3. Talented teachers (13 responses)

What issues do we need to solve or improve?

  1. Communication (62 responses)
  2. Information for parents on children’s progress (18 responses)
  3. The impact of disruptive behaviour on other children’s learning (16 responses)

As well as these themes we also had many other important issues, all of which will be considered by our SLT and governing body.  Some of these issues can be addressed immediately - you might already have noticed some changes. These and other medium or longer term issues will form the basis of this year’s school development plan, which will be agreed with governors and shared with you in October.  We’ll return to the parent survey themes later this year to see how far we’ve come.

Also this week, we have an update on our Senior Leadership Team.  Our governing body has recently agreed to make a change to the structure of our SLT, so it will now consist of Headteacher, two Deputy Headteachers, SENCo and School Business Manager.  This has the same number of roles as the previous SLT but a different structure, including two Deputy Headteachers with responsibility across the whole school.  I'm really pleased to say that Mrs Smith will be filling one of these posts, and that this will be in a permanent capacity rather than her previous acting role.  This means we have one vacancy for a new Deputy Headteacher; we are currently recruiting into this role for a January 2020 start.  As you'll know from last week's bulletin, we already have a new SENCo, Miss Byrne, who is quickly getting up to speed with leading our SEN and AEN provision.  Our final SLT member is our School Business Manager, Mrs Finch, who leads on our finances – along with the rest of our SLT, you'll often find her on the playground in the mornings to greet you and answer any queries you may have.  Together, we all look forward to working with you through this year and beyond.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


School Photographs

Tempest Photographers will be taking Family and Individual Photographs in the main hall next week, on Thursday 26th September.  If you wish to have a family photograph taken that includes pre-school age babies or children then please come to the school between 8.15 am and 9.00 am.

Please let us know in the school office if you prefer that your child does not have their photo taken. Otherwise all children in school will have an individual/sibling group photo.


Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 25th September – Parents’ Phonics Workshop Y1 – 5.15 pm

Thursday 26th September – Individual/Family Group Photographs: Tempest Photographers

Friday 27th September – Macmillan Cake Sale – 3 pm – 4 pm (please send your donations in on Thursday 26th September – see last week’s bulletin for full details).

Friday 27th September – African theme Day – Y2

Wednesday 2nd October – Parents’ Phonics Workshop, Reception classes – 2.15 pm

Monday 7th – Friday 11th October – Year 6 Residential Visit

Monday 14th October – Year 4 visit

Thursday 17th October - Open afternoon (all classes) – 2 pm

Friday 18th October – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October - Autumn Break

Monday 28th October – start of Term 2

Monday 28th October – Steam Week starts

Monday 28th October – Flu Vaccinations

Thursday 31st October – New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am

Thursday 7th / Tuesday 12th November- Parents Evenings 3.40 – 6.20 pm

Monday 11th November – Tuesday 19th November – Bikeability Cycle Training, Year 6

Tuesday 12th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am

Wednesday 20th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 5 pm

Monday 2nd December - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 2 pm

Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – 3 pm

Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2

Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break

Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils

Class Assemblies

Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm.  It will last about 10 minutes.


Friday 1st November – Crimson

Friday 8th November – Indigo

Friday 15th November – Scarlet

Friday 22nd November – Sapphire

Friday 29th November – Orange

Friday 17th January – Violet

Friday 24th January – Turquoise

Friday 31st January – Lilac

Friday 7th February – Amber

Friday 14th February – Lavender

Friday 6th March – Emerald

Friday 13th March – Magenta

Friday 20th March – Ruby

Friday 27th March – Azure

Friday 15th May – Blue

Friday 22nd May – Red

Friday 12th June – Pink

Friday 19th June – Yellow

Friday 26th June – Bears

Friday 3rd July - Owls

Friday 10th July - Hedgehogs


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