Weekly Bulletin: Friday 21st January 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
Thank you for your understanding and support while we cope with a sudden spike in Covid case numbers this week. We have raised our control measures across the whole school, as well as putting in temporary additional control measures for the four classes experiencing high case numbers: Indigo (Y5), Magenta (Y5), Ruby, (Y4) and Owls (YR).
Our first thoughts are with children and staff who are currently unwell – we hope that symptoms pass quickly and that you feel better soon.
The good news is that our case numbers are no longer increasing at the same rate as we saw at the beginning of this week, leading us to believe that we may be near or past the peak of this particular wave. We’ll monitor case numbers closely in order to review our next steps.
For children who are at home but are well enough for remote education, thank you for carrying on with your learning! Details of our current remote education offer are in the notices section of this bulletin.
Regarding staff absence, please be reassured that we always try to cover classes with as much consistency as possible. However, this week, we have again reached a point at which there are no supply teachers available from any of our local agencies, which obviously makes cover more difficult. We know that other local primary schools are in a similar position, both in case numbers and in the availability of cover. We are hopeful that things may start to improve next week.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care of yourselves and your families.
Message from the Chair of our Governing Body
It has been agreed that contributions to the school bulletin from the Governing Body will be included periodically and it falls to me to write the first one. As Chair of the Governing Body I feel privileged to participate in your children’s education albeit from a greater distance than the team working hard in school! All schools have a team of Governors which is made up of local people with a range of experience and expertise who represent the local community. Our task is to have a thorough working knowledge of the school, spending time in school meeting the children, parents and staff.
We have four main responsibilities, which are:
1) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2) Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school;
3) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and
4) Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.
There is a page on the school’s website dedicated to the Governing Body and more information can be found at: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Governors/
As Chair, I am instrumental in co-ordinating and leading the work of the Governing Body supported by our Clerk, Carrie Bailey. In addition to the six main meetings each year I meet with Mrs Austin fortnightly generally on Thursday mornings.
Born and raised in the Gillingham, I returned to start my teaching career after training in Chichester. Since 1978 and until my retirement I worked in schools in and around the Medway Towns. I have been fully retired since 2010 and still live in Walderslade with my wife, also a retired teacher. I joined the Governing Body at Tunbury in July 2017 and I am currently the Local Authority Governor for the school. I enjoy everything being a Governor entails especially being involved in the development of the children who attend the school and of the staff who work there. I was elected Chair of Governors at the end of the 2018~2019 school year when the previous Chair stood down and left the Governing Body.
You will know that there is currently a vacancy on our Governing Body for a Parent Governor. Could I earnestly encourage you to consider putting yourself forward for this role. We already have a number of Parent Governors but this vacancy further ensures that parents are fully and purposely involved in the work of the school. Doubtless you will have skills to bring to the work of the Governing Body and I can assure you that you will find it rewarding. The deadline for nominations is 15:15 on Monday, 24th January 2022 so there is not a great deal of time remaining.
Chair, Tunbury Primary School Governing Body
Our Learning: Year 1
Year 1 have had a busy start to the new term. We have been finding out all about animals. We have learnt how animals can be grouped according to what they eat and we have also been learning about the different classifications for animals such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
We have been enjoying our new text ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and have been busy writing shopping lists for Sophie’s mum to replace all the food that the tiger ate!
We have also written invitations to invite a friend for dinner and we have written about the food we would eat.
In maths, we have been deepening our understanding of place value and we have used this knowledge to add numbers.
Team Points: This week’s points total is as follows.
After School clubs: Please see details on our website: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/After-School-Clubs/
Please note after next week we will not be able to make any further changes to the after school clubs memberships.
Covid-19: 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 ). As always, it is essential that you do not enter the school site if you have any Covid symptoms.
As a reminder, if you have Covid cases in your household, our local Health Protection Team’s advice is for all other members of the household (including other children who are still attending school) to take a daily lateral flow test so that any transmission of Covid is detected as soon as possible.
If your child is in one of our classes currently experiencing high case numbers, you will have received an advisory letter recommending daily lateral flow tests (for children aged 5 or over).
Remote education: If your child is absent due to Covid and isolating at home, we will provide remote education for them. Please note: there is no need for children to engage in remote learning if they are unwell.
Remote education will not involve live lessons, but will consist of learning posted to Tapestry (for Year R and Year 1) or Teams (for Years 2-6). The work will include:
- Daily English and Maths learning, in line with the learning taking place within school.
- A standalone project that will link to the topic area for the term and support learning within the foundation subjects.
When you call to inform the school office of your child’s absence, we will share remote education with you. This will happen on the first day of absence, but as all teachers will be in class, please be aware that this may not be immediate.
For children in Reception and Year 1, the learning will be shared with you by Tapestry.
For children in Year 2 to 6, the standalone project will already be uploaded to Teams in the files section of the class page. The daily English and Maths will then be shared with you via Teams.
Work can either be resubmitted via Tapestry or Teams, or brought in when your child returns to school. If you have any difficulties accessing the remote learning, please contact the School Office so that we can help.
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 28th January – TSA Virtual Race Night *POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED*
Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up
Monday 7th February – Year 2 Pirate Day NEW
Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week
Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Da
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 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 2.50/2.55 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.
If you are visiting school for a class assembly, please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and take a lateral flow test on the day, before coming into school. Please do not attend school if you have a positive lateral flow test or any Covid symptoms. Class assemblies are held in the hall with only the class and their parents/carers present, so there is adequate space and ventilation and for this reason, attendance is limited to 1 visitor per child for these events.
Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)
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