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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 23rd April 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back to the start of the Summer term! This week’s bright weather has enabled us to use the school field every day at lunchtime, which I know is something that all of our children had been looking forward to. It’s also been perfect for the start of our new MVCP Forest School program, with children in Year 3 having the first of their weekly sessions. For Year 3, this will run throughout Term 5, before moving on to Year 6 in Term 6. Alongside this, Reception will also be starting weekly teacher-led Forest School sessions soon, so lots of outdoor learning to look forward to!

Summer is always an exciting time of the school year. We have yet to see how Covid disruption will affect ‘traditional’ end of term events, but we are keen to make things as normal as possible within any future guidelines. This will mean that we are planning nearer the time for events in June/July, for example for our Year 6 leavers and our Year R new entrants, but we will keep you informed of any events as soon as we possibly can.

After this year’s disruption to learning, our teachers’ focus is supporting children with their well-being and strengthening attainment in our core curriculum areas, ready for the start of the next academic year in September. For example, we have talked to children about the concept of ‘being ready’ for next year (rather than ‘catching up’). We understand that parents/carers will want to support with this too, which is why we are continuing to provide you with regular information on your child’s attainment. All children are bringing home their end of Term 4 attainment updates today – this will be in a white A4 envelope – please find it in your child’s bag at home time!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher

Online safety: Cyberbullying 

With children having an ever increasing online presence, it is inevitable that they will, at some point receive negative or unwanted attention. It is therefore essential that parents and carers, alongside the school community, remain vigilant when children are online but are also approachable so that children feel safe in sharing their concerns. It is when such negative comments occur over a sustained period that it is deemed to be cyber bullying.

The Department for Education in the UK defines cyberbullying as:

The use of technologies by an individual or by a group of people to deliberately and repeatedly upset someone else.

If children are comfortable in voicing their concerns to you, often a swift intervention at an early juncture will act to stop these negative behaviours from continuing. As discussed in previous bulletins this can be in the form of blocking other users or reporting comments to the moderators who have the power to ban accounts.

Below is a link to the better internet for kids website that discusses cyberbullying in more detail:

https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/enGB/practice/articles/article?id=6701105

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for continuing to work with the school to keep children safe online.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Notices 

Help – Garden Equipment needed: Now the nicer weather is on its way we are looking to develop a sensory and garden area in school and are looking for any garden equipment that you no longer need! If you have any equipment, pots, seeds, bulbs, wind chimes or anything else that would be suitable for a small garden area that we could use in school we would be very grateful to receive them! If you are able to donate anything, please send it in with your child next week and leave it outside the school office so that we can safely collect it. Many thanks, Miss Morgan and Mrs Dean

 

School uniform: We do expect children to be wearing their full Tunbury school uniform with pride. This includes school shoes (not trainers) now that shops have re-opened after lockdown. Thank you for your support.

Team Points: Our Team Points competition runs each term and so far this year, we have one win for Holmes, one win for Attenborough and two wins for Hawking. Come on Rowling team – you can do it! At the start of Term 5, the scores are as follows after just one week. Well done Holmes team!

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

609

570

635

631

 Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

 Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you need to inform us of a positive Covid test result for your child, please do so straight away, either by phone (during the working day) or email (in the evenings or weekend) to the school office: 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . In your message, please include the date of symptoms starting, the date of the test and your phone number.

Entry and Exit times: All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group. This does include older siblings in Year 6: to avoid gathering outside the school, they should enter school with their youngest brother or sister. Thank you for your support this week regarding this issue. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

Term Dates for 2020/21: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

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

Friday 23rd April – Attainment Updates sent home to parents/carers

Friday 30th April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Friday 28th May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 7th June – INSET Day – children do not attend school

Tuesday 8th June – first day of Term 6 for children

Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

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