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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 25th February 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back Team Tunbury!  Over the half term holiday, we were busy in school with some key improvements, designed to make Tunbury a better place for our children’s learning.  Children were excited to see the changes on their return…. 

Firstly, every classroom has had their old interactive whiteboard and projector replaced with a brand new interactive panel.  Our new panels are clearer and sharper than the old whiteboards and they enable teachers to use a wider range of interactive tools in their everyday teaching, meaning that they are a hit with staff and children alike! 

Secondly, we have a brand new ‘quiet area’ at the top of the steps outside the main hall.  This has a new multi-coloured canopy and blue surfacing, so it really stands out as a special area for children to be.  This space will be used at lunchtimes to provide a welcoming space for outdoor reading, puzzles and games.  We will be using TSA funding to provide new furniture for this space - think outdoor sofas and bookcases – a bit like an outdoor living room! We’ll share photos once this is complete. 

Looking a little further ahead, we’re pleased to report we have now appointed a building contractor for the alterations to Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms, meaning that this work will definitely take place over the summer holidays.  We will be enlarging our smallest classrooms (Pink, Orange, Blue and Lavender) to make them a much better size for daily teaching and learning, which will be wonderful for everyone.  Again, we look forward to keeping you posted of future developments. 

Thank you to our parents/carers who attended our parent consultations yesterday, as well as those who have already booked for our online appointments on Tuesday.  If you haven’t already booked, please do so. We do aim to meet with all of our parents/carers, as this is one of the best ways to build a home-school partnership which benefits all of our children.  Thank you for your ongoing support – it really makes a difference! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Our Learning: Year 2

This week in Year 2 we were shocked to find an egg in the classroom! We don’t know where it came from, or what might come out of it! We received a letter from Mrs Austin with a request to find out more and come up with a plan of action. We are looking forward to having an egg expert in to ask them some questions about the egg. Here are some of the questions we have been writing:

 

This term we are learning about castles. We have learnt some new vocabulary including what a portcullis is and how a battlement helps with the protection of the castle. We have begun to have a look at what life was like in a castle. We are not convinced that we would like to live in one yet! We have been looking at different sketching techniques and have practiced these in our sketch books ready to design and draw our own turrets which we will then be making out of clay later on in the term. Here are some examples:

 

Notices 

World Book Day: we will be celebrating World Book Day when the children across the whole school will be basing their learning for the week on the same book.  

On Thursday 3rd March, the children are invited to dress as their favourite character from a book (not a film). In order to encourage a more sustainable ethos, teachers will be looking for the best home-made costume in each class (and there will even be a prize for the best homemade costume!).  

We have been working really hard as a school to promote a love of reading and we are improving our reading corners in our classrooms. As well as focusing on our reading corners, we have enhanced our school library and we are in the process of creating new outdoor libraries which the children can use at lunchtime. Children are welcome to bring in their own reading books to read or share at lunchtime with their friends. 

Swimming Success for Team Tunbury!:

 

On Wednesday 2nd February, 8 children from Year 5 and 6 (Harrison, Kate, Edward, Frankie, Rose, Mia, Orla and Charlie) took part in the Medway Mini Youth Games Swimming Gala at Medway Park. Each child swam 3 different strokes that included a mix of backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle before entering the team medley and team freestyle relay. All 8 competitors from Tunbury took the competition in their stride and showed brilliant sportsmanship by cheering each other on. It was a tense wait for results for all pupils who took part, but we are pleased to say that Tunbury came 1st in the competition out of 11 schools! We are extremely proud of all the children who competed – well done for a fantastic achievement! 

Parent Governor election: Following the parent governor election process, the ballot forms were verified and counted on Monday. As a result, we are pleased to inform you that Natasha Clement has been elected to join the Governing Body. Thank you to all of the parents that voted. 

Data Collection Sheets (printed on lilac coloured paper): These were sent home in a large white envelope with the assessment data in January. Thank you to parents for completing their form and returning the sheet to school. However we still have a lot of data collection sheets not returned. It is vital that we have correct phone numbers and e-mail addresses if we are to communicate with you effectively. 

When you are satisfied that the information on the Data Collection sheet is correct, please sign and date the form and return to your child’s class teacher or to the school office. Please sign and return the form even if there are no alterations to be made. Thank you for your help with this matter. 

Vision Screening and National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP): School health will be in school on Tuesday 15th March and Wednesday 16th March 2022 to deliver vision screening and NCMP.
Vision and NCMP – all Children in Year R
NCMP only – all children in Year 6 

Staffing news: We would like to share the news that our Teaching Assistant Mrs Fullbrook will not be returning to Tunbury following a period of ill-health.  We will miss her and wish her all the very best for her continued recovery and future plans. 

We have two new Teaching Assistants joining us this term.  Mrs Vicol has just joined our Teaching Assistant team working in the Year 5-6 phase. On Monday, we’ll be welcoming Miss Glue to our Teaching Assistant team working in the Year 2-4 phase. We would like to offer both Mrs Vicol and Miss Glue a warm welcome to Tunbury Primary School. 

We also have changes to share for two current members of our staff team, who are both transferring from a Teaching Assistant role into other newly created roles within school.  Mrs Kidd will now be working as our Learning Mentor and Mrs Gutteridge Lloyd will now be working as our part-time SEND Assistant.  These are both new roles for Tunbury which strengthen the provision of support staff across the school. 

Parent Consultation Evenings: If you have not yet booked your parent consultation appointment, it is not too late to book an online appointment on Tuesday 1st March 2022 – there are still some appointments available. 

Lost Property: there will be lots of items out on tables on the top playground at home time today – please come and have a look if your child has lost any clothing items.  Thank you. 

Team Points: We will include our first points totals for the new term in next week’s bulletin. 

Covid-19: We have seen major changes to national advice this week under the new ‘living with Covid’ approach.  If you or your child develop Covid symptoms or experience a confirmed case of Covid, please follow the relevant government guidance. This currently states: 

While you’re no longer required by law to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should still stay at home and avoid contact with other people. 

Please visit:  When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do - NHS (www.nhs.uk) for further details. 

We have not experienced any new cases of Covid among staff or children this week, but we are all too aware that things can change rapidly.  In school, we will maintain regular cleaning, handwashing and ventilation.  Staff are no longer required to take twice-weekly LFTs, but our understanding is that LFTs could be re-introduced if we should experience a Covid outbreak.  We will of course keep you informed of any significant changes as we move forwards through the next phase of Covid guidance.  Thank you for your continued 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. 

Tuesday 1st March- Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm, online appointments only

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Tuesday 15th / Wednesday 16th March - Vision and NCMP Screening – Year R and Year 6 NEW

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 

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 four classes who have had assemblies postponed due to Covid disruption. Please note: assemblies for Crimson and Orange classes are on Monday afternoons. 

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

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.