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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 26th February 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

We are so excited to be able to welcome you all back to school on Monday 8th March. 

I hope that you are feeling hopeful and optimistic about the next few weeks and months, as we all have so much to look forward to. I understand that you might also be feeling lots of different emotions about returning to school – there might be things that you are worried about as well. Your teachers and teaching assistants will help and support you and there will be plenty of time to talk. 

Enjoy your weekend and your last week of remote learning next week. We can’t wait to see you back in school on Monday 8th March! 

Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Following the government announcement on Monday, we have been planning for a full re-opening of school on Monday 8th March. We are excited and relieved to have Tunbury children back where they belong and we are so looking forward to seeing them all! 

When children return, there will be a strong focus on wellbeing in every class, as we understand that the last few weeks and months have been difficult for everybody. Teachers and teaching assistants will re-establish support networks and a sense of teamwork and community for all of our children, as well as supporting individual children who might have particular worries or concerns. 

We are ready to share practical details on the return to school, as follows: 

  • We have updated our Covid risk assessment based on the latest government guidance. We always publish our updated Covid risk assessments at https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/ and the latest version is now available. This is a big document, so to make it easier for you to read, updated items are in red. If you have any queries or concerns about our risk assessment, please contact us at school and we will be happy to discuss these with you. 
  • One of the measures in the current risk assessment is regular Covid-19 testing for all members of staff. We now have government supplies of Covid-19 home testing kits, with tests carried out by staff members at home twice per week. 
  • To enable teachers and teaching assistants in each year group to work together in school for one full day prior to Monday 8th March, there will be no live sessions for children in remote education for one day next week. This will be on the PPA day for each year group, ie Year 5 on Monday, Years R & 3 on Tuesday, Year 2 & 6 on Wednesday and Years 1 & 4 on Thursday. Remote education, without live sessions, will still be provided on these days. On the other days, live sessions will run as normal. Further details for each year group will be on your live lessons letters, which will be emailed out this afternoon as usual. 
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) staff members are still not able to return to work in school, so this will continue to cause some limited disruption to normal staffing arrangements. 
  • If your child is confirmed to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), please contact us at school before the 8th March to discuss this with us. We are not currently aware that any Tunbury children are still classified as CEV. 
  • Apart from CEV children, school attendance will be mandatory for all children from Monday 8th March. 
  • We are in discussion with Energy Kidz, our on-site breakfast club and after-school club provider, to support them in re-opening on Monday 8th March. They are now taking provisional bookings. A final decision will be made on Wednesday, so please make bookings now if you would like this service to be able to re-start. 
  • To reduce the number of visitors onto the school site, music lessons and Forest School sessions will not begin before the Easter holiday. 
  • We have re-scheduled our March parent consultations to give you time to talk to your child’s class teacher soon after the return to school. Parent consultation meetings will be held via Teams and further details shared nearer the time. The new dates are Thursday 18th March and Tuesday 23rd March. 
  • We are making changes to our entry/exit routines from Monday 8th March, and these are as follows.

The updated entry/exit plan has three main changes, as follows. Year 5 have moved to the side gate. The times for Year 3 and Year R have changed. The sibling rule has now been extended to all children including Reception. All siblings should enter at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group

Times from Monday 8th March: 

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

 Changes affecting families with children in Reception: Now that Reception children have settled into school, extending the sibling rule to all children should be feasible and reduce the need for families to wait at the gates to collect multiple children.

Entry for Reception and siblings:

  • Reception children enter at the playground gate and walk in as normal.
  • Older siblings of Reception children enter at the playground gate and walk to their own classrooms – this means that Year 1 and Year 2 siblings will need to use the path down to the lower playground - school staff here will supervise them on their way to class.

Exit for Reception and siblings:

  • Reception children will be dismissed by Reception teachers, from the Reception fenced area, as normal.
  • Reception parents will enter the school site and line up on the playground as normal, maintaining social distancing.
  • Older siblings of Reception children will join their parents/carers straight away when parents line up on the playground – they will join their parents/carers directly, not join their Reception siblings in the Reception fenced area.

Changes affecting Year 5 and 6: Year 5 have moved from the playground gate to the side gate. Years 5 and 6 are now sharing a 10-minute entry and exit window at the side gate, but due to the reduced number of children using this gate in these year groups (ie children without any younger siblings in school) and the fact the many older children walk home by themselves, this should be feasible.

  • Both pedestrian gate and vehicle gate will be used for extra space at the side gate.
  • At entry, Year 5 and Year 6 children will free-flow in together on arrival, maintaining distancing from each other while moving to their classrooms
  • At exit, three classes can be dismissed simultaneously throughout the 10-minute window, from either year group, making use of the full width to allow for distancing.

Thank you for reading all of this information! We hope that publishing these details today will give everyone time to understand any changes before the return to school on Monday 8th March. Apart from the updates given here, school operation from 8th March will look and feel broadly similar to during the Autumn terms. If you have any queries or concerns, please phone or email the school office so that we can help.   

Although it’s encouraging to know that Covid-19 cases are now much lower in our local area, we might still expect so see some further disruption to in-school learning after 8th March if we have any further positive cases affecting us in school. To help us avoid this, please follow all the Covid-19 guidelines. In particular, please do not approach the school site if you or your children have any Covid-19 symptoms and please do not send your children into school if anyone in your household or support bubble has Covid-19 symptoms. Thank you for your continued support.

 Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Message from our SENCo Miss Byrne

Hi everyone, 

I hope that you are all well during this third lockdown.  I am really looking forward to the children all returning to school on Monday 8th March.  All teaching teams are going to have a day to plan together next week to prepare for all of their classes.  If you have any concerns about how your child will settle back into school after lockdown or any changes that you would like to discuss since lockdown, please talk to your child’s class teacher.  All teachers will be in school next week on their planning day, so that they will be able to call you then.  If you have any further SEND concerns after you have discussed your concerns with your child’s class teacher, I can arrange a phone call or TEAMS meeting with you. 

I will be available for parent meetings at the same and times and days as the class teachers too on Thursday 18th March and again on Tuesday 23rd March so please feel free to sign up for a 15 minute meeting with me if you would like to.

Best wishes,

Miss Byrne, SENCo

World Book Day 2021

The theme this year is ‘Share a Story’. Children will be encouraged throughout the week, either in school or during live lessons, to share their favourite story. The day for this may vary due to some year groups not having live lessons on Thursday 4th – please take a look at your year group’s Home Learning document for more information.

Children in school

If your child is in school and would like to take a book in to share with the group, please ensure they take the book in on Monday, and leave it in their tray so that it can be quarantined for at least 2 days, ready to share on Thursday.

TEAM Reading Competition

There will be a competition running across the week to see which team spends the most minutes reading. These totals will be added to the weekly team point collection, and therefore could make a huge difference to the end of term totals!

Starting from Saturday and ending on Friday, we would like to find out how many minutes your child spends reading.

At the end of the week, please use the link below to add the total number of minutes spent reading. It is important that you select which team your child belongs to.

Good luck Teams – get reading! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XPYR36H

Book Cover Competition

As part of Tunbury’s WBD activities, we are holding another competition with the chance for winners to receive a £10 gift voucher.

Your child will need to design an alternative front cover for a book of their choice. This will be an activity completed at school (for those children who are in).

For those working at home, please ensure your child’s cover is uploaded to Teams/Tapestry or sent to your learning group teacher no later than 3pm on Friday 5th March to be in with a chance!

We hope you enjoy sharing some stories with your children this week too!

Online safety

I hope that you had the opportunity to share some of the online safety day materials with your child(ren) at the end of last term or during the half-term break. Children at Tunbury use a wide range of digital technology, across numerous platforms and are aware how to use it safely. The Tunbury online safety policy helps to provide a framework to keep all of our stakeholders safe whilst online. The policy has been updated and uploaded onto the school website. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with it via the link:

https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/policies/Online_Safety_policy_2021.pdf

As nice as it is to see the children virtually on our screens, I know that the staff are looking forward to seeing everyone in person over the next couple of weeks! Thank you for your continued support and for ensuring that the children of Tunbury School stay safe whilst they are exploring the wonderful online world!

Mr May, online safety lead

Notices 

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 children who have been attending school, 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. 

Team Points: After one short week, here are today’s Team Point totals. Well done Attenborough! 

Rowling

Attenborough

Holmes

Hawking

232

239

218

224

 Remember that next week’s World Book Day team reading competition will affect this term’s overall totals, so please get reading!

Current entry and exit times: For children attending school before 8th March, the times remain as follows for next week:

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

Year R

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 – 3.10

Playground gate

Year 1

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Front gate

Year 3

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 4

8.40 – 8.45

3.10 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Playground gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.50

3.15 – 3.20

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

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

Thursday 18th March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS NEW

Tuesday 23rd March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS NEW

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6

 

 

 

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