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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 26th November 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

We held the third of our New Entrants tours for prospective parents this week, with 25 families visiting the school on Tuesday.  A huge thank you to our marvellous Year 5 children for acting as tour guides, showing great maturity and pride in themselves and their school.  Many of our visitors commented on their politeness and positivity, which was lovely to hear.  At Tunbury we are extremely proud of all of our children but it’s always nice to receive compliments from visitors, confirming just how special they are! 

If you are applying for a school place for a new Reception child for September 2022, you can submit your application now.  Remember to apply to your home local authority, so Kent residents apply at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places and Medway residents apply at www.medway.gov.uk/admissions 

Our final New Entrants tour is scheduled for Thursday 2nd December at 2pm, so please contact the school office to book onto this tour if you would like to do so. 

Also this week, I have been visiting classrooms in our middle phase (Years 2, 3 and 4) to award Golden Team Points.  Golden Team Points are very rare indeed and worth an enormous 50 team points each!  They are awarded for excellent attitude to learning and progress across the term, with children chosen by their class teachers.  I award the Golden Team Point and look at children’s achievements at the same time - this week, I heard children read and looked at some brilliant work in Maths and English books.  Well done! 

Finally, thank you for your contributions to Children in Need last week.  Our Team Tunbury Total was £718, exceeding our £500 target!  Great work everyone and thank you for your support. 

Have a lovely weekend.  Please take care of yourselves and your families. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin



Return of the SEND parent forum! Thursday 2nd December at 2pm in the Sunshine Room.  

We will be re-starting our SEND parent forums this term.  The first will take place at 2pm in the Sunshine room until 2.45pm.  Tea and Coffee will be available and it is an opportunity to discuss SEND priorities and concerns with parents and carers.  Please arrive by 1.55pm via the school office.  The meeting is open to all parents / carers in the Tunbury Primary School community. 

We will be holding three forums a year.  The next SEND parent forums will take place in terms 4 and 6. 

Playground gate at morning drop-off:  currently the parish council have lent us a key to open their gate that gives them access to the nearby park in the mornings to help with the social distancing of parents/carers and children.  The parish council requested the key back in September but kindly let us continue to use it until this Christmas.  Therefore, at the end of this term we will have to return the key and will no longer be opening the large gate.  In preparation for this, please can parents/carers remember to use the whole of the 10 minute drop-off period as well as saying goodbye to your children and handing them all their belongings before approaching the playground gate, then please move to one side to wave goodbye.  Blocking the gates really can cause congestion so we ask that you are all mindful of this.  Thank you. 

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.  School staff are taking twice weekly Covid tests and we would encourage other adults and secondary school pupils in our community to do the same.  

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. 

Please continue to follow the current Covid guidance – you can check this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Team Points: The points for this week are as follows. Rowling have overtaken Holmes to take the lead for the first time this term – well done! 









School photos: The school photographs taken last week will be emailed direct from Tempest to parents, so that orders can be placed online. The email will be from: no-reply@tempest-orders.co.uk.
We will let you know when the emails have been sent. If you do not receive your emailed photograph order details, please check on your 'junk' email account. Please contact the school office if you have a query. 

Tempest Photographers will be in school again on Monday 6th December to take photos of Year 6 pupils absent on the photograph days. If your child was absent in other year groups and you would like an individual/sibling photo of your child/ren please email the school office. 

Vacancies for support staff at Tunbury: We currently have two vacancies for new staff to join Team Tunbury, as follows. Applications for both of these vacancies are through the Kent-teach website. 

We have a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant in our Year 5/6 phase: www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=93849

We also have a new vacancy for a full-time Learning Mentor: www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=94267

Clubs: All of our after-school extra-curricular clubs will be running next week. Please see details on our website:
https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/After-School-Clubs/  Children from all clubs will be collected from the entrance to the main hall, outside the main office.  Please come in via the pedestrian gate, please do not try to drive in to the school car park as it will be busy with children and families and this car park is for staff only.  Thank you. 

Dates for your Diary 

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

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. 

Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 2nd December SEND Parent Forum - 2pm in the Sunshine Room

Monday 6th December - Tempest photographers re Year 6

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Performance Year R – 2.45pm

Thursday 9th December - World War II themed day – Year 6 NEW

Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm

Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

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)

Friday 22nd July – Last day of term 6 

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 pm.  The assembly will begin at 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. 

Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

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


Reminder: Friday 1st April is the last day of Term 4.

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.