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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 29th November 2019

Headteacher’s Message
Dear Parents/Carers

I know that many of us are concerned about road safety for our children on their journeys to and from school. One step that we can take to improve matters is to appoint a new School Crossing Patrol at Tunbury – you’ll have seen this week that a new advert for this role is now live at http://d.rfer.us/KENTHRBCG7z1qj . I’m told that this role has previously been advertised several times, without any success. This time, I’m keen that we do everything we can to spread the word and find us a new Lollipop Lady or Man, as it’s a fantastic job for the right person or people! (The role can be split in a part-time or job-share arrangement between two people.) To achieve this, we’re organising a leaflet drop to local homes – a huge thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help with this. The leaflet is attached, so please feel free to email or share this with anyone you feel might be interested. For parents who have volunteered to deliver the leaflets to local homes, we’ll have your printed copies for you on Monday.

Thank you to those who are attending our Parent Forum or who have suggested items for discussion. The agenda is attached for your information. Our main theme is how parents are kept informed about your children’s progress through the school year. If you have any views or suggestions, please join us on Monday morning at 9.00 in the hall – it would be lovely to see as many parents as possible there. If you can’t attend, but would like to contribute, please email office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk The minutes of the meeting will be shared with all parents following our Parent Forum.

Finally, I would like to say an enormous thank you to our hardworking TSA volunteers, who are already in school setting up for our Christmas Fair. Please join us if you can – the fair is open from 1pm to 4pm tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes
Ruth Austin

Our learning Year R
This term we have been developing our storytelling skills through the introduction of weekly Helicopter Storytelling Sessions - the children love to tell and act out their own stories, we have budding playwrights and actors aplenty!  We have read the book, Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper together. The children have enjoyed tasting pumpkin soup, and then planned their own soup; listing the ingredients before making it.  In Forest School, we worked as a team to find Duck and his friends who had got lost in the forest. The children across Reception have also enjoyed getting to know their Year 6 reading buddies. The children are beginning to develop some lovely relationships, sharing books and special experiences such as the Children in Need workout session! The children have been shape detectives this week, and have found many 2d shapes hidden in our environment. The children's obsession with all things Numberblocks continues, and this is supporting our learners in recording their mathematical development.
•         Year 6 World War II Day – Thursday 12th December 2019
As an end to our two terms worth of learning about World War II, Year 6 are celebrating by having a World War II themed day, which will involve cooking, games and music. The children are encouraged to dress up in wartime attire, this could be as an evacuee, land girl, solider etc.
As part of this day, we would like to invite parents of Year 6 to join us from 14:45-15:10 to try some of the food your child has made and hear about their learning. If you have any queries, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Miss Hind, Mrs Stallard, Mrs Seymour and Miss Sibborn

•         Thank you to parents who have completed and returned the data checking sheets given out at Parents’ evenings. If you have not received your data checking sheet yet please collect it from the school office. It is most important that emergency contact details and email addresses held are accurate and up to date. 

•         Christmas information – please check the extra bulletin sent home yesterday (and available on our website) regarding our school Christmas events.

•         SEN parent meetings
SEN parent meetings with our SENCo, Miss Byrne, are available every week (except for one week this term) and at all whole school parents’ evenings. Meetings can be booked via the school office.  The date and times for the rest of this term is as follows:
Wednesday 11th December: 2 - 4pm

•         Starting at Primary School
Do you have a child born between 1st September 2015—31st August 2016? If your child will be 4 years old by 31st August 2020, the time to apply for a primary school is NOW. 
For parents who live in the Kent local authority parents can apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions
For parents who live in the Medway local authority parents can apply online at http://new.medway.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/starting-primary-school/apply-for-a-place
Applications must be submitted before 15th January 2020.

Dates for your Diary
Saturday 30th November TSA Christmas Fair 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 2nd December – Parents Forum, Main School Hall – 9 am
Monday 2nd December - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 2 pm
Wednesday 4th December – Year R visit to Woodlands Court – 9.15 am
Friday 6th December – Viking Show – Year 5 NEW
Friday 6th December – Chocolate truffle making Year 3: 1.45 pm NEW
Friday 6th December – Parents Information meeting Year 5 – Marchants Hill, PGL 3.30 pm
Monday 9th December – NHS Weight and Height checks Year R and Year 6 - NEW
Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm
Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm
Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm
Thursday 12th December - Year 6 World War II Day NEW
Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – gates will open at 2.40 pm
Monday 16th December – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6
Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2
Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break
Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils
Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils
Tuesday 14th January – Zoolab visit Year 1 NEW      
Friday 17th January - Norman Day visit Year 4 NEW
Friday 14th February – Last day of Term 3
Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February – February Break
Monday 24th February – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils
Tuesday 25th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils
Class Assemblies
Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the
children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm.  It will last about 10 minutes.

Friday 29th November – Orange
Friday 17th January – Violet
Friday 24th January – Turquoise
Friday 31st January – Lilac
Friday 7th February – Amber
Friday 14th February – Lavender
Friday 6th March – Emerald
Friday 13th March – Magenta
Friday 20th March – Ruby
Friday 27th March – Azure
Friday 15th May – Blue
Friday 22nd May – Red
Friday 12th June – Pink
Friday 19th June – Yellow
Friday 26th June – Bears
Friday 3rd July - Owls
Friday 10th July – Hedgehogs


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