Weekly Bulletin: Friday 3rd July 2020
Messages for children at home
Great news – you will be able to return to school in September! We are so looking forward to having you back! We’ll be making a plan for how to keep you safe when we’re all back together – it will feel very different to normal, but we will make it work. We will tell you more about it before the end of term, so that you know what to expect.
Next week would have been Sports Day, so our home learning will have a sports and Olympics theme. Can you try some new activities? Please tell your teachers about this on Tapestry (for Year R) or Purple Mash blogs (for Years 1-6) – we would love to see what you can get up to!
Headteacher’s message for parents/carers
As you will have seen in the news, government guidance on full opening of schools from September was published yesterday. We are really pleased that all children will be able to return to Tunbury. After such a long period of disruption, we are so looking forward to teaching full classes and being able to support children’s learning and well-being with all of our children in school.
We’re now working on in-school planning and risk assessment to work out how the government measures can be implemented for September. We will be able to make adjustments to systems which we already have in place, including the creation of ‘bubbles’, staggered entry and exit times using different school gates for different year groups, additional cleaning measures and continued regular handwashing. Although it’s a logistical challenge, with many different timetables, rotas and systems in place, so far we have found that that children, parents and staff can adapt to these new ways of working. We will share the full details of our plans for September before the end of the July term; to give you an indication of timescales, these plans would be considered by governors at their next meeting on 13th July, before being published to the wider community later that week.
As we move towards a full return in September, we are continuing to support children’s transition to their new classes and new teachers. As part of this, all children will be invited to attend an online live session with their new class teachers. For children in next year’s Year 1 to Year 6, these sessions will take place on the afternoon of Friday 17th July, with two sessions per class enabling teachers to interact with their new classes in smaller groups. Details of the times of these sessions will be shared in next Friday’s bulletin. For children entering next year’s Reception classes, separate online sessions are taking place next week and you will receive details of these today. For children leaving Year 6, we have a range of end-of-term events including online whole class sessions, bringing together children at school and those at home for a final goodbye.
Please see the information in the Notices section regarding children’s end of year reports. Teaching staff worked on these reports from the beginning of the lockdown period, so these are now ready for distribution. We understand that the late publication of reports last year caused problems for parents and carers, so we are keen to put this right this year, even though so many other things are different!
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
Children’s end of year reports: Children’s end of year reports will be sent home with children attending school on Monday 6th July. Children attending school will also bring home reports for their siblings (eg in Years 2-5) who are not attending. For other children who are not attending school, reports can be collected from the school office on Monday 6th July. Please come to the school office at any time from 9.00-3.00 – giving your name via the intercom at the front gate will enable office staff to have your reports ready for you on a table outside the school office when you arrive. Uncollected reports will then be posted to children’s home addresses towards the end of next week, but in order to reduce delays and postage costs we are asking you to collect reports if this is at all possible.
Please note: Due to Covid-19 disruption, this year’s reports are unsigned and contain assessment data up to the end of the Spring term. The format of children’s end-of-year reports and assessment data sheets was discussed and agreed with attendees at our Parent Forum earlier this year.
If you would like to discuss the contents of your child’s report with their class teacher, please email the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org to make a telephone or video-conferencing appointment. Thank you.
Managing Children’s Behaviour (virtual course): This course is now available with Kent Adult Education. It is a virtual course via Zoom to support behaviour management at home. More dates have recently been added : Thursday 9th July 2020 – 30th July 2020 10am-12:00 Or Monday 6th July -27th July 7-9pm To book a place please call 03000 415888 or email BusinessSupportTeam@kent.gov.uk
Live sessions via Microsoft Teams: Below is a timetable for you for when the sessions will be (for current year groups). We shall endeavour to keep to this and advise you in advance of any changes, should they be required. Due to numbers attending, some year groups only require two sessions now. The subject area for each session will be included in the email you receive with the link to join the session.
Collecting belongings: To allow children’s belongings to be collected before the end of term we will be placing any remaining PE bags and belongings from trays on tables at the front of the school. We will make our best endeavours to make sure all their belongings are together. There will be two days allocated for each year group and classes will be labelled. Please feel free to come and collect the items any time before 3.30pm on your set day, although we ask if possible to avoid the busy drop off and collection times. We also ask that you maintain social distancing guidance when on site.
Year 5 Tuesday 30/6/20 and Wednesday 1/7/20
Year 4 Thursday 2/7/20 and Friday 3/7/20
Year 3 Monday 6/7/20 and Tuesday 7/7/20
Year 2 Wednesday 8/7/20 and Thursday 9/7/20
Year 1 Monday 13/7/20 and Tuesday 14/7/20
Year R Wednesday 15/7/20 and Thursday 16/7/20
Stay alert: Please remember that to keep everyone safe, we still need to follow the national guidance issued by the government. Most importantly, remember that no-one should come to school if they have symptoms of Covid-19, which are the recent onset of any of the following:
• A new continuous cough
• A high temperature
• A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
This applies to everyone – children, staff and parents/carers. If a child in school displays any of these symptoms, we would move them away from others and contact you to come into school to collect them immediately. We would also follow current advice from Public Health England on our next steps.