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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 4th September 2020

Headteacher’s message  

Dear Parents/Carers, 

It’s been such a pleasure to welcome our children back to school this week. So many smiling faces, happy to be back with their friends and in their classrooms! Our focus this week has been on children’s well-being, with a strong focus on mental health and teambuilding within their class groups. To help with this, all children in Years 1-6 have been working on a PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) project using the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds. We hope that this has helped children to feel settled and happy back at school, with their new class teachers, ready for the learning journey ahead. 

We would also like to extend a very special welcome to our new Reception children. These children and parents have managed to cope with the extraordinary challenge of starting a brand new school without any previous visits or in-school transition events. Despite this, everyone has made a good start and we look forward to getting to know you all better, as part of our Tunbury school community. 

Finally, thank you everyone for your patience and support as we all adapt to our new entry and exit routines. Although these are becoming more smooth, we will continue to monitor the situation at all three gates throughout next week. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 Best wishes

Ruth Austin



Covid-19 symptoms: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. Please be aware of the following government advice: 

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. 

Entry/Exit routines:

  • Please be on time (not early or late!) for your ten minute time-slot. In the mornings, children can enter at any time in the 10 minute window – often, the second half of each window is very quiet.
  • Please remember that staff at the gate (including class teachers) cannot take messages from you – please send any messages via the school office.
  • Please remember to give your child all their belongings (eg water bottle) when they leave you at the gate.
  • Please do not smoke while waiting outside school in the vicinity of other parents or children.
  • Our PCSO has already visited the school site during drop-off time and will be returning to monitor the situation (including parking and road safety) over the coming weeks.
  • Once you have dropped off or collected your child, please move away from the gates. 

PE: Starting next week, PE lessons will resume as normal, but children will come into school on their PE day already dressed in their PE kit. The PE day for each year group is as follows:

Monday: Year 5

Tuesday: Year R and Year 3 (see note below about Year R for next week)

Wednesday: Year 2 and Year 6

Thursday: Year 1 and Year 4

As children are wearing their PE kits all day on their PE day, there is no need to send children into school with a PE bag or kit – these will now remain at home. 

UPDATE: Year R will start full PE lessons on Tuesday 15th September. Next week children should come into school in normal uniform and they will get to meet their PE coach and find out all about PE. 

New Reception Year

Well done to all of our new Reception Year children!  They have come into school for the first time beautifully and are fully immersing themselves into their classes.  I have been particularly impressed by the number of children I see coming out of class talking away to their adult about what they have been up to that morning.

Just a reminder for Year R parents/carers that next week’s drop-off and pick-up times and routines are as follows:

Week 2 Mon 7th – Weds 9th Mornings including Lunch




1 (started Weds 2nd Sept)



2 (started Thurs 3rd Sept)



3 (started Fri 4th Sept)



Thursday and Friday 10th and 11th Sept Parents/Carers to say goodbye at YR gates where staff will be waiting at 8:55 -9:05am (all groups) and collect from playground gates at 12:50 – 1:00pm (all groups).

Please can I ask that next week, only one adult is with your child for drop-off and pick-up and that you arrive at your time slots and not before.  Thank you.

Year R Parent/Carer Meetings

We explained during the new entrants meeting that we would offer meetings during the first weeks of your child starting school.  Teachers will be making calls from 1:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Please can you ensure you have activated your Tapestry account and message the class teacher to request a call if you would like to chat about their first few days in school – please specify which day you would like to be called on. 

Mrs Smith, Deputy Head (Year R & 1 Phase Lead)

Energy Kidz

Energy Kidz have now started back with the breakfast club and after school club. The clubs are being held in the main hall to allow adequate spacing for social distancing.

If you would like your child to attend, please click on the link below to book a place.

https://www.energy-kidz.co.uk/breakfast-and-after-school-clubs/tunbury-primary-school/ Recruitment

We are currently recruiting for a Midday Meals Supervisor, (MDMS) to work with our midday team as soon as possible. If you are interested in the position and would like to apply, please click on the link below.


Dates for your Diary 

Please note: at present, we are planning for all Autumn term events or meetings with parents and carers to be held online, rather than in person. This will include the Autumn term parent consultation meetings. 

Friday 4th September 2020 – Meet the Year 3 team 3:30pm (enter the meeting from 3.30, will start presentation at 3.35 at the earliest to give you time to get home from school and join the meeting)

Friday 4th September 2020 – Meet the Year 5 team 4:00pm

Thursday 24th September 2020 – Phonics Session for parents of Year R & Year 1 4:30pm

Thursday 15th October 2020 – Kent Test

Monday 19th October – Thursday 22nd October 2020 – STEAM Week

Friday 23rd October 2020 – INSET Day

Thursday 5th November 2020 – New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)

Thursday 5th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Tuesday 10th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Friday 13th November 2020 – Children In Need

Monday 16th November 2020 – Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 16th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (2pm)

Wednesday 25th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (5pm)

Monday 30th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)

Friday 11th December 2020 – Christmas Lunch


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