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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 5th February 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

How are you? Please carry on talking to your teachers and friends in your live lessons, so that we can carry on looking after each other. 

Together with Mrs Smith and Mr Taylor, I have been helping teachers with some of your live lessons this week. We have all been so impressed with your positive attitudes and hard work – well done! It’s also been a pleasure to see so many smiling faces. Along with the brilliant learning, I really enjoyed hearing ‘tooth news’ and ‘pet news’ in the Year 2 lessons on Monday – it is important to keep in touch with your friends and teachers by sharing things like this. At Tunbury we are a still a team, and we all know that together everyone achieves more

Have a lovely weekend. 

Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

As we reach the end of the 5th week of this lockdown, we know that it’s taking a huge amount of determination and resilience for everyone to just keep going!   Whether in-school or at home, I know that children, parents/carers and school staff would all much prefer to be back to something more ‘normal’. We hope that a government decision on re-opening will come soon after half term – we will of course keep you informed and share our plans, as soon as we are able to make them. 

As I said in my message to children, Mrs Smith, Mr Taylor and myself have been so impressed by children’s attitudes and achievements in their live lessons this week. We know that this also requires your support, so thank you for everything you are doing at home. 

At Tunbury, we continue to use Teams as our main communication platform for remote learning, with the addition of Tapestry for Reception and Year 1. Thank you to all the parents/carers of children in Years 2-6 who have been helping children use their own Office 365 logins to access Teams. It’s worth noting that our use of Teams will continue beyond the current remote learning provision – for example, it is likely that after the pandemic, teachers will still use Teams to set and receive weekly homework tasks. We will of course provide further information on this at the time, as well as extra support for our children and parents/carers who have had less experience of Teams for remote learning. 

Next week, all children will be learning about Online Safety as part of Safer Internet Day 2021. Please read the message from Mr May (below) regarding this. 

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

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Online safety


Safer internet day 2021

Safer Internet Day will be on Tuesday 9th February 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 will be celebrated in the UK with the theme: 

An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.

There is an excellent website that has lots of great links and ideas to share with your child(ren) around making the most of the internet, whilst remain safe and ensuring that your child becomes a critical learner, one who questions what they read online. Please find time to explore the website, your child’s teacher will be delivering a series of lessons around the topic but I know that we can work together for a better internet!


We would like to encourage parents/carers to be in the room (but not on screen please) during this live lesson to hear the content so that it can begin further conversations about online safety with your child(ren).

Mr May, Online safety lead

Our Learning: Year 6 

καλώς ήρθατε στην Ελλάδα

(Welcome to Greece) 

Our topic for this term and term 4 is Ancient Greece. We have been reading Who Let the Gods Out? as our key text and using this as a stimulus for our writing. We have written in character through a diary entry and created our own ending to the story. As well as this, we have started to learn the history of Ancient Greece through our topic lessons. So far, we have learnt about the timeline of events, Athens vs Sparta and we have started to research the Battle of Marathon this week.

In addition to this, in our art lessons we have explored Greek pottery, focusing on how they designed their pots and the story behind them. We were then able to design our own pot through creating a story and using the key colours of orange and black. Children working from home have used computer programs to design their pots where as those in school have made them out of clay (they will be painting them).


 Within science our topic this term is Evolution and Inheritance. We started investigating fossils and looking closely at the detail found on them. We then explored how animals and humans inherit features from their parents and therefore have similarities; we used pictures of our own families and siblings to compare.

Finally, we had a special online session yesterday with the author Helen Peters, who wrote ‘Anna at War’ (the book we read and loved in our English lessons in the Autumn term). This was a real boost for us all, adults and children alike! 


New attendance requests for after half term: If you would like to make a new request for an in-school place from Tuesday 23rd February under the critical worker or vulnerable child guidelines, please fill in the online form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Tunbury23rdFeb

This form will close at 8am on Thursday 11th February.

Monday 22nd February is an INSET day for all Tunbury children, so the start of term is Tuesday 23rd February.

Free School Meal (FSM) Provision for the February break: KCC will be distributing supermarket food vouchers to eligible parents during the February break (similar to the Winter Grant Money distributed in the Christmas holidays). Eligible parents will be emailed more details next week.

Flu vaccination: for anyone who has missed their Nasal Flu vaccination NHS are offering one last chance of receiving it: on Saturday 6th February at the Magpies Centre Level 2 the Green Zone Medway Maritime Hospital. Parents can just drop in from 09:30am to 13:00pm or if you prefer, you can book an appointment by calling 0300 123 5205.

Covid-19: 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. 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: Team points are being awarded for children working at home, as well as children working at school. Hawking have been in the lead for a few weeks now – this week, they extended their lead and are the first team with over 1000 points this term! With one week to go, can they hold their lead to the end of term?









Entry and exit times reminder: Please be on time for the 5-minute entry/exit slots for your year group. The times are now as follows.

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


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/ 

Friday 12th February – last day of Term 3

Monday 22nd February – INSET DAY – no children in school

Tuesday 23rd February – children return to school for the start of Term 4

Parents’ evening now postponed – re-scheduled dates during Term 4 to be confirmed, depending on the government’s date for a full return to school for all children.

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4





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