Weekly Bulletin: Friday 5th June 2020
Messages for children at home
I hope you are all safe and well. For those of you still learning at home, I know that you’ll be wondering when you might be able to come back into school. Unfortunately, at the moment no-one knows the answer to this question! I’m sorry about this, as I know you and your parents would really like to know. For the moment, we’re asking you to carry on learning at home. To help with this, we are making some changes to home learning to provide you with more support from your teachers. We’ll tell you more about this next week.
Have a look at your new video at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Change-the-world . Thank you for sending in your pictures. I’m certain that Tunbury children really will change the world!
Headteacher’s message for parents/carers
This has been a busy week, with the return of a greater number of children to school. In order to make this possible, safety has been our first priority. We have made many adjustments to our normal ways of working, resulting in a new version of school life which feels very different indeed. However, the good news is that this week has gone much more smoothly than we had anticipated, with children and staff adapting really well to these changes. I would like to thank our staff team for their positivity throughout this time – their commitment and hard work has made a massive difference to what we can offer our children.
To give you an indication of numbers in school, we had 100 children here yesterday: 39 in Year R, 31 in Year 1 and 30 in the key worker/vulnerable child groups in Years 2-6. We are welcoming Year 6 back on Monday, so numbers will increase again. With the reduced number of staff who are able to work in school, along with limitations due to classroom space, this will put us near the limit of how many children we can safely accommodate in school under the current guidance. We do not yet know how things will develop over the coming weeks (Boris hasn’t told me yet!) but as ever, we will do our very best to keep you informed.
For parents/carers in Year R, 1 and 6 with children who are not in the very first groups returning to school, please contact us via the school office if you change your mind and would like children to return at a later date. We are asking you to wait until the start of a new week for your children to return – if this is the case, please tell us by 12.00 on Thursdays about this, for a potential start date of the following Monday. Thank you.
For parents/carers of key workers or vulnerable children who are attending part-time due to working patterns, we will be asking you to tell us in advance which days each week your children will be in school. We’ll be in touch next week to tell you more about this.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support for your children’s education and our school. Have a lovely weekend – please take care of yourselves and your families.
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.
School Lunches: Our school kitchen has now re-opened and is offering picnic-style cold lunches to children in any year group. At lunchtimes, all children eat their lunch in their own classroom - this includes children who are having a packed lunch from home and children who are having a school meal. Children can order a school meal each morning via their class teacher.
Please see the menu from our caterers TCS published on our website: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Meals
School Crossing Patrol: Please note that our School Crossing Patrol is not currently on duty. This decision has been made by KCC, as the employer of our SCP, and we will inform you if there is a change to this situation in the future.
Developing Our Pond for Wildlife: Over the half term Mr Arnold, our new site manager, has been really busy. Not only has he been integral to helping prepare the site for our wider reopening but he also found time with Mr May to start redeveloping our pond area. The site has been cleared, the pond lining has been repaired, the water cleared and a new rock island has been created in the middle to provide shelter. As you can see from the images it is already looking amazing and today we took a picture of a newt in the crystal clear water. We intend to continue to add more bird feeders, and habitats to encourage more wildlife to the area that can be used more often in our outside learning.
Writing Competition – Generation Lockdown: This is an exciting competition for ages 7-17. It’s a super writing opportunity for our children to share their stories of life in lockdown. This could be a personal experience, a poem, or a creative story. All of you will have had a unique experience that is only yours, and only you can capture it in words. The entries will be judged by published authors with the possibility of your own work being published! Whether you win or not, your work will be read by a published author – a rare opportunity.
Your entry should be 700 words or under and you should submit in your age category.
Entries must be submitted by July 17th 2020.
Your work will then be read by an author, who will then pick out the five best entries from your age group. These entries will then be included in a book published by John Catt Educational called ‘Generation Lockdown Writes.’
There will also be a range of other prizes for the winning entries, and a special celebratory book launch where you will have the opportunity to meet the authors.
All the money raised from the book will go to The BookTrust charity. This is an amazing charity which supports families and young people all over the UK to get involved in reading. We are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for them through the sales of the book.
All the details and information are really clear on the website.
You will need permission from your parents as an email address will need to be submitted.
Your stories must be typed as they will need to be uploaded to the website. Your teachers would love to hear them too!
Good luck to all you budding writers!