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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 5th March 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

Here is a story about returning to school, which you might like to watch with an adult at home. This story is about Sammy sloth, who has been at home in lockdown, like you have been. He is now feeling a little worried about returning to school…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clzQktojEXo 

I think we might all have a big mixture of feelings at the moment – you might be feeling excited, nervous and happy about coming back to school. We will help you settle back in to school life. We can’t wait to see you on Monday!  

Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We have been working hard to prepare for the full re-opening of school on Monday. Most of the practical details were shared in last Friday’s bulletin and this is still available for you to refer to on our website at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/News/Weekly-Bulletin-Friday-26th-March-2021/

Our only additional changes from the information published last week are:

  • Year 1 and Year 2 children can now say goodbye to parents/carers at the front gate and then walk down to the lower car park unaccompanied, if you wish them to do so. School staff will be on duty at the gate, in front of the school office and at the lower car park. If you prefer to continue to accompany your children on the walk down to the lower car park, that is fine too.
  • Energy Kidz have now confirmed that our onsite breakfast and after-school clubs will re-open as normal from Monday 8th March. Please continue to make any enquiries or bookings direct with Energy Kidz.

Please make sure that you are familiar with the updated entry/exit arrangements for Monday. All sibling groups (including Reception children) should now enter and exit school at the gate and time of the youngest sibling. There are also changes to the times for Year 3 and the gate for Year 5. This information is repeated for you in the Notices section of today’s bulletin.

Finally, I would like to finish with some further notes of thanks – as despite the challenges we might face, we all have so much to be grateful for. Just before half term, I recognised and thanked many different groups of people who have contributed to Team Tunbury this term, but today I would like to focus on two key groups: our in-school staff and our at-home parents/carers. So, I would like to highlight the dedication and commitment of our in-school staff team, many of whom have worked in school every day since January, providing consistency and care for our vulnerable and key worker children – thank you. Also, to our parents and carers who have supported our children with remote education every day since January, whilst juggling the demands of work, home and family life – thank you. We sincerely hope that today has been your last day of remote education and that this lockdown will be our last.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday. Take care everyone and have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin 

Online safety

UK safer internet centre: To help parents ensure their children stay safe online whilst getting to explore and discover new things the UK safer internet centre have pulled together a list of their resources you can access for free which provide information and advice for parents about internet safety.

Family agreement: A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house.

This family agreement advice provides a list of things to consider when creating a family agreement and some examples.

The family agreement template provides a framework that will help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use. 

They also have guidance to help you to create your own family agreement and put it into practice 

 Mr May, Online safety lead

Our Learning: Year 3

Year 3 have spent the first two weeks of Term 4 learning all about Fair Trade and participating in Fair Trade Fortnight. We learnt what the Fair Trade Foundation is and how it helps farmers around the world meet their basic everyday needs (clean water, healthy food, education, shelter and medicine).

We have also discovered what the logo looks like, what it represents and where different Fair Trade products come from. Did you know that cocoa beans that are used to make chocolate come from Africa?

We had the chance to enter the Fair Trade Fortnight competition to share our vision for the farmers of the world.


Designed by Eleanor                                                            Written by Isla

In Maths, we have been looking at scaling. Ewan made a scale model of his Dad’s van!


Yesterday, we celebrated World Book Day by sharing our favourite stories and book characters. We played a game called the Masked Reader and came up with our own clues to describe some famous book characters.

Can you guess the book character that has been described using these three clues?

  1. He comes from Peru.
  2. He likes marmalade sandwiches.
  3. He wears a red hat and a blue duffel coat.

We are really looking forward to seeing all the children back in school on Monday. We have missed them all and we have some exciting things planned for the rest of the term.

Mrs Harding, Miss Gooch-Draper and Mrs Carley


Entry and Exit for Monday 8th March onwards: The updated entry/exit plan has three main changes, as follows. Year 5 have moved to the side gate. The times for Year 3 and Year R have changed. The sibling rule has now been extended to all children including Reception. All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Changes affecting families with children in Reception: Now that Reception children have settled into school, extending the sibling rule to all children should be feasible and reduce the need for families to wait at the gates to collect multiple children.

Entry for Reception and siblings:

  • Reception children enter at the playground gate and walk in as normal.
  • Older siblings of Reception children enter at the playground gate and walk to their own classrooms – this means that Year 1 and Year 2 siblings will need to use the path down to the lower playground - school staff here will supervise them on their way to class.

Exit for Reception and siblings:

  • Reception children will be dismissed by Reception teachers, from the Reception fenced area, as normal.
  • Reception parents will enter the school site and line up on the playground as normal, maintaining social distancing.
  • Older siblings of Reception children will join their parents/carers straight away when parents line up on the playground – they will join their parents/carers directly, not join their Reception siblings in the Reception fenced area.

Changes affecting Year 5 and 6: Year 5 have moved from the playground gate to the side gate. Years 5 and 6 are now sharing a 10-minute entry and exit window at the side gate, but due to the reduced number of children using this gate in these year groups (ie children without any younger siblings in school) and the fact the many older children walk home by themselves, this should be feasible.

  • Both pedestrian gate and vehicle gate will be used for extra space at the side gate.
  • At entry, Year 5 and Year 6 children will free-flow in together on arrival, maintaining distancing from each other while moving to their classrooms
  • At exit, three classes can be dismissed simultaneously throughout the 10-minute window, from either year group, making use of the full width to allow for distancing.

Parent consultation meetings: information will be sent home later today with details of the March parent consultation meetings. Bookings will then open on Monday. 

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief – Friday 19th March 2021: Our school council held a meeting this week to decide what children would like to do for Red Nose Day on Friday 19th March. This year’s focus for comic relief is superheroes and laughter. With this in mind, we would like children to support this charity by dressing up in a superhero costume or non-uniform with at least one item of clothing being red. £1 donations can be made on the Comic Relief website: https://donation.comicrelief.com 

In school, children will be completing two separate activities. The first being based around an evil supervillain who steals the worlds laugher and the second being a ‘Tunbury laughter afternoon’ where children will be completing activities designed to get us all laughing.  

In addition to this, we will also be running a design your own red nose competition. Red noses need to be designed at home and have to be handed to class teachers by Monday 29th March 2021. The more creative the better! Entries will be judged by the school council and the winner will receive a £10 gift voucher. 

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile charity.  

Message for families from Kent Schools Health Service: We have been asked to share this survey with you on behalf of Kent County Council who are reviewing the school entry hearing screening programme.

Children in Reception Year are offered a school entry hearing screen by the Kent School Health Service in school or clinic. This year (and also last year) the programme has been delivered differently as a result of Covid-19 and families have been given the opportunity to opt into the programme if they have concerns about their child’s hearing.

If your child is in Year 2 please complete a 10-minute survey by the 12th of March 2021, so that your views can be included in any future plans for the screening programme. https://surveys.kent.gov.uk/HearingScreenParents 

Team Points: After two weeks of Term 4, here are today’s Team Point totals. Hawking now in the lead – well done! 









Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

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. 

Dates for your Diary 

Term Dates: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

Thursday 18th March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

Friday 19th March – Red Nose Day NEW

Tuesday 23rd March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

Friday 28th May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 7th June – INSET Day – children do not attend school

Tuesday 8th June – first day of Term 6 for children

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6





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