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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 8th January 2021

Headteacher’s message to children at home 

Hello everyone 

We miss you. We really hope that this lockdown won’t last too long. 

Your teachers are telling me that you are already doing a great job in your live lessons. You are enthusiastic, hard-working and positive – well done Team Tunbury! 

As well as live lessons, we are also inviting you to join in with our online assemblies. This is a good way for us all to be together, even when we are apart. Please join me for my Headteacher assemblies on Wednesday afternoons. Also, you can join your Phase Leaders for the Tunbury Awards assemblies on Thursdays. (Your parents will have the links to these assemblies in the home learning emails). We look forward to seeing you! 

Take care everyone – stay safe. 

Best wishes 

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers 

New year, new challenges! We are all having to adapt once again to a new way of working which affects everyone in our school community.   Everyone – including children, parents/carers and school staff – is doing their very best in difficult circumstances, so thank you for supporting your children and our school. As Boris might say, we will get through this … and better times do lie ahead. 

Our priority at Tunbury is to support our children’s wellbeing and learning throughout this phase of Covid disruption. In both parts of our provision (in-school and remote learning) we want to:

  • look after our children and support their mental health - for example by maintaining contact and connectivity with other children and adults within the school community.
  • achieve the highest quality of teaching and learning that we can in the circumstances – at school, this will feel like ‘normal’ lessons, but at home, teachers will be using a wide range of tools including live lessons, online communication, differentiation and feedback on learning. In both settings, our teachers are working incredibly hard to develop new teaching and learning strategies for this period, appropriate for both their working context and children’s learning needs. 

Information for parents/carers of children at home 

Thank you for everything you are doing to support children’s learning at home. We know that this isn’t an easy job and we are working hard to do all we can to support you and your children. 

  • Information on home learning will be sent home on Friday afternoons for each year group, ready for the following week.
  • Attendance at live lessons: please let us know if your child will not be attending their daily live lessons for any reason, in the same way as you would inform us about an absence from school. We are following up non-attendance at the live lessons with individual phone calls to check on children’s wellbeing and learning, as well as seeing if there is anything we can do to help you to access our live lessons from home. 
  • Reminder: you can use smart TVs or games consoles, including xbox and playstation, to access the live lessons via Microsoft Teams. 
  • The government have announced a new scheme to increase data allowances on mobile devices. This is to support disadvantaged children with their remote education. If you do not have fixed broadband at home and cannot afford additional data for your devices, we can request an increase to your mobile data on your behalf. Please call or email the school office if you are interested in this scheme. We will need to collect a few details from you in order to apply. 
  • School attendance: If your child is currently at home but is eligible for a school place and you would now like them to attend school from Monday 18th January, please fill in our online form to let us know.

You can fill in the form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TunburyJan18th

This form closes at 8am on Thursday 14th January.

As before, we are planning and working in two-week blocks, so the next entry point for in-school attendance after this will be Monday 1st February. 

Information for parents/carers of children at school 

In school, children have settled in to their new bubbles and are working well. 

Although things do appear to be running smoothly, we know that the local figures for Covid infection remain extremely high. Please stay vigilant and follow all the relevant health advice to keep yourselves, your children and our staff as safe as possible. 

  • Please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and maintain social distancing when coming to and from school. 
  • Please remember to follow all the current Covid guidelines. Remember that all members of a household must isolate if one person develops Covid symptoms. 
  • 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. Thank you.
  • Please be on time for the new 5-minute entry/exit slots for your year group. As a reminder, the times are now as follows.

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time

Gate

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

 Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care and stay safe. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher 

Notices 

Children starting primary school this September: you must apply for your school place by 15th January. 

Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority.

If you would like any further information on our school before making you application, please take a look at our information for prospective parents at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/New-Entrants-2020/ and contact us via the school office with any queries, as we would be happy to help.

Attainment updates: if your child was absent on the last day of term before Christmas and therefore did not bring their attainment update home, you may wish to come to school to collect it.  Please avoid coming to collect during drop-off and home times.  If you wish someone to collect it on your behalf, please email the office prior to them coming to collect. Thank you to everyone who has already come to the school office to collect these updates.

School Milk and Fruit: In light of the current situation, milk and fruit deliveries to school have been cancelled until further notice. Parents will be credited by Cool Milk for any payments received. For children who would have had fruit in school, please provide an extra healthy snack from home for the moment.

Road Crossing Patrol: School Crossing Patrols will not be working during the lockdown period. For children attending school, please can we ask that parents assist their children across the road.

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. 

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

Thursday 25th February – Parents’ Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Tuesday 2nd March – Parents’ Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

 

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