Weekly Bulletin: Friday 9th September 2022
Headteacher’s message to parents/carers
Welcome back to the new school year.
The whole school community is adjusting this morning to the passing of our Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This morning, we held special assemblies to allow the school community to gather together and to hold a period of silence and reflection for our Queen. We also have our Union Flag flying at half mast as a mark of respect. We will continue to reflect and celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth next week, as well as helping children to understand the events which will be taking place over the period of national mourning.
Before yesterday’s sad news, this week had been a joyous start to the new year. It has been so wonderful to be able to welcome our community back to school. All staff have enjoyed seeing our children return and reconnecting with them all after the holidays. A special ‘welcome to Team Tunbury’ to all of our new starters: new Reception children, new staff and children joining our older classes. We hope that you all have a long and happy association with our school. This week, our youngest children made an excellent start to their school lives, enjoying their learning in Reception classes and getting to know each other and their important adults in school. We are already very proud of them and look forward to seeing them grow and learn with us over the next seven years. For now though, I think they probably need a good rest this weekend!
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
Meet the Team meetings: If you were not able to attend the meet the team meeting that took place this week, the powerpoints shared with parents are now able to view on the website on the year group page or by clicking here: Tunbury Primary School - Year groups
Topic Newsletters: Please take a look at our Term 1 Topic Newsletters to find out what the children will be learning about this term. They are now available to view on the year group pages on the website, which can be found here: Tunbury Primary School - Year groups
Responsible parking: Although it is busy outside school, we do need to remind you to drive and park responsibly, as we have already seen a few examples of issues caused by inconsiderate parking by parents and carers. The traffic problems were made worse by the heavy rain this week. We had a number of parents/residents contact us about this.
Concerns around Tunbury parking were also highlighted yesterday, when a police officer was shocked at some of the parking around our school. She reported that when she asked a parent not to leave their car engine running while going to collect their child, this request was not followed. She has informed us she would be raising her concerns about parking more widely. Thank you for playing your part - your help and consideration will be appreciated.
Reporting to the Police: The police officer who was outside school yesterday was there in response to reports of some strange behaviour in the park during the middle of the day. Although school staff and the police officer checked the area around school at school pick-up time, there were no concerns at this time. Please stay alert to any issues and report them if necessary. We have been advised to share the following reporting tool with our school community: the best way to report any non-emergency incidents to the Police is using the Kent Police Online reporting tool. You can use the reporting categories or even a live chat system.
Road Crossing Patrol: As mentioned in our previous Weekly Bulletins, we are writing to remind you of the vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) to work on Tunbury Avenue. We really hope to fill this position soon, to help keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. The advert and link to applications can be found at: https://recruitmenthub.solutions/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=6160
After-school clubs: We are currently planning our program of after-school clubs for the new term. Next week, we’ll be asking children to tell us what clubs they would like to see, in order to tailor our offer to children’s interests. We are also keen to involve other community members in our after-school clubs, so if you have any interests/expertise to share (as well as the time to share it with our children) please do let us know! For example, do we have any super knitters or amazing gardeners among our wider school community? Please contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know – thank you.
Swimming: Lessons for Year 4 will begin next week on Tuesday 13th September, starting with Lilac class. Letters and consent forms have already been given to the children in Lilac class to bring home. Please complete and return the reply slip on the letter and consent form and return to school.
School lunches: We are continuing with the present Summer Menu detailed on our website https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Meals/ The daily cost of a school meal is £2.30. Parents can pay by cash, cheque or via Parent Mail, the online payment system used by the kitchen.
Please remember that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. With the cost of living crisis affecting us all, we would encourage families to take up this offer of free school food, as it will save you a considerable amount of money every single week. Our school kitchen cooks excellent fresh food and there are many choices for children to select from. The kitchen can cater for different allergies, intolerances and preferences too.
Free school meals: If your financial circumstances have changed recently, you may now be eligible for free school meals and Pupil Premium support. To check if you are eligible please visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals#tab-1. To apply please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/.
Snacks and packed lunch reminders: Please remember that any snacks eaten at breaktime must be a healthy snack, ie fruit or vegetables. Also, please remember that Tunbury is a nut-free school. This means that you cannot give children any products containing nuts (eg Nutella) in packed lunches. This rule is not new, but we do need everyone to understand that the consequences of sending nut products into school can be potentially life-threatening for Tunbury children with severe allergies. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Messages via the school office: The school office staff are receiving a lot of last minute phone calls about changes to adults picking up children at home time. We are happy to accommodate these as a one-off emergency, but ideally prefer you to sort out going home arrangements with your child, in the morning, prior to the start of school. However, if you do need to get a message to the class teacher, please email the office at email@example.com so that we can help.
TSA Annual General Meeting: The TSA AGM will be taking place on Thursday 22nd September from 8 pm in the school hall. Refreshments will be provided and anyone is welcome! Please see attached flier.
Energy Kidz: Details of our on-site breakfast and after-school clubs can be found on our website https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Breakfast-and-afterschool-clubs/
Dates for your Diary
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/
Thursday 22nd September – TSA AGM 8 pm –School Hall
Friday 21st October – Last day of term 1 for pupils
Monday 31st October – Start of term 2 for pupils
Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th November – Year 6 residential visit to PGL Marchants Hill
Further dates for this academic year (eg class assemblies, parents’ evenings, Christmas performances, Sports Day) will be shared in next week’s bulletin.