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Weekly Bulletin: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Headteacher’s message for children at home

 Hello everyone 

It’s almost the summer holidays! If you were at school today, you might be looking back on the year with your friends, playing some end-of-term games and tidying your tray, classroom and cloakroom. As today is the last day of home-school, it’s up to you and your parents how you’ll mark this occasion – don’t worry, I won’t suggest that you tidy your bedroom! 

I would like you to celebrate your own achievements though – what have you done that you are proud of? Have you learned some new skills? Improved your handwriting? Mastered maths? Shown resilience and perseverance? Have you been kind? I know that Tunbury children can do all of this and more, so be proud of yourself, because you are fabulous. 

Enjoy your summer holidays everyone. Have a lovely time with your families and I look forward to seeing you very soon. 

Best wishes

Mrs Austin 

Headteacher’s message for parents/carers  

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We have reached the end of a long and unpredictable year! Can I begin by saying a huge thank you to every single member of the Tunbury school community for the way in which we have all supported each other during these difficult times. In school, we very much appreciate the kind messages of support we have received over the past few weeks and months – although it’s been a challenge, I know that everyone has done their very best to play their part. Thank you to our wonderful staff team, who have been adaptable, positive, creative and hardworking. Thank you to our fantastic parents who have persevered with home learning for such an extended period – I know that this hasn’t been easy! Thank you to our dedicated key worker parents whose continued work in frontline roles throughout lockdown has been so valuable to us all. On a personal note, I have very much enjoyed my first year with Team Tunbury, even though it hasn’t gone exactly as planned… If I had to sum it up in just one sentence, I would say that our school is definitely moving in the right direction and it will take more than a worldwide pandemic to stop us! 

This week, we have had to say goodbye and good luck to our fabulous Year 6 children. This year’s leavers’ assemblies were held online rather than in school, but we still looked back on our children’s journey through primary school and celebrated their achievements. We are extremely proud of every single child in this year group and wish them all the best of luck for a bright and shiny future. Children have all received a special 2020 yearbook to commemorate the end of their primary education and we hope that they will look back with many happy memories. Additionally, congratulations to the following special award winners:

Outstanding attitude and effort: Oliver (Emerald class)

Outstanding attitude and achievement in English: Athena (Violet class)

Outstanding attitude and achievement in Maths: Lewis (Crimson class)

Headteacher award: Ella (Violet class)

 We’re also saying goodbye and thank you this week to four members of the Tunbury teaching team - Mrs Hawkes, Mrs Sandhu, Mrs Morris and Mrs Randall – who are moving onto pastures new in September. On behalf of everyone at Tunbury, I would like to wish them all the very best for the future. 

Looking ahead to the new year, we have now held our online transition sessions for every class and published our ‘Welcome’ videos for each year group. These videos are available on Tapestry for Year R and on the Learning/Classes pages on the school website for Years 1-6. Since the start of lockdown, Tunbury staff have been working hard to find different ways to communicate with our children and families at home – did you know that we have now made more than 75 different videos for you? These include lessons, challenges, messages, information videos and our Year 6 Graduoke - you can view them all at https://vimeo.com/user107801583 if you have a spare minute or two! 

Also looking ahead to September, following last week’s information on our planning and risk assessment, we have a few additional updates and some dates for you – please take a look in the notices section for details. 

All that remains now is for me to wish you all a very happy, healthy and relaxing summer break. Take care of yourselves and your families – we very much look forward to seeing you again in September. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin



Dates for your diary – Academic Year 2020/2021

Please note: at present, we are planning for all Autumn term events or meetings with parents and carers to be held online, rather than in person.

  • Tuesday 1st September 2020 – INSET Day
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020 – Meet the Year 1 team 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020 – Meet the Year 2 team 4:00pm
  • Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Meet the Year 4 team 3:30pm
  • Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Meet the Year 6 team 4:00pm
  • Friday 4th September 2020 – Meet the Year 3 team 3:30pm
  • Friday 4th September 2020 – Meet the Year 5 team 4:00pm
  • Thursday 24th September 2020 – Phonics Session for parents of Year R & Year 1 4:30pm
  • Thursday 15th October 2020 – Kent Test
  • Monday 19th October – Thursday 22nd October 2020 – STEAM Week
  • Friday 23rd October 2020 – INSET Day
  • Thursday 5th November 2020 – New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)
  • Thursday 5th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)
  • Tuesday 10th November 2020 – Parents Evening (3:40pm – 6:20pm)
  • Friday 13th November 2020 – Children In Need
  • Monday 16th November 2020 – Anti-Bullying Week
  • Monday 16th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (2pm)
  • Wednesday 25th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (5pm)
  • Monday 30th November 2020 - New Entrants Meeting for next year’s Reception (9:15am)
  • Friday 11th December 2020 – Christmas Lunch 

Class assemblies: We are planning to delay the start of next year’s class assemblies until January. At the moment, we’re unsure whether circumstances in January will allow parents and carers to attend these events in person, or whether these events will be held online. Our normal in-school assemblies taking place from September will be held online because under current guidance, children are not able to gather together in the school hall. 

PE: From Monday 7th September, children will be having PE lessons with our sports coaches as normal, with the only difference being that children will get not be getting changed in school. Instead, children will come into school on their PE day already dressed in their PE kit. Please note: this means that children do not need to bring their PE bag into school in September. Further details on the timings of PE lessons for each year group will be given at the Meet the Teacher events in September. 

Individual and sibling photos: These will not take place during the Autumn term but have been postponed until later in the year. This is due to restrictions on children moving around school, the need to avoid mixing between children from different bubbles and the need to clean any shared spaces between uses by children from different bubbles. 

Energy Kidz: We are currently working with Energy Kidz to be able to open up the in-school breakfast club and after school club from Tuesday 2nd September. More information will be sent out to you all once we have finalised the provision with them. 

Music lessons: Music lessons will return in the autumn term for students who wish to have them. We are currently liaising with Kent Music, iRock and Sophie Hyde and will be providing you with more information shortly. 

TPS@50: Thank you to everyone who has designed a new Tunbury flag this week as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. For children learning at home, we already have some of your designs – thank you. If you have any more contributions, please email these to office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . We look forward to having a new commemorative flag made, based on your designs, for the Tunbury flagpole! 

Term dates: Our term dates for next academic year are available on the school website at: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021  

Year 6 trip: Next year’s Year 6 PGL trip has been rebooked and the new dates are Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd June. 

Entry and exit into school: this is a repeat of the information in last week’s bulletin on entry and exit to school – the below information has not changed. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R (after Transition)

8.55 – 9.05

2.55 – 3.05

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

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

 Separate arrangements have been made for entry and exit for our new Reception children and are these are now available at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/New-Entrants-2020

General guidelines on entry and exit are as follows:

  • Please do not be early or late, but arrive at the designated time – this is essential to avoid gathering of parents and families at the gates.
  • For the same reason, please leave the school proximity quickly after dropping off or collecting children.
  • Also, please limit the number of people coming to school to 1 adult per family group.
  • In the morning, teachers will be in their classrooms and children will ‘free flow’ directly into the classrooms without gathering or lining up. Senior leaders will be at the gate and children will be supervised by teaching assistants as they go into class.
  • In the afternoon, teachers will walk their class as a line towards the designated gate and dismiss children from there. All three classes from each year group will be dismissing simultaneously within the 10 minute period.
  • For children in Year 1 and 2 entering via the front gate, in the mornings parents will walk down to the lower car park and say goodbye to their children there (in the same way as the current Year 1 children are entering school now). In the afternoon, it will be different – parents will wait outside the front gate and teachers will walk children up towards this gate and dismiss from this area.
  • With the exception of siblings of Year R children, siblings can be dropped off and collected at the designated gate and time for the youngest sibling in the family group. Year R children are not included in this arrangement and need to be dropped off and collected separately, without any school-aged siblings.

We will email you on Tuesday 1st September with a reminder of these arrangements and any other updates for the start of term.



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