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Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers

As we near the end of the Autumn term, we’re looking back at just how far children have already come this academic year. We are so proud of each and every one of our fabulous children for their determination, wonderful behaviour and thirst for learning. As well as this week’s Assessment Week for individual children’s current attainment, we have been looking at learning across the whole school in Reading and History. In Reading, we saw huge enthusiasm for our improved approach to teaching Reading in Years 3-6. Children now spend more time reading each day and we have invested in new books to make sure that every child has their own copy of the class text to read. In History, we found an excellent understanding of chronology and recall of important historical events, like the Gunpowder Plot (Year 1) or the Great Fire of London (Year 2). For more details of what children learn at Tunbury, you can view our curriculum pages for English and History on our school website.

Now that Advent has begun, it’s beginning to feel a little Christmassy here in school! With decorations in our hall and classrooms, we’re looking forward to the Christmas period to come…

Please join us tomorrow for our TSA Christmas Market, in school from 2.00-4.00. We have children’s crafts, trade stalls, game stalls, gifts, as well as the chance to win some fantastic hampers in our Christmas raffle. We also have the opportunity to meet Santa himself…. our tickets to Santa’s Grotto can be pre-booked at The Tunbury School Association (TSA) (pta-events.co.uk)  We look forward to seeing you there!

Continuing with the Christmas theme, we’re looking forward to each year group’s Christmas events. For children in Year R, you’ll already have received details and tickets for your Christmas performances in the school hall. For Years 1 and 2, you’ll receive your tickets next week. For our older children, we’re holding Carols on the Playground on at 2.55 on Thursday 15th (for Year 3 & 4) and Friday 16th (for Year 5 & 6) and there is no need to book for these outdoor events – just come and join us.  

Finally, just a reminder that next Friday is Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day – please see the notices section for further details.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  

Best wishes

Ruth Austin




After school clubs: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the afterschool clubs running on Monday 5th December have been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Also please be reminded that all clubs will not be running on the last week of term, meaning next week will be the final sessions of this current series of clubs. Details of new clubs will be notified to you in the New Year. Please note this does not apply to Energy Kidz. 

Christmas Jumper Day: Our school community are supporting ‘Save The Children, Christmas Jumper Day 2022’. It will be held on Friday 9th December and this will also be the day we have our school Christmas Lunch. We are inviting the children to not only wear their Christmas jumpers, but to be in non-uniform that day too (as ‘Christmassy’ as possible please!). Please donate £2 per pupil to go to Save the Children. We would like donations to be made online via just giving at: Christmas Jumper Day 2022 is raising money for Save The Children!

Together we can make sure that children everywhere get the food they need, to laugh, play and see wonder in the world.

TCS Christmas Lunch: This will be taking place on Friday 9th December.  As usual, this dinner is free for children in KS1/EYFS and is a cost of £2.30 for children in KS2. Please send in the cash in a named and labelled envelope, ideally before Wednesday 7th December.  Alternatively, ensure parent mail is topped up ready for this day. 

Change of Menu: Due to Christmas dinner on Friday next week, Fish and Chips will be served on Wednesday 7th December.

Payment for TCS school lunches: With effect from the start of Term 3, Wednesday 4th January, the school kitchen will no longer be taking cash payments. Please pay for school lunches online via Parentmail.

School photos: The photographs of individual children taken last week have been emailed direct from Tempest to parents. The email is from: no-reply@tempest-orders.co.uk. If you have not received your emailed photograph order details, please check on your 'junk' email account. Proofs of the sibling group photographs were sent out from school via classes on Monday afternoon. Orders for either photographs can be placed online. (Please note we are a cashless office so orders must be placed and paid for online). Please place your orders by Wednesday 7th December so that the photographs can be processed before the end or term. Please contact the school office if you have a query.

Team Points: Holmes team are in the lead, with two more weeks to go – well done!  Can you hold on until the end of term?

Admissions for children starting school in September 2023 are now open: Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority. 

If you have missed one of our four meetings or wish to re-visit to see the school again or find out more, you can arrange a further visit or phone call by contacting the school office.  We would be happy to help with any queries you may have.

Tunbury Staff Vacancies: We are currently looking for the following staff to join our Tunbury team:

Teaching Assistant Teaching/Child Support at Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade (kent-teach.com)

Teaching Assistant Apprentice (Level 3/Advanced) | Apprenticeships | Kent Training and Apprenticeships

Midday Meals Supervisor Catering at Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade (kent-teach.com)

Please do share these vacancies with anyone you know who may be interested in these roles. 


Dates for your Diary

Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/
 Saturday 3rd December – TSA Christmas Market, 2-4 pm
 Monday 5th December – Year 3 Stone-age Day
 Tuesday 6th December – Y5 Space Day, including the Astronomy Roadshow – dressing up optional
 Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December – TSA Christmas Present Room
 Wednesday 7th December – Advent Assembly at the Church
 Wednesday 7th December – Christmas Performance Year R, 2.30pm
 Thursday 8th December -   IRock / Mrs Hyde’s Singing Group performances to parents 9.20 am NEW
 Friday 9th December – Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch
 Tuesday 13th December - Christmas Performance Year 1, 2.30pm
 Thursday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2, 2.00pm
 Thursday 15th December – Carols on the Playground Y3/4, 2.55pm
 Friday 16th December – Carols on the Playground Y5/6, 2.55pm
 Friday 16th December – Last day of term 2 for pupils
 Tuesday 3rd January – INSET Day – School Closed for pupils
 Wednesday 4th January – First day of term 3 for pupils
 Wednesday 4th January – WW2 Workshop – Year 6
 Tuesday 24th January – Young Voices Concert at the O2 (Singing Club)
 Monday 30th January – Open afternoon YR: 2-3pm
 Tuesday 31st January – Open afternoon Y1 / Y2: 2-3pm
 Wednesday 1st February – Open afternoon Y3 / Y4: 2-3pm
 Thursday 2nd February – Open afternoon Y5 / Y6: 2-3pm
 Friday 3rd February – National Number Day
 Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day
 Friday 10th February – Last day of term 3 for pupils
 Monday 20th February - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils
 Tuesday 21st February – Start of term 4 for pupils
 Thursday 23rd February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm
 Tuesday 28th February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm
 Friday 17TH March – National Science Day
 Monday 20th March – Francophonie Day
 Thursday 30th March - IRock Performance to parents am
 Friday 31st March – Last day of term 4 for pupils
 Monday 17th April – First day of term 5 for pupils
 Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed
 May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs
 Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III NEW
Tuesday  9th – Friday 12th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs
 Friday 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum
 Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week
 Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5 for pupils
 Monday 5th June - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils
 Tuesday 6th June – First day of term 6 for pupils
 Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week
 w/c Tuesday 6th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables check
 w/c Monday 12th June – Year 1 Phonics check
 Friday 30th June – Sports Day 

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 21st July – Last day of term/academic year for pupils


Class assemblies

Class assemblies will be held in the school hall on Friday afternoons.   Parents/carers and family members from each class are warmly invited to join us in school for these events, as our children love to share their learning with you.  Please come to the front of the school and wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.45 pm. The assembly will begin at 2.50 pm and last for about 10 minutes, finishing in time for you to collect your children at the end of the school day, as normal.

Friday 2nd December     Azure Class Assembly

Friday 9th December      Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 13th January         Blue Class Assembly

Friday 20th January         Violet Class Assembly

Friday 27th January         Orange Class Assembly

Friday 3rd February        Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 10th February      Amber Class Assembly

Friday 3rd March              Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 10th March           Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 17th March           Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 24th March           Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 31st March            Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 5th May                  Pink Class Assembly

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                         

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly


Welcome back to Term 4!

The last day of Term Four is Friday 31st March