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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 10th February 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Congratulations to Emerald class, who were the winners of our Tunbury ‘NSPCC Rocks’ TT Rockstars competition.  Children in Emerald class scored an amazing 20,925 correct answers on TT Rockstars last Friday.  Also, thank you for your kind donations for Number Day.  Altogether, we raised £253 for the NSPCC.  Hopefully children are enjoying playing on TT Rockstars at home, upgrading their avatars as well as improving their maths knowledge!  I know that some of our children are already improving their Rock Status – is anyone a Busker, Headliner or Rock Legend yet?  Please visit https://ttrockstars.com/ over half term to play.

Thank you Team Tunbury for your amazing response in sharing our search for an emergency out-of-hours Npower engineer on Tuesday evening.  Although this proved to be an impossible task, we appreciated your help, as always.  We have complained to our energy provider Laser and meter operator Npower regarding their total lack of support outside office hours on Tuesday evening through to Wednesday morning, which resulted in our school closure on Wednesday.  A representative from Laser stated ‘I apologise for the impact this has caused. The frustration and disruption created was not acceptable and I want to ensure this is investigated fully.’  We have not yet had any response from our complaint to Npower.

Aside from our difficulties on Wednesday, it’s been another great week of learning in school, with some fabulous enrichment opportunities taking place.  Yesterday’s Pirate Day in Year 2 was amazing – so much enthusiasm among Orange, Pink and Lavender class children – well done!  We also held our Year 3/4 Open Afternoon, where Year 3 classes opened their very own chocolate factory in the hall and Year 4 made some amazing clay sculptures with the help of their parents and carers.  Today, we have Year 4 Roman Day and Year 5 Poles Apart day.  Year 4 have some special Roman visitors in school and Year 5 are enjoying some polar activities whilst looking super cosy!  Thank you to our brilliant staff team for going the extra mile, bringing our curriculum to life through these special events.  Thank you to you, our parents and carers, for your wonderful support for children’s learning, including creating some amazing outfits for our themed days.

We hope that all of our families have a lovely half term break together.  Please remember that we have an INSET day on Monday 20th February, so children return to school on Tuesday 21st February.  Take care, and we look forward to seeing you for the start of Term 4.

Have a lovely half term break everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year 4

This term in Year 4, we have been enjoying our learning about the Romans. We discovered the tragic story of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, whilst reading the book ‘Escape from Pompeii.’ We then read about a little boy called Threptus and his adventures in the port of Ostia. We wrote some instructions to help Threptus destroy a sewer demon.

In topic we have been exploring Roman life, we explain who the Romans were and why they invaded Britain. We then designed our own Roman solider based on our knowledge and understanding of weapons back then. Finally, we discussed whether Boudicca was a hero or villain and the Roman Era came to an end within Britain.


In Science, we have been learning about the digestive system. We began learning the names of different teeth and the purpose they serve when we eat. The children made their own jaws and labelled the teeth. We then investigated the journey of food through various experiments, take a look below. Following this we discussed the diets of animals and created a variety of food chains based on our chosen animals.


In computing, we have explored coding and algorithms creating shapes, letters and numbers. We have also discussed how to stay safe online and who to talk to if needed.




Parents Evenings: If you have not already done so, please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher at one of our parent’s evenings on Thursday 23rd February or Tuesday 28th February. Bookings opened yesterday evening at 6pm. Please refer to the email sent out on Tuesday for further details and the School Interviews booking code. Thank you.  

Team Points: In a dramatic end of term twist, fuelled by the award of Golden Team points, Rowling overtook Hawking to be the winners of this term’s race.  Red team have their reward this afternoon – congratulations! 









Book week: To help inspire reading, we are planning an exciting range of activities for this year’s Book Week.  Further information will follow, but we wanted to share the following events with you in advance: 

Tunbury Book Week

Wednesday 22nd Feb-  Tuesday 28th Feb

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be open from 3:15 -3:45 each day for you to come into school to delve into some new books.    All the classes will have the chance to visit themselves during the day and will hopefully find their new 'favourite book'.   

Reading is such a magical journey…Please come and support us. Not only will you and your children be able to enjoy a new book at home, but the more books we sell, the more books we will earn for children at Tunbury.

Monday 27th Feb – Friday 3rd March

Bilingual parents share a book

Bilingual parents or family members are invited to come into their child’s class and read a book to the class in their home language. Please contact us at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk if you would like to participate.

Monday 27th February

Book themed cake competition

Children can bake and decorate book themed cakes at home with parents/carers.  Please bake at the weekend and bring cakes into school on Monday.  There will be prizes for each phase.

Wednesday 1st March

Tunbury book swap

Children can bring in old books they no longer need and swap them for a raffle ticket.  Each raffle ticket can then be swapped for a new book from the selection brought in by other children.

Friday 3rd March

World Book Day dressing up

Dress as your favourite book character.  In school, we’ll have a parade of costumes to show them off!  There will be prizes for the best home-made costumes in each phase.


 Logo Competition: Please see the request below from our newly formed newspaper group:


TSA Discos: Our fabulous TSA are working hard to introduce a new event for children this year: after-school discos for each phase, in the school hall.  The first disco will be for the Year 5/6 phase taking place on Friday 24th February. A flyer with further details on this will be sent out this afternoon. Following this, the Year 2/3/4 phase disco is scheduled for May and then a final disco for Year R/1 will be held in July. Exact dates and further details will be announced closer to the time. We hope that these will be enjoyable and memorable events for our children.

School Meals: There will be a new menu starting after half term, details have been published on our website. https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/menus/TCS_Spring_Summer_Menu_2023.pdf

School lunches can be paid for online via Parentmail. The school kitchen no longer take cash.

Parking: We have had some concerns form parents this week about irresponsible parking around the school site. Please be considerate of other road users in your parking choices. It’s essential that we all do this to keep our children safe. Thank you.  

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/

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

Wednesday 22nd February - Tuesday 28th February - The Book Fair, 3.15 -3.45pm

Thursday 23rd February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Friday 24th February – NHS Health checks, Year 6

Friday 24th February – TSA after school disco – Year 5/6 NEW

Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March – Book Week NEW

Tuesday 28th February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 2nd March – NEU strike date

Friday 3 March – Character Dressing Up day for World Book Day

Wednesday 15th March – NEU strike date

Thursday 16th March – NEU strike date

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

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 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 to Term 5

The last day of Term 5 is Friday 24th May 2024

The first day of Term 6 for pupils is Tuesday 4th June 2024

(Monday 3rd June 2024 is an INSET Day, School is closed for pupils)