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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 12th November 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thanks to our fabulous TSA, the return of our annual fireworks spectacular last Sunday was indeed spectacular!  With a new record attendance of around 1,800 visitors, it was wonderful to be able to enjoy such a successful community event. An amazing total of £4000 was raised from this event. On behalf of everyone at Tunbury, I would like to express our gratitude for the many hours of hard work by our TSA which made such a large event possible. Team Tunbury in action!  

This week, it has been brilliant to be able to re-start our extra-curricular clubs for the first time since March 2020.  Children had some wonderful opportunities, with Spanish, coding, singing, football, mindfulness colouring, board games and Science clubs on offer.  This felt like another step back to ‘normal’ school life, which is so welcome.  Also, while writing about the highlights of this week, I would like to highlight how much children are enjoying their PE lessons.  As you’ll know, we have transferred responsibility for teaching PE from our Sports Coaches to our class teachers, who are all doing a fabulous job.  At the same time, we’ve introduced new curriculum areas into PE and I have to that say that the Year 4 frisbee lessons this week looked like a lot of fun for everyone! 

Today, we’re looking forward to welcoming our Year 6 children back from this week’s residential trip.  Children have had a fantastic time with all kinds of adventurous activities and experiences, but they will certainly be a little bit tired!  A huge thank you to our staff team for giving their time and dedication to this trip: thank you to Mrs Ward, Mrs Stallard, Mr Mills, Miss Sibborn, Mrs Smith, Mr Kent and Mrs Cole.  Enjoy a restful weekend everyone.  

Next week, it’s anti-bullying week, where will be supporting all of our children in this important issue.  Through preventing bullying and ensuring children know what to do if they (or a friend) are experiencing bullying, we want to make it clear to everyone that bullying is never tolerated within our school community.  To help with this, we’ll be launching our new anti-bullying motto:  Tunbury is united against bullying. We will share full information on anti-bullying week in next week’s bulletin, but for now we would like to remind you that Monday is Odd Socks day.  We look forward to seeing some unique sock combinations!  If you would like more information on anti-bullying week or odd sock day in advance of next week, please visit https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day

Have a lovely weekend. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 3

This term we have started our new topic, Heroes and Heroines.  Our first heroine is Katherine Johnson; we are researching her work at NASA and have produced a double page spread about her life.   In English we have produced a fact file on Mae Jemison, the first black American woman to go into space.  The children have been really inspired by the stories of these very determined women.

In science, we are looking at forces and magnets and have carried out an investigation on the effects of friction on a moving object.   The children worked in groups and were able to decide how to carry out their investigation.


In maths, we are consolidating our understanding of the column method for adding and subtracting then using our skills to answer reading and problem solving questions. 

Last week was Outdoor Classroom Day and the children went outside to make some woodland animals from clay and the natural resources they could find in our woodland area.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed working outside, despite the cold weather.



All of our after-school extra-curricular clubs will be running next week. Please see details on our website:

Children from all clubs will be collected from the entrance to the main hall, outside the main office.  Please come in via the pedestrian gate, please do not try to drive in to the school car park as it will be busy with children and families and this car park is for staff only.  Thank you. 


Team Points: Our first points total for the new term is as follows. Holmes are in the lead – well done! 









 School photos: Tempest photographers will be in school next week on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November, for individual and sibling group photos of all children in school.  Sorry - we are not able to facilitate pre-school sibling groups this year. 

All children will have an individual photo taken, unless you tell us otherwise. Tempest will also be able to take photos of sibling groups of in-school children. However, if you do not require a sibling group photo, please send an email to the school office. 

Children in Need: This year to raise money for Children in Need, the whole school will be taking part in the live Joe Wicks workout on the morning of Friday 19th November. Please ensure that all children have their PE kits in school on this day. 

We have set up a Tunbury Children in Need Just Giving page, to try and raise our target of £500! Please make your donations here using this link: Tunbury Primary School is fundraising for BBC Children in Need (justgiving.com) 

Covid-19: Please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance.  School staff are taking twice weekly Covid tests and we would encourage other adults and secondary school pupils in our community to do the same.  Please continue to follow the current Covid guidance – you can check this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/

Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes. 

Monday 15th – Friday 19th November – Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 15th November: Odd Socks Day

Monday 15th November – Flu Immunisation Programme (all year groups)

Monday 15th November 5.00-5.45New Entrants for September 2022 Online meeting for parents/carers

Wednesday 17/Thursday 18th November – Pupils’ Individual Photos (Tempest Photographers)

Friday 19th November – Children in Need NEW

Tuesday 23rd November 3.30-4.30 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Performance Year R – 2.45pm

Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm

Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3

Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Friday 18th March – Science Day

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2

Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5

Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)

Friday 22nd July – Last day of term 6 

Class assemblies 

Class assemblies are scheduled to take place in-person, in the school hall, on Friday afternoons. 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 2.55 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 19th November – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly

Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly

Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly


Details of our new entrants tours for September 2022 Reception Intake are available on the home page and 'New Entrants' tab. 


Reminder: Tuesday 4th January 2022 is an INSET day.