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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 13th December 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers 

What a week of wonderful Christmas performances! It has been a pleasure and privilege to celebrate Christmas with you this week, starting with our Reception children on Monday, Year 1’s ‘Gnome Alone’ on Tuesday and Year 2’s ‘The Inn Crowd’ on Wednesday. Throughout the week, children have risen to the occasion, singing and acting with confidence and enthusiasm. We are really proud of them, as I know you are too. Later on today, we look forward to welcoming parents for our KS2 ‘Carols on the Playground’, with refreshments from our TSA. 

As you will remember from our September Parent Survey, the top two areas of development for Tunbury were to improve communication and the quality of information that we provide you with about your children’s learning. As a result of this, we have been making some changes and you will now be receiving ‘live’ assessment information for your child three times each year. Further information and a full guide to the new system will be provided, but to summarise very briefly….. all class teachers have completed their Autumn in-school assessments this week and after collating and checking, this information will be sent home with your child on Monday. This system and the accompanying information has been developed in consultation with parents from our recent Parent Forum, so we hope that you will find it useful. Regarding communication, parents also requested further notice on significant dates, so our ‘Dates for your Diary’ section below now extends to the end of the school year, with dates for Sports Day, Open Afternoons and Parent Forum meetings. All of these developments should be another step forward for us at Tunbury and we’ll be interested in your feedback on whether we’re going in the right direction! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our learning Year 5

On Friday 6th December, a Viking, Brunhild, came to visit year 5.   The children learned some interesting facts about Viking life including how clothes were made using spinning and weaving as well as discovering how cloth was dyed using plants and urine - Yuk! Two children from Indigo class made a length of cord by twisting the thread. 

The children found out what life was like for Viking children, it was certainly very different to their lives.  There were no schools; children learned how to make and use weapons; how to cook and how to forage for food and for moss.  The moss was very useful after a trip to the outside toilet!  Viking games were all designed to improve skills that would be useful in their adult life, Brunhild showed the children an example of a game the children would have played.  ‚ÄčThe most surprising fact is that children would have beer to drink instead of water! Brunhild brought in some utensils, a wooden bowl to eat from and some spoons made from animal horns.  Vikings were very resourceful, using all parts of an animal that they killed to eat. At the end of the afternoon, there was a Viking burial ceremony which involved dissecting animals and killing a servant - don't worry, not a drop of blood was shed. Year 5 certainly have developed their understanding of life under Viking rule.  



  • Year 2 Next week, the last week of term, each year 2 class will be baking Christmas biscuits. The following ingredients for the Christmas biscuits are: Plain flour, butter (Lactose free butter will also be supplied), caster sugar and vanilla extract. All ingredients will be supplied by the school. As we will be working with food, please ensure you let your child’s class teacher know if your child has any allergies that we need to be aware of. Thank you very much.
  • Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Please visit the school website for our severe weather guidance:  https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Severe-Weather

  • Scarlet class would like to say a huge "Thank you" to Mrs Hannaford for giving up her time for the last 10 weeks, to accompany the class to Larkfield for their swimming lessons. Next term’s swimming lessons start on Tuesday 14th January with Lilac class.
  • School Crossing Patrol – do you know a Local Hero? Our advert is still live, but closes on Monday.  http://d.rfer.us/KENTHRBCG7z1qj
  • Starting at Primary School Do you have a child born between 1st September 2015—31st August 2016? If your child will be 4 years old by 31st August 2020, the time to apply for a primary school is NOW. For parents who live in the Kent local authority parents can apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions For parents who live in the Medway local authority parents can apply online at http://new.medway.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/starting-primary-school/apply-for-a-place Applications must be submitted before 15th January 2020.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – gates will open at 2.40 pm

Monday 16th December – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6

Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2

Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break

Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils

Friday 10th January – New Entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am NEW                   

Tuesday 14th January – Zoolab visiting Year 1

Tuesday 14th January – Swimming starts for Lilac class NEW          

Friday 17th January - Norman Day visit Year 4

Friday 7th February – TSA Family disco NEW

Monday 3rd February – iRock music assembly NEW

Tuesday 11th February – Safer Internet Day NEW

Wednesday 12th February – Parents’ Open Afternoon – 2 pm NEW

Thursday 13th February – Zoolab visiting Year R NEW

Friday 14th February – TSA Non-Uniform Day NEW

Friday 14th February – Last day of Term 3

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February – February Break

Monday 24th February – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 25th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day – NEW

Thursday 5th March – Parents’ Evening 3.40 pm – 6.30 pm NEW

Tuesday 10th March - Parents’ Evening 3.40 pm – 6.30 pm NEW

Wednesday 11th March – Year 5 visit to the Royal Observatory NEW

Thursday 12th March – Year 1 visit to Kent Life NEW

Monday 16th March – Travelling Books sale NEW

Thursday 19th March – Parent Forum – 5 pm NEW

Tuesday 31st March – TSA Easter Hunt NEW

Wednesday 1st April – Last Day of Term 4 NEW

Thursday 2nd AprilWednesday 15th AprilSpring/Easter Break NEW

Thursday 16th April – Start of Term 5 NEW

Tuesday 21st April – Swimming starts for Ruby class NEW

Wednesday 29th April – Friday 1st May – Year 4 Residential visit to Swattenden NEW

Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday – School Closed NEW

Monday 11th May – SATs Week – Year 6 NEW

Monday 18th May – SATs Week – Year 2 NEW

Friday 22nd May – Last day of Term 5 NEW

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May – May Break Week NEW

Monday 1st June – INSET DAY – School Closed for Pupils NEW

Tuesday 2nd June – Start of Term 6 for pupils NEW

Monday 8th June – Phonics check week – Year 1 NEW

Monday 15th June – Friday 19th June - Bikeability Cycle Training Year 6 NEW

Monday 15th June – Multiplication Tables check week – Year 4 NEW

Friday 26th June - Year 4 visit to Horton Kirby NEW

Monday 6th July – Sports Day – KS2 am, KS1 pm (Reserve Day, Monday 13th July) NEW

Wednesday 8th July – Parent Forum – 2 pm NEW

Friday 10th July – TSA Dare to be Different/Family Picnic NEW

Wednesday 15th July – Year 6 performances 2 pm and 6 pm NEW

Thursday 16th July – Annual Reports home to parents NEW

Monday 20th July – Parents’ Open Afternoon 2 pm NEW

Monday 20th July – Parents’ drop-in with class teachers regarding reports 3.15 -4.15 pm NEW

Wednesday 22nd July – Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly – 2 pm NEW

Wednesday 22nd July – Last day of Term 6 / Academic Year NEW

Class Assemblies

Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors. You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm. It will last about 10 minutes. 

Friday 17th January – Violet

Friday 24th January – Turquoise

Friday 31st January – Lilac

Friday 7th February – Amber

Friday 14th February – Lavender

Friday 6th March – Emerald

Friday 13th March – Magenta

Friday 20th March – Ruby

Friday 27th March – Azure

Friday 15th May – Blue

Friday 22nd May – Red

Friday 12th June – Pink

Friday 19th June – Yellow

Friday 26th June – Bears

Friday 3rd July - Owls

Friday 10th July – Hedgehogs


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