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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 14th June 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

We opened our annual parent/carer survey last week, but so far, we only have 55 responses.  By comparison, last year we had 185!  Your feedback is important, so please take the time to share your views with us.  It only takes 10 minutes, but does mean a lot to us.  You can access the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/tunbury24 until it closes at 5pm on Monday 17th June.  Thank you.

More sporting success!  Children from our girls’ football club were super excited to play their first ever football matches against St Peters Aylesford yesterday. More information is below, but I’d just like to say how proud we were of all the girls taking part and how well they played together.  Wouldn’t it be great to have some future Lionesses in Team Tunbury! 

Year 5 have been nurturing some special visitors over the past two weeks – some baby partridge chicks!  Children were enthralled to watch the chicks hatch out of their eggs, which were kept in a special incubator, before moving into a larger cage with food, water and heat pad.  The chicks got bigger, more confident and much noisier over just a few days, and I know children enjoyed sharing their lessons with them.  We’ll share some photos and videos on our Facebook page for you to see.  After leaving Tunbury today, the chicks will be looked after and then released into the wild at the right age.

Looking ahead, please see the notices section below for details of our TSA Summer Discos next Thursday 20th June, as well as the brand new TSA Tunbury Circus event on Saturday 20th July.  We also have details of the timings of Sports Day, which is on Friday 28th June.  Lots to look forward to in the summer term! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Girls Football

Yesterday, 19 girls from Year 4, 5 & 6 went to Aylesford for an afternoon of football fun with Aylesford St Peters Primary. We played some fun warm up games and then played 3 different matches! We played a 9 a side match, which Tunbury won 2-0 and a 5 a side match which Tunbury won 10-0! We then joined together to play an 11 a side match which Tunbury won 3-0. It was a fantastic afternoon with some great football, showing how much progress the girls have made since joining our after school football club. Plus, as always, brilliant behaviour and fair play throughout. Thank you to Mrs Gladdish for helping us.


Our Learning: Year 2

In Year 2 we have been enjoying our topic of On Safari. We have been comparing the UK to Africa. We have used atlases and maps to identify the geographical features. Did you know that Africa is a continent with 54 countries? We are looking forward to a visit from The Education Group who are going to teach us some African music using drums and we will be making African masks.

Last week we enjoyed taking part in Steam week. We made stop motion videos about time. Classes chose how to represent time in their videos. Orange class took us on a journey through time in Year 2 and showed our history learning. Lavender class worked in groups and showed the seasons of the year, or a life cycle. Pink class also worked in groups to create a movie linked to time travel. We found out about reaction times, and completed an experiment to see if we could improve our reactions. 

We also really enjoyed our open afternoon, where we completed our Tinga Tinga art work. It was great to see so many adults in to support our learning. We used cutting and sticking to complete our pictures of African animals. Next week, we will evaluate our art work – look out for the additions to the Tunbury Art Gallery. 

This week we started our end of year assessments, in which the children worked really hard and gave all of the work 100% effort. We will continue with these next week. Well done everyone and thank you parents for your support.



TSA Disco and Non Uniform Day:


After School clubs: So that staff can help with the Disco on Thursday our teacher-led clubs will be cancelled on Thursday: Tag Rugby, Coding club, Spainish club, Crochet club. Lego club and Tennis club will be taking place. However if you have booked a place on a Thursday club and want your child to attend a club they may join Tennis club on this occasion. Please contact the school office to book this.

TSA Circus: The circus is coming to Tunbury Primary School on Saturday 20th July! We have the amazing company Circus Pizaz joining us this year for our summer circus! There are 3 show times to choose from and tickets are £6.50, however as an early bird offer - Children's tickets are currently £5 until 30th June. 

It's going to be a fantastic event so we hope you can join us! Book your tickets to the circus now at: https://www.pta-events.co.uk/tunbury/index.cfm 

If you don't want to come and watch the circus show, there is still lots of fun to be had as there will be hot/cold drinks, hot food, sweet treats, cakes, crazy golf, glitter/face paint, giant inflatable slide, a fun fair ride, games, craft stalls, henna, bungee trampolines and a bar! (General entry is free or by donation and you do not need to book tickets if you are not coming to watch the circus show). 

Class Photos: Next week, Wednesday 19th June Tempest Photographers will be in school to take class photos. If you do not want your child to be included in the class photo, please will you contact the school office to let us know.

Sports Day: With two weeks to go, here is an overview of our plan for Sports Day on Friday 28th June.

Children will bring their PE kit home before Sports Day.  On Sports Day, children should come to school wearing their PE kit, including their PE t-shirt in their House Team colour.  They will wear their PE kit all day and do not need to bring their school uniform as well.  On the day, please ensure your child has sun cream on and has a hat. 


KS2 Sports Day (for all children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

This will be ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in different zones of the field.  Following this, there will be races on our track, before our KS2 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.



Family Picnic on the field for all children and families - please join us!

Families will be able to sit together on the field – please bring your picnic blankets and food (no footballs/frisbees, BBQs, alcohol). You can bring picnic food as a whole family or send children in with their own packed lunches to eat with you.  During the Family Picnic, we ask children to remain around the edges of the field and not play with or move the Sports Day equipment which is left out ready for the afternoon events.


School meals on this day will be ‘Picnic Bags’. The kitchen are able to provide your child with a picnic bag but they must be pre-ordered in advance. 


Children who do not have family members present will be supervised by school staff during lunchtime.  Alternatively, if you cannot attend and wish your child to join another family group for the picnic, you must tell us in advance for safeguarding purposes.


An email will be sent home on Monday with a form for you to tell us about pre-ordering picnic bags and any special supervision arrangements for the picnic.



FS/KS1 Sports Day (for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

This operates in the same way as for KS2: ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in a different zone of the field.  Following this, there will be races on our track before our KS1 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.



Optional early collection for all children, using normal home time arrangements. This should be at around 2.45, but will happen 15 minutes after the end of FS/KS1 Sports Day.



Normal home time arrangements for remaining children.


After school clubs (Multiskills) will not run on Sports Day.


End of year reports: This year, we’ll be sharing our end-of-year school reports for every child via your email address, instead of by paper.  To make sure you have access to your child’s report, please make sure that we have the correct email address for you on our system.  If you would like to provide an updated email address, please send this in to Office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk  Thank you.

School dinner payments: Please continue to pay for school lunches in cash or cheques payable to TCS Education Catering Ltd. This can be sent to school in a sealed, named envelope via the school office.

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Our KS1 winners for this week are Hedgehogs Class with a fantastic 100% and our KS2 winners are Scarlet Class, who managed an outstanding 98.85%! Well done to both classes! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: The first Team Points totals for Term 6 are as follows.  Well done to Attenborough team for taking an early lead.









Dates for your Diary

Term dates for 2023/24: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-23-24/

Term dates for 2024/25: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-24-25/

Term 6

Wednesday 19th June – Class group photographs – Tempest NEW

20th June – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day

Thursday 27th June – Year 4 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm – Art-sketching

Friday 28th June – Sports Day (KS2 am, family picnic at lunchtime, FS/KS1 pm, TSA Refreshments)

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

Monday 8th July – Year 5 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Art Henri Rousseau Rainforest

Wednesday 10th July - Whole School Transition Day (all classes move up to new teachers), with Open Classroom session for parents/carers 3.15-3.45

Thursday 11th July – Rochester visit – Year 4

Friday 12th July – African mask workshop Year 2

Friday 12th July – Children’s annual reports available - NEW

Thursday 18th July – Year 6 Performance: 2 pm and 6 pm

Friday 19th July – (TSA) Dare to be Different

Friday 19th July – Year 6 School Prom, 6.30 -9.30 pm

Saturday 20th July – (TSA) Tunbury Summer Circus

Monday 22nd July – Year 6 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm – Afternoon Tea

Tuesday 23rd July – Year 6 Leavers’ Assemblies: Emerald 9.00, Crimson 9.45, Violet 10.30

Tuesday 23rd July – Last day of term

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 2.45pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.50pm 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 14th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 21st June – Owls Class Assembly


Welcome to Term 6

The last day of Term 6 / Academic year is Tuesday  23rd July 2024