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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 14th October 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, Black History Month has come to Tunbury.  Children were fascinated to discover two inspirational Black people who lived in Medway in Victorian times: Sarah Forbes-Bonetta and William Cuffay.  Sarah Forbes-Bonetta was a Nigerian Princess who was given to Queen Victoria as a gift, before moving to England, becoming Queen Victoria’s god-daughter, spending her weekends at Buckingham Palace and living in Canterbury Street in Gillingham.  William Cuffay was a Victorian union leader who fought for workers’ rights, demanding a reduction to a 10-hour working day for tailors, before being convicted and sent to Australia.  Both Sarah and William have interesting stories to tell, giving a new perspective on local history and Victorian history.  They are both commemorated locally, with Sarah’s blue plaque at Palm Cottage in Canterbury Street and William’s blue plaque at Chatham Dockyard.  Thank you to our new Reception TA Mrs Halpin for helping us to discover them.  Following this introduction, children in Years 1-6 have continued their own learning about Black History this week by conducting their own research – please ask them who they are learning about and what they have found out.

Next week, please come and visit us in school for our Open Afternoons.  Parents/carers are very welcome to come into school to see children in their classrooms – we want to share children’s learning with you and celebrate their successes so far this year!  Open Afternoons are such an effective way to experience learning in your child’s classroom, meet their key staff in school and get involved in their learning.  If you can join us, please come to the front gate of the school and wait outside the school office - we will then invite you in at 2.00.  After enjoying an hour of Tunbury learning, at 3.00 we’ll ask you to leave classrooms and move to the playgrounds for home-time collection as usual.  (The only exception to this is for Year R, we’ll invite you to help your child get ready for home time and then leave together from the classrooms at 3.00-3.10.)

As a reminder, our guidance and dates for Open Afternoons are as follows:

  • This year, families are not limited to one visitor per child, but please be mindful that even our newly enlarged classrooms will be very crowded!
  • Please do not use your mobile phone during Open Afternoons. Ideally, all mobiles should be switched off. Taking photos, sending messages or making calls is not allowed while in our school buildings.
  • If younger siblings come with you to Open Afternoon, we ask you to be responsible for making sure that they are well supervised and not disturbing others. School staff may ask you to leave the classroom if younger siblings are really noisy – thank you for your understanding.
  • There is no space for pushchairs or buggies in the classrooms, but you can leave these items in the playgrounds ready for you to collect at home time.
  • All Open Afternoons are from 2.00-3.00. Year 5/6 on Monday, Year 3/4 on Tuesday, Year 1/2 on Wednesday and Year R on Thursday. 

At Open Afternoons, our TSA are kindly helping us to set up a Uniform Swap Shop, which is something we wanted to offer to our families due to current financial pressures caused by the cost of living crisis.  We’ll have second-hand Tunbury uniform and PE kit laid out ready for you to pick up during Open Afternoons.  If you have any unwanted Tunbury school uniform (in good condition) at home, please bring it along with you and swap it for something that you do need!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin



Our Learning: Year 2

This term in year 2, we have been enjoying our learning about Toys. This week we have started looking at non-fiction and will be writing our own information page about our favourite toy. We will be using questions, headings and facts to make our writing interesting for the reader.


For Black History Month we found out about Lenny Henry. He has worked hard to support other people less fortunate than ourselves by setting up the charity Comic Relief. Some parents or grandparents might know him from his TV series The Lenny Henry show. In 2015 he was knighted by the Queen for his work. We are looking forward to sharing what we have found out in assembly next week. Have a look at some of our fact pages:

In History we have been learning about the history of toys. We have played with some toys from the Victorian era and made a timeline of toys through History to the present day (see below) As part of toy day we will be sharing our ideas to answer the questions would you swap your toy for a Victorian one?


In Science we have been investigating materials by squashing, squeezing, twisting and pulling a range of objects. We have compared the different properties of materials and recorded our results in different ways.


Here is Orange class with our toys on toy day:



Team Points: Here are the Team Points totals at the end of this week.  Hawking are still holding their lead on the penultimate week of Term 1 – can they win the race? 









Vacancies: We have two current vacancies on our staff team.  We are looking for a new IT Technician:  

ICT Technician Technicians at Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade (kent-teach.com)

and a Midday Meals Supervisor:

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

Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested in either of the roles.

Road Safety: The local council have received reports from residents about drivers not being safe when pulling out of Catkin Close. Please ensure that when you are dropping off or picking up that you look right before turning left out of the car park and keep your speed to a minimum. Thank you for your support with this.  

Flu Immunisation, Thursday 10th November 2022: for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Please see https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/.  Please note the e-consent portal closes on 02/11/2022, 6 working days before our school’s immunisation session, and NHS cannot accept late consents or consents on the day of vaccination. 

Please note the Flu Immunisations for Year 6 pupils will be on Wednesday 16th November. The relevant information has been emailed to Year 6 parents.  If any parents/carers are having issues completing the online consent form, please call the immunisation team on 0300 123 5205 or text them on 07401320923. 

Dates for your Diary

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

Monday 17th – Thursday 20th October – TSA Uniform Swap Shops, 2-3pm

Monday 17th October – Open Afternoon for Year 5/Year 6 – 2-3pm

Monday 17th October - Y5's Viking day, Costumes optional

Tuesday 18th October - Open Afternoon for Year 3/Year 4 – 2-3pm

Wednesday 19th October - Open Afternoon for Year 1/Year 2 – 2-3pm

Wednesday 19th October – Year 6 Parents’ Info meeting – PGL visit, 3.30pm in Main Hall NEW

Thursday 20th October - Open Afternoon for Year R – 2-3pm

Thursday 20th October - Ancient Greek workshop Year 6

Friday 21st October - Year 4 Norman Day

Friday 21st October – Last day of term 1 for pupils

Monday 31st October – Start of term 2 for pupils

Tuesday 1st – Tuesday 8th November – Bikeability training for Year 6

Tuesday 1st November – New Entrants Meeting 9.15-10.15 am

Wednesday 2nd November – Year 2 visit to Kent Life 

Thursday 3rd November – Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Sunday 6th November – TSA Fireworks

Tuesday 8th November - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th November – Year 6 residential visit to PGL Marchants Hill

Thursday 10th November – Flu Immunisation for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Monday 14th – Friday 18th November – Anti-bullying week

Monday 14th November – New Entrants meeting 9.15-10.15 am

Monday 14th November – New Entrants meeting – Online via TEAMS 5-5.45 pm

Wednesday 16th November – Flu Vaccinations – Year 6 

Thursday 17th November – Year 4 visit to Rochester Cathedral/Castle NEW

Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November – Bikeability training for Year 6

Tuesday 22nd/Wednesday 23rd November – Individual/family photos: Tempest Photographers

Wednesday 23rd November – New Entrants meeting 3.30-4.30 pm

Thursday 1st December - New Entrants meeting 1.45-2.45 pm

Saturday 3rd December – TSA Christmas Market (hold the date – event tbc)

Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December – TSA Christmas Present Room

Wednesday 7th December – Christmas Performance Year R, 2.30pm

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

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 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 – Thursday 11th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

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

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 11th November  Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 18th November  Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 25th November  Emerald Class Assembly

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