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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 15th March 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today is Science Day, so every class has been getting involved in Science activities and making their own scientific discoveries.  Different year groups are exploring the answers to different questions…. For example, Year 5 are experimenting with blubber to answer the question ‘How are polar animals adapted to survive?’ and Year 1 are making different tails to answer the question ‘Why do monkeys have prehensile tails?’  In assembly this morning, we also enjoyed a Tunbury Science Quiz, which for the second year running was won by Pink class in Year 2 – great Science knowledge Pink class!

Science Day and Book Week are just some of the different enrichment activities we design to keep learning fresh and interesting, so we really hope that your children come home ‘full of beans’ and want to tell you all about it.

Next week, we have our Spring Term Open Afternoons, and we look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms.  Please see the Diary Dates sections for details of the dates/times for each year group.   As a reminder, our general guidance for Open Afternoons is as follows:

  •  Please come to the front gate of the school and wait outside the school office - we will then invite you in at 2.00. 
  •  Families are not limited to one visitor per child, but please be mindful that 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.
  •  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. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Book Week – Monday 4th – Friday 8th March 

Last week we had a very successful Book Week.  The children enjoyed reading a variety of alternative traditional tales and enjoyed taking part in a variety of other book related activities.  The week culminated in character dressing-up for World Book Day and a spectacular staff pantomime - ‘Janet and the Magic Beans’.  A big thank you to all children, parents and staff for making Book Week such a success.  Please see below for photographs of our competition winners from the week. 


Staff Pantomime

A very special well done and thank you to all of the teachers who gave up time after school this term to put together their own ‘twisted tale’ - Janet and the Magic Beans.  The performance was incredible and good fun was had by all children and staff in the audience.  Rumour has it that there may be a summer panto at the end of this academic year so watch this space….!

Let Girls Play – Friday 8th March

We took part in the Biggest Ever Football Session on International Women’s Day on the 8th March. Girls from every year group were invited to play at lunchtime with 109 girls taking part! They all played with fantastic enthusiasm and sportsmanship, not a single argument among them! There are plenty of spaces in our girls football club (Yr 4-6) on a Monday, so if your daughter enjoyed herself, please contact the office to join us!


Many thanks to Mrs Austin, Mrs Stallard, plus Holly, Amy and Ewan from Year 6 for their assistance.

Miss Hawkes


After School Clubs: Please be advised on Monday 25th March all after school clubs will be cancelled due to the TSA school disco taking place.

School dinner payments:
Our school lunch providers, TCS, (Total Catering Solutions) have requested parents do not use Parent Mail to pay for school lunches as they are still experiencing technical issues with this system.  Please 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 class teacher. Please be advised that any credit that was on your accounts on the last day of term has been transferred to a paper register.

Miss Elliott London Marathon: Crimson class teacher Miss Elliott is running the London Marathon in April this year to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.  We’re keen to support her in this, so would like to share her fundraising page with everyone in the Tunbury school community.  Everyone in Team Tunbury wishes her all the very best with both the running and the fundraising! https://2024tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/madeleine-elliott 

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Well done to Orange class who have great attendance this week taking top spot for KS1. Followed by Sapphire class with great attendance for KS2, well done! 


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Team Points: A very close race this term between Attenborough and Hawking….  Attenborough have just held onto their lead – well done!









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 4

Mon 18th March – Open Afternoon, Y5/6 2.00-3.00 pm

Tuesday 19th March – Visit to Upnor Castle – Year 2           

Tues 19th March – Open Afternoon, Y3/4 2.00-3.00 pm 

Wed 20th March – Open Afternoon YR 2.00-3.00 pm 

Wednesday 20th March – Visit to Imperial War Museum, London – Year 6

Thurs 21st March – Open Afternoon, Y1/2 2.00-3.00 pm 

Monday 25th March - (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day
Year R and 1: 2-3pm

Year 2 and 3: 3.15-4.15pm

Years 4, 5 and 6: 4.30-5.30pm

Wednesday 27th March – Mayan workshop in school – Year 3

Thursday 28th March – (TSA) Easter Trail

Thursday 28th March – Last day of term for pupils

Term 5

Monday 15th April – Start of Term 5 for pupils

Tuesday 23rd April – Bluebell Barn visit – Year R

Monday 6th May – BANK HOLIDAY – School Closed

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th May – KS2 SATS Week Year 6

Friday 17th May – Outdoor Learning Day

Friday 17th May – Wingham Wildlife Park visit – Year 3

Wednesday 22nd May – Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

Thursday 23rd May – (TSA) Tunbury's Got Talent

Friday 24th May – Last day of term for pupils

Term 6

Monday 3rd June – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 4th June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 4th-7th June – STEAM Week

Monday 3rd June-14th June – Multiplication Times Tables Check Year 4

Monday 10th June-Friday 14th June – Phonics Screening – Year 1

Tuesday 11th / Wednesday 12th June – (TSA) “Gifts for Him" present room

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

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

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

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

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 15th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 22nd March – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 26th April – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 3rd May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 10th May – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 24th May – Red Class Assembly

Friday 7th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 14th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 21st June – Owls Class 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)