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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 16th September 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of our second week of the new school year, this year’s relationships and routines are becoming established and children have settled in well to their new classes. 

With this in mind, today is National Teaching Assistants day, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank the fantastic team of TAs that we have here at Tunbury.  Our TAs are caring, talented and totally dedicated to your children, supporting their learning and well-being throughout their school lives, from the first day or Reception to the last day of Year 6.  To illustrate just how important our TAs are…. why not ask your child about their ‘favourite Tunbury people’…. then listen to what they say and reflect on how many wonderful TAs are mentioned!  Thank you, Tunbury TAs, we couldn’t do it without you.

This week, we would like to share feedback from our July 2022 Parent Survey, as well as our plans for the new school year.  At Tunbury, we are extremely proud of our school and it was a pleasure to read your insights and comments recognising our strengths, as well as areas for development.  The following themes were commonly recognised across many responses:

Areas of strength for Tunbury

Example comments

·       Good home/school communication



“The communication is very good. Every week I look forward to the bulletin, and seeing what everyone has been up to during the week.”


“There seems to be a real effort in making the school feel like a community with good communication with parents.”

·       Supportive, caring staff with nurturing relationships making children feel confident in school

“Teaching is great, staff are kind and supportive and my daughter is very happy at school.”


“My children have had amazing relationships with their teachers and TAs which has really helped them to grow. The teachers are always approachable and willing to help with any concerns or queries I may have.”

·       Almost all parents are aware of what their children are learning through the year


“Good communication of what my child is currently learning or what they need further support with.”


“I enjoy receiving the update of what topics my child will be learning about each term.”


Areas of development for Tunbury

Example comments

·        Parents would like to see greater provision of educational visits, post-Covid disruption


“It would be nice for them to have a few school trips, as this is something they really look forward to, my daughter has only had 1 trip I can think of. Are they going to be returning next year?”


“School Trips - I know Covid stopped school trips but I have a child that is now coming to the end of year 2 and has never been on a trip outside of school.”

·        Most parents would prefer a face-to-face appointment at parents’ evenings, although views differ on this (64% prefer face-to-face, 15% prefer online, 21% don’t mind)

“More personal face to face and nice to see inside the school/classroom.”


“I liked having the option of both this year. If I was unable to make the face to face meetings, due to work commitments, the online option still gave me the opportunity to speak to the class teacher as I was able to access this from work.”

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.  We are committed to providing the highest quality of education for children at Tunbury and recognise that this can only be achieved by listening to feedback from our children, staff and parents/carers.  For this reason, school leaders and governors use this feedback to identify our next steps as a school.  Governors agree our annual Key Priorities and this year’s priorities are in the letters and forms section of the website for you to read.  Although the new school year has only just started, some elements of our Key Priorities will already be familiar to you; for example, you have already heard about our School Councillor elections and you will be hearing much more about pupil leadership in the coming year.  Information on our school curriculum was shared at our Meet the Team meetings last week and you can find our more by taking a look at our curriculum pages at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Curriculum/   

Throughout this week, we have continued to support children through our period of national mourning and events taking place around us.  For example, in assembly, we learned what a proclamation is and watched an historic proclamation ceremony together.  On Monday, we hope that our children and families will be able to pause and reflect on the life and service of Queen Elizabeth II.  Please support your children in understanding the significance of this moment in history – thank you.  We look forward to seeing children back in school on Tuesday morning.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Online Safety

Did you know: Tik Tok is not age appropriate for primary school pupils; the minimum age is 13+ according to Tik Tok's terms and conditions. Please see this week’s poster (in the letters and forms section of our website) for what parents/carers need to know about Tik Tok. 


Harvest Assembly: Next Wednesday, 21st September, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival in school with a special assembly, led by Reverend Roe from Walderslade Baptist Church.

We would be grateful for any donations of non-perishable food. We are aware that many families are finding it a struggle to afford essentials like food and, as a school, would very much like to support local families by donating to the Medway Food Bank.

Reception children: We are so proud of how well our youngest children have been coming into school this week. Although some children are already doing so, we just wanted to remind parents/carers that all children will need to say goodbye at the gate from Monday morning, rather than being accompanied to their classroom doors.  Staff will be on hand to support children in coming into school and going to their classrooms.  The home-time routines will be unchanged.

After School Clubs: This week, we have been asking children to tell us what types of after-school clubs they would like to see at Tunbury.  We’re finalising the details of what we can offer and details of this term’s after-school clubs will be emailed to parents on Wednesday next week. The online booking system will be live from 6 pm. Clubs will then start from Monday 26th September.

Team Points: Here are the Team Points totals at the end of this week – children have made such a fabulous start to the year, our Team Point totals are already very high!  Rowling are in the lead – well done! 









TSA Annual General Meeting: The TSA AGM will be taking place on Thursday 22nd September from 8 pm in the school hall.  Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome!   

Dates for your Diary

Please note: dates for Christmas events will be added to the bulletin next week.

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

Monday 19th September – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Wednesday 21st September – Harvest Assembly

Thursday 22nd September – TSA AGM 8 pm –School Hall

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

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

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

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

Thursday 20th October - Ancient Greek workshop Year 6

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

Monday 31st October – Start of term 2 for pupils

Tuesday 1st November – Start of Bikeability training for Year 6

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

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 Vaccinations for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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

Wednesday 16th November – Flu Vaccinations – Year 6

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

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!

The last day of Term One is Friday 21st October