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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 17th May 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to the family members who were able to join us for our Year 1 Open Afternoon this week.  Visitors came into our classrooms and helped children create some wonderfully designed moon buggies, as part of their Design Technology learning.  We know that you really like coming into school, but did you know that your children also love it just as much, if not more?  Our Year 1 children were so excited that you could come in – here is what children in Yellow and Red classes said about it afterwards:

  • “Your Mummy and Daddy can help you if you get stuck.”
  • “It’s nicer to show them what you do at school because when you go home you can’t always remember everything.”
  • “My Grandad had never seen inside my classroom before!”
  • “My Nan told me some things to add to my moon buggy and it was really cool.”

Just a reminder - both our Year 3 and Reception Open Afternoons are next week, then Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 are after half-term (see the diary dates section for details).   All Open Afternoons are from 2.00-3.00pm.

As I mentioned at the start of term, children have been working so hard to improve their writing this term.  Next week, we’ll be awarding a Star Writer certificate to one child in every class, as well as celebrating the achievements of many, many more.  Great writing calls for effort, stamina, ideas, enthusiasm and lots of practice, but success brings a sense of pride and achievement, as well as a result that everyone can see.  We’ll showcase some fabulous examples of writing next week, but in the meantime, please do encourage your child to pick up a pen/pencil and write at home….. shopping lists, letters, diaries, stories, labels, captions, or anything else! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin



Trial singing and piano lessons: As part of the development of music provision at Tunbury Primary School, The Math Music Academy provides individual singing or piano lessons.  The Department of Education has recognised that either singing or learning the piano improves a child’s learning, confidence, concentration and social development.  Further studies have also concluded that students who studied a musical instrument in primary school were almost one year ahead of their non-musically trained peers in their Maths, Science and English performance. 

The Math Music Academy will be holding free 15 minute trial sessions week of the 17th June for interested pupils wishing to commence lessons in September. During these trial lessons for singing the teacher will do basic exercises, note recognition and some repertoire.  For piano the teacher will introduce the key board, understanding of fingering and notes.  Students have the opportunity to work towards school performances and concerts as well as graded examinations with both ABRSM and Trinity boards.

If interested, please email the music teacher Mrs Sophie Hyde on sophiehyde@aol.com by Friday 14th June to register for a free trial giving your child’s name and class.

Sun hats, sunscreen and water: Now that the warmer weather is here at last, we would like to remind you about sunscreen, hats and water.  Please can you make sure that you child has sunscreen applied before they come to school.  They can bring a named bottle of sunscreen to keep in their school bag for reapplying at break times, if they are able to apply it themselves.  Please also make sure that your child has a bottle of water in school as well as a sun hat. 

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 Orange class with a fantastic 99.15%. Followed by our KS2 winners, Crimson who managed an amazing 98.89%. Well done to both classes! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: This term’s race is so close, and this week, Hawking team have re-taken the lead by just 4 points!  Next week is our final week of term, so who will the winners be?









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 5

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

Tuesday 21st May – Year 3 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Creating Anglo-Saxon broaches 

Wednesday 22nd May – Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

Wednesday 22nd May - Year R Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Making fruit kebabs

Thursday 23rd May – Year 6 RSE Resource meeting 3.15-4pm – Violet classroom NEW

Thursday 23rd May – (TSA) Tunbury's Got Talent, 6pm in the school hall

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

Thursday 13th June – Year 2 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Creating a piece of artwork in the style of Tinga Tinga

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

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 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 6

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