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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 18th November 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today is proving to be a SPOTacular day for Children in Need!  Children and staff are looking fabulous - we have all kinds of spottiness, Pudseyness and fun outfits in school today.

We have also been overwhelmed by the huge number of entries into our ‘Design your own Pudsey’ competition – so much creative talent among our children!  The entries were judged by our School Councillors yesterday and although it was difficult to decide, our winners were Sophia for Reception (with a collage of buttons and glitter), Terez for Year 1/2 (popcorn!), Jai for Year 3/4 (Union Jack) and Bella for Year 5/6 (design inspired by 2022).  Congratulations!

Thank you to you, our parents and carers, for supporting children to take part in our Children in Need events.  School Council’s aim is to collect a £2 donation for each child to cover today’s SPOTacular outfits and one entry into our ‘Design your own Pudsey’ competition.  If you can, please donate online at www.justgiving.com/Tunbury-Primary-School1  .   At the time of writing (11.30 on Friday morning) our Tunbury total is an amazing £618!  Your support will make a difference to children across the UK, supporting those facing greater difficulties or challenges than we face ourselves.

This week has been Anti-Bullying week, starting with Odd Socks Day on Monday to celebrate diversity and difference.  The theme of Anti-Bullying week this year is Reach Out; you can find out more by watching Anti-Bullying Week 2022: Reach Out - official Primary School film - YouTubeTUNBURY IS UNITED AGAINST BULLYING, so we teach our children to use the STOP acronym to recognise bullying (Several Times On Purpose) and challenge it (Start Telling Other People).  Children can talk to any adult in school or use our STOP boxes to report any worries about bullying.  We respond to all concerns and make sure that bullying has no place to hide or grow in our school.  At home, you can help by talking to your children about bullying and making sure that they feel able to report any worries that they may have.

Also this week, we need to say thank you to our fabulous TSA for organising a successful Fireworks Spectacular last Sunday.  It was lovely to see so many families taking part and enjoying the event, and the weather was kind to us for once!  Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to make this event run so smoothly.

Yesterday, our Year 4 children enjoyed their class trip to Rochester as part of our ‘Exploring Medway’ unit in the Year 4 Tunbury curriculum. Children visited Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle and had a brilliant day learning about the history and geography of their local area.  Again, thank you to the staff and parents who made this trip possible.  A busy week for Team Tunbury!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 6

Our topic this term is ‘Shakespeare’.

Last week, the majority of Year 6 enjoyed three days on our residential trip at PGL. The focus for the activities was to get the children involved in working together by listening and working proactively. It was reassuring to see so many children team up with their peers from other classes and provide support and encouragement to each other.  Favourite activities included the climbing wall, the giant swing and raft building.  We were lucky that the weather remained dry throughout our stay and allowed all activities to take place as planned.  We hope they haven’t sang ‘Moose, alpaca…’ to you too many times since they returned!



The children who remained in school during this time took part in a range of activities.  It was great for them to be involved in less traditional activities such as baking and sewing and they were rewarded for their excellent participation and behaviour with a film afternoon.  We’re so glad that they also had a wonderful week.

In our writing lessons at the beginning of the term, we were introduced to Shakespeare through the tale of Macbeth.  All of the children have been intrigued by the story line and the roles that the characters all played in the murder of King Duncan.  In the first week, the children wrote setting descriptions to depict the meeting of the three withes on the heath, where they prophesised that Macbeth would be King.  Following this, the children then used chalk pastels and black card to create a silhouette of this iconic image.


We have also been completing a range of investigations in Science this term! These have been thematically linked to the times and tales of Shakespeare and have included experiments such as:

Mixing Potions – exploring chemical reactions by mixing acids and bases.

Food Preservation – exploring how to slow down the rate of decay using different substances and methods.

Principles of Flight – making paper helicopters to explore how forces interact when an object is “in flight”.


Towards the end of the term, we are looking forward to learning more about the demise of the original Globe Theatre and the factors behind its closure.  We will be following this up in DT lessons, where we will be designing a theatre to ensure optimal viewing for all spectators. 


Late collecting children: Please note school is aware of the traffic problem on Blue Bell Hill at present. Please may we request that parents do not phone the school office at the end of the day due to being stuck in traffic (unless it is an emergency). When children are not collected at the end of the day, and parents have not completed a walk home alone letter, they will be brought back into school to wait for you outside the school office. 

ADHD Awareness and Strategies Workshop: The Medway Small Steps service is pleased to be working with SEN Connect to bring our families an "ADHD Awareness and Support Strategies" Workshop. This workshop will be held at the academy of Woodlands on Tuesday 22nd November 10am - 12pm and there are a limited number of spaces still available. 

If you think that you would benefit from this workshop, you will need to refer to the service by completing the attached forms (both the referral and privacy notice must be completed). In addition the booking link is below – there are currently 6 spaces left and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Admissions for children starting school in September 2023 are now open: Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority.

At Tunbury, we have had two New Entrants meetings and have two more meetings planned:

  • Wednesday 23rdNovember 3.30-4.30
  • Thursday 1stDecember 1.45-2.45

To book a place on either of our New Entrants meetings, please email office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk with your name, your child’s name, a contact number and the date of the session you wish to attend. 

Individual/Sibling group Photos: Next week on Tuesday 22nd/Wednesday 23rd November Tempest photographers will be visiting school to take individual/sibling group photos (in-school children).  All children will have an individual photo taken, unless you tell us otherwise.  Tempest will also be able to take photos of sibling groups of in-school children. However, if you do not require a sibling group photo, please send an email to the school office. 

Data Collection Sheets: This document was handed out via class teachers at parent consultations (printed on green coloured paper).  It is vital that we have correct phone numbers and e-mail addresses if we are to communicate with you effectively.  When you are satisfied that the information on the Data Collection sheet is correct, please sign and date the form and return to your child’s class teacher or to the school office. Please sign and return the form even if there are no alterations to be made. Please return by Friday 18th November 2022.  Thank you for your help with this matter.  

Team Points: Hawking team have retained their lead – well done! 









Medway Foodbank: A Big Thank you has been received from Medway Foodbank for the school’s donation of Harvest goods - 164.4 kg. Your donations have helped to make a big difference to local people in crisis.

Dates for your Diary 

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

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)

Monday 5th December – Year 3 Stone-age Day

Tuesday 6th December – Y5 Space Day, including the Astronomy Roadshow – dressing up optional NEW

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

Wednesday 7th December – Advent Assembly at the Church

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

Thursday 8th December -  IRock Performance to parents am

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

Wednesday 4th January – WW2 Workshop – Year 6 NEW

Tuesday 24th January – Young Voices Concert at the O2 (Singing Club)

Monday 30th January – Open afternoon YR: 2-3pm

Tuesday 31st January – Open afternoon Y1 / Y2: 2-3pm

Wednesday 1st February – Open afternoon Y3 / Y4: 2-3pm

Thursday 2nd February – Open afternoon Y5 / Y6: 2-3pm

Friday 3rd February – National Number Day

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 17TH March – National Science Day

Monday 20th March – Francophonie Day

Thursday 30th March - IRock Performance to parents am

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 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum NEW

Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week

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

Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week

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

Thursday 13th July - IRock Performance to parents am

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 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 2!

The last day of Term Two is Friday 16th December