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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 19th March 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Happy Red Nose Day! Children are enjoying some fun activities today as part of Comic Relief. As well as dressing up as Superheroes or in our own clothes, we have been enjoying some very funny jokes, even before the start of the Tunbury Laughter Afternoon later today! Here are some of our favourites from this morning: 

What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh! (Pink class/Miss Hoile)

How do you stop an astronaut baby from crying? You rocket! (Amber class/Miss Gooch-Draper)

What do you say to a nose that tells bad jokes? Snot funny! (Crimson class/Miss Hind) 

As we still cannot collect cash in school, please remember to make a donation today to Comic Relief at https://donation.comicrelief.com . Your money will go to a very good cause, making a difference to the lives of millions of people across the UK and around the world. Please visit https://www.comicrelief.com/what-your-money-does/ to find out more. 

Comic Relief day has come at the end of a rather challenging week – we were so disappointed by the interruption to children’s learning caused by our burst water main on Tuesday. After the disruption of recent months, this was extremely frustrating for us all. Thank you for your patience and support, especially on Wednesday, with our portaloos and bottled water. Without flushing toilets, Year 1’s planned Victorian day was a little too realistic! Overall, as in the recent snow disruption, we do strive to remain open and provide a continuity of education and care for our children, whenever we possibly can. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have been using George and the Dragon in our writing and we have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes.


We enjoyed our Science afternoon. We talked about where colour comes from. We found out that lots of colours can be made from natural sources. To investigate this we went outside to see what we could find to make different colours. Here are some of our creations.


This term we are learning about castles. We started the term with an online visit to Leeds castle, where we found out about the history of the castle and had a virtual tour. We have been looking at different sketching techniques and have drawn our own turrets, ready to make out of clay.


On returning to school, we have a well-being focus where we have talked about the zones of regulation and how we feel in each zone.


Online safety

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.

You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information or making inappropriate requests to their peers.

Children need to be aware of the impact that their online activity can have on both themselves and other people, and the digital footprint that they create on the internet. It’s easy to feel anonymous online and it’s important that children are aware of who is able to view, and potentially share, the information that they may have posted. When using the internet, it’s important to keep personal information safe and not share it with strangers. Discuss with your child the importance of reporting inappropriate conversations, messages, images and behaviours and how this can be done.

Mr May, Online safety lead

Catch-Up Funding

We have published our catch-up funding plan on our school website. You can find it here: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Catch-Up-Funding/


TSA Easter design competition: create an Easter themed sculpture or art work. There will be a prize for each year group winner. To enter please email a photo of your creation to vicechair@thetunburyschoolassociation.com by 3pm on Monday 29th March.

Comic Relief red nose day competition: We are also running a ‘design your own red nose’ competition. Red noses need to be designed at home and have to be handed to class teachers by Monday 29th March. The more creative the better! Entries will be judged by the school council and the winner will receive a £10 gift voucher.

Data Collection sheets: Our urgent school closure on Tuesday demonstrated the importance of contact details. It is vitality important we hold up-to-date contact details for all of our families, with both email and phone contacts.

Thank you to parents who have sent in their completed data collection sheets. These were sent home before Christmas (printed on green paper) with the children’s assessment documents. Understandably due to lockdown we have not had many returned, but now the children are all back in school we would be grateful if you could return your data collection sheet to the school office. Even if you do not need to make any changes, we would be grateful if you would sign and return the document.

If you are unsure whether your contact details are up-to-date, please phone or email the school office and we can assist you.

Menu change: On Monday 22nd March burgers in a bap will be served instead of the published menu.

Team Points: Here are this week’s totals…. Well done Hawking team! 









 Covid-19: It is vitally important that nobody with symptoms of Covid-19 should approach or enter the school site. 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you need to inform us of a positive Covid test result for your child, please do so straight away, either by phone (during the working day) or email (in the evenings or weekend) to the school office: 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . In your message, please include the date of symptoms starting, the date of the test and your phone number. 

Entry and Exit times: All siblings should enter and exit at the time and gate of the youngest child in the family group. 

Year Group

Entry Time

Collection Time


Year R

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Playground gate

Year 1

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Front gate

Year 2

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Front gate

Year 3

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Playground gate

Year 4

8.35 – 8.45

3.05 – 3.15

Side gate

Year 5

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

Year 6

8.45 – 8.55

3.15 – 3.25

Side gate

 Dates for your Diary 

Term Dates for 2020/21: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-2020-2021/ 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/ 

Thursday 18th March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

Friday 19th March – Red Nose Day

Tuesday 23rd March – Parents Evening – remote via TEAMS

Friday 26th March - Year 6 Ancient Greek Day NEW

29th March – 1st April – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Thursday 1st April – last day of Term 4

Monday 19th April – Start of Term 5

Friday 23rd April – Attainment Updates sent home to parents/carers NEW

Friday 28th May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 7th June – INSET Day – children do not attend school

Tuesday 8th June – first day of Term 6 for children

28th June – 2nd July – Bikeability Cycle Training for Year 6

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6


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