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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 19th November 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has been Anti-Bullying week in school. Our main message to children, families and staff is Tunbury is united against bullying!  We have had a clear focus for children this week on what bullying is - the phrase ‘Several Times on Purpose’ helps us all to understand that bullying involves repeated patterns of deliberate behaviour, often involving an imbalance of power between bullies and victims.  In common with many other schools, at Tunbury we might have varied incidences of children occasionally being unkind to each other, but few incidences of bullying. 

Please read the notices section below for a further summary of children’s activities in Anti-bullying week.  If you have any concerns about bullying affecting your child, please encourage them to talk to an adult in school or use the S.T.O.P Boxes to report this.  Alternatively, please make an appointment to talk to your child’s class teacher yourself.  Bullying is never tolerated at Tunbury and any member of staff will be able to help you with any concerns.  

Today has been Children in Need day.  We all enjoyed a Joe Wicks workout at 9.30 this morning, which was fun but exhausting!  As we mentioned last week, we have set up a Tunbury Children in Need Just Giving page, to try and raise our target of £500!  Please make your donations here using this link: Tunbury Primary School is fundraising for BBC Children in Need (justgiving.com) At the time of writing this bulletin (11.00am on Friday) our total currently stands at £352, 70% of our overall target.  Please can you help us to reach or exceed our target? 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  Please take care of yourselves and your families. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin



Anti-Bullying week: Tunbury is united against bullying! 

This week was Anti-Bullying week. We started the week with Odd Sock day to highlight that we are all different. On this day we wrote kind messages to our peers. We discussed how it feels when someone is kind to us and why it is important to be kind.

We learnt about the word bullying and our new S.T.O.P boxes. We have two of these in our school, one in KS1 and one in KS2. These are locked boxes where children can post any concerns they have about behaviour that they consider to be bullying. They are checked twice a week by a member of staff. Children are of course still encouraged to speak to school staff if they have any concerns. The S.T.O.P box provides an alternative for any children who may initially prefer to write it down rather than talk to an adult. 

We learnt that bullying is behaviour that happens several times on purpose. It can be verbal and physical.

Each child made an anti-bullying poster. We will be selecting some of these to put up around the school and within classrooms.


We hope that your child has enjoyed this week and that they have a better understanding of what bullying is and what to do if they experience or witness bullying. We will be re-enforcing what we have learnt throughout the school year and reminding children to report incidents of bullying to a member of staff or via the S.T.O.P box. 


Return of the SEND parent forum! 

Thursday 2nd December at 2pm in the Sunshine Room.  

We will be re-starting our SEND parent forums this term.  The first will take place at 2pm in the Sunshine room until 2.45pm.  Tea and Coffee will be available and it is an opportunity to discuss SEND priorities and concerns with parents and carers.  Please arrive by 1.55pm via the school office.  

The meeting is open to all parents / carers in the Tunbury Primary School community. 

We will be holding three part forums a year.  The next SEND parent forums will take place in terms 4 and 6. 

Covid-19: We have seen a significant number of Covid cases in Year 6 this week, and as a result of this we have taken and implemented advice from our local Health Protection Team.  This involves additional Covid control measures for Year 6, which Year 6 parents/carers have already been informed of.  These measures will remain in place until the end of next week. 

Please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance.  School staff are taking twice weekly Covid tests and we would encourage other adults and secondary school pupils in our community to do the same.  

If you have Covid cases in your household, we would encourage all other members of the household (including other children who are still attending school) to take a daily lateral flow test so that any transmission of Covid is detected as soon as possible. 

Please continue to follow the current Covid guidance – you can check this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Team Points: This weeks points totals are as follows. Holmes are in the lead – well done! 









School photos: The school photographs taken this week will be emailed direct from Tempest to parents, so that orders can be placed online. The email will be from: no-reply@tempest-orders.co.uk.
We will let you know when the emails have been sent. If you do not receive your emailed photograph order details, please check on your 'junk' email account. Please contact the school office if you have a query. 

Tempest Photographers will be in school again on Monday 6th December to take photos of Year 6 pupils absent this week. If your child was absent in other year groups and you would like an individual/sibling photo of your child/ren please email the school office. 

Flu clinic – this Sunday: If your child is aged 5 to 16 and missed their flu vaccination at school (Year R to Year 11), there is a clinic, this Sunday at the Pentagon Centre in Medway. 

Open Sunday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, anyone aged 5 to 16 and at school or in home education can come along and get their flu vaccine. 

Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend, the clinic will be open again on Sunday, 28 November, same time, same place. 

To book an appointment, just go to https://kchft.healthit.org.uk/patheks

Clubs: All of our after-school extra-curricular clubs will be running next week. Please see details on our website:
https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/After-School-Clubs/  Children from all clubs will be collected from the entrance to the main hall, outside the main office.  Please come in via the pedestrian gate, please do not try to drive in to the school car park as it will be busy with children and families and this car park is for staff only.  Thank you. 

Dates for your Diary 

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

Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes. 

Tuesday 23rd November 3.30-4.30 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 2nd December SEND Parent Forum - 2pm in the Sunshine Room NEW

Monday 6th December Tempest photographers re Year 6 NEW

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Performance Year R – 2.45pm

Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm

Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3

Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Friday 18th March – Science Day

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2

Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5

Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)

Friday 22nd July – Last day of term 6 

Class assemblies 

Class assemblies are scheduled to take place in-person, in the school hall, on Friday afternoons. 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 2.55 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 19th November – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly (Postponed - new date to be advised)

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly

Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly

Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly


Reminder: Monday 21st February 2022 is an INSET day.