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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 20th May 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We’re excited to share our plans for the Tunbury celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Although the national events and extra bank holiday take place in half term, our main celebrations will be on Wednesday 8th June.  On this day, children can wear red, white and blue to school instead of school uniform and we’re planning a family celebration on the field at the end of the day, from 2.45-3.45.  Please see the flier in the letters and forms section for further details. 

In school, our seven year groups will be learning about the seven decades of The Queen’s reign, with Year 6 starting off with the earliest decade (1952-1962) working through to Year R learning about the most recent decade (2013-2022).  We’ll also be replacing the Tunbury flag on our flagpole with a union jack, distributing a special Platinum Jubilee book to every child and having an extra day off!  The end of the school year is now on Thursday 21st July, rather than Friday 22nd July (this change was shared with parents/carers when it was confirmed by KCC in December). 

Later on this year, in the Autumn term, we’ll also be creating a new Platinum Jubilee mosaic.  This will be updating and replacing our Golden Jubilee mosaic at the front of the school, which was created by Tunbury pupils and staff 20 years ago, in 2002.  We’ll be keeping some of the elements of this mosaic in our new design and every Tunbury pupil will contribute to making the new mosaic.  Thank you to our fabulous TSA for funding this project. 

Our sense of community is important to us at Tunbury and events such as this are a great way of bringing us all together.  As we said in assembly this morning, Together Everyone Achieves More! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year R

This term, we are learning all about how things grow! We have been keenly observing the tadpoles developing into froglets right here in Year R and ae looking forward to releasing our little friends very soon once they are ready for a new life in the pond. 

Through the text, Tadpole’s Promise, we have learned about food chains and hope that The Very Hungry Caterpillar might make it to be a beautiful butterfly! We are enjoying developing our gross motor skills through assault courses and are working hard in the Reception Garden, digging and planting potatoes. 

In phonics, we are pleased to be building confidence in sounding out trickier words (phase 4) and the children are working hard on reading with expression. Some children are enjoying Helicopter Storytelling so much they’ve decided to start writing their own stories, rather than wait for the grown-ups to write them down! In mathematics, we are exploring teen numbers and building understanding of the composition of numbers, using addition and subtraction through storytelling to support understanding. 

In Forest School sessions we have been observing the changing seasons. We have been on bug hunts and can name lots of different mini beasts within in our school grounds. We have been observing the different kind of birds and have noticed that a Blue tit has nested in a bird house within our Forest school area! We now know lots about life cycles and can use lots of scientific vocabulary including naming the different parts of a plant. 



Year 2 SATs week: Well done to all of our fabulous Year 2 children for the positive way in which you completed your SATs tests this week – we are really proud of your effort and determination.

School Ties: We now have stock of school ties available in the school office to buy - £3.50 each. If you would like to purchase a tie, please pay via School Money. Following payment, please collect your tie from the school office.

TSA Krispy Kreme donut sale: On Thursday 26th May, TSA will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts after school on the top playground. If you would like to pre-order please see the TSA Facebook page for further information. 

Team Points: This week’s team points are as follows, with Rowling still in the lead in our penultimate week of term.









Parking: We have had some concerns this week about irresponsible parking around the school site, with parents/carers parking on double yellow lines, in the bus stops or at the crossing point.  We do not currently have a School Crossing Patrol to help our children cross the road outside school, so we need to be particularly careful about parking at this time. Please be considerate of other road users in your parking choices: it’s essential that we all do this to keep our children safe. Thank you. 

Covid-19: We continue to ask you to check the current guidance if you experience symptoms or a case of Covid. Further details are at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/ 

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. 

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

Monday 23rd May - Y5 Egyptian Day

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

Wednesday 8th June – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – wear red, white and blue NEW

Tuesday 14th / Wednesday 15th June – TSA Father’s Day present room

Wednesday 15th June – School Health Questionnaire – Year 6

Monday 20th June – New Entrants meeting in school – 3.30 – 4.30 pm
                                                                              or online 5 - 5.30 pm

Tuesday 21st June – Class Group Photos (Tempest photographers) NEW

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair

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

Friday 15th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day

Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic

Monday 18th July 3.30-4.30pm - SEND Forum with Kent SEND parental support kentiask

Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6

Class assemblies 

We have now resumed our program of 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 2.45/2.50 pm.  The assembly will begin at around 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. 

Please note: the assembly for Orange class is on a Monday. 

Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly

Monday 20th June – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly

Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly



The last day of Term 6 is Thursday 21st July

Children return to school on Monday 5th September