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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 21st May 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This week, we are asking all of our children to take extra care with the precision of their writing. In particular, this means being careful with their punctuation, spelling, handwriting and presentation. We will be supporting and encouraging all of our children to make their writing the very best that it can be. 

In recognition of the extra effort that children are putting into their writing, we are awarding three Golden Team Points per class. Golden Team Points are worth a massive 50 team points each, so are very rare indeed. So far, Golden Team points have been awarded to Damian (Magenta class), Harvey (Scarlet class) and Millie (Azure class). Well done! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Reading at home

Time and again, studies show that they best way you can support your child’s education, is through reading with them. To this end, at Tunbury, we ask that children are given the opportunity to read, aloud, with an adult, at least 3 times each week.

The length of time reading is not really the key factor but rather the quality of the discussions that you are having with your child around their reading.

Each week we record the reads of every child in our class. Here are the leading classes in each year group:


Congratulations to all the leading readers in each year group and thank you for your ongoing support with hearing your children read at home. We will continue to record the reads at home and share further details in the coming weeks. 

Our Learning: Year 2 

This week in Year 2 we have been using Billy’s Bucket in our writing. We have been retelling the story and changing the ending, using conjunctions and adjectives to improve our writing. In maths, we have been working hard on positional and directional language, thinking about how we can use the correct words to guide someone to a particular place.


In RE, we listened to the story of Moses and role-played our favourite parts.


In geography, we have been learning about plastic pollution and have been thinking of ways that we can recycle to save our planet! We enjoyed making sea creatures out of plastic. Here are a few of our creations:


This term in art, we are studying the artist Andre Derain. He used fauvism to create his paintings. We have had a go at creating some of our own seaside paintings using this technique. Here is some of our work:


 Online Safety: Guidance for photographing and filming 

It’s important that children and young people feel happy with their achievements and have photographs and films of their special moments. Family and friends also want to be able to share the successes of their children when they have been part of a special event or activity.

However, some children, parents or carers may not be comfortable with images of themselves or their children being shared. For example:

  1. If a child and/or their family have experienced abuse, they may worry about the perpetrator tracing them online.
  2. Children who choose not to have contact with some members of their family may decide to minimise their online presence.
  3. Families may have religious or cultural reasons for choosing not to be photographed.

It’s important to be aware of child protection and safeguarding issues when taking photos of or filming children and young people. The potential for misuse of images can be reduced if parents/carers are aware of the potential dangers and put appropriate measures in place.

This also extends to individual’s own photographs that have been posted online. Children are used to everything being shared on online platforms, however it is important to note that the image still remains property of the person who has taken the image. This means that pictures forming online content posted by a child cannot then be taken, manipulated and/or shared by another child without the consent of the first child. Please ensure that your child understands that if the image does not belong to them, they must ask for permission to share it, otherwise they could be committing an offence.

Mr May, Online safety lead 


TSA fundraising: TSA are holding a ‘Wear Your Own Clothes’ (non-uniform) day next Friday (28th May) the last day of Term 5. All proceeds will be used towards forthcoming projects at Tunbury School. Each child can pay £1 to wear their own clothes! Please place the money in the green boxes at all school entrances on Friday. Please see attached poster. 

Brazil themed day, Year 5: Next Friday (28th May), Year 5 will be celebrating the end of their topic with a Brazil themed day. This day is already a non-uniform day, but children are encouraged to wear bold bright Brazil colours! They will also be wearing their headdresses for the day whilst singing and dancing to Samba music. 

Children will be tasting some of Brazil's finest foods. including food that the children ate in their book 'the explorer'. If your child has any allergies/intolerances and is unable to take part in the food tasting, please email the school office at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk by Thursday 27th. 

Finally, children will be creating their own tie-dye pieces. Therefore, we are requesting children bring in a plain white t-shirt, plain white handkerchief/pillow case or anything else suitable that is plain white and ok to be dyed. This needs to be bought into school by Thursday 27th please. 

Team Points: Our totals at the end of this week are as follows. We’re now awarding Golden Team points in each class, worth 50 points, meaning that there could still be a change…. but at the moment, Attenborough have kept their lead. Well done green team!









Music lessons: As part of the development of music provision at Tunbury School The Math Music Academy provides both individual singing and keyboard lessons.  The Math Music Academy will be holding free 15 minute trial sessions on the 18th and 25th 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 and for piano, the introduction to the keyboard and basic fingering.  Students have the opportunity to work towards school performances and concerts as well as graded examinations with both ABRSM and Trinity boards.

If you are interested, please could you email our singing teacher, Mrs Sophie Hyde, on  sophiehyde@aol.com by Monday 14th June to register for a free trial giving your child’s name and class. Thank you. 

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. 


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

Please can all ‘family bubbles’ enter at the youngest sibling’s gate in the mornings and exit together in the afternoons. The organisation of this has not been easy and we appreciate your consistency and support with this. 

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/ 

Wednesday 26th May – Parents Info meeting via Teams at 4.30 pm – Y6 Residential visit NEW

Friday 28th May – TSA non-uniform day

Friday 28th May, Year 5 Brazil themed day 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

Monday 21st June – Wednesday 23rd June – Year 6 Residential visit to PGL, Marchants Hill

Monday 21st June - New Entrants meeting at 4pm via Teams

Friday 25th June 2021 – Graduoke filming – Year 6

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

Wednesday 21st July – last day of Term 6


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