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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 22nd September 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, we’re sharing key Diary Dates for you, for the whole academic year.  This includes our Parent Consultation evenings, Autumn Term Open Afternoons, Class Assemblies, Sports Day and our Christmas events including Nativity performances for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  All of these events are now in the Diary Dates section at the end of this bulletin – please take a look.

We like to plan ahead for events like these, and this is to make it easier for you to come into school to support your children’s education.  Home/school partnership is incredibly important to us – as you’ll know, we’re all part of Team Tunbury and we all work together in the best interests of our fabulous Tunbury children.  Children learn best when their parents/carers and school work closely together…  and at Tunbury, we summarise this in our Home School Agreement .  Although we don’t ask you to sign this agreement every year, we do expect all stakeholders to uphold it while they are a part of our school community.  Please take this opportunity to re-read the Home School Agreement with your child at the start of the new school year.

The TSA (Tunbury School Association) is another important element of our school community.  On Wednesday, the TSA held their AGM to review last year and elect a new committee for the new year.  Last year included plenty of successful highlights, such as funding for our new mosaic and the new gazebo on the school field, as well as extra learning resources and experiences for all of our children.  We also held a range of popular events for families and children – the new after-school discos were a big hit!  A huge thank you to our outgoing TSA co-Chairs, Claire Pryer and Sarah Mingozzi, who have given many years of dedication to the TSA.  A huge welcome to our new TSA Chair, Jenny Soto-Briley, who is stepping into the role.  Jenny has children in Year 2 and Year R, and you can contact her at chair@thetunburyschoolassociation.com if you have any contributions or ideas for the new school year.  Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes,

Ruth Austin


Subject Ambassadors

We have had an overwhelming response to our subject ambassador vacancies with over 200 completed application forms. All applications are being shortlisted today and invites to interviews will be sent out at the start of next week. It’s lovely to see our children so enthusiastic about leadership roles in the school!

Watch out for our ECO council and Diversity Leader roles launching soon! 


Parent Governor Election: Thank you to our nominees for expressing an interest in becoming a Parent Governor for Tunbury.  As we received four nominations for our two parent governor vacancies, our ballot is now open.  This is being held online, although you may request a paper ballot if you prefer.  To access the ballot, please refer to the email sent out yesterday afternoon to parent/carers.  If you did not receive it, please contact the school office at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk so that we can send you the details.  The ballot closes at 3.30pm on Thursday 5th October. 

TT Rockstars: This week, we have started a “Battle of the Bands” between each class in each year group for Years 2- 6. This weekly competition counts the total number of correct answers for each class. The class with the most correct answers on the day of their Phase Assembly will be awarded a Rock Star Trophy.  Rapid recall of times tables is essential with a secure understanding of mathematics. Regular practice on Times Table Rockstars is an effective way to support this.  Please speak to your class teacher if your child has forgotten their login details.   https://ttrockstars.com/ 

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Well done to Indigo with top marks for 100% attendance for KS2. Followed by Orange with great attendance for KS1, well done!      


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: This week. Hawking have just held on to their lead, with Attenborough team very close behind.  Great job Blue and Green teams!   









Clubs at Walderslade Baptist Church: Please see flyers in the letters and forms section to detail children’s clubs at Waldersalde Baptist Church. 

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2023/24: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-23-24/

Term 1

Thursday 12th October – Ancient Greek Workshop in school – Year 6

Monday 16th October – Viking Outdoor Cooking in school – Year 5

Monday 16th October – Year R Open afternoon – 2-3pm

Tuesday 17th October – Year 1 and 2 Open afternoon – 2-3pm

Wednesday 18th October – Year 3 and 4 Open afternoon – 2-3pm

Thursday 19th October – Year 5 and 6 Open afternoon – 2-3pm

Thursday 19th October – Last day of term for pupils

Friday 20th October – INSET Day – School closed for pupils 

Term 2

Monday 30th October – Start of Term 2 for pupils

Monday 30th – 10th November – Bikeability Year 6

Thursday 2nd November – Parent Consultation evening 3.30 – 6.30pm

Thursday 2nd November – Outdoor Classroom day

Tuesday 7th November – Parent consultation evening 3.30-6.30pm

Monday 13th-Friday 17th – Anti-Bullying week

Wednesday 15th-17th November – Year 6 PGL Marchants Hill

Tuesday 21st November – Flu immunisations (Years R-6)

Wednesday 22nd-23rd November – Tempest Photography (Individual/sibling photos)

Saturday 25th November – TSA Christmas Fair

Monday 4th December – Astro Dome Year 5

Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th December – TSA Christmas Present Room

Wednesday 6th December – Year R Nativity – 2.30pm

Friday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day and Lunch

Tuesday 12th December – Year 2 Nativity – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Year 1 Nativity – 2.30pm

Thursday 14th December – Year 3&4 Carols on the playground – 2.50pm

Friday 15th December – Year 5&6 Carols on the playground – 2.50pm

Friday 15th December – Last day of term for pupils

 Term 3

Tuesday 2nd January – School Closed – INSET DAY

Wednesday 3rd January – Start of Term 3 for pupils

Thursday 18th January – Young Voices at the O2 (KS2 Singing Club)

Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Number Day

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 9th February – Last day of term for pupils

 Term 4

Monday 19th February – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 20th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils

Thursday 22nd February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 27th February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Monday 11th-15th March – British Science Week

Thursday 28th March – Last day of term for pupils

 Term 5

Monday 15th April – Start of Term 5 for pupils

Monday 6th May – BANK HOLIDAY – School Closed

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th May – KS2 SATS Week Year 6

Friday 17th May – Outdoor Learning Day

Friday 24th May – Last day of term for pupils

 Term 6

Monday 3rd June – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 4th June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 4th-7th June – STEAM Week

Monday 3rd June-14th June – Multiplication Times Tables Check Year 4

Monday 10th June-Friday 14th June – Phonics Screening – Year 1

Friday 28th June – Sports Day (KS2 am, family picnic at lunchtime, FS/KS1 pm)

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

Tuesday 23rd July – Last day of term 

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 2.45pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.50pm 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 10th November – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 17th November – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 24th November – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 1st December – Amber Class Assembly

Friday 8th December – Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 12th January – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 19th January – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 26th January – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 2nd February – Violet Class Assembly

Friday 9th February – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 1st March – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 8th March – Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 15th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 22nd March – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 26th April – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 3rd May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 10th May – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 24th May – Red Class Assembly

Friday 7th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 14th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 21st June – Owls Class Assembly


Welcome to Term 4

The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 28th March 2024

The first day of Term 5 for pupils is Monday 15th April 2024 

(Monday 3rd June 2024 is an INSET Day, School is closed for pupils)