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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 24th June 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

 Dear Parents/Carers

 It’s that time of year again…  time for our annual parent/carer survey.   This time last year, we were looking forward to school life without ‘bubbles’ – what a long way we have come since then! 

 Please complete our survey to help us celebrate our achievements, as well as identifying priorities for next academic year.  The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.  It is open now at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Tunburyparents2022  or via this QR code:


 As well as our ‘general’ questions, in this year’s survey we are asking you to tell us

·         about your child’s mental health and well-being this year

·         what you think about the Team Tunbury community events that we have reinstated this year (eg class assemblies, open afternoon, family picnic and TSA events), along with suggestions for future events

·         whether you prefer online or face-to-face appointments for our parent consultations next year

Last year, we only received 216 responses to the parent/carer survey.  The results did still help us to improve, for example by enabling us to change our approach to homework (eg homework books/paper, not sole use of Microsoft Teams) and helping us to improve information for parents on what children learn at school (eg termly topic newsletters, information on our website).  However, we would really like to receive more responses this year to make sure that views are representative of the whole school community.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill in the survey – Tunbury is your school, so please be proactive and share your views.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 Best wishes

 Ruth Austin


The Tunbury Field Mystery!

Yesterday, we came into school to find a car abandoned on the field and a tent pitched up!  All of the year groups took it in turns to go onto the field and investigate for us.  They found many clues including: a saddle, a rugby ball and a map (very random)!  The children then went back into class and had very animated discussions about who it all belonged to and why it was all there.  They then completed a piece of writing detailing all that they found and their theories.  We do hope they came home and told you all about it.

This was all in order for Tunbury Primary school to engage in National Writing Day.  A big thank you to Mrs Harding, Mrs Fitzgerald and Mrs Smith for planning the day and Miss Adams and Mrs Palmer for helping to set the scene.  It was fantastic to see the children so engrossed, talking about it all day and then eager to write :) 

Our Learning: Year 1

Our topic this term is ‘Into the Deep’ and we have been looking at the book ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. We have been writing descriptions about sea creatures and writing an alternative ending for the story.

In maths we have been learning about money. We have been recognising the value of coins and notes and we have then used this knowledge to help us make amounts. We have also added amounts together to find totals.

In our topic we have been finding out about the oceans of world. We have been labelling a map with the oceans and we also learnt a song to help us remember where the oceans are. We have been busy practicing for sports day in our PE lessons!

We are really enjoying all our learning and as well as getting ready to move to year 2.

SENCo message for Year 5 parents/carers

If you would like your child to take either the Kent or Medway Test and you have applied and believe that your child will need special access arrangements, please email the school office as soon as you have applied and initiated your special access request.

Medway Test

The deadline for special access to the Medway Test is:  4pm on Tuesday 5th July 2022.  Special access requests for Medway have to be hand signed by the child’s parent/carer before they can be scanned by school and emailed to Medway.  All forms will need to have been signed by parents/carers by 1pm on Tuesday 5th July.

Kent Test

The deadline for special access to the Kent Test is:  4pm on Tuesday 12th July 2022.  All requests will need to have been made by parents or carers by 1pm on Tuesday 5th July.


TSA Summer Fair: Attached is the leaflet for the TSA Summer Fair taking place on Saturday 2nd July, we hope you can join us! The TSA are still looking for volunteers to help run stalls, setup and clear away. If you can spare an hour or two it would be greatly appreciated. Please email chair@thetunburyschoolassociation.co.uk or message Sarah Mingozzi via Facebook if you can help. Thank you.

Sports Day: Monday 4th July.  Children will be able to wear their PE kits to school on this day, so please ensure that they do have a t-shirt in their house team colour, as well as suitable PE kit.  We have booked lovely weather for the day, but in the event of rain, the reserve Sports Day is Friday 8th July!  Please see details below:


KS2 Sports Day (for all children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

This will be ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in different zones of the field.  Following this, there will be races on our track, before our KS2 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.


Family Picnic on the field for all children and families - please join us!

Families will be able to sit together on the field – please bring your picnic blankets and food (no BBQs or alcohol). You can bring picnic food as a whole family or send children in with their own packed lunches to eat with you.

School meals on this day will be ‘Picnic Bags’. The kitchen are able to provide your child with a picnic bag but they must be pre-ordered in advance. 

Picnic Bags will include half a baguette (ham, cheese or tuna), crudités (cucumber, tomato and carrot), a piece of fruit, a cookie and a bottle of water.

Picnic bag order slips were sent home with children earlier in the week. Slips must be returned by Thursday 30th June along with payment (the usual meal cost of £2.20 to be paid in cash or via parent mail). The picnic bag will be free as usual for children in receipt of free school meals – please note that the slip must still be returned if your child has free school meals.

Children who do not have family members present will be supervised by school staff during lunchtime, also on the field.


FS/KS1 Sports Day (for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

This operates in the same way as for KS2: ‘round-robin’ Sports Day events, with children from each year group all participating simultaneously in a different zone of the field.  Following this, there will be races on our track before our KS1 Sports Day cup is awarded to the winning team.


Optional early collection for all children, using normal home time arrangements. This should be at around 2.30, but will happen 15 minutes after the end of FS/KS1 Sports Day.


Normal home time arrangements for remaining children.

 After school clubs (Korfball and Poetry) will not run on Sports Day.

 After school clubs: Korfball on Monday 27th June has been cancelled. The next Korfball session will be on Monday 11th July.  Korfball and Poetry after school clubs on Monday 4th July will not be running due to Sports Day.  Please note there will be no after school clubs on the last week of term – week starting 18th July.

Team Points: Team Points totals are as follows.  Congratulations to Holmes team for keeping their lead.









Free bus travel for young people and families this summer holiday: Reconnect has teamed up with Kent’s bus operators who have kindly agreed to support children, young people and families this summer holiday with free bus travel. There are two bus passes available for use from 23rd July 2022 to 31st August 2022 inclusive:

 • Young Person’s Bus Pass – for all pupils in years 6 to 13
Children in Year 6 will receive a printed pass before the end of term. A digital version of the Young Person’s Bus pass will also be available, which can be found and downloaded here - 
https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/136945/Reconnect-Young-Persons-Bus-Pass.pdf.  To use the digital pass, young people will need to download this onto their phone or take a screenshot.
• Family Bus Pass – for all families with children in Kent – Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Thursday 30th June – 2.20-2.50 pm: New Entrants transition meeting (parents to stay with their child)

Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair

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

Tuesday 5th July – Graduoke Year 6

Thursday 7th July – 2.20 – 2.50 pm: New Entrants transition meeting (children to visit their class and parents invited to a phonics meeting in the hall)

Monday 11th July – Year 6 Afternoon Tea: 2 pm (invitations to follow)

Thursday 14th July – Whole school transition day – children visit their new classes

Friday 15th July 2022 - African mask workshop Year 2 NEW

 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

Tuesday 19th July – Year 6 production 2 pm and 6.30 pm

Thursday 21st July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly: 2 pm

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.

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly

Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly


Welcome to Term 1

Reminder: Friday 20th October is an INSET DAY - school is closed for pupils