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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 24th March 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week began with The Joyeux International Francophonie Day, in which we celebrated the French language, spoken in five continents, by approximately 274 million speakers, including a few hundred Tunbury pupils! The aim of the day was to give our children the opportunity to explore aspects of French language and culture in more detail.  KS1 children learned a song in French, which was taught to them by the superstars from our after-school French club, and KS2 children researched facts about their Francophone country (France, Morocco, Canada or Switzerland).  Thank you to our MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) leader Miss Escobar for bringing Francophonie Day to our school.  At Tunbury, we teach French lessons to all classes in Years 3-6.  To find out what your child will learn, please take a look at our French curriculum

Also this week, our Year 2 children had a wonderful school trip yesterday, visiting Upnor Castle and the Guildhall Museum in Rochester as part of our Year 2 Towers and Turrets topic.  Children loved their trip and came back to school full of enthusiasm and new experiences.  The ‘big question’ for Towers and Turrets is “How is a castle different to other buildings?” – so children should definitely be able to answer this now!  Thank you to the staff and parent volunteers who made this trip possible.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


National Science Day

The children all had a fantastic day for our National Science Day last Friday! The theme this year was ‘connections’ in which we sent the message ‘Science is fun’ using principles and techniques that the children have learnt in Science.

In Reception the children made boats for the message to travel across water using a range of different materials. The children were able to name the different materials they had used to create their boats.

In Year 1 the children investigated which type of material would be most appropriate to carry the message on water. The children used their knowledge of properties of materials to predict what they thought might happen.


In Year 2 the children created a Rube Golberg machine to send the message. The children made structures such as bridges and dominoes for the message to travel across. The children used their knowledge of materials and properties to decide what objects would be most appropriate to create their structures with.


In Year 3 the children used light to communicate the message using Morse code. The children tested sending the message around a corner and explored how light reflects off of mirrors and other reflective surfaces.


In Year 4 the children used string cups to send the message over a distance. The children challenged themselves to see how far away they can be for the message to still travel through vibrations. 

In Year 5 the children used forces to send the message, experimenting with distance and how far the message travelled based on air resistance.

In Year 6 the children used buzzers in a circuit to send the message in Morse code. The children set themselves a challenge to make the buzzer as loud as possible.


Sensory & Autism/PDA Workshops: Due to the popularity of the recent Sensory Processing Workshop, Medway Small Steps will be running another session on Friday 31st March at The Academy of Woodlands.  This is an interactive workshop which aims to support parents and carers to understand their child’s unique sensory profile. They will explore senses and look in particular at the differences and difficulties for children with ASC. Please book using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/595822098937

Medway Small Steps will also be running an Autism and PDA Awareness session on Tuesday 28th March, at the Academy of Woodlands.  This fun, interactive session explains the indicators of Autism, how Autism and PDA are linked and shares supportive strategies and resources.  Please book using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/595729150927 

TSA Coffee Morning: The TSA are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday 28th March at 9am in the small hall at school. They will be taking about upcoming events and discussing new fundraising ideas. Please come along, whether you have some ideas to share or if you just want to have a cuppa and listen in. Small children are welcome to attend with you. 

Easter holiday activities: Information on holiday activities within Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council for Easter 2023 is now available. The scheme which is aimed at young people ages 4-16 years features a range of activities, workshops and clubs which are offered by local providers to help keep children stimulated and active during the holidays. The activities are promoted by the Borough Council and many are supported by a 50% discount for families who are on low incomes and hold a TMBC Leisure Pass. 

Further details can be found via the following link:  www.tmbc.gov.uk/holidayactivities 

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. This week is a “normal” week, without any disruption caused by snowy weather or strike action.  

Well done to Orange Class in KS1 and to both Lilac and Indigo Classes in KS2 for all achieving 100% this week!! This is the second week in a row Indigo have had perfect attendance, keep up the good work! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage












































Team Points: Today’s scores are as follows.  Attenborough team still in the lead – fabulous work!  Next week sees the award of the end-of-term Golden Team points, so we’ll see how things change throughout the week. 









After school clubs: The current after school clubs will be running as normal next week. Please note that this will be the last session for these clubs. Details of a new selection of clubs for Term 5 and 6 will be sent out after Easter. 

Dates for your Diary 

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

Monday 27th March – CSI Day – Year 5

Tuesday 28th March – TSA Coffee Morning – 9am in small hall NEW

Wednesday 29th March - PGL meeting for Year 5 parents in main hall – 3.30 pm NEW

Thursday 30th March - IRock / Mrs Hyde’s students’ performance to parents (8:50am start)  

Friday 31st March – TSA non-uniform day

Friday 31st March – Year 6 WW2 day

Friday 31st March – TSA Easter Bunny Hunt – 3.15 pm NEW

Friday 31st March – Last day of term 4 for pupils

Monday 17th April – First day of term 5 for pupils

Friday 28th April – TSA Disco for Year 2, 3 and 4 children NEW

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Tuesday  9th – Friday 12th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

Friday 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum

Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week

Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 5th June - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

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

Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week

w/c Tuesday 6th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables check

w/c Monday 12th June – Year 1 Phonics check

Friday 16th June – TSA Disco for Year R and Year 1 children NEW

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 21st July – Last day of term/academic year for pupils 

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 2.45 pm.  The assembly will begin at 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 March           Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 31st March            Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 5th May                  Pink Class Assembly

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                                   

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly


Welcome to Term 6

The last day of Term 6 / Academic year is Tuesday  23rd July 2024