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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 24th May 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to the family members who were able to join us for our Year 3 and Year R Open Afternoons this week, where we made fruit kebabs in Reception and Ango-Saxon broaches in Year 3.  All of these creative activities were wonderful to see, but the best part was seeing family members get so involved in children’s learning.

Did you know that Tunbury’s got Talent?  Lots of talent!  Last night, thanks to the hard work of our TSA, we showcased a wonderful evening of talent in our school hall, with children from across the school sharing their skills.  This was a fabulous celebration, celebrating children’s skills and talents in gymnastics, comedy, dancing, piano playing, signing, ventriloquism, drumming and poetry reading.  Children showed so much confidence and everyone was super proud of each and every one of them.  Children were all awarded a certificate and medal, and we hope that they’ll remember their ‘Tunbury’s got Talent’ performances for many years to come.

Also yesterday, two Tunbury netball teams played in matches against two teams from Wouldham Primary School.  Children played so well, with showing good passing and movement, as well as bags of enthusiasm and teamwork skills.  On the top playground, our Tunbury team won both matches, with huge scores of 7-2 and 6-0.  On the lower playground, our Tunbury team drew the first match 3-3 but won the second 3-2, with a goal in the final seconds.  Congratulations to all of our netballers – we are so proud of you. 

Today, children have enjoyed the first of our weekly summer term ‘whole-school break’ sessions, where all children from Reception to Year 6 share their breaktime together on the school field.  Our Year 6 children look after their Reception buddies and everyone else also plays together, with lots of excitement and daisy-chain-making!

Have a lovely half term break everyone.  Just a reminder that Monday 3rd June is an INSET day, so we look forward to seeing our children back in school on Tuesday 4th June.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year 5 

This week in Year 5, we have been busy with creative writing inspired by our “Tomb Raiders” topic. We have combined our learning about life in Ancient Egypt with our own school trip to Maidstone Museum to write our very own portal stories…Our writing has certainly come a long way this year!


Our trip to Maidstone Museum was every bit as exciting as our stories. We had the opportunity to explore a range of fascinating exhibits including an Ancient Egyptian mummy! We took time to sketch some of favourite artefacts too.


Art this term has been a tremendous success. We have decorated and evaluated our “Egyptian Death Masks” using papier-mâché and painting skills. We are in the process of sculpting our Egyptian statues and Canopic jars- do you recognise any of the references to Egyptian mythology and culture in the examples below?


Finally, each class have been looking after their own caterpillars this term. We are excited to announce that some have begun to emerge from their chrysalides to become beautiful painted lady butterflies and we look forward to releasing them on Friday.




Tunbury Star Writers: This term, we have introduced a new award at Tunbury to celebrate children’s efforts and progress and writing across the curriculum.  All children have put in an enormous amount of effort in their writing this term and the following children have been awarded Tunbury Star Writers for term 5.


STEAM week: When we return after half term, it will be our annual STEAM week. Please read the information in the letters and forms section of this website and get involved!

Safeguarding update on financially motivated sexual extortion: All schools in the UK have recently been sent information from the National Crime Agency, raising awareness of the recent rise in reporting of financially motivated sexual extortion involving children. Please see the details in our Safeguarding section on our website: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Safeguarding/ 

Financial support for families with children receiving free school meals: We are pleased to inform you that Central Government have extended the Household Support Fund until 31st August 2024. As a result, KCC will continue to fund supermarket vouchers for the May holiday and the Summer holidays. Families eligible for income based free school meals will receive £10 supermarket vouchers (per child) for the May holiday and £100 (per child) for the Summer holidays. 

Are you eligible for Free School Meals? If so, we can ensure that you receive all the support you are entitled to, including KCC vouchers, free places on our school trips and of course, free school meals every day (although children can still have packed lunches if you prefer). Please check by visiting:


To apply please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/. 

Vehicle access: Please be advised that parents/carers are not permitted to drive their vehicles on to the school site, other than in an emergency situation.  If you need to drop/collect your child or visit the school office, please park outside the school and enter school via the front pedestrian gate.

Sun hats, sunscreen and water: Now that the warmer weather is here at last, we would like to remind you about sunscreen, hats and water.  Please can you make sure that you child has sunscreen applied before they come to school.  They can bring a named bottle of sunscreen to keep in their school bag for reapplying at break times, if they are able to apply it themselves.  Please also make sure that your child has a bottle of water in school as well as a sun hat. 

School dinner payments: Please continue to pay for school lunches in cash or cheques payable to TCS Education Catering Ltd. This can be sent to school in a sealed, named envelope via the school office.

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Our KS1 winners for this week are Blue class with a brilliant 97.53%. Followed by our KS2 winners, Turquoise who managed a fantastic 98.52%. Well done to both classes! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: After a very close race, the winners of our Term 5 Team Point race were Hawking Team.  Congratulations!  Hawking team will be enjoying the reward of sports on the school field this afternoon, as this was the option voted for by children for this term.









Dates for your Diary

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

Term dates for 2024/25: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-24-25/

Term 5

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

Tuesday 11th / Wednesday 12th June – (TSA) “Gifts for Him" present room

Thursday 13th June – Year 2 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Creating a piece of artwork in the style of Tinga Tinga

20th June – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day

Thursday 27th June – Year 4 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm – Art-sketching

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

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

Monday 8th July – Year 5 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Art Henri Rousseau Rainforest

Wednesday 10th July - Whole School Transition Day (all classes move up to new teachers), with Open Classroom session for parents/carers 3.15-3.45

Thursday 11th July – Rochester visit – Year 4

Thursday 18th July – Year 6 Performance: 2 pm and 6 pm

Friday 19th July – (TSA) Dare to be Different

Friday 19th July – Year 6 School Prom, 6.30 -9.30 pm

Saturday 20th July – (TSA) Tunbury Summer Circus

Monday 22nd July – Year 6 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm – Afternoon Tea

Tuesday 23rd July – Year 6 Leavers’ Assemblies: Emerald 9.00, Crimson 9.45, Violet 10.30

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 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 6

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