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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 26th April 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, our Netball team did Team Tunbury proud in winning the Fair Play Award at the Mini Youth Games netball tournament!  We are so proud of them all for showing such a positive attitude – our Year 6 children are amazing ambassadors and responsible role models for our school.  Please read Ella’s account of the day (in the Notices section) to find out more.

Also this week, we were so pleased that our Reception children enjoyed their first ever school trip, visiting a local farm.  This was a wonderful experience, sparking curiosity and creating new learning experiences for our youngest children.  Please read the ‘Our Learning’ section to find out more. 

This term, children across Tunbury Primary School are striving to do their very best in all of their learning, as always, but with a special focus on children’s writing.  Teachers in every class are creating meaningful opportunities for children to write, through our ‘perfectly published’ pieces of work.  At the end of term, we’ll also have a Star Writer award in every class.  For a couple of examples of published writing from both ends of the school, please take a look at the samples of writing from Reception and Year 6 below, linked to this week’s learning experiences.  Fabulous! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year R

This term, in Year R, our topic is Super Growing! We have been looking at growth and change. We have been sharing the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and are excited at the arrival of our own real caterpillars. We are watching intently as the caterpillars change over the next few weeks.   

On Tuesday, we went on our first ever school trip, to Bluebell Barn Farm in Meopham. The children thoroughly enjoyed the coach ride and were excited to embark on their farm adventure from the get-go. We learned about the different jobs on the farm; even the dog, Millie had a special job, to herd the sheep back to bed!  Children were hands on and they helped to feed the orphaned lambs a warm bottle of milk. The children loved the little lambs in their cosy jumpers which they wore to regulate their temperature in the barn.  We marvelled over the bluebells in the woodland and hope you enjoy the pictures from our special day.  

We have been looking at the photographs from the visit and the children have been inspired to write about their experiences.   





Mini Youth Games Netball: Ella’s account of the day.

“On Tuesday, a team of 10 Year 6s played at Rainham Girls School for the Netball Mini Youth Games, representing Tunbury Primary School.  There were some very competitive teams according to our team, but we are very proud. And so are the amazing teachers – Miss Landa-Arrese and Mrs Gladdish.  There were 13 rounds across the day, but we played around 9 or 10, and like I said, it was tough at times, but we did so well and we are just absolutely amazed.

Out of 24 schools, we came 22nd. This is just unbelievable how well we played.  Although we didn’t come close to winning – which we are very happy about – it ended on an even more positive side.

For the other award (fair play), top three schools, we were not expecting this.  “Tunbury!” called out the person who was handing the awards out.  We had won the fair play award!  This meant the other schools and umpires (who were Rainham Girls students) had mostly voted for us for being the most respectful and fairest team/school out of all 24.  We believed this was more amazing than winning, as it is a much more wonderful celebration, showing that we may only have won one game, but we showed our teamwork and respectful determination towards all.

That is most of the information about the Netball Mini Youth games hosted at Rainham School for Girls on Tuesday 23rd April 2024.

Here now is a picture of the Tunbury Netball Team and our Trophy. Thank you to all the outstanding Year 6s and brilliant teachers for this amazing day”.


Cricket: If any girls aged 9 or above are interested in playing cricket, please see the advert below from Town Malling Cricket Club. No previous experience necessary, just come and give it a try!


Well done Miss Elliott: Crimson class teacher Miss Elliott ran the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.  Over £4,000 was raised. Miss Elliott would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. 

Parents’ courses: Please see details below for any parents who would like to book.



Purple Mash access: We are in the process of moving to Spelling Shed to support our teaching of spelling in Key Stage 2.   Your current logins for Purple Mash will no longer work.  Logins for the children to access Spelling Shed from home should be available later this term.   

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 winners for KS1 are Owls Class with over 99% attendance. Followed by this week’s KS2 winners, Crimson class. Well done to both classes! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: Our first Team Points totals for Term 5 are as follows, with Holmes team in the lead by just three points! In assembly today, children voted on the Team Point reward which will be ready for the winner of this term’s race.  With one vote for each class, the winning choice was ‘sports on the field’, which just beat ‘free time in the IT suite’ as children’s preferred option.  We’re looking forward to see which team wins!









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

Monday 6th May – BANK HOLIDAY – School Closed

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

Wednesday 15th May – Year 1 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm – Making moon buggies

Friday 17th May – Outdoor Learning Day

Friday 17th May – Wingham Wildlife Park visit – Year 3

Tuesday 21st May – Year 3 Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Creating Anglo-Saxon broaches 

Wednesday 22nd May – Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

Wednesday 22nd May - Year R Open Afternoon, 2-3pm - Making fruit kebabs

Thursday 23rd May – (TSA) Tunbury's Got Talent

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 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 6

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