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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 27th September 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This term is flying past! Already four weeks in, children should now feel settled in their new classes and year groups, ready to accelerate in our learning as we move through the year.

One of the themes of my first four weeks at Tunbury is making multiple connections with our children - to do this, I have been leading assemblies, reading stories in children's classes and spending time getting to know our wonderful young people. In assemblies, we have all been thinking about how to make children's time in school safe, happy and successful. Hopefully your children should be able to tell you all about this, but to summarise:

We are safe - like a birds' nest, our school should be cosy, supportive and protective, where we all feel at home. 

We are happy - our time in school should be fun! In last week's assemblies, we spent some time listening to teachers' jokes, some of which were really funny. Since then, children have been trying to improve on the adults' jokes, so now I can't walk through the corridor or lunch hall without children saying 'can I tell you a joke?'....  If you would like to hear Tunbury's favourite joke (the one which I have been told most often), it's 'What do you call a deer without any eyes?' ........'no idea'.

We are successful - in this week's assembly, we were inspired by sporting success, using some examples from athletics and football. Lionel Messi once said 'I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 144 days to become an overnight success.' Children were fabulous at understanding how hard work, perseverance and determination leads to success. Next week, we'll be thinking about all the different ways in which children can be successful in our school.

As I mentioned last week, our parent survey recognised that the wonderful work of our TSA as a great strength of our school. Last night, I had the pleasure of attending our TSA AGM and saying a huge thank you to the team, especially our two co-chairs Becky Bailey and Sarah Spice, who have now stepped down after a really successful time at the helm. Our TSA do a brilliant job of bringing the school community together and raising valuable funds for extra resources for our children - I really cannot thank them enough. Our new co-chairs are Catherine Hughes, Caroline May and Sarah Mingozzi, so thank you for stepping up into this important role. This year, our overall theme for fundraising will be to improve our internal and external spaces within our school. This will take in some of the suggestions from our staff, parent and children's survey and involve the input of our new school council. Our TSA are hosting a coffee morning in the small hall at 9.00 on Monday morning, so please come along if you would like to find out more about the role of the TSA, if you have any ideas/suggestions, or if you just fancy a cuppa!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin



Remember to come to our Macmillan ‘coffee afternoon’ today on the school playgrounds, straight after school.  There will be a cake sale on both playgrounds and drinks will also be available to purchase.  So remember to bring your pennies! (In case of bad weather the event will move to the main hall).

Year 6 – please can all Year 6 children bring in a cardboard box, A4 size, on Monday. They will be making periscopes in their Science lessons.

Year 3 and Year 4 - P.E. lessons have been changed for next week only: Wednesday: Year 4 Thursday: Year 3 Please ensure P.E. kits are in school for their lessons.

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 2nd October – Parents’ Phonics Workshop, Reception classes – 2.15 pm

Monday 7th – Friday 11th October – Year 6 Residential Visit: Windmill Hill PGL

Monday 7th October – Volunteer helper meeting – Y4 Kent Life visit – 3.30 pm NEW

Tuesday 8th October: Y4 Parents information meeting – Swattenden Residential visit: 3.30 pm NEW

Monday 14th October – Year 4 visit to Kent Life

Thursday 17th October - Open afternoon (all classes) – 2 pm

Friday 18th October – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October - Autumn Break

Monday 28th October – start of Term 2

Monday 28th October – Steam Week starts

Monday 28th October – Flu Vaccinations

Thursday 31st October – New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am

Thursday 7th / Tuesday 12th November- Parents Evenings 3.40 – 6.20 pm

Monday 11th November – Tuesday 19th November – Bikeability Cycle Training, Year 6

Tuesday 12th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am

Wednesday 20th November - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 5 pm

Monday 2nd December - New entrants meeting for prospective parents – 2 pm

Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – 3 pm

Wednesday 18th December – last day of Term 2

Thursday 19th December to Friday 3rd January - Christmas Break

Monday 6th January 2020 - INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 7th January – Start of Term 3 for pupils


Class Assemblies

Class assemblies take place on a Friday at the end of the school day. Please wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.50 pm, once the children are seated, and the assembly will begin at 2.55 pm.  It will last about 10 minutes.


Friday 1st November – Crimson

Friday 8th November – Indigo

Friday 15th November – Scarlet

Friday 22nd November – Sapphire

Friday 29th November – Orange

Friday 17th January – Violet

Friday 24th January – Turquoise

Friday 31st January – Lilac

Friday 7th February – Amber

Friday 14th February – Lavender

Friday 6th March – Emerald

Friday 13th March – Magenta

Friday 20th March – Ruby

Friday 27th March – Azure

Friday 15th May – Blue

Friday 22nd May – Red

Friday 12th June – Pink

Friday 19th June – Yellow

Friday 26th June – Bears

Friday 3rd July - Owls

Friday 10th July - Hedgehogs


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