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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 3rd March 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week’s Book Week has been AMAZING!  Well done and thank you to everyone who has contributed in so many ways to making this week a success.

In our book-themed cake competition, we were completely stunned by the magnificent baking skills on show.  We were also super impressed with just how many cakes appeared – good job everyone!  If you supported your child to enjoy some book-themed baking last week, thank you!  The competition was judged by Mr Taylor and our English Ambassador Urunwa, who selected the following cakes as our winners from each phase.  In Reception and Year 1, our winner was Lillie with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  In Years 2, 3 and 4, our winner was JJ with the Magic Faraway Tree.  In Years 5 and 6, our winner was Fraser with the Snozcumber from BFG.  Congratulations!  The prizes for this and our other Book Week competitions will be awarded next week. 

Other highlights of the week included today’s marvellous dressing up day, our Tunbury Book Trailers (being filmed all across school and coming to a cinema near you…), our Book Swap, story writing, story reading, and of course today’s epic Staff Panto, which was a lot of fun for everyone.  Thank you for your support with children’s amazing outfits – we have hundreds of different book characters in Team Tunbury today.

We really hope that Book Week has been enjoyable and inspirational for your child.  Everyone will have their own favourite moment, so please ask your child to tell you about their favourite book week activity. 

A huge thank you to our English Team, Mrs Harding, Mrs Fitzgerald and Miss Stevens, for organising Book Week for us.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  Happy Reading!

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year R

Our topic this term is called ‘Time machine’. We will be learning about the past and the present. We started by looking at the different jobs we know about.

Last week, we learnt about Shrove Tuesday, we made pancakes and talked about how the day is celebrated. We completed pancake races including a ‘flipping contest’, which some villages in England do every year.


This week has been book week.  We have been writing about our favourite stories and sharing them in class.


We have been writing our own stories and creating class stories. We also visited our school library.


We have been making book day bunting and created a doorway to our favourite book setting.

In maths we have been learning about the number 10. We have started to learn different number facts. We have been comparing numbers and using the vocabulary more than, greater than and less than and fewer than.




Road Crossing Patrol:


As mentioned in our previous Weekly Bulletins, we are looking for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) to work on Tunbury Avenue. Sadly, zero applications have been received for this position. This is our last chance to find a new SCP before recruitment is paused by KCC. You could be our local hero, helping to keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this position, please contact KCC as detailed above or apply for the position online using the following link: https://recruitmenthub.solutions/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=7403.

Happy baby news: Mrs Foreman, Office Receptionist is expecting her first child and will be going on maternity leave in May - congratulations!  As a result, we are seeking a new Receptionist/Administrator to work in our office while Mrs Foreman is on maternity leave. An advertisement for the position has been published on Kent Teach: Receptionist / Administrative Support - Maternity Cover Administration at Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade (kent-teach.com) Please share this advert with anyone you know who might be interested in this role.

Kent Educational Psychology Service Support: Kent Educational Psychology Service and the Specialist Teaching Service are inviting parents to join 'reflection teams'.  This is a method of support for families who may be experiencing some difficulties around children's behaviour, anxiety, sleep or home learning.  Please see the leaflets in the letters and forms section of our website and contact educationalpsychologysupport@kent.gov.uk  for further information.  

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal: We do have families in our school community who have friends and relatives affected by the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria.  We’re keen to offer help through the DEC charity appeal, so please visit Home | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk) to find out how you can help or to make a donation. Thank you.

Team Points: In our first totals for the new term, the scores are as follows.  Congratulations green team, we have an early lead for you! 









Dates for your Diary 

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

Wednesday 8th / Thursday 9th March – TSA Mothers’ Day present room

Wednesday 15th March – Year 1 visit to Kent Life

Wednesday 15th March – NEU strike date

Thursday 16th March – NEU strike date

Friday 17th March – National Science Day

Friday 17th March - Rochester Bridge Trust visit to Year R

Monday 20th March – Francophonie Day

Thursday 23rd March – Year 2 visit to Rochester Guildhall Museum and Upnor Castle

Thursday 30th March - IRock Performance to parents am

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

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

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 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 3rd March              Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 10th March           Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 17th March           Crimson Class Assembly

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 5

The last day of Term 5 is Friday 24th May 2024

The first day of Term 6 for pupils is Tuesday 4th June 2024

(Monday 3rd June 2024 is an INSET Day, School is closed for pupils)