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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 3rd May 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, I want to highlight the importance of good school attendance, thinking specifically of term-time holidays and absence due to illness.

At Tunbury, we do not authorise term-time holidays and we do refer for Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more.  For complete clarity and advance notice, we need to remind you that if you do choose to take a term-time holiday, it will not be authorised and a referral will be made for a Penalty Notice.

Absence due to illness can be more difficult for us to navigate as parents/carers.  If you are unsure whether you should be sending your child into school, please look at the NHS advice Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (www.nhs.uk) .  This gives us simple guidance we can follow, for common illnesses like coughs or colds, as well as specific illnesses such as chicken pox or impetigo.  We also want to mention that children at Tunbury do benefit from warm and caring relationships with their teachers and TAs, so please be reassured that if your child is “a little under the weather”, we will look after them!

Thank you for your support with attendance – while children are at primary school, they do need you to help them attend school regularly and on time, which in turn helps them with wellbeing, friendships and academic attainment. 

Have a lovely long weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 3

This term in Year 3 we have started learning about the Anglo-Saxons.  We have read Beowulf in our reading lessons which the children enjoyed! Especially when it came to writing their book reviews and creating their front covers.  In science we have been learning the names of different bones in our body and how joints and muscles help us to move about. We had some amazing Anglo-Saxon artefacts turn up at school which we have enjoyed researching, and we will be putting together all our findings to create a fact file to go alongside the artefacts. We will be sharing these with our history lead and History ambassador. 



Neurodivergent Parent Carer Support Group: Space 2 Be Me are very excited to let you know about a new support service they are launching specifically for neurodivergent parents and carers. No diagnosis is required, parents/carers who are just starting to explore if they are neurodivergent are welcome. This will be an environment for parents to talk about the challenges of parenting, managing their own needs and to make connections with others.
The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd May 10:30 – 12:00 at the Howard de Walden Centre, Bluett Street Maidstone, ME14 2UG, however they know that there will be many people out there that may be interested who cannot attend this session. Therefore, they have set up a dedicated email address ndparent@space2beme.org.uk and would invite anyone interested in this service to email in and join a mailing list. This will help guide them on how to grow this service moving forward and work out where the demand is.


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. This week our KS1 winners are Pink Class with a fantastic 99.45% attendance. Followed by our KS2 winners, Sapphire class. Well done to both classes! 


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Team Points: This week, Hawking team are in the lead – well done!









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

Wednesday 8th May – Year 4 walk to Bluebell Hill Picnic Site NEW

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, 6pm in the school hall – NEW – time added

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 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