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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 4th March 2022

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Everyone has enjoyed this week’s Book Week.  Our learning has been based on a whole-school book, ‘The Last Wolf’ by Mini Grey, which has been enjoyed in every Tunbury classroom – what a brilliant book!


Reading for pleasure is one of the themes of our book week – we are keen for every Tunbury child to enjoy books, making their own choices about what they like to read.  Everyone can find books they love, from Tom Gates to Harry Potter, Gangsta Granny to Matilda…. please encourage your children to pick their own books and enjoy reading them.  An easy way to do this is to help your child spend their World Book Day voucher on a brand new book.  Please visit www.worldbookday.com/books/ to see the books on offer, where you’ll find the following message from World Book Day organisers: 

“We’re delighted to bring you our fantastic selection of brand new and exclusive £1 books for 2022 that children can get for FREE with their £1 token. We want every child and young person to believe they are readers and to give them the opportunity to have a book of their own that they have chosen for themselves.” 

Yesterday’s World Book Day was a great success, so thank you for helping your children transform themselves!  It was fantastic to see the amazing outfits which children, parents/carers and staff managed to create.  Good job Team Tunbury!  After a 2-year break due to Covid disruption, it was lovely to return to a ‘normal’ World Book Day, always one of the highlights of any primary school calendar. Here are a few of our creations which we would like to share….


Congratulations to the winners of our World Book Day costume prizes, who were Elijah in Year R, Joshua in Year 1, Ashton in Year 2, Betsy in Year 3, Zach in Year 4, Ryan in Year 5 and Maddie in Year 6. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 3 

What a busy start to term 4!   We started our term with the postponed Stone Age Day. Almost all of the children, and adults, were dressed in Stone Age costumes. The children worked together in groups to create a poster about their learning in term 3 as well as making Stonehenge from clay and creating cave paintings using berries instead of paint.  It was quite a messy day, but the children certainly seemed to enjoy it.


This week we have World Book Day – extended to World Book Week as it is the 25th anniversary.   The children have had another opportunity to dress up, this time as their favourite character from a book.   The story we have been basing our work on is The Last Wolf by Mini Grey.


It is a twist on Red Riding Hood but with an important message about saving the habitats of endangered animals.   In class, the children discussed whether or not wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland.  The majority of children believed that wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland; they became extinct in 1749.  We were inspired by the story to plant seeds to try and create our own wildlife habitat on the school grounds.   We used imperative verbs to write instructions on how to plant a seed and take care of it.


Team Points: Our first points totals for the new term are as follows. Congratulations Hawking team – you are in the lead!









Vision Screening and National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP): School health will be in school on Tuesday 15th March and Wednesday 16th March 2022 to deliver vision screening and NCMP.
Vision and NCMP – all Children in Year R
NCMP only – all children in Year 6 

Parent Consultations: Thank you to everyone who attended our online parent consultations this week, which completed our Spring Term meetings.  If you were not able to attend, please contact your child’s class teacher to make an appointment - we are keen to speak to all of our parents/carers this term. 

TSA Mother’s Day Present Room: The TSA will be running this event in-school on the mornings of Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th March. Please see the flyer in the Parents - letters and forms section  for details. 

Bikeability: Congratulations to our children in Year 6 who completed their Bikeability awards this week or last week. Well done! 

Covid-19: Please follow the current national guidance on Covid. This currently states: 

While you’re no longer required by law to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should still stay at home and avoid contact with other people. 

Please visit:  When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do - NHS (www.nhs.uk) for further details. 

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2021/22: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-21-22/
Term dates for 2022/23: https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Term-Dates-22-23/ 

Please note: although we have planned events for the full academic year, it is possible that future Covid disruption or other factors may result in changes. 

Tuesday 15th / Wednesday 16th March - Vision and NCMP Screening – Year R and Year 6

Friday 18th March – Science Day

Tuesday 22nd March – CSI Day – Year 5 NEW

Wednesday 23rd / Thursday 24th March – TSA Mother’s Day present room NEW

Thursday 31st March – Ancient Greek Workshop – Year 6 NEW

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Friday 1st April – TSA Non-Uniform Day NEW

Friday 1st April – TSA Easter Egg Hunt NEW

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Friday 6th May – TSA Race Night NEW

Monday 9th – Friday 13th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 16th – Friday 27th May – SATs Weeks – Year 2

Friday 27th May – Last day of term 5

Monday 6th June - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 7th June – First day of term 6 for pupils

Monday 13th June – School Health Questionnaire – Year 6 NEW

Tuesday 14th / Wednesday 15th June – TSA Father’s Day present room NEW

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

Saturday 2nd July – TSA Summer Fair NEW

Monday 4th July – Sports Day (with Reserve Day Friday 8th July)

Friday 15th July – TSA ‘Dare to be different’ day NEW

Friday 15th July – TSA Family Picnic NEW

Thursday 21st July – Last day of term 6

Class assemblies 

We have now resumed our program of class assemblies. 

Class assemblies are scheduled to take place in-person, in the school hall, on Friday afternoons. Please come to the front of the school and wait outside the hall entrance doors.  You will be invited in at approximately 2.45/2.50 pm.  The assembly will begin at around 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. 

Please see the re-arranged dates for the four classes who have had assemblies postponed due to Covid disruption. Please note: assemblies for Crimson and Orange classes are on Monday afternoons. 

Friday 4th March – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 11th March – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 18th March - Amber Class Assembly

Friday 25th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 1st April – Violet Class Assembly

Monday 25th April – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 29th April – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 6th May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 13th May – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 20th May – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 27th May – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 10th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 17th June – Red Class Assembly

Monday 20th June – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly

Friday 8th July – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 15th July – Ruby Class Assembly


Reminder: Friday 1st April is the last day of Term 4.

Children return on Tuesday 19th April.