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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 4th October 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Yesterday was National Poetry Day and children celebrated by reading and writing some wonderful poems. From our youngest to oldest children, we saw some skilful language being used, as these two examples show:



The freezers are shut

Ice cream for help!


It smells like blueberries, carrots and peas

In the dark supermarket​

It's messy at night


Pull the hard handle...SSSSHUMP!

Ice hits my face​.


by Hedgehogs class (Reception)


The leaves were arms wrapping around the house,

With shadows of birds dancing high in the sky.

So enter at your own risk, little mouse;

From the front it's elegant - that's a lie.


Lime green ivy covers the glass;

Dilapidated walls stood tall with fear.

With heaps and piles of outdated grass,

If you visited, you'd shed a tear.


by Kaiden, Thomas and Anna in Violet class (Year 6)


Aren't they fantastic? As well as these, we also have other wonderful examples of poetry which we have included at the end of today’s bulletin.  Congratulations to all the children involved.​ I hope to include more regular examples of learning in our weekly bulletins in the future, as this is a simple way for you to keep in touch with your children's work.


Also this week, Mrs Smith and I have been visiting all of our Key Stage 2 classes (Years 3-6) to see children's learning. We have been very impressed by our children's attitudes and behaviour, along with skilful teaching, great use of verbal feedback and a calm and purposeful atmosphere throughout school. Lessons were engaging and well-planned, such as Year 5's work on writing persuasive arguments, inspired by the speeches of climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Next week, we'll be visiting all of our Reception and Key Stage 1 classes too, in order to get a complete picture of teaching and learning at Tunbury.


Now that children have settled into their new classes, we would be delighted to welcome parent helpers into school.  Last year, I'm told that we had a number of parent helpers who made a really significant contribution across many different classes. If you would like to volunteer your time to help us in school on a regular basis, please let us know by emailing us at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk with your name, availability, preferred age range to support and details of any previous volunteering in school. For those parents who helped us last year and have already had training and a DBS check, you would be able to start straight away (dependent on the agreement of class teachers). For new parent helpers, training will be provided with a view to starting in Term 2. Many thanks for your support.​


Have a lovely weekend everyone.


Best wishes


Ruth Austin


Harvest Celebrations

As part of the curriculum at this time of year, the children at Tunbury are focusing on the importance of Harvest time within the community. Our Harvest Celebrations will take place this term on Wednesday 16th October 2019 during the morning, when we will be joined by our local Vicar.  Please note as detailed in a previous Bulletin, the Harvest assemblies are in-school events only and parents are invited to attend our Open Afternoon on Thursday 17th October instead.

We are asking for donations of Harvest gifts which will be donated to Ashdown Medway Accommodation Trust for distribution to the community in Kent and Medway. Please send in your donation from Monday 14th October.



  • Thank you for your support last Friday with our Macmillan cake sale. We raised a magnificent £319 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support. 
  • After School sports clubs started this week with our sports coaches. There are still spaces on all the clubs. It’s not too late to join. Please collect a letter/form from the school office for details.
  • Year 6 PE session - please note that the week after next, Year 6 PE sessions will be held on Monday 14th October. This is because of the INSET day on Friday 18th October. Please make sure that children's PE kits are in school on this day, particularly if children are returning to school for the first day back after their residential trip.
  • Year 4 still need a Parent Helper to help with their visit to Kent Life on Monday 14th October. If you are able to help please contact the school office or Miss Binns direct. There will be a short meeting for this visit on Monday at 3.30 pm for parent helpers.
  • Year 4 would like kitchen roll tubes and small foil dishes please. They will be making torches.
  • Some of you may have already seen that Asda have chosen Tunbury Primary School as one of their good causes. If you shop in the local Asda, please support us! If we are lucky enough to receive the most coins at the end of the collection, we will receive £500, which will be used to develop a sensory garden for the school.
  • Aldi Kit for Schools - we are now collecting Aldi stickers for sports equipment, so please send these into school if you have any.
  • The Immunisation team will be in school after the holiday week, on the first day of Term 2, to administer the nasal flu vaccinations to all year groups. Please see the attached Consent form from the NHS, which must be completed and returned to the immunisation team before Monday 21st October 2019.

Dates for your Diary

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

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

Monday 14th October – Year 4 visit to Kent Life

Wednesday 16th October – Harvest Celebration Assemblies

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 Years R - 6

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

National Poetry Day

Everyday, this house stands silent,

Hands by its side.

Like a monochrome photo,

In a blanket of flora,

And yet there’s nowhere for it to hide.


A mournful history haunts this structure,

This annihilated place,

Birds fly to this isolated ruin

Whilst squawking as to race.


The grey door screams not enter,

As if it’s cluttered with spiders.

And an obvious exit is not available,

It’s impossible to make this room bright.


“We are neglected” the dusty lanterns cry.

Lifeless windows, once crystal clear,

Slowly darken throughout the year.

Lonely, overgrown vegetation

Over the outdated path.


Isabella, Jaydan and William, Emerald class


The creaky door so big and bold,

Will stay still until it is told.

The rusty nails as sharp as daggers,

Make me flinch as it cut my fingers.


The ivy was a blanket covering the woodwork,

The windows were shattered and sharp,

Making me cold


Isla, Mia and Lauren, Emerald class



Glaring at the cameras,

Crying at the government,

Telling people to stop polluting,

As Greta tries her best to make the world a better place.

Insects dying as we speak,

Lives of innocent polar creatures at risk.


Greta on an adventure,


But climate change defying her actions,

In some terrifying parts of the world.


By Riley and Millie, Magenta Class


Sky Song

She longs to escape

The Ice Queen’s curse

In Winterfang-

She doesn’t belong there.


She stumbles around,

Falling into the melting, cold snow

In a sea of trees-

She doesn’t belong there.


Led into a hollow tree

That is magically a tower of fun-

She doesn’t belong there.


Chasing a beautiful, golden eagle

Across the snowy hill tops-

She doesn’t belong there.


She follows the luscious, golden eagle

Into a freezing cold valley,

Flooded by a meandering river-

She doesn’t belong there.


She wanders into a tunnel

of destiny and comfort-


She belongs there.


By Fraser, Magenta Class















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