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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 5th November 2021

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 Please join us in school on Sunday for the return of our annual TSA Fireworks Spectacular! Gates open at 4.15pm and the fireworks display is at 6.00pm. Please buy your tickets in advance (they are not sold on the gate) via the following link:
www.pta-events.co.uk/tunbury/#.YYO6dGDP2Uk  The weather forecast is looking good and over 1,000 tickets have already been sold.  On the school playgrounds and field we’ll have refreshments, fairground stalls, live music, bungee trampolines and lots of fun leading up to the firework display itself.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes 

Ruth Austin


Our Learning: Year 1 

This week year 1 have been busy learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gun powder plot. We have been writing about what happened and we also created beautiful firework pictures using straws and glitter.


We have also been learning about bonfire safety and how to keep safe when we go to watch firework displays.

In maths we have been completing part whole models and using them to write addition number sentences.

As part of outdoor learning day we enjoyed completing our phonics activities outside. We practised writing the tricky word ‘like’ on the playground using chalk.


We are really enjoying our learning in Year 1! 

Fantastic FRED Experience

On Monday, all children from Reception to Year 6 watched a special performance in the school hall of ‘Fantastic Fred’, which is a NHS-funded programme to support children’s mental health.  Fantastic Fred was an extremely enjoyable and beneficial experience for all pupils.  The key message was the importance of well-being and mental health which was given to the children in an engaging show with many opportunities for discussion and questions.


FRED stands for Food, Rest, Exercise and Devices; each of these sections was explained in detail of how they are vital to ensure good mental health.  Children brought home a leaflet to tell you more about it and they also should be able to explain FRED to you.  If you’d like to find out more about this experience and the importance of the FRED message, please use the following link to watch a short video to support your children’s learning at home www.thefantasticfredexperience.com/for-parents-guardians.  


We are looking forward to offering after-school extra-curricular clubs for the first time since March 2020! There are still spaces available on the following clubs: KS2 Football, Netball, Spanish, Board Games, Science and Singing. Please email the school office to book a place – office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk 

The following clubs start next week:

KS2 Football – Monday (Children will require: a tracksuit, football boots, trainers - in case we have to move indoors, shin pads, water and a weatherproof jacket.  Gloves and base layers of clothing are advised for very cold weather.)

Spanish – Tuesday

Mindfulness colouring – Tuesday

Board Games – Tuesday

Science – Tuesday

Coding – Wednesday

Singing – Wednesday 

The following clubs will be starting week beginning 15th November:

Netball – Monday

Basketball – Tuesday

Multi-Sport Wednesday

KS1 Football – Thursday

Dodgeball - Friday 

Children from all clubs will be collected from the entrance to the main hall, outside the main office.  Please come in via the pedestrian gate, please do not try to drive in to the school car park as it will be busy with children and families and this car park is for staff only.  Thank you. 


Admissions for children starting school in September 2022 are now open: Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority.

At Tunbury, we held our first New Entrants meeting this week and have four more meetings planned: 

In-school meetings - presentation and Q&A followed by guided tours of the school:
Thursday 11th November 9.15-10.15am
Tuesday 23rd November 3.30-4.30pm
Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00pm

To book a place, please email office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk with your name and the session you are interested in joining.

Online meeting - presentation and Q&A for those who cannot visit us in person:
Monday 15th November at 5.00-5.45pm.
Please also email to register for this so that we can send you the link.

Please take a look at our school website for photos, videos and information for prospective parents at www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/New-Entrants-2020/ .  We have made videos featuring our Reception staff, Year 6 children and Reception children. Also, please share this information with friends or neighbours who may have a child starting school this year. 

Topic newsletters: In order to keep you informed about your child’s learning the topic newsletters for each year group will be emailed to parents today. These are also published on our website - https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Reception/ 

Team Points: After Attenborough’s win last term, we have reset out points totals to zero for the start of the new term. We’ll share our first points total for the new term next week. 

Parent consultation meetings: Thank you to all the parents/carers who joined us for parent consultation meetings this week, either in school (on Tuesday) or online (on Thursday).  If you did not have a consultation with your child’s class teacher, please email the school office (office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk) and we will endeavour to arrange a suitable date/time for this in the next 2 weeks. 

Bikeability: Congratulations to the Year 6 children who successfully completed their Bikeability badge this week.  Our KCC Bikeability instructors have been in school all week and this has been a positive experience for our children. 

Menu change: On Monday 8th November, TCS are holding a Bonfire themed lunch. This lunch is free for KS1 and £2.20 for children in KS2. If you would like your child to have lunch on this date, please send in cash in a named and labelled envelope or ensure Parent Mail is topped up. 

Remembrance Day: This falls on Sunday 14th November 2021. It is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. To mark Remembrance Day our School Councillors will be selling poppies in school today and next week during lunchtimes. 

School photos: Tempest photographers will be in school on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November, for individual and sibling group photos of all children in school.  Sorry - we are not able to facilitate pre-school sibling groups this year. 

All children will have an individual photo taken, unless you tell us otherwise. Tempest will also be able to take photos of sibling groups of in-school children. However, if you do not require a sibling group photo, please send an email to the school office. 

Flu Immunisation Programme Reminder: Please see the letter published on our website: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/

The immunisation team has informed us that a few parents have not yet completed a FLU consent form. This needs to be completed before the cut-off date which is 10/11/2021, 3 working days before our school’s immunisation session. NHS cannot accept late consents or consents on the day of vaccination. 

Covid-19: Please stay alert to possible Covid symptoms, get a test promptly if you or your child experience symptoms and follow all NHS guidance.  School staff are taking twice weekly Covid tests and we would encourage other adults and secondary school pupils in our community to do the same.  Please continue to follow the current Covid guidance – you can check this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Dates for your Diary 

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

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. 

Sunday 7th November – TSA Fireworks Extravaganza

Monday 8th November to Friday 12th November – Year 6 residential visit to PGL Marchants Hill

Thursday 11th November 9.15-10.15 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Monday 15th – Friday 19th November – Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 15th November: Odd Socks Day

Monday 15th November – Flu Immunisation Programme (all year groups)

Monday 15th November 5.00-5.45New Entrants for September 2022 Online meeting for parents/carers

Wednesday 17/Thursday 18th November – Pupils’ Individual Photos (Tempest Photographers)

Tuesday 23rd November 3.30-4.30 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 2nd December 2.00-3.00 - New Entrants for September 2022 meeting for parents/carers

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Performance Year R – 2.45pm

Friday 10th December – Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Performance Year 1 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Performance Year 2 – 2pm

Thursday 16th December – Carols on the playground Y3/Y4 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December - Carols on the playground Y5/Y6 – 2.50pm

Friday 17th December – Last day of term 2

Tuesday 4th January – INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January – First day of term 3 for pupils

Friday 4th February – Number Day –including dressing up

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February – Mental Health Week

Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 11th February – Last day of term 3

Monday 21st February - INSET day (School closed for pupils)

Tuesday 22nd February – First day of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 24th February – Parent Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 1st March- Parents Consultation Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Friday 18th March – Science Day

Friday 1st April – Last day of term 4

Tuesday 19th April – First day of Term 5

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

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

Thursday 23rd June – National Writing Day

Monday 27th – Friday 1st July – STEAM Week

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

Friday 22nd July – Last day of term 6 

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 pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.55 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 19th November – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 26th November – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 14th January - Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 21st January – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 28th January – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 4th February – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 11th February – Emerald Class Assembly

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

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

Friday 24th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 1st July – Owls Class Assembly


Details of our new entrants tours for September 2022 Reception Intake are available on the home page and 'New Entrants' tab. 


Reminder: Tuesday 4th January 2022 is an INSET day.