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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 6th December 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers 

Christmas is definitely around the corner…. this week, children have been practising their Christmas songs and our classrooms are looking more festive, with the appearance of Christmas trees, advent calendars and some Tunbury elves! 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Fair last Saturday. Since joining the school, I have been so impressed with our fabulous TSA – they really are something special! A huge amount of preparation goes into our big events and the Christmas Fair was fantastic, with fun for visitors of all ages. It was a pleasure to welcome children, parents, neighbours and Father Christmas into the school and to see everyone enjoying the games, stalls and refreshments on offer. 

One of our school development themes for this year is strengthening our feeling of community, both within the school and in our local area. This week, we have welcomed Rev Stephen Roe, our local vicar, into school to lead assemblies. Also, our Reception children have enjoyed a special visit to a local residential home for older people. Our children sang Christmas songs and gave Christmas cards – as you might imagine, this was a really special occasion for everyone involved! Thank you to the Reception staff team and the accompanying parents for making this magic moment happen. 

Finally, thank you to parents who contributed to our parent forum on Monday morning, which was a useful and constructive meeting. Although I don’t feel so ‘new’ any more, I still have plenty to learn about Tunbury, so events like this are really helpful for me. The minutes from our parent forum are now available on the Parents section of the school website. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our learning Year 3

This term year 3 have been learning about fair trade and how chocolate is produced! The children have been discussing, researching and writing about the how the lives of fair trade farmers and non-fair trade farmers differ. There have been lots of passionate responses regarding how everyone should be treated fairly and not discriminated against because of the country they work or live in. It has given the children an excellent opportunity to be thankful for what they have and develop an understanding of equality. A great notion to take with them into the Christmas period!

We have been reading a very exciting and thrilling novel called 'The Great Chocoplot'. The plot creates a tense story line following the investigation of young girl who has been told chocolate will cease to exist in 6 days time. This book has allowed the children to develop their understanding of language, given them opportunities to develop their descriptive skills and delve deeper into the realms of fiction. The children have been enjoying exploring the complex characters, investigating the clues hidden in the plot and adding their own pieces of writing to develop the description further. 

The children of year 3 have an exciting opportunity this term, they will be making chocolate truffles (using fair trade chocolate of course!) They are very excited about sharing this experience with their grownups, almost as excited as eating them once they are finished. I'm sure they will be willing to share a few with their grownups - or maybe they could be an extra Christmas gift for someone special to them? 

Our Learning Year R

This week Year R went on their first trip! They walked to the letterbox to post their Christmas lists to Santa and then carried on walking to Woodlands Court Retirement home. While there the children sang Christmas carols to some of the residents, had some orange juice and then had some time to give out their pictures and cards as well as talk to some of the residents. It was a lovely, heart-warming morning that really meant a lot to the residents and children!




  • Year 6 World War II Day – Thursday 12th December 2019
    As an end to our two terms worth of learning about World War II, Year 6 are celebrating by having a World War II themed day, which will involve cooking, games and music. The children are encouraged to dress up in wartime attire, this could be as an evacuee, land girl, soldier etc. As part of this day, we would like to invite parents of Year 6 to join us from 14:45-15:10 to try some of the food your child has made and hear about their learning. If you have any queries, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
    Miss Hind, Mrs Stallard, Mrs Seymour and Miss Sibborn
  • Christmas information – please check the extra bulletin sent home Thursday last week (and available on our website) regarding our school Christmas events. Please remember Christmas Dinner needs to be ordered and paid for by Monday 9th December. In addition to the Christmas information already sent Mrs Hyde’s singing groups will be performing their Christmas songs on Friday 13th December during Carols on the Playground, gates open at 2.40 pm starting at 3 pm. 

  • School Crossing Patrol – do you know a Local Hero? Our advert is still live at  http://d.rfer.us/KENTHRBCG7z1qj

  • Starting at Primary School Do you have a child born between 1st September 2015—31st August 2016? If your child will be 4 years old by 31st August 2020, the time to apply for a primary school is NOW.
    For parents who live in the Kent local authority parents can apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions
    For parents who live in the Medway local authority parents can apply online at http://new.medway.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/starting-primary-school/apply-for-a-place
    Applications must be submitted before 15th January 2020.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 9th December – NHS Weight and Height checks Year R and Year 6

Monday 9th December – Reception classes Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December – Y1 Christmas performance – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 10th/ Thursday 12th December – Orange class Parents’ Evening NEW

Wednesday 11th December – Y2 Christmas performance – 2 pm

Thursday 12th December - Year 6 World War II Day

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 13th December – Carols on the playground – gates will open at 2.40 pm

Monday 16th December – Home Front Bus visit – Year 6

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

Tuesday 14th January – Zoolab visit Year 1    

Friday 17th January - Norman Day visit Year 4

Friday 14th February – Last day of Term 3

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February – February Break

Monday 24th February – INSET DAY – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 25th February – Start of Term 4 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 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



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