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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 6th January 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new school term and Happy New Year!  We hope that all of our Tunbury families had a lovely Christmas break.  Tunbury school staff were delighted to welcome our children back into school on Wednesday, ready for the new term. 

With new topics starting in each year group, Tunbury children are already immersed in their new learning.  On the first day of term, I visited every class to welcome them back to school and it was fabulous to see their high level of engagement in their lessons.  In Year 6, all children enjoyed their World War II day, with visitors showing them what life would have been like for children back in this period of history.  I joined Emerald class who were being instructed by a rather strict Air Raid Warden, showing them how to keep safe and how to conduct a gas mask drill, and then dropped into Crimson class who were learning about food rationing and ration books.  In Year 2, children were starting their Land Ahoy pirate topic with a special day.  I visited Pink class where children were creating model pirate ships and seeing if they would float, then went into Orange class where they were learning about pirate food and making their very own hardtack biscuits from flour, water and salt.  These were described to me as “fearsomely durable”, although not exactly delicious!  A huge thank you to our talented Tunbury teachers who really do go above and beyond to make learning fun and accessible for all of our children. 

For more information about your child’s learning, this term’s Topic Newsletters have been emailed to all year groups today and can also be found on the year group pages of our school website.  Thank you for all the support you offer with children’s learning at home – we really do appreciate this.  Although I know you have heard this from me many times before, please remember that reading is our first priority for home support.  We ask all of our parents and carers to support reading, so please do hear your child read, share books with them at home and encourage them to develop a love of reading which will help them to ‘fly’ through their education.  Reading gives you wings!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


SEN Update

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break even if it may seem like a distant memory now.

I wanted to thank you all for the support and kindness you have shown me over the last two terms whilst I have not been at Tunbury full-time.  I am pleased to now be in school 5 days a week. 

If your child has a Personalised Plan, these have now all had their first review of the year and you should have received a copy of this and/ or spoken to your child's class teacher depending on your preference.  If there are further questions you have about the support your child is receiving in school, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher in the first instance or the Phase Leader or myself if necessary.  The Personalised Plans will next be reviewed in March (before the Easter holidays). If your child's support needs to be reviewed before then, we will be in touch to arrange a date and time.   

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to getting to know more of you over the coming weeks and months.   

Best wishes

Stephanie Davies, SENCO


Admissions for children starting school in September 2023: If you haven’t already applied for your school place, please do so now, as the deadlines are next weekend.  Applications for a primary school place should be made via your ‘home’ local authority.

We have arranged one final New Entrants meeting and tour for any parents/carers who may have missed our earlier events. This will be at 2pm on Monday 9th January.  To book onto this session, please contact the school office on office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk 

Please contact us at school if you cannot make this date, would like to re-visit the school or have any further questions.  We would be happy to help. 

Staffing news: A warm Tunbury welcome for our new members of staff, Mrs Marksford (Scarlet class teacher), Miss Martin (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Stephens (Midday Meals Supervisor), who have joined us this week.  Welcome to our team – our children are looking forward to working with you all.  

Attainment updates: Attainment updates are coming home today – children will have an envelope to give to you containing attainment information from the end of Term 2.  We provide you with this regular information on children’s attainment so that you can understand and support their progress throughout the year, as part of our commitment to strong home/school partnerships.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please discuss this with their class teacher.  

Young Carers: 800,000 Young Carers aged 5-18 care for an adult or family member in the UK.  The definition of a Young Carer is 'anyone aged 5-18 who is impacted by a health need (physical or mental) in their home eg siblings with learning needs, family member/s with substance misuse issues, grandparents requiring care living in the home.'  It is especially important to acknowledge the inclusion of children who live with siblings with additional or special educational needs in this definition.  If your child or children fall into this group, please email the school, office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk to discuss how we can best support these amazing young people or if you have any questions about the support we can offer.
Mrs Kidd, Learning Mentor 

After-school clubs: We are currently planning our program of after-school clubs for the new term and will send an update next week.

Kent Family Learning Courses: We still have some spaces remaining for the Happy Thoughts Jar family course on the 13th January. Details of a new course on offer are also below. Posters with further details for both are available in the Parents > letters and forms section of our website. 

Happy Thoughts/Memories Jar – Friday 13th January at 9:30am (2 hours) 

This course gives the opportunity for you and your child to look back through some memories to create a jar filled with happy thoughts.    

First Aid for families – Tuesday 17th, Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st January at 9:30am (2 hours)

This course is perfect for you and your child to learn the first aid basics and what to do in a medical emergency. This is held over three sessions across three weeks, all two hours long. If you book a place, please ensure you can attend all three sessions.

The spaces are limited with only 24 available for each course. Spaces are not per family, they are per child and adult. A maximum of 2 parents/carers can accompany each child. If you would like to book a space, please email office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk with your name, child’s name and class, the name of the course you would like to attend and the number of adults attending with each child. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please only request one course per child. Thank you.    

Payment for TCS school lunches: With effect from the start of this term, the school kitchen will no longer be taking cash payments. Please pay for school lunches online via Parentmail. 

Team Points: Our first totals for the new term will be in next week’s bulletin. 

Golden Board: Our Golden Board winners have their work on the board in the hall for us all to see!  Congratulations to all the children who had work selected by their teachers to go onto the Golden Board this term.


Dates for your Diary 

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

Monday 9th January – New Entrants meeting and tour for Reception places, 2.00pm

Tuesday 24th January – Young Voices Concert at the O2 (Singing Club)

Monday 30th January – Open afternoon YR: 2-3pm

Tuesday 31st January – Open afternoon Y1 / Y2: 2-3pm

Wednesday 1st February – Open afternoon Y3 / Y4: 2-3pm

Thursday 2nd February – Open afternoon Y5 / Y6: 2-3pm

Friday 3rd February – National Number Day

Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day

Friday 10th February – Y4 Roman Day

Friday 10th February – Last day of term 3 for pupils

Monday 20th February - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

Tuesday 21st February – Start of term 4 for pupils

Thursday 23rd February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 28th February - Parent consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Friday 17TH March – National Science Day

Monday 20th March – Francophonie Day

Thursday 30th March - IRock Performance to parents am

Friday 31st March – Last day of term 4 for pupils

Monday 17th April – First day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 1st May - Bank Holiday – School Closed

May – Year 2 (KS1) SATs

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Tuesday  9th – Friday 12th May – Year 6 (KS2) SATs

Friday 19th May – Y5 Visit to Maidstone Museum

Monday 22nd– Friday 26th May – Outdoor learning week

Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5 for pupils

Monday 5th June - INSET Day – School Closed for pupils

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

Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th June – STEAM week

w/c Tuesday 6th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables check

w/c Monday 12th June – Year 1 Phonics check

Friday 30th June – Sports Day

Friday 7th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 21st July – Last day of term/academic year for pupils 

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 2.45 pm.  The assembly will begin at 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. 

Friday 13th January         Blue Class Assembly

Friday 20th January         Violet Class Assembly

Friday 27th January         Orange Class Assembly

Friday 3rd February        Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 10th February      Amber Class Assembly

Friday 3rd March              Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 10th March           Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 17th March           Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 24th March           Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 31st March            Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 28th April               Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 5th May                  Pink Class Assembly

Friday 12th May               Red Class Assembly                                   

Friday 19th May               Bears Assembly

Friday 26th May               Owls Assembly

Friday 16th June               Hedgehogs Assembly


Welcome back to Term 3!

The last day of Term Three is Friday 10th February