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Weekly Bulletin:Friday 9th February 2024

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, we have had more exciting enrichment events, this time for Year 5 and Year 6.  Year 5 enjoyed their ‘Poles Apart’ day on Wednesday, where they made high-energy snacks suitable for Artic explorers and created some wonderful artwork and music.  Year 6 enjoyed their World War II day yesterday, with a special visit from the author Helen Peters, who wrote our much-loved Year 6 text ‘Anna at War’.  Thank you to our staff teams for the extra effort that goes into making days like these a big success.

Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome a “VIP” Tunbury visitor, Heather Brown, who was Headteacher at Tunbury Primary School for 20 years from 1992 to 2012.  This was Mrs Brown’s first visit to Tunbury since she retired, so it was a great pleasure to meet her and show her around our school, where she commented on things that have changed, and other things that are just the same!  For example, the school building has been developed and improved over time … but our Tunbury children are still as polite, hardworking and positive as ever.  Mrs Brown also told me about some of the features of her time at Tunbury, such as the annual Tunbury Bike Week, orienteering club and the Tunbury staff choir – food for thought!

Have a lovely half term break everyone.  Remember that Monday 19th Feb is an INSET day, so we look forward to seeing children back in school on Tuesday 20th.

Best wishes

Ruth Austin


Our Learning Year 2

This term in Year 2, we have been enjoying our learning about Pirates. This week we have started finding out about Blackbeard and we are working up to writing a non-chorological report about him. Did you know that he used gunpowder in his beard?


Last week, we had a message from a ship manufacturer, asking for our help to sell his prize ship to pirates. We had to make an advert to persuade pirates to buy it. We used persuasive language, alliteration and adjectives to describe the boats. Here are some examples:


We had lots of fun on Pirate day. We made pirate treasure maps, wrote a poem about Blackbeard, learnt some sea shanties and wrote some of our own. We even walked the plank!


Number Day 

Last week children and staff ‘Dressed up for Digits’ and took part in a day full of Maths, in order to raise money for the NSPCC.

Some of the costumes were truly amazing.

Here are some comments written by our Maths ambassador from Year 5:

Hello my name is Joshua and I am going to tell you what I did on Friday [maths day]. First, me and my best friend Nathaniel started in reception and took some interesting pictures of them and some of their wacky clothes. They were epic! Some were wearing Number blocks outfits or some geometric patterns. We even took some pictures of the teachers.

After, we went to Year one and it just keeps getting better, for example, some of the children were dressed up as a calculator [I dressed up as a calculator] or a massive dice with six dots on it.

We went to our, own class [Turquoise] and it was very exciting because we took a picture of our friend [Nathan] preforming a calculation on the board. He ended up getting five team points”.

The conclusion is that maths day rocks!



Parents’ Evenings: Parents’ Evenings are straight after half term, on Thursday 22nd February and Tuesday 27th February.  Bookings are now open.  Please book a meeting with your child’s class teacher using the details in the letter which was emailed to parents on Wednesday this week.  Appointments with our SENCO are also available.  If you did not receive or cannot find your Parents’ Evening letter, please email us at office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk so that we can help you.

After school clubs: Reminder – due to parents evening, there will be no teacher led clubs for the first 2 weeks of next term.   Week starting 4th March 2024, all clubs will run as usual.  

Road Crossing Patrol: As mentioned in our previous Weekly Bulletins, we are looking for a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) to work on Tunbury Avenue. Sadly to date, zero applications have been received for this position. You could be our local hero, helping to keep our families safe on their journeys to and from school. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this position, please contact KCC as detailed below or apply for the position online using the following link:

David Weller - Safer Active Journeys SCP Officer 03000 422401 (answerphone - please leave message for call back) david.weller@kent.gov.uk


Midday Meals Supervisor: We are looking for a new midday meals supervisor to join our team. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this role, please see the attached link to the advert on Kent Teach:


Tunbury Primary School Facebook page: The official Tunbury Primary Facebook page has now been created and we are continuing to add photos to it at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555687503707  We already have 128 followers – please join us!

We would like be able to add more photos, so that we can update our Facebook page as often and as widely as possible.  Thank you to those parents that have already completed the online consent form. If you would like us to be able to share photos of your child via Facebook, please use this link to update your image consent: https://forms.office.com/e/XGMViX1AYMM

Thank you.  

Dog Owners Reminder: We understand that the school run is a good opportunity to walk your dog and encourages you to walk to school rather than drive.  However, some members of our school community find walking past the number of dogs around both gates unnerving.  We all have fears and for some, theirs is a fear of dogs.  Please can we ask dog owners to continue to be mindful of this during the busy drop-off time and that you ensure you keep back from the school gates, that your dog is beside you and you do not allow them to jump up at children or families.  May we also remind you that dogs are not permissible on the school premises at any time. Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration in this matter.

Scholastic Book Fair: The Book Fair will be in school from Wednesday 21st February until Tuesday 27th February and will be open from 3:15 -3:45 each day for you to come into school to delve into some new books.    All the classes will have the chance to visit themselves during the day and will hopefully find their new 'favourite book'.  Reading is such a magical journey…Please come and support us.  Not only will you and your children be able to enjoy a new book at home, but the more books we sell, the more books we will earn for children at Tunbury.

Book week:  Our book week will be taking place during the week commencing Monday 4th March.  Our theme this year is Twisted Tales and every year group will be reading a new alternative traditional story; building up to writing their own twisted tale at the end of the week.  We have a range of in-school activities during this week to celebrate our love of reading such as a Masked Reader assembly, a book cover design competition, book character dress-up day on World Book Day itself as well as the eagerly anticipated sequel to the staff panto…..!  Thank you for getting involved. 

Tunbury Book Week

Wednesday 6th March

Design a book cover competition

During Book Week this year, we are running a design a book cover competition.  We would like entries on A4 or smaller in any medium.  This should not be a copy of a book cover, but an original design of either:

·         what the child would have put on the cover of a published book if they had designed it, including title and author; or

·         a book cover design that would make them pick up a book - but the book itself has not been published. For example, the child likes stars and cars so thinks of a potential storyline and draws a book cover in this theme. This design should include a made-up title (e.g. Pat's star car) and author (potentially themselves).

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day dressing up

Dress up as your favourite book character.  In school, we’ll have a parade of costumes to show them off!  There will be prizes for the best home-made costumes in each year group.

Friday 9th March

Celebration of ‘perfectly published’ work

We have been working hard on producing ‘perfectly published’ pieces of work in our English lessons this term.  We would like to welcome parents into the school hall from the end of the school day until 3.45pm to look at the stories your children have written as part of book week. 

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Well done to Hedgehogs who have taken top place for KS1 with 100% attendance. Followed by Azure Class with great attendance for KS2, well done! 


Weekly Attendance Percentage









































Team Points: Our winners for this term are Holmes team. As a reward they are enjoying a non-uniform day today – Congratulations Holmes team!









School meals:
The new Spring/Summer menu starting after the February break has been published on our website: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/menus/Spring_Summer_Menu_2024.pdf 

Dates for your Diary 

Term dates for 2023/24: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-23-24/

NEW – we have just published our term dates for next academic year:

Term dates for 2024/25: www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Term-Dates-24-25/

Term 3

Friday 9th February – Last day of term for pupils

Term 4

Monday 19th February – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 20th February – Start of Term 4 for pupils

Wednesday 21st February – Tuesday 27th February – Scholastic Travelling Book Fair

Thursday 22nd February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Tuesday 27th February – Parent Consultation evening – 3.30-6.30pm

Monday 4th – Friday 8th March – Book Week

Tuesday 5th/Wednesday 6th March – (TSA) “Gifts for Her" present room

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day (dress up as your favourite character)

Friday 1st March – Hearing and Vision Screening Year R

Monday 11th-15th March – British Science Week

Thursday 14th March – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day

Mon 18th March – Open Afternoon, Y5/6 2.00-3.00 pm 

Tues 19th March – Open Afternoon, Y3/4 2.00-3.00 pm 

Wed 20th March – Open Afternoon YR 2.00-3.00 pm 

Wednesday 20th March – Visit to Imperial War Museum, London – Year 6

Thurs 21st March – Open Afternoon, Y1/2 2.00-3.00 pm 

Thursday 28th March – (TSA) Easter Trail

Thursday 28th March – Last day of term for pupils

Term 5

Monday 15th April – Start of Term 5 for pupils

Monday 6th May – BANK HOLIDAY – School Closed

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th May – KS2 SATS Week Year 6

Friday 17th May – Outdoor Learning Day

Wednesday 22nd May – Year 5 trip to Maidstone Museum

Thursday 23rd May – (TSA) Tunbury's Got Talent

Friday 24th May – Last day of term for pupils

Term 6

Monday 3rd June – School Closed – INSET DAY

Tuesday 4th June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Tuesday 4th-7th June – STEAM Week

Monday 3rd June-14th June – Multiplication Times Tables Check Year 4

Monday 10th June-Friday 14th June – Phonics Screening – Year 1

Tuesday 11th / Wednesday 12th June – (TSA) “Gifts for Him" present room

20th June – (TSA) School Disco & Non School Uniform day

Friday 28th June – Sports Day (KS2 am, family picnic at lunchtime, FS/KS1 pm, TSA Refreshments)

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

Friday 19th July – (TSA) Dare to be Different

Friday 19th July – Year 6 School Prom, 6.30 -9.30 pm

Saturday 20th July – (TSA) Tunbury Summer Circus

Tuesday 23rd July – Last day of term

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 2.45pm.  The assembly will begin at 2.50pm 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 9th February – Azure Class Assembly

Friday 1st March – Orange Class Assembly

Friday 8th March – Ruby Class Assembly

Friday 15th March – Lavender Class Assembly

Friday 22nd March – Pink Class Assembly

Friday 26th April – Magenta Class Assembly

Friday 3rd May – Lilac Class Assembly

Friday 10th May – Yellow Class Assembly

Friday 24th May – Red Class Assembly

Friday 7th June – Bears Class Assembly

Friday 14th June – Hedgehogs Class Assembly

Friday 21st June – Owls Class Assembly


Welcome to Term 5

The last day of Term 5 is Friday 24th May 2024

The first day of Term 6 for pupils is Tuesday 4th June 2024

(Monday 3rd June 2024 is an INSET Day, School is closed for pupils)