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Weekly Bulletin: Thursday 19th October 2023

Headteacher’s message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Open Afternoons this week.  We hope that this gave your child the opportunity to share their learning with you, show you things that they are proud of and help you to understand what their classroom is like! 

Remember that your next opportunity to visit their classroom and look at their work will be our Parents’ Evenings, straight after half term.  We would like every child to have their parent/carer attend our Parents’ Evenings, and to help with this, we offer you the choice of online or in-person appointments on both evenings.  We look forward to seeing you.

At the end of Term 1, children have completed their first term’s learning in this year’s curriculum.  As you already know, our curriculum is enquiry based, with each term’s learning centred around one key question.  To delve into their new learning, please ask your child their key question…. What can they tell you?  Can they explain their thinking?  What do you think? 

Year 1: What makes a good story?

Year 2: Would you swap your toys for Victorian toys?

Year 3: What if Walderslade lost the woods?

Year 4: How did the Normans conquer England?

Year 5: Were the Vikings always vicious and victorious?

Year 6: How did Ancient Greeks change the world? 

Today, we’re looking forward to our very first Halloween Disco!  Thank you to our TSA for organising this for all of our children.  For a reminder of Disco times and drop off/collection arrangements for different year groups, please see the Notices section below.

The bulletin is with you a day earlier this week because tomorrow (Friday 20th October) is an INSET day, so children are not in school.  We hope that you all have a lovely half term break and we look forward to seeing children back in school, ready for learning, on Monday 30th October.  The first day back is national ‘Tell me a story’ day, so we would love to see children bringing in a favourite book from home to share with their friends.

Best wishes,

Ruth Austin


Black History Month Projects 

Years 1 - 6 enjoyed an assembly this week, led by Mrs Halpin, on the Windrush Generation.  Pupils learnt about the journey The Empire Windrush took on its way to Tilbury Docks, Essex, as well as the challenges that they faced. It is the 75th anniversary of the first Windrush journey.  As part of the assembly, each year group then presented their artwork and research on other key British Black figures.  We ended our assembly by launching our Diversity Leaders group, highlighting the important work they will be doing to organise events across the school to celebrate our diverse school community.  We also spoke to the children about their responsibilities as individuals to challenge stereotypes and discrimination. 

National ‘Tell me a story’ Day

To celebrate this national day on Monday 30th October, we are going to be creating our own school stories.  Our EYFS children will be given a sentence starter in the morning to add to, which will then be passed up to each year group so that each class has an opportunity to add their ideas.  Where will our stories end up? 

As part of this day, we would also like pupils to bring in their favourite book to share with peers. All books must be labelled. 

Our Learning Year 2 

This term in year 2 we have been thinking about the question “Would we swap our toy for a Victorian one?” We thought about this during Toy Day last week, where we all came into school with one of our favourite toys!  We shared our toys in class, giving reasons why we liked it and explaining what it did.  Some of us also had toys that were played with by our parents or grandparents, so we could compare modern toys to toys that were used in the past.  It was a really fun day!  We have also enjoyed playing with some old Victorian toys and ordered toys on a timeline.  Here are some pictures of Toy Day and some examples of our learning about toys:

In science this term we have been looking at the properties of materials.  We have squashed, squeezed, twisted and bent objects and identified the material they are made of.  We have thought about what makes a material suitable for an object and explained it.  We talked about why a house can’t be made of plastic and why a glass playground would not be suitable!  Here are some examples of our work:

Thank you to all the parents who came in for our open afternoon.  We used the time to sew our DT puppets together.  It was really great to see so many of you in school, supporting the children’s learning.  We look forward to seeing you again soon!


TSA Halloween Discos: Just a reminder that drop off and collection arrangements for today’s discos are as follows: 

Year groups

Time of disco

Drop off and collection arrangements

Years R/1

3.15-4.15 pm

Children will get changed in class at the end of the day, so please send them in to school with their disco outfits in a bag.  School staff will take them straight to the disco at 3.15.

For Reception and Year 1, collection will be as normal, i.e. collect from the classroom doors at 4.15.  We will open the playground gate (by Tunbury park) at 4.10 for you to come into the school grounds. Other gates will not be open at this time.

Years 2/3

4.45-5.45 pm

Children will come home at normal home time at 3.15. Please accompany children back to school and bring them in through the front gate (on Tunbury Avenue), then wait with them outside the hall doors until the start of the disco at 4.45.  Please come and collect them from the hall doors at 5.45.

Years 4/5/6


Children will come home at normal home time at 3.15. Please accompany children back to school and bring them in through the front gate (on Tunbury Avenue), then wait with them outside the hall doors until the start of the disco at 6.15.  Please come and collect them from the hall doors at 7.15.

Parents’ Evenings: Parents’ Evenings are straight after half term, on Thursday 2nd November and Tuesday 7th November.  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.   Thursdays Cheerleading, Year 3 /4 Football and Fridays Dodgeball clubs will continue as usual. Week starting 13th November 2023, all clubs will run as usual.  

Could you be the hero we’re looking for?


Do you enjoy reading and could spare one lunch time a week to support the librarians in our school library?  We’re looking for parents/carers or grandparents who would be willing to join a rota so that we can open the school library at lunch time, to enable children to come along and choose a book.  If you are the reading hero we’re looking for, please contact the school office and we’ll be in touch next term. Thank you!
Miss Binns and the school librarians

Admissions for children starting school in September 2024: Tunbury welcomes children from both Kent and Medway addresses (about half from Kent and half from Medway).  All applications for school places should be made via your ‘home’ local authority. Online applications will open on Friday 3rd November for Kent residents and are already open for Medway residents.

Kent residents apply at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places 
Medway residents apply at www.medway.gov.uk/admissions


Our tours start straight after half term, so please join us!  In order to book onto these New Entrants events, please email us on our dedicated email address for admissions into Reception, which is newentrants@tunbury.kent.sch.uk . Please feel free to share these details with any friends or neighbours who are looking for a Reception school place for September 2024.  Thank you.

Social Media communication: As detailed in last week’s bulletin, we are looking to make our communication even better by using social media to share some of the brilliant things going on in our school.  To help us decide which social media channels we should use, please tell us your thoughts by filling in this quick online form.  Would you like to hear from us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other channels?  Please use the following link or QR code to express your preferences and views.  (This form will remain open until Monday 30th October.)



Flu Immunisation: Tuesday 21st November 2023 for Years R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Please see the letter which was emailed last week and published in the Parents – Letters and Forms section of our website. Please note the e-consent portal closes on 15/11/23, 6 working days before our school’s immunisation session, and NHS cannot accept late consents or consents on the day of vaccination. 

If any parents/carers are having issues completing the online consent form, please call the immunisation team using one of the methods below:

Text chat: 07401320923
Live chat via website: family.kentcht.nhs.uk/imms
Email: kchft.cyp-immunisationteam@nhs.net
Telephone: 0300 123 5205

Weekly Class Attendance: This is a weekly feature on our bulletin to highlight and celebrate good levels of attendance. Well done to Orange Class with 100% attendance, taking top place for KS1. Followed by Scarlet class hitting top spot for KS2, well done!     


Weekly Attendance Percentage











































Team Points: At the end of Term 1, our winning team is Hawking Congratulations! 









Dates for your Diary 

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

Term 1

Thursday 19th October – Last day of term for pupils

Thursday 19th October - Halloween Discos – Years R/1 3.15-4.15 pm, Years 2/3 4.45-5.45 pm,
                                                                                    Years 4/5/6 6.15-7.15pm

Friday 20th October – INSET Day – School closed for pupils

Term 2

Monday 30th October – Start of Term 2 for pupils

Monday 30th – 10th November – Bikeability Year 6

Thursday 2nd November – Parent Consultation evening 3.30 – 6.30pm

Thursday 2nd November – Outdoor Classroom day

Friday 3rd November 2023, 9.00, 9.45 and 10.30 – New Entrants School Tour

Tuesday 7th November – Parent consultation evening 3.30-6.30pm

Wednesday 8th November at 9.30am – New Entrants meeting

Saturday 11th November - Tunbury Laserfest – 4-6.30 pm

Monday 13th-Friday 17th – Anti-Bullying week

Tuesday 14th November 2023, 9.00, 9.45 and 10.30 – New Entrants School Tour

Wednesday 15th-17th November – Year 6 PGL Marchants Hill

Wednesday 15th November at 6.00pm – New Entrants meeting

Tuesday 21st November – Flu immunisations (Years R-6)

Wednesday 22nd-23rd November – Tempest Photography (Individual/sibling photos)

Saturday 25th November – TSA Christmas Fair and Grotto

Tuesday 28th/ Thursday 30th November - National Child Measurement Programme Year R/Year 6

Wednesday 29th November 2023, 9.00, 9.45 and 10.30 – New Entrants School Tour

Monday 4th December – Astro Dome Year 5

Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th December – TSA Christmas Present Room

Wednesday 6th December – Year R Nativity – 2.30pm

Friday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day and Lunch

Monday 11th December 2023, 9.00, 9.45 and 10.30 – New Entrants School Tour

Tuesday 12th December – Year 2 Nativity – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Year 1 Nativity – 2.30pm

Thursday 14th December – Year 3&4 Carols on the playground – 2.50pm

Friday 15th December – Year 5&6 Carols on the playground – 2.50pm

Friday 15th December – Last day of term for pupils

Term 3

Tuesday 2nd January – School Closed – INSET DAY

Wednesday 3rd January – Start of Term 3 for pupils

Thursday 18th January – Young Voices at the O2 (KS2 Singing Club)

Friday 2nd February – NSPCC Number Day

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

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

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

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

Monday 11th-15th March – British Science Week

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

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

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

Friday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day

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 10th November – Scarlet Class Assembly

Friday 17th November – Indigo Class Assembly

Friday 24th November – Sapphire Class Assembly

Friday 1st December – Amber Class Assembly

Friday 8th December – Emerald Class Assembly

Friday 12th January – Blue Class Assembly

Friday 19th January – Turquoise Class Assembly

Friday 26th January – Crimson Class Assembly

Friday 2nd February – Violet Class Assembly

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 4

The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 28th March 2024

The first day of Term 5 for pupils is Monday 15th April 2024 

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