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Weekly Bulletin: Wednesday 18th December 2019

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We have reached the end of a busy and exciting term!  It has been a delight to see children enjoying their learning and contributing with such enthusiasm to school life.  As a final example of Tunbury teamwork for the Autumn term, this week children and staff have worked together in their house teams to create new collaborative artwork for the hall.  As you’ll see from the photos, the results are fantastic – a true celebration of teamwork and creativity!  Everyone contributed a small part (stars, feathers, handprints or arm artworks) to the finished product, bringing these to our first whole-school house team assemblies. The displays will remain in the hall until July for you to see.  Later this year, we’ll also be expanding the focus of our house teams to include music and sports events.  

We’re very sorry to be saying goodbye today to our Pink class teacher, Miss Blundell, who is leaving us to relocate to Perth in Australia in the new year.  On behalf of everyone at Tunbury, I would like to thank Miss Blundell for her hard work and wish her all the very best for her exciting adventures down under.  We hope to see her return to Tunbury one day, if she has ever had enough of the sunshine and beaches!! 

We finished the term with some fun today, with a special Christmas edition of ‘Teacher Joke Spin’ in assemblies.  I must say that the quality of teachers’ jokes was…….. pretty good, as shown by the following examples: 

What does an elf learn in school? The ELF-abet!

Why is it so cold at Christmas? Because it’s Decemberrrrrrr!

Why shouldn’t you eat the Christmas decorations? Because you might get tinsel-itus! 

Finally, all that remains is for me to wish everyone in the Tunbury school community a very Happy Christmas. I hope that you enjoy a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school in 2020! 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin




  • Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Please visit the school website for our severe weather guidance:   https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Severe-Weather
  • Swimming lessons
    Next term’s swimming lessons for Year 4 start on Tuesday 14th January with Lilac class. Swimming lessons for Year 5 will start again on Friday 17th January.
  • 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

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

Friday 10th January – New Entrants meeting for prospective parents – 9.15 am                

Tuesday 14th January – Zoolab visiting Year 1

Tuesday 14th January – Swimming starts for Lilac class        

Friday 17th January - Norman Day visit Year 4

Friday 17th January - Swimming lessons start again for Year 5

Friday 7th February – TSA Family disco

Monday 3rd February – iRock music assembly

Tuesday 11th February – Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 12th February – Parents’ Open Afternoon – 2 pm

Thursday 13th February – Zoolab visiting Year R

Friday 14th February – TSA Non-Uniform Day

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

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day –

Thursday 5th March – Parents’ Evening 3.40 pm – 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th March - Parents’ Evening 3.40 pm – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 11th March – Year 5 visit to the Royal Observatory

Thursday 12th March – Year 1 visit to Kent Life

Monday 16th March – Travelling Books sale

Thursday 19th March – Parent Forum – 5 pm

Tuesday 31st March – TSA Easter Hunt

Wednesday 1st April – Last Day of Term 4

Thursday 2nd AprilWednesday 15th AprilSpring/Easter Break

Thursday 16th April – Start of Term 5

Tuesday 21st April – Swimming starts for Rubyclass

Wednesday 29th April – Friday 1st May – Year 4 Residential visit to Swattenden

Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Monday 11th May – SATs Week – Year 6

Monday 18th May – SATs Week – Year 2

Friday 22nd May – Last day of Term 5

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May – May Break Week

Monday 1st June – INSET DAY – School Closed for Pupils

Tuesday 2nd June – Start of Term 6 for pupils

Monday 8th June – Phonics check week – Year 1

Monday 15th June – Friday 19th June - Bikeability Cycle Training Year 6

Monday 15th June – Multiplication Tables check week – Year 4

Friday 26th June - Year 4 visit to Horton Kirby

Monday 6th July – Sports Day – KS2 am, KS1 pm (Reserve Day, Monday 13th July)

Wednesday 8th July – Parent Forum – 2 pm

Friday 10th July – TSA Dare to be Different/Family Picnic

Wednesday 15th July – Year 6 performances 2 pm and 6 pm

Thursday 16th July – Annual Reports home to parents

Monday 20th July – Parents’ Open Afternoon 2 pm

Monday 20th July – Parents’ drop-in with class teachers regarding reports 3.15 -4.15 pm

Wednesday 22nd July – Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly – 2 pm

Wednesday 22nd July – Last day of Term 6 / Academic Year

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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