Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”

William Shakespeare

Message From Mr Sutherland


What an incredibly busy term we have had!  I think that if I tried to list here all the activities that have taken place, I would then hold the record for the longest newsletter ever created!  I hope that you have all managed to keep up to date via our website, Facebook page and of course our newsletters.  Keeping in touch is so important and being able to celebrate all the wonderful events your children participate in, sometimes almost as they happen, is wonderful and an important part of our school.

I am so proud of the children’s efforts this term; they have worked so hard on their studies but also bring their enthusiasm and effort to everything else going on in school.  I would like to thank the staff for their unstinting hard work in keeping everything going to such high standards every single day as well as all the parents, carers and extended family who make the community of Dunston Hill such a wonderful place to be.

Looking ahead to plans for the summer term, I already know how busy it is going to be.  We have exciting things ahead right across the school, involving children, parents and staff.  I’m not sure how we will fit it all in!

It only remains for me, on behalf of the staff and Governors at Dunston Hill Community Primary School, to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter break with your families.  We will see you at the usual times when school opens to children again on Monday 25th April.

Stay safe and have a very happy Easter!



Whole School Information


We have been blown away by the creations for our Easter competition. Thank you to all children and families who entered. We loved all the creative designs and imaginative links to our rules of “Ready, Respect and Kind”. We loved the links to school, caring for our environment, supporting Ukraine, respecting your elders, having good table manners, being ready for activities, respecting for doing sports and so many more.  We had a group of children from KS2 judge each class with Mrs Cox, they found it really hard to judge a winner with the standard so high. Please take a look on our Facebook page to see a selection of the entries. Our winners are named below. A huge well done to everyone.

Nursery AM Ethan                Nursery PM Lennox

RB Poppy                                RG Sophia

1B Jett                                     1O Keegan

2B Lucas                                 2C Maisie

3CN Isaac                                3CY Rafailia

4J Jayne                                   4M Toby

5B Ellen                                    5O Niamh

6P Bethany                              6R Ava

Family Award – Harry Nursery AM

Mr Sutherland’s Award – Amber 2C

Mrs Anglesea’s Award – Harley 5O


Fairtrade Fortnight

Our children enjoyed a fantastic week learning all about Fairtrade and how we can support farmers across the world by choosing Fairtrade products. The week began with an assembly where we shared a story about a young boy who wanted to thank his Grandma for a bar of chocolate. We realised that the bar of chocolate was made from Fairtrade cocoa, so we followed the young  boy as he travelled backwards through the whole supply chain back to the farmer who originally tended to the cocoa beans. The children were very excited to find that there are so many Fairtrade products in our shops and they took part in a competition to see which class could spot the most Fairtrade products at home and on their travels. We took part in a wide range of activities across the week which included designing Fairtrade packaging, trading , making desserts and so much more. We now have a much better understanding of Fairtrade and how it impacts our world.


Forest School

Children should come to school dressed in clothing suitable to the weather, warm coat, gloves and hat when cold.  On their bottom half, they should wear trousers you are happy for them to get dirty in, school hoodie and t-shirt. They should bring their wellies to leave in a plastic carrier bag.

Year 2 – Every Thursday; 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 29 May and 26 May 2022

Class 5O – Tuesday 26 April, 3 May and 10 May 2022

Class 5B – Tuesday 17 and 24 May 2022



PE for all year groups starts on the 1st week back after half term.  Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit; school hoodie, t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit joggers and trainers for the full day.

Reception – Tuesday

Year 1 – Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 2 – Tuesday and Thursday (Year 2 have PE and Forest School on Thursdays)

Year 3 – Monday and Wednesday

Year 4 – Friday

Year 5 – Thursday

Year 6 – Monday



Year 4 children will continue to swim every Monday.

Year 6 children will continue to swim every Thursday.



School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 25 April is Week 1.  A reminder that as part of our Healthy Schools programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches.  Due to allergies, please ensure that no peanuts or items containing nuts are brought into school, including in the form of Snickers or peanut butter sandwiches.  This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.


Holidays for the rest of the Academic Year

Monday 25 April 2022 – school reopens after Easter Break

Monday 2 May 2022 – school closed Bank Holiday Monday

Friday 27 May 2022 – school closes for May Half-Term

Tuesday 7 June 2022 – school reopens after May Half-term (school closed on Monday 6 June for Professional Development day)

Friday 1 July 2022 – school closed for additional Bank Holiday for Queen’s Jubilee

Friday 22 July 2022 – school closes for Summer

Terms dates for 2022/23 are now available to view on our school website.


Easter Egg Competition and Tombola

Thank you to everyone who entered our Easter Egg compeition and donated chocolate to our Tombola, we raised a grand total of £317.90 to go towards our School Funds.

Photo Highlights

Class News

This week’s Class News is from …

Early Years


As the season is changing, Nursery are re-channelling their interests into the environment. We have introduced the children to the amazing Forest School we have on our doorstep. Using our senses, we explored nature including birds, insects, minibeasts, plants and rope swings. We have also been learning how to take care of our environment as well as being kind to creatures. Wearing our wetsuits and of course wellies, we are able to become fully involved in Forest School life. One friend said, “It’s brilliant here. I love the pond and the bridge – I want come back again.” We are looking forward to learning and exploring more with our growing inquisitive minds.


We love being active in Reception! Not only do the children dance their socks off in Happy Feet and lift, crawl, jump and balance when creating obstacle courses outdoors, they have also been practising a range of balls skills in the MUGA. The children have used different sized balls to develop their throwing, catching and accuracy when passing. Leading on from this, the children created their own games, ensuring they scored each other fairly. It was wonderful hearing them cheer each other on and celebrate everyone’s successes!


Nurture News

In Forest School, at lunchtime, the children have been exploring a range of Forest School techniques. They used flint and steel to light a fire; whittled sticks and learned how to hammer a nail into wood correctly. Our wonderful children all worked fabulously and enjoyed gaining new Forest School skills.


Kalmer Counselling recently shared the following in their monthly DOSE newsletter:

April is all about new beginnings; we spring forward into a new season filled with warmer days, lighter mornings and lighter nights. It’s a month of baby animals being born with lots of new lambs, chicks and bunnies. New beginnings are a great time to focus on creating new and healthy habits. A happiness habit is the best habit to start. Taking control of your happiness and actively boosting your happy hormones can have a great impact on your day. Kalmer Counselling have filled their DOSE newsletter with activities to help you understand and boost your happy hormones.


‘If you have good thoughts, it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’
Roald Dahl – The Twits


Don’t forget, you can contact Miss Tuart (SENDCo/Inclusion Manager) using and/or Mrs Cox (Family Support Worker) using should you wish to seek advice/support.



Sporting Updates

Netball County Finals

After our success in the first round, last week, the netball team attended the County Finals held in Sunderland. The children played extremely well against 16 other schools and although the competition was tough, they showed stamina and resilience throughout. Well done team, you have each shown dedication through attending weekly practise sessions and you have developed a love for netball, which is great to see!  We’re super proud of you all!


Year 5/6 Girls Football – Round 1

This week, Mrs Cox took 2 teams of girls to compete in a football competition.  Mrs Cox was blown away by how well they played and was proud to see the girls cheering each other on throughout each of the matches.  Bring on round 2, later this month!