Care and Respect for All17/12/2021
Thought of the Week:
“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
Message From Mr Sutherland
I think that Christmas time in Primary schools is such a special time of year and there is nothing better than seeing the smiling and happy faces of the children as Christmas draws near. It is especially significant at the moment with the challenges they have faced over the last few years. That is why, despite the restrictions in place, we have tried to make Christmas at Dunston Hill as magical as we can. From every class, and now the staff team, contributing a video for the Countdown to Christmas, a wonderful Winter Wonderland in our Forest School, a fabulous Christmas Dinner to our Grand Raffle, party days, games and Christmas Jumper day, I hope that we have managed to give the children a Christmas to remember.
As well as preparing for Christmas of course, we have been working hard to support our children with their teaching and learning after such a difficult time away from school. I am delighted at the progress they are making academically and so proud of the way that they have embraced our new behaviour ethos right across the school.
This has certainly been a challenging term but I can assure you that our staff here are fully focused on ensuring that we give our children and families the best possible provision all year round.
Thank you to the whole staff team who continue to amaze me with their enthusiasm, determination and unwavering high standards.
Thank you to all our parents and carers for your support of our school, your positive comments and your contributions in so many ways.
I look forward to welcoming you back into Dunston Hill on Wednesday 5th January 2022 at the usual times. Meanwhile, may I wish you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year!
Whole School Information
Christmas at Dunston Hill
What a fabulous time our children have had in the run-up to Christmas. All our staff have worked so very hard to make it special and we are grateful to each and every one of them. An extra special thank you must go to Mrs Cox and Mrs O’Hara who created a magical and festive Winter Wonderland for our children to experience a little bit of Christmas magic.
Countdown to Christmas
We hope everyone has enjoyed our Countdown to Christmas. Each class enjoyed practising and performing in their own Christmas video. If you’ve missed any they are available on our Facebook page and school website. Our final one was released today, made especially for our children. We hope they enjoyed it.
A huge thank you to those that donated gifts, brought raffle tickets and joined us for our Virtual Grand Raffle. There were some amazing prizes, congratulations to those that won. In total, we have made £1137.00 from our raffle that will go into our school fund for 2022.
Our prizes and winners were:
1 £100 Amazon Voucher – R Hunter
2 Giant Family Hamper – M Smith
3 Toy Stocking – K Burns
4 Body Shop Selection Box – J Dent
5 Large Pamper Hamper – S Carr
6 Alnwick Garden Tickets – K Applegarth
7 Rington’s Box of Delights – D Gray
8 £30 Metro Centre Voucher – J Atkinson
9 Candle Hamper – V Robinson
10 Pamper Hamper – M Renwick
11 Men’s Pamper Hamper – V Robinson
12 Biscuit Hamper – D Gray
13 Large Chocolate Hamper – A Sutton
14 Chocolate Tower – K Watson
15 Dove Tower – T Bradley
16 Rington’s Gift Selection – L Bloomfield
17 French Connection Collection and Biscuits – V Johnston
18 Bag Full of Chocolate – A Birtley
19 Dunston Hill Teddy – C Roper
20 Gift Set – K Powell
The menu for our return on Wednesday 5 January is Week 3.
Wednesday 5th January will be pizza, egg mayo sandwich or jacket potato for our first day back.
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.
PE starts on the 1st week back in January. Children should come to school dressed in the PE kit and trainers for the full day.
Year 1 – Monday
Year 2 – Tuesday and Thursday
Year 3 – Monday
Year 4 – Wednesday
Year 5 – Wednesday
Year 6 – Thursday and Friday
Year 4 – Monday
Year 5 – Friday
Forest School days
Children should come to school dress in clothing suitable to the weather, warm coat, gloves, hat when cold. On their bottom half, they should wear trousers you are happy for them to get dirty in and their school t-shirt and jumper.
Class 3CN – Wednesday 12th, 19th and 26th January 2022
Class 3CY – Wednesday 2nd, 9th & 16th February 2022
Class 1B – Thursday 13th, 27th January, and Thursday 10th February 2022
Class 1O – Thursday 20th January, Thursday 3rd and 17th February 2022.
Children In Need
We raised a fantastic £334.13 for children in Need. Thank you for all your contributions to support this great charity.
As promised, we have re-designed our SEND, Nurture and Inclusion aspect of the school website. You will find it under ‘Key Information’. Hopefully, you will find it informative and easy to use. You will notice an email address for Miss Tuart (email@example.com) and an email address for Mrs Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org) as another means of contacting either of them for support or advice.
Early Years News
As you will be aware from your earlier news Mrs Anglesea is now leading our Early Years team as well as continuing in her role as Deputy Head Teacher. She is very excited to support the team and has lots of exciting plans to implement from January.
It’s certainly been a busy time in Nursery, and that’s just the way we like it! Having settled in beautifully, we have been focusing on being kind to everyone through turn-taking, sharing, looking after our Nursery and using kind words and actions. As the weather changes, so do our interests and in Nursery we love to make the most of the wind, sleet, rain and when we’re lucky enough – the snow and ice! We have explored muddy puddles, made kites and used our whole bodies to make snow angels.
Ending our term, we presented you with our amazing Christmas songs with a starry theme. We sang our hearts out and moved our bodies in tune to ‘Shine Star Shine’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. The children are very proud of the Christmas videos they made and we will look back at them in years to come with smiles and laughter!
It has been another busy term in Reception! We have loved getting to know all of the children, even more, seeing their interests develop and watching friendships grow. They are well into the swing of things with our phonics lessons and maths lessons too, and we are so impressed with their attitudes to learning. Well done, Reception! We are so proud of you!
Key Stage One News
In RE this half term, Year 1 have been learning about the importance of Christmas to Christians. Just like many of us receive presents at this time of year, Christians believe that Jesus was a gift from God to earth. We have enjoyed listening to the story of the Nativity and showed our understanding by drawing some pictures of what the Bible tells us.
What a fantastic first term we have had in Year 2! We have really enjoyed our latest Design and Technology unit, which has involved exploring books with moving parts. Over the last few weeks, we have learned about different mechanisms and we have created our own pictures which have included a lift the flap, a lever, a spring and a slider. We then planned our books and most of us based them around Christmas. We have planned that each page will include a different moving part and of course we have made sure that our front covers make the book look appealing to young children.
After our success in the first round, our Year 5/6 athletics team attended the finals for this event.
We are incredibly proud of our athletes who competed as each and every one of the children showed fantastic sportsmanship and cheered on their fellow teammates throughout the competition. Unfortunately, our combined score did not see us bring home a trophy, but we worked our socks off. Until the next time – Go Team Dunston Hill!!
Yet again, our cheerleading team were a huge hit when they attended the Newcastle Eagles arena. During the interval, they jumped on the court to present their routine to a huge audience and their dance was just amazing! A huge thanks to Juno Events for practising with the children, they have thoroughly enjoyed working with you after school.
Just last week, our Year 5/6 netball team attended the finals which was held at Gateshead Leisure Centre. After a few competitive matches, we managed to make our way to 3rd place and the children each received a bronze medal. Due to our amazing result, we have made it through to the county finals, where we will compete against teams from all around the North East. We will keep everything crossed for you all! Miss Baud would like to add that she was extremely impressed by the behaviour and teamwork skills which were displayed at the event.