Care and Respect for All

18/02/2022

Thought of the Week:

“Oh wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Message From Mr Sutherland

The last few weeks have been particularly busy for us here at Dunston Hill, culminating in Parent / Carer Consultations this week.  I know how much the teaching staff look forward to the chance to look with you in a little more detail, albeit briefly, at the successes and areas to develop for your child and it really is helpfull to be able to share them with you.  I believe we have been in contact with the vast majority of parents over the past week but if you did miss your appointment, for whatever reason, we will try to catch up with you after half term, if appropriate.  The importance of good links between home and school in order to achieve progress are evidenced whenever the research in this area has taken place.

Cause for celebration has been the performance of our swimmers in yesterday’s Gala – what a fantastic achievement to come 1st from among so many Gateshead schools!  I would add that we try to celebrate individual and team achievements as often as we can through our Facebook page.  We really do have such a varied array of talents amongst our children, whether it be for art, singing, dancing, acting, football, gymnastics…..the list goes on and on.  And that’s in addition to their academic achievements in the classroom!  I am a very proud Headteacher.

All these achievements aside, I am particularly pleased to see how the children have responded to our new ethos of Ready, Respect, Kind, under the umbrella of “Care and Respect for All”.  There is clear evidence of this all around school now – so much so that it is immediately remarked upon by visitors to our school.  My aim is that we strive to be the best citizens we can possibly be and our part in that journey for your children is Dunston Hill Community Primary School.  I know that things will go wrong from time to time but I believe it is how we deal with these instances that counts and I thank you for your continued support and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve as a school community.

I hope that you enjoy the short break and have a chance to reconnect a little with family and friends.  It would appear that perhaps we may be on the way to approaching some sort of normality next half term, although I am wary of speaking too soon of course.  I have sent you a letter today to just highlight one or two changes we hope to make after half-term, all being well.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information

Dunston Hill Crowned winners of Gateshead School Sports Partnership Swimming Gala 2022

Yesterday, 8 of our Year 5/6 children took part in the Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership Swimming Gala.  We competed against 11 other schools in individual races, medley relays and freestyle relays.  The medals came in thick and fast and we managed to win a total of 24 medals!  The best news is yet to come, as out of all the Gateshead schools which took part, we finished in 1st place!  Mrs Anglesea and Miss Conway are over the moon and so proud of the team.  We are now headed to the County finals in March and the team have been invited to trial for a local swim club. Well done everyone!

 

Fairtrade Fortnight

We are very excited to be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight on our return to school after half term. The first week takes place during the half term holiday, so we will be celebrating week 2 upon our return. Our celebrations will begin with an assembly introducing Fairtrade to the whole school, followed by a wide range of fun and engaging activities across the week.  We will also be running a competition to see which class can spot the most Fairtrade items at home or in the community so please look out for them when shopping and point them out to your child.

 

World Book Day

World Book Day is just around the corner! On Thursday 3 March, the children will be celebrating this special day with their teachers in class. We will be having a whole school focus on poems and the wonderful world of poetry which will allow us to recite poems and do other creative tasks. There will be no request to dress up on this day. We will launch our day on Wednesday evening via Facebook and in class on Thursday morning where you may see some furry friends getting their noses into a good book! Over half term, it would be lovely for children to become familiar with a range of poetry and bring in their favourite to share with their class.

 

Children’s Mental Health Week

We have loved celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week in school this half term! The theme was ‘Growing Together’ and all of our children have spent time thinking about how they have grown physically and emotionally through a range of activities with their class. They also looked at thier ‘support bubbles’ and who has helped them to grow. Mrs Gaulton was very kind and brought in her dog Barney, who works as a Pet Therapy dog, and they visited each class which certainly put a smile on everyone’s face!

 

British Science Week

We will be celebrating British Science Week in school the week beginning 14 March. This year, the theme is ‘Growth’ and we will be exploring this theme by taking part in STEM related activities. We will also be developing our ‘Working Scientifically’ skills by carrying out a range of investigations. Please look out for our Facebook posts and check our website.

 

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.

Class 5O – Tuesday 1, 8 and 15 March 2022

Class 5B – Tuesday 22, 29, March and 5 April 2022

 

PE

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 – Monday

Year 2 – Tuesday and Thursday

Year 3 – Monday and Wednesday

Year 4 – Thursday

Year 5 – Friday

Year 6 – Monday

 

Swimming

Year 4 children will continue to swim every Monday until further notice.

Year 5 children will no longer swim and restart again in Year 6.  Details will follow nearer to the time.

Year 6 children will commence swimming after half term starting on Thursday 3 March.  Details have been emailed to parents.

 

Baby news!

We are very excited for Mrs Osborne who is expecting a baby in the summer.

 

Year 5 & 6 Street Dance Club

The remaining Street Dance sessions will be held on Wednesdays after school not on Thursdays.  The sessions are Wednesdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 March 2022. 

School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 28 February 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.

Class News

This week’s Class News is from …

Lower Key Stage Two

Year 3

During this half term, our Y3 children have continued to work hard across the curriculum. When asked what they have enjoyed most, food technology was at the top of the list! During this unit of work, we have investigated seasonal fruits and vegetables, found out how food suppliers help to keep these food types fresh or quicken up the ripening times. We have looked at food hygiene and ensuring we are ready to cook safely and hygienically. After taste-testing a range of seasonal fruits and preserves, our children made their own fruits tarts. They used their skills of rolling and cutting to create their sweet treats and they thoroughly enjoyed eating them! Following this, the children were able to make stuffed peppers and it was a pleasure to see them trying new tastes and working hard to develop their cutting and grating skills. Some children even said they were going to head home and share the recipes with their families so we hope you enjoy them too! Move over Jamie Oliver! We have some budding chefs in the making.

Year 4

Year 4’s Design Technology unit this term has been about making our own mini greenhouses so when we found out that this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week theme was ‘Growing Together’ we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to plant something! Our nasturtium seeds are now safely tucked up together in our greenhouses and will be growing together just like us.

 

Nurture News

Don’t forget to take a look at the fantastic ‘DOSE’ resources provided by Kalmer Counselling – a service we use for some of our wonderful children in school: https://dosemagazine.co.uk/. Some of our children have particularly enjoyed the Kindness Calendar.

Over the half-term holiday, why not enjoy some Forest School fun using some of the ideas from the Woodland Trust website:  https://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/menu/

Next half-term, we are looking forward to changing the role-play area in our Dunston Den. What could it be?!

 

Sporting Updates

Earlier this month, several Year 4 children attended a basketball tournament at Whickham School.  Mrs Harm was so impressed by the children’s ability to work as part of a team and to support one another on the court.  They played a number of games, many of which they won, and we are really proud of them all.

And as mentioned above just yesterday, 8 of our Year 5/6 children took part in the Gateshead SSP Swimming Gala.  We competed against 11 other schools in individual races, medley relays and freestyle relays.  The medals came in thick and fast and we managed to win a total of 24 medals!  The best news is yet to come, as out of all the Gateshead schools which took part, we finished in 1st place!  Mrs Anglesea and Miss Conway are over the moon and so proud of the team.  Bring on the county finals in March!

After half-term, we have many upcoming events, so please keep your eyes peeled to see how we get on!