Care and Respect for All

22/10/2021

Thought of the Week:

“When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a community coming together and caring about its people

Jens Stoltenberg

Message From Mr Sutherland

We have had a fantastic first half term back after the summer break. Traditionally, the autumn term is always the longest but this half term seems to have flown by. Children have been busy settling in and making friends in their new classrooms and teachers and support staff have continued their drive to give them the all-round education our children deserve. If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the impact of the pandemic is still being felt across our community and the North East as well as nationwide. As far as possible though, I believe we have delivered as normal an experience as we can under the circumstances. We are still operating within the guidelines set by our Local Authority as well as taking common sense measures to ensure everyone stays safe. Thankfully, cases have remained fairly low in our school but I know some families have been affected badly and our thoughts are with everyone who is having a particularly tough time at the moment.

Children being children, however, they have approached the start of term with their usual enthusiasm, determination vigour and often pure joy in being back in a routine, with their friends and keep their minds and bodies busy. It is a pleasure to do the job I do and witness this before and after school, during the day and at play and lunchtime.  As well as ensuring we target the understandable gaps our children have in their learning, we have also kept a high profile on other activities such as PE, the creative Arts and History and Geography. Reading has had a high profile as well and have had the privilege of being able to read to Year 6 this term as well as accompany Year 1 to our local library – both wonderful experiences.

We have introduced our new, simplified but no less effective Behaviour Policy of Ready, Respect and Kind and I am grateful to children and parents who have supported us with this important initiative. Part of that kindness was holding our Harvest Assembly and being able to pass on your very generous donations to Dunston Help for Families this week. We will continue to support this organisation throughout this year.

Sadly, we are still unable to operate externally run before and after-school clubs as this goes against the local authority guidance. I can assure you, however, that we have some clubs all ready to go and as soon as we get the all clear, we will be up and running.

This has been a long and challenging half term and I would personally like to thank all the staff here at Dunston Hill Community Primary School for the wonderful job they all do.

In the meantime, thank you all so much for your continuing support of our school.

Have a wonderful half term and we will see you back in school on Monday 1st November at the usual times.

 

 

Whole School Information

Dates for Diary 

 

Autumn Parents’ Evening

Our parent’s consultations went ahead this week for most of our classes. We hope you found them useful and were able to hear how your child has settled into school and how you can support them in their learning.

Sadly we had to postpone class RC and 2B. These will be scheduled for after half term and information will come out on our first week back to arrange them.

Harvest Festival

Thank you to everyone for all the kind donations. We were overwhelmed with our families’ generosity, which will help make a huge difference for the families in our local community. Dunston Help for Families were overjoyed with the sheer volume of donations and sent their thanks.  This week the children have all taken part in Harvest activities and really enjoyed our whole school assembly with Reverend Atkinson who explained the meaning of Harvest.

 

Children in Need 

Join Dunston Hill and all schools across the UK for a do good, feel good BBC Children in Need Day!  On Friday 19 November, bring £1, grab your PE kit or something spotty and join in with Joe Wicks! With your help, we can help to tackle the lasting impact of the pandemic and support thousands of children in local communities across the UK.

Anti Bullying Week

Next half term, we will be taking part in the all-important Anti-Bullying Week! This year, the theme is ‘One Kind Word’ which links perfectly with our new school rules and our #bemorekind motto. Our week will begin on Monday 15 November with odd sock day, so find your fanciest pair and help us spread kindness all around Dunston Hill!

Rembembrance Day – Poppies for sale

After half term, children can purchase Poppy products in school at break times.  Suggested donations: Poppy – 50p, Zip Pull – 50p, Reflector – 50p, Writsband -£1 and Snap Bands -£1.50.

 

FREE iPad

The draw has taken place this afternoon and a lucky family in LKS2 has won the brand new iPad.

COVID

If your child has one of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19); a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, they should take a PCR test.  We do not accept the result of a laterial flow test (as per national guidance).

We ask that BEFORE your child returns to school, you notifity the School Office of the test result.

 

Photo Highlights

Class News

Sporting News

It was great to find out that we could start attending sporting events again, and we are looking forward to the many which we have yet to come.  Earlier in the term, a group of Year 5 and 6 children attended a Cross Country event at Watergate Park, and Miss Ornsby and Mrs Harm were delighted with the passion and excellent sportsmanship which the children showed.

Just last week, our Year 5 and 6 Rugby teams took part in the Gateshead School Sport Partnership Primary Tag Rugby Union competition, and we were proud of how well the children worked together whilst on and off the pitch. They never gave up and this certainly paid off as they won silver and bronze medals. We couldn’t be prouder of the children as they showed great determination, respect and teamwork.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates, after half-term!

P.E days have changed slightly.  Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing their P.E kit on the following days:

Year 1 – Monday

Year 2 – Tuesday and Thursday

Year 3 – Monday

Year 4 – Wednesday (swimming will also continue on a Monday)

Year 5 – Tuesday (swimming will also continue on a Friday)

Year 6 – Wednesday and Friday

 

Nurture News

What a fantastic first half-term back in the Dunston Den and Forest School over lunchtimes. It has been so lovely to see the children having fun, laughing and playing with each other.

The children have continued to use PEG Time in school with Mrs Cox, where they know they can move their peg to let Mrs Cox know that they would like a chat with her to help with any worries or concerns they may have.

All interventions to support children with their learning need, social and emotional needs and physical and sensory needs are up and running and it is lovely to see the children engaging in these interventions with smiles on their faces.

Please remember that Mrs Cox is always here to support our wonderful families in any way that she can in her role as Family Support Worker.

Miss Tuart is always here to support with any SEND or nurture queries that you may have. She now has an email address that you can use to contact her personally should you wish: sendco@dunstonhillschool.co.uk

This week’s Class News is from …

Early Years

Nursery

Time flies when you’re having fun and that’s exactly what can be said for all of our children in Nursery.  Already, we have made new friends, learned how to look after our environment, played games, explored and most importantly settled very well into the life of Nursery.  The Nursery team have loved getting to know our new friends who started their Dunston Hill journey in September. We also welcomed back our older children who have helped our new children feel welcome. In all weathers we have discovered what our fantastic new outdoor area has to offer; in the mud kitchen, den building, bikes, sandpit and so much more! Every day we have been greeted with beautiful smiling faces who are excited to see what each day will bring with their friends and teachers. We can’t wait to get to know our children and their families, even more, this year!

Reception

We are so proud of how our Reception children have settled into their new classes. Opening our doors on a morning, we are greeted with so many smiles and cheery hellos. It really is a lovely way to start the day! New friendships have been made, new interests have been formed and lots of new learning has been done! The children are getting used to their new environment and routines – and are always happy to help each other to remember too! We can’t wait to keep working with you and learning lots more about you, Reception! Well done for a wonderful start!

Key Stage One

Year One

Over the past two weeks, the children in Year 1 have taken advantage of the wonderful library we have on our doorstep at Dunston Activity Centre! Following a lovely autumnal walk, we were welcomed into the library by the librarians and were able to explore all of the children’s books they had on offer! It was a very exciting experience, and we loved glancing through many of the books on their shelves. We selected some books to take back to class and also loved having our story time in the library, too. The children had an amazing time and were a real credit to our school. We can’t wait to read our new library books back in our classroom! A reminder that the library will be open during half term, so why not take a trip next week and your child can show you the ropes!

Year Two

We are extremely proud of how well our Year 2 children have settled in since returning in September, they have quickly adapted to new routines. 

One of the highlights of this half-term for our children has been learning about The Great Fire of London. They found out when and how the fire started and they could also explain why the fire spread so quickly and why it lasted for so long.  When designing our very own Pudding Lane, children showed an excellent understanding of how houses were different back in 1666 compared to houses now. Children also enjoyed listening to extracts from Samuel Pepys’ diary and they understand that this is a very important source of information. After half-term, we are looking forward to sharing some local history about a ‘Great Fire’ that happened right here in Gateshead and Newcastle!