Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself ”

John Dewey

Message From Mr Sutherland

Welcome back to Dunston Hill Community Primary School after the half term break.  I hope that you had a lovely time with family and friends.  Our children have settled back into school life really quickly into what, as we know, is always an extremely busy time and I always feel lucky to be able to walk around our school and see children learning, interacting and having fun.

This half term has already got off to a wonderful start with our Scarecrow Festival.  I was amazed to see so many arrive on our first day and more have arrived throughout the week.  The ideas and creations have been fantastic and the school grounds look splendid with these colourful additions.  You may even have noticed one of myself and Mrs Anglesea at the school entrance from our Nursery children!  Both were remarkably lifelike!  We have also begun running a Mini-Medics programme for some of our children.  You might be interested to know that this came from a suggestion sent to me by a parent in an email a few weeks ago.It wasn’t something I had heard of but, as I tell the children, we were “on it like a car bonnet” and were able to put something in place really quickly.  The children have loved it and I hope it illustrates how quickly an idea or suggestion on an email can become reality.  So, a big “thank you” to that parent and I would encourage all parents and carers to let us know if they have an idea or suggestion which might enhance our children’s education.  We can’t promise to take on every idea of course but will always do so if we can.

Week commencing 11th November is national Anti-Bullying week and whilst this always comes with a focus, I am going to use this week to launch our new campaign “Say No to Bullying!”  This will be launched across the school in assemblies and in class at an age-appropriate level for the children.  Whilst I wish to make it clear that we do not tolerate bullying in our school there is sometimes confusion as to exactly what is classed as “bullying”.  Our aim through this launch, is to clarify the kinds of behaviours we see in school for children and parents and, as importantly, offer suggestions and strategies on how we can help.  Alongside our new School Council who had some fantastic ideas, we have designed a new poster and flyer which we think makes it very clear about the terminology and helps children know what to do to get support when they need it.  These posters will appear around school during that week and you will also see it on our website and Facebook pages.  In addition, I will send a copy home for you so that you can talk about it with your child.  I will give you more information nearer the time and hope to be able to work with parents and carers in the future to ensure that our children always feel safe and secure in school and in their community.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the Scarecrows!

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Dunston Hill Scarecrow Festival 

Wow! We are astounded by the talent and creativity of our families, staff and children who have worked so hard to contribute to our first ever Scarecrow Festival. A huge thank you for everyone’s efforts. Nursery certainly put a smile on myself and Mr Sutherland’s face with their creations at the front of school. We had all kinds of crazy scarecrows from the Queen to mini E cheerleaders, superheros and princesses, witches, pirates wizards and many many more. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to walk around them and we look forward to repeating our festival next year.


More Baby News

Following Mrs Broadbent’s lovely news before half term we can now share that Mrs Burn has also had her baby. Harry James was born on Thursday 24th October weighing 8Ibs 5oz. Mummy, Daddy and baby are all doing really well and Harry is just gorgeous. We look forward to his first visit into school and hope you`ll join me in sending our love and congratulations to them all.



We are selling Poppies in school next week. Children can purchase them and other related items at break time from the main office. Please send your child into school with the correct money. Prices are displayed in the photos and on our Facebook page. Mr Sutherland and our House and Vice Captains will be attending the Remembrance Service at St Nicholas Church on Sunday 10th November and would love to see you there also.


NHS 111 Campaign – launched 21 October

The NHS 111 phase of the ‘Help Us, Help You’ Winter Pressures campaign launched on Monday 21st October. The campaign will run nationally with TV advertising, video on demand, out of home, search, social media and partnerships activity.

People can use NHS 111 to find out what to do and where to go when they have an urgent but non-life-threatening medical concern. The campaign encourages people to call 111 or visit online, instead of worrying, self-diagnosing, or second-guessing what they should do when they have an urgent health problem.

The primary audience is all members of the public over the age of 16, with a focus on groups that NHS data show to be more frequent users of A&E departments, such as young adults aged 20-29 years.


Sporting News

Newcastle Eagles Basketball Cheer Leaders

Congratulations to all our cheerleaders who performed fantastically at the Newcastle Eagles game. The children were commended for being the best yet and Julie Schneider was extremely proud of them.


Hoops for Health

Year 5 were so lucky this week to take part in the HOOPS 4 HEALTH roadshow led by Newcastle Eagles. The children were greeted by four members of the Eagles team who discussed how to live a healthy lifestyle. After this, they were split into groups where they took part in a carousel activity, which included basketball skills and interviewing the players. Four lucky children were able to win some goodies such as a foam hand! Thank you to the Eagles for coming to visit us (and leaving us with lots of free tickets to your next game!).


Indoor Athletics

Ten children from Year 1 had a fantastic time at Gateshead Leisure Centre for their Indoor Athletics Festival on Thursday.  They enjoyed participating in a variety of activities from jumping across the river to avoid crocodiles to capturing the treasure.  Cameron said his favourite part was throwing the balls at the target.  One member of staff commented that David could be a future long jumper!


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 4 November is Week 3.  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 kiwi fruit or peanuts  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.  Thank you

There has been a change to the Cook’s Choice on Mondays lunch menu.  Pizza replaces the Cook’s Choice.

Week 1 – Margarita Pizza

Week 2 – Ham Pizza

Week 3 –  Chicken and Sweetcorn Pizza


Pantomime visit to the Theatre Royal

We have arranged for children from Year 1 to Year 6 to see Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 November.  Please arrange to make your online payment by Monday 11 November.  If you are unable to pay online, please contact the school office to request a PayPoint voucher.


More Christmas Dates

We can now confirm the dates for the Lighting of the Tree at St Nicholas Church is Wednesday 4th December at 6pm and the Community Carol Service is Thursday 19th December at 6pm.

Class News


This weeks Class News is from Reception…

This week the children have thoroughly enjoyed getting messy! Some of our sounds had got mixed up in some slime! The children had great fun finding the sounds in the gooey, sticky slime. They identified what sound it was and used their Read, Write, Inc knowledge to blend the sounds together to make some words we have been learning!

We also had the pleasure of exploring some pumpkins. We used some tools to carefully cut into the pumpkin to find out what it looked like inside. We scooped out the pumpkin seeds and some of the children have planted them in our outside garden, in hope to grow our own pumpkins for next year! Please check out our photos in the photo section.


Accelerated Reader

This week, children in KS2 ( Year 3-6) have completed their half termly ‘Accelerated Reader Star Reader Test’ – well done!

Children will have a  a sticker outlining their new ZPD in order for them to select the correct levelled book from our Reading Hideout for them to enjoy at both school, in Read and Relax, and nightly at home.

The sticker will also outline their Accelerated Reader points target for this half term, which is achieved through reading books within their ZPD range and taking quizzes on Accelerated Reader during Read and Relax time at school.

It was great to share your children’s reading success through their Reading Diaries at Parent’s Evening recently, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you in supporting your child in their reading journey.


Ambulance Mini Medics

This morning Year 6 took part in their first Ambulance Mini Medics session. The children really enjoyed the sessions with Rob who taught them about 999 / 111 / hoax calls. This is our first session and the children are really looking forward to continuing the journey this year where they will learn about first aid , CPR, use of a defibrillator and hopefully have an ‘ambulance day’ with the Ambulance Mini Medics team.


Pedestrian Training

This week Year 5 and 6 have taken part in a refresher Pedestrian training course building on their work that they completed in Year 3. This opportunity allowed the children to work on basic road safety skills as well as think about their own journey to school and how they conduct themselves on the highways. Many of our UKS2 cohort walk to and from school by themselves and whilst it is great to see them take on this level of independence it is important for them to remember how to keep themselves safe and how to act as role models within our community.


Year 2 Visit to Gateshead Quayside

Year 2 children will visit Gateshead Quayside and St Mary’s Heritage Centre on Thursday 7th November.  Please arrange to make your online contribution by Monday 4th November.


Reception Class places for September 2020

Nursery parents can now apply for Reception class places September 2020.   The closing date for Reception admissions is 15 January 2020.  Apply online at:  Please contact the school office if you do not have access to the internet to submit your application.

Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:

RCH  Dylan Lane

RCY  Rebecca Brown

1B   David Botuna

1T   Cameron Horsley

2B   Lucy Mayne

2J   Freya Edgar-Nunn

3C  Faith Annan

3M  Lily  Baxter

4C  Sarah Bastos Babenda

4W  Suki Su

5B  Lucy Corner

5O  Oliver White

6P  Summer Temple

6R  Ethan Lumsden



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