Care and Respect for All3/5/2019
Thought of the Week:
“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.”
Message From Mr Sutherland
I am very grateful to everyone who has completed the recent survey for parents and carers that was recently distributed and am so pleased to see so many positive messages about our school. We received approximately 130 responses in total and the information is now being analysed to see what it tells us about your views on a variety of important school issues. The “Comments” section will be particularly helpful for us to read as it will enable us to look at some specific areas where we can consider what we currently offer and see if there are ways we can improve. I’m sure that some will be quick-fixes but there will be others that may require a little more thought and discussion. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to act upon the outcomes of the survey as quickly as possible. The results will be shared across our leadership team and staff as you would expect and I will then share the outcomes and responses with parents and carers as promised. I think it is a really helpful exercise as it is not only a reflection of how we are doing as a school but quickly demonstrates areas of success and where improvements might be made. As always, your support is very much appreciated and thank you once again for taking part. My aim is to undertake another parent survey toward the end of next autumn term in order to see where progress has been made. In the coming weeks, we will also be conducting staff surveys as well as pupil questionnaires to ensure that everyone at Dunston Hill Community Primary School has a voice.
Have a great week and Bank Holiday weekend!
Whole School Information
Non-uniform day Friday 10 May
Children are invited to come to school on Friday 10 May dressed in summer colours, we ask that if possible they bring in a donation towards our ‘hook a bag stall’ to be held at Dunston Gala. Dunston Gala is Saturday 11 May 12.00-4.00pm and we hope to see you all there. We would appreciate donations of toiletries, books, teddies, chocolates, and small gifts, etc. (No alcohol please).
Edinburgh visit meeting Wednesday 15 May
We have arranged an information meeting on Wednesday 15 May at 5pm, when we will talk through the itinerary and arrangements for the visit to Edinburgh and answer any questions you may have.
Walk to School Week – 20 to 24 May
Why not join the nations National Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. This is a 5-day walking challenge will help to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety as there will be fewer cars around school. There are also the added health and fitness benefits of walking to school. In addition, the Walking Bus will develop the children’s road safety awareness, skills and independence.
Our walking bus will be available each morning between 20 to 24 May where we will operate on a ‘park and stride’ basis from Whickham Thorns main car park. Children can be dropped off at the bus meeting point at 8.40am. Those Parents and carers who have not already signed consent will be able to do so at the point of drop. The Walking Bus will leave at 8.45am prompt along with Mrs Cox and another two members of staff. The children will walk along to school and be brought in through the main entrance. Everyone will wear a high visibility tabard for safety.
Year 4 Local Bike Ride
We are offering Year 4 children the opportunity to partake in a short local bike ride with Ben our Biking officer on Thursday 9 / Friday 10 May 2019 around the local area. If you would like your child to be in with a chance of joining, please click on the link from the letter sent to parents by email before Monday 6 May to give your consent. You will be notified by text message on Tuesday 7 May if your child has been selected to take part.
Due to the Bank Holiday weekend, there is a slight change to the Week 3 menu next week.
- Tuesday’s options are: pizza, jacket potato or egg mayo sandwich.
- Wednesday’s options are: sausages, jacket potato or cheese savoury wrap.
- Thursday and Friday’s options remain the same.
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, we ask that children do not bring nuts or kiwi fruit in their packed lunches.
We have places available for this September’s morning and afternoon nursery intakes. Please call into the school office and complete an application form if you have a child who will be three years old before 31st August of this year. Our admission policy is to admit children at the beginning of the term after their third birthday.
Newcastle Eagles Mini E squad (Dunston Hills Cheerleaders) took to the court last Friday evening to wow the crowd. They performed at the beginning and end of the match and for 2 of the time outs. The children were all a credit to the school and we were extremely proud of them. The children even had the opportunity to be interviewed by ITV, if you haven’t seen it please check out our Facebook page. We must also say a huge thank you to Julie Schnedier from Juno Events for her hard work and commitment once again with one of our dance groups and for offering the children such an amazing opportunity. I think we now have a few converted basketball fans, Mrs Anglesea for sure!
On Wednesday afternoon, 12 Year 3 children went to the Rugby World MegaFest at Ryton Ruby club. It was a fun afternoon where children learn a variety of rugby skills.
Shaun said ” it was fun and challenging”.
Eleanor said “I really enjoyed it and it was very fun”.
Mrs Anglesea has had the pleasure of working with Year 6 again this week. Their attitude to learning and dedication has been impressive to see. Ask them to tell you all about diving giraffes!! You’d have to see it to believe it!
Next week you will receive information inviting all our Year 6 children to breakfast from Monday to Thursday of the week beginning Monday 13 May. We hope they can all join us and we look forward to sharing a bacon sandwich or coco pops with them and listening to Mr Sutherland play his guitar.
Year 1 Phonics
On Monday afternoon, some of our Year 1 parents attended a Phonics Workshop. The purpose was to inform them about how phonics is taught in school and to provide information about the Phonics Screening check which will take place in June. The children thoroughly enjoyed showing their parents all of their phonics knowledge and teaching them some speed sounds! A huge thank you to those parents who attended and for anyone who was not able to attend and has questions about phonics or the check, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 1 team.
This week`s News comes from Reception…
This week all of our Reception children were invited through to Kingsmeadow Comprehensive School to take part in a range of sporting activities. On arrival, the children were numbered into groups before then completing a warm up to Disney music. Many of the children even sang along to some of the more popular songs! The rest of the morning was then led by the students at Kingsmeadow. Many of these pupils had attended Dunston Hill when they were younger and they were fantastic role models for our children. They led our children through a range of activities that had been planned to support the development of throwing, catching, ball control and balancing skills. Further activities during the morning included a basketball shoot out and bowling. At the end of the session, there was a small celebration and a cool down where the children reflected on how their bodies had felt during and after the activities. A special mention was given to Liam in RCY who knocked over the greatest number of skittles and Alexis in RCH for the greatest number of basketballs through the hoop! The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and came back to school excited to share their skills, with some even choosing to continue the activities outside.
Mia said, “I loved it. I put the ball in the net and everyone saw! I was happy!”
Callum said, “My heart went fast, very fast!”
Daniel said, “I played football at my big brother’s school.”
A big well-done Reception! Some sporting stars of the future!
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH Poppy Thornborrow
RCY Harley Moulding
1B AJ Tweddy-Gray
1C Junior Pearson
2B Faith Annan
2C Charlie Temple
3B Poppy Trench
3M Sam Booth
4B Chloe Kennedy
4C Charlie Roy
5J Vinnie Scott
5O Abbie Rowland
6P James Cumming
6R James Jones