Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford

Message From Mr Sutherland

I spent a wonderful day yesterday at Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham with our Year 6 pupils.  I have always enjoyed seeing children interact with each other on residentials; it’s such a wonderful opportunity for them to challenge themselves in a safe environment and have lots of fun at the same time.  Its also a chance for some of them to be with children they might not usually spend a lot of time with.  I must complement all the children for their enthusiasm and energy when tackling the tasks in front of them.  Some have been physically challenging but many have required the children to think and problem solve which is such an important skill in today’s busy world.  So many children began a task by saying they wouldn’t be able to do it, yet by the end were asking if they could have another go!  I would also like to say how fantastic the children’s behaviour has been and they have represented the school brilliantly.  We are all very proud of them.  I hope that you have managed to keep up to date via our Facebook page but just to let you know there will be more information from the visit as well as photographs on next week’s newsletter.  My thanks go to the group leader Miss Parkin and staff members Miss Reay, Mrs Cox and Mrs Moorhead for taking the children away and helping them have such a fabulous time.  Trips such as these would not be possible without staff giving up their own family time and we are all very grateful.

At Dunston Hill Community Primary School, we are always keen to hear your views on how we are progressing as a school. We would love to know what you feel we are doing well but, as importantly, we want to know how we can improve.  With this in mind, I am introducing something new for the forthcoming Parents’ Evenings on 16th and 17th October.  We will be leaving blank Parental Feedback forms in classrooms and around school on both evenings and we would be grateful if you could spend a few moments letting us know what you think, so please use the space on the form to share your views.  You might wish to make an observation that you want us to be aware of, have a positive comment about a member of staff or aspects of our provision or just have a question for us, for example.  We we be leaving yellow  “ballot boxes” around the school so when you have completed your form, just put it in the box before you leave.  These forms will be passed to me to read personally and either myself, or a member of the school’s Leadership Team, (Deputy Head, Phase Team Leaders or SENDCo), will respond personally to any queries or comments you may have, should a response be required.  We always aim to be a listening school – one that is happy to respond to constructive and helpful comments and I hope that this further demonstrates our desire to constantly improve and adapt.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


Autumn Discos

Our Autumn Discos are this Wednesday 9th October. Children are welcome to come dressed in party clothes or fancy dress and need to return to school at the following times:

Disco 1:   Reception and Key Stage 1 is 4pm – 5pm

Disco 2:   Year 3 and Year 4 is 5.05pm – 6.05pm

Disco 3:   Year 5 and 6 is 6.10pm – 7.10pm

For Disco`s 1 and 2 children are to be dropped off and collected from their own classroom doors. For Disco 3 Children come in through the main entrance and are collected from the main entrance. Entry is £1 payable to their class teacher on the night.  Please note that unfortunately, due to safeguarding and room requirements, we are unable to provide a changing/waiting area and parents and carers will need to return to school to collect their child/children at the end of the Disco.


School Photographs

The school photographer will be visiting school on Monday 14th October.  All children will have an individual portrait taken.  If you would like a family group photograph, please return your reply slip to the school office by Thursday 10th October.


World Mental Health Day – #helloyellow

On Thursday 10th October, it is World Mental Health Day which we are very excited for our school to take part in. “Young Minds”, a mental health charity, are running the #helloyellow campaign which we would like all of our children to take part in. In order to do so, children are welcome to wear a ‘touch’ of yellow to enhance their uniform – for example, a yellow scrunchie in their hair or yellow socks. Children will also be provided with a yellow smiley sticker so everyone can feel involved.  Please note that you do not need to bring a financial contribution and school uniform is still to be worn.


Extra-Curricular Clubs

Our extra -curricular clubs are very popular so we operate a waiting list once they are full.  If you have booked your child onto a club using the school app and they change their minds, please contact the school office so that we can remove them from the list and offer the place to another child.  If children miss more than 2 sessions of a club they will be asked to pass their place on to the next person on the waiting list.


Cheerleading Club

Due to the Autumn disco being held on Wednesday 9th October, our after-school Cheerleading club is cancelled for this week only.  Tickets for the Eagles Basketball game on Friday 18th October are now available to purchase using the school app Schoolgateway.  


Important Dates for the Diary

Next week we  will provide a confirmed list of all our dates for the Christmas period but wanted to point out if you haven’t seen on the website the School is closed to children on Monday 25th November 2019 for our Occasional Day.  Also, please note the important information that Gateshead local authority have now confirmed next summer’s holiday dates.  As you already know, Dunston Hill will break up on Friday 17th July 2020.  Our school will re-open for pupils on Monday 7th September 2020.  You may wish to note these dates when making any plans for next summer.  Further dates to follow. 


Nasal Flu Vaccination Programme

Nasal flu vaccination forms have been sent home this week for children in Reception through to Year 6.  Please return completed forms to school by Monday 7th October.  Late forms will not be accepted.


Dr Bike – a health and safety check of children’s bikes

Ben, our Biking Officer will be in school on the morning of Monday 7th October for children to bring their bikes in for a health check.


Gateshead Council Travel to School Survey 2019

Our school is asked annually by Gateshead Council to complete a Hands Up Survey with children to record pupil travel habits.  They are keen to hear from parents and carers about how they travel and what barriers they face when choosing how to travel to school.  Gateshead Council have set up a survey for parents and carers to complete.  There are 3 x £20 shopping vouchers available in a random prize draw if the survey is completed.  This survey closes on Friday 25th October 2019.

The data is collected in order to show how projects and interventions influence travel in the borough.  Gateshead Council acknowledge travel habits are changing and that their work is helping to influence more healthy and active travel.  


Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are delighted to be able to inform you that we raised a fantastic £118.24 at our coffee and cake morning last week.  Thank you all so much for your generous donations to support such a wonderful cause.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 7th October 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

Class News


Class New This week from Year 3…

This half term, Year 3 have been learning about Frida Kahlo in Art. They have studied her portrait paintings and discussed the different backgrounds and colours she used. This week, they enjoyed using paint to explore colour mixing for their backgrounds for their final portraits. They made paint thicker by adding flour, PVA glue and washing up liquid and used water to make the paint thinner to create different shades of colour.

“I really enjoyed putting different things into the paint to make it thicker.” said Cally.


Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival is Tuesday 15th October. Our children have started learning songs and we will be having a special assembly for the children in school. We would welcome donations of tins and dried goods and this year all donations are going to the new Foodbank held every Friday at Lobley Hill school – Lobley Hill Food Co-op. They are especially short of jam, juice/squash, ketchup, noodles, pasta sauce, pet food and sponge puddings.  We would appreciate donations coming in from Friday 11th until Tuesday 15th. Many thanks for your support.


Year 2 Gym Circuit Kingsmeadow

On Tuesday afternoon some of our Year 2 children took part in a Gym Circuit at Kingsmeadow School. They thoroughly enjoyed each of the activities, which included learning how to do forward rolls, how to do balances with a partner, jumping from a vault, cartwheeling over a bench and a range of other activities. Children learnt about the importance of a good posture throughout. Mrs Harm and Mrs Bainbridge were impressed with the efforts and exemplary behaviour that our Year 2 children showed. A big well done to Tom and Ethen who were chosen to demonstrate their excellent forward rolls at the end of the session!


Year 4 & 5 Cycle Skills

Ben, our Biking Officer is coming into school on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October to work with our Year 4 and 5 children on their cycle skills.  If you haven’t already given your consent for your child to take part, Year 4 parents click here and Year 5 parents click here


Year 4 Visit to Vindolanda

We have arranged for our Year 4 children to visit Vindolanda Roman Fort on Thursday 17th October.  Please click here to view the letter emailed to parents earlier this week.

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

RCH  Frankie Rea Willison

RCY  Leo Watson

1B   Alice Pattison

1T   Oliver Hulse-Crawley

2B   Lacey Powell

2J   Khloe Gordon

3C  Anthony Saddi

3M   Olivia Foster

4C   Isabella Cusmano

4W   Eleanor Gregory

5B  Oliver Bellenger

5O  Ava Bonner



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