Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou

Message From Mr Sutherland

What an incredibly busy term we have had!  I think that if I tried to list here all the activities that have taken place, I would then hold the record for the longest newsletter ever created!  I hope that you have all managed to keep up to date via our website, Facebook page and of course this weekly newsletter.  Keeping in touch is so important and being able to celebrate all the wonderful events your children participate in, sometimes almost as they happen, is wonderful and an important part of our school.

I am so proud of the children’s efforts this term; they have worked so hard on their studies but also bring their enthusiasm and effort to everything else going on in school.  We have recently had some visitors to school and all of them couldn’t praise the positive feeling around the school and the children’s attitude to their learning enough.  I would also like to thank the staff for their unstinting hard work in keeping everything going to such high standards every single day as well as all the parents, carers and extended family who make the community of Dunston Hill such a wonderful place to be.

Can I also mention our School Business Manager, Miss Louise Briggs, who will be leaving us (for a short while) after Easter.  I am absolutely thrilled to be able to pass on the news that she will be taking adoption maternity leave as she will shortly be having an addition to her family.  We are so excited for her and wish her and her family every happiness over the next few months and in the future.  I will keep you informed as to the contingency arrangements we will be putting in place while she is absent as soon as possible after the holiday but I am sure you will all join with me in passing on our congratulations to her. 

A little reminder also for you to please complete the Parent Survey that we emailed out to you last week.  It will really help us to see how we are doing as a school and to enhance and improve still further where we can.  It only takes 5 minutes and your support is really appreciated.  Thank you.

It only remains for me, on behalf of the staff and Governors at Dunston Hill Community Primary School, to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter break with your families.  We will see you at the usual times when school opens to children on Tuesday 23rd April.

Happy Easter!

Whole School Information


Happy Easter

We have been blown away by the creativity and talent of our children’s entries for our Easter Competition. The theme was linked to ‘what makes you feel good’!. The School Council along with  Mr Sutherland and Mrs Anglesea have awarded prizes to each year group. It was so lovely to see so many ways of feeling good and what makes you happy, there were lots of wonderful beach scenes, holidays, family time, sporting activities and many more talents. Our Awards went to the following children, but it has to be said it was an extremely difficult decision to make for all the judges.

  • NAM: Teddy Ward- Stories at bedtime
  • NPM: Aidan Mcmahon – The Robot
  • RCY: Oliver Fitzgerald- Brotherly love- Reading together
  • RCH: Isaac Hesstlewood- Ship O Hoy
  • 1C: Tom Breakspear Dean- Family Pontoon
  • 1B: Olivia North- Egg Beach
  • 2C: Lucy Sword- Lucy’s tasty ice-cream stall
  • 2B: Antony Sadi- Treetop Trekking 
  • 3M: Sarah Bastos Babenda- We love Dunston Hill
  • 3B: Lexie Duggan- NUFC Vs LFC
  • 4C Millie Wylie- I`m shattered- Bedtime
  • 4B: Robert Guest- Space Adventure
  • 5O: Libby Houston-Codling- Let them be free (Plastic pollution)
  • 5J: Libby Mitchell – Holiday Time
  • 6P: Charlotte Pegram- Eggie the Eagle
  • 6R Hope Glister- Family T.V time- Eggs Factor
  • Mr Sutherland’s Award – Nicholas Troughton (4B) Cresshead with a guitar
  • Mrs Anglesea’s Award – Lola Scott (RCY) Royal Victoria Hospital – What you can`t see!

Thank you to everyone- parents included for their amazing efforts and support given.


Attendance- Every Day in School Counts

Today we have presented Attendance Awards across the school. We are delighted to present 130 Gold certificates for 100% attendance. This is a fantastic achievement, and many of these children are striving for 100% for the whole year where they will then be taken for a special treat with Mr Sutherland and Mrs Anglesea. We also presented 84 silver certificates for 97%-plus attendance and 52 Bronze for children with 95%-plus. Overall a special congratulations go to classes 4C and 5O for the most hundred percenters! Congratulations everyone! Remember: ‘Attend and Achieve.’ 


Sporting News

Gateshead Dance Festival 2019

We couldn’t be prouder of our two dance groups that performed at the Sage on Wednesday in front of an audience of hundreds.

Dunston Boyz hit the stage looking super cool in their caps and black glasses and got the audience clapping, shouting and screaming from the off. We are the first school to enter an all-boys Dance group, and they certainly enjoyed every minute. Huge thanks go to their coach Julie Schneider from Juno Events who has worked with the boys weekly. She loves that the boys come with their own ideas and moves and just loves working with them.  We are delighted to hear the boys and parents would love the club to continue and will look to get it back up and running after Easter.

Next, our Dunston Zombies took to the stage with a polished and professional performance. Mrs Broadbent and Miss Jobey have worked with the team each week and were again extremely proud of them all. A huge well done to all involved. Both groups have performed again in our Friday Celebration Assembly so the whole school can see their talents and maybe inspire a few more to join in next year. 


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Tuesday 23 April 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, we ask that children do not bring nuts or kiwi fruit in their packed lunches.


Photo of the Week

Class News


Year 1 Phonics

A reminder Year 1 parents have been invited to a phonics workshop on Monday 29 April at 2.00pm. This will last for approximately 1 hour with your child joining you in the workshop for the end of the session. The workshop will provide you with an overview of phonics in Year 1 and offer you ideas on how you can support your child at home. It will also give you an overview of the phonics screening which all children in Year 1 are required to take part in June.

Bike it Success

Our Reception and Key Stage 1 children had a great session with Ben on Tuesday when they were learning to ride a bike without stabilisers. By the end of the hour session the majority of children who took part were successful and they all felt more confident. The children showed resilience and determination and we are very proud of them.


Class 4B start swimming

For parents in Class 4B you should now have received a letter to say they will start swimming after Easter. Please ensure they have their swimming kit in school each Thursday. 


This week`s class news is from Year 4….

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Cragside yesterday. Whilst there, they explored the magnificent Victorian House where Lord and Lady Armstrong lived. They also walked through the rock gardens and the Pinetum, which led them to the Power House, where they discovered how hydroelectricity worked. The children’s behaviour was exemplary and we got a lot of positive feedback from members of the public as well as the staff.

“This has been the best school trip I’ve ever been on. Thank you so much for taking us.” Izzy 4B

“I loved our trip to Cragside. I’ve learned lots about hydro-electricity and loved going into the house.” Gracie-Belle 4C



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

RCH  Ellie Taylor

RCY  Olivia Boyle

1B  Lucy Mayne

1C  Tom Breakspear-Dean

2B  Lacey Watson

2C  Paige Baird

3B  Ayla Richards

3M  Ava Dyer

4B  Ollie Johnson

4C  Jack Dixon

5J  Brooke Lawlor

5O  Jaden Thompson

6P  Chloe Olsen

6R  Alice Purcifer


School Attendance