Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.  The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.  You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”

Arnold Bennett

Message From Mr Sutherland

What a fantastic week I have had in our Early Years setting!  I mentioned last week that part of moving into senior management in a school often means that you begin to become slightly removed from working with children, particularly on a day-to-day basis.  I strongly believe that in order to lead effectively, you need to ensure that you are familiar with the challenges and successes that are part of teaching and learning – especially in a school of this size.  I spent two full days in Nursery so was able to work with AM and PM children, with the other three days in Reception, working across both classes.  I have been blown away by the welcome I have received from the children.  They have shown me their reading and writing skills, how to draw and paint butterflies, threading Cheerios onto pipe-cleaners and creating different patterns, building dens and bridges outside and playing skittles – adding up the number of skittles they had knocked over and taking them away from the total.  I have loved to see the way the children plan their day, observing them as they get on with their busy jobs and then review what they have done on the carpet together, looking at ways they might do it differently next time.  We have read stories and of course sung lots of songs along to my guitar.  I have felt very privileged to work with your children who are an absolute credit to you and have “kept me right”  when I have occasionally been in the wrong place on several occasions.  Their behaviour has been exemplary and they are already demonstrating the attributes and values we instill as a community school in showing Care and Respect for All and talking about our #BeMoreKind whole-school initiative.  It was lovely to see them referencing this when we read the story about the Bucketful of Kindness and how we could make sure that everyone’s bucket was full to the brim.

I can see why we received so much positive feedback from parents and carers from our recent evaluations because all the things I have described above happen to such a high standard due to our wonderful team of staff right through Early Years.  Their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work shines through every day and my thanks also go to them for helping give our children the very best start on their educational journey and for welcoming me so openly into their setting.  I feel very lucky to be working alongside such a fabulous team.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


Science Week

British Science week begins today and as part of this we will be having our very own science week in school next week. On Monday, we will begin with an assembly where we will share the theme ‘Our Diverse Planet’. During the week, all classes will take part in an exciting carousel in the hall which is going to be run by our Year 6 children who will take on the role of Young Science Leaders. In lessons, children will be exploring the theme of diversity through a wide range of activities. They will learn about diverse animals in their habitats as well as exploring diversity in people. Children will be invited to take part in a poster competition which is to be completed at home (details to follow on Monday) and they will also receive a special science certificate for participation during the week. We are all very excited and I am sure that the children will have lots to talk about when they get home!


World Book Day Celebrations

On Thursday we immersed ourselves in our love of books and reading as we celebrated World Book Day. Our children in Year 1 to 6 worked with their peers from different year groups to take part in two creative workshops led by our staff. Some of us ate with the “Tiger who came for Tea” whilst others learnt about the human body and created our own blood with “Dr Reay”. Miss Jobey took us on a space adventure as we read non-fiction texts and then created constellations; as Mrs Donaldson took us on a bilingual journey of French and English to read the hungry caterpillar and enjoy some delicious treats.

Xander commented: “ I made a lighthouse that really lit up it was amazing!” when he came to enjoy “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”.

Michael commented: “ We made POO!” with a huge grin on his face as he returned from Mrs McLean’s workshop on “ The mole who knew it was none of his business!”

Our year 6 children commented: “ We loved the day because it allowed us to work with children and teachers from different year groups! It is great to do the creative activities around the different stories and non fiction books – we wish we could do it next year! “

Our nursery and reception children enjoyed their own carousel of workshops in our early years setting before sharing a story with our Year 5 children or their older siblings.

What a wonderful day spent loving reading !


Get Set for Sport Relief 2020 – Friday 13 March

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, this year we are taking part in sports relief day and have many exciting activities planned for the children.  Next Friday, children are able to come into school in their sportswear, including their trainers.  We ask that children make a £1 donation towards this charity. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for photos!


End of Key Stage One Assessments 2020: Year 2 Parent Workshop

We are holding an information workshop on Wednesday 18 March at 5pm which will last approximately 45 minutes. The meeting will provide you with an overview of the SATs process and offer you ideas on how you can support your child at this important time.  To confirm your attendance, please click here by Friday 13 March.


Junk Modelling needed!

The Dunston Den needs junk modelling; plastic bottles, cereal boxes and cardboard boxes.  Please hand these to the school office.  Thank you, Mrs Cox


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 9 March 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.

Photo of the Week

Class News


This week’s Class News is from Lower Key Stage Two…

In geography this week Year 3 have this week begun using locational vocabulary to describe where things are on maps of our locality. First we had to identify landmarks we knew like our school, the A1, the river and the MetroCentre. We had great fun playing ‘Where’s Wally?’ asking questions like ‘Is he west of our school?’ and ‘Is he north of the A1?’  We then tested our friends across the table to see if they could narrow down his whereabouts!


‘Pantastic’ – a soaring musical adventure – Year 3 & 4 production

Rehearsals are well underway for our production of ‘Pantastic’. It’s an adventure like no other as Peter Pan whisks the intrepid Darling children off to the fantastical world of Neverland, but when the despicable Captain Hook kidnaps Wendy and holds her to ransom, Peter must find a way to rally the Lost Boys, mollify the angry Natives and defeat the Pirates once and for all.

Join our budding Year 4 actors and actresses in this thrilling adaptation of the timeless classic, who will be accompanied by our wonderful Year 3 children as the Choir on: Thursday 2 April 2020 at 9.30am OR 2pm.  Letter and ticket details to follow.


Sporting News


Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament

Twelve children from Year 4 spent the afternoon at Kingsmeadow playing in a Quick Sticks tournament. They thoroughly enjoyed practising their skills and then putting them into practise on the pitch. There were six teams and two of our teams came joint 1st and our final team came 2nd place. The children showed great sportsmanship and were a credit to our school.

Swimming Gala- County Finals

On Thursday, we attended the County Finals Swimming Gala. All our boys and girls swam exceptionally well, and we were so proud of their efforts and attitude. Sadly we didn’t make it in the top 5, but we were extremely proud we made it so far in the competition.

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

RCH  Eliza Applegarth Shaw

RCY  Stephen Andrews

1B  Alexis Lamb

1T  Olivia Boyle

2B  Andy Tweedy-Gray

2J   Tom Breakspear-Dean

3C  Mitchell Bell

3M  Harry Gray

4C  Ryan Thomas

4W Ellie Mae Seward

5B Louise Smythe

5O Natasha Robinson

6P George Gray

6R Olivia Aguiar



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