Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

S. Lewis

Message From Mr Sutherland

I thought you might be interested to know that this week some of our children, staff and I have been working with Dr Manoj Krishna in school.  Dr Krishna is formally a spinal surgeon who retired a few years ago to explore his other passion, that of studying Emotional Intelligence.  He defines the work he does as “ ….self-knowledge allows us to live with intelligence”.  Basically he explores our intelligence and ability to deal with challenges and issues that we face in life through questioning, discussion and reflection.  Much of education is teaching about skills, knowledge, history and events but very little is about getting to know ourselves and understanding how we react to circumstances, pressures and stress in our lives.  My belief is that we can’t remove all the challenges in our lives and we will always face difficulties so it is important that we learn how to deal with them.  Therefore this work sits alongside the other work we are doing in our school as regards nurture and inclusion.

Dr Krishna was introduced to Headteachers by the Local Authority last year and I recognised this as a wonderful opportunity for us to be part of research to support our children, particularly with their mental health and wellbeing and building on their resilience and self-esteem.  So far we have been working with small groups of children and created some podcasts and videos of our discussions.  I am so proud of the children who have taken part so far.  They have talked with maturity and articulation about a variety of subjects including fear, worry, jealousy and comparing ourselves with others.  The discussions are of course age-appropriate; indeed are led by the children’s thoughts and ideas.  Dr Krishna has also talked to all our staff in a training session and some of those staff joined us on Wednesday for our sessions.  I am also keen for parents to be involved and am happy to arrange Dr Krishna to lead a talk for interested parents as well.  I really believe you will find it interesting and helpful personally but particularly when trying to understand, as we all do, the pressures facing our children these days and exploring ways in which we can help.

You can learn more about his work on his website and I would be more than happy to meet with anyone who has any questions and would like to find out more.  Additional information will be sent home in the coming months to see if you would like to come into school to learn more.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


Find your Brave

Children at Dunston Hill have certainly ‘Found their Brave’ this week, in celebration of Children’s Mental Health week! Across school, children focused on a range of activities after discussing bravery in a whole school assembly (thanks to our brave volunteers!) In Year 2, the children discussed how ‘being brave’ is their own human superpower and discussed times that they have showed bravery. Whilst up in Year 6, children reflected on real life bravery from World War Two looking at war evacuees and how they dealt with such terrifying conditions. Miss Bunce and Miss Ornsby have enjoyed listening to children’s ‘brave’ stories so thank you for coming and sharing.


Swimming Lessons

Due to school galas being held at Dunston Pool, class 5O’s swimming lesson is cancelled on Thursday 13 February 2020.


Extra-Curricular Clubs

Due to parent’s consultation evenings, there have been some changes to the running of our extra-curricular clubs during the last week of term.

Day Club Year Group Time w/c 10.02.20
Monday Reading Club Year 5 & 6 3.20-4.15pm Running as usual
Tuesday Football Club Year 5 & 6 8.00-8.45am Running as usual
Tuesday Homework Club Year 6 3.20-4.15pm Moved to Monday 10 February
Tuesday Film Club Year 3 & 4 3.20-4.15pm Moved to Thursday 13 February
Tuesday Hockey Club Year 3 & 4 3.20-4.15pm Running as usual
Tuesday Film Club Year 1 3.15-4.15pm CANCELLED
Tuesday Warhammer Cub Various 3.20-4.15pm CANCELLED
Wednesday Family Forest School Various 2.00-3.10pm Running as usual
Wednesday Boys Street Dance Year 4, 5 & 6  3.20-4.15pm Running as usual
Thursday Girls Football Coaching Year 4 & 5 8.00-8.45am Running as usual
Friday Multi-Sports Year 1 & 2 8.00-8.45am Running as usual
Friday Tiny Tribes Forest School Aged 3 years 9.00-10.00am Running as usual


Parents Consultations

Our Parents Consultations are fast approaching, and you will have now received your appointment time for the week beginning 10 February. During the evening, you will have the opportunity to complete a parental evaluation form. These will be available at the entrance to the school and outside classrooms, once complete please pop them into the yellow boxes on your way out. We always appreciate feedback and would encourage parents to fill them in and share any successes or suggestions you have for school.  In addition to this, children’s books will be outside the classroom demonstrating their latest work in class. Each child will have put a post-it note in their book signposting a piece of work they are proud of. Please feel free to write a comment back to them on the post-it notes provided. The children loved receiving your messages last time.

Children are not required to attend parent consultations, however, if you do need to bring them with you, please ensure they are supervised and sat in the chairs provided outside the classrooms.  Reading areas and computer areas will be closed.


Accelerated Reader Points

A reminder to our KS2 children that Tuesday 11 February is the cut-off point for them to achieve their Accelerated Reader points. It has been lovely to see children reading their books in Read and Relax, carefully select a new book from our Reading Hideout and celebrate their success when they complete a book and take their quiz! Keep it up KS2!


Tribal Adventures Forestry Club

There are still a few places available for Tribal Adventures Forestry Club during the forthcoming February half-term holidays on Monday 17 February 2020.  This club is open to pupils in Years 1 to 6 and will appeal to those who love exploring and being outdoors. The club will be led by our two Forest School trained members of staff, Mrs Cox and Mrs O’Hara. The cost is £20 per child, per day. The children will need to bring a packed lunch, drink and a change of clothes.  Places are booked online using Schoolgateway.


Early May Bank Holiday

The May Day Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  School will be open on Monday 4 May.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 10 February 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.

Due to popularity, there has been a permanent change to Thursdays menu during week 3.  The options now are: roast chicken served with yorkshire pudding mashed potato, gravy and vegetables, vegetarian pie served with savoy cabbage and new potatoes, tuna mayo roll or jacket potato.

Photo of the Week

Class News


This week’s Class News is from the Nurture and Inclusion Team…

The theme of Children’s Mental Health week (this week) is ‘Find your Brave’. Life is all about taking small, brave steps every day. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. In the Dunston Den, Mrs Cox and Miss Tuart have focused on nurturing bravery with the children and have had many conversations about times when children (and adults) have ‘found their brave’.

As well as this, our wonderful children have had lots of fun displaying examples of #bemorekind. Tyler and James had a lovely time in the Den turn-taking whilst sharing a book.

Rhyli kept everybody cheery in the Den through playing some music on the guitar. Olivia took care of Lily in our Doctor’s Surgery.


Sporting News



Huge congratulations to Olivia Fox in class 6P who finished in 1st place at the Regional Schools Gymnastics competition last weekend.  Olivia will now compete at the National School Finals which will take place in Stoke.  Olivia has worked hard to achieve very high scores and everyone at Dunston Hill is so proud of her.  Well done Olivia!


Swimming Gala

Yesterday our Swim Team took part in a competition alongside 32 schools in Gateshead. We were so proud of them. The sportsmanship demonstrated within the team supporting one another was outstanding and it was an absolute pleasure to be there with them. A huge thanks must go to all our spectators who came to support and cheer us on. It meant a lot. So how did we do? Well, Dunston Hill secured a place in the County finals in March, we are delighted about this and can`t wait to compete. Libby earned herself gold in the individual breaststroke. The girls team were awarded gold in the team medley. All the swimmers did extremely well. We are so proud of you.


Mini Basketball

On Wednesday, some children from Year 4 went along to Whickham school to participate in a basketball tournament.  The children put the skills that they learned from the Newcastle Eagles into practise on the court.  Mrs Cusmano was extremely proud of the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm.  Also, a huge thank you to Casey’s mum for joining us!

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

RCH  Konstantinos Biniakos

RCY  Amber Laws

1B  Joseph Rogan

1T  Evie Vaughan

2B  Joshua Bainbridge

2J   Jack Scott

3C  Leyla Taylor-Allen

3M  Philippa Kainos-Cawley

4C  Darcey Parker

4W  Ayla Richards

5B Connie Guilfoyle

5O Harrison Wortley

6P Blake Parker

6R Louie Wilson-Bryne



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