Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

Maya Angelou

Message From Mr Sutherland

Welcome back to Dunston Hill Community Primary School.  I hope you had a wonderful week with family and friends over half term.

This week, and particularly yesterday, our thoughts as a school have been about the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. June 6th 2019 marked the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.  The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Code-named Operation Neptune, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of occupied France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.  The children in Year 6 have been learning about World War II as a topic this year, indeed some parents and carers joined us for the commemoration of VE Day just before the end of half-term.  Naturally, this work has included aspects of the Normandy landings and we as a school remember and honour those brave men and women from across our nation, as well as across the world, who helped to secure peace for us all and bring about the eventual end of World War II in 1945.  Lest we forget!

We have had lots of visitors to our school this week in what has been a very busy first week back.  This has included some photographers who have been here to update some of the pictures on our website, around our school and in our school prospectus.  One common theme has emerged however, which is how proud we are as a school to show round any visitors who may come to see us and how complimentary all our visitors have been.  They have all noticed how happy and positive the school feels and how wonderfully polite and welcoming the children are.  I am extremely proud of our school and all our children and am not the least bit surprised at how warmly our visitors have been received.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


Tribal Adventures Holiday Club

Last week in our holiday club ‘Tribal Adventures’, the children had a fabulous time making clay owls, sun catchers, magical fairies and dens. Parents also enjoyed joining in with their children to eat some delicious marshmallows around the campfire. Tribal Adventures will be setting up camp again during our summer holidays so look out for our summer dates being released so you can sign up quickly and let your child’s summer adventures start.



The train tickets are booked and a group of our children and staff are looking forward to heading to Edinburgh next week. To follow their adventures please keep an eye on our school Facebook page which will be updated as and when they have wifi access.


Keeping Children Safe Online

This week, Mr Sutherland and Mrs Anglesea attended safeguarding training. One important message was about keeping children safe online and the importance of parents being aware of what their child is accessing on line, ensuring account settings are set to private not public and monitoring phones and iPads regularly. The following site was recommended to work on with your child for you both to learn together how to stay safe on-line. We hope this is useful.


Year 1 Phonics

Next week, our Year 1 children will take part in the statutory assessment of their phonics skills. Our children are used to this style of assessment, having done it many times before and enjoy the opportunity to read with Mrs Anglesea 1 to 1.  They particularly love choosing a special sticker at the end. Parents will receive a copy of their child’s results in their end of year progress report.


School Photographer

This week we have had professional photographers in school taking lots of wonderful photos to capture school life at Dunston Hill. The pictures will be used on our school website, in our prospectus and to update photos around school. We will share them with you once we receive them back from the photographers


Sunny Days

We are hoping the sunshine is set to return so please ensure children come to school with sun cream applied, a sun hat and a water bottle.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 10 June 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.  Thank you.

Photo of the Week

Class News


Class News from Reception…

A special delivery arrived in Reception this week! As the children were working they noticed an envelope had appeared at the front of the classroom and their imagination was ignited!  At first, many of the children thought it could be from the Gingerbread Man but upon opening it they realised it wasn’t his writing! The letter read:

Please can you creep to your wonderful wood,

This afternoon, please if you could?

We need some help on a secret task,

Don’t tell anyone if they ask!

Love from The Woodland Elves and Fairies

We’ll let you in on the secret … In the Environmental Area there was a woodland book and it explained that the elves and fairies needed our help! They needed us to create somewhere for them to stay!

Together, the children set to work planning their ideas and then working in teams to create their gardens. They planted grass seeds and wild flower seeds before then foraging for natural materials from the Environmental Area to create a homely environment. Some gardens included chairs, tables, a cosy bed and even an umbrella to shelter from the rain!

Lily said, “We’ll have to make sure we water the seeds or they won’t grow!”

Rocky collected straw and leaves and explained, “This is soft for their bed!”

Tommy even spotted one of the fairies flying above us to see if their new homes were ready!

Over the next few weeks we hope the grass and flowers will begin to grow and help to make a beautiful safe garden for the elves and fairies to live. What might they ask for us to help with next?

Sporting News

Year 3/4 Quad kids

30 children were selected from Year 3 and Year 4 to go across to Kingsmeadow on Tuesday afternoon to take part in a ‘Quadkids’ competition against other schools within our cluster. The children took part in 4 different athletic events including a 50m sprint, a 300m run, a 2 footed standing jump and the javelin. The children performed brilliantly on the day and Dunston Hill came first in all 4 events.  However, as Quadkids is a team event, rather than an individual performance, we are eagerly awaiting the overall results to see if we have progressed to the next round – Gateshead Finals’.

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

RCH Lewis Wearmouth

RCY Callum Stephenson

1B  Lacey Powell

1C  Aidan Redican

2B Sophia McArdle

2C Layla Atkinson

3B  Alfie Wealleans

3M  Jayden Harris

4B  Nicholas Troughton

4C  Oliver White

5J   Michael Carter

5O  Isla Conboy

6P  Pamela Coulson

6R  Alice Purcifer


School Attendance