Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“When you go home tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today. ”

John Maxwell Edmonds

Message From Mr Sutherland

I wanted to remind everyone that next week is Anti-Bullying Week across the country and whilst we will be looking at all of these aspects including having an “Odd Socks Day” on Tuesday, the main focus will be our new school campaign “Say No to Bullying”.  We have designed some new posters and flyers which will begin to appear around school next week and I will be launching the initiative in our whole-school assembly on Monday morning.  There will be notices posted on our Facebook page, including a breakdown of some of the terms we have discussed with our children.  It is vital that our children, parents and staff understand the signs of bullying and know how best to deal with any incidents and get the support that is needed.  It is just as important, however, to recognise when an incident is not bullying – when it is a falling out, an argument or perhaps a regrettable one-off occurrence.  Children will be spending time in classes next week looking at and talking about our new campaign and I would be very grateful if you could follow up this work at home by asking your child what the campaign means to them as well as finding out what their thoughts are.

This week, Mrs Anglesea and I have started a new initiative called “What a great day at School” postcards.  If we are aware of a child that has had a particularly fantastic day, done some wonderful work or been really kind or helpful for example, we are going to celebrate that by giving them a personalised postcard to take home.  I gave a couple of postcards out yesterday after spending a little time with children who had accomplished some really good work and there will be more to come as the weeks go by.  Its just a nice way to instantly acknowledge and “snapshot” a child’s success.  Let me know what you think!

This week, with Remembrance Sunday approaching, we have been remembering our brave men and women this week in our school, with the buying of poppies and with age-appropriate assemblies for the children.  I will be present at the Remembrance Service at St Nicholas’ Church on Sunday 10 November at 10.00am where I will be joined by some of our House Captains and staff.

“Lest We Forget”

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Say NO to bullying!

Next week is National Anti-bullying week, and our theme in school is ‘Say NO to bullying!’ Our aim for the week is to help our children understand what bullying is and what bullying is not and how we deal with unkind, mean and bullying behaviours. Children will be involved in activities throughout the week to explore these concepts. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what each class gets up to.


Odd Socks Day

On Tuesday 12th November we are inviting our children to come to school wearing odd socks! This is a national initiative linked to our anti-bullying week designed to be fun and is an opportunity to encourage pupils to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes them unique.


Children in Need

Next Friday is “Children In Need” day. Our children will be busy throughout the day baking and decorating cakes to sell at the end of the day. All monies raised from the class bake sales will go to Children in Need so please remember your purses and wallets at the end of the day.


Pantomime visit to the Theatre Royal

We are off to the theatre ‘Oh yes we are!’ Children from Year 1 to Year 6  are off to see Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 November.  Please ensure all payments are made by 11th November to enable us to process final numbers for tickets. Please don’t hesitate to contact our school office if you require any assistance.


Important Dates

  • A reminder school is closed to children on  Monday 25th November
  • The lighting of the Tree at St Nicholas Church is Wednesday 4th December at 6pm
  • Community Carol Service is Thursday 19th December at 6pm.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 11 November is Week 1.  Due to popularity there has been a change to some of the meals on the menu for Week 1.

Monday – Pizza Margarita / egg mayo wholemeal roll / jacket potato

Tuesday – Chicken pie / cheese frittata / Cheese Savory wrap / jacket potato

Wednesday – Pork meatballs / Quorn meatballs / Ham baguette / Jacket potato

Thursday – Roasted chicken / cheese and tomato flat bread served with pasta salad / tuna mayo roll / jacket potato

Friday – Fish fingers / Chinese style noodles / BLT wholemeal bread / jacket potato

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.


Tiny Tribes – Toddler Group

Mrs Cox, our Family support worker is running an outdoor toddler group for families of children in our school. It runs every Friday 9am until 10am. So, if you have a toddler who enjoys the outdoors, get them dressed in waterproof warm clothing and bring them along. Each session is £1 per family and will involve activities such as singing around the camp fire, mud pie making, den building and lots of other muddy fun activities. This is a chance for parents to play with their toddler and meet new people. There is no need to book, just come along each Friday, Parents and carers will need waterproofs and warm clothes too. Prepare to have some muddy fun – you will get dirty!

Class News


This week’s Class News is from Key Stage One…

Year 1

This week, Year 1 have begun to get an understanding of Geography, beginning with exploring aerial maps. They loved using Google Maps to explore the local area and then used their findings to help them create an aerial map of the classroom. The children can’t wait to take this further, gathering information on the local area and creating a 3D aerial map of Dunston. Stay tuned!

Year 2

On Thursday, Year 2 had a fantastic time at the Quayside learning all about the Great Fire of Gateshead and Newcastle. They learnt that the fire started in a cloth factory in Gateshead on 6th October 1854. It then spread to the warehouse next door, which contained sulphur. This resulted in three huge explosions and blue flames which crossed the river into Newcastle.  Richard ‘That History Bloke’ brought the event to life for the children by leading drama activities and visiting the buildings that survived the fire!

Felix said, “my favourite part was when we had to act out the three explosions.”

“I really enjoyed making up and singing a song about the fire,” said Lacey.

Eve said, “I couldn’t choose one favourite part, it was all my favourite!”


Lunchtime Golden Table

Today we launched a Golden Table in our lunch hall.  This table is as it sounds ‘golden’, draped in a golden table cloth with napkins, real plates and cups and school lunch served to the table. This table will now be part of our lunchtime every Friday. Children throughout the week who show exemplary lunchtime behaviour and follow our lunch rules may get their name put in a hat. On Thursday, our lunchtime supervisor chooses five names from Key Stage One and five from Key Stage Two. These children then get to choose a lunchtime friend to sit and have their dinner with alongside the other chosen children on the Golden Table. The children will receive VIP service, restaurant-style with a visit from Mr Sutherland or Mrs Anglesea. We hope this incentive will support our drive to improve the lunchtime experience for all our children.


Buddy Training

Ten Year 5 children attended Kingsmeadow School on Wednesday for Playground Buddy training where they learnt about ‘STEP’ and a different variety of games and activities to play in the school yard or on the field. They all had a great time and were eager to return to school to share their exciting ideas for playtime. Mrs Ion was so impressed with their behaviour and attitude.


Reception Class places for September 2020

Nursery parents can apply for Reception class places in September 2020.   The closing date for Reception admissions is 15 January 2020.  Apply online at  Please contact the school office if you do not have access to the internet to submit your application.

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

RCH  Jonny Alexander

RCY  Oscar Alderson

1B   Ellie-Ann Taylor

1T   Rocky Botuna

2B  Ella Jenal

2J   Jake Hamilton

3C  Zac Wilson

3M  Daniel Milner

4C  Bethany Dial

4W  Ava Cook

5B  Lee Nelson

5O  Ricka Dryden

6P  Kacey Leigh Limbert

6R  Martha Arnold



School Attendance




4C and 6R