Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Rabindranath Tagore

Message From Mr Sutherland

Welcome back to Dunston Hill Community Primary School after the Christmas break.  I hope that you all had a wonderful time over the festive period and managed to spend some valuable time with family and friends.

On Monday, our teaching staff spent the day at various schools across our Gateshead Cluster, receiving valuable training, advice and support on aspects of our Foundation curriculum.  Every teacher in school is responsible for leading a particular Foundation subject, for example, English, Physical Education, Geography or Music.  We used our Training Day on Monday to work with other colleagues on our specific subjects to share ideas and best practice as well as looking at ways to improve and enhance our provision.  At Dunston Hill we hosted training for SENDCos across the Authority and took the opportunity to investigate ways to support children through nurture, inclusion and the use of up to date strategies.  We had a fantastic day here and elements of what we learned will be used as part of teaching and learning in the future.  If you haven’t had the chance to have a look at our new Curriculum pages on our website, please do.  There is lots of information about each Foundation subject, including a Mission Statement about our aims for the subject, as well as an overview of what is being taught as well as lots of pictures of the children actively participating in each subject.  Please let us know what you think!

On Tuesday, I was out on the yard to greet parents and carers and children coming into school.  It felt really positive and at our whole-school assembly that morning, I complemented the children on the way they came in and settled to their work after a long break and how smart they looked in the hall.  I spent a little time reminding our children about our school ethos of “Care and Respect for All” and talked about the things we can all do everyday that make a huge difference.  In particular, I talked to the children about our new display #Be More Kind and the messages within.  You may have seen a post we put on Facebook earlier this week.  The display has comments made by the children, song lyrics from songs we have been singing in our assemblies with a strong message about friendship such as “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and “Be More Kind” by Frank Turner.  I also reminded the children about the work we did recently on our “Say No to Bullying” campaign and how important it is that we look after each other and talk to someone if we are worried.  In fact our school New Year Resolution is to #Be More Kind and we are on the lookout for ways that this is being demonstrated by the children and staff during these first few weeks of term.  We had a great start earlier in the week from our Nursery children being kind and feeding the birds.  We will post some more examples with pictures as we get them.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Dates for your Diary

Please see below for our dates for the rest of this school year and next:

Spring Term 2020
Start of term Half Term Last day of term
Monday 6 January 17-21 February 2020 Friday 3 April 2020
Summer Term 2020
Start of term Half Term Last day of term
Monday 20 April 2020 25 May – 29 May 2020 Friday 17 July 2020

In addition to the above dates, school will be closed to pupils on Friday 8 May 2020 (Bank Holiday) and Monday 1 June 2020.

Autumn Term 2020
Start of term Half Term Last day of term
Monday 7 September 26-30 October 2020 Friday 18  December 2020
Spring Term 2021
Start of term Half Term Last day of term
Monday 4 January 2021 15 -19 February 2021 Thursday 1 April 2021
Summer Term 2021    
Start of term Half Term Last day of term
Monday 19 April 2021 31 May-4 June 2021 Friday 23 July 2021

In addition to the above dates, school will be closed to pupils on Monday 3 May 2021. There will also be 2 professional development days for staff and 1 occasional day within the above year to be confirmed at a later date.


Reception Phonics Workshop 

A reminder, Reception parents/carers are invited into school for our Read Write Inc workshop on Tuesday 14 January at 9.15am. The workshop will involve a brief overview about what phonics is and how we teach using ‘Read Write Inc’. As part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to take part in a RWI session, look at resources and have time to work alongside your child.  We really hope that you can join us for this fun and informative session.  Please click here to confirm whether or not you will be attending the session.  If you require any further information please speak to a member of the Reception team.


Year 1 Educational visit to Life Centre, Newcastle

We have organised a visit to the Life Centre, Newcastle for Year 1 pupils on Thursday 16 January 2020 to coincide with our work in both History and Science next term; we will be exploring materials in Science and learning about the achievements of Neil Armstrong in History. Please click here to view a copy of the letter which was emailed to parents/carers earlier this week. 


Spring Term 1 School Clubs

Day Club Year Group Time
Monday Reading Club Year 5 & 6 3.20-4.15pm
Tuesday Football Club Year 5 & 6 8.00-8.45am
Tuesday Homework Club Year 5 & 6 3.20-4.15pm
Tuesday Film Club Tear 3 & 4 3.20-4.15pm
Tuesday Hockey club Year 3 & 4 3.20-4.15pm
Tuesday Film Club Year 1 3.15-4.15pm
Tuesday Warhammer Club Various 3.20-4.15pm
Wednesday Family Forest School Various 2.00-3.10pm
Wednesday Bos Street Dance Year 4, 5 & 6 3.20-4.15pm
Thursday Girls Football Coaching Year 4 & 5 8.00-8.45am
Friday Multi-Sports Year 1 & 2 8.00-8.45am
Friday Tiny Tribes Forest School Aged 3 years 9.00-10.00am

If you book your child onto a club and they change their minds, please contact the school office so that we can remove them from the list and offer the place to another child.  If children miss more than two sessions without an explanation, they will be asked to pass their place on to the next person on the waiting list.


Beehive Nursery

Beehive Nursery are now taking enquiries for children who are coming up to 2 years old.  You could be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare with most of Gateshead’s day nurseries and some pre-schools and childminders.

To qualify for 15 hours of free childcare you have to have:

  • A child aged 2 years
  • A household income of less than £16,190

Special Educational Needs criteria:

  • The child has a current statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan.
  • They attract Disability Living Allowance.

Care and Adoption criteria:

  •  The child is looked after by their Local Authority.
  •  The child had left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence.

All enquiries to Jan McArdle,Beehive Nursery Manager on 07979734312 or pop into the Beehive Nursery located in the Sixth Form Centre next to the main gates.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 13 January is Week 2. There is a change to Thursday and Friday’s menu.

Thursday’s menu – battered cod fillet or fish fingers served with chips and peas, quiche served with chips, peas or salad, BLT in wholemeal bread or jacket potato.

Friday’s menu – roast turkey served with yorkshire pudding, gravy, mash and vegetables, cauliflower cheese and puff pastry tart served with tomato rice and vegetables, tuna may roll or 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.

Photo of the Week

Class News


Our News for the start of the year comes from Early Years…



5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ….BLAST OFF! Reception have started their journey to space this week and we have been impressed with the knowledge our children already have! We started the week by sharing the story of ‘Whatever Next’. We talked about the setting and the main characters before sequencing the story and retelling it in our own words. We have been looking at the planets in our solar system and we have started to learn a song which tells us lots of facts about the planets.  We now know there are 8 planets and the number 8 is also our focus number this week. We know which planet is closet to the sun and that Earth has more water than land.

Andrew said, “We have gravity on Earth.”

Teddy said, “The moon is white and has big holes in it,” and Oscar added, “My dad told me that there was a man who walked on the moon.”

Keep a look out on our Facebook page for more photos of us going out of this world!



What a wonderful return to school Nursery have had. We opened our doors to very smart and excitable children and staff! Whilst some children were a little unsure about new surroundings, our older boys and girls have been amazing by looking after them through sharing toys, showing where things belong and and simply being kind. Not only have we been kind to each other, but some children chose to feed the birds outside with our left over toast.  Can you believe they’re only three and four years old?

Erin said, “We can feed the birds because they’ve had no breakfast.” Tommy added, “I can look after ‘new Alan’ because I am a big boy now.”Here is to an exciting and super start to the year.  Go nursery!


Headteacher’s Award

Our Headteachers Awards will commence again from next week.  Everyone has been wonderful this week!

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




School Attendance