Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

Message From Mr Sutherland

Next week sees the start of SATS for our Year 6 cohort of children.  As you are no doubt aware, these are a series of statutory tests which help the government monitor progress of children through individual schools.  Every primary school will be sitting them at the same time across the country, the papers then being sent away to be marked externally.  School then is informed of the results some time in the middle of July.  At roughly the same time next week, our Year 2 children will also be taking a version of these SATS, although I would stress that they are administered in an entirely different way to the Year 6 version and carried out over a period of a few weeks.  It is important to remember that for these children, as well as all the children in our school, they have been and continue to be regularly assessed on an ongoing basis by our teaching staff. 

I have many years experience of SATS in primary schools; as a class teacher, assessment lead, Deputy Head and Headteacher and I just wanted to express that I am so proud of how the children at Dunston Hill are responding to these challenges.  Like them or not, these tests are part of the requirements of primary schools and our children have risen to the challenge quite brilliantly; working hard to ensure they give themselves every chance to succeed.  They have practised elements they are finding difficult and polished those areas at which they already excel.  It is a chance for them to show what they have learned at school so far, as they prepare to embark on the next phase of their learning journeys and they have approached every day with resilience, determination, enthusiasm and good humour.  I have no doubt they will all do fantastically well and deserve every success that comes their way.  I would also like to thank all staff who have worked tirelessly with the children, building their confidence and reassuring them that they can do it, as well as the parents and carers who are always there to support the children at home.

Good luck everyone and have a great week! 

Whole School Information


Walk to School Week 20 to 24 May 2019

Week beginning 20 May is National Walk to School week. Schools across the country unite for one week to encourage all children to walk to school. Walking to school has so many benefits for children’s health and fitness whilst also improving safety around the school by having fewer cards and less traffic congestion.

At Dunston Hill for the whole week from 20 May we will be hosting a walking bus ‘park and stride’ from Whickham Thorns car park. Children can be dropped off at the bus meeting point at 8.40am where staff will then escort them to school. The bus leaves promptly at 8.45am to ensure all children are on time for school. Should you wish to join us please meet Mrs Cox there and sign a consent form before leaving your child. We would love as many children as possible to join us all week.


Edinburgh Visit Meeting Wednesday 15 May

A reminder there is a meeting this coming Wednesday for the parents of children attending the Edinburgh visit in June. Please come along to meet the staff attending and find out what your child will need and what the visit will entail. We look forward to seeing you.


Dunston Gala- This Saturday!

Thank you for everyone’s kind contributions today towards our stall for Dunston Gala Day. We look forward to seeing you from 12 Midday at Dunston Football ground tomorrow Saturday 11 May.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 13 May 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.


Sporting News

Fun with Bike it Ben…

Year 4 were lucky enough to bike-it around Dunston this week as part of Bike-it Ben’s cycling training! We crossed roads, followed the rules of the roads, pathways and cycle-ways and also learned how to overtake safely. What was even more impressive was the children’s teamwork, as they helped and encouraged each other when we had to venture up inclines or if someone had a bit of a wobble! Even the rain and cold weather did not put them off on Thursday! Well done to all the children involved, they were a credit to our school.

Photo of the Week

Class News

A message for Year 6 for next week…

SATs don’t measure sports,
SATs don’t measure art,
SATs don’t measure music,
Or the kindness in your heart

SATs don’t see your beauty,
SATs don’t know your worth
SATs don’t see the reasons,
You were put upon this earth.

SATs don’t see your magic,
How you make others smile
SATs don`t time how quickly,
You can run a mile.

SATs don`t hear your laughter,
Or see you’ve come this far,
SATs are just a tiny glimpse,
Of who you really are.

So sitting at your table,
With a pencil in a test
Remember SATs aren’t who you are,
Remember you’re the best!

Wishing you the best of luck Year 6, we are already so proud of you.


Year 2 Forest School

Next week Year 2 will have the opportunity to go in Forest School every day between their SATs quizzes. We want them to have a great week in the hope they don’t even realise assessments are taking place. Therefore, can we please ask that you ensure the children have their Forest School kit, wellies and a sun hat in school every day.


This week`s Class News comes from Year 1….

This half term, Year 1 are exploring printing in Art. This week, they have looked at the vibrant and exciting print work of Andy Warhol, famous for his pop art. The children have loved looking at his colourful work and finding out some facts about him! We have then looked at his style and begun to replicate this using hand prints and bright colours. Look out for our finished work!


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

RCH Millie Bellenger

RCY Rocky Botuna

1B Jace Ward

1C Bella Whalen

2B Kodyar Hamaraza

2C Leighton Champion

3B Kyle Earl

3M Pavlos Tsatlidis

4B Leah Wray

4C Aaron Temperley

5J Millie Blackburn

5O Ellie Fouracre

6P Hannah Kosak

6R Kai Stephenson


School Attendance