Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“You are the only person you need to be good enough for.”


Message From Mr Sutherland

Yesterday was World Mental Health day and we acknowledged this in school with many children and staff wearing a splash of yellow with their everyday clothes.  You may have spotted Mrs Anglesea and I around school in the morning wearing bright yellow sunglasses!  Good mental health has rightly been raised as an important issue over the last few years and we at Dunston Hill take the mental health of our children, parents and staff extremely seriously. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health, which we also prioritise here as you will be aware.  Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.  Everyone is different. One person may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.  Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.  There are huge advantages of us seeking to maintain good mental health.  If you’re in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

We have already introduced various initiatives across our school to give children and adults some tools that may help them if, at times, they struggle with their mental health.  Indeed, our school ethos centres around “Care and Respect for All” – which means looking after and helping each other and we place a high value on nurture and inclusion.  Our Dunston Den is a place where children can go to talk, read or just sit quietly and think; we will shortly have a fully operational Sensory Room available for children and we have regular “Reflect and Respect” sessions as part of our school day.  At our whole-school assembly on Tuesday, we had a visitor from the NHS talking to the children about mental health and why it is so important.  I was really impressed with the children’s knowledge and the way they were keen to answer questions and I know our visitor was really impressed too.  #helloyellow

We look forward to welcoming you all into school next Tuesday and Wednesday after school for Parents’ Evening.  Please don’t forget to fill out one of our Parent Feedback forms that will be available on the night.  Also, can I please ask that, if you are unable to make your planned appointment, could you contact us to let us know.  In this way we can try to find another appointment that might suit you and also use the vacant slot for another parent.  The children are looking forward to you being able to have some time to look through some of their books and share their fantastic work.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Christmas Dates

As promised last week, here are the important dates for your diary for the Christmas period. We are still awaiting confirmation of dates for The Lighting of the Tree at St Nicholas Church and the Community Carol service.

Monday 25 November School closed
Tuesday 26 November Year 1 to Year 6 Theatre Royal visit
Tuesday 10 December Nursery and Reception Nativity 9.30 am and 2.30pm
Wednesday 11 December Christmas Lunch day
Thursday 12 December Year 1 and Year 2 Nativity 9.30 am and 2.15pm

Friday 13 December

Friday 13 December

Christmas Jumper day

Christmas Fayre 2.30pm

Monday 16 December

Nursery and Reception Christmas Party

Tuesday 17 December

Tuesday 17 December

Whole School Christmas service at Church (children only)

Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Party

Wednesday 18 December

Wednesday 18 December

Bongo Bingo Grand Raffle morning for parents/carers

Year 3 and Year 4 Christmas Party

Thursday 19 December Year 5 and Year 6 Christmas Party
Friday 20 December Break up for Christmas


Artsmark Celebration Week

To celebrate achieving our silver Artsmark, children all over the school took part in extra arts activities this week as part of National Artsmark Celebration Week. We began the week celebrating with our wonderful Arts Council children who, over the last 2 years, have helped Mrs McLean to choose and launch our sketchbooks as well as creating invites and coming up with ideas for our fantastic art exhibition. Year 6 launched the week thinking about good partnerships within their class and all classes had the opportunity to think about how the arts can help with our health and well-being, linked with Thursday’s Mental Health Awareness Day.


World Mental Health Day

As Thursday this week was World Mental Health Day, we felt it important to share and celebrate this across our school. This began on Tuesday, when Jane (a mental health nurse) visited our school to discuss mental health in a whole school assembly. On Thursday, all staff and children in school wore a touch of yellow to celebrate their awareness. In class, children spent time across school focusing on the importance of mental health and well-being. In Year 2, the children played a board game linked with different feelings and then used their Art skills to paint their emotions. In Year 1, the children thought about how they could make others happy and created an arty gift to give to someone at home to make them smile. In Years 5 and 6, they discussed the real definition of mental health, focusing on the difference between physical and mental health. It was really lovely to see a range of different activities happening around school linked to such an important topic.


Harvest Festival

A reminder our Harvest Festival is Tuesday 15 October. Our children have started learning songs and we will be having a special assembly for the children in school. We would welcome donations of tins and dried goods and this year all donations are going to the new Foodbank held every Friday at Lobley Hill school – Lobley Hill Food Co-op. They are especially short of jam, juice/squash, ketchup, noodles, pasta sauce, pet food and sponge puddings.  We would appreciate donations coming in from Friday 11 until Tuesday 15. Many thanks for your support.


School Photographs

The school photographer will be visiting school on Monday 14 October.  All children will have an individual portrait taken.  If you would like a family group photograph and have not already returned your reply slip, please inform the school office on Monday morning.


Pantomime visit to the Theatre Royal

We have arranged for children from Year 1 to Year 6 to see Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 November.  For more information please click here.


Cheer leading at Newcastle Eagles Basketball game

Reduced price tickets for the Eagles Basketball game on Friday 18 October must be purchased online using our school app by 9am on Monday 14 October.  Children who are performing on the night will get into the event free of charge.  Please note, all children must be taken to and supervised at the event.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 14 October 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, 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.  Thank you

There has been a change to the Cook’s Choice on Mondays lunch menu.  Pizza replaces the Cook’s Choice.

Week 1 – Margarita Pizza

Week 2 – Ham Pizza

Week 3 –  Chicken and Sweetcorn Pizza


Tiny Tribes – Toddler Group

We are excited to announce we have started our very own outdoor toddler group with our Family Support Worker Mrs Cox for families of children in our school. The group is held every Friday 9am to 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!


Sporting News


Year 6 Tag Rugby

On Wednesday afternoon, ten Year 6 children took part in the qualifying round of this years Tag Rugby competition at Blaydon RFC, finishing in second place (20 teams competed)

They all showed great focus and determination. Their sportsmanship was highly commended by other schools.

Both Mrs Moorhead and Mrs Harm are very proud.

Good luck for the finals, later in the month.

Blaydon and District PSFA

Last night our Year 5 and 6 boys played in a tournament at Lobley Hill. Mr Wildgoose wrote the following report:

Again another well done to the Dunston Hill boys who represented the school yet again tonight.  In the first game against Sacred Heart despite dominating the match from start to finish they just could not find the killer touch and score and eventually with a breakaway goal by the opposition they ended up losing the match 0-1.

The second match was against a strong Lobley Hill side and the lads not letting their heads drop after the first game played magnificently and won 6-1 with goals from Jack x1, Alfie x2, Dylan x2 and Mason the goalkeeper coming out to score a penalty too!

Third game was against Washingwell and with having already lost one game we needed to up the goal difference which the lads duly did winning 7-0 with goals from Will x1, Alfie x2 and Mason coming out of goal for the last game after getting a taste for scoring getting 4.

Well done to all the lads !! ⚽️⚽️

Class News


Class News this week is from…

Year 5 with Bike It Ben 

This week in Year 5, children have been lucky enough to take part in Cycle Skills! Mrs Ion and the children had a great morning on Wednesday learning essential skills when riding a bike. The first skill they learnt was how to carry out a safety check on their bikes. They then learnt how to ride and stop their bikes safely before spending time playing games to enhance their skills. Jane was very impressed with the children. On Thursday, the children got the opportunity to put their skills to test! Bike It Ben took two groups of children out of school on a bike ride, along with Miss Ornsby and Mrs Cusmano, where they had a great time. They practised riding safely on a road and how to cross a road safely on their bike which are such important skills. Well done Year 5!


Our New Website Curriculum Pages

If you have been on our website recently you will notice our new curriculum pages are starting to take shape. Staff will be busy over the next few weeks adding and developing these pages but please log on to our Curriculum News so you can see all the wonderful things happening in school lately. The link below will take you straight there or you can access this by following the curriculum tab at the top of the home page and then selecting Curriculum News. You can even search for individual subjects using the filter system at the top. By the end of half term every year group will have contributed to each subject so take a look and see what your child has been doing across the curriculum.


Year 1 Visit to St Nicholas Church

Year 1 had a lovely and informative visit to St Nicholas Church on Thursday afternoon! In RE, we have been looking at the place where Christians worship, and we loved experiencing it first-hand. A huge thank you to Rev. David and Derek for showing us around and answering all of our questions!


Year 4 Visit to Vindolanda

We have arranged for our Year 4 children to visit Vindolanda Roman Fort on Thursday 17 October.  Please click here to view the letter emailed to parents earlier this week.


Primary and Secondary School places for September 2020

You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2020.   Closing date for secondary school admissions is 31 October 2019 and for primary school admissions is 15 January 2020.  Apply online at:


Parent Consultations

We are looking forward to seeing all our parents next week. You should have now received your appointment time. Appointments will be 10 minutes with an opportunity before or after to look through your child’s books and leave them a surprise message to read the next day on a post it note. We are also asking parents to complete a short review as mentioned by Mr Sutherland. Any children accompanying you on the evening need to remain in the seats in the waiting area outside each classroom, our IT suite and reading areas are closed on this evening.


Name your school jumpers

Please can all parents and carers ensure children`s names are in their school jumpers. At the end of lunchtime we can have more than ten unnamed jumpers left in the hall. It is very difficult to return them when they are unnamed. Please check this weekend and write in them if needed, our staff would appreciate this.

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

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

RCH  Ava Johnson

RCY Leo Seward

1B   Millie Bellenger

1T   Liam Noble

2B   Jace Ward

2J   Hadiy Mohammed

3C  Imani Gbagidi

3M  Bobby Snowball

4C  Casey Higginson

4W  Maisie Dyer

5B  Mia Robinson

5O  Libby Howes

6P   Ruby Wylie

6R   Jack Graham


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