Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

Message From Mr Sutherland

Happy New Year!

A warm welcome back to everybody after the Christmas holiday.  I hope that you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.  Its been lovely to say hello to the children again and to meet up with many of you in the yard before school.  We have a packed half term already planned for the school and no time to waste so its fantastic to see the children so keen to carry on with their learning after the two week break.  I am sure they will enjoy the activities that they will be taking part in over the next few weeks and months.

I am keen to gauge how children, as well as parents and carers and staff feel about Dunston Hill Community Primary School as a place for learning, a community and of course a place to work.  During this first half term I will be working on a series of brief questionnaires for all our stakeholders to see what they think of our school, where they feel our successes lie and areas that we might improve.  The responses will be considered carefully and naturally the results will be fed back to everyone so that you can see what changes we make as a result.  This came out during discussions with some parents and carers at our initial “Meet the Headteacher” session in the autumn term as being very important and I absolutely agree.  I aim to follow this up with suggestion boxes around school and perhaps also a “You said, we did” noticeboard so that you can easily see how we are responding to suggestions and ideas from children, parents and staff.  More information about this initiative will follow.

Yesterday, I sent home an important letter updating you about interim arrangements for our SEND provision whilst we begin the process of recruiting a new SENDCo for the school.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions  – we will be only too happy to help.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Walking Bus

As a healthy school we encourage all children to walk to school where possible. To support parents and carers we offer a walking bus on a Wednesday morning. Our staff meet the children in the car park of Whickham Thorns at 8.40am and walk them to school, allowing parents and carers to leave a little earlier. If you would like your child to join then please contact our school office.

Dates for the Diary

We can now confirm our Training day and Occasional day for 2019. School will be closed on Monday 3 June 2019 for staff training and will close on Thursday 18 July for the summer holidays.

Lunchtime Team

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Wishart Yeomans to our lunchtime team. She will be working every Tuesday lunchtime in school.

Trainee Teachers

As part of our on-going work with Gateshead SCITT, this term we are playing host to 2 trainee teachers; Miss Preston and Mr Carr. We hope you will join us in offering then a warm welcome as they start their teaching placements in Year 1.

New Parent App – sign up today!

Letters have been sent home today providing information on how to download our new parent app ‘School Gateway’.  Our personalised app is available to all parents/carers to use for all communication and payments with school.  

Those parents/carers who register on the School Gateway app by Thursday 31 January 2019 will be entered in a draw for the chance to win £100 intu vouchers plus other prizes.

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Class News


Happy New Year

It has been lovely to see our children bounce back in after Christmas full of news about the festive period. We have loved hearing their many New Years Resolutions and what they hope to achieve this year.


This weeks class news comes from Year 5

Year 5 were lucky enough to have their first session with Newcastle United Foundation ambassador Adam this week, learning all about healthy eating and the habits of the footballers at Newcastle United Football Club. The children’s first session was based on the 4 habits that the Newcastle (and all) footballer’s always do (hydrate, exercise, eat a balanced diet and sleep!) and the 1 habit they never do (smoking!), which the children compared to their own lifestyles. Here’s what some of the Year 5s thought about the session:

Shay – “I thought it was really good to learn what the footballers’ diets were. I hope that next time we learn what the footballers do when they are not playing football.”

Olivia  – “I enjoyed when Adam came to tell us what the footballers do and don’t do.”

Teri  – “I think that Adam’s visit was important because we need to know about what you should and shouldn’t do to keep our bodies healthy.”

Jack Graham – “I think Adam’s visit was very helpful in learning how to keep fit and healthy.”

We can`t wait for the other sessions

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

RCH  Joseph Rogan

RCY  Lenny Parker Kippen

1B  Ethen Richardson

1C  Khloe Gordon

2B  Cally Noble

2C  Brooke Harrison

3B  Maisie Dyer

3M  Mila Dover

4B  Ella-Leigh Morris

4C  Jaimee Phillips

5J  Brooke Lawlor

5O Dylan Tierney

6P  Jayden Young

6R  Daisy Dodds


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