Care and Respect for All12/01/2019
Thought of the Week:
“If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
Message From Mr Sutherland
What a wonderful week we have had at Dunston Hill as we approach the end of the summer term. As you would expect, everyone is still working very hard and this work has been epitomised in our Year 5 & 6 Production “Beauty and the Beast” and our end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) SATS results.
I was fortunate enough to be present at both performances on Wednesday and they were absolutely fantastic. They mirrored the approach we want to see in everything we do here: hard work, enthusiasm, determination, passion and an ultimate desire to be the very best that we can be. The children were all superstars and I am so proud of them The happiness and pure joy on their faces as they sang, danced and delivered their lines was wonderful to see. They played to packed houses and were a credit to their families and to their school. It was a pleasure to watch from beginning to end.
This positivity and desire to succeed is also evident in the results from our Year 6 cohort this year, as well as the other key measures collected by the government at the end of every academic year. I summarise them briefly below, (parents will have received separate notifications about their own child of course), but would stress that we as a school follow the progress of every child in school through the year – whether they are in a “SATS year” or not – and we are proud of them all.
I am absolutely delighted with the Year 6 results and am so proud of this cohort for working so hard throughout the year and doing so well on the test days. We know that this is just one test, on one day and what is more important to us as a school is the body of work they have accomplished through the year and of course through the life of their time at school. Included in these accomplishments are the fact that they are ready for Year 7 and High School and present as responsible and maturing members of our community. Nevertheless, Year 6 SATS are a key measure of our school’s performance against the standards. We have achieved above the national average in all subject areas, namely Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. We have also exceeded national in the measure of Higher Standard / Greater Depth in all but one of those subjects which is phenomenal.
Our Phonics results in Year 1 and our Good Level of Development in Early Years are both significantly above the national average and our Key Stage 1 results once again sit very well against national figures.
My thanks to the all our amazing teaching and support staff right across the school and to everyone who has helped and support them through their journey in school.
These are superb results and have been achieved through the undeniable teamwork of children, parents and carers and staff at Dunston Hill Community Primary School.
I hope that the weather stays kind for our Summer Fayre this afternoon and that you enjoy the event. Once again, my thanks to you all for your ongoing support.
Have a great week!
Whole School Information
End of Year Progress Reports
On Thursday you will have received your child’s end of Year Progress Report. We hope you enjoyed reading all about their progress this year. We do ask that all parents and carers, please return the report comment slips as we do log these to evidence that the report has been received. Please ensure we have them by Wednesday 17 July, thank you.
As part of a project around children’s mental health that we are taking part in next year we have been asked to capture some feedback from parent/carers. Our school is linked from September to two members of staff from NHS mental health support team and they will be coming into school to provide advice and practical support to our children. They have asked that we ask for your support in completing a very short survey. The survey is very brief and consists of 5 short questions and a box for contact details: Please access on the link below, many thanks.
We are delighted that 49 of our children have 100% attendance for the full school year. On Tuesday of next week, these children have been invited to join Mrs Anglesea and Mr Sutherland along with Mrs Thompson to Olie and Joes restaurant in Whickham for a pizza lunch. Mrs Dalby and Mrs Bruce will also be coming along as a retirement treat so we can all celebrate together.
We are looking forward to a celebration with the children on this fantastic achievement.
Our Class winners 1C and 4C will also be celebrating next week with a movie and ‘ice cream parlour style treat’. Well done to all our children for supporting our Aim ‘ Every Day in School Counts’.
Year 6 Leavers Assembly
Next Tuesday 16 July at 5pm we will be holding our Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly. A time where we come together – staff, children and parents to celebrate our Year 6 children coming to the end of their journey at Dunston Hill. We ask that children come to their classroom doors for 4.45 pm in their full school uniform – including jumper or cardigan. Parents will be greeted at the front office doors and taken to the hall for what will be a special yet emotional evening. The school gates will be open from 4.30 pm.
Extra Curricular Clubs
All Clubs before and after school have now finished (except Gymnastics with Julie Brydon and Year 3/4 Film Club on Monday ). Many thanks for parental support with this. Clubs for the new academic year will be emailed out on the first week.
Next week’s menu is Week 3. A reminder that as part of our Healthy School programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Due to allergies, we also ask that children do not bring nuts or kiwi fruit in their packed lunches.
Beauty and the Beast
A huge thank you from the UKS2 children and staff for being, ‘Our Guests’ at our Beauty and the Beast performance on Wednesday. The children should be so proud of the way they conducted themselves throughout the rehearsal and performances – we are so blessed to have such talented and hard working children at Dunston Hill. Watch out ‘ The West End’ we have many budding thespians ready to tread the boards in the future! Thanks, once again for the parental support and to our raffle prize donators – we hope our winners enjoy their prizes!
Meeting New Teachers
Yesterday all the children spent the day with their new class teacher. The children and staff had fun getting to know one another, answering any questions about the year ahead and making things to display in their new classroom. We hope this reassures the children over the summer, so they know what to expect come September and gets them excited for coming back. All staff have a chance to meet with the previous class teacher and handover valuable information regarding each child. You will have the opportunity come September to meet your child’s new teacher.
Swimming has now finished for Year 4 and 5 for this year.
Class News from Year 1
Wow! What a fantastic day Year 1 had at Newcastle Castle on Wednesday! The day began with an exciting workshop all about fairy tales. The children discussed which characters you might find in fairy tales and then listened carefully to a story about a huge monster, which they then designed themselves. Then, the children got to act out the tale of the Lambton Worm, and there was some fantastic acting! After lunch, we took a guided tour of the castle and found out what the castle would have been like hundreds of years ago. The children were an absolute delight, and we were all so proud of them! A huge thank you to our helpers too!
“I liked going up on the roof and in the turret” Jace
“My favourite part was when we acted the story of the Lambton Worm, and Harry was the King” Lacey
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH – Izzie Rogers
RCY – Emily Neville
1B Harry Sutton
1C Freya Edgar- Nunn
2B Leon Ingham
2C Charlie Temple
3B Alfie Wealleans
3M Indy O’Hara
4B Sophia Moody
4C Oliver White
5J Ruby Wylie
5O Ellie-Lorren Easton
6P Sophie Smith
6R Danny Stephenson
1B and 2B