Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”

Henry Ford

Message From Mr Sutherland

I have been involved with taking children away for school trips and residentials for many years now.  Every one is different – each with its own challenges, highlights and successes.  I have to say, however, that our trip to Edinburgh this week has been one of the best ever.  Despite the persistent rain for most of the two days, the children were positive, good humoured and eager to experience something different along with their friends.  We had to alter our plans a little but I think most of us agreed that the changes we made turned out better than our original intentions.  For many of the children it was the first time they had ever stayed away from home or family.  That is a challenge in itself!  They also had the opportunity to mix with children from different year groups that they might not always be with.  It was lovely to see how supportive, friendly and helpful they were with one another.  The rain didn’t dampen their spirits – far from it, as they demonstrated resilience and a really positive attitude.  “Bring it on”, they said and we tackled each day with relish and gusto.  We visited Edinburgh Castle, Dynamic Earth and the Showdome Experience, The Real Mary King’s Close, the Hard Rock Cafe, the National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Childhood and Camera Obscura – all in all an action and fun-packed couple of days.  

We hope that they had the most wonderful time – we returned tired but happy late last night – and have lots of experiences to remember and stories and photographs to share over the coming weeks.  I am extremely proud of all the children whose behaviour was exemplary and who moved around a very busy, frenetic and wet Edinburgh listening carefully to their adult and staying safe at all times.  Once again, my thanks go to those staff who gave up time with their own families to ensure that the children continue to access residential visits such as these.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


School Office – Information and Update

As you know, our School Business Manager Miss Briggs is currently on adoption maternity leave and we had contingency in place to ensure the school office continued to run smoothly.  Sadly, Miss King our Office Manager has had to take some time away from school for personal reasons over the last few weeks also and so Mrs Thompson, together with Mrs Hewitt have stepped into the breach to ensure that school administration continues to our usual high standards.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding at this time and for bearing with us.  We promise to respond to any queries, emails or telephone calls you may have just as quickly as we can.


Hello From our new SENDCo and Inclusion Manager…

What a fantastic first two weeks I have had at the wonderful Dunston Hill Community Primary School! I have been made to feel incredibly welcome by children, parents and staff and already feel part of the team. I have spent some time in classrooms, outside at break times and in the hall at lunchtimes chatting to our children and trying my best to learn names (the children are enjoying testing me as I pass them in the corridors!)

A little bit about me…

I worked at my previous school in Bedlington, Northumberland for 13 years, where I taught across many year groups and worked in senior positions. I am very excited to begin a new chapter here at Dunston Hill to support children and families right across school in my role as SENDCo and Inclusion Lead. 

Please pop to the school office or give me a call  if you have any queries or concerns related to our SEND or Inclusion provision in school, no matter how big or small.

I am really looking forward to my journey ahead, here at Dunston Hill.

Miss Tuart


A superstar in the Making- Olivia Fox

Congratulations to Olivia who last weekend competed at a tumbling gymnastics competition at the Birmingham Arena. This was two competitions in one; the first being a team competition against all the other regions around the UK (Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales were classed as regions) and it was also a Semi Final to qualify for the individual final to become British Champion.  We are delighted to announce Olivia finished 4th overall out of 24 children around the UK and only just missed out on receiving a medal.  What a fantastic achievement! 

As well as the North of England winning the team competition, Olivia will now progress to the final with a chance to become British Champion.

Dunston Hill would like to wish Olivia the very best of luck and look forward to hearing about her future achievements.


Gateshead Schools Health and Wellbeing award

Last week we were delighted to accept our first School Health and Wellbeing Award. This award was presented in recognition of the whole school and wider approach to incorporating and promoting the belief that ALL children have the right to be healthy and that healthier children are more likely to achieve in school and life. 

Operation Encompass – The Next Steps

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.

Further to information shared earlier in the year we are now about to embark on a new Home Office approved the project. It is being led by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird and Northumbria Police in partnership with Barnardo’s and Operation Encompass. The project, named Operation Encompass the Next Steps, aims to form part of a wider strategy to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse through education and support.

The project will help all children in Northumbria to learn about friendships, relationships, emotions and rules so that they can live and work together safely.

Our school will also benefit from having one of twelve School Safeguarding Liaison Officers who will:

  • Work with our teachers to deliver an age-appropriate session exploring aspects of Domestic Abuse/friendships /relationships/emotions 
  • Be available in school at specified times so that children and parents can talk about issues that they may have around relationships and Domestic Abuse.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for children and the whole school community. Any parents who would like any further information are welcome to drop in and meet our officer Nicola Joicey 08.30-09.00 on Monday 24 June in our Community Room. Nicola is available to chat to about the programme or equally offer advice and support around domestic violence. 

Bank Holiday 2020

As you may already have read, the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  Please note this is not an additional bank holiday, it is simply a change of date.

To confirm – schools will now be open on Monday 4 May 2020 and will now be closed on Friday 8 May 2020.

Please refer to the below link for further information regarding this change.

School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 17 June is Week 2.  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.  Thank you.

Photo of the Week

Class News

Year 6 Leavers’ Celebrations

As we head towards the end of the academic year we start to prepare to say a fond farewell to our Year 6 children. This year, the Leavers’ Assembly is on Tuesday 16th July from 5 pm in our school hall. As part of our celebrations, we ask that if you have any photographs of the children over their years at Dunston Hill, that you e-mail them to the address below in order for us to create an extra special treat!

We ask that all photographs are sent no later than Wednesday 26th June and look forward to seeing you all at the Leavers’ Assembly.


Year 1 Phonics

Mrs Anglesea has loved working with the Year One children this week on their phonics. The children have impressed her by their ability to recognise ‘special friends’ in the words and blend to read both ‘alien’ and real words. The children were full of stories and chat and were very excited to receive their special sticker.

Well done Year One – a great effort and thank you to the staff and parents who have prepared them so well. 


Class News from Year 2 …


Ahoy Mateys…

Year 2 had a fantastic day on Monday visiting The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool. We learnt what life was like at sea for a pirate over 200 years ago and it’s safe to say we would much prefer being ‘landlubbers’. We boarded HMS Trincomalee to experience how it felt to live on board a ship and some of the things we learnt were disgusting!  Washing clothes in urine, eating biscuits infested with beetles and cramped sleeping arrangements were just some of the things we discovered. We also had a hands-on workshop where we learnt how to tie knots, decode secret messages using flags, dressed up in real pirate clothes and handled real artefacts. After lunch, we travelled back in time through the ‘Fighting Ships’ where we felt what it was like to be part of a battle at sea. We also visited some of the shops that would have been in the marina at that time. It was a fun, interactive day and the children were a credit to our school. 

Bobby said, “It was fantastic because we saw a giant pirate ship!”

Ellen said, “My favourite part was when we went through the ‘Fighting Ships’ and the smoke came out of the hole.”

Lily B said, “My favourite part of the day was when we went on HMS Trincomalee and learnt what pirates ate and how they lived.”


Sporting News


This was sadly cancelled due to the weather. We are hoping it will be re-scheduled and will keep you posted. 

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

RCH Alice Pattison

RCY Ava May Manning

1B  Joshua Bainbridge

1C  Ruby Doran

2B  Ruby Dunphy

2C  Leighton Champion

3B  Briannah Temple

3M  Heidi Caffrey

4B  Charlie Hudson

4C  Daisy Keane

5J   Curtis Taal

5O  Giovany Mariello

6P  Freya Hebron

6R  Shinea Roberts


School Attendance