Care and Respect for All17.01.2020
Thought of the Week:
“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be”
Peter De Vries
Message From Mr Sutherland
Shortly after our return to school after the holidays I met with the School Council to take part in their regular meetings. They updated me on progress since the last meeting and then laid out some ideas they had formulated after talking to children right across the school. It is really important to ensure that pupil voice is heard and to that end we have a number of Suggestion Boxes dotted around school to gather ideas and feedback. Whilst we are keen to act on as many of the children’s suggestions as we can, sadly we have been unable to accommodate the requests for the creation of our own swimming pool and a 3-day school week, as attractive as they both sound! We have, however, received some ideas that we may be able to put into practice; one concerns adding even more music and performance to our assemblies and the other is having a weekly class award around our #Be More Kind initiative. I think that both are fantastic ideas and I will be discussing them with staff over the next week or so to see if we can implement them. Remember, it was the School Council who drew up the final plans for our “Say No to Bullying” poster campaign in November and we are delighted with the way this has been received by children and parents. It is making a real difference already.
It was lovely to see so many Reception parents in school earlier this week working alongside their children. We fully realise the value of parents and children working together in school and of course at home and please be reassured that we will be organising further opportunities this year for parents to work with their children right across the school. As ever, your feedback is very much appreciated.
Have a great week!
Whole School Information
Your child will be bringing home their Spring Term overview on Monday, these will also be available on our website under curriculum. The overviews will give you a good insight into your child’s current learning and focus in school as well as highlighting a list of important dates for your diary. Please read them.
A warm welcome to our trainees teachers Miss Sample and and Miss Bousfield who have started their placements with us this term in Year 2 and Year 5. We are delighted to have them as part of our team.
You will be receiving a letter next week inviting you to come in for a 10 minute appointment to find out how your child is progressing in their current year group. These will be held on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February.
Nursery parents will be invited through the day on Tuesday 11th February or on the evening of the 11th or 12th February . Please note Mrs Cassidy’s Reception Parents Consultations will be Monday 10th or Tuesday 11th February. Appointments will also be available with Miss Tuart our Inclusion Manager, Mrs Anglesea our Deputy Head or Mr Sutherland, Headteacher. Further information to follow next week.
Love is in the air early at Dunston Hill. Our Valentines disco is to be held on Wednesday 5th February.
4.00pm – 5.00pm for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
5.05pm – 6.05pm for Year 3 and Year 4
6.10pm – 7.10pm for Year 5 and Year 6
Entry will be £1 payable on the door.
End of Key Stage Two Assessments 2020: Parent Workshop
As our Year 6 parents will be aware, the children in Year 6 will be undertaking statutory End of Key Stage 2 assessments next term. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an information workshop on Wednesday 29 January at 5pm. This will last for approximately 45 minutes. Please see the letter emailed 15.1.20 for further information.
The menu for week commencing Monday 20 January is Week 3. 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.
This week’s Class News is from Key Stage One…
Year 1 had an incredible visit to the Life Science Centre! The children loved exploring all things space, including investigating the best material to make a space suit from, gazing at stars in the Planetarium and building their own rockets. They loved the Making Studio with Simon, using bottles to launch rockets to, and trying on their own space suits. The children made us all very proud, and remember to look out for us on ITV local news on Monday! A huge thank you to all of our parent helpers for the support!
Indoor Athletics County Finals
Today saw our Year 6 indoor Athletics Team take part in the Tyne and Wear Indoor Athletics Final. Here they competed against schools from Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside after winning the Gateshead County Final before Christmas. The children were exemplary in both sporting prowess and etiquette. 7th place was clinched out of ten teams which is fantastic and a testament to the children’s amazing talent !
A huge thank you to our parent helpers Mrs Conboy and Mrs Sword for accompanying us and our parent support team! Miss Parkin cannot wait for the outdoor athletics season to start!
On Wednesday some of our Reception children attended a Multi-Skills Festival at Gateshead Leisure Centre. The event included a variety of activities such as an obstacle maze, a steering test and pass the parcel. Two definite favourites of the boys and girls were ‘Planet Hop’ where the children became astronauts and travelled in various ways to all the different planets to explore space and collect stars and ‘Rocket Launch’ where they became space crew and launched their rockets to try and land them on the moon. Theo said “my rocket landed on Jupiter because that’s a really big planet.” Chloe said “I liked doing that, it was good fun.” All of the children were really enthusiastic and showed some amazing balancing, jumping, throwing, skipping and dribbling skills.
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCY Andrew Wray
1T Ava-May Manning
2B Sophia Hudson
2J Zeynep Poyraz
3M Harley Thompson
4C Natallia Tose
4W Lexie Duggan
5O Max Carroll
6P Charlie Breen
6R Teri Baird