Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Message From Mr Sutherland

The week of SATS is over for our Year 6 children and I would like to praise each and every single one of them for the way they have conducted themselves and participated this week.  They have tackled each paper with determination, enthusiasm, focus and resilience and we are all extremely proud of them.  Its been lovely to see them all for SATS breakfast every morning – it was a really great way to start each day.  It is a priority for us as teaching staff that we carry out these statutory tests in a way that does not adversely affect the children and cause them to feel any undue pressure or stress.  They know that the SAT paper is only one very small part of their whole learning experience here at Dunston Hill Community Primary School.  They all tried their very best and I think that’s all that one can ask.

Our Year 2 children are coming to the end of their assessments this week too and, like Year 6, they have been absolute superstars!  Every day they have tried their best and I know that they will have done themselves proud.  My thanks again go to all the staff throughout school and particularly to those in Years 2 and 6 for their hard work in preparing the children and helping them feel so confident and well-prepared.

Our visit to Edinburgh is getting ever nearer now and I am really looking forward to seeing this wonderful city along with some of the children and staff, who have given up time with their own families to be able to support on the trip.  We will be visiting the Castle, St. Mary’s Close, the Zoo and Dynamic Earth, (which sounds very exciting), as well as having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.  We held a short presentation for parents earlier this week which was really well attended and we outlined our plans in a little greater detail then.  Its all happening on 12 and 13 June and we can’t wait!

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


Important Dates

A reminder that school is closed to the children on Monday 3 June for staff training and that we break up for the summer on Thursday 18 July. The school will re-open on Tuesday 3 September for the start of the new school year. 


Dunston Gala

We enjoyed a great day at Dunston UTS Football Club last Saturday for the Dunston Festival.  It was very special to see our local community supporting this annual event.  We would like to thank all of those who generously donated prizes for our stall and to those who came along to see us on the day.  We raised a total of £323.60 which will be used towards new resources in school.


Thank you Home Bargains in Gateshead

We would like to say a huge thank you to Andrew Black the Store Manager of Home Bargains in Gateshead who very kindly donated some excess stock to Dunston Hill.  These items will be used around school and at our Summer Fayre in July.


Tribal Adventures  

There are still spaces available for our next Trial Adventures Forest School on Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 29 May.  To book onto these sessions, please go to our school app Schoolgateway.


Ellie’s Act of Kindness

Last weekend, Ellie was brave enough to say goodbye to 14 inches of her hair in order to kindly donate it to the Princess Trust. The Princess Trust is a charity which assists children who have lost their hair due to a number of medical problems or diagnosis of illnesses such as cancer. They make wigs available for all young people under the age of 24 from donations received. We are so proud of Ellie and humbled by her kindness! Please take a look at her beautiful new hair cut on photo of the week.


Cashless / Paperless School

As you know we are have recently introduced an online communication facility called Schoolgateway.

So that all parents/carers understand how the system works, here are a few tips:

Extra-Curricular School Clubs (no charge) – An email will be sent detailing the club information.  Clubs are booked using Schoolgateway under the clubs section and will appear automatically on your app.  If a club is fully booked, the club will no longer be visible to book on.

School Visits (chargeable) – An email will be sent detailing the visit information.  Visits are booked and paid for under the payment section and will appear automatically on your app. 

School Visits (no charge) – An email will be sent detailing the visit information.  Within this letter will be a “click here” link which takes you to a form for you to complete and give your consent.  This will not take you through the Schoolgateway app and require no login.

Messages – Parents who have signed up to the app will only receive messages through the app, if you have not signed up, messages will be sent via text message.  Please ensure you have your notification settings enabled on your device for Schoolgateway so that you see messages as they are being received.  Note – messages to the app are free of charge for parents and school.

Emails – Please check your emails regularly to keep up-to-date with school information.  The first email you receive may go into your spam/junk folder.

If you have any questions regarding the school app or email communications, please contact the school office.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 20 May 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.

Photo of the Week

Class News


Gateshead Go Run for FUN!

Next Friday 24 May a selection of children from across the school will be taking part in the ‘Go Run for Fun’ event which is being held at Saltwell Park.  We have chosen a few children from each year group to represent our school and run alongside the other Gateshead schools that are also participating as well as our staff who can hopefully keep up! We would love you to come down and cheer us on. 


Dukeshouse Wood – current Year 5

The next instalment of £25 for the Dukeshouse Wood visit in October is due to be paid online by Friday 24 May.


Orienteering with Year 4

Last Friday 10 May, twenty children from Year 4  competed in an inter-school orienteering competition. The children were split into two teams of ten and were given many challenges to test their communication skills, teamwork and resilience. Following that, they completed a lengthy orienteering course around the extensive grounds of Kingsmeadow School which required great map reading and planning skills to complete the course.

Each team was timed and the results were collated. Of the 12 teams taking part, Dunston Hill took second and seventh places. The second place winners received a silver medal, but every child that took part was a real winner. The children showed great sportsmanship and did our school proud. Well done year 4!


Well Done Year 6

Year 6 have been a credit to all of us at Dunston Hill this week as they completed their SATs tests. It was a true pleasure to see the children arrive enthusiastic yet cool, calm and collected for our special breakfasts and they continued this attitude into the classrooms! To be ten and eleven years old and show the positive mind-sets, resilience, and determination that we have seen this week is truly special!

Also a huge thank you to Harry’s dad, at Oli and Joe’s Whickham , for donating delicious Italian treats for our afternoon pizza party – they were thoroughly enjoyed!

Roll on summer fun and get ready to, “ Be our guest!” for our end of year performance! 


Sunny Summer Days

We have been enjoying the glorious weather this week and really hope it continues. We do however want to ensure children are safe and protected from the sun. With this in mind please ensure children come to school with sun cream applied, have a cap with them and a fresh water bottle. Sometimes our children can be outside in Forest School, PE or other areas of the curriculum for long periods and we want to ensure they have the correct clothing and protection to enable them to take part.  Thank you


Sporting News…



There is 1 space at each of our gymnastic sessions with Julie Brydon on Mondays after school.  If your child is interested in joining, please contact the school offi

Girls Football

A few weeks ago our girl’s football teams played in a tournament up at Watergate Park. They played superbly and their teamwork shone through. We are very proud of you girls. Please see their team shots in our photo of the week. 

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

RCH  Ellie Taylor

RCY  Lucy Milnes

1B Olivia North

1C  Indy Lister

2B  Jayden Dial

2C Lucy Sword

3B  Kasper Snowdon

3M  Bethany Dial

4B  Connie Guilfoyle

4C  Aidan Bennett

5J  Mollie Pattison

5O Sonny O’Hara

6P  Class 6P

6R  Class 6R


School Attendance