Care and Respect for All18/10/2019
Thought of the Week:
“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. ”
Sir Ken Robinson
Message From Mr Sutherland
Firstly, I would like to thank parents and carers for the wonderful turnout this week for our Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday. There was a really positive atmosphere around the school and it was lovely for Mrs Anglesea and I to be able to catch up with lots of you over the two nights. I do realise that it is not always possible for parents to attend on those nights, however, do please get in touch with us to arrange a time to pop in and catch up with your child’s achievements and progress – it really does make a difference. A huge thank you also to those of you who completed our Parent Feedback Forms and posted them into our yellow boxes around school. So far we have 169 completed forms, but if you haven’t had the chance to return yours or would like to fill one out now, please come to the office and we will happily give you one to complete. I have read every one personally and most are overwhelmingly positive. In them you have talked about our Nurture Provision and the new Dunston Den; our Forest School; the weekly newsletters, Facebook posts and information for parents; the approachable, welcoming and personalised feel you and your children receive from our staff and the array of clubs we run, both during and before and after school, as being really positive aspects of our school. Many of you have commented on the teaching and learning your children receive and the progress they are making. Also the post-it-notes you left in your children’s books appear to have been really well received and I would like to develop this further for our spring appointments. Naturally, on some forms you have highlighted areas of school that you feel could be enhanced and improved further. I will be discussing those with my senior leadership team after the break and where a query has been raised, you will receive a personal response or follow up. Whilst it is impossible for us to always keep everyone happy, particularly in a school this size, (homework is a good example of this – some parents want it, some don’t, some want it to be creative and some want only basic skills such as spelling, reading and times-tables), we will do our best to accommodate as many views as possible and compromise when we can. It is important for parents and carers to feel they have a voice and, even if we can’t make a change to a particular aspect, at least you will understand why that might be. Now that we have elected our School Councillors I will be meeting with them regularly and also ensure that they are part of this process. Just to let you know that we will be sharing your feedback with staff also, I I know that they will be very appreciative of the lovely comments.
Our first half term now draws to a close and it feels as though we are well and truly into autumn now. Thank you all so much for your continued support of our community school – it has been a really busy but extremely productive half term. I wish you all a relaxing break with family and friends and look forward to seeing you all again when school reopens on Monday 28th October at the usual time.
Have a great week and a fantastic half term break!
Whole School Information
Dunston Hill Scarecrow Festival – Holiday Homework
We would like to invite all our families to get involved in our very first Dunston Hill Scarecrow Festival. Over the holidays we would like you to work together to design and make your very own (life size if possible) Scarecrow. You can choose any theme or design that will then be displayed in our school grounds. Parents and carers are invited to bring their Scarecrows along anytime before or after school from Monday 28 October and choose a position in the designated areas in the school grounds to display their scarecrow.
We would then like to invite you to come to our festival on Friday 1 November at 3pm where you can collect your child, grab a hot drink and treat and walk round our school to see the Scarecrow display. We would love as many Scarecrows as possible so enjoy getting creative this half term.
Mrs Anglesea is creating a photo bank of ideas to get you started on our Facebook page, so take a look for some inspiration and go for it!! We can`t wait to see what they look like and put smiles on peoples faces as our school comes alive with Autumnal Scarecrows.
We are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Baby Broadbent. Ada Rose Broadbent arrived on Monday 7 October weighing 7lbs 5oz. Mummy and baby are both doing fabulously. I am sure you will join us in offering our congratulations to them all.
Hopefully you will have seen some snippets of our Harvest Festival on our school Facebook Page. We welcomed Reverend Steele who led our service and Mr Sutherland and the children enjoyed singing harvest songs alongside his guitar. We were delighted with all the contributions sent in, so thank you. Lobley Hill Primary School were very appreciative when we delivered them on Wednesday for their school food bank co-op. This is open to any local families that may need it every Friday 4.30pm.
School photograph proofs have been delivered this afternoon and will be sent home with the children tonight. Orders can be placed online at www.focalpointschools.co.uk, log in with your online access code which can be found on your proof. Cheque and cash orders must be received in the school office no later than Thursday 31 October 2019.
Newcastle Eagles Basketball Cheer Leaders
Good luck to our cheer leaders performing tonight at Newcastle Eagles game. Thank you to Julie Schneider Juno Events for her hard work with the team. We shall update Facebook with some pictures of them over the weekend.
The menu for week commencing Monday 28 October 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, 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. Thank you
There has been a change to the Cook’s Choice on Mondays lunch menu. Pizza replaces the Cook’s Choice.
Week 1 – Margarita Pizza
Week 2 – Ham Pizza
Week 3 – Chicken and Sweetcorn Pizza
Congratulations to our new school councillors. After class campaigns and votes the following children have been appointed and will be working with Mrs Cox and Mr Sutherland.
3M Zac Watson and Lucy Sword
3C Faith Annan and Anthony Saddi
4C Sam Booth and Isabella Cusmano
4W Eleanor Gregory and Alfie Wealleans
5O Emily King and Max Carroll
5B Ollie Johnson and Mia Robinson
6R Isla Conboy and Teri Baird
6P Summer Temple and Corey Richardson
The photographer took their photos this week so they will soon be displayed in our entrance corridor and they were involved in their first official role delivering our Harvest goodies. We welcome their ideas and support in further developing our school.
Our New Website Curriculum Pages
If you have been on our website recently you will notice our new curriculum pages are starting to take shape. Staff will be busy over the next few weeks adding and developing these pages but please log on to our Curriculum news so you can see all the wonderful things happening in school lately. You can access this by following the curriculum tab at the top of the home page and then selecting curriculum news. You can even search for individual subjects using the filter system at the top. By the end of half term every year group will have contributed to each subject so take a look and see what your child has been doing across the curriculum.
Year 5 Operation Encompass Visit
Year 5 were lucky enough to work with Nicola Joicey from Northumbria Police on Wednesday. Nicola delivers the Operation Encompass Next Steps programme that we shared with you last year. The children discussed important topics such as healthy relationships and when and when not to keep secrets. The aim of this programme is to break the cycle of domestic violence. When Nicola visits school she always stays at the end of the day to be available to parents and carers who may also want advice or support in this area. She will be back visiting us in Key Stage 1 in November. Mrs Anglesea and Miss Ornsby are being trained in the programme and will be delivering it across school to all children at an age appropriate level in the spring term.
News this week is from our Nurture Team…
What an absolutely awesome time we have had in our Dunston Den this half-term! So many of us have accessed our wonderful ‘place to be’ at lunchtime. We have: played air hockey and pool; built jigsaws; had our very own puppet shows; chilled in the tepee with a favourite book; chatted to our friends on the sofa and much, much more. Some of us work have had a wonderful time working with Miss Tuart (SENDCo and Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Cox (Family Support Worker) to: build friendships; develop self-esteem or simply have a chat.
Such a fun-filled first half-term in our Forest School. Lunchtimes have been extremely busy; we have loved exploring the natural environment. Some of the fantastic things we have enjoyed, include: using tools to create fire wood and taking part in mindfulness stone art.
Parents/Carers have also had the chance to experience our Forest School led by Mrs Cox (Family Support Worker) via our Family Forest School sessions every Tuesday afternoon; they have built dens and broomsticks; created magic potions and rustled up some delicious pancakes.
Singing around the campfire and playing in the mud has been a huge highlight for our Tiny Tribe Toddler Group – our first Tiny Tribe adventure began last Friday; it was lovely to see some of our younger siblings having FUN! This session is for any children from walking to school age and parents are welcome to just come along (no need to book) Fridays at 9am. Wellies and warm, old clothes are advisable- everyone welcome, the more the merrier.
Nursery visited Forest School
Nursery had a great afternoon chopping wood into kindling for the fire so we could toast marshmallows. Mrs Cox taught us how to be safe by the fire.
Year 2 Visit to Gateshead Quayside
We have arranged for our Year 2 children to visit Gateshead Quayside and St Mar’s Heritage Centre on Thursday 7 November. Please click here to view the letter emailed to parents earlier this week.
Secondary School places for September 2020
You can now apply for secondary school places for September 2020. Closing date for secondary school admissions is 31 October 2019. Apply online at: www.gateshead.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Please contact the school office if you do not have access to the internet to submit your application.
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH Olly Geier
RCY Daniel Fergus
1B Reuben Elrick
1T Blu Temple
2B Olivia North
2J Matthew Vlezu
3C Taylor Earl
3M Isabella Piazza-Walsh
4C Ava Dyer
4W Poppy Trench
5B Jayden Watson
5O Lucy Atkinson
6P Olivia Watson
6R Olivia Moat