Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

– George Eliot

Message From Mr Sutherland

Welcome to a new half term and our brand new newsletter, #DUNSTONHILL

I hope you had a wonderful week and managed to find time to reconnect with friends and family as well as enjoying some of the intermittent sunshine.  I have already managed to speak to many parents and carers on the yard this week and the feeling around school remains one of positivity and support.  I am very grateful for this but never take it for granted and I, as well as the staff team, will continue to work hard to ensure we can offer the children in our community the very best provision.  I am delighted with how well the children have settled back into school life after a week away, however and they have really hit the ground running.

I also have some very exciting news!  As you will know, Mrs Anglesea has been our Acting Deputy Head for the last school year.  However, I am delighted to be able to inform you that, after a rigorous application and selection process over the last few weeks, the Governing Body has now appointed Mrs Anglesea as our Deputy Head on a permanent basis.  I am so pleased that she will be working alongside me, the leadership team and the whole staff in the future and we have already started plans for exciting, new developments through the next year and beyond.  Mrs Anglesea has been an integral and hugely important part of our school for some years and to be able to secure her as part of our team on a permanent basis is a wonderful boost for our school.  I am sure that you will all join me in offering her our congratulations on her appointment.  Well done Mrs Anglesea!

This half term is a very busy one, with lots of additional exciting activities to enjoy, as well as the day-to-day teaching and learning through our exciting and engaging curriculum.  So, please make sure you read our newsletter every week and particularly now we have launched our new, easier to read format.  Let us know what you think and make sure you keep an eye out for more announcements as the weeks go by.  There is lots going on and I don’t want you to miss a thing!

Have a great week!

Whole School Information

Poppy Appeal

We will once again be selling poppies next week priced at 50p to commemorate Remembrance Day. This year we also have other related items on sale such as friendship bracelets, rulers, wristbands, pencil sharpeners and pencils ranging from 50p to £1. We have a small selection of Poppy money boxes priced at £3 available form the school office.  Mr Sutherland along with some of our Year 5 School Councillors and Year 6 children will be will be attending a Remembrance event around Dunston Cenotaph on Friday 9 November and the Remembrance Service at St Nicholas Church on Sunday 11 November where he will be joined by some of our House Captains and staff.


A Reminder…

Whilst we actively encourage our children to walk or ride to school can we please respectfully remind parents, carers and children that the riding of bikes and scooters on the school site is not allowed.  This is to ensure that everyone feels safe in what can be a very busy area at the beginning and the end of the school day and to avoid any unfortunate accidents occurring.  The safety of children and adults on our site is our utmost priority.  We would ask that children walk their bike or scooter to the appropriate area once they arrive on the school site.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.

School Disco

Last night’s school discos were a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many fabulous creative costumes. The children had a great time dancing and singing throughout the evening. We hope to hold further disco`s in the spring.


School Pantomime

As you are aware Years 1 to 6  are off to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday 27 November. We need to put our ticket orders in and so therefore would ask that payment of £12 per child is paid no later than Monday 12 November. We are looking forward to it very much – oh yes we are!!

Photo of the Week

Class News

Poppy Fields – Remembering

This week we will be remembering those who have fought in past and current conflicts in remembrance of the World War One Centenary. In Key Stage Two, each child will create their own remembrance poppy to go on display outside our Reading Hideout. In addition to this we will share Michael Morpurgo’s new short story: “Poppy Field” to explore the story of Martin as he explores his family’s involvement in the Great War.


Barvember Maths Challenge

This year we are taking part in a White Rose Maths challenge as part of our new Maths Mastery Curriculum. To involve the whole family we`ll be adding a maths problem for you to discuss and tackle together- the aim is to represent your answer using a ‘bar model’. Look out for those being posted throughout November on our Facebook page and in the comments, please feel free to post your answers back to us. Here is your first one…


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

RCH  Milena Vasiljeva

RCY – Lucy Milnes

1B – Sophia Hudson

1C – Mason Smith

2B – Aya Aras

2C – James Guy

3B – Kaidan Anderson

3M – Pavlos Tsatlidis

4B – Izzy Wraith

4C – Will Harrison

5J – Evie Taylor

5O – Harry Sword

6P – Martha Elliott

6R – Sophie Pashley


School Attendance


Early Years and Key Stage 1 Class of the Week - RCH


Key Stage 2 Class of the Week - 4C