Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

Dr Seuss

Message From Mr Sutherland

Yesterday, Mrs Anglesea and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach some children in our wonderful school.  Whilst of course we both move around the school throughout the week, greeting children at the beginning of the day, leading assemblies and dropping into lessons, it’s not often we get the chance to teach them for a period of time.  Mrs Anglesea went into class 2B and had a wonderful morning working with the children on Read, Write, Inc. and mathematics, including a visit to our Forest School.  I taught in class 3M, where we spent some time recapping on how to keep ourselves safe on the roads after our Road Safety walk and also looked at “Memories” and how we all have different ways of remembering things from our past.  There was even a little time at the end to sing a song we wrote about the book we were reading (one of my favourites “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge” by Mem Fox) and then the children treated me to a rendition of some of the songs they have been learning with Mrs McLean.  What a lovely morning!  We both really enjoyed spending time in class with our respective year groups – it was a pleasure to be actively involved with the children’s learning and they were a credit to the school.

Next week, on Wednesday, we will have some visitors to our Forest School.  A small team of Health and Safety specialists will be working with some of our children as well as Mrs Cox and Mrs O’Hara to make some changes to this fantastic outside space.  They are going to be very busy as they will be fixing fences, painting, constructing and building as well as undertake some weeding and general TLC.  We love our Forest School and are so grateful to have some support in helping us enhance the space still further.  We will be sure to post some pictures of the day’s activities as soon as they are available.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Come and work in our happy school…

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisory Assistant to supervise and ensure the safety and well-being of pupils during the lunchtime period. You will work under the direction of the Midday Supervisor.

Working hours are 11.45am – 1.15pm, Monday to Friday.

Salary starts at £18,065 pro rata term time only / 7.5 hours per week.

You should:

  • Have experience of working with children
  • Have a sympathetic understanding of the personal and social needs of young children
  • Be familiar with games and activities suitable for occupying primary age children
  • Relate well to children, inspiring trust and respect
  • Be able to co-operate as a member of the midday supervisory team

Applications should be returned marked for the attention of the Headteacher, Mr C Sutherland, at the school address.

Closing date: noon Friday 4 October 2019.  To start as soon as possible.


Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone for collecting the Aldi stickers. We now have our first 300 and are ready to enter their competition and hopefully receive free sports kit for school. We have decided to aim for another 300 stickers so please keep them coming.  All stickers need to be sent down to Mrs Anglesea`s office, the children then get to stick them on and sometimes have to do a challenge or task that promotes a healthy lifestyle if their sticker lands on a challenge square.


Dr Bike it…

A date for your diaries. Ben our bike it officer will be in school on the morning of Monday 7 October for children to bring their bikes in for a health check.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are once again supporting Macmillan and hope you, in turn, will support us to do so by joining us on Friday 27 September in our school hall. There will be games, raffles, prizes and toys to entertain any little ones as well as yummy cakes and refreshments so please come along if you can; parents, carers, grandparents, family and friends are all welcome.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 23 September is Week 1.  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


Sporting News

Cross Country

On Wednesday, Mrs Harm and Miss Ornsby took 12 Year 6 children to the Gateshead Cross Country event at Watergate Park. Both teams showed great determination and completed the set course with an amazing attitude. Mrs Harm and Miss Ornsby were very proud of all the children for taking part and for conducting great sportsmanship throughout the whole afternoon. Well done everyone!

Boys Football

The boys played absolutely brilliant last night with some great football played.

Goals in the first game against Fellside winning 3-2 saw Ethan scoring 2 and Dylan scoring 1.

Goals in the second game against Sacred Heart winning 3-0 saw Dylan score 1, Ethan 1 and Zac 1 with a unstoppable shot.

No goals in the third game against Cloverhill although we went to close many times with their keep making some good saves.

Goals in the last game against Washing Well saw Jack score the only goal to cement the 1-0 win.

Hopefully this should carry us into the finals next week!!  Thank you Mr Wildgoose for this match report

Photo of the Week

Class News


News from Early Years…

Wow! What a busy first few weeks we have had in EYFS and we write our first entry to the newsletter with big smiles on our faces!


Nursery – You came…you stayed…you played

We are delighted to have opened our doors to welcome our very special new friends and families into nursery. Over the last three weeks we have loved getting to know our children and parents and it has been lovely to see our children playing in the sand and water, painting pictures, riding on bikes, exploring the climbing equipment outside and so much more! Whilst there were some tears in the very beginning, it gives us great pleasure to say that everybody has now settled in very well. The ‘stay and play’ day was a success and it was wonderful to see our parents getting involved in their children’s play. Our older nursery children have shown just how much they’ve grown up as they have helped their new friends around the enticing nursery environment.


Reception – Your first full week!

We are already immensely proud of all of our children as over the last few weeks it has been lovely to see them growing in confidence and independence, coming into school eager to get started with their busy jobs. So far, the children have started to practise writing their names, spent time exploring their new classrooms, met Fred Frog, who will help them with their Read Write Inc sounds, and danced in Digit-Dance and Hey Numbers! All this whist enjoying making many new friendships which we are sure will blossom as the weeks go by.

During our first two weeks, the children really enjoyed welcoming members of their family into school to show off their independence at lunchtime and the feedback we gained from those parents and carers who attended was very positive. Lunchtime can be a daunting time for parents and we are really pleased that we were able to put your minds at rest. Our Reception children are enjoying trying a number of new meal options along with fruit snacks on offer throughout the day in their classrooms. They are well fuelled for the busy days they have here at school.

What a great start to an exciting year ahead for all of our Nursery and Reception children!


Meet The Teacher Parent Workshops

Thank you to everyone who came to our first sessions this week. We are delighted so many parents could attend and hope you found it useful to come along and meet your child’s new class teacher. These sessions are crucial to find out what is planned for your child for the year ahead and how you can help and become involved. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and towards the end your child will join you and share all the things that are important to them.  It was also lovely to see so many of you coming down to the Dunston Den with your children to observe first-hand what a wonderful space this is.  It is already becoming an important part of our provision for children and families in our school community.  We hope you like it!

We are delighted to share that we have purchased over 1000 brand new reading books for our early years and key stage 1 readers and these will also be shared with you on this session.

We believe its hugely important parents attend these sessions if possible to enable us to work together in the best interests of all the children in our care.

The dates are as follows:

Monday 23 September                                  Year 4                               2.45pm

Wednesday 25 September                            Year 2                              2.45pm

Thursday 26 September                                Year 5                              2.45pm

We look forward to seeing you. If for some reason you cannot attend, please contact the class teacher to arrange to receive the information you will miss.


Primary and Secondary School places for September 2020

You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2020. 

Closing date for secondary school admissions is 31 October 2019 and for primary school admissions is 15 January 2020.

Apply online at:

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

RCH  Ruby Da’Luz

RCY  Willow Hui

1B  Erica Turnbull

1T  Lily Lavery-Jones

2B  Oliver Storey

2J Pixie Temple

3C – James Holmes

3M  Layla Atkinson

4C  Jackson Wortley

4W  Alfie Wealleans

5B  Adam Olsen

5O  Zoe Wishart-Yeomans

6P – Lexi Foster

6R – Harry Sword


School Attendance