Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year

Charles Dickens

Message From Mr Sutherland

As we reach the end of an extremely busy autumn term and I reflect on the past four months,  I look back on how much has been achieved already.  Not only have we ensured that the children are supported and challenged academically, but we have continued to provide all the other aspects of an holistic education that are so important and at which I believe Dunston Hill Community Primary excels.

It’s a real team effort here at Dunston Hill and all that we do and achieve wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic team of staff who go above and beyond every single day and continually strive for ever higher standards.  This leaves us a position to deliver the best possible educational and pastoral provision for your children. 

I would like to extend my thanks to all the children, parents and carers for your support of our school this year.  Look out for more exciting initiatives in spring and summer terms and, as always, we will keep you informed via letters, our newsletter #DUNSTONHILL, our website and our Facebook page so please make sure you refer to them regularly.  Don’t forget also to give us your constructive feedback and let us know how we are doing.  Any comments or suggestions are most welcome.

It just remains for me, on behalf of all the staff and governors, to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.  Remember that school is closed to pupils on Monday 6th January as our staff will be receiving training on that day.  We will see you all again on Tuesday 7th January 2020, when school will open to pupils at the usual times.

Happy Christmas everyone!



Whole School Information


Merry Christmas Everyone – See you Tuesday 7th January


Grand Raffle and Bongo Bingo

A huge thank you to all our parents who contributed to our raffle, bought raffle tickets or came along to our Bongo Bingo morning. A great morning was had by everyone and we want to thank you for your enthusiasm joining in, positive comments and patience with Mrs Anglesea –  our exceptionally talented bingo caller! We raised a grand total of £664.60 which will go towards new resources in school for our children. All money raised at any of our fundraising goes straight back into enhancing provision for our children and so all contributions are much appreciated. The winners of our grand raffle were:

Prize Winner
1st A Alderson – ticket 2552
2nd Graham Bannister (Ethan Morris 2J) – ticket 3909
3rd Kirsty Watson – ticket 3927
4th Lorraine Taal – ticket 3321
5th Amelia Anderson (4C) – ticket 3601
6th Kayley (Neave 6R) – ticket 0132
7th Lyndsay Pearson – ticket 1284
8th Dan Taylor-Allen – ticket 3782
9th Avril Hall – ticket 3712
10th Angela King – ticket 2984
11th Kayley (Neave 6R) – ticket 0139
12th Victoria Downie – ticket 3996
13th Tania Charlton – ticket 4828
14th Rhonda – ticket 3967
15th Ella Jenal – ticket 1013
16th Jacky Cohan – ticket 4873
17th Claire Phillips (Jaimee 50) – ticket 3708
18th Baba Taal – ticket 0087
19th V Vaughan – ticket 0113
20th Kay Annan – ticket 4831


Christmas Visit to Church

On Tuesday we took all our children from Reception to Year 6 down to St Nicholas Church for a very special Christmas service with Reverend Atkinson. This is always a very special event in our Christmas calendar as we manage to fit all our children into the church to celebrate together. The children sang songs, read a poem and a reading, we had some excellent soloists perform on their guitars and together were able to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Mr Sutherland ended our service with the whole school joining together to share our motto #bemorekind and sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas”.


Christmas Fayre

Kevin has found a home!  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed or came to our Christmas Fayre last Friday. We can now announce we made a grand total of £1730.48 for school funds. This will help enormously.  The winners of our raffle and Kevin the Carrot were as follows:

Children’s Raffle
Leon Hedley ticket numbers 111-115
Paul Turnbull ticket numbers 91-95
Lily Baxter ticket numbers 26-30

Parents’ Raffle
Kelly Jones ticket numbers 381-385
Abigail Rodan
Tobi Dunningham tickets numbers 366-380

Kevin the Carrot
Kelly Milnes ticket Green number 104


Start of term January 2020

A reminder we open for children on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 6 January 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.

Class News


This week’s Class News is from Lower Key Stage 2…

Over the past two weeks, Year 4 have worked on a new English unit based around ‘The Polar Express’. We watched short clips of the film to help us come up with powerful phrases and develop a rich vocabulary. We then wrote a diary entry as if we were the young boy in the film and described how we felt when the train first arrived. To finish off our unit, we all gathered in our pyjamas and sat as if we were on board the train.  We watched the film and enjoyed chocolate milk and other refreshments whilst doing so.  Miss Conway and Miss Whaley are delighted with the quality of the children’s work.

‘The delicate snowflakes frantically fluttered from the midnight sky to form a duvet of snow.’ – Mila, 4C

‘Lights glistened through my room like Rudolph’s nose, then my room began to shake incessantly. My palms were sweating I leapt up and grabbed my dressing gown.’ – Eleanor, 4W


Crisis Food Provision in Gateshead

As was the case last year, residents in Gateshead will be able to access emergency food parcels over the Christmas period.

Arrangements as follows:  Days when the Civic Centre is CLOSED 24th,  25th, 26th, 31st December & 1st January or outside of normal office hours Families and individuals in need of a food parcel can phone Gateshead Council Care Call (24hrs) on 0191 4787665.  The caller will be directed to a location where emergency supplies are available for collection or if required arrange delivery.  Alternatively, days when Gateshead Civic Centre is open 8.45am – 5pm 23rd, 27th and 30th December.

Individuals and families in need of a food parcel can contact the Gateshead Council’s Neighbourhood Management & Volunteering Team.  Team contacts are: David Stephenson –  0191 433 2039, Yvonne Gill – 0191 433 3109 and Brian Kielty – 0191 433 3024.

Collection Centres – Dates & Times

Gateshead Citizens Advice

The Davidson Building

Swan Street



Tuesday 24th December  9 –  4

Friday 27th     December  9 – 5

Monday 30th  December  9 – 5

Tuesday 31st December  9 – 4

Thursday 2nd January      9 – 5

Friday 3rd      January       9– 5

Gateshead Clubhouse

Worcester Green




Christmas Day

11– 4

The Felling Food Network

Felling Community Centre

Crowhall Towers


NE10 0NF


11 – 12 Tuesday 23rd December

Joes Place

St Joseph’s Church

High West St,



10 – 1 Wednesday 1st January 2020


Bensham Food Co-op

Corpus Christi Church

Kelvin Grove,



10 -12 on Tuesday 24th  December

Bensham Court Food Co-op

Bensham Court



Thursday 19th December 3 – 4:30

Thursday 2nd January 3 – 4:30



Lobley Hill Food Co-op

Lobley Hill Primary School

Rothbury Gardens,


NE11 0AT

Friday 20th December from 4 – 6

Tuesday 24th December 11 – 12

Friday 3rd January 4 – 6


Gateshead Foodbank

The Davidson Building,

Gateshead Hwy,



Tuesday December 17th  12:30 – 3:30

Friday 20th  December 9:30 – 12:30

Monday 23rd 12 – 3:30



Blaydon Distribution

Trinity Methodist Church


NE21 5PU

Friday 20th December 1:30 – 3:30


Birtley Distribution

Birtley Methodist Church

8 Gladstone Terrace



Wednesday 18th December 10 – 12
Delivery Dates and Times
Following a referral from a partner agency, food parcels will be available for Gateshead Council’s Care Call throughout the Christmas holiday, to start on Tuesday 24th December 2018 until Friday 3rd  January 2020.  If collection is not possible, delivery will be offered between 9am and 4pm.  All requests received after 3pm will be actioned the following day.


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

RCH  Samuel O’Reilly

RCY  Isabella Wales

1B  Lizzie Rogers

1T  Bobby-Lee Robson

2B  Arman Chahal

2J   Junior Pearson

3C  Ruby Dunphy

3M  Leighton Champion

4C  Sam Booth

4W  Tye Burn

5B  Ella-Leigh Morris

5O  Emily King

6P  Sophie Bone

6R  Jaden Thompson



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