Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere”

Albert Einstein

Message From Mr Sutherland

At the start of this academic year, I announced some initiatives that I hoped would help support good attendance in our school.  These were:- an individual award for children who have achieved 100% attendance with no lateness, and a class award, one for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and another for Key Stage 2, for the class with the highest number of weekly attendance “wins”.  The cut-off date for these awards is today, so once we have checked and verified the results, we will let the children and respective classes know.  For the individual award we are looking to arrange a treat of perhaps lunch at a local restaurant or a session at a trampoline / bounce arena and for the class winners, perhaps a pizza party or a film afternoon on the big screen with popcorn and marshmallows.  These treats will be in school time and the winners will be announced next week.  Well done to everyone for trying so hard with their attendance this year.

You will note in the Information Section of this newsletter that we have appointed a Family Support Worker to our team at Dunston Hill this week.  This is a key appointment and you will remember it is part of the new provision for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion that I wrote about earlier this year.  This is the nurture arm of that provision – to support children and their families with holistic aspects of their pastoral care.  We will be introducing many new initiatives next academic year, including support for children’s mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness techniques and targeted help for worry and anxiety which is becoming ever more prevalent for primary age children in today’s world.  I am convinced that support for children and their families in these key areas, as well as early identification and intervention, will lead to happier and more resilient children who achieve better outcomes academically and pastorally and who are able to cope with the rigour and challenge that is part of life today, when they eventually leave school.  Mrs Cox, our new Family Support Worker, will be working alongside Miss Tuart, our new SENDCo and Inclusion Lead, to deliver these programmes so watch out for regular updates early in the autumn term.  I have a clear vision for our future provision in this area and can’t wait for us to get started.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information

Sports Days

Fingers crossed for sunny weather, as next week we are hosting all our Sports Days. Children will need a full kit in school with trainers, sun cap and a water bottle. Dates and times below: 

Monday 24 June            Reception and Key Stage One                2 pm

Tuesday 25 June           Year 3 and Year 4                                   1.45pm

Thursday 27 June          Year 5 and Year 6                                   1.45pm

Gates will open 15 minutes before and parents are welcome to come along, bring chairs and blankets and set up a spot to watch the events. Oh and don’t forget your trainers for the parent’s races at the end.


Team Dunston

Over the last week we have interviewed and appointed two new members of staff to take on new roles and responsibilities within our team. Mrs Gregory has been appointed as a Key Worker in our Early Years and Mrs Cox has taken on a new role of Family Support Worker. Both staff care passionately for our children and school and we know will be an asset to our team.


School Office – Information and Update

As you know, our School Business Manager Miss Briggs is currently on adoption maternity leave and we had a contingency in place to ensure the school office continued to run smoothly.  Sadly, Miss King, our Office Manager has had to take some time away from school for personal reasons over the last few weeks also and so Mrs Thompson, together with Mrs Hewitt has stepped into the breach to ensure that school administration continues to our usual high standards.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding at this time and for bearing with us.  We promise to respond to any queries, emails or telephone calls you may have just as quickly as we can.


Summer Camps/Holiday Clubs

Tribal Adventures

Dunston Hill’s very own holiday club has now released its dates for this summer.  They are – Monday 22 July and Monday 19 August 10am-3pm for children in Year 1 – Year 6. If your child loves exploring, adventures and the great outdoors then this is the club for them. From den building to campfires, treasure hunts to bug hunting and much much more. And the best thing… they get to work with two Forest School teachers they know very well- Mrs Cox and Mrs O’Hara.

Places are limited so go online and get booked up today.


Further information is available on our school Facebook page for details of other holiday clubs available this summer.


Operation Encompass – The Next Steps

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.

A reminder that we have a drop in session in our community room on Monday 24th June 08.30-  09.15 for parents to pop in and meet Officer Nicola Joicey for advice or support. This is open to any members of our community.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 24 June is Week 3.  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.  Thank you.

Photo of the Week

Class News

Exciting Adventures for Sophia

Today we are saying an early goodbye to Sophia in Year 6 as she sets off to America to embark on an exciting 7-week summer adventure. Sophia is flying over to America by herself to join a summer camp in Vermont where she can`t wait to make new friends, swim in the lake, learn to horse ride, play tennis, join in with shows and create and develop skills and memories that will last her a lifetime. Sophia follows in the footsteps of her older brother Sam who travelled to this camp many times. We will certainly miss Sophia but wish her well on her travels and adventures and we are very proud of her bravery and independence as she embarks on this amazing opportunity. 


Bug Buster Weekend

Head Lice and Nits are about. Please check your child’s hair this weekend. We’ve had a number of reports of a few naughty bugs crawling around. Please see the following advice if you are unsure what to look for or how to treat.


Year 6 Leavers’ Celebrations

Another reminder as part of our end of year 6 celebrations, that we asking that if you have any photographs of the children over their years at Dunston Hill, that you e-mail them to the address below in order for our staff to create an extra special treat!

We ask that all photographs are sent no later than Wednesday 26th June and look forward to seeing you all at the Leavers’ Assembly.


Baby Boom in Lower Key Stage 2

We are delighted to share that both Mrs Broadbent (Y4) and Mrs Burn (Y3) are expecting babies in the Autumn Term.  The children have certainly noticed the growing bumps and are getting excited for them. We wish them both well and will keep you updated of their special news later in the year.


Class News From Nursery …

The nursery had an amazing time at Hall Hill Farm on Wednesday. We set off on a rainy day to be welcomed by some cute and funny animals. By lunchtime the sun shone as we enjoyed a bumpy tractor ride- we held on tight! The children held baby chicks and fed the lamb whilst remembering how to look after animals. The nursery staff were super proud of our young children’s behaviour and would like to thank our adult helpers who supported this exciting day. Roll on next Wednesday when it’s Nursery PM’s turn.




Sporting News

Netball Team

This week the netball team decided to write their own report, so this comes to you from Teri, Mark, Olivia, Lexi, Summer, Shay and Charlie.

We enjoyed playing round two of the hi-5 netball at Kingsmeadow. With determination and confidence, we smashed it, holding our heads high even when the pressure was on. Thank you to Mrs Cox for taking us and our parents that came. Go, Team Dunston!


Yesterday our Y3/4 athletics team represented the Kingsmeadow Cluster at the QuadKids finals, after successfully winning the previous round. Out of the 13 schools that were competing, Dunston Hill walked away with a very creditable 3rd place, receiving bronze medals. We just narrowly missed out on reaching the Tyne and Wear finals, however, the children should be extremely proud of what they achieved. Successes aside, the children were an absolute credit to our school and showed excellent sportsmanship. Well done!

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

RCH  Reuben Elrick

RCY  Liam Noble

1B  Sophia Hudson

1C  Khloe Gordon

2B  Cally Noble

2C  Bobby Snowball

3B  Ellie-Mae Seward

3M  Amelia Anderson

4B  Adam Olsen

4C  Neave Glister

5J   Evie Taylor

5O  Susan Su  

6P   Mia Harrison

6R  Lois Mercer


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