Care and Respect for All21/12/2018
Thought of the Week:
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
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 making me feel so welcome as your new Headteacher. It is an honour and privilege to serve this community and I am very grateful for your support so far this academic 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. We will see you all again on Monday, 7th January 2019 when school will open to pupils at the usual times.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Whole School Information
What a week of festive fun!
All the children have come to school dressed in glitter, sequins and festive cheer and thoroughly enjoyed their class parties thanks to our wonderful DJ Malcolm. The party teas have been a sight to behold and the children have munched on pizza, cake and so much more.
Grand Raffle Draw and Bongo Bingo
What a morning we had! Bongo Bingo went down a storm, there was prizes, dancing, flying inflatable unicorns and corned beef! It was a great morning and we cant thank the parents who attended and made it such a success enough. It was great to see you all up on your feet and joining in, not to mention those dancing on the tables!!!! We hope you can join us again next year. I am delighted to announce all the winners of our raffle. Please come to the main office to collect your prizes.
Grand Raffle winners are:
1. £100 INTU Vouchers – Emma Doran 0892
2. Family Hamper – Helen Gray 03476
3. Alan Shearer signed shirt – Tania Charita 01347
4. Alnwick Castle Family Ticket – Sanika Bellary 00823
5. Alnwick Garden Family Ticket – L Bloomfield 04535
6. National Trust Family Ticket – Wishart-Yeomans 04818
7. Beamish Museum Day Pass for 2 – Joanne Alexander 04419
8. Potters Wheel Sunday Lunch for 2 plus wine – N Dixon 00784
9. Pink Whiskers Dog Spa – Leanne Bell 00528
10. Hall Hill Farm Family Ticket – Tilly Dryden 03657
11. Pamper Hamper – William Young 01904
12. Oli & Joes Voucher – L Bloomfield 04531
13. Large Yankee Candle – Tracey Johnson 01613
14. Swarovski Crystal, necklace and wine – S Totten 03259
15. Yankee Candle Set – D Stockley 01949
16. Peter Rabbit Book Set – L Brass 03825
17. Sweet Snuggle Set – Maisey H Arkless 01849
18. Luxury Nail Set – Dennis Morris 04401
19. Ringtons Mini Biscuit Hamper – Michelle Natton 03805
20. Wine & chocolate – Lilly Drummond 03610
On Tuesday morning we held a Christmas Carol service at St Nicholas Church exclusively for the children of Dunston Hill. We had a lovely address from Rev. Atkinson followed by singing from our early years children, Keys stage 1 and choir. Our older children read poems and readings and Mr Sutherland played his guitar. We finished with the whole school singing We wish you a Merry Christmas. We really hope this can become an annual event in our Christmas calendar.
Community Carol Service
Once again our school Choir sang beautifully at St Nicholas`s Community Carol service. It was lovely to see so many staff, parents and friends of Dunston Hill there and made us all feel ready for Christmas.
Goats in Coats
We had a wonderful surprise on Thursday when Mrs Claus turned up at school with Jan form our Beehive and Christmas Goats Rosie and Jess! They popped in to visit our Early Years children who enjoyed greeting them. Thank you to Animals About Town for popping in.
Finally Christmas at Dunston Hill wouldn’t be complete without a visit from our very own Santa, year after year he`s never let us down and we want to wish him a very Merry Christmas and wish him good health for the new year. Thank you Santa Beasley
Congratulations to all those children who today have received a Gold, Silver or Bronze attendance award. Our whole school attendance for this term is 96.2%. We were delighted today to award 118 Gold certificates for 100% attendance, 125 Silver certificates for 97%+ attendance and 36 Bronze for 95%+ attendance. Our aim for all children is 97%. A huge well done and keep this up!
Thank you to all those children who get into school before our doors close at 9am. Being in class at the start of the day is so important and something we are striving to improve at Dunston Hill. As we move into the new year can we please ask that all children are safely in school by 9am. Remember classroom doors open at 8.50 am to give everyone plenty of time to get round the site to various classrooms. From January we would like to aim to ensure all children are in on time and would appreciate your support with this please.
This weeks class news comes from Year 4…
Over the past two weeks, Year 4 have been working extremely hard in their English Unit ‘Polar Express’. After watching short clips of the film, they generated some fantastic descriptive sentences to use in a diary entry.
‘Looping and prancing like galloping reindeer, pure, white snowflakes raced down from the moonlit sky.’ Max 4B
‘All I could hear was the ticks of the clock, which were synchronised with the beats of my heart.’ Chloe 4B
‘The snowflakes frantically fluttered down onto the hidden concrete, forming a duvet of snow.’ Daisy 4C
‘The lights of the enormous carriage flickered on and off incessantly as I strolled past the train in fear.’ Jayden 4C
Mrs Broadbent and Miss Conway thoroughly enjoyed reading the children’s diary entries and were quite frankly blown away! As a treat the children enjoyed changing into their pyjamas to watch the Polar Express, whilst drinking some chocolate milkshake.
We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas from all of our classes and a Happy New Year.
See you in 2019
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH Leon Hedley
RCY Emily Neville
1B Lexi Muir
1C Ethan Morris
2B Leyla Taylor-Allen
2C Lily Baxter
3B Declan Cameron
3M Casey Higginson
4B Eva May Ford
4C Ava Bonner
5J Ruby Wylie
5O Ethan Lumsden
6P Libby Capstaff
6R Gracie Powell