Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless

Mother Teresa

Message From Mr Sutherland

I was so proud to see our Year 1 children on the television the other night.  We try as far as possible to enhance the learning of our children by undertaking external visits whenever a suitable opportunity arises but we don’t always have the added bonus of being interviewed by a television crew.  The children were superstars all day with exemplary behaviour as we would expect and their curiosity and inquiring minds were wonderful to see.  They articulated themselves brilliantly when faced with the daunting prospect of being interviewed on camera and I know that all the staff with them on the day were very proud of them too.  Well done Year 1!

During week commencing 10th February, our next round of Parents’ Consultations will be taking place and we are looking forward to welcoming as many parents and carers into school as possible.  Due to the incredible success of our Evaluation Forms introduced at the last Parents’ Consultations, we are going to have the same forms available for you to complete during your visits.  Just to remind you, it is an opportunity for you to note briefly any successes or areas of development you may have identified.  Every evaluation will be read personally by me and if required, either myself or a member of our Senior Leadership Team will get back in touch with you to answer your query.  Of course you may just wish to say that you are really happy with everything and that your little boy or girl loves coming to school, which is fine too.  Every one will be read and the time you take to complete them is really appreciated.  The information you provide will help make our school even better.  Thank you once again for all your support.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Curriculum Overviews

Your child will have brought home their Spring Term overview on Monday, these are also available on our website under curriculum. The overviews will give you a good insight into your child’s current learning and focus in school as well as highlighting a list of important dates for your dairy. Please read them.


Parents Consultations

You should have received a letter inviting you to come in for a 10 minute appointment to find out how your child is progressing in their current year group.  These will be held on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February.

Nursery parents will be invited through the day and evening on Tuesday 11th February and Wednesday 12th February . Please note Mrs Cassidy’s Reception Parents Consultations will be Monday 10th or Tuesday 11th February. Appointments will also be available with Miss Tuart our Inclusion Manager, Mrs Anglesea our Deputy Head or Mr Sutherland, Headteacher.  Further information to follow next  week.


Valentines Disco

Love is in the air early at Dunston Hill. Our Valentines disco is to be held on Wednesday 5th February.

4.00pm – 5.00pm for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

5.05pm – 6.05pm for Year 3 and Year 4

6.10pm – 7.10pm for Year 5 and Year 6

Entry will be £1 payable on the door.


End of Key Stage Two Assessments 2020: Parent Workshop  

As our Year 6 parents will be aware, the children in Year 6 will be undertaking statutory End of Key Stage 2 assessments next term. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an information workshop on Wednesday 29 January at 5pm. This will last for approximately 45 minutes. Please see the letter emailed 15.1.20 for further information.


The Dunston Retreat

Well, what a wonderful week it has been… the grand opening of ‘The Dunston Retreat’ – our very own truly amazing sensory room! Hopefully your children  have told you all about the magnificent multi-sensory equipment we have: from relaxation projectors to fibre optic lights to a vibro pool! Coupled with ‘The Dunston Den’ (our nurture room), we are proud of the provision we have on offer to ensure your children feel safe, secure, calm, relaxed and happy.


Tribal Adventures Forestry Club

Following the continued success of our Forest School lessons in school, we are delighted to inform you that we will be running another ‘Tribal Adventures Forestry Club’ in our environmental area during the forthcoming February half-term holidays on Monday 17 February 2020.  The club will run from 10am to 3pm.

The club will offer children the opportunity to engage in a range of exciting hands-on learning experiences in a natural woodland area.  Activities will include den building, camp fires, treasure hunts, bug finding and much more.   This club is open to pupils in Years 1 to 6 and will appeal to those who love exploring and being outdoors. The club will be led by our two Forest School trained members of staff, Mrs Cox and Mrs O’Hara. The cost is £20 per child, per day. The children will need to bring a packed lunch, drink and a change of clothes.  Places are booked online using Schoolgateway.


Tiny Tribes – Toddler Group

Mrs Cox, our Family Support Worker is running an outdoor toddler group for families of children in our school. It runs every Friday from 9 am until 10 am. So, if you have a toddler who enjoys the outdoors, get them dressed in warm, waterproof clothing and bring them along. Each session is £1 per family and will involve activities such as singing around the campfire, mud pie making, den building and lots of other muddy fun activities. This is a chance for parents to play with their toddler and meet new people. There is no need to book; just come along each Friday. Parents and carers will need waterproofs and warm clothes too. Prepare to have some muddy fun – you will get dirty!



Are you having trouble accessing or using our school app?  Here are a few pointers to help you…

Getting started  – You will require your mobile number and email address to log in for the first time.  This information must be the same as we have in school.

Messages – Parents/carers who have signed up to the app will only receive messages through the app, if you have not signed up, messages will be sent as a text message.  Please ensure you have your notification settings enabled on your device for Schoolgateway so that you see messages in the app straight away.  Note – messages using the app are free of charge for parents.

Emails – Please check your emails regularly as the majority of information from school will be sent to parents/carers using email.  The first email you receive may go into your spam/junk folder.

Newsletter – A link to our Newsletter will be sent via email to parents/carers on Friday afternoons.  If you do not receive this link, please contact the school office to update your email address.  The Newsletter can also be viewed on our school website.

If you have any questions regarding the school app or email communications, please contact the school office.


Year 1 Film Club

From Tuesday 28th January, can you please collect your child from the Reception classroom doors (not main office) at 4.15pm.  Thank you.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 27 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.

Photo of the Week

Class News


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


Year 3 & 4 – More Able Maths Day Fun!

Four of our Year 3 and 4 children had a wonderful day at Kelvin Grove Primary School on Wednesday. Mr Hall, an ex-Primary Headteacher, led a fun-filled Maths day aimed at more able mathematicians. The children enjoyed looking at solving various puzzles, raced against the clock to complete calculations and even played a game of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’


Year 6 – World War Two, Your ‘Year 6 classes’ Need You!

Our Year 6 children are currently studying World War Two as part of their history studies. After exploring the ‘Log book’ from Dunston Hill School the children have become very interested in how the local area was impacted by WW2. Do you have a relatives who lived in Dunston during WW2? Do you have a family story that links with this war? Would you like to share it with our Year 6 children either in person, through written information or artefacts? If so please contact Miss Parkin via the email : Thank you!




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

RCH  Harvey Taylor

RCY  Isam Miah

1B  Cali Ford

1T  Dylan Harm-Comrie

2B  Hayden Prince

2J  Esther Carr

3C  Leon Ingham

3M  Ava Temple

4C  Megan O’Reilly

4W  Aiden Daughtry

5B  Lilliane Ali

5O Milly Wearmouth

6P  Evie Taylor

6R  Ellie-Lorren Easton



School Attendance


1B and 2B