Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Hamlet, Act II – William Shakespeare

Message From Mr Sutherland

I thought I would begin this week’s newsletter by welcoming a new member of staff to Dunston Hill Community Primary School, Miss V Tuart.  She will be taking up the position of SENDCo and Inclusion Lead at our school commencing on June 4th.  Miss Tuart has already spent two days in our school working alongside Mrs Warrilow, who has been covering the position on an interim basis and there is a carefully planned induction organised for her when she starts work with us formally in June. Miss Tuart comes to us with many years working with children as a Class Teacher and in senior positions in schools and I know that she will be an asset to the team we already have here.  I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Mrs Warrilow for stepping into the role on an interim basis whilst this recruitment took place.  She will now return to her role as Class Teacher in our Nursery.

We have spent a little time this week focusing on the wellbeing of all our staff who work so hard on behalf of our children.  Its so important for all of us to try to achieve some balance in our lives between our work and our times outside work with family and other commitments.  It’s easy to sometimes lose a little of that balance in these frenetic times.  To celebrate our wonderful team of staff we planned a few little surprises for them throughout the week, just to remind them how much they are valued and appreciated by us all.

A short half term has come to an end but as usual we have crammed so many things in.  I would like to wish you all a very happy half term holiday and to remind you that school re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 4th June, 2019.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


This week was ‘Walk to School Week’ 

Beep Beep! Our walking bus has had a ‘ wheelie’ busy week. Well done to all the children and staff who boarded our bus. You have definitely contributed to reducing traffic around the school, which means less pollution, also keeping fit and the feeling of well-being knowing that you have done something worthwhile. We hope to see you all again at 8:35am at Whickham Thorns on Wednesday 5 June .

Go Run for Fun

Thousands of children came together this morning at Saltwell Park the join the Worlds biggest non-competetive Fun Run. Our children were spectacular crossing the finish lines with smiles on their faces. Thank you to the parents who came along to cheer them on, I hope you had as much fun as we did. There are lots of photos on our school facebook page.


Dates for your Diary for End of Summer Term

Monday 3 June                School Closed to Children

Tuesday 4 June                Back to school for Summer Term

Monday 10 June              Phonics Screening Week for Year 1 Children

Monday 17 June              Induction Meeting for New Nursery Parents

Monday 24 June              Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (Reception, Year 1/2) Sports


Tuesday 25 June              Lower Key Stage Two (Years 3/4) Sports Afternoon

Wednesday 26 June       Induction Meeting for New Reception Parents

Thursday 27 June            Upper Key Stage Two (Years 5/6) Sports Afternoon

Wednesday 10 July         Beauty and the Beast – Year 5/6 Production am and pm


Friday 12 July                   Dunston Hill Summer Showcase and Fayre

Tuesday 16 July               Whole school picnic

                                           Leavers’ Evening for Year 6 (5pm)

Thursday 18 July              Last day of term- schools out for summer!

Photo of the Week

Class News

Year 6 Eden Camp – World War Two

On Monday, Year 6 travelled to Eden Camp in Yorkshire to celebrate the end of their topic, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. The museum, which is housed in what was once a Prisoner  of War Camp, was a great hit with the children where they consolidated their learning and opened their eyes (and noses!) to some new aspects of war! The children also enjoyed an authentic puppet show and joined in beautifully with Vera Lynne’s “ We’ll Meet Again”. 

Jayden 6P, “ I loved seeing the display of the life in the trenches as it helped me to understand what it was really like.” 

Daniel 6R, “ My favourite hut was the “Blitz” because it was really life like with smoke, sirens  and amazing displays of the bombed streets.” 


Later in the week Y6 celebrated VE-Day

On Thursday, Y6 dressed for the occasion to celebrate an important date in history: VE-Day! The children remembered the events which led to this significant day and thought fondly of those who bravely fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Cheese scones and ginger parkins were successfully baked and personal gas mask boxes were completed to add to our attire. On the afternoon, friends and relatives were invited to our VE-Day party, where the fabulous work that has been done throughout the term was shared along with war-time songs, a fabulous ‘street’ buffet and a fun quiz to test our WWII knowledge.

Some superb quizzes handed in which really showed off your knowledge … we had five teams achieving full marks and hence had to pull the winner out of the hat. This years VE Day quiz winners are: Libby and Nicola Capstaff – Well Done!

Big Sing for Little Singers

Year 1 are heading to Sage Gateshead next month to take part in the ‘Big Sing for Mini Singers’ and we can’t wait! We are working hard on the songs linked to ‘Journeys’ and were fortunate this week to enjoy a music workshop with Claire Tustin, who has written many of the songs we will perform. The children had a fab time singing with Claire, who taught us some songs in Ghanaian and Spanish, as well as accompanying our fabulous singing with her ukulele. We are so excited for our performance! (More information will be sent in a letter nearer the date).

Sporting News


Wow wow wow, what a team! Our year 5  netball team were amazing in their first tournament on Thursday evening . Working together as part of  fantastic team they showed great skill and determination. We hope you will wish them good luck in the next round on the 19 June. Go Team Dunston! 


Quick Cricket

Ten children from Year 6 competed in a ‘Quick Cricket’ tournament on Tuesday at Whickham Cricket Club. Although we didn’t qualify for the next round, we had a fun packed day. All of the children played very well, scoring over 800 points and showed great sportsmanship and teamwork. Mrs Moorhead was proud of them all.

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

RCH  Milena Vasiljeva

RCY Rafailia Biniakou

1B  Phillipos Tsatlidis

1C  Hallie-J Dixon

2B James Holmes

2C Harley Thompson

3B  Erin Sutton

3M  Isabelle Cusmano

4B  Tobi Dunningham

4C  Harrison Wortley

5J  Lexi Foster

5O  Ethan Lumsden

6P  Heidi Largue

6R  Shinea Roberts


School Attendance




6P and 6R