Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“Life is trying things to see if they work.”

Ray Bradbury

Message From Mr Sutherland

Welcome back to Dunston Hill Community Primary School after the Easter break!  I hope that you all managed to spend time with family and friends and enjoy some of the wonderful sunshine we had, particularly over the Easter weekend.

It has been lovely to see all the children back in school this week and all seem to have settled really well; their energy and positivity never cease to amaze me.  I have met with senior staff this week to ensure plans are all in place for the summer term which looks as though its going to be very busy, but really exciting and lots of fun.  Please try to stay in touch regularly with school life by accessing our website and Facebook page, as well as reading the weekly newsletter.  We will try to ensure that we give parents and carers as much notice as possible about forthcoming activities but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or are unsure.  Can I also remind you if you haven’t done so already to access our Parent Survey in order to give your views.  The survey closes at midnight on Friday 26 April (tonight) so please complete it if you can – your views are really important to us.  Once the survey is closed, we will begin to analyse the results and I will feed back to you over the coming weeks as to our findings.  It only takes 5 minutes and your time is very much appreciated.

I returned to school to a letter from our Service Director for Learning and Schools at Gateshead Authority, informing me that our school has successfully achieved the Gateshead Schools Health and Well-being Focusing Award.  This Award recognises the work the staff team here undertake throughout the year to ensure our children develop and flourish in all aspects of school and community life.  This recognition celebrates our commitment to developing and enhancing health and well-being within our school and our contribution to the overall vision, namely:

…the belief that ALL children and young people have a right to be healthy and that healthier children are more likely to achieve at school and in life.  Crucially it acknowledges that schools health and well-being is not just about children and young people, it is about involving the whole school and wider community together with many local services and agencies.

My thanks to everyone involved whose hard work ensures that this vision is always at the forefront of our minds.

Have a great week!


Whole School Information


SCITT Trainees

A very warm welcome to our SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) trainees who are on placement with us for the forthcoming term. Mrs Berry will support in 4B, Miss Whaley in 4C and Miss Salik in RC. Dunston Hill has been working in partnership with the Gateshead Primary SCITT for many years to to provide trainees with an outstanding training experience. All trainees will spend approximately 120 days in schools, putting the theory they have learned in centre-based training into practice over a one year period. 


Safety First

All Teaching Assistants and HLTA’s attended last night’s emergency first aid session hosted by Life Saving Training. The two hour session covered CPR, the use of a defibrillator, choking and the recovery position. The hands on session has equipped staff with the techniques to cope with an emergency; to ensure they are able to keep a person breathing, reduce their pain or minimise the consequences of injury or sudden illness until an ambulance arrives.

A huge thank you to the team for attending and our fully trained first aiders who support the medical needs of our staff and pupils.


Plants Galore

A huge thank you to Alan from Plants Galore Garden Centre (Ravensworth Terrace) who has kindly donated plants and seeds this week. The beautiful flowers have brightened up our Early Years outdoor provision.
Children enjoyed planting the seeds with Alan and have been lovingly watering on a daily basis to help them grow. Staff and pupils are excited to be able to eat their organic potatoes, peas and lettuces later in the term.
It was lovely to see you return to Dunston Hill again Alan!


Cashless / Paperless School

As you know we are have been slowly introducing online communication, payments and visit/club consent facilities via our Schoolgateway app. We are proud to announce that we are now a cashless and paperless school.
The deadline for parents/carers to sign up to ensure that they do not miss important information about their child was 5 April. The office team are in the process of contacting a small number of parents who are yet to sign up to the new system.
A huge thank you to parents/carers for supporting us to save on printing costs and an opportunities to improve how we communicate with our school community. We hope to continue to improve in the future.


Quick Sticks Hockey

Twelve Year 4 children took part in a quick sticks hockey skills on Wednesday afternoon. Children were split into three teams and took part in mini games sessions where they played against each other and neighbouring schools. One of our teams became the overall winner.
All children worked really hard and demonstrated good teamwork. Mrs Bruce and Mrs Ion were impressed with all of the children’s attitude and behaviour. Well done all!
Zac said “It was fun and the training was really good” and Zoe said “It was a fun afternoon”.

School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 29 April is Week 2.  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.


Edinburgh Visit June 2019

The final instalment for the Edinburgh visit is due to be paid online by Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Photo of the Week

Class News


Operation Encompass

We are pleased to share with you that our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new Home Office approved project. It is being led by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird and Northumbria Police in partnership with Barnardos and Operation Encompass. The project, named Operation Encompass The Next Steps, aims to form part of a wider strategy to break the cycle of domestic abuse through education and support.

The project will help children learn about friendships, relationships, emotions and rules so that they can live and work together safely.

Our school will also benefit from having one of twelve School safeguarding Liaison Officers who will: 

  • work with our teachers to deliver age-appropriate sessions exploring aspects of domestic abuse/friendships.relationships/emotions
  • Be available in school at specified times so that children and parents can talk about issues that they may have around relationships and domestic abuse.

We are keen to offer the best possible support to our pupils and we believe this project will be extremely beneficial for our children and the community. Further information to follow soon. 

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

RCH  David Botuna

RCY Dylan Harm-Comrie

1B  Leo Lackenby

1C  Jake Hamilton

2B  Layton Powell

2C  Ashton Young

3B  Lexie Duggan

3M  Jayden Harris

4B  Robert Guest

4C  Lucy Atkinson

5J  Olivia Watson

5O   Louie Wilson-Byrne

6P  Harry Pernezha

6R  Gracie Powell


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