Care and Respect for All29/06/2019
Thought of the Week:
“Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.”
Message From Mr Sutherland
At long last we appear to be getting some lovely sunshine so we will try to make the most of it whilst it is here, remembering to stay hydrated, getting some shade and rest every now and then and ensuring we keep covered up with a hat and sunscreen when necessary. It was such a shame we had to cancel two Sports afternoons but we are delighted we have been able to rearrange the ones we missed next week. Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for up to date information if the weather changes.
As the end of summer term approaches, school is extremely busy and its sometimes really difficult to fit everything in. This year, however, will be tinged with a little sadness as we will be saying “Goodbye” to three members of our wonderful staff team. Firstly, both Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dalby have decided to retire after each giving the best part of 20 years service to this school, its children and the community. They are both, quite simply, part of the fabric of this school and whether this was in the old building at the crossroads or our current new facility, they have given their heart and soul to the children. They have ensured that the children have all had the best possible start in life, both academically and pastorally, and their contribution is immeasurable! From Nursery all the way through to the end of Year 6 they have supported good and outstanding teaching and learning for two decades. Whilst we are all very sad that they have taken this decision, we know that it will enable them to spend more time with their own families and enjoy their retirement to the full. We give them our thanks for everything they have done for us and for helping make our school the wonderful place it is today. Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dalby – you will be a huge miss and will always be welcome as visitors to our school – thank you and all the very best for the future!
Sadly, we also say goodbye to Miss Cassidy, currently our Year 2 teacher. She has been such an important part of our team over the past few years and we are really sad to see her go. However, we understand her decision to move to a school nearer her home which will enable her to spend a little more time with her family and we wish her every success in the future. She recently received a card from a former pupil stating she had inspired her to train to be a teacher and that she had left a lasting impression on her, as I’m sure she has done for many others. Thank you for everything you have done for us, you will also be dearly missed.
I’m sure you will all join me in thanking them all for their immense contributions over the years and wishing them every happiness in the future. Our leadership team is currently finalising staff arrangements and new classes ready for the start of the new academic year in September 2019 and I hope to be able to give you details of new classes and any new staff as soon as possible and well before the end of the current term.
Have a great week!
Whole School Information
Accessibility into school on Tuesday 2 July
Please note there will be no access via car onto the school site on Tuesday 2 July due to Kingsmeadow buses taking children on an educational visit. School staff will be available at the gates on Market Lane to take any children whose families have disabled access passes, down to Dunston Hill Primary.
At the start of the school year, the children were introduced to a new incentive to promote attendance in school. The classes with the highest attendance in each Key Stage would be rewarded with a treat of their choice. The cut-off deadline date for this was last Friday and we are delighted to announce that the class with the highest number of weekly attendance “wins” in Early Years and Key Stage 1 is Class 1C and in Key Stage 2 Class 4C. These classes now have a week to decide and plan what treat they would like. We are also, as always rewarding our children with 100% attendance and no lateness for the whole school year. This year they will be joining Mr Sutherland and Mrs Anglesea for a special treat. We have 38 children who will be receiving this reward which is absolutely fantastic. Attendance at school continues to have high priority with our message ‘Every DAY In School Counts’ reinforced in assemblies and in our displays. Well done everyone for maintaining such high standards for attendance. Remember – our whole school target is at least 97%.
Our School Summer Fayre is Friday 12 July. To open our Fayre this year we will have a showcase of performances from our children including our school choir, dance groups and musicians. Our showcase will start at 2pm on the school field. Parents and carers are welcome to collect their children from their classroom doors to go to the Fayre from 2.30pm. We have all sorts of exciting stalls and activities so please come along and support us.
Sports Days missed this week have now been re-arranged:
Y3 and Y4 is Wednesday 3 July 1.45pm
Reception, Y1 and Y2 is Thursday 4 July 2pm
We hope you can join us for these new dates. Children will need a full sports kit, sun hat, sun lotion applied and a water bottle. Dunston Hill have moved away from providing plastic juice cartons in our bid to support the environment. We will ensure all children’s bottles are freshly filled for the afternoon.
Uniform – School Trends
School Trends would like us to remind you that turnaround for uniform in the Summer is longer. They are recommending new uniform is ordered as early as possible and no later than 9 August 2019 if you want it for September.
Uniform can be ordered on the following link:
Can we take this opportunity to remind you that our uniform standards include plain black shoes or trainers – no stripes or colours are permitted. Please see our Photos attached for an example of our uniform.
The menu for week commencing Monday 1 July 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, we ask that children do not bring nuts or kiwi fruit in their packed lunches. Thank you.
‘Be Our Guest ‘ – Beauty and the Beast UKS2 Performance Tickets
Year 5 and 6 are pleased to announce that our Box Office is open and that tickets are now for sale via our ‘School Gateway App’ priced at £2.00 per ticket. Tickets are first come first served and families can order as many as they want, but when our capacity is full, no more tickets will be released. Our shows are 9.30am or afternoon at 1.45pm on Wednesday, July 10. Class teachers will hand tickets out to children on Tuesday 9 July. Any tickets purchased after lunch on Tuesday 9 July will need to be collected from the school office. As in previous years we will be running a creche facility for young children – if you would like to make use of this facility please ring the school office to book a place and state the performance time you will be attending and the age(s) of the children using the creche. To enable us to staff the creche safely only children pre-booked will be able to attend and we do request that young children do not attend the performance to enable families to watch their older children without disruption. The children have worked their socks off to ensure that they put on a performance of a lifetime for you so please do, “ Be our Guests”!
A raffle will be held at both of our performances, here are some of the great prizes up for grabs:
£30 gift voucher for local Indian restaurant Jashn
Family Meal voucher for Bella Italia
£10 voucher for local micro-pub The One Eyed Stag
Family Meal voucher for MOD Pizza
£15 voucher for Café Lutz in Whickham
£15 beauty voucher for local beauticians Beauty Lash Out.
A huge thank you to all of the businesses for offering us these donations and supporting our school.
Rail Safety Assembly
Deborah from Nexus delivered two great, interactive assemblies last Friday. Children learnt lots of very important messages about being safe around railways. They found out about the importance of barriers and paying close attention to safety and warning signs.
They learnt the five golden railway rules which they locked away in their minds – ask them to see if they can remember?
The message ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ was reinforced throughout the assemblies.
Thank you to Deborah.
Year 1 at The Big Sing
Year 1 had a fabulous time at Sage Gateshead singing songs linked to being ‘On a Journey’. The children have been practising so hard and sang their hearts out! We were all so proud of them!
Change for Life
Several children from Years 3 and 4 attended the “Change for Life” celebration. The children took part in a range of team building games as well as sports new to the children, including archery, hockey and lawn bowls. They thoroughly enjoyed the morning, trying new sports and rose to the challenge.
Neave Glister from Year 4 exclaimed, “It was really good because it was sporty and it kept me fit!”
UKS2 Sports Day
What a glorious afternoon we had for our Year 5 and 6 Sports’ Day on Thursday! The afternoon was filled with great sporting talent, super sportsmanship and of course lots of smiles and laughter! Year 5 and 6, each and every one of you were a credit to your House Team and you should all be very proud of your individual efforts in your events. Thank you to all of our spectators who we hope enjoyed the afternoon and basking in the sun! A special ‘Well Done’ to our parents who zoomed down the track in our parents’ race – your children are very proud!!
Sports Day 2019 Results UKS2:
1st – Alnwick 2nd – Lambton 3rd – Durham 4th – Bamburgh
Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:
RCH John Joseph Easton
RCY Tommy Miller
1B Leo Clark
1C Kailub Easton
2B Agelina Xie
2C Taylor Goode
3B Lucy Little
3M Sarah Bastos Babenda
4B Jayden Watson
4C Zoe Wishart Yeomans
5J Summer Temple
5O Teri Baird
6P Connor Aguiar
6R Ella Edwards
Early Years and Key Stage 1 Class of the Week