Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. ”

Wayne Dyer

Message From Mr Sutherland

On Wednesday of this week after school, we welcomed our Governors to the Autumn Term Full Governing Body meeting.  Our Governors are an integral part of the school’s leadership team and play a vital function in overseeing the strategy and vision for the school as well as offering constructive challenge to its leadership – a “critical friend”, so to speak.  I always look forward to Governors coming into school as it is a chance for us to show them what has been happening here as well as talking through some of our plans for the future.  For example, I am grateful to all the Governors for supporting our vision for inclusion and nurture.  Their drive,  and determination have been a crucial factor in our implementation of the Dunston Den and our new Sensory Room, thereby further supporting children of all ages in our school.

My aim is for Governors to become more involved in school life this year; indeed we have now set up Governor Teams – a combination of school staff and Governors who will look at specific aspects of school provision and identify and implement areas of change.  I believe it is important for Governors to be visible in and around school so that they are seen by parents, staff and more importantly children, as another important part of school life.  We had a really positive meeting, looking at the outcomes from last academic year as well as objectives through our School Improvement Plan to further enhance our provision over the next few years.  We are in a strong position as a school but there is certainly no room for complacency amongst staff or pupils.  We strive to be the best that we can be every day and will continue to so.

What a wonderful afternoon we had at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday watching the new Christmas Pantomime “Beauty and the Beast”.  The costumes and light shows were amazing, the songs uplifting and Danny as funny as ever.  I am so pleased we are still able to offer this opportunity for the children at a significantly reduced price and our aim is to try to do the same next year.  The children were a credit to the school and to you as parents and carers and their behaviour exemplary.  I’m sure you can imagine that it is no easy task to transport virtually a whole school to the centre of Newcastle and back again safely and the organisation that goes into making this happen smoothly is significant.  I would like to thank all staff involved for their help and particularly our wonderful Office Staff for their immense contribution.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Here are our Christmas dates for your diary. We have included them again this week as several parents missed last weeks newsletter.

 Christmas Dates

Wednesday 4 December

The lighting of the tree St Nicholas Church 6pm

Tuesday 10 December

EYFS Nativity 9.30am and 2.30pm

Wednesday 11 December

Christmas dinner day – Children can wear Christmas jumpers today

Thursday 12   December

KS1 Nativity 9.30am and 2.15pm

Friday 13 December

Our Christmas Fayre – Children can wear their Christmas jumpers again, parents can collect their children from 2.30pm to attend our Fayre

Monday 16 December

Nursery and Reception Christmas Party

Tuesday 17 December

AM: Whole school Church Service – St Nicholas Church (children only)

PM: Y1 and Y2 Christmas Party

Wednesday 18 December

AM: Grand Christmas Raffle, Bongo Bingo Morning for parents and carers- ALL WELCOME!

PM: Y3 and Y4 Christmas Party

Thursday 19 December

PM: Y5 and Y6 Christmas Party

6pm Community Carol Service St Nicholas Church – Choir performing

Friday 20 December

Break up for Christmas

Children can wear Christmas clothing or jumpers today and bring in a small game or toy – NO ELECTRICAL ITEMS


Christmas Themed Dress-up Day

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our non-uniform day at school today and kindly brought in donations for our forthcoming Christmas Fayre. Mrs Cox and the ‘Friends of Dunston Hill’ are currently busy organising the event and would welcome any additional support with the arrangements. 


Operation Encompass – The Next Steps

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.  A reminder that we have a drop in session in The Dunston Den on Monday 2 December 3.30-4.00pm for parents and carers to pop in and meet Officer Nicola Joicey for advice or support.  This is open to any members of our community.


Raffle Tickets for Grand Raffle Bongo-Bingo morning

We have sent home today two books of raffle tickets per child for our Grand Christmas Draw. Once again, we have some super prizes to be won!  We would love as many parents, carers, family members and friends to come along on Wednesday 18 December at 9.15am to join us for some festive fun. Last year we introduced Bongo Bingo and had lots of fun and giggles which certainly got us all in the mood for Christmas. During the morning you will be served mince pies and hot drinks while listening to our choir and groups of children from across the school sing some Christmas tunes.  We`ll have a lively game of bingo and a quiz and finally draw our grand raffle. Please join us – everyone is welcome.


Christmas Parties

On Christmas Party Day, children have two options.

Option 1: Bring your party clothes into school in a bag and staff will get children changed for the party after lunch.

Option 2: Collect your child at 11.45am and return to school for 1.15pm party-ready.

A sheet with party food options will be outside your child’s classroom the week before for you to sign up for a small item to bring along.


Year 1 & 2 Christmas Dancing Club

There will be no Christmas Dancing Club on Wednesday 4 December.  The last session will be held on Wednesday 11 December, parents and carers are invited into the school hall at 4pm to watch the children perform the festive dance routines they have been rehearsing.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 2 December is Week 1.  Friday’s vegetarian option for Week 1 has been changed to cheese and tomato potato skins served with salad and coleslaw. This a permanent change to the menu.  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 our Nurture and Inclusion Team…

This week in The Dunston Den has (as usual) been truly magnificent. As always, Miss Tuart and Mrs Cox have been joined by lots of children from Reception right through to Year 6 every lunchtime; the children have enjoyed: simply ‘chilling out’; chatting to friends, playing board games; playing in the role play area; building a jigsaw and much more.

“This is the best place to be!” (Poppy – Year 4)

“I bet other schools aren’t as lucky as us!” (Dylan – Year 1)

Miss Tuart has also had a wonderful time working with children in The Dunston Den to support them with areas of learning that they find a little tricky within the classroom. The children love coming into the Den to work with Miss Tuart; they show so much enthusiasm and willingness to learn, and she feels very lucky to be able to work with our children on a 1:1 and small group basis.

Mrs Cox (our Family Support Worker) has had a brilliant time working in the Den with a range of children this week. She has worked with children to focus on feelings, emotions, behaviour and mental wellbeing. Some of the activities have included: positives about themselves and each other (stars in a jar), being mindful (rope games) and fixed and growth mindset games.

Don’t forget, Mrs Cox leads Tiny Tribes Toddler Group (every Friday 9-10am). Come along for some muddy fun!

Also, remember Mrs Cox is here to support parents/carers as well as our children, so if you would like to organise a meeting or simply a chat with her, please pop along to our office or catch her at the main entrance each morning.


Accelerated Reader – Year 3 to 6

A reminder to our Year 3 to 6 pupils that our Accelerated Reader Points cut off day is Tuesday 10 December. A huge well done to all of those children who have already achieved their personalised target set at the beginning of half term and a reminder to those that have not that we need to really try to read our home reading book every night at home and have this commented on in our Reading Diaries.

We will be starting to collect books in which have been borrowed using our Junior Librarian system from 10 December. A verbal reminder and then a written reminder will be sent out to pupils who have not returned books according to our tracking system by Tuesday 17 December.

Thank you for your continued support with reading….. “ Today a reader … tomorrow a leader!”


Christmas Productions

The children are currently rehearsing very hard for Key Stage 1 Christmas production “A Midwife Crisis” on Thursday 12 December and the Foundation Stage “Nursery Rhyme Nativity” on Tuesday 10 December and are really looking forward to performing on stage.  Letters have been sent home this week to order your tickets.


Reception Class places for September 2020

Nursery parents can apply for Reception class places commencing September 2020.   The closing date for Reception admissions is 15 January 2020.  Apply online at  Please contact the school office if you do not have access to the internet to submit your application.

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

RCH  Chloe Atkinson

RCY  Scarlett Lumsden

1B  Milena Vasiljeva

1T  Rafailia Biniakou

2B  Chloe Renforth

2J   Harry Jacob

3C  James Ash

3M  Felix Wood

4C  John Guest

4W  Kyle Earl

5B  Amolak Chahal

5O Neave Glister

6P  Blake Parker

6R  Susan Su



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