Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it with full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good.

Roald Dahl

Message From Mr Sutherland

Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week and as this is something of great importance to us at Dunston Hill, we will be acknowledging it across school. This year, the theme is ‘Find Your Brave’ and children will be sharing stories, videos and discussion around this with their class teacher. There will also be a whole school assembly to share this idea further with the children.  The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. Throughout the week the children will be taking part in sessions and activities related to the theme. We hope to share some of what we learn on our Facebook so please keep an eye out.

Whilst on the subject, I am delighted that the third phase of our drive to improve provision at Dunston Hill is now in place.  Our new Sensory Room, which we have named The Dunston Retreat, offers a safe space for children to work, talk or just sit quietly and think, supported by a member of staff.  It caters for a variety of needs and is not there purely to support a particular group of pupils; rather to offer appropriate provision for whoever needs it.  That may be a small group, two children together or even individually if that is what they need.  It is now being used every day and the children and staff I have spoken to absolutely love it!  It has also been commented on by visiting professionals to our school who are able to use it to support their interventions.  You will remember that our first phase was the recruitment of a SENDCo and Inclusion Lead as well as a Family Support Worker, with the second phase being the creation of The Dunston Den.  I believe that these measures lead to the highest possible standards of provision for all our children right across the school, whatever their needs and I am extremely proud of the way in which the team at Dunston Hill has responded to the challenge.  Our aim now is to ensure that we improve still further.  This particular part of our journey has only just begun and we still have so much more to do.

Have a great week!



Whole School Information


Parents Consultations

Our Parents Consultations are fast approaching, and you will have now received your appointment time for the week beginning 10 February. During the evening, you will have the opportunity to complete a parental evaluation form. These will be available at the entrance to the school and outside classrooms, once complete please pop them into the yellow boxes on your way out. We always appreciate feedback and would encourage parents to fill them in and share any successes or suggestions you have for school.

In addition to this, children’s books will be outside the classroom demonstrating their latest work in class. Each child will have put a post-it note in their book signposting a piece of work they are proud of. Please feel free to write a comment back to them on the post-it notes provided. The children loved receiving your messages last time.


Big Buster Weekend

We have had several reports of headlice in school. Please check your child’s hair this weekend. Please follow the advice link below if needed.


Accelerated Reader Points

A reminder to our KS2 children that Tuesday 11 February is the cut-off point for them to achieve their Accelerated Reader points. It has been lovely to see children reading their books in Read and Relax, carefully select a new book from our Reading Hideout and celebrate their success when they complete a book and take their quiz! Keep it up KS2!


National Story Telling Week

Next week marks the celebration of “Story Telling”. In school we will be telling stories about our lives; telling stories we know off by heart and making up stories using props and our story chests in Reception. Please celebrate this week at home with your child by making up stories or sharing stories from your own childhood with your child.


Judo Taster Sessions

Next week, we are lucky to have ‘Destination Judo’ in our school to work with the children from Year 2 to Year 6.  The coaches will show the children some basic moves and more information about their clubs will be shared with you next week.  We look forward to working with them on Monday!


Valentine’s Disco

Love is in the air early at Dunston Hill. Our Valentine’s Disco is to be held on Wednesday 5 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 and must be paid on the door.


Boys Street Dance Club

Due to the Valentines Disco, there will be no Street Dance Club on Wednesday 5 February.


Family Forest School

Family Forest School session with Mrs Cox is cancelled this Wednesday afternoon and will recommence the following week.  Apologies for any inconvenience.


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!


Early May Bank Holiday

The May Day Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  School will be open on Monday 4 May.


School Lunch

The menu for week commencing Monday 3 February 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, 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 Upper Key Stage Two…

It has been a basketball bonanza in Year 5 this week! It started on Monday when the children were greeted by Newcastle Eagles basketball player Sam, who led a coaching session during P.E. Both classes learnt how to practise their dribbling skills, playing games such as ‘dribble tag’. They then practised how to defend the ball and mark players. For the next two weeks, the children will continue their coaching sessions to improve their skills.

On Tuesday, Mrs Ion took 14 Year 5 children to Kingsmeadow School to take part in a basketball competition. They began their morning with a warm up, followed by lots of games against the two other schools who were taking part. On this occasion, we did not progress to the next round but Mrs Ion was so proud of how hard they tried as well as their excellent sportsmanship. Well done!



Sporting News



Amazing results from our 5-a-side team. Thank you to Mr Wildgoose for the match report below and Miss Reay for organising our team.

Just want to say well done to all the lads who played in the 5-a-side tournament tonight.  Big squad so had to make lots of changes throughout the games but this did not put the lads off one bit.

First game was against Crookhill with goals in the first half from Mason x1, Alfie x1 and Sonny x1. In the second half, the goals came from Jack x1 and Corey x1 with Dunston Hill winning 5-0.

Second game was against Whickham with goals in the first half coming from Alfie x1, Ethan x1 and Dylan x3 with Whickham getting a goal back just before half time. In the second half the only goal came from Dillon x1 so Dunston Hill winning that game 6-1.

The third game was against Greenside who were unbeaten just like Dunston Hill so this was the deciding game as to who was to go through to the finals. In the first half we had goals from Dillon x2 and Mason x2. Goals in the second half came from Alfie x2 and Mason x1 which led to a final score line of 7-0.

The lads deservedly go through to the final with some great football and all games were played in good spirits with the team scoring 18 goals and only conceding only 1 with thanks to Jack making his debut in goal tonight.  Well done lads 👏🏼👏🏼⚽️⚽️😊😊


Swimming Gala

Last week several of our Year 6 children took part in swim trials for The School Sports Partnership Gala. 8 children were successful and will represent Dunston Hill on Thursday afternoon. Parents are welcome to come along and watch. Entry is £1. The Gala is  12.30pm-4.00pm at Dunston Leisure Centre.

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

RCH  Ebony Powell

RCY Oscar Mitchell

1B  Lexi Ingham

1T  Lucy Milnes

2B  Lexi Muir

2J  Taylor Stephenson

3C  Sophie McArdle

3M  Lily Wales

4C  Amelia Anderson

4W  Shaun Lawson

5B Charlie Hudson

5O Oliver White

6P Brooke Lawlor

6R  Libby Houston Codling



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