Dunston News – 17/03/2023

Mar 17, 2023Dunston News

“Without the rain there would be no rainbow.”

Gilbert Chesterton

Message From Mr Sutherland

I absolutely loved our World Book Day celebration at the beginning of March and I hope your children did too.  We had such wonderful outcomes right across the school which came from staff sharing their favourite books with different groups of children that they perhaps would not usually work with.  Everyone was involved and my thanks go to all our staff who designed exciting and engaging sessions for their own particular books with such creative elements.  Speaking personally, it gave me the chance to step “back into the classroom” and spend some time teaching and learning with children, which of course is what brought me into this job in the first place and which I cannot do as often as I would like.  A wonderful morning and such a buzz around our school!

Happy “Red Nose Day”!  I think I may have taken the theme to an extreme by wearing a red suit and tie (not Italian silk but hopefully I was still “as smart as a dart” but as usual I needn’t have worried as children all across our school, as well as some parents, really pulled out all the stops this morning.  What a fabulous start to our day – even the sun came out after a week of rain and snow.  I know we will have lots of fun throughout the day as well as raising lots of money for some really good causes.  Thank you for your contributions – we will let you know the grand total raised as soon as we can.  Please check out some of the photos on our Facebook page if you are able to.

Have a great weekend!

Whole School Information

Get Eggcited for  Easter

Dunston Hill Easter Egg Competition is back!!!

This year we are eggtastic about our Easter Egg Compeition EGGSPRESS YOURSELF.

We are encouraging all children including parents and carers to create an eggcellent Easter Egg around the theme EGGSPRESS YOURSELF.

Why not enter out competition for £1 and create an eggciting egg.  This could show your favourite hobby, a place you enjoy visiting or something that makes you, you.

Our Easter Egg competition will be held in the ICT suite on Thursday 30 March.  The lucky winners will be announced on our Facebook page.  There will be one winner from every class also two lucky winners will receive a special prize from Mrs Anglesea and Mr Sutherland.  Don’t forget we have a parents competition too so parents get your eggceptional creative skills going.

Alongside our Eggciting Easter Egg competition, we will be holding an Easter Egg tombola after school on Thursday 30 March outside the ICT suite.  Any ‘chocolate’ donations would be greatly appreciated.

We are sure there will be some cracking ideas for our competition and we can’t wait to see them all.

Comic Relief – DRESS UP FOR JOY  

This Red Nose Day was all about coming together, spreading joy, and having the best day every.  Thank you so much for your kind donations.  We raised an amazing £302.45.  All the children and staff had a fantastic day, with smiles and laughter from everyone and they all looked funky and fabulous dressed in RED.

So where does your money go?  Comic Relief partners with some fantastic projects and organisations to make a difference to the lives of millions of people across the UK and around the world.  To find out more, follow the Comic Relief link

British Science Week

Once again, our Science Week has been a huge success and we have definitely sparked excitement across the school! Mrs Bainbridge launched Science Week with an assembly on Monday. One of the aims of the assembly was to ‘smash stereotypes’ of what children thought a scientist looked like and what type of person they might be. We discussed that scientists all look different, they come from many different backgrounds, they work on different things and work in different places. Children then had to guess the theme of Science Week by looking at a range of clues – many of us guessed that the theme was ‘Connections’. Children from Nursery to Year 6 have all participated in a STEM activity of building bridges and a range of activities linked to ‘connections’. We definitely have lots of budding scientists! 

Year 1 Parents/Carers

Class 1G assembly will be held on Monday 20 March at 2.30pm.

Sadly, we have had to postpone class 1B assembly until after Easter.  We will be in touch with the new date.


Year 2 Parents/Carers

Key Stage 1 SATS Parent Workshop on Tuesday 21 March at 5pm.

Class 2B assembly will be held on Tuesday 28 March at 2.30pm.

Class 2C assembly will be held on Wednesday 29 March at 2.30pm.

We ask no more than two people per child if possible, please.



Attendance at school is extremely important. By missing even a day or arriving late, your child misses out on crucial learning opportunities causing gaps in their learning. We appreciate when children are poorly, they should remain at home however we are aware of times when children are well enough to be in school but haven`t come in. Trying to keep an attendance of 97% is vital to your child’s progress. If your child has an attendance of less than 90% they are classed as persistent absentees and staff in school monitor this and take attendance very seriously. To help your child achieve their true potential make sure they are in school as much as they can. 

Holidays in term time are not permitted and will be unauthorised.


School Lunch

From Monday 17 April 2023 the price of a school meal will increase from £2.30 to £2.60 per day, or £13.00 per week. We still believe that this represents really good value and ensures that, should you wish it, your child is able to have a hot meal with a dessert and a drink whilst at school.

The menu for week commencing Monday 20 March 2023 is Week 1.  School lunch cost £2.30 per day payable in advance using the school app Schoolgateway.

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 peanuts or items containing nuts are brought into school, including in the form of Snickers, chocolate spread or peanut butter sandwiches.  This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.


Class News

Lower Key Stage Two

Year 3

Our Year 3 children are thoroughly enjoying their topic about the Ancient Egyptians, with a particular love of the gory stories of mummification. They are in the process of designing and making their very own canopic jars which they can’t wait to share with you during our upcoming year group assembly.  The children have lots of other things to share so we look forward to welcoming you back into our school hall to share all things Egyptian on Thursday 30 March.


Year 4

Our Year 4 hockey players did us proud taking part in the Quicksticks competition at Whickham School this week.  They played against a number of other primary schools from across Gateshead and kept smiling even when it began to snow!  Despite winning several games, we sadly didn’t make it through to the next round, but we stayed competitive throughout and did Dunston Hill proud.

In other news, lots of our children are working super hard to develop their times table knowledge using Times Table Rockstarts and it’s fantastic to see Rock Legends and budding Rock Heroes amongst us!  Keep up the good work!


World Book Day 2023

Wow! What an amazing creative morning we had earlier this month to celebrate World Book Day! We took part in two workshops with old and new friends across the school! Some of us made our own Paper Bag Princesses whilst others made Rhyming rabbits. You may have had the chance to make your own Pet Potato or participate in a blow football match! Herb gardens were created and sea creatures made, whilst songs were crafted and rockets launched!

We love being creative and reading at Dunston Hill!

Your child will have brought home their £1 World Book Day voucher earlier this month. This voucher allows them £1 off any children’s book at participating stores or can be used to purchase one of the special World Book Day books ( shops which are participating are: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco, The Works, WH Smiths and Waterstones.)

Please Watch the clip to see which books are up for grabs for £1 this year!

World Book Day 2023: Official £1 books and campaign reveal! – YouTube – Google Search


ECO Council

Watch this space for our Eco-Council! We are very excited to launch our very own Eco Council at Dunston Hill, who will be working to raise awareness around recycling, sustainability and so much more. We have a very special visitor lined up from Groundworks, a local sustainability charity, who will be hosting an assembly and talking to children about how we can be more eco-aware in our school and in our communities.

Sports News

Swimming Gala County Finals

After competing against 24 schools from Gateshead and finishing 3rd place, we were entered into the county finals along with several schools from South Tyneside.  The competition was tough but our team swam their best and managed to top their previous PBs.  We also received a silver medal in the boy’s backstroke.  Overall, we came 8th out of the 48 schools who participated – Well done team!


Year 3/4 Quicksticks Hockey

This week, several of our children from Year 3 and 4 attended a hockey event held at Whickham School.  Our children worked effectively as a team and they displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout every match.  Within our group, we managed to achieve 3rd place and they did us proud!


Nurture and Inclusion

A little reminder about some of the external support available to families:

Gateshead Local Offer SEND 0 to 25 Years – Gateshead Local Offer SEND 0 to 25 years (

Autism Information Hub – Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council (

Kalmer Counselling (