Dunston News – 31/03/2023

Mar 31, 2023Dunston News

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

Maya Angelou

Message From Mr Sutherland

Over the last week or so I have been fortunate enough to attend some fantastic events involving our children and I have been so impressed with their application, effort and good humour.  I was with our Key Stage 2 choir at the Sage last Friday for the Spring Sing and there again on Tuesday afternoon to watch our dance groups go through their paces.  Both occasions were wonderful examples of children having an opportunity to experience things that they may not usually experience – in this case, performing on a big stage with a professional crew.  The Sage is a fabulous venue and the fact that we are able to give our children exposure to events such as these I believe speaks volumes about our commitment to a wide variety of artistic endeavours.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended – I know from speaking to many of you just what it means to your children and to you to participate.  They were both such positive experiences.

On a smaller, but no less important scale, I also attended the Karate Grading event on Monday in our school hall.  The instructor asked the children to complete moves showing precision and discipline and it was quite clear how much the children enjoy these sessions.  Again, my thanks for all the parents and carers who were able to attend.  My aim is to try to continue these classes if at all possible so the the children can build on their prowess and skills.  I can also add football, girls and boys, basketball and swimming to name but a few, to the list of activities we as a school are signed up for and I am so proud of all our children for taking part.  I would also like to thank the staff at Dunston Hill for always going “over and above” and helping the children be the best that they can be.

You may have heard that we have some wonderful news that was shared with class 4H children and parents this week. Mrs Harris and her husband are expecting their first child and as you can imagine, we are all absolutely delighted for her.  She is hoping to remain teaching right through until the end of the summer term but naturally I will keep you informed if there are any changes.  In the meantime, I’m sure you will join me in sending Mrs Harris and her family our very best wishes on her wonderful news.

Finally, on a happy/sad note, today we say goodbye to Mrs Moorhead, our wonderful HLTA, who is retiring.  I know I speak for everyone who works at Dunston Hill when I say that she will be a huge miss and, personally, I would like to acknowledge her huge contribution to everything that we have achieved here and I know that you and all our children will join me in wishing her well for the future.  Thank you for everything you have done for us, Mrs Moorhead; we will miss you.

That was such a busy term and I am surprised we managed to fit everything in!  After the Easter break we move into summer term with lots of exciting things in store so please make sure you regularly check emails, our website, our Facebook page and this newsletter for up to the minute information.  Your support means everything to us and we thank you for helping us make Dunston Hill Community Primary School the very special place that it is.

Have a wonderful Easter break with family and friends.  We will see you back for the start of summer term on Monday 17th April at the usual times.

Best wishes

Whole School Information

Eggspress yourself

Wow! We were ‘eggstatic’ with all the amazing entries we had in our Easter egg competition. Everyone certainly EGGSPRESSED themselves.

Well done to everyone who took part. The winners are –

Nursery Willow R 

RL Eva W 

RB Prim H

1B Sofia A

1G Reggie T 

2C Ella K 

2B Grace G 

3C Amber L

3O Dylan L 

4H Rafailia B

4M Lizzie R

5C Cassey Leigh B 

5B Zeynap P 

Mr Anglesea’s special award goes to Khole G 

Mr Sutherland’s special award goes to Scarlett M

Goodbye Mrs Moorhead- you will be a huge miss!

Today, Mrs Jacqueline Moorhead, our Higher Learning Teaching Assistant, (HLTA), left us after working with us here for over sixteen years. Initially as one of our Midday Supervisors before qualifying as a Teaching Assistant and then an HLTA, she has decided to retire and spend more well-deserved time with her family. Mrs Moorhead has been an integral part of our success here at Dunston Hill and has had the children’s wellbeing at the heart of everything she does. She has supported teaching and learning to ensure that our children have the very best start to their academic lives, as well as being there for the children when they have needed pastoral support. Most recently, Mrs Moorhead has been working in Upper Key Stage 2 and has been a crucial part of ensuring that our children leave us ready for the next stage in their education. She will be a huge miss here and, whilst we are very sad to see her leave us, we are so happy that she has made a decision that is right for her and her family.  

Vote Riley!!

A reminder that voting opens today for Riley G in Year 5, who has been nominated for Gateshead MBC’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year Award’, for his efforts to help those in need since 2019. We would be delighted if you could take the time to vote for Riley by using the following link. Every vote counts!

Please scroll down to the section ” Young Achiever of the Year sponsored by Komatsu.” and click Riley’s name. Thank You!

Family Learning

Easter Crafts 

Parents came into school this week and enjoyed some craft time with their children.  Everyone had lots of fun and were all very crafty!

Building a Resilient Child

Reception and Year 1 children and parents/carers had fun and engaged in the course to build resilient children and to promote their well–being.

Next term we will continue this course for Years 2 and  3 if you would like a place, please see the Schoolgateway app.


Family Forest School 

Family Forest will return in the summer term, look out for details coming soon!


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 17 April 2023 is Week 3.  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.


Forest School, PE and Swimming will all begin from Monday 17 April 2023.

Forest School

Children should come to school dressed in clothing suitable to the weather, warm coat, gloves and hat when cold.  On their bottom half, they should wear trousers you are happy for them to get dirty in, school hoodie and t-shirt. They should bring their wellies to leave in a plastic carrier bag.

Reception – Thursdays

Year 1 – Tuesdays

Year 4 – Wednesdays



PE for all year groups starts on the 1st week back after half term.  Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit; school hoodie, t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit joggers and trainers for the full day.

Reception – Tuesday

Year 1 – Friday 

Year 2 – Monday and Thursday 

Year 3 – Tuesday and Wednesday 

Year 4 – Wednesday and Thursday 

Year 5 – Tuesday 

Year 6 – Monday



Year 5 children will continue to swim every Monday from Monday 17 April 2023.

Year 6 children will continue to swim every Thursday from Thursday 20 April 2023.



Class News

Key Stage One

Key Stage 1 children have thoroughly enjoyed their history units of work this term. Year 1 have developed their sense of chronology by creating a timeline of key events that have happened in their lives. Then they investigated the history of toys and how toys have evolved over time. They even had the opportunity to play with some older toys which they borrowed from a museum. 1G loved sharing their learning during their class assembly.

Year 2 have explored the question, “Who was Florence Nightingale and how did she change nursing?” We began by looking at key dates and events in Florence’s life and we added these to a timeline. We found out what conditions were like in an army hospital in Scutari, Turkey in the time that the Crimean War broke out.  We discovered that Florence changed hospitals and nursing for the better and her legacy lives on today. Our Year 2 children enjoyed sharing their learning with parents/carers in a class assembly.

Key Stage 1 staff would like to thank parents/carers very much for attending these events. We really appreciated having you in school but most of all, it meant so much to your children. Thank you and I’m sure you’ll agree that our children have an excellent understanding of their history work! 



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

Girl’s Football League

Two weeks ago, the league began for the Year 5/6 Girl’s Football.  Our team headed to Blaydon Leisure Centre and played several tough matches, winning every game they played.  Coach Henry was blown away as the girls managed to score an impressive 12 goals and managed to save every shot that was taken at our goal.  We are currently top of the league and ready for round 2!


Mini-Hockey Event

Last week, several children from Year 5 and 6 attended a hockey event which was held at Whickham College.  The competition was tough, however, the children worked great as a team and encouraged each other on from the side of the pitch.


Mini-Basketball Event

We are also proud of our team of Year 3 and 4 who attended the recent basketball event.  The children put all of their skills to practise and competed against several other schools.  Within our group, we managed to come third place, but what was more impressive, was the excellent sportsmanship that the children demonstrated throughout the afternoon.


Dance Festival

Wow… What an afternoon!  On Thursday, our young men in black took to the stage at The Sage Gateshead for this year’s Dance Destival and they blew everyone’s socks off. We are super proud of them and we are extremely grateful to Miss Conway and Mrs Cox who have worked with them over the last half-term.  Well done boys!

Soon after, we cheered our next group onto the stage who wowed us with their ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ performance.  Over the last half-term, the children have enjoyed working with Scott Brannigan-Howes and Mrs Anglesea to perfect their routine. It was the perfect song choice as we certainly did not want them to stop! Well done you lot, we are SUPER proud of you!



Easter is a beautiful time of the year – the seasons are changing and there are lots of opportunities to spend time together as a family and of course eat lots of chocolate eggs. Why not include some calming Easter activities as well: a great opportunity to teach your children how to relax their bodies, calm their minds and manage their emotions.


11 Calming Easter Activities {Including Free Bunny Breaths Printable + More} – Calm Ahoy Kids


7 easy Easter holiday activities for children | Calm Moment