Our School Ethos

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you to our school website. I hope that you find it easy to find out all you need to know about our school, in order for you to make a decision as to whether Dunn Street School is the right school for your child. We never forget that you have a choice of schools for your child and we are greatly honoured that parents choose Dunn Street to provide the education for their child.

At Dunn Street Primary, we recognise and value the wealth of experience and knowledge that children bring to the school. It is our intention to build on these foundations by providing, a caring, stimulating and happy environment, enabling each child to develop a sense of worth and respect for others.

It is important to us that every child enjoys school and feels a sense of belonging. We are proud of our inclusive ethos in which all contributions to the school community are valued and pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their best.

By providing a broad curriculum we are able to develop each child’s interests and horizons and recognise individual talents. We aim to educate the whole child reinforcing positive social, cultural and moral values in our daily acts of worship. Pupils are given the opportunity to contribute through the School Council and regular ‘circle times’ and to celebrate their success at sharing, and merit certificate assemblies.

At Dunn Street, we would welcome any suggestions or thoughts via Parent View.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me personally using the details on the left hand side of this page.

Mr Stewart Reader

Cheerleading Tournament 2018

BCA Super Classic May 26th 2018

Metro Arena, Newcastle

 

Tickets are now available for spectators to buy online for BCA, which is advised as its cheaper but also this is a really popular event and has been known to sell out. Please see the link below:

https://www.cheerleading.org.uk/product/super-classic-2018-spectator-ticket/

It is the Saturday that you will need to buy tickets for and we are fairly sure that they will be performing in the morning.

Please take heed of the following announcement from the Metro Arena in Newcastle where the BCA Super Classic will be held on May 26 and 27, 2018.  These policies are being upheld at all events which are hosted at the Metro Arena.  The BCA will uphold these standards.

The following bag policy will be in place for the BCA 2018 Super Classic.

No Large Cool Bags or Boxes, Glass, Cans or Alcohol allowed in the venue (Individual packed lunch bags are allowed i.e. child’s school lunch bag size)

No open bottles will be allowed in the venue (they reserve the right to check the integrity of any liquid in sports / drinks bottles)

No Flags on poles

No banners on sticks

No Airhorns

Nothing that may be deemed as a hazard determined by our SIA personnel – all bags will be subject to the search procedure.

Competitors and Coaches ONLY (with ID) – Large Bags/Kit Bags will be allowed in on arrival with squads, these will be subject to the search procedures and need to be tagged (please can you provide wristbands for this purpose)

Spectators – We encourage you to only bring essential items and stress no large bags or Backpacks of any shape size or theme at all will be permitted into venue. There is no storage or cloak room facility available so please make alternative arrangements before arriving to the venue.

 Please refer spectators to our website link http://www.metroradioarena.co.uk/venue-information/venue-safety/ for a full list of restricted items.

 If you have NOT sent proof of your child’s date of birth, please do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Kind regards

Miss Noble and Kimberly

Gymnastic Success

It is with great pleasure that we can inform you that our Year 6 Gymnastics squad (Emily, Lucy, Keenan, Leo, Demi-Leigh & Millie) came 2nd in the South Tyneside Schools Gymnastics Competition and our Year 5 squad (Bethany, Millie, Morgan, Ben, Lukas & Ellie) won!  Congratulations also to Millie for winning the “Design a Leotard Competition”!

Well done to all squad members for showing such a high level of skill and dedication to improving year on year.  Thank-you to Mr Gilmore, without whom we wouldn’t be able to deliver such high quality performances, and also to Mrs Moore and Mrs Baxter for accompanying the children to the Gymnastics Centre.

 

Cracking Ceilidh

At the second attempt, the Annual Dunn Street Ceilidh took place on 22nd March.  The children who have attended the Country Dancing Club, this academic year, invited friends and family to join them on the dance floor… some obliged and others were happy just capturing the evening on film.

I would like to thank all the parents and friends for their support and enthusiasm, the children for their dance moves and behaviour, the band for their wonderful music, calling and compliments as well as Mr Atkinson, Mrs Ramshaw and Mr Black for their help in ensuring the smooth running of the evening…

Click here for our Twitter feed and pictures…

World Book Day

Although we were unable to celebrate World Book Day this year (due to the adverse weather conditions), we are proud to say that our donation of old mathematics text books was received by the charity Books2Africa.

Our donation (of four 20kg boxes) helped reach a total of 388 boxes donated throughout February.  This will go some of the way to meeting the 70,331 books that were requested by individuals and institutions across Africa through 45 book request applications via the Books2Africa website in February.

The books shipped have led to the creation of libraries (within schools, academic institutions, communities) and improvement in teaching and learning. You can read the most recent impact report from Ghana, where 1,049 books were donated by Books2Africa by clicking here.

New data from UNESCO and World Bank now suggest 90% of children (202 million children) who go to school in Africa would not be able to read or write after finishing school. In light of this sad fact, the need for quality educational materials is more crucial than ever… and we are pleased, that in some small way, or donation has had a positive effect.

Charity Updates!!

Thank-you to anyone who was involved in, or made a donation to, our Poppy Appeal, Children in Need or Walking with the Wounded.  We are very proud of these totals!

“Fun, easy atmosphere” @ Y5/6 Maths Cafe!

After a busy morning, using our mathematics to bake delicious shortbread (thanks Mrs Noble, Mrs Baxter & our wonderful ladies in the kitchen), Y5/6 pupils welcomed parents, friends and relatives into our classroom.

Challenges in the morning involved changing imperial measurements from Mrs Noble’s VERY old recipe book into metric measurements, weighing the ingredients and calculations around the properties of a circle.

The afternoon session followed successful EY and KS1 Maths Cafes and one feedback form kindly said there was “nothing to improve as I have really enjoyed all three Maths Cafes I have attended with my children”!

The “informative” session aimed to allow adults to “see what is expected of the children” and was a mix of  a “high level of interaction”, “being involved” and “seeing my (child) work maths out”!

It was “nice to see everyone happy”… even those a little wobbly at the start!  Miss Noble was also “delighted” to welcome back past pupils into the class… even if it did explain the (recent)  emergence of grey hairs!

Maths bit: 100% of adults and pupils found the session useful and would recommend the session to others!

The final word goes to the pupils who made the session such a success with their positive attitude, enthusiasm and comments:

I liked..

“…showing off my skills!”

“…helping the adults to do our maths!”

“…having fun with my ma!”

“…being able to explain about what we have done.”

“…how my Mam could learn about what we do in class.”

“…that my Mam might be able to help me on my homework.”

“..that we learnt that maths is really important.”

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Queen Elizabeth Carol Service

Wonderful links were maintained as choir members from our class travelled to Darlington in order to participate in a special carol service which brings together members of the College, the local community and the children of Dunn Street.  The message of “Giving is better than receiving” resonated strongly with our class having recently participated in our fundraising for Walking With The Wounded.

Alongside other guests, we enjoyed Pass the Parcel and Bingo!!  Our singing went down well as the audience enjoyed a scrumptious lunch.  When we had finished our lunch, we performed a variety of carols and the poem, “A Christmas Guest”.

Check out our Twitter feed for other photos.