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

Whithaugh Park is an outdoor activity resort where children and adults can make memories and create dreams for the future. WP (Whithaugh Park) helps people realise how to take control of their fears in an adventurous style: when they leave, they feel worthy in side. Even though they were sometimes scared, everyone from our class has had the time of our lives competing in activities, games, quizzes and challenges.

Monday morning was a change for us because we don’t usually spend time in rural surroundings and see the things we saw. The views were outstanding and the colours were immaculate when we were standing high on the hills. Although we loved looking and watching things around us, we also loved the activities and the challenges the instructors gave us… they pushed us to our limits!! Archery, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Walk of Life, orienteering and swimming were all the wondrous WP activities we had to defeat and challenge our self with.

During the High Ropes, our favourite part was definitely reaching and conquering our targets on the Gladiator Challenge. As we got lowered down, we were proud of our achievements even if we didn’t reach the top of the cargo net. Everyone tried their hardest and that’s all what counts in Dunn Street Primary School!!!!

On Tuesday the 6th of June, we gathered outside and had a roaring camp-fire: we used the “Bag of Power” to tell our favourite memories like we are doing now… This was a great experience for our minds and for our lives in the future.

Whithaugh Park has given us the opportunity to have an adventure!!! Although I had lots of friends before I ventured to WP, this has helped make new friendships appear and old friendships grow. Being able to wake up and have all your friends with you is a fabulous experience and being able to laugh and have a good time with everyone is incredible in my opinion. During the stay, Whithaugh Park has also given us the time to have fun and live life to the fullest. Fill your life with adventures dreams and targets not setbacks and bad thoughts.

WP has helped me make my fears evaporate into the sky and has helped me come face to face with my true self. In September, we are moving up to secondary school and I am sure this has all helped us to be confident and be better people in the future. Speaking for everyone, we all recommend you venture to Whithaugh Park and step outside your comfort zone:  “…throw off bow lines… sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails .Explore! Dream! Discover…” And be you!

Turn over every page with ambition and always believe you can achieve your dreams!

Kara and Demi-Leigh:

Our class took home so many memories, great experiences and souvenirs. If you can, we would definitely recommend that you’d go and have this once in a lifetime experience it’s worth it. Overall it’s not only a great experience it’s given an opportunity to our class to expand our knowledge of ourselves, its let our curiosities go wild and encouraged us go outside more often instead of being indoors playing on our electronics.  You discover more in the open/when you are outdoors.

Our class are ever so thankful for the teachers who came but also to Mr Reader for organising the event. He may not be at school at the moment, but we are still thankful for letting us do this. We are very proud of Miss Noble as it’s the first year she’s done it without Mr Reader and it was remarkable. Thank you!!

Conor and Leo:

We are now about to tell you about our wondrous adventure at Whithaugh Park which is in the countryside. Now listen up! We are doing Prince William Award which is programme for key stage two – key stage three to become better people and we had to use some of their guiding principles like: self-control, confidence, courage, conscientiousness and resilience.  These are major qualities to have in life, so we both recommend you use them to your advantage.

We used these qualities in some activities we did, like: High Ropes, Low Ropes and Walk of Life.” Why, did you use these qualities?” I hear you ask… because they have made us change into what we are!  Now we are better than we were in September 2017. We would have probably said, ”NO!” to do Walk of Life: crawling through moist tunnels and also being trapped in eternal darkness for one hour and forty five minutes.

Now we will tell you about Low Ropes.  If we were in September 2017, if we had fallen in the water, we would have had a “hissy fit” and been awfully frustrated with our self for falling in and failing the challenge and probably would have gave up and not tried it again for failing!

We think Rock UK is a great experience because it helps young minds expand in maturity. In Rock UK we were tested to be brave and conscientious to ourselves and to help ourselves and each others in our activities.

In conclusion, we both think that this is a worthwhile experience! We personally hope you go yourself to see all the stunning views and appreciate time in the countryside! So what we’re really trying to get out to you is, if you go to the ROCK UK, you’re in for a worthwhile experience!

 

A 6am meet at school meant that 96% of the squad had a really early start and 4% of the squad broke world records for getting out of bed and into school in the shortest time possible!  Warm-up started at 7.30am back stage:

They all worked hard and took to the stage with a confidence that made everyone incredibly proud!

Click here for a downloadable copy of the team’s performance.

Official photos can be found by clicking here and entering the password SUPER18.

Please help the school comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which will come into force on 25 May 2018 by completing the privacy notices sent out last week.  If you haven’t received, or lost, your copy, please contact the school office.  Many thanks.

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.