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 PTA Notice

 On Behalf Of The PTA Executive

Good Morning Parents,

Our apologies for the short notice of this email, however, please note tonight’s PTA meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Also, just a friendly reminder about Socktober - donations are due this Friday.  We are asking students to bring in a pair of (new) socks; adult size to donate to the 'Star Foundation'.

Kind Regards,

PTA Executive


 Science Fair tips!

 Community Info

On behalf of the United States Learning Disability Schools, The Vanguard School, Eagle Hill School, Landmark School, Maplebrook School and the Gow School.

You are cordially invited to come out on 26th October, 2017 at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club from 5pm - 8pm to see what programs they have available for children with Learning Differences.

 Christmas Production



Dear Parents,

The Somerset Primary bees are already buzzzzzing with excitement for this year’s Christmas production of “Elflandia”. We are looking forward to another amazing showcase of musical, artistic and theatrical talent! All upper and lower school students will be participating. To accommodate family and friends, there will be two performances. Please SAVE THE DATES:

Tuesday, 12th December


Wednesday, 13th December

On Friday, 8th December we will have our first dress rehearsal. Parents, we request that you begin to consider the attire for your child’s role. On the reverse is a chart indicating your child’s role and required costume. Most props and accessories will be provided by the school. If you have any difficulties finding suitable attire, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and we will try and accommodate your needs.

In preparation for this production, we also ask that you review your child’s lines with him/her at home. Student narrators and actors are expected to speak clearly, with confidence and expression. Choir members are also expected to practice and review their songs at home.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in this year’s Christmas production, please indicate so in writing to The Christmas Committee.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We hope to see you at the show!


The Christmas Committee

PLEASE  NOTE – Girls in dresses/skirts must also be wearing leggings or stockings.

 PTA Fundraiser

Good day parents,
Please be reminded of the PTA’s goodwill gesture to provide the Star Foundation with socks for their residents. All donations must be in by Friday, 20th October, 2017.
Thank you for your continued support.
PTA Executive

 Science Challenge - Due 13th October



10/20/2017 12:00 AM   PTA - Socktober - deadline day for sock donation. 
10/23/2017 8:45 AM   Mid Term Break 
11/13/2017 8:45 AM   Remembrance Day Holiday 
11/14/2017 8:00 AM   Winter Uniform Change OverNew 
11/18/2017 6:00 PM   PTA - Not-Yo BINGO NIGHT 
11/30/2017 6:30 PM   Science Fair (P1 - P6) 
12/6/2017 8:00 AM   PTA - Drive through Pancake Breakfast 
12/15/2017 8:45 AM   Last day of school for students 
1/3/2018 8:45 AM   All students return to school 
1/24/2018 12:00 PM   Professional Development for teachers - Schools Closed 1/2 day 
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 Standard Based Grading

14th September, 2017

Dear Parents,

Below is an overview of what I shared with you about Standards Based Grading on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017.

Re: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Bermuda’s Public Schools

Beginning in September 2017, assessment, evaluation, and reporting in Bermuda’s public schools will adopt a new approach to reporting student achievement. As I previously shared, Standard Based Grading will ensure validity grading practice/student performance. Students across the BPSS will be assessed and evaluated on the application of the same set of well-defined priority standards. This approach is to make the assessment and evaluation of student achievement as fair, reliable, and transparent as possible.

The priority standards are the curriculum expectations identified for every subject and discipline. They describe the knowledge and skills students are expected to develop and demonstrate in their class work, on tests, and in various other activities on which their achievement is assessed and evaluated.

Student results/grades are derived from a proficiency scale.  The proficiency scale is a standard system-wide guide used to assess and evaluate student achievement and proficiency according to the standard expected in the particular subject or discipline. The proficiency scale identifies four (4) levels of proficiency that are common to the primary, middle and senior schools and to all subject areas and disciplines.  Specific “qualifiers” are used with the descriptors in the proficiency scale to describe student performance at each of the four levels of achievement, as follows:



4.0 - Advanced

A “4.0” indicates the student has advanced understanding and exceeds grade level expectations. A student receiving a “4’ demonstrates academically superior skills in the specific area. This student shows initiative, challenges him/herself, and demonstrates this advanced knowledge at school. A “4” is difficult to obtain and indicates unusually high achievement.

3.5 - Progressing towards advanced

In addition to 3.0 performance, in-depth inferences and applications with partial success.

3.0 - Proficient

A “3.0” indicates the student has proficient understanding and meets grade level expectations. We want all of our students to reach a level “3”. A student receiving a “3” is right on track with our academic expectations. A “3” is something to be celebrated!

2.5 - Progressing towards proficient

No major errors or omissions regarding 2.0 content, and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

2.0 - Basic

A “2.0” indicates the student has basic understanding and is partially proficient at meeting grade level expectations. A student receiving a “2” understands the basic concept or skill, but has not yet reached the proficient level. A “2” should indicate that the student’s performance varies in consistency with regards to the accuracy, quality and level of support.

1.5 - Progressing towards basic

Partial knowledge of the 2.0 content, but major errors or omissions regarding the 3.0 content.

1.0 - Minimal understanding with help

A “1.0” indicates the student has minimal understanding and does not meet grade-level expectations. Performance is inconsistent even with guidance and support.

0.5 - Progressing towards minimal understanding


0.0 - No evidence or not enough evidence

A “0.0” indicates the student even with help cannot perform expectations, or there is no evidence or insufficient evidence.












NOTE: Letter grade assignments will not be used at the primary school level. However, I have included a conversion chart for ease of reference:

SBG Scale

Short Meaning

Conversion Letter Grade

Conversion Cut Scores



5.0 GPA/Dual Credit Scale




94  - 100





90 - 93






87 - 89





80 - 86






77 - 79





70 - 76






67 – 69





60 – 66




No Evidence












 Should you have any questions please feel free to direct them to me.

O'Brien Osborne



 Welcome Letter 2017


Monday, 11th September, 2017

Dear Parents and students,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2017/2018 school year.  Our custodians, Mr. Frankie Smith and Mr. Troy Govia, have done an excellent job ensuring that Somerset Primary was ready to receive our students. Our teachers and administrative staff put in additional work hours to ensure that each class is warm and welcoming. Please remember to compliment them.

This year Somerset Primary will embark on a new journey: we are one of 6 schools selected to be a “Demonstration School”.  As “Demonstration School” Somerset Primary will as a model for all other schools; best teaching practices and active and engaged student learning that is inquiry based. In order to achieve this, the entire staff will undergo professional development, throughout the course of the school year. We have adjusted our teaching time table to allow for teachers to receive off-site training, without disrupting teaching and learning. Our purpose is to create a learning environment where all students are successful based on their individual needs. We aim to passionately help all students discover their strengths, skills, and talents, so that self-motivated and self-generated to experience a world of possibilities.

It is indeed an honor to be afforded the opportunity to serve as the principal of Somerset Primary School. With your support, I look forward to continuing the fine tradition of all around excellence. I and “The Team” desire to work with each of you in order to make this a very successful year. Nothing helps your child to succeed more than your involvement. Hence, it is of vital importance that you be an active participant in your child’s education. Your participation is that catalyst for helping our students to develop a healthy attitude towards learning; I and “The Team” welcome it.

Our Back-to-School meet-the-teacher night is tomorrow at 6:30pm. We will meet in the auditorium before proceeding to classrooms.

·         Please set aside time to thoroughly read the school handbook, with your child. I also remind you that our website (, mass email and Facebook are our key forms of communication. Please ensure that the office has an up-to-date email address. 

·         Somerset Primary achieved a Gold rating from the Ministry of Health. Please help us to maintain this rating by ensuring that your child has a healthy and trash free lunch. This year our goal is to drink just water.

I look forward to meeting and developing positive and respectful relationships with each of you.


Mr. Osborne,



Be Responsible
Be Safe
Re Respectful
Be Safe
Be Ready to Learn
Be Safe
  • Flush the toilet
  • Wash your hands
  • Put trash in garbage cans
  • Keep floor dry
  • Report to office
  • Use quiet voices
  • Wait your turn
  • Give people privacy
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions


Classroom Lunch
  • All food and drink stay in eating areas
  • Stay in your assigned seat
  •  Clean up your area: table and floor
  • Listen to all adults and prefects
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Follow directions

 Hallway &


  •  Walk quietly on blue and white
  • Follow dress code
  • Keep hands to self
  •  Follow adult directions
  • Use appropriate language and tone
  • Be mindful of work on the walls
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions
  •  Use good manners
  • Have a positive attitude
  •  Follow adult directions
  • Use appropriate language and tone
  • Use the front office entrance and wait your turn
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions
  •  Bring all supplies
  • Turn work in on time
  • Take care of classroom materials
  • Use kind words and actions
  • Follow directions
  • Use appropriate voice level
  •  Stay on task
  • Participate actively
  • Complete all work
  • Take care of equipment
  • Stay within boundaries
  • Follow adult directions
  • Use kind words
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
  • Follow the rules of the game
  •  Line up quickly
  • Use appropriate voice level when reentering school
  • Listen when new games are introduced
  • Stay in seat
  • Be safe
  • Stay alert
  • Use kind words
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
  • Use a appropriate voice level
  • Listen for instructions
  • Follow directions
  • Keep belongings together


 C.H.E.C.Kmates Lunch

Somerset Primary School is always looking for ways to improve and enhance student learning and behaviour.

In June of 2004, the Principal, Mrs. Richardson challenged the staff to put extra support in place for students.  This challenge was accepted and implemented in September 2004.  The entire staff including our  Administrative Assistant and now the custodians, too, enthusiastically agreed to take students “under their wings” to give any support and encouragement necessary.  The staff seeing the impact this could have on all students wholeheartedly agreed that this shall be extended to all students at Somerset Primary.  Students and teachers were grouped based on already established relationships and/or randomly picked names.  Parents were introduced to the concept at our first PTA meeting that September. 

We brainstormed at a Team Meeting on activities that could be done, with the understanding that spending time with students, not material things, must be of primary importance.  The response from students was overwhelming.  They were overjoyed to meet and know their C.H.E.C.K.mates.  The acronym C.H.E.C.K.mate means —

          Communication, Humour, Encouragement, Cooperation for Kids.

This program has had a positive impact on teachers, parents and students.  Meaningful relationships have been established.  Students and teachers search out each other to celebrate successes and address concerns.  During activities students are assured of a C.H.E.C.K.mate who cheers especially for him/her.

It’s a delight to see C.H.E.C.K.mates interacting during break times, having lunch together, chatting, visiting the farm or beach, meeting and greeting others with a sense of purpose.  Teachers and students get excited.  One can often hear both teacher and students say “That’s my C.H.E.C.K.mate.”

We are enthused that all members of staff, teachers and support staff, are involved in this programme.




 Somerset Primary School

Our Mission is
To provide quality education
in a caring environment
that will recognize the various
cultural, intellectual and social differences
of students with the sole aim of
developing the whole child
-   Intellectually, Physically, Socially,
Psychologically and Spiritually.

2 Gilbert Lane
Sandys MA03
Phone: 234-1440
Fax: 234-3073

 School Information

Principal                      O'Brien Osborne
Deputy                        Angela Edwards
Counselor                    Sophia Burch
School Hours                8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Enrollment                   101
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future
October 2017


 Message from the Principal

 Principal’s Pledge    

I respect each person in this school and I will show it in my daily actions.

I will do my very best to promote a positive and caring environment where:

Ancillary staff members perform their duties with pride, teachers can teach, and the students can fulfill their potential for academic and personal growth.


 For the safety and security of all our students we ask that all parents and visitors report first to the office, and all deliveries  be made through the office.

O'Brien Osborne, Principal



 Fun Days at SPS 2017-2018

 Term I


 Principal's Welcome Back Letter


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 10/12/2017 11:37 AM

 Morning and Afterschool Care Information

 Green Family Adopt-a-School Donation

Dear Parents,

As part of the ongoing support of our school by the Green Family.  Please accept the Bermuda Parent magazine which will be distributed quarterly for your perusal.

I am sure you will find this magazine a very informative and useful resource for parenting.

Thank you
Mr. Osborne


 Daily Expectations


Youth Camps/Activities

 Buzzing Bees!


Caught 'Bee'-ing Good! 

Fire Awareness Week winner!


Seri placed 1st in the primary school division for making an escape plan [ 2 ways out of a house ] in the event of problem.

 Somerset Primary "BEE" Attitudes


Polite              Courteous           Sincere
Patient            Responsible        Compassionate
Fair                Self-Controlled    Truthful
Honest            Optimistic           Kind
Respectful      Dependable        Warm and Welcoming
Confident       Courageous         Tolerant
Principled       Trustworthy     Responsible for Choices


 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Final SCORE Report

 Cambridge Results

 School Song

I am Someone Special

I am someone special in this great big world.
There is no one else like me.
I can make a difference, make a dream come true,
‘cause I believe in myself,
Yes I do.
Oh, I care about who I am.
I care about what I do.
I care about being the best that I can be,
I care about being me.
I can be a doctor or an astronaut,
All I have to do is choose.
I can be a farmer with a college degree.
No one else can decide,
Only me.
Oh, I care about who I am.
I care about what I do.
I care about being the best that I can be,
I care about being me.

 - Ministry of Education


 School Creed - Manners

We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt or tease.
We don't argue.  We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys and take our turn.
Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
It's really easy, when you find.
Good manners means



 If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn . . .
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight . . .
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive . . .
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself . . .
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy . . .
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilt . . .


If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient . . .
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident . . .
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative . . .
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love . . .
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is . . .
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice . . .
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him . . .
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live . . .


 Dorothy L. Law

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