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 End of Year Activity

 Book Fair

Attention All Students and Parents!!

SPS will host its first ever Book Fair on Wednesday, 19th June! We encourage students to bring in all “gently used” books that they have outgrown to be re-sold to their schoolmates. For only 25 cents, children may purchase a “new” book! All proceeds will go towards the school fund. So go through your bookshelves now and make space for a new summer library!!! 

We will be receiving books from now until Wednesday.

 Youth Library Information

 Career and Senior's Tea Day


There are currently no upcoming events.


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 6/20/2019 10:42 AM


Looking for a camp?

Your child will spend a lot of time at camp during the summer break and other holidays. Ensure that the camp is run well and in a safe environment with the following guides:

Camp Guidelines for Parents - 14 June 2018

Safe Camps Guide

Top 10 things to ask about a camp

Guidance on infection control, exclusion and reporting of health events in schools and other child care settings

Visit the page for child care providers for information on their application process and requirements


Youth Camps/Activities
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018

 P6 G.R.E.A.T. Graduation 2018

 Science Fair 2018 - 2019

 New Community Partnership Initiative:

Somerset Primary has partnered with Bermuda Education Network in a collaboration that  will focus on social emotional learning, vocabulary and conceptual awareness in the social studies and science areas, with the goal facilitating a collective impact of improved reading and writing outcomes, and readiness for Middle School. 

 1.  Goals for Language and reading

The Horizons program promotes content-specific vocabulary growth and conceptual understanding.  Recent enhancements to the curriculum include goals to teach vocabulary and explain connections between related words using word webs, word walls and story read alouds.

 2.  Goals for Social emotional learning

Research shows that emotional intelligence at elementary level, and in particular having a “growth mindset” is a more accurate predictor of future success than IQ.  Children can learn character strengths and the upper primary years are an ideal time to work on these “soft skills.”

3.  Parent Engagement

Research shows that parent engagement is another major predictor of a child’s success and even predicts graduation rates. Programs that build relational trust with parents, give them opportunities to lead and allow them to get to know one another and develop “bonding social capital” are likely to produce gains in student achievement.

When we communicate with P5 parents about the Horizons program that their children are involved in, we will invite them to consider becoming volunteers for the program.  In addition to volunteering, parents who sign up will receive leadership training about how to fundraise for the Horizons program and their school, how to organize with other parents, how to work with sponsors and how to support other parents. 

4.  Teacher professional development goals

The experiential learning techniques that are used in the Horizons program can be adapted to all grade levels and all subjects for use in the classroom. P5 Teachers and Language Arts Teacher leaders will be invited to collaborate and participate in inter-school focus groups.. The program encourages adult learning through teaming and mentoring. P5 classroom teachers will receive a wealth of resources for creating curriculum using local cultural and natural resources.

5.  School improvement goals



 Standard Based Grading

10th September, 2018

Dear Parents,





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, former 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.



 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


 Special Assembly

Excellence Assembly         

Somerset Primary School Students of Excellence Criteria

Perseverance: determined continuation with something; steady and continued action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks; showing that you care about yourself so that even when something is really hard, or you are being tested, you still keep going.

Responsibility: accountability; the state, fact, or position of being accountable to somebody or for something; accepting the credit or the blame for something that has happened;  keeping agreements; completing class work; taking work/notes home and  returning work/notes to school promptly.

Cooperation: the act of working or acting together to achieve a common goal; fostering greater acceptance of people’s differences and reducing interpersonal conflicts; includes listening, taking the viewpoints of others, communicating effectively, and solving conflicts appropriately.

Self-Discipline: the ability to do what is necessary or sensible without needing to be urged by somebody else in and out of class; developing your talents; working toward own goals.

Attendance & Punctuality:  attending school and each class daily, on time.

Total: 20+ = 80% (3-5pts)

1 – Seldom;  2 – Sometimes;  3 – Usually;  4 -  Almost Always;  5 - Always


 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge Winners

 From the desk of the Principal


  • On Saturday, 27th April, 2019, Somerset Primary’s robotic team ( SPS Bees) will be participating in the MATE Bermuda Regional Challenge. The team, consisting of, Damani Assing, Isaiah Hayward, Jaylen Mitchell, Zyon Peets and  Jack Berry, has remodeled our ROV so that it can collect and deposit objects found in the ocean. We would love to generate school spirit by having students, teachers and parents support the team.  We have won this event for the last 2 years. Let’s support this year’s team in their quest for a 3-peat, and also generate interest robotics amongst the younger student population.
What: 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge
Where: National Sports Complex
Location: Station 1 (Right side of pool)
When: On Saturday, 27th April, 2019, at 10:00am
  • Additionally, I have communicated, to Gifted and talented Education Officer, an interest to introduce- in September-  the Engineering Is Elementary Curriculum  at Somerset Primary School. I am hopeful that I will be able to share the reality of this before the end of the current school year.
  • Mr. Chicken has partnered with SPS by offering a monthly $30 gift voucher for the Student of the Month. We will use the Excellence Award criteria to select students.
  • We have also developed a partnership with Local Tennis instructors Mr. David Lambert and Ms. Jackie Lambert, tennis pro. Mr. Lambert is providing lessons to the Primary 3 class on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school day. Specific details for the P3 students will come from the PE teachers.
  • Reminder: We are hosting our “Hospitali-Tea” on Tuesday, 30th April.  In advance, we thank you for your contributions with this community service initiative.  

 Spot Light On!



Agricultural Exhibition Ribbon and Cup Winners!



Somerset Primary’s very own Seri Fisher was amongst a group of young environmentalists who met the dolphins, after being named finalist in the Dolphin Quest Student Stewardship Contest.

Approximately 100 students entered the competition by submitting artwork to highlight challenges faced by the oceans and possible solutions. The best ten got to meet the dolphins and receive certificates on Saturday, 30th March, 2019. During this function Seri also was announced named the winner of the 5 to 9 category.  Sundée Faulkner, sales and outreach manager for Dolphin Quest, said the competition was organised in conjunction with the UN World Wildlife Day, which was celebrated on March 3.

She said: “The creativity and passion for ocean conservation displayed in their artwork was inspiring, and we are privileged to help educate future generations of ocean stewards here at Dolphin Quest.

“The rate at which our ocean environments are deteriorating is concerning. It is critically important for us all to get involved, make better choices and find solutions to protect our ocean.

“These caring, intelligent children will be the ones who champion this vitally important cause into the future.”Seri’s winning effort has earned her class, Primary 4 Monk, a free field trip to Dolphin Quest, in June. Seri will also will also be entered into a related international contest, with a top prize of a trip to Delphinus Xcaret marine park in Mexico, for the seventh Festival of the Oceans Mexican Caribbean Celebrations.



 Music Update

10th April, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that the Department of Education has secured a substitute for music.  Mr. Girvan Campbell will replace Mrs. Rose-Robinson for the remainder of the school year.

In addition to covering music classes, Mr. Campbell will provide support with our Dream Box Math, and Achieve 3000 LitPro programme; he will also support teachers/student in the classroom, as needed.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Edwards or me should the need arise.
O’Brien Osborne
Somerset Primary School
2 Gilbert Lane| Sandys | Bermuda MA03
Main Telephone: 441 234-1440 |

 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, 234-3752, 234-4136
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                   98
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future


 From The Desk of the Principal

 Powerschool Standards Grade Instructions

July 2019

 Garden Club Members

A Special thank you to Mr. Andrew Harris for making the garden boxes.

 Demo School In Action 2018-2019

 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

 Quote of the Day

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky 

 Daily Expectations

 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


 Ministry of Education

 SIP 2015-2018

 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


 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.

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 Final SCORE Report

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