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Good morning Parents,

Please be informed that Mrs. Whitecross-Smith is absent today. I will assign someone to manage the phone, but I’m asking that you please be patient and understanding. In cases of dire emergency, please directly email me, Mrs. Edwards, or Mrs. Richards  .

Kind regards,

Mr. Osborne

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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

 Form Web Part

 Grub Day Notice


Over the last two months the students of SPS have been engaged in a STEM project on building toothpick bridges. The objective of this project was to build a bridge using nothing but school glue and toothpicks. Students had  to figure out which bridge design they wanted,  gather materials from “I SAW LUMBER YARD”, balance an account, maintain a work schedule and work with others to accomplish a common goal.

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am we will be judging the bridges and seeing how much weight each bridge can hold  before it breaks. We invite you to come and witness this spectacular event. P4 – P6 will present their company and their bridge to the student body. ALL ARE WELCOMED!


6/26/2018 10:00 AM   P6 School Leaving Ceremony 
6/27/2018 8:45 AM   SPS Idol 
6/28/2018 12:00 AM   End of Year Activities 
6/28/2018 8:45 AM   Last Day for Students 

 Ministry of Education

 Bda Day Celebrations!


 Special Assembly

Excellence Assembly

               22nd June, 2018           

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



Youth Camps/Activities
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018



System-Wide Assessment Schedule 2017 – 2018




P1, P3

1.      P1 Readiness Assessment - NEW

2.      P3 Reading – Benchmark [Tentative]

1.      Week of 18th September

2.      Early June 2018

P6 & M3

CIE Checkpoint

1.      English        2.  Math       3.  Science

Weeks of:

April 16th (for Primary) & 23rd (for Middle)

P1 – M3

Primary - Week of 23rd April

Middle – Week of 30th April


The following assessment is NOT graded:


Math – ONE Question/Problem - Benchmark

NOTE: Papers marked by Teachers before CPT session (for Moderation)



Math – Tues - 24th Apr. & 1st May– 9:00am

Moderation during CPT– bring a high, med & low paper on the following CPT days:

     May 4th – P1/2          

     May 11th – P3/4

     June 1st - P5/6

     May 15th – M1 – M3 – All teachers

P4, P6, M3, S3

Primary  –Week of 23rd Apr

Middle – Week of 30th Apr

1.      Standardized Reading Assessment (S-10/GRADE)

2.      [P4 & P6 ONLY]Social Studies Reflection Essay

1.      Reading

       P4, P6 – Wed 25th Apr - 9am

M3 – Wed 2nd May – 9am

S3 – Wed 6th June

2.      Soc Studies (P4/P6) – Thurs– 9:00am

 Parental Portal Info

 SOCKS Play - P4 Massa

 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





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.



 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Final SCORE Report

 Cambridge Results


 Quote of the Day

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill 

 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                   100
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future
June 2018

 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


 Social Studies Celebration

 Asthma Notice

 Staff Functions


This is a reminder to peruse the following Sites:

  •  PE Site – for sports activities this season.
  •  Document  -  Parent Documents; Health Information; etc.
  •  List -  School Calendar; Staff Directory and School PTA information.
  •  Sites – Powerschool; LitPro; DreamBox; Cambridge; Renzulli.


 Demo School In Action!

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 Buzzing Bees!


          Head Boy                  Deputy Head Girl




            Caught BEE-ing Good! recipients



 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


 SIP 2015-2018

 Daily Expectations

 Fun Days at SPS 2017-2018


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 5/28/2018 1:28 PM
Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 5/28/2018 1:12 PM
Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 5/28/2018 11:52 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


 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.

 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

  Cambridge Curriculum Information for Parents
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  Parental Access to Student Information
  Groliers Online Encyclopedia
  AP Picture Database
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  BBC Learning Resources for Home and School
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