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On Behalf of the PTA Executive Committee

Please note that the General Meeting of the PTA to be held on the 3rd Tuesday in March - 20 March 2018 - at 6:30pm, will have as a Guest Speaker Mr. Weldon Wade.

Mr. Wade will speak on Bermuda's response to the invasive Lionfish population as well as other programs that benefit young people in Bermuda that are related ocean conservation.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this meeting if they wish.

Date - 20 March 2018

Location - Somerset Primary School Hall

Time - 6:30pm

Dress (for students who wish to attend) - Casual (School Uniform not required)





 Annual Exhibition Information

It’s that time again… time for the Annual Exhibition! Every SPS student should be planning what to enter.   (see link below)


 Career Fair 2018


 Cambridge Checkpoint Exams


3/28/2018 9:00 AM   Egg Drop Competition 
3/29/2018 8:30 AM   Last Day for Students 
3/29/2018 1:00 PM   Career Day - "Reaching For The Stars" 
3/30/2018 12:00 AM   Good Friday holiday 
4/2/2018 8:30 AM   Spring break - Schools closed  
4/9/2018 8:45 AM   All students and teachers return to school 
4/17/2018 8:45 AM   P6 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination - English 
4/18/2018 8:45 AM   P6 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination - Mathematics 
4/19/2018 8:45 AM   P6 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination - Science 
4/20/2018 12:00 AM   Ag Show - school closed 
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 Parental Portal Info


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.


 Special Assembly

Excellence Assembly

           Friday, 23rd February, 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

 Important Notice!

Spring Break

All Schools closed for students

Monday, 2nd April - Friday, 6th April  -  All day



 SOCKS Play - P4 Massa

 Dept of Health Asthma Notice

 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.




 Quote of the Day

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale 

 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
March 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

 Staff Functions

 Demo School In Action!

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 Buzzing Bees!


          Head Boy                  Deputy Head Girl




            Excellence Awards Recipients February 2018



 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

 Daily Expectations

 Handbell Trip Fundraiser










 Fun Days at SPS 2017-2018


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 3/8/2018 11:28 AM
Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 3/8/2018 11:22 AM


Youth Camps/Activities
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018

 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.




 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

 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

 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Final SCORE Report

 Cambridge Results

  Cambridge Curriculum Information for Parents
  Renzulli Learning
  Parental Access to Student Information
  Groliers Online Encyclopedia
  AP Picture Database
  EBSCO Online Databases
  United Streaming
  MSN Home Page
  BBC Learning Resources for Home and School
  ABPI Resources for Schools
  School Science
  McGraw Hill Student Resources
  The Teacher's Cafe
  Primary Resources UK
  Spelling City
  Online Dictionary
  Fun Brain
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