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 26th April, 2015

 
Dear Parents,
 
Please be reminded tomorrow is the last day of term 2. School will resume on the 8th April. Whilst this is a period of rest, please ensure that your child(ren) reads daily. Parents of P6 students please facilitate a study schedule in preparation for the Cambridge Checkpoint examination on the April 21, 22 & 23.
 
Please also note that the Healthy Lunch Competition is not meant to be separate from the lunch you would ordinarily provide for your child(ren); please ensure that entries consist of foods you know they enjoy.
 
Tomorrow is a grub day, our students will engage in old fashion and traditional Bermuda games and our day will end with a tug-of-war house competition.
 
Congratulations to our PE teachers for the fine job preparing our student athletes for Inter-school sports. Our students medaled in several events and P5 student, Stefan Jones, was the under 10 Champion Boy.  Stefan was also nominated, along with 2 other students, in a 3-way tie for Most Outstanding Athlete.
 
Please be informed that the West End Athletic Club, under the coaching of Mr. Clarence Smith, offers track and field development on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Somerset Primary, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.
 
Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break.
 
Mr. O. Osborne,
Principal

 

 

 Spring Break Fun Day

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 School Calendar

3/30/2015 12:00 AM   Spring Break - School closed 
4/8/2015 12:00 AM   Students return to school 
4/20/2015 8:45 AM   Summer Uniform changeover 
4/21/2015 8:45 AM   P6 Cambridge Checkpoint Exam 
4/24/2015 8:45 AM   SPS Social Studies "Arbor Day" Activity 
4/27/2015 8:45 AM   Parent - Teacher Conferences 
5/2/2015 6:00 PM   SPS Spring Bling Variety Show 
5/11/2015 8:45 AM   Progression Test (P5) 
5/19/2015 9:00 AM   P1 Orientation for new students Sept 2015 
5/25/2015 12:00 AM   Bermuda Day Holiday - Schools closed 
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 PTA Movie Night II - 27th March.

 PTA Information

Good Morning SPS Family,
 
Thank you so much for your efforts this Sunday in Dockyard for the Bermuda Triple Challenge.
I know some of you have communicated your feedback already and I have passed that onto Glen.
 
THANK YOU so much for helping make this event part of our annual fundraising.
 
Regards,
Dawn Berry
PTA President

 Uniform Changeover

 

 

 

FYI

The Bermuda International Film Festival is starting this Friday until March 26. Over 30 movies will be shown during the week! Apart from the films for grown-ups, BIFF Kids has been reintroduced at this year's festival so that younger audiences and families can join in the festival fun during the weekend! BIFF will be showing Song of the Sea this Saturday and The Tale of Princess Kaguya this Sunday. Both were nominated for the Best Animation Film Oscars! Trailers can be found at biff.bm, tickets at ptix.bmSee you at the movies!

 

 Testing

 

 

 

 P6 Cambridge Testing Dates

8th January, 2015

Dear Parents,

Please be informed that the Cambridge International Checkpoint Examination for P6 students will be administered on 21st22nd & 23rd April, 2015. All students are required to be settled in the auditorium by 8:45 a.m. each morning.

Testing will be as follows:

English 1111 – Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Paper 1 – 70 minutes (dark blue or black pen only)
Paper 2 – 70 minutes (dark blue or black pen only)
 Mathematics 1112 – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Paper 1  - 60 minutes (pen, pencil, ruler, protractor & no calculator)
Paper 2 - 60 minutes (pen, pencil, ruler, protractor & calculator)
 Science 1113 – Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Paper 1 – 45 minutes (pen, pencil, ruler & calculator)
Paper 2 – 45 minutes (pen, pencil, ruler & calculator)

Finally, please encourage organized nightly study sessions, reviewing all concepts that have been taught to date. The following link gives you access to past papers. These resource papers may be used for studying:

     http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/primary/primarycheckpoint/resources

For ease of reference, I’ve attached specimen papers from 2012.

Specimen question papers 2012

Specimen paper mark schemes 2012

 
Thank you,
O'Brien A. F. Osborne
Principal  

 Honours/Excellence Recipients

Academic Merit Award
Students who earn 70-79% in core and encore subjects.

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 From the Office of the Commissioner

Statement from the Acting Commissioner of Education:

25th February, 2015

Re: 2015 Agricultural Exhibition

As you are aware, on Friday, February 20th 2015, the Bermuda Government Budget Statement in support of the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure 2015-2016, was presented in the House of Parliament by the Hon. E.T. Richards, JP, MP, Minister of Finance.

In the Budget presentation, Minister Richards informed the House that in an effort to meet targets, one of the adjustments made to the budget included: ‘suspending the Agricultural Exhibition for one year’. Consequently, the Minister of Education has advised that all public schools will be operating during regular school hours on Friday, April 17th 2015.

The 2014/15 school academic year has witnessed numerous disruptions to the school calendar due to hurricanes and industrial actions. The additional school day will support our efforts to maximize the remainder of the school year with quality time in the classroom.

There will be a public announcement notifying the general public of the same. Please communicate with parents accordingly.

Sincerely,

Llewellyn Simmons, Ph.D.
Acting Commissioner of Education

 Somerset Primary School Choir

 PTA Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats off to our Guidance Counselor  for planning and organizing our January 2015 PTA meeting. The workshops: Coping with Loss, Organization, Positive Discipline and Co-parenting were timely practical and very well received by our parents.  The strong  attendance of parents (mothers and fathers) shows firm commitment and support.

Thank you,

 Forms

 FYI

Health
Youth Camps/Activities

 HEALTH/MEDICAL INFORMATION

 Food Chart

 C.H.E.C.Kmates

 C.H.E.C.K.mate Program

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

At 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
Bermuda
Phone: 234-1440
Fax: 234-3073

 School Information

Principal                      O'Brien Osborne
Deputy                        Angela Edwards
Counselor                    ShannaLee Aberdeen
School Hours                8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Enrollment                   120
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future

 SPS Mascot - Buzz Bee

 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.

 STAFF

 IMPORTANT REQUEST

 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

 

 Science

P3 Field Trip
P3 students went on a field trip to Pitman’s Pond to learn about native, endemic and introduced plant species.

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 Science Challenge

 Cambridge Results

 TERM DATES:

TERM ONE  -  Mon, 8th Sept - Wed, 17th Dec, 2014
TERM TWO  -  Tues, 6th Jan - Fri, 27th Mar, 2015
TERM THREE  -  Wed, 8th Apr - Thurs, 25th Jun, 2015
 
 

 SCHOOL UNIFORM INFORMATION

The Uniform Store on Union Street has Somerset Primary School brown winter dresses, summer dresses, khaki and grey trousers, white shirts, brown socks and brown jackets that can be monogrammed on site. The Uniform Store is located in the Cyrus Building at 11 Union street, Hamilton. Email them on bsu@myoffice.bm for further information.

The Gibbons Company sells the school tie, white shirts and khaki and grey shorts.

 

 Ministry of Education

 Announcements

Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 3/25/2015 2:19 PM
 

 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

                         

 Caught "BEE"ing Good recipients

         "BEE" Attitudes month of March:    

Honest & Responsible

Caught 'Bee'-ing Good! Recipients week ending 13th March, 2015

 

 

 School Creed

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
JUST BEING KIND!

 Handbell Choir

 S.P.S. Daily Rules

 
  • Listen and follow directions the first time given.
  • No running or talking in the hallway.
  • Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and all other objects to yourself.
  • Respect others, yourself, and property.
  • If it’s not kind or necessary, then don’t say it, or do it.

 

 1st day of school September 2014

 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

 

 WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS

 

Wellness Wednesday

Committing to our school theme: Healthy Mind; Healthy Body; Healthy Community, Somerset Primary Students recognized World Heart by doing jumping jacks during a portion of their lunch play time. The students learned that jumping jacks is an activity that can quickly get the heart pumping. They also learned that when the body is engaged in vigorous exercise their muscles require more oxygen to keep them functioning.

 Poem

  

 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 . . .

BUT

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 . . .


WITH WHAT IS YOUR CHILD LIVING?

 Dorothy L. Law

 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.

 Links

  https://educator-slz01.scholasticlearningzone.com/auth/intl/Login/BMUT232
  Cambridge Curriculum Information for Parents
  Renzulli Learning
  Parental Access to Student Information
  Groliers Online Encyclopedia
  AP Picture Database
  EBSCO Online Databases
  United Streaming
  Homeroom.com
  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
  Brainormous
  Spelling City
  Online Dictionary
  Fun Brain
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