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 Share The Christmas Spirit

Please see the 'Share The Christmas Spirit' flyer.  Students must donate in order to wear casual clothing on Thursday.  We are aware of students who have already donated, and yes, they definitely may wear casual clothing as well.

 Christmas ticket Info


27th  November, 2017                                                                             

Season’s Greetings Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We are pleased to present our 2017 Christmas Concert: ‘Elflandia’. The concert will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, 12th December  and Wednesday, 13th December, at 6:30 p.m. Please ensure that your child arrives at school by 6:00 p.m.   

Tickets will be available  to purchase Monday, 4th December at a cost of $5.  Avoid disappointment by purchasing tickets in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

Thanks for supporting us in ensuring all students perform their best, look their best and experience great success. 


Mr. O. Osborne


 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.


Dear Parents,

On Tuesday Dr. Carolyn Armstrong spoke to the PTA about her role as the director of Light House - home for persons infected with HIV‎.  Dr. Armstrong highlighted the importance of  understanding how families and our communities are affected by persons who are living with/passed from HIV.  This is relevant to us as a school community, as students are coming from homes that have a direct experience. 

Dr. Armstrong also informed those in attendance that she has observed there is a direct correlation with  gang violence and making bad choices early in life, with her clients.  The consequence is that many students entering school have experienced trauma, which impacts their readiness for learning and also their ability to interact with adults and their peers. 

I can confidently say that Dr. Armstrong's message aligns with our mission.  Knowing this reaffirms the importance of ensuring that our environment is warm, welcoming ‎and responsive to the needs of all students. 


O. Osborne


12/12/2017 6:00 PM   SPS Christmas Concert 
12/13/2017 6:00 PM   SPS Christmas Concert 
12/15/2017 8:45 AM   Last day of school for students 
1/3/2018 8:45 AM   All students return to school 
1/8/2018 8:45 AM   SPS 6 week Assessments 
1/24/2018 12:00 PM   Professional Development for teachers - Schools Closed 1/2 day 
1/25/2018 8:45 AM   Administrative Day - School closed for students 
1/26/2018 8:30 AM   Administrative Day - School closed for students 
2/14/2018 8:30 AM   Mid Term Break - School closed 
2/26/2018 8:45 AM   SPS 6 week Assessments 
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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





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.






 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

 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Final SCORE Report

 Cambridge Results


 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
December 2017

 Quote of the Day

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale 


 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


 Demo School In Action!

P3 girls enjoys pulling weeds from the garden boxes; now all the lower school students want to do

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 Fun Days at SPS 2017-2018

 SIP 2015-2018

 - Ministry of Education


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 12/8/2017 3:25 PM

 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
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018
Sandys Community Centre Christmas Camp/Activities 2017-2018

 Buzzing Bees!


Caught 'Bee'-ing Good! 

 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



 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

 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.

  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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