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

We are pleased to present our 2016 Christmas Concert: ‘The Little Bell That Could Not Ring’. The concert will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, 13th December  and Wednesday, 14th December, at 6:30 p.m.  Please ensure that your child arrives at school by 6:00 p.m.   

Tickets are available to purchase 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.

Sincerely,

 

 Blazing Bees Football Game

Monday, 5th December, 2016

Good day Parents,

Our football team has advanced to the island-wide semi-final match. Whilst Somerset Primary has won the Western Zone

competition numerous times, this is the first time during Mr. Campbell’s tenure that our team has  advanced to the semi-

finals.

Mr. Campbell reported that the match played against Warwick Academy last Friday “ was a real nail-biter; our boys showed real character to battle back after being down 5-2.  

The semi-final match is scheduled for Friday, 9th December, 5:00pm, at The National Sports Complex (Field 1A).

I am extending an invitation to the entire Somerset Primary School family to come out and support our boys’ football team.  We also need a tall volunteer to wear our mascot; a high school senior may earn community service hours doing so...

O’Brien A. F. Osborne
Principal

 Holiday Cheer!

On 25th November, 2016, the SPS choir participated in The Phoenix Store’s late night shopping event, in Hamilton City. They spread cheer and drew an interactive crowd, as sang a variety Christmas Carols, including selctions from our upcoming Christmas production. Santa joined in the singing and he even conducted the encore selections. The evening culminated with a special treat: Santa issued chocolate Advent calendars to ALL particiapting students.

 FYI

 Christmas Concert details:

The Little Bell That Could Not Ring

Date: Tuesday, 13th December &  Wednesday, 14th December
Time:    Doors open at 6:00pm.    Show will start at 6:30pm.

   Christmas Play rehearsal dates and times:

  • Friday, 2nd December, 9:00 – 10:45am – NO ASSEMBLY
  • Wednesday, 7th December, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Friday, 9th December, 9:00 – 10:45am [Dress Rehearsal]NO ASSEMBLY
  • Tuesday, 13th December, 9:00 – 10:45am [Dress Rehearsal]  
  • Tuesday, 13th December, 6:30 – 8:00pm – CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION
  • Wednesday, 14th December, 6:30 – 8:00pm - CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

 CAMPS

Youth Camps/Activities

 Reminder

Dear Parents,

Somerset Primary attendance records show an increase in student absence due to family vacation.  As such I am reminding you that the expectation outlined in Education Act 1996 is for students to attend school every day of the school year, [barring illness and emergencies].

Re: Department of Education Attendance Policy (Code ATT1)

Excused absences are defined as:

  • Absence from class due to out-of-school suspensions
  •  Absence from class due to attendance at school-sponsored events
  • Absence from class due to illness * or injury
  •  Absence from class due to religious observances
  •  Medical or dental appointments
  • Family bereavement
  •  Absence from class due to attendance at scheduled meetings with school personnel

·         * Students that are absent from school for five (5) or more consecutive days due to illness must produce a doctor’s medical certificate upon their return to school.

Unexcused absences are defined as:

Any absence that cannot be characterized by one of the above categories will be considered an unexcused absence.

Unexcused absences include:

  • Vacation**
  • Oversleeping
  • Transportation
  • Going to the store
  • A student’s willful absence with or without the knowledge of the parent/guardian

Students who arrive late after the first 20 minutes will be marked absent.

Truancy:

A student is considered truant when he/she and/or their parent /guardian purposely absences themselves/ keeps the student away from school without a valid excuse, as defined above.

** Parents are discouraged from taking family vacation during school time and should schedule vacations during school breaks. Parents wishing to take their children on vacation must seek permission from the school principal in writing. Students absent for fifteen (15) consecutive days because of family vacation will be removed from the school’s register, which may result in loss of placement.

Mr. Osborne
Principal

 SPS Prefects 2016-2017

 Community Service

 PRIDE Red Ribbon Launch

 Congratulations

 

 Principal's Welcome Back Letter/2015-2016 School Report

 Science Challenge - September

 Calendar

12/13/2016 6:30 PM   Christmas Production 
12/16/2016 8:45 AM   Last day of school for students 
12/16/2016 8:45 AM   Christmas & Celebration Assembly 
1/3/2017 8:45 AM   Administrative Day - Schools closed for students 
1/4/2017 8:45 AM   All students return to school 
1/6/2017 8:45 AM   Mr. Osborne's Assembly 
1/20/2017 8:45 AM   Administrative Day - Schools closed for students 
1/27/2017 8:30 AM   Ag. Show Celebration Assembly 
1/27/2017 12:00 PM   SPS Cross Country 
1/30/2017 8:45 AM   SPS 6 week Assessment 
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 Assessments 2016

 Handbell Choir Educational Trip

 

 Day 1
On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016, the Somerset Primary Hand Bell Choir embarked on a fun-filled adventure to Toronto and Niagara Falls Canada. Our direct WestJet flight took approximately 3 hours.
 
Our first stop was at the food court of Sherway Gardens Mall for dinner, where we enjoyed McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s and Pink Berry.
We arrived at our dormitory later that evening at St. Michael’s College, Elmsley Hall. The boys retreated to their rooms on the third floor, while the girls got settled on the second floor.
 
Day 2
Rise and shine! Everyone had an early start, as we had a long drive ahead of us to Niagara Falls. We enjoyed complimentary breakfast on campus, and boarded the bus by 8:00am.
 
After about 2hours, we arrived at beautiful Niagara Falls. Our first excursion was a simulation ride called Niagara’s Fury, where we learned about the history of the Falls…and got soaking wet!! Good thing we were wearing parkas. Next, we went for a walk around the falls, took lots of pictures and enjoyed a pizza lunch. We then performed outdoors at the Oakes Garden Theatre for sightseers and passersby. We quickly packed up and set off for our next ride on the Whirlpool Aerocar, taking us 250 feet above the racing Niagara river. Finally, we explored the magical Butterfly Conservatory, featuring over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies than landed right on our hands…and even on Mr. Raynor’s head!
 
We ended the day with a wonderful dinner at the Rainforest Café, then boarding the coach for our return to Toronto.
 
Day 3
On Saturday, we spent the day in downtown Toronto, and got to ride the TTC subway and streetcars. Our first destination was the CN tower, the world’s 3rd tallest freestanding structure. We rode an elevator to the very top, where we had a bird’s eye view of the entire city. Some of us were even brave enough to stand on the glass floor and look wayyyyyy down!
 
Right next door was Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, were we got to see and touch a wide variety of sea creatures. The best part was playing in the indoor playground!
For dinner, we visited Medieval Times, where we participated in an action-packed show about knights, horsemanship, chivalry and life in the 11th century. The highlight was eating the entire meal with our hands!!
 
Day 4
On Sunday, we had our second hand bell performance at Church of the Redeemer on Bloor Street. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to their lovely choir and to the sermon on love and acceptance. Two of our students even went up for communion. They treated us to lunch before we headed to our next stop, the Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM). We spent almost 3 hours in the museum, learning about rocks and minerals, dinosaurs, medieval times, and so much more. We stopped for ice cream on our way to another church called Calvin Presbyterian. This time, we were not performing, but listening to the incredible vocal performances by the Toronto Children’s Chorus Boys’ Choir and the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir. They were amazing!!
 
Day 5
Our third and final hand bell performance was a primary school called Church Street Public. Their school was a little bigger than ours, with approximately 250 students. They had a special assembly, just for us! We played all our favorite songs, and took turns answering questions about life in Bermuda.
Next, we spent the rest of the day at Canada’s Wonderland! It was the biggest amusement park most of us had ever seen, with over 200 attractions, including rides, roller coasters and a water park. None of us wanted to leave, but as they say…all good things must come to an end.

THANK YOU!!!

The Somerset Primary Hand Bell Choir would like to thank the following people for giving us this eye-opening, international experience:

Mrs. Rose-Robinson, thank you for teaching us to play the hand bells, and for organizing the trip.

Mr. Osborne, thank you for all your hard work in planning, fundraising and managing the trip.

The Chaperones – Thank you Mr. Osborne, Mrs. Rose-Robinson, Bishop Jones, Mr. Barry, Mrs. Walcott, Mr. Raynor and Ms. Fuhrtz for doing an amazing job of supervising our students overseas.

Schools Out Tours – Thank you for putting together such an incredible itinerary. You truly offered a first-class experience for our students.

Claire Harris, thank you for being such a gracious host and phenomenal tour guide. We will miss her!

Somerset Primary PTA, thank you for all your support. This trip would not have been possible without your contributions and assistance with fund raising initiatives.

Arch Re-insurance staff

Colonial Insurance  (Ms. Rudell Simons and Mr. Damien Pitcher)

Somerset Primary Trustees, thank you for your generous donation toward our trip. We greatly appreciate it!

Dr. Freddie Evans, Acting Commissioner, thank you for endorsing our international, music tour.

Website: http://schools.moed.bm/SP/default.aspx

O’Brien A. F. Osborne
Principal

 MTSS

 

Be Responsible
Be Safe
Re Respectful
Be Safe
Be Ready to Learn
Be Safe
 Restroom
  • 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 &

Stairwell

  •  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
 Office
  •  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
 Classroom
  •  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
 Playground
  • 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
Bus
  • 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

 

 
 

 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                    Sophia Burch
School Hours                8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Enrollment                   112
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future
December 2016
10
Saturday

 STAFF

 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.

 Announcements

Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 12/8/2016 3:06 PM
 
ClearWater Middle School Christmas Production Attachment
by Karen Whitecross
 12/5/2016 11:04 AM
 
The Berkeley Institute Arts Dept. Attachment
by Karen Whitecross
 12/5/2016 10:14 AM
 
Bda Red Cross Attachment
by Karen Whitecross
 11/22/2016 3:31 PM
 

 Reminder!!!

 Daily Expectations

 Ministry of Education

 Morning and Afterschool Care Information

 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

 

 Cambridge Results

 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Final SCORE Report

 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

 

 At A Glance 2016/2017

 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 November:  

Caught 'Bee'-ing Good!

Recipients week ending 25th November, 2016

 

 

Lit. Pro Recipients

 HEALTH

 Health

 

 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.

 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 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
JUST BEING KIND!

 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, 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.

 

 

 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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