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 Share the Christmas Spirit

6th November, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In an effort to give our students the opportunity to experience the joy of sharing with those less fortunate than themselves, Somerset Primary will be participating in The Market Place’s Share the Christmas Spirit programme this year.

Therefore, we are encouraging all students to bring one or more tins of non-perishable food items to school during the month of November. Food items may be deposited in the bin which will be placed in the area where students enter and exit the school building. The food items will then be collected the first week of December to be distributed to needy families on the island.

Please join us and help us Share the Christmas Spirit this year so that everyone may share in the joy of Christmas.

Thank you for your continued parental support.

Yours sincerely,

Shannalee Aberdeen
School Counselor
Somerset Primary School
234-4139
smsheppard@moed.bm

 School Calendar

11/24/2014 8:45 AM   Parent-Teacher Conferences 
11/28/2014 8:45 AM   Celebration Assembly 
12/5/2014 8:45 AM   P1 Gooden-Young Assembly 
12/5/2014 10:00 AM   All-Star NETBALL 
12/10/2014 6:30 PM   SPS Christmas Production 
12/12/2014 8:45 AM   Christmas & Celebration Assembly 
12/18/2014 12:00 AM   PUBLIC & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 
1/6/2015 12:00 AM   Students return to school 
2/16/2015 12:00 AM   MID-TERM Break - Schools Closed 
3/30/2015 12:00 AM   Spring Break - School closed 
(More Events...)

 Reading Celebration

Reading Can Make You A Superhero

Literacy Celebration

 Introducing

 Congratulations

 Celebrating 135 years of Policing

 

Friday, 10th October, 2014

The theme of this morning’s assembly was Leadership.   On behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Detective Chief Inspector, Simon Groves awarded certificates and medals to 6 of our Primary 6 students for consistently displaying a “gold standard of excellence”. The students selected consistently display the Bermuda Police Service’s core values: Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Courage and Unity. DCI Groves presence at Somerset Primary is one of several activities the Bermuda Police have put on to celebrate 135 years of policing in our community. The awardees, Ianzi Bascome, Marli Butterfield, Kemiyah Butterfield, Isaiah Pearman, Mia Robinson and Selay Simons, will be formerly recognized at the National Sports Centre on Saturday, 11th October 2014, at 7pm.

 O'Brien A. F. Osborne

 

 

  Friday, 10th October, 2014

Following the presentation, students vying for head and deputy head prefect positions gave their speeches that supported their candidacy.  The 13 students Ianzi Bascome, Kemiyah Butterfield, Najee Edwards, Keyni Mills,  Isaiah Pearman, Mia Robinson , Paige Simmons, and Selay Simons, Amari Stewart, Naysaa Tucker, Darrion Gibbons. The students were reminded that being a student leader doesn’t make them perfect. One of the candidates hit the hammer on the nail when he said, “I know I have made a lot of mistakes over the years; but I will use the lessons I’ve learned to help others who make the same mistakes.”  Another candidate stated, “Leadership is having others look up to you to gain confidence.” He supported his statement by quoting Tom Landry: “If you are in control; they are in control.” Many of the candidates spoke about the importance of being warm and welcoming, responsible and having school spirit. Some gave examples of how they displayed these attributes.

Overall, the students demonstrated remarkable growth and confidence. A special pinning ceremony will be held in the school auditorium on Friday, 17th October, 2014. Parents will be notified with a special invitation.

 

 

 Prefect Speeches

 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.

 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

                         

 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.

 

 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

 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                   123
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future

 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

 

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 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.

 

 Announcements

Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 11/28/2014 10:48 AM
 

 Caught "BEE"ing Good recipients

         "BEE" Attitudes month of December:    

Polite & Compassionate

 Morning and Afterschool Care Information

 1st day of school September 2014

 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

 

 Ministry of Education

 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!

 Bda Health Council

 FYI

Health
Youth Camps/Activities

 Food Chart

 HEALTH/MEDICAL INFORMATION

 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.

Friday, 12th September, 2014

This morning, upon their arrival , Somerset Primary students and teachers were greeted by the school mascot, Buzz-Bee. Buzz-Bee created quite a buzz. He buzzed about the stage during assembly time and delighted students, teachers and parents, with a smooth version of the Bumble Shuffle.  

 Buzz-Bee’s presence this morning served 2 purposes:

 Students were reminded that the bee is our mascot because we endeavor to emulate how bees work harmoniously and productively in their community.  Just like bees produce honey and pollinate a vast variety of food crops. We too at Somerset Primary are engendering a community of industrious workers who will develop skills that will be beneficial to the global community. Students, teachers, and parents were reminded that the efforts of our work is evident when our ‘Bee-Attitudes (politeness, courtesy, courage, self-confidence, respect, honesty, self-control, responsible for choices, dependable…)  are seen in our daily behaviour.

 Later in the morning Department of Community and Cultural Affairs representatives, Mrs. Louise Tannock informed the students that Gombey dance and music is the most popular  form of traditional folk in Bermuda. Our students also learned that the Bermuda Gombey dance is the mixture of West African, Native American and British cultures.

 Mrs. Tannock then invited Principal Osborne to share his childhood adventures with stilts. Mr. Osborne recalled how some of the older boys in his “Back of Town” neighbourhood used to make stilts in their Woodwork classes at the former Robert Crawford School. Those same boys would get wood from neighbourhood carpenters, Mr. Thomas or Mr. Woodley and make stilts for the younger boys, like Mr. Osborne, who was 8/9 at that time. Mr. Osborne further shared how a group of his neighbourhood friends nailed cans to their stilts and then walked into the City of Hamilton- on stilts of course- entertaining tourists. Money ‘earned’ was used to buy a wide range of bike accessories, which were purchased from Leslie Wilson’s Cycle Shop. Mr. Osborne has secured one pair of stilts for the students and is asking skilled craftsmen to donate more stilts/large stilt buckets to the school.

 O'Brien A. F. Osborne

 

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