Headteacher End of Year Post

The children have been very busy and enjoying the  last couple of weeks in school.   It’s been a very happy end to an excellent year.  The children have worked very hard this year and should be proud of their many achievements.

Year 6 have had a memorable end to their primary school education.  They performed their show ‘The Wizard of Oz’ outstandingly well last week.  The standard of singing, acting and overall performance was, quite simply, superb.  Many congratulations to the children and the staff.  Our thanks also to the parents who helped prepare props and scenery in the preceding weeks.

Year 6 then enjoyed their residential at Pendine Activity Centre earlier this week, taking part in a number of outdoor and adventurous activities.   The children were a pleasure to take away, challenging themselves and behaving impeccably throughout.

They then finished with a visit to ‘Go Air’ on Thursday, mustering enough energy to trampoline for a couple of hours.  They certainly will be glad of the holiday!  They have been an outstanding group of youngsters – a real credit to themselves, their families and the school.  We wish them all the very best in their new secondary schools.  Pob lwc Blwydden Chwech.

We held an emotional final day Assembly yesterday.  Every class performed items and showcased their talents. It was a great celebration and a memorable occasion.   I felt very humbled.

I would like to thank you all for your support during my time as Headteacher of the school and  I am incredibly grateful for the kind messages and generous gifts I have received as I say goodbye to this super community.  The  school continues to develop and I am sure will go from strength to strength.

I wish the amazing children, the staff, the new Headteacher Mrs B. Phillips and yourselves the very best in the future.  I shall always be proud to have been Headteacher of Sketty Primary School.  I will take away many fond memories and will certainly keep an eye out for the future successes of the school.

Have a great holiday.  Schools starts back on Wednesday 6th September for the children.

 

Sketty Primary School PTA has been accepted onto the Co-op Local Community Fund

If you shop in the Co-op you can register for a Co-op card and nominate Sketty Primary School PTA to receive 1% of everything you spend on co-op branded products whilst also receiving 5% for yourself.

Please spread the word to your classes, friends and family and tell them not to forget to nominate Sketty School PTA as your chosen local cause!  Every penny raised goes straight back into the school.

For more information please see the Co-op website:
http://www.coop.co.uk/membership

 

Year 5 Netball News

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The Year 5 netball team had a fantastic end to the school year playing an excellent match against Parklands Primary. They showed how much they’ve improved and worked brilliantly as a team to earn an 8-4 win. Well done girls!!

Thanks again to Alison Brown for the huge effort and commitment she puts in every week.

Headteacher Weekly News – 07.07.17

Children nominated for merits in Achievement Assembly this week were:- Olivia Amos, Phoebe Lewis, Rosa Macgowan, Lincoln Russ, Hannah James, Simona Devanakis, Josh Bravey Evans, Eloryn Reynolds, Darcey Littlewood, Alma Abraham, Louie Jones and Lottie Stephens.  Well done everybody!

Year 6 have been on transition in their secondary schools this week.  We are pleased that their time in their new schools has been successful.  In addition, Year 4 had another very enjoyable learning experience in the grounds of Cefn Coed on Thursday.

The P.T.A. have worked tirelessly to prepare for tonight’s Summer Fayre.  We are incredibly grateful, as ever, for their full commitment and sheer hard work.  Let’s hope the weather stays dry for this fantastic occasion.  Full report next week.

The Week Ahead

Year 2 will be visiting the Botanical Gardens on Tuesday.  Year 6 will be performing their end of year show ‘The Wizard of Oz’ twice on Wednesday; performances start at 1.30 p.m. and 6 .00 p.m.  We are really looking forward to this end of year celebration.

Have a good weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 30.06.17

Foundation Phase children nominated for merits in Achievement Assembly this week were: Williams Hopkins, Savannah Farrell, Molly Figgis, Lottie Earls, Kaden Webborn, Beau Kennedy, Iestyn Hoyles, Alphie Sharples, Aaron Bould and Beau Kennedy.  Well done everybody – good work!

Reception intake meetings have been held this week.  They were well attended and it is really good to welcome some new children and families to Sketty School.

Year 4 have taken part in Outdoor Learning activities in the grounds of Cefn Coed this week.  We are very excited about the potential of a partnership with the hospital which allows us  continued controlled access to this fantastic and varied site, which includes woodland and meadowland.

We are now officially a Swansea Outdoor School!  Children from Year 5 went to a celebration event this morning in Gowerton Primary School and presented the work that has taken place over the last few months to a very large audience . Swansea goalscoring legend Lee Trundle was on hand to present our official certificate, which will proudly be displayed on our Achievements Board.

We have increasing issues with fidget spinners, both in and out of class.  These have started to eat into learning time and causing a lot of problems.  Therefore, fidget spinners are no longer permitted in school for the general population from next week.  There will be a very small number of cases where fidget spinners are beneficial for learners with specific needs, but these need to be agreed with school.  Please contact us if you feel your child falls into this category.  Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.

The Week Ahead

Year 6 are on transition activities in their new  secondary schools.  We wish them well.

Teddy Bears’ Picnics are being held on Tuesday for our new morning and afternoon Nursery intake.

The P.T.A. Summer Fayre is being held on Friday; 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  Please do come along to this fantastic community event –  a real highlight of the school calendar.

CHESS NEWS

Congratulations to Sketty School Chess Team for winning the West Wales Junior Chess League for the 3rd year running.

In a nail-biting final match with St Josephs Tristan Xuan drew his game after an hour of tense play and this meant a 2 1/2 – 1 1/2 victory.

Thank you to all the squad who have played on a Wednesday night since October.

Dylan Lewis, Raymond Xie, Daniel Cuthill, Mathew Cuthill, Tristan Xuan, Josh Lomax, James Harris, Josh & Cairan Winstanley Thomas, Vamsi Muddada, Hemachamdra Kanamarlapudi, Andrew Foxall

 

Headteacher Weekly News – 23.06.17

It’s been a busy week with educational visits.  Reception visited Caswell Bay and Year 3 went to Port Eynon on Wednesday, to undertake beach studies at an age appropriate level.  Year 3 learnt about different types of seaweed and creatures that live in rock pools.  Reception particularly enjoyed building sand castles, whilst Year 3 enjoyed cooling down with an ice cream!  Year 5 have visited Port Eynon today to take part in  the last day of activities as part of the John Muir Award.  They have thoroughly enjoyed the hands on programme of work.

Our Nursery intake parent meetings have been held this week.  Nursery teacher Mrs. Fox talked through the Foundation Phase provision with the parents of children starting Nursery in September.  We look forward to welcoming our new intake to school in the near future for a Teddy Bear’s picnic.

We had a fantastic evening of entertainment last night with a music concert in the school hall.   All of our instrumentalists performed their pieces superbly;  the range of instruments including the violin, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone  and viola.   Years 5 & 6  children then  performed their High School Musical routine, which they had first done in the Primary Partners’ Concert recently  in the Grand Theatre.  The quality of their performance was again, quite simply, outstanding.  The large audience was then treated to a memorable performance from the Jazz Outlaws , who blasted out a number of catchy tunes.  All of the children grasped their opportunity to perform in front of a large audience with aplomb and it was a lovely, sociable evening.

Our chess team have been playing matches against schools over the last few months in the West Wales Championships.  Their final match was held this week and, after a tense final game played by Tristan, the team have been crowned West Wales Champions.  Many congratulations to the whole team who have shown great skill, high levels of concentration and composure under pressure.

Many congratulations to Year 2 pupil William Smith  who recently won gold in the Welsh Karate Championships in the under 8 kumite.  William had to fight a number of strong opponents to be  crowned Welsh champion.  Da iawn William – a superb achievement!

The Week Ahead

We are holding Reception intake meetings after school on Tuesday and Thursday – 5 p.m. start in the respective Reception classrooms.

Year 4 will be undertaking Outdoor Learning activities on Thursday.

Pupils from Year 5 will be presenting examples of our outdoor work at an Outdoor Schools’ Celebration event at Gowerton School on Friday.  Sketty has been piloting this project, along with Crwys and Gowerton Primary Schools, and it has proven to be a great success with pupils and staff alike.  We look forward to participating in this event to celebrate the excellent work that has taken place.

“SuperStars & Sammy the Stars are coming back to the school over the Summer Holidays to run their exciting Multi-Sports Holiday course.

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The course is suitable for all children aged 4-11 and runs from 8:45 – 15:30 Daily (Mini stars – 4 year olds finish at 13:00, SuperStars – aged 5+ finish at 15:30).

To check dates and availability please get in touch with SuperStars directly via their website https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/ or call Hannah on 0845 2413 682

Success for the Athletics Team!

Well done to all the pupils who represented Sketty Primary at the Area Sports Athletics event, on Wednesday 14th June. The team competed against other schools in Swansea and achieved 1st place overall. Many of our athletes will now go on to compete in the final on Monday 3rd July. We are very proud of the team. Great effort!

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