Monthly Archives: March 2017

Headteacher Weekly News – 31.03.17

nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this wek were:- Isabelle Davies, Leyaan Arora, James Culliford, Hollie Giffard, Kellan Heuberger, Freddie Burgess, Evan Morris, Jude Perez-Celerio, Jessica Roberts, Evie Cole, Katie Woollacott, Ellie Pearson, Guy – Yee Wong and Ashton Padfield.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Rebecca Foxall, George Jones, Daniel Robinson, Ava Hughes, Molly Figgis, Lily Davies, Josh Tanner, Tanya Hamaamin, Hannah Jones, Abbie Bolton, Imogen Ridgewell, Louie Baglow, Morgan Wilson and Rebecca Ashton.

The school rugby teams have been very busy  this week.  We took part in the 10 a side South Wales Police tournament at Dunvant R.F.C. on Monday.  The team beat Llwynderw and Grange to qualify for the cup stage.  The boys battled bravely against very tough opposition in Pennard, Parkland and Bishopston schools and bowed out with pride intact.

We entered Year 5 and Year 6 teams into the Ian Thomas memorial 7 a side tournament at Cefn Cribbwr on Wednesday.  The Year 6 team beat Nottage three tries to one but lost to Pyle and Mynydd Cynffig in the group stage.  The Year 5 team performed excellently to win both group matches against Cefn Cribbwr and Pyle.  After a gallant effort, the side lost to a very strong Nottage team in the final.  We are very proud of the efforts of all the players.

After strong performances for the school and county, Morgan Willis and Caitlin Evans have been selected for the West Glamorgan Cross County team.   They raced against Dyfed Schools at Margam Park on Saturday.   Morgan finished 14th and Caitlin 19th in large fields of over 50.  Well done both of you for your excellent achievements!

We had a ‘Onesie’ day on Wednesday to raise money for supporting people with Autism.    In addition, we raised £300 on  Red Nose day.   Thank you very much for your support.

The PTA held the KS2 film night last night.  The children enjoyed the experience very much.  Thank you to the PTA for their tireless work in providing opportunities for the children and raising much needed funds for the school.

Year 1 VE/SW held their family assembly this morning, presenting their work on their Topic, ‘Supermarket’.   The children were excellent in everything they did – singing, speaking and performing.

Have a nice weekend.

Netball News

On Thursday, Year 5 and Year 6 girls played netball against Gowerton and Pontarddulais. The A team lost a tough match against Pontarddulais but fought hard. The B team played very well with many of the girls making their netball debut! They won 10-0. Well done girls!

Headteacher Weekly News – 24.03.17

Children receiving merits for ‘Good Work’ in Achievement Assembly this week were:- Eva Ellison, Ashton Hiddle, Brandon Nechajev-Lowe, Kestyn O’ Connor, Adam Rabbie and James Madge.

Children receiving the merit for demonstrating positive values were:- Eleanor Smith, Srishti Kumar, Rocco De La Haye, Daniel Williams, William Smith and Lola Rees.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

The children continue to be very active in the outdoors.  Y6JM visited Penllergaer Woods on Monday for Forest School activities.  Parent Mrs Davies worked with Year 3SK in our own woodland in the school grounds on Wednesday.  In addition, all the junior classes have undertaken  outside activities with the R.S.P.B. Education Officer  this week.  The theme of their work was ‘Give Nature a Home’.  All the children are enjoying the outdoor activities very much and are learning a lot about nature and the environment.

P.C. Craig visited Year 5 to talk to them about the topic, ‘I didn’t think’.  This topic is  designed to raise awareness of anti social behaviour and its negative effects.   P.C. Craig talked through choices, actions and consequences with the children.  They found the talk both informative and useful.

The P.T.A. held a film night for Foundation Phase children last night.  Unfortunately, the bulb blew in the projector less than an hour before the event started and so Plan B had to be  activated!  The children came dressed in their pyjamas and watched the films in  classrooms.  The enforced change of plan did not seem to affect the children’s enjoyment of the event.  My thanks to the P.T.A. for their continued hard work in providing opportunities for the children and raising money for the school.

Year 2SDK held their Family Assembly in their classroom this morning.  The theme was ‘Celebrations.  The children were excellent in all aspects and the audience enjoyed the Assembly very much.

We have also supported Red Nose Day today.  The children wore red and had a crazy hair day.  We have raised a significant amount of money  for good causes (we will let you know the final total next week). As ever, thank you for your generous support.

Next week is ‘ Autism Awareness Week’.   This is a national initiative to help raise awareness of Autism.    The children are invited to wear their ‘Onesie’ on Wednesday and contribute £1.  All monies raised will be given to charities providing support for people living with A.S.D.

As you know, Sketty Primary School is raising funding through the Co op Community Fund, there are 2 weeks left and our current total is £1093.25. There’s still more than £8261.82 in the local community fund that members are yet to pledge to a particular cause. If you’re a local co op member in Sketty or Killay please choose us and then we can have a greater share of the £8261.82 left unpledged.  Please share with friends/family and with any local community groups you are involved in.  Thanks all for supporting your local community and local school!

Have a nice weekend.


Sketty Primary School: Lunchtime Assistant

Closing date: 29/03/17. Salary: Scale 2, SCP 11 (£15,807) pro rata 5 hours a week 38 weeks a year.

Governors are seeking to appoint Lunchtime Assistant to join our team to provide support for pupils and staff during the serving of the midday meal.

The post involves keeping good order amongst pupils and to provide a safe environment during the serving of the midday meal, on the playground and inside the classrooms during wet playtimes.

Working hours: 11.55 a.m. – 12.55 p.m. Monday to Friday

Closing date: Wednesday 29th March 2017 Shortlisting: Thursday 30th March 2017 Interview: Week commencing 3rd April 2017

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for the successful applicant.

Job Application Form


Headteacher Weekly News – 17.03.17

Children receiving merits for good work in this week’s Achievement Assembly were: Fay Bramhall, Daniel Anson, Jaicerose Tenson, Vishal Muddada, Brody Philpot, Ryan Boyd, Keston Boyd, Phoebe Thien, Oscar Abrahams, Sarah Lomax, Sonny Jones, Isabella Colbourne, Claudia Thomas and Freya Mackinnon.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were:- Ellie Davies, Ayda Evans, Thomas Morgans, Elys Martin, Ffion Taylor, Isobel Bramhall, Mahmut Ocak, Lenny McNamara, Kai Hartery, Autumn Edwards, Abigail Harrison, Matthew Cuthill, Lola Perrott and Isha Praveen.  Well done everybody – a super effort!

Year 6CJ went to Penllergaer Woods on Monday for a Forest School session. They (and the accompanying parents) had a most enjoyable time.  On Wednesday, Year 3LC undertook activities in  the wooded area in our own grounds, led by parent Mrs. Davies.   They had an equally enjoyable experience.

On Wednesday, Year 4 had a memorable visit from Ospreys and Wales speedster Keelan Giles.  Keelan has been getting rave reviews for his try scoring exploits this season and so we were delighted to welcome him to school for a question and answer session.   The boys and girls give Keelan a suitable grilling and he answered all their questions in an open and engaging manner.   It is wonderful to see local sporting talent inspiring the next generation.

The juniors were treated to a dance performance from Gower College students this afternoon.   Year 6 then undertook a workshop with the students.

Parents’ evenings have been well attended this week.  I trust you found the meetings informative and helpful.

The PTA are holding a film night for the Infants next Thursday evening.  In addition, we will be supporting  Red Nose Day next Friday.  The theme is ‘wear something red’ and ‘crazy hair’.

Have a nice weekend.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 11.03.17

Firstly, my apologies for not posting the names of the children receiving merits this week.  I was on training yesterday and will do so in next week’s post.

It is the turn of the Foundation Phase to hold Family Assemblies on a Friday, as all junior classes have held theirs.   The Assembly is such an important part of the week, when parents and grandparents can share in the life of the school.

Year 2 KP performed their Assembly yesterday and they did so superbly.  The large audience were very appreciative of their efforts.  Well done everybody!

It has been quieter this week after last week’s blistering start to the half term!  Year 4 visited the local library on Thursday and learned about all the resources that they can access.

I have received requests from parents in Years 2, 3 & 4 to sit on the new Parent Forum.  Please do email school with your name if you are in any of the other year groups and you want to participate in this initiative.

Also, please will you  email school if you have any views on the current school photography provision.  Governors will be considering all responses shortly.

Have a nice weekend.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 03.03.17

Children receiving the merit for Good Work this week were: Bella Da Francesco, Jenny Figgis, Kaden Webborn, Betty Bull, Sofia John, Tiah Furlong, Ruby Campion, Izzy Johns, Autumn Edwards, Sonny Madge, Finley Landry, Lottie Stephens, Scarlett Morris and Vamsi Muddada.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were: Yassin Rabbie, William Evans, Corey Morris, Luv Upreti, Katie Courtney, Tabby Ventress-Brett, Lily Coffey, Abi Haines, Lucy Spiller, Hannah Jones, Charlie Williams, Raymond Xie, Bowyn Hill and Kelsey Dagnell.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

It’s certainly been a busy week back after half term.    We  celebrated St David’s Day on Wednesday.  A big thank you to the children (and yourselves) for all the competition entries.  They have worked exceptionally hard.  There is a wonderful variety and the standard is exceptionally high.  We hope the children enjoyed taking part.

We held our Junior Eisteddfod this afternoon.  We were treated to many excellent performances, including beautiful singing by Ellie Traylor – Holland.  Certificates were given out to the competition winners and placed entries, judged by the Criw Cymreig and teachers.  Many congratulations to Rosa MacGowan (pseudonym Black Panther) for being crowned Bard for her excellent poem.

We celebrated World Book Day yesterday.  The children (and staff!) looked amazing in their costumes.  The boys and girls enjoyed using maps to search for Wally in the playground.  The juniors took part in workshops in the Dylan Thomas Centre.   Year 2 also had a visit from an author yesterday afternoon, who shared writing techniques with them.  Thank you for supporting the Book Fayre after school this week.

Year 2 parents have been in school this morning, helping the children make capes, as part of their Topic on Superheroes.  There were some very eye catching designs and the boys and girls enjoyed the learning experience very much.

Year 3 SK held their Family Assembly this morning.  The theme of their Assembly   was Natural Disasters and Wales.  It was both very informative and great fun.  The large audience enjoyed the Assembly very much and helped sing ‘Land of Our Fathers’ with  lots of passion!

We have another Community/P.T.A. Grounds tomorrow morning.  The plan is to paint fences and further clear the area by the Foundation Phase playground.  Please can you bring a paint brush along with you if you are able to help. The weather forecast isn’t too promising but we aim to start at 10 a.m. and see how it goes.   A  text will be sent by 8.30 a.m. if we have to postpone.  Otherwise, we hope to see many of you here tomorrow.

Have a good weekend.