Monthly Archives: June 2017

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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Headteacher Weekly News 16.06.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this week were:- Reuben El-Hoss, Inez Lewis, Matthew Jones, Zahra Haider, Ellen Morgan, Evie Simpson, Oliver Huggleston, Izzy Proctor Evans, Tristan Xuan, Tommy Earls, Jessica Bevan and Charlie Davies.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Evan Lewis, Mehdi Hathaf, Seren Gammon, Thomas Morgan, Isla Taylor, Caio Bassett, Isabella Johns, Halina Thomas, David Hood, Zoe Wood, Thea Wilkinson and Jack Shaddick.  Well done everybody – great effort!

Years 1 & 2 Sports were held on Tuesday afternoon.  The weather was kind and the large crowd in attendance enjoyed the event very much.  All the boys and girls participated wholeheartedly and gave of their best, whilst having lots of fun also.  Thank you for supporting the children on the day and a big thank you to all the staff for ensuring the event ran smoothly.

Our school football, rugby and netball teams tool part in the Greg Rees Memorial event at Tre Uchaf School, Loughor yesterday.  The festival was arranged to celebrate the life of Mr Rees and the event certainly did that.  Lots of boys and girls got the chance to play  numerous fixtures against youngsters from other schools.  All participants displayed the true spirit of sport – trying hard, playing as a team and demonstrating respect for the opposition.  It was a day where the result truly did not matter.

Our school Athletics team achieved great success in the local round of the Athletics Championship on Wednesday.  The large team all produced excellent individual performances, which resulted in the school being placed first overall.  Many of the children will now go onto the next round, covering West Glamorgan.  Many congratulations to the team on their success.

Year 5 visited Port Eynon for the third time today as part of their work on the John Muir Environmental Science award.  The children are improving their environmental awareness greatly, whilst at the same time enjoying the great outdoors.  Their fourth and final day is a week today.

The Week Ahead

We are holding meetings after school on Tuesday and Thursday for next academic year’s Nursery intake.  We look forward to welcoming the new members to our school community.

Reception classes are visiting Caswell Bay on Wednesday and Year 3 are going to Port Eynon.  Let’s hope the weather is good.

We are holding a Music Concert on Thursday evening in the school hall, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Our children will be performing pieces on a range of musical instruments.  In addition, our children will performing the  High Street Musical routine that they recently performed at the Primary Partners’ concert and Dr Bruce Perkins’ Jazz Band will also be performing.  It promises to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

Headteacher Weekly News – 09.06.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this week were: Ethan Drobac, Annalisa Van Loon, Freya Gammon, Harry Jones, Amelia Davies, Megan Shoemark, Abigail Haines, Jasmin Hillman, Aimee Jones, Evie Cole, Sonny Collins, Evie Slocombe, Bowyn Hill and Elly Traylor Holland.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were: Felix Andrews, Luc Johnson, Kieran Webborn, Savannah Farrell, Rocco Winchester, Zac Isherwood, Abigail Smith, Matthew McKevitt, Dylan Lewis, Sarah Lomax, Josh Reynolds, Ivor Lewis, Freya Mackinnon and James Harris.

The Primary Partners’ Concert was held in the Grand Theatre last night.  It was a great evening of entertainment, with six schools performing.  Our children performed items from ‘High School Musical’ .  Their singing and dancing was, quite simply, outstanding.   We all  felt very proud.  My sincere thanks to  Mrs. Cook, Miss Lewis and Mrs. Stockton for giving so much of their own  time to prepare the children for their performance.  My thanks also to parents for helping supply costumes and supporting on the night.

Sponsorship money has been collected from the Ultra Run held before half term.  The event raised a whopping £1300.  This money will be used to invest in P.E., playtime and playground equipment.  Thank you so much for your support.  It is always greatly appreciated, but especially in a time of reducing central budgets and increasing financial pressures.

The Week Ahead

Year 1 & 2 Sports are being held on the school field next Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1.15 p.m.  Let’s hope the weather improves.

The school will be taking part in the Greg Rees Memorial Tournament at Tre Uchaf School, Lougher on Thursday.  Our rugby, netball and football teams will be playing fun, non competitive fixtures against a number of other schools in memory of Mr Rees, who sadly died recently.  Mr Rees was an avid sportsman and coach of junior sports and we are very pleased to be participating in this event.

Have a nice weekend.