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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Headteacher Weekly News – 25.05.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit this week were: Emily Shoemark, Isaac Meadowcroft, Lakshmi Kanamarlapudi, Dabia Al-Kassab, Ella Hutchinson, Maddie Jones, Seren Hawkins, Phoebe Thien, Seren Hopkins, Fern Hooper and Ciaran Goggin.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Sabrina Bradley, Daniel Anson, Penny Stanton, Mia Noonan – Croft, Molly Figgis, Zac Beresford, Ruby Morris, Jude Perez – Celorrio, Jessica Roberts, Charlie Barnsley and Ciaran Goggin.  Well done everybody (particularly Ciaran for being nominated by two different teachers!) and keep up the good work.

We have been blessed with some lovely weather this week.  The Early Years Sports on Monday was very well attended and the children enjoyed the range of sporting activities very much.  We hope you enjoyed the event as much as the children.

The weather was rather dreary on Tuesday  but we managed to hold our KS2 Sports Day at the first attempt; this hasn’t happened for many years!  All the boys and girls participated enthusiastically and tried their hardest.  There were some truly excellent performances,  in both track and field.  Very well done to all the children.

The Governing Body have considered the results of the recent parental survey on School Photography.  There were only seventeen responses in total and so the Governors decided this was not a sufficiently large  response to implement change.  However, parental views from the responses received has been fed back to the current photography service provider.  In addition, a satisfaction survey will be undertaken with parents after each round of photographs.  This will enable Governors to make the most fully informed decision in the future.

Our Attendance level continues to do very well.  The current school attendance for the year is 96.7%.  This is the highest ever at this time of year.  Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child/children attend school as much as possible.

The Parent Forum met for the second time yesterday.  This initiative has been very helpful in promoting dialogue between home and school.  The focus of yesterday’s meeting was looking at progression in pupil work from Nursery to Year 6 and also looking at National Test papers.  We also had a discussion about school funding and budget pressures.

Next week is Half Term.  We hope the weather remains fine and you enjoy a fantastic break with your children.

Week Beginning 05.06.17

05.06.17 – Year 5 Rugby Skills with Rugby Development Officer

07.06.17 – Class Photographs

P.T.A. meeting in  staffroom at 6.30 p.m.

08.06.17

Primary Partners’ Concert in Grand Theatre

Greg Rees Memorial Fun Tournament – Football, Netball and Rugby teams

 

Headteacher Weekly News – 19.05.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit in Achievement Assembly this week were: Freya Kongolo, Warren James, Ella Van Der Hart, Joseph Kelly, William Smith, Keira Brown, Mahmut Ocak, Lily Coffey, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Flynn Ferguson and Clara Marsh Lorenzo.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Eva Anthony-Dubernet, Evan Ridgewell, Alphie Sharples, Caidan Nechajev-Lowe, Mia White, Polly Bishop, Ruby Campion, Jade Upton, Evie Slocombe, Bowyn Hill and Rebecca Ashton.  Well done everybody – great effort!

Year 3 visited Ilston Woods this week to take part in a range of outdoor activities in the woods.  The rain stayed off and the children enjoyed the practical activities very much.   The Ranger was very enthusiastic and her enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on the children.

In addition, Years 4 & 5 went to Llangrannog for their residential visit from Monday to Wednesday.  It was fantastic to see the children participating in challenging activities and overcoming their nerves.  ‘High Ropes’ and ‘Go Karting’ seemed to be the favourite activities!  Their behaviour was exceptional and staff reported the boys and girls were a pleasure to take away.  Our thanks to the staff for generously giving of their own time to allow the children this wonderful experience.

The rearranged Ultra Run took place today on our school field.   Every child participated enthusiastically in the event and enjoyed the experience.  We will be adding up the total distance covered by all the children shortly to see how many Marathons were completed by the children.  Many thanks for your support of the children in obtaining sponsorship.  Monies raised will help further improve the school grounds for the children.  Sincere thanks to Miss Lewis, Parent Governor Heath Brett and the Pupil Active Council for their organisation, enthusiasm and hard work in ensuring  the event ran smoothly.

The Week Ahead

  • PTA/Community Grounds’ Improvement morning Saturday 20th  May, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Early Years’ Sports on the school field – Monday 22nd May, 1.15 p.m. start (please note that older brothers and sisters do not leave class to watch)
  • Years 3 & 4 Sports at the track  – Tuesday 23rd May, 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
  • Years 5 & 6 Sports at the track – Tuesday 23rd May, 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
  • Parent Forum in staffroom – Thursday 25th May, 1.30 p.m.
  • Last day of half term – Friday 26th May

Have a nice weekend.

 

Headteacher Weekly News – 12.05.17

Children nominated for merits this week were:- Sofia Dafydd, Heidi Morgan-Hurst, Ethan Thomas, Callum Hood, James Topliss, Ryan Reynolds, Christian Belliss- Williams and Elliott Lang, James Dennis, James Lloyd, Christian O’ Leary and Ayesha Russ.  Very well done to all of you.

The P.T.A held a Quiz Night last Friday evening, themed mainly on Music though the decades and Films.  It really was a cracking evening – very sociable and great fun.  Everybody who attended enjoyed the evening very much indeed.  Such was the success of the event, plans have already started to hold a similar event in the not too distant future.

Year 1 visited Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire yesterday.  The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals and learned lots of fascinating facts about the creatures that live there.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who supported on the day.

Reception DD held a super Family Assembly this morning.  The quality of pupil work presented in the Assembly was excellent.  Well done to all the boys and girls who took part.   Every class has now presented an Assembly over the course of the year and we hope that you all have enjoyed them as much as we have.  The programme is well established now and a major highlight of the week for the school community.

The scheduled sponsored Ultra Run was postponed today due to variable weather.  It has been re-scheduled for next Friday.

The Week Ahead

Years 4 and 5 are undertaking their residential visit to Llangrannog next Monday to Wednesday.  This visit is always highly anticipated and I’m sure the boys and girls will have a fantastic time.

The Early Years (Nursery & Reception) are holding their Sports on the school field next Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1.15 p.m.  We hope for dry weather (especially after the driest April in Wales for 100 years!) and look forward to seeing you there.

The P.T.A. are holding another School Grounds Improvement morning next Saturday 20th May; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Please do come along with a spade or a paint brush and get stuck in.   The group have done outstanding work to date and it would be great to see even more of you there next week.

Have a good weekend.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 05.05.17

It’s been rather a disjointed week with the Bank Holiday on Monday and also national testing taking place for Years 2 – 6.  The children have all tried their best in the tests and been very mature in their attitude and approach.  The teachers have successfully managed the administration of the tests; resulting in very little visible stress during the tests.  We are very, very proud of all the boys and girls.

Reception KE held their Family Assembly this morning and delighted the large audience with their speaking, singing and presenting.  The children were, quite simply,  outstanding.

The P.T.A are holding a Quiz Night in the school hall tonight; doors open at 7.15 p.m.  We look forward to seeing many of you there for a fun evening.

Have a nice weekend.