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Headteacher Weekly News – 28.04.17

KS2 children receiving merits for ‘Good Work’ in Achievement Assembly were Josie Woolacott, Imogen Metcalfe, Amy Travers, Olivia Bellis- Williams, Tasmin Cole, Daniel Hale, Sam Healey and Dylan Gwynn.

The following KS2 children were recognised for positive values: Jack Whitehouse, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Aimee Jones, Tom Whitehouse, Simona Devanakis, Morgan Willis, Amy Lui and the whole of Year 3SK!

It’s been a smooth first week back.  The children have settled back well into their classes.  Year 5 visited Port Eynon today to undertake environmental work on the beach as part of their Outdoor Learning programme.  This is the first in a series of outdoor days which will see the children working towards achieving the prestigious John Muir Environmental Science Award.

Next Monday is the May Day Bank holiday and then nationals tests are being held for Years 2 – 6 between May 3rd and May 10th.  Whilst these tests are statutory, please be reassured that  we endeavour for all the children to be as relaxed as possible when taking them.  Teachers have been successful in previous years in alleviating any possible stress and the vast majority of children have coped fine.

Next Friday is the P.T.A. Quiz Night in the school hall.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.  It promises to be a really fun evening.

Have a good weekend.

National Test 2017 Timetable

Dear Parents,

Please find below the timetable for the forthcoming National Tests.

 

Date / Test

 

Numeracy

Procedural 

Numeracy

Reasoning

Reading

English

 

3 May/Mai

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 6 9:30 am

11:00am

 

4 May/Mai

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 6

9:30 am

 

5 May/Mai

 

Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am

 

8 May/Mai

 

Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am

 

9 May/Mai

 

Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am

 

Please note that any child who does not sit the test will automatically be given a standardised score of below 85.  This has a detrimental effect on school performance information.

Please will you ensure that your child is in school on the days of their tests, unless too unwell.  The teachers will ensure that the children are as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the test.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Headteacher Weekly News – 07.04.17

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, due to maintenance work in the hall we were unable to hold Achievement Assembly today. We will present the certificates to the pupils in assembly after the holidays.

The following children were recognised for good work:- Callum Powell, Josie Woolacott, Imogen Metcalfe, Amy Travers, Olivia Beliss- Williams, Tasmin Cole, Daniel Hale, Sam Healey and Dylan Gwynn.

The following children were recognised for demonstrating positive values:- Penny Stanton, Jack Whitehouse, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Aimee Jones, Tom Whitehouse, Simona Devanakis, Morgan Willis, Amy Lui and the whole of Year 3SK!

It’s been an action packed final week.

There has been great excitement in Nursery with the arrival of our Easter Chicks. All the children have taken extreme care looking after the new arrivals.

Y1 held their cake stall on Tuesday, which was a great success. All the children baked delicious cakes and we experienced a near sell out.

Year 3 have welcomed parents to help bake and create Easter Crafts and treats, thank you to all who attended. Year 4 held an Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds and all the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Year 6 have had a busy week with a trip to Harry Potter World on Thursday and hosting their enterprise day on Wednesday. This was extremely well supported by parents. The children have demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills by creating their own companies. A very healthy profit of £66.05 was made by Swankey Candles of Mrs Miller’s class, and an excellent return of £96 profit was recorded by Sweet Bubbles of Mrs Jackson’s class. Overall, the year group made a £300 profit which will be reinvested into the Year 6 classes. Once again thank you for all the generosity and support.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the members of the PTA who helped relocate lost property and who helped out on the wonderful stalls.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and restful Easter Holiday.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 17.02.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work this week were: William Hopkins, Isaac Birch, James Bevan, Ella Beynon, Mia White, Olivia Kavanagh, Lenny McNamara, Mahmut Ocak, Harry Wilkinson, Poppy Salter – Hourigan, Maya Reardon, Josh Lomax, Sam Healey and Amy Liu.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Sophia Ridgewell, Emily Bygate, Sofia Jones, George Webborn, Rocco Winchester, Darcey Saunders, Callum Champ, Liam Cunningham, Caitlin Giffard, Jacob Thomas, Charlie Evans, Santino Collins, Thea Wilkinson and Ashton Padfield.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

The Fire Service have given a  talk to Year 5 this week about fire safety in the home.  They gave clear messages about how to keep safe and to avoid risky behaviours.  The Fire Service then spoke to Year 2, as part of their Topic ‘Superheroes’.  They answered lots of questions prepared by the children.

It’s been a busy final week of the half term in school. Teachers from  schools across the Gower visited us on Monday to undertake a learning walk in our Foundation Phase.   It was a positive visit and nice to share our practice.   In addition, a Read, Write, Inc Development day took place on Tuesday.   Our consultant Rhianwen Ashford analysed pupil progress data, monitored provision and held a master class for staff.

The rugby teams played against Parkland School on Tuesday afternoon.   All the children played with great commitment and the skill level was very high.  Both sides scored some fantastic tries and tackled with great gusto!

Year 3LC held their Family Assembly this morning.  The Assembly  was based on their Topic of ‘Natural Disasters’.  It was a cracking Assembly. The children performed a song about the Water Cycle and shared some wonderful creative writing and poetry they had written.  They also shared which item they would choose to take with them if they were caught up in a disaster zone and had to leave home.

Thank you to the parents who attended our school performance meeting last night to hear about how the school is progressing on its journey of improvement.  There were about thirty parents in attendance.  We shared performance data and talked through the categorisation process.  We touched upon the challenging context we have been operating in, including financially, and what the priorities are moving forward.   Many of the parents who attended have commented that the meeting was informative and beneficial.

One priority is to strengthen parent voice in the school.  We will be setting up a parent forum after half term.  The forum will consist of one parent per year group and will meet with school leadership regularly to offer a parental perspective on aspects of school strategy and provision.  This group will sit underneath the Governing Body and their contributions will feed into decision making at the school.  We will be inviting applications from parents to sit on the forum after half term.

St. David’s Day and World Book day fall in the first week back after half term.   The children  are invited to dress in Welsh costumes/rugby jerseys etc on the Wednesday and Friday.   Please can we have all competition entries in by March 1st.  The children (and staff!) are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on the Thursday.

Another date for your diary is the next P.T.A./Community School Grounds’ Improvement morning on Saturday 4th March, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and we wish you all a happy half term holiday.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 10.02.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit in this week’s Achievement Assembly were: Ffion Edwards, Kush Upreti, Si Qi Ou-Zhao, William Demery, George Davies, Evan Ridgewell, Isaac Meadowcroft, Brooke Williams, Daniel O’ Brien, Ahmed Hasan, Georgia Weston, Liam O’Connor and Finley Rosser.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were: Tiffany White, Archie Copp Williams, Eleri Gwynn, Ellen Morgan, Noah El-Hoss, Tanya Hamamin, Sadie Topliss, Jagger Winchester, Phoebe Adams-Jones, William Courtney, Stephen Liu, Caitlin Taylor, Shannon Dodd and Poppy Gooden.   Well done everybody – good work!

Year 4 visited the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday as part of their Ospreys Education project.  The children had digital tasks to complete at eight different stations, all focussing on developing their Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills.  They went into the changing rooms, the press room and saw the trophy cabinet and jerseys in the Riverside Lounge.  In addition, they sat in the dug out and ran onto the pitch.  It was a super learning experience and all the children behaved impeccably.

Year 4LJ held their Family Assembly this morning.  The children presented on the work they have been carrying out about the brain and how we learn.  They spoke, sang and danced really well.  The many visitors in attendance enjoyed the Assembly very much.  It was a lovely occasion.

Year 2 are  undertaking weekly ‘Kerbcraft’ activities.  Our thanks to the parent helpers who give up their time generously to support the children and providers with the activities out on the pavement and road.    In addition, the R.S.P.B. worked with Year 2 this week, carrying out a bird watch.  The children will be using the live data they gathered in their mathematics.   The R.S.P.B. will also be delivering the topic ‘Give Nature a Home’  to each junior class in the school grounds in March.

Year 6 visited Olchfa School this morning to watch the dress rehearsal of their forthcoming show ‘Oliver’.  The children and staff enjoyed the performance very much.  It was lovely to pick out the ex Sketty School pupils, like Oscar Wood and Eve Jones,  who were performing  so well.

The Netball team have been at a festival in Swansea University today.  Thankfully, it was indoors!  The girls enjoyed playing four matches and were extremely competitive in all their games.

Mr Stewart Mackinnon has secured another term of office as Parent Governor.   Also, we are in the process of creating a Governor Picture Board  to promote with parents who the members of the Body are and which committees they sit on.

Lots of the children are very enthusiastic about raising money for charity.  They are showing very good entrepreneurial skills in setting up stalls and selling produce at break times.  The group led by Georgia Weston recently raised a fantastic £80 for Cancer Research.

The Fire Service will be giving a safety talk to Years 2 & 5 next Monday.  Year 3LC will be holding their Family Assembly on Friday morning.

REMINDER – School Performance Meeting for Parents on Thursday 16th February at 6 p.m. in school hall

We break up for half term  next Friday.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the rugby!