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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!

Headteacher Weekly News – 03.02.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit in Achievement Assembly this week were:- Yassin Rabbie, Noah Benazzi-McDonald, Katie Zhang, Lilly Maddock, Lucy Evans, Lola Rees, Tala Beer-Bryant, Ethan Traylor-Holland, Oscar Abrahams, Olivia Beliss-Williams, James Rees, Isabelle Elias, Freya Mackinnon and Jessica Wilcock.

Children receiving a merit for demonstrating positive values were: Cameron Smith, Poppy Beck, Savannah Farrell, Isla Prosser, Rocco Winchester, Shambu Rana, Izzy Proctor-Evans, Olly Morgans, Tomos Dixon-Evans, Tommy Earls, Madelaine Smith, Maddie O’ Connor, Guy-Yee Wong and Monty Boyd.  Well done all of you – we are proud of your efforts!

A huge thank you to the big band of parents, school staff and Co-op staff who gave so generously of their time  to clear and tidy up parts of the school grounds and paint the Year 1 fence last Saturday.   It was an outstanding effort and much was achieved.  It was a case of ‘many hands make light work’.  The KS2 children will now be taking part in a design competition for the area by the car park.  We look forward to seeing what ideas they come up with and turning the winning design into reality.

Year 6JM held an E-Safety Family Assembly last week, whilst  Year 4MW held their Family Assembly this morning.  Their Assembly was all about the brain and its workings (part of their Topic on the Body).  The children shared a lot of information in  both Assemblies in a fun and enjoyable format.  Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us on both occasions.

I will be holding a meeting with parents about the categorisation process and our current school performance  on Thursday 16th February at 6 p.m. in the school hall.  Please do come along for an update on how the school is progressing and our future priority areas.

Have a nice weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 27.01.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work in this week’s Achievement Assembly  were Evan Lewis, Penny Bull, Ethan Thomas, Belle Hawkins-Jones, Sofia John, Lottie Earls, Matthew McKevitt, Imogen Metcalfe, Ollie Gabriel, Arron Boyd, Daniel Cuthill, Rosie Barker, James Locker Heath and Sophie Willis.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Oliver Jewell, Leyaan Arora, Evie Addicott, Freya Gammon, Cai Harding-Thomas, James Madge, Hannah Morgan, Charlie Cozens, Tristan Xuan, Jake Hallett, Niamh Coffey, Bowyn Hill and Rebecca Ashton.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

The school will be participating in an ‘Outdoor Schools’ Pilot Project for the next two terms, with a view to carrying on this style of learning in the future.    We are excited at the potential of this project which focuses on taking learning outside, both within the school environment and the locality.  The  objectives of Outdoor Schools are:

  • To ensure that children are confident and fully engaged with the outdoor environment.
  • To develop children’s sense of well-being through regular activities in their local environment.
  • To develop children’s knowledge of the ecology of their local area.
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of sustainability within the context of their local environment.
  • To develop communication skills by sharing their knowledge with others

Swansea University will be undertaking research with the Years 5 & 6 pupils to measure the impact of this project on the children’s wellbeing.  The children will complete questionnaires and consent forms have been sent home for parents to read and sign.  Please return these consent forms to school by the end of next week if you are happy for your child to participate in this research.

We have had a fantastic afternoon of sport at Gowerton Primary School.  The netball team lost to Dunvant but played fantastically to beat Parkland by an astonishing 12 -0 !  In rugby, twenty four children in total played three games.  We drew with local rivals Dunvant 2 tries each and achieved the same score with a tough Parkland School team.  In our final match, we beat Gowerton 4 tries to 3;  Ahmed scoring a fine team try in the corner.  All the children played superbly in both sports  and enjoyed the afternoon very much.  It was good to see them applying the skills they have learned in weekly clubs into game situations very successfully.

The P.T.A. are holding a Community Grounds morning in school tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be clearing, digging, weeding and having a general tidy up.  All welcome.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 20.01.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work this week were:  Sabrina Bradley, Dominik Wypych, Alphie Sharples, Freya Smith, William Hawkins Jones, David Hood, Matilda Topliss, Charlie Davies and Rebecca Hale.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were Tristan Haines, Mehdi Hathaf, Ella Van Der Hart, Evie Dennis, Freddie Burgess, Jessica Roberts, Hayden Ventress-Brett, Dylan Gwynn and Isaac Thien.  Well done everybody and keep working hard.

Year 1 have visited TESCO at Swansea Marina this week.  They have learned lots about a supermarket.  They got to sit on the tills, taste lots of vegetables and even saw a fish being gutted!   Thank you to all the parent volunteers who accompanied the visit.

Year 5 have been to the National Art Gallery in Cardiff Bay today, as part of their Topic ‘Gallery’.  They had a wonderful day and the children’s behaviour was exemplary.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who came into school this week for Open Days.  The children enjoyed sharing their work with you very much.  Please liaise with your child’s class teacher to arrange a viewing if you weren’t able to come in this week and would like to do so.

The P.T.A. have been in the Co-op on a rota for the last couple of days, encouraging customers to sign up for the Co-op membership scheme and nominate Sketty School PTA as their chosen charity.  It costs £1 to join and members can receive 5% back when they buy Co-op own branded food, with 1% going to their chosen local community fund.   All monies raised will go towards a revamp of our Hall.  Our total currently stands at a healthy £950.  Our sincere thanks  to the members of the PTA who gave, and give, so generously of their own time for the benefit of the school.

Year 6 representatives have also been down to the store and demonstrated excellent communication skills when interacting with the customers.  Well done to all the Year 6 pupils who took part.

Have a lovely weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 13.01.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit in Achievement Assembly this week were:  Amelie Hawkins, Luc Johnson, Ethan Thomas, Elliott Lang, Mia White, Zac Beresford, Josh Bravey-Evans, Mahmut Ocak, Ebony Williams, Alma Abraham, Georgia Weston, Abigail Harrison, Josh Winstanley-Thomas and Ciaran Goggin.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:  Eva Ellison, Sofia Dafydd, Joseph Kelly, Mia Nosnan-Croft, Kellan Heuberger, Daniel Bygate, Arian Afruz-Ali, Nofa Murad, Hannah Jones, Jay Samuel, Emlyn Haines, Tasmin Cole, Claudia Thomas and Brooke Furlong.

Open Days are being held next week.  This is an opportunity for the children to share their school work with you for the current academic year.   Nursery, Years 1, 3 & 5 Open Day is Tuesday 17th January; whilst Reception, Years 4 & 6 is Wednesday 18th January (please note Year 2 shared their work on the Fire of London afternoon before Christmas).   Open sessions are held from 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. and 2.50 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.  Please can parents wait either on the playground or in the Hall until 9 a.m. so the children can be registered in class first.

Year 1 will be visiting TESCO at Swansea Marina next week as part of their Topic ‘Supermarket’.   In addition, Year 5 will be visiting the National Art Gallery in Cardiff as part of their Topic ‘Gallery’.  All the children are looking forward to their visits very much.

Year 2 will be starting a ten week programme of Kerbcraft.  This initiative is run by the City and  Council of Swansea and will teach the children very important skills about road safety.

Mr Edwards will be holding a SENCo forum next Friday 20th January at 2 p.m.   Room tbc.  All welcome.

Have a lovely weekend.