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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.

“SuperStars will be running a Fun Multi Sports Holiday Course at the School over the May Half Term (Tuesday 30th – Friday 2nd June).

Superstars

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). For more information and to book please get in touch with SuperStars directly via their

website https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk or call Hannah on 0845 2413 682

Follow SuperStars on Facebook for chance to win goody bags and SuperStars free days.

https://www.facebook.com/SuperStarsHolidayCourse/

 

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.

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.