Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday September 16th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

What a wonderful start to the new academic year. The weather has been more than generous and all children, old and new, have started the year wonderfully well. There is a happy buzz in the school and plenty of smiles to go round.
During the summer holidays I promised myself that I would read Carol Dweck’s ‘Mindset’: the concept of growth mindset has been a hot topic in education for a while now and I admit that it was well worth the read! 


Focus of the Fortnight

Taking responsibility for ourselves and for others was the theme of this week’s assembly; congratulations to the newly elected house captains who ran a poster campaign and speeches on the hustings to demonstrate their sense of responsibility to the younger children.

Mark Hammond
  Year 3 
'The Pieces of Me'
  Year Group Photos
From KG to Y8 watch them grow!


For their first piece of writing Miss Puttock asked her class to think about what makes them an individual.  Having discussed this together they then talked about what kind of things they enjoyed doing. Using the information they created a jigsaw puzzle about themselves and drew a self portrait in the middle.

Click here to see the results


I thought it would be fun to take informal photos of each of the Year Groups at the beginning of the year and then again at the end.  
Even taking more than 20 photos in some cases of each class it still seemed an impossible feat to get both children and teachers all looking with their eyes open and smiling at the lens at the same time! Apologies to those parents whose children aren't looking at their best or even looking at the camera!

Frances Plummer

Click here to see all the other Year Group Photos from KG - Y8

A note to KG parents, the photo taken is of those children in on a Wednesday morning. 

  Don't panic if Skippy falls in to the Thames!   Campfire songs and toasted marshmallows  


The wonderful new Reception class checked in confidently last Monday - complete with shiny shoes and hair, and shorts built to last. We had a great week visiting Sue in Kindergarten a lot, establishing our class rules and learning where things are kept.
Suggestions for the ‘golden rules’ included:
“ You must not bite someone on the toe”
“You must not pull the tyres off cars”
“You must not bring live worms inside” (presumably dead worms are fine)

For once the weather was kind to a Skippers camping expedition!  The Year 7s and 8s headed down the field after school and tents soon sprang up by the pavilion; or in one case, struggled gradually up!  We managed to gather enough firewood for a towering inferno of a campfire, so after a tasty barbecue courtesy of chef Hammond (who must be owed some sort of barbecuing qualification by now?) everyone threw themselves into marshmallow-toasting and singing some of the loudest chants to be heard at Skippers since, well, since this time last year anyway.  

  Video: Year 4 write their own rap   Winners of the Library Competition  


In Music this week, Year 4 enjoyed learning about rap music. The children explored the rhythm of a rap and the different ‘beatboxing’ sounds that they could make, before writing and performing their own rap about Skippers.


Well done to the winners of Skippers Hill's first Summer Library Competition!

Matthew Bennett (Y7)
Millie Bennett (Y6)
Tabatha Collier (Y5)
Suzie Dixon (Y5)
James Quittenton (Y7)

    Letter from the Queen
During the Summer term, Reception had a chat about the Queen. We decided to send a card for her 90th birthday because Reception thought "She might not get many cards because she is so old." The children drew and painted all of the Queen's favourite things- dogs, horses, crowns and sparkly dresses!  
During the Summer holiday an important-looking letter arrived at Skippers addressed to 'Reception Class'. We were thrilled when we saw 'Buckingham Palace' printed at the top of the paper. We received a letter and a 'Thank you' card from the Queen!
Star of the week

Celebration Assembly 13.09.16

Rec  Arabella Blantern for settling into life at Skippers with all of her friends.
Year 1 Millie Gebbie and Philip Sun for settling into Skippers life so well
Year 2 Casper Drake and Henrietta Lee for settling to life at Skippers so well.
Year 3 Emma-Jane Murrin for having an excellent attitude to learning
Pippa Nunn for working hard to complete her Maths work.
Year 4M  Alice Clay for her perseverance in Maths and a very positive attitude towards learning.
Alfie Slaney for excellent writing in English - what a great imagination!
Year 4H  Joshua Hammond for a super start in Y4 and trying so hard in lessons
William Morley for writing a fantastic description about a dragon.
Year 5  Tom Cassidy, Hannah Pringle and Zac Smallpeice for settling in so well at Skippers.
Year 6  Elysia Brooks for being extremely helpful in the classroom.
Year 7  Joseph Scott for taking on all the challenges of Y 7&8 camping.


French Speaker of the Week

Rosa Jones for joining in beautifully with our songs.
Lucie Morris for helping the class to work out instructions in French
Latin Speaker of the Week
Alfie Gidney for taking the initiative and using his Vocab Book effectively.

Other Celebrations

Performing Arts

Felina Gorringe for passing Grade 1 Violin with Merit.
Sophie Hare for passing Grade 3 Solo Performance in dance with Merit

Ellie Besant for achieving Stage 5 of the ASA Learn to Swim Award.
Mia Graham for achieving Bronze and Silver ASA Swimming Challenge Awards
Sophie Hare for achieving Level 2 of the National Swim Award.

    Diary Dates    

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Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School
Five Ashes, Mayfield,
East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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