Skippers Hill Preparatory School January 29th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

Thank you to all the parents in Years 5 and 6 who attended our recent presentation on the senior years at Skippers. As well as reflecting upon the fantastic successes of previous years, we were able to look forward to new initiatives which will further strengthen the educational experience for our pupils in Years 7 and 8.

The evening was an opportunity to highlight the excellent specialist teaching and real academic focus that preparing for Common Entrance brings. The children benefit hugely from great pastoral care and the knowledge that they are very well known - it is impossible to go missing at Skippers!


Focus of the Fortnight

    A big drive on good manners at Skippers! Following Monday's assembly we are encouraging children to hold doors open for others, allow adults to pass, remember their p's and q's and share a vibrant smile to brighten each others' days.

Mark Hammond
The Owl and the Pussy Cat in Reception
Years 3 & 4 visit the British Museum


As part of our 'Wonderful Words' theme Reception have had huge fun exploring the Nursery Rhyme The Owl and the Pussy Cat. We have done writing, art work and we have even been learning to recite the poem.  We learnt that it was written by Edward Lear when Queen Victoria was on the throne well over one hundred years ago making it even older than Mr Hammond!   

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This term the children in Year 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians and Year 4 have been learning about the Aztecs. On Friday 22nd January, Year 3 and 4 piled onto a coach and set off to the British Museum in London. We arrived at the museum and after a quick snack  Year 3 headed off to the Ancient Egyptian Sculpture Gallery and Year 4 to the Aztec room.

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Fairy Tales with a twist!
Bede's Galactic challenge


By exploring Fairy Tales with a twist Year 2 have been enjoying learning about story structure. 
They then discussed how silly Red Riding Hood was to talk to strangers and how naughty she was to eat all the goodies meant for Grandma, this led them on nicely to..

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Monty, Jamila, Ellen, Emily and Aoife accompanied by Mrs Box shipped out to Bede’s for a Galactic Challenge Event. We were teamed up with pupils from Rose Hill and collectively became known as Infinity Aerospace and were told we were now competing against two other teams to win an Interplanetary Spaceport contract for 03.01.2065.


Senior Choir sing their hearts out at the O2
Congratulations to the U13 Netball team!


If there’s one thing about Skippers’ pupils, they are not afraid of a challenge.  Having learned an extensive repertoire of songs for Christmas, they returned for the new term full of enthusiasm for the Young Voices concert.  With barely three weeks to the Big Event, the choir willingly came to some extra rehearsals.  With 11 songs to learn and five dance numbers, that gave us about 15 minutes for each item.  


The U13's have worked exceptionally hard this season in Netball. Each girl has come on in leaps and bounds and their team efforts paid off last week in a home quadrangular which resulted in the girls coming joint first having beaten Rose Hill and Bethany and losing by just one goal to Ashdown!

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The next step ...
Congratulations Alfie!


Following the replacement and upgrading of the boiler and heat exchanger on the pool last summer, the engineers are currently back at Skippers replacing and improving the filtration system as part of our phased renovation of the pool. Crystal clear tropical waters await ...

Alfie Hunter, Year 5 has been selected to play Cricket for the Under 10 Sussex County Junior Squad.  It is a great achievement!
In the letter he received telling him he had been chosen he was encouraged to feel proud and privileged to be chosen to represent his county. We are certainly proud of him! Well done, Alfie.

Star of the week

Date of assembly 26/01/16

Rec - Oliver for scoring 3 goals in his football match and showing great ball-skills. He won a trophy!
Year 1  - Gabrielle Garnett for completing her ‘House Challenge’ so well.
Year 2 - Emma-Jane Murrin for writing a wonderful account of her first Theatre Club visit.
Jake Williams for knowing his 5X-table so well.
Jake Etheridge for having such a super start to Year 2.
Year 3  - Josh Hammond for being so focused in lessons - particularly in Music.
Ettienne Van Wyk for being so focused on the British Museum trip.
William Morley for achieving full marks in his spelling tests for 10 weeks in a row.
Sophie Hare for writing such an excellent end to her story.
Year 4 - Henry Stemp for knowing his X-tables so well.
Sam Williams for extra work on the Year 4 trip to the British Museum.
Year 6 - Jiya Derodra for being extremely helpful in the mornings by readying the classroom.
Year 8 - Ellen Duthie-Jackson for always being cheerful and positive around the school.


Other Celebrations


Artist of the Week  -  Jamila Nasseraldeen for creating a lovely ‘dot’ picture.


  Outside School

Ariella Brooks for achieving the Gold award in the online BBC palaeontology game.

Josh Hammond for being named ‘man-of-the-match’ in his Club football session.





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