Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday March 4th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

As we enter Spring proper, our Woodland Explorers programme is reinvigorated! The bushcraft club for the Juniors started this week and our Woodland Explorers Day is rapidly approaching. Fires have been lit, marshmallows have been toasted and hot chocolate has been made in the ghillie kettle! But is there any more to this than getting a bit of fresh air? I came across an article in the Independent Schools Magazine in January that focused on this very theme.
In the late 1970’s doctors at an American hospital were perplexed by the fact that patients on one side of the building recovered far more quickly than the other. Following a decade of academic studies, Robert Ulrich proposed a simple truth: those on one side of the building looked out onto woodland and the others onto a brick wall.


Focus of the Fortnight


In my first assembly since the half-term break I challenged the children to spot 10 signs of Spring. How many have they found so far?

Mark Hammond
Plenty of fun to be had at Bushcraft Club! 
Drop Everything and Read...


Skippers Hill has a brand new after school club!
Bushcraft club started this week. Twelve excited Year One & Two children set off for some outdoor fun with Lucy Clarke from Wilderness Wood. Lucy is Forest school trained and comes with many years experience of working at a montessori pre-school. 

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"Drop Everything and Read . . ."  Have a look what we got up to at Skippers today! These pictures show that it is not just the children who enjoy reading: Wendy and Sylvia downed spoons and knives in order to read; Ruth couldn't keep her nose out of a book whilst collecting the bins; Mrs Box got stuck into Johnny Ball's Marvellous Maths  .  .  .
Just one of the events we are doing to celebrate Book Week - look at our next newsletter for all the rest of the fun things we did.

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Year 5 & 6 girls enjoy a Textile Workshop at Moira House
Future Aeronautical Engineers in the making?


On Tuesday 23rd February, Year 5&6 girls were invited to Moira House in Eastbourne for a Textile Workshop.
It was such a glorious day and the journey down to the coast was very pretty.

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Whilst the girls were at Moira house, the boys took part in a practical mathematics lesson.
They were each provided with a sheet of A4 paper and much to their astonishment instructed to make a paper plane. These feats of engineering were all of various designs and were tweaked to the individuals own specifications.

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Year 6 build the ‘Sutton Hoo Helmet’


Congratulations to five of our Year 8 boys who have worked extremely hard and gained awards to their next schools:

Monty Hadow     Sports Scholarship to Bedes
Tom Frost           Sports Scholarship to Bedes
Wesley Mason    Music Exhibition to Tonbridge 
Jerome Convert  Drama Scholarship to    
                            Eastbourne College
Alfie Holbrook     Sports Scholarship to

Year 6 are currently studying the Anglo-Saxons as part of their History studies this term. One fascinating aspect of history is how we use artifacts to help us find out about the past, and the treasure hoard found at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk is full of all kinds of objects.
One of the most beautiful is the warrior’s helmet that has been painstakingly reassembled to the extent where a replica was also able to be made.


U11A Netball Tournament at St Michaels
Skippers sponsor Dennis through secondary School


The U11's plus two U10's set last Wednesday for the St Michaels Tournament to take on some big Kent schools in a series of five matches. Having entered the A section, we knew a tough afternoon had been made tougher with two of the team unable to play. Spirits remained positive and the sun shone!


Last Tuesday, the school attended an assembly to hear an update on the Kenyan charity previously supported by Skippers. 
Lesley Dann, the Founder of the charity Harambee For Kenya came in to tell the staff and children all the progress made since the previous assembly last year. 


Please sponsor Mrs Holleyman as she takes up the Celtic harp for charity

It is the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme this year. 

As I have been leading the scheme as a Civilian Instructor  through the Air Cadets for the past 3 years, I have signed up to take part in the Diamond Challenge.

Year 3 Egyptian stories
Reception go Woodland Exploring


Year 3 have been enjoying their topic on Ancient Egypt this term. They have been using many different mediums in Art to bring this topic to life and have written their own versions of the Egyptian Cinderella.

Click here to read some of their stories.

Taking advantage of a beautiful sunny morning, Reception decided to take up Mr Hammond's challenge to find 10 signs of Spring.  

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Senior Choir enjoy singing at Bedes
Year 2 visit Preston Manor


Our Choir Day at Bede’s seems to have become an annual fixture.  From our first invitation three years ago, a bond has been forged and members of their Senior Choir and ours have worked well together. 


Year 2 had a very exciting day at a stately home called Preston Manor in Brighton. Preston Manor was the home of the very wealthy Stanford family.
The children arrived in school dressed up in Victorian costumes for the day and really looked the part.

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Star of the week

Celebration Assembly 1st March 2016

Reception -
 Lulu Hewitt for writing the alphabet out, at home, independently.
Year 1 - Oliver Erridge and Oliver Morley for lovely joined-up handwriting.
Year 2  - Pippa Nunn for completing her work within the time allocated.
Emma-Jane Murrin for independent learning.
Isaac Harding for working on his handwriting skills.
Year 3 - Oli Davis for his focus and attention to detail in his Art lessons.
Annabelle Groves-Gidney and Josh Hammond for showing great potential and focus
during play rehearsals.
Year 4 - Mckenzie Box for working hard on his handwriting.
Year 5 - The whole class for excellent collaborative homework, creating Mayan god cards.
Year 6 -  Lizzie Sturgess for her excellent reading habits.
Year 7  - Lydia Hugo for achieving her personal targets for three weeks running.
Year 8  - Tom Frost for consideration and selflessness during a difficult decision-making period at a sports fixture.



Other Celebrations

Musician of the Week - The Choir who took part in Bede’s Choir Day.
Artist of the Week - Aoife Filipe for her outstanding Pop Art POW! Picture.
Dancers of the Week - the following girls all received Cecchetti Ballet Examination Certificates:
Lizzie Sturgess
Elysia Brooks                        
Lucy Hammond                       
Charlotte Sturgess
Mia Graham                            
Martha Hall                               
Martha Lillicrap
Tabatha Collier                       
Ivy Harling                                 
Alice Clay
Eleanor Graham





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