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

Welcome back to a chilly but dry January! Holidays seem a long time ago already and there has been much to comment upon, even in just 8 school days.
At Skippers we pride ourselves on providing a very warm, supportive, family atmosphere for the children who are generally ‘unpressurised’ in a world full of potential stresses;  visitors to the school often comment upon the happy atmosphere where children are allowed a proper childhood in a fabulous setting. Still, focusing upon our well-being and preparing for the challenges of modern life is vitally important and this week has been a great opportunity for staff, parents and pupils to reflect.


Focus of the Fortnight

    During well-being week I encourage all the children, staff and parents to find time for themselves and focus on some healthy eating, good exercise and a moment or two of mindfulness!

Mark Hammond
Upper KG enjoy their new surroundings
Farewell Gary
We will miss you!


The Kindergarten children have bounced back into school in fine fettle following the Christmas holiday. Whenever we see them again after a break, we are amazed and delighted by their increased confidence and abilities. It is a reminder to us that these early years are precious and important, and that skills and attitudes learned now remain embedded for life. 
The Upper Kindergarten children have fully settled into their new classroom. 

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During the School assembly on Tuesday the School thanked Gary our School Caretaker for all his hard work during his time at Skippers.  His cheerful face and 'can do' attitude  will be missed by pupils, staff and parents alike.
Freddie Kuzemko read out an 'Ode to Gary' and the Year 6 sang their rendition of 'We will miss you' to the tune of Queen's 'We Will Rock You!'
Gary was presented with a National Trust Membership and a Trax and trails off rode 4x4 experience bought with the money donated by the staff and parents.
Gary is moving to Cornwall to be nearer his daughter, we wish him well and hope he will come back and visit.
The school has appointed Gary's replacement - further information to follow.


An evening of fun at the Jersey Quiz night!


We were delighted to welcome back Kate Daniels from PSHE Education as children focused on mental and emotional wellbeing in a series of interactive workshops. Pupils from Years 1 to 5 were asked to explore Self Esteem in their sessions and discovered their personality traits through an exciting card game. 

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Come on everyone, time to use those brain cells and join us at the Jersey Quiz on Friday January 29th at 7pm.
Tickets are £10 each including food.
Tables are made of up to ten people - form one of your own or we can put you on one.

Goldilocks apologises to the Three Bears!
Well done Year 6!


This term Year One are learning about fairy Tales & Castles. We started off the term by reading the big book of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children particularly enjoyed acting out the story and then pretending they were Goldilocks and writing sorry letters to the bears.

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Well done to the Year 6 children who threw themselves whole-heartedly into the new Skippers Challenge Award last term. Throughout Years 6,7 and 8 the children will be engaging in a variety of tasks and projects to aid their personal development - learning new skills, carrying out personal projects, doing community service and taking part in expeditions.


Exciting announcement!
Skipping Workshop


Skippers Hill Manor Musical Theatre Club are delighted to announce that the grand performance of "Revolting Children - An Evening of Musical Theatre", will take place at 6.30pm on Saturday March 19th at The Birley Centre, Eastbourne College. Please save the date and come and support our children as they make their theatrical debuts. It will be a night not-to-be missed!

On Monday 11th January Skippers really did justify its name: the entire school took part in skipping workshops to improve their skills, learn about the benefits of regular exercise and then eat a bowl of delicious blueberries! 

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Yoga - Let's stretch!


If they weren't sure what 5-a-day looked like before, they do now! Wendy very kindly prepared a platter of fruit and vegetables for children to see, touch and smell and to discuss the importance of a balanced diet. They are certainly gobbling up their vegetables at lunchtime - sometimes without staff encouragement!
In contrast to the frenetic energy of the skipping, children spent time this week in calm reflection and repose during a relaxing yoga session. If any indication is needed of how this went down with the children, the delegation of children that I received campaigning for an after-school yoga club speaks for itself! Watch this space ...

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Star of the week
Celebration Assembly 15.1.16

Year 6 - Lizzie Sturgess for producing an excellent powerpoint presentation on the Suffragettes.
Year 4 - Mckenzie Box for having a super start to the Spring Term.
Alfie Ball for working hard on MyMaths
Year 3 - Alfie Slaney for writing a fantastic holiday diary
Molly Jones for independently writing about her Christmas.
Nicholas Beech for doing lots of reading during the holidays.
Year 1 - Matilda Stock for having a great first week in Year 1.




Other Celebrations


Special Science Award - Jiya Derodra, Molly Holbrook, Izzy Knight and Lizzie Sturgess
for great work on organs.

Outside School  

Molly Jones (Y3) for completing her ASA 25m swimming award.


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