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Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday July 1st 2016
 
Mr Hammond's Blog

I am rather surprised to find myself writing my last blog of the year which appears to have crept up at an alarming rate! What a busy, rewarding and productive year it has been for all in our community. You will of course hear about the many different achievements, developments and successes of all aspects of the school during Prizegiving but for now I think it is worth reflecting briefly on a few of endings and new beginnings.



   
 
         
   

Focus of the Fortnight

   
         
    Times of change are a challenge for us all and as the children are learning to manage the emotions of one school year ending and another on the horizon, we remind them to acknowledge their feelings whilst recognising the opportunities and excitement ahead.

Mark Hammond
   
 
  Welcome to Chloe Blantern Year 1   Welcome to Danielle Puttock Year 3 and Drama  

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What attracted you to the role at Skippers Hill?
Working and living in the area I was already aware of Skippers Hill, and speaking to friends with children in the school only reinforced my early views that it is a warm, nurturing environment where so much emphasis is placed on the importance of developing the individuality of every child. I am really looking forward to joining the Skippers Hill team.
What skills and experience do you bring to the school?
I have worked across a variety of year groups, in both the maintained and independent sector, and have a secure knowledge of the national curriculum and assessment requirements.


 
 

What attracted you to the role at Skippers Hill?
The school value of every child being treated as an individual and given opportunities to develop in their own way was one of the key things that attracted me to Skippers. The school has such a lovely, warm feel to it and the pupils and staff were all very welcoming when I came for interview. 
What skills and experience do you bring to the school?
I've been teaching across key stage 2 for two years, from year 3 up to year 6. I have experience of teaching a full curriculum including English, maths, science and PE. I have a real passion for drama and I'm really excited to develop this at Skippers.


 

  Welcome to Matthew Minister 
Year 4 and Games
  Welcome to Anna Morgan
KS2 and Games
 

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What attracted you to the role at Skippers Hill?
The moment I saw the job description, I knew that it was the balance of job roles that I wanted for the next step in my career and the more research I did, the more it was clear that it was the environment I wanted to work in. It has a great reputation, fantastic grounds and it offered me the opportunity to move back to a part of the country that I miss. 
What skills and experience do you bring to the school?
Although these are early days in my formal teaching career, I have been fortunate to experience working within a range of educational settings in both classroom teaching and teaching PE and coaching sport.



What attracted you to the role at Skippers Hill?
Starting my early years as a teacher in an environment where the I could get to know each pupil individually. 
What skills and experience do you bring to the school?
A young outlook coupled with enthusiasm and experience on the field and in the classroom making sure the children's learning is active and creative.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?




 


  Giving it their all on Sports Day   Year 8 video blog reflecting their time at  Skippers  

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The rain held off for Sports Day and a wonderful time was had by all, everybody took part from KG to Year 8. Livingstone were the victors!

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As the end of the school year approaches, our Year 8 class of 2016 have been reflecting on their experiences and some of their favourite memories. Watch Year 8’s video blog about their time at Skippers.

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  Welcome to the world baby Jack!   Medalists at IAPS
County Athletics
 

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Huge congratulations to Miss Bakewell and Ben on the safe arrival of baby Jack. He was born on Friday 24th June, weighing 7lb 8oz and we just can't wait to meet him!

 


Congratulations to our 3 finalists from the Hurst IAPS Athletic Meeting.
Daisy Gibb - Gold award for U11 Girls Rounders Ball Throw.
Kyra Sharma - Silver award for U11 Girls 100m.
Cole Mackenzie - Bronze award for U11 Boys 300m.
A fantastic achievement - Well done!
 


  The 1st Skippers Hill Library Competition!   Intrepid Year 8s go camping  

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We would like as many children as possible to be involved in making our 1st Summer competition a great success!
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Ignoring the forecasts of wall-to-wall thunderstorms, our intrepid year 8s set out with their tents and waterproofs for Broadstone Warren last Thursday.  Having pitched camp, the group headed into the woodland to try their hand at orienteering and explore the site.
 

  Farewell Mrs Foden   Rain holds off for Teddy Bears Picnic   

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It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Anne Foden who has been at Skippers for almost 29 years. Her calm, gentle approach will be remembered by not only the children here now but by entire families. For example James Quittenton in Year 6 is the youngest of four brothers to be taught by Anne  as well as all four of Mrs Plummer's children. She started off in Reception and made the mistake of saying she could play the recorder and was lumbered with that for years! She then found her place as Year 4's form teacher and has remained there ever since. We know she has exciting plans ahead and we are sure she will keep in touch. Skippers won't be the same without her.

Would it rain, wouldn't it? We deliberated and then decided to go ahead this is England after all! The tarpaulins were laid out, anchored down by benches and everyone tucked in to their picnics hardly noticing that it felt more like March than the end of June. A wonderful time was had by all and our wonderful Year 8 boys did a sterling job of helping look after all the little ones and keeping them entertained, organising games for them and talking to new parents. 

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Star of the week
 

Celebration Assembly 27.06.16

Year 1 Alfie Duncan for his excellent understanding of suffixes.
Year 2 Ariella Brooks for always looking out for the youngest pupils in Stay Club and Home Zone.
Hollie-Mae Olivant for being a particularly helpful class monitor.
Jack Mailer for showing a keen interest in the investigations of plants in Science
Year 3  Cameron Mackenzie for writing a super story about ‘Stone Soup’ and sharing it with the
Class.
Molly Jones for making a super effort with her handwriting.
Year 4  Maddie Mailer for her enthusiastic work on division.
Theo Walker for super story writing.
Year 6  Jiya Derodra, Ruby Hall and Lizzie Sturgess for their fantastic Science.  
presentations.
Year 7  Aoife Filipe for her positive attitude in and out of class.

 

 

Sports Person of the Week:   
 
3 finalists from the Hurst IAPS Athletic Meeting.
Daisy Gibb - Gold award for U11 Girls Rounders Ball Throw.
Kyra Sharma - Silver award for U11 Girls 100m.
Cole Mackenzie - Bronze award for U11 Boys 300m.

Other Celebrations

Rosa Brown for receiving a rosette for riding her pony for the first time off the lead rein.
Jake Williams for receiving man-of-the-match for his football team.
Chace Marten for ‘scoring a goal at Brighton’.
Emma-Jane Murrin for receiving Star of the Week at her Drama Club.

Safety in Action 2016 Certificates to:

Matthew Bennett
Jiya Derodra
Sarah Grose
Baylee Hall
James Quittenton
Joseph Scott
Lizzie Sturgess
Matthew Terry

 

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