Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday October 14th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

I am sure that many of you will have seen my letter in yesterday’s Week Ahead about the adjustments that we have made to our interim reporting structure this half-term. These changes will enable more effective self-assessment and reflection on pupils’ own attitudes to learning, promoting personal development as well as addressing the slow creep of grade inflation, something that I am sure you have noticed in the wider press as each year’s GCSE and A-Level results are announced!


Focus of the Fortnight


Focus of the Fortnight

This half-term holiday I challenge all the children at Skippers to produce a photograph showing an activity that demonstrates perseverance and a determination to succeed! Bring them to me on the first day back, or send to

Mark Hammond
  Year 1 write fabulous poems about worms   Video: Year 6’s Hand Washing Experiment  


Year 1 decided to celebrate National Poetry Day last week by writing some fabulous poems about worms! Inspired by Jack Prelutsky's 'Peter Ate A Worm' we recreated our own versions entitled 'Today I Ate A Worm'. 


In their Science lessons, Year 6 have been learning about viruses, bacteria and fungi.
This week, Year 6 carried out an experiment to explain the importance of washing our hands properly to prevent the spread of germs.

Click below to watch our short video.


  Congratulations to newly selected 'Maths Mentors'    Year 4 learnt that Vikings enjoyed wine!  


We have awarded the role of ‘Maths Mentor’ to seven pupils in our recent rewards assembly. This is a new area of responsibility being introduced to Skippers Hill this year to help promote maths within the school.


Year 4 had an excellent learning experience at Kent Life last week. They took part in a Viking theme day which included attending many different workshops about how the Vikings lived and  their beliefs. Throughout the day the children listened and participated well. They then wrote a recount of their day when they got back to school. Here are some extracts from their writing:

  The Girls develop a range of Hockey skills
  Year 7 visit the site of the Battle of Hastings 950 years on  


The girls this term have developed a range of hockey skills; scoring goals, defending, passing and dribbling. They are starting to apply these skills very effectively into their matches. This application of skills has helped them to make considerable progress with game awareness, in training and in matches, making us a strong competitor. 
The girls had some tricky fixtures at the start but have some great potential further on into the term. We still have a few more tournaments and fixtures which I am sure will be high scoring games.
We do really appreciate all your support on the side lines.


On the 14th October 1066, an event took place that was to change our history forever. The battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy took the English crown, was fought and won by the Norman army. King Harold’s Saxons were destroyed and England had a new King - William I. We were shown around the Abbey that William built, by Brother James
Year 7 went on a trip to the famous site 950 years after the battle. What did they see and do?

  Reception learn the traditions of ploughing   A big 'Hello' from the FOSHA Committee  


Reception rounded off their topic on harvest and farming in traditional style at the Ploughing Match and Show in Mark Cross.  They saw many kinds of large noisy farm machines in use and some beautiful horses ploughing in the old style.
14 well behaved children enjoyed chocolate and cake in the sunshine.  Thank you to the equally well behaved parents and dogs who came with us.

Click here to see the photos 

A very big ‘Hello’ from the FOSHA committee.  We have had a busy start to the new school year and have lots planned for the coming months.  This term we have already seen two Friday coffee mornings – it was lovely to see so many faces at the Welcome Coffee early in September and last week’s Macmillan Coffee raised over £150 for Macmillan Cancer Research.  


  KG learn 'all about me'   Congratulations Molly  


The Autumn Term has got off to a cracking start - all our children are now well entrenched in the Kindergarten lifestyle, enjoying our wonderful environment.
A very warm welcome this term to several new children who have joined our Skippers family - Lucas, James, Harriet, Thomas, Rory, Noa, Felix and Matilda.  All are settling in splendidly and getting to know and make friends with each other.


Molly Holbrook Y7 has qualified for the Sussex County Swimming Championships that take place this Sunday in Crawley. Molly, who  has qualified for the 50m breaststroke trains 5 days a week and sometimes twice a day at the Beacon Swimming Club.
We are very proud of you Molly as this is a fantastic achievement and we wish you good luck  on Sunday.

Star of the week

Celebration Assembly October 11th 2016

Rec Theo Bhatia Cox for teaching his friends how to play the Shopping List game
Year 1 Mattie Slaney for showing so much interest in all that we learn and always joining
in classroom discussions
Rosa Jones for some super independent writing - and remembering finger spaces
Year 2 Aubrey Garnett for applying himself well, in Maths and English in particular
Chace Marten for consistently serving lunch sensibly, ensuring the needs of all
those at his table are met
Year 3 Jack Etheridge for excellent progress in Maths
Vincent Marten for excellent progress in Maths
Year 4 Alex Cunningham for concentration and focus in Maths and always persevering
Sam Sharma for focus and effort on his Viking writing
Jessica Jolley for excellent contribution to class discussions
Fred Aherne for being a kind, helpful and well-mannered member of the class
Year 5 Isabella Pharaoh for her excellent story about Apollo
Evelyn Dzogan for excellent contributions to every English lesson
Year 6 Millie Bennett for her huge enthusiasm for all she does at school and home
Year 7 Sarah Grose for keeping us all going with her energy and enthusiasm
Lizzie Sturgess for amazing progress in Chemistry this half term


French Speaker of the Week

Martha Hall for making excellent progress including a fluent interview

Latin Speaker of the Week
Alfie Hunter for excellent work on Latin verbs

Sports Person of the Week
Sarah Davies for supporting others during a swimming lesson

Team of the Week    
The U9 Football team for showing excellent teamwork and determination against St Andrews

Artist of the Week 

Isabella Pharaoh for showing such enthusiasm and enjoyment in her Art lessons.

Mathematician of the Week 
Alfie Ball for being so keen to make progress in Maths
Florence Aherne for going above and beyond the expected with her Maths homework
Other Celebrations  
Jacob David (Rec) who was awarded a trophy at Rotherfield Football Club for good listening skills and always smiling.
Vincent Maren (Y3) who was awarded a medal at Heathfield Rugby Club for taking part in a tournament
Molly Holbrook (Y7) for achieving her Grade 1 for Piano
Alice Clay, Suzie Dixon and Mia Graham for achieving Level on in the ASA Personal Survival awards
Tilly Chapman (Y5) who brought in some super pictures of her from her latest photoshoots for Little Flea and Next.

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Five Ashes, Mayfield,
East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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