Skippers Hill Preparatory School 13th November 2015
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Friday 13th … aka Black Friday … inauspicious for some... the root cause of ‘triskaidekaphobia’ and this year WORLD KINDNESS DAY! The staff and children at Skippers have been on a mission to dispel the traditional mythology and ensure that this Friday 13th is a great one for as many people as possible. Acts of kindness have been witnessed across the school as doors are being held open, belongings picked up, mislaid uniform returned and kind words being offered.

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Focus of the Fortnight

    We pride ourselves on our warm, family ethos at Skippers and with anti-bullying week soon upon us we will be focusing upon what it means to be a 'super' friend, ensuring that other people feel safe, included and part of our community. Get those superhero costumes ready as they will be needed next week!

Mark Hammond
Seniors visit Glyndebourne
Year 6 go all Arty in Eastbourne!


Review by Emily Nye, Year 8.

Year 6, 7 and 8 went to Glyndebourne opera house to see the Donizetti’s Italian opera Don Pasquale. We were all very excited as it is not every day you get to go to one of the best opera houses in the world!
At the start the orchestra began to play and we all settled down: we could not wait for it to start.
The story of Don Pasquale is quite the opposite of simple...


I don’t know whether any of you have visited the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, but if not we recommend it very highly.
Year 6 was invited by Eastbourne College Art Department for an afternoon’s creative ceramics. We knew that we would be invited to lunch before the workshop so decided to make a day of it and spend some time at the nearby Towner Gallery. 

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Watch a video of a day in Reception
Budding artists in Year 4


Watch our short video for both current and prospective parents, for an insight into a day in the life of Reception.

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This term, in Art, the children in Year 4 have been working on portraits.
They have looked at the positions of features on the face and created collage faces incorporating 3-D features and crazy hair styles.

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Emily awarded a place with Glyndebourne's Youth Opera
Year 5 visit Fishbourne Roman Palace


Emily Nye, Year 8 auditioned for a part in Glyndebourne's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and has been awarded a place in the chorus with  Glyndebourne's Youth Opera. This is a tremendous achievement.  Well done Emily!


On Monday, twenty enthusiastic Year 5s set off with Mrs Harvey and Mrs Foden for a day at Fishbourne Roman Palace. We first had to answer the initial question: “Where is it?!” and established that we had missed the actual palace by some 1,800 years! The children then got hands-on with the archaeological evidence to establish how we could know so much about it.

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Ex Pupils return to help at Skippers

It was a pleasure to welcome back Sarah Shepherd, Francesca Plaskett and Verity Mack during their respective half terms. The girls were put to good use helping out across the year groups both in the classrooms and out on the Astro.  

Thank you girls for giving up time during your half term holiday.
Year 6 girls take part in Hever Castle Triathlon
Watch out for this talented young cricketer!


Congratulations to Isobel Knight and Sarah Grose who took part in the Hever Castle Triathlon coming 5th overall.

Is it possible that 9 year old Daisy is following in the footsteps of England Cricketer and ex Skippers pupil Laura Marsh?
Daisy Gibb, Year 5 has been chosen to play cricket for the U11 Sussex squad.  

Star of the week
 Celebration Assembly  
Year 1 Tom Caldwell for showing great enthusiasm for dinosaurs
Year 2 Emma Jane Murrin for being polite and super helpful.
Year 3H Alex Cuningham for sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge about WWII with the class
Molly Jones for putting 100% effort into her story based on WWII
Year 3R - Nicholas Beech for working extremely hard in all of his lessons.
Year 4  Martha Hall for being pleasant in class and showing good manners.
Year 5  Oliver Sheffield for an excellent all-round effort in the first half of term.
Year 6  Sarah Grose for being so kind and helpful on Monday to our visitor.
Year 7  Aoife Felipe for her enthusiastic involvement in all aspects of school life.


Musician of the Week  Emily Nye Special Award for auditioning and winning a part in Glyndebourne’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
French Speaker of the Week  Jess Christensen for a well-memorised presentation with a lovely accent.

Artist of the Week  Martha Lillicrap for showing such sensitive use of colour in her Picasso portrait
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