Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday May 27th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

For this week’s blog I am keeping my end of the bargain and handing over my blog to the unflappable Mrs Terry (mother of Matthew in Year 6), who did a sterling job as ‘Head for the day’ on 13th May. Mrs Terry took the whole experience in her stride and the children certainly enjoyed themselves!
Have a wonderful half-term break.
Mark Hammond.

"It was a great surprise to find myself planning to be head for the day at Skippers after throwing a bid into the Silent Auction at the Christmas Fair. 


Focus of the Fortnight

    Congratulations to Year 6 who excelled themselves on their trip to Dorset and received numerous compliments about their behaviour and good manners. In assembly this week I asked the children to use this as inspiration for a drive on remembering our p’s and q’s and general good manners.

Mark Hammond
Congratulations Wesley!
News from the Library


We continue to watch Wesley's progress  in the Go Karting world with great excitement! Two weeks ago Wesley came second in the second round of the British Go Karting Championships which took place in Wales. He also came first in a pre British Championship round in Lincolnshire last week. 


Just to remind you we would love to receive preloved books.  Thank you to Matthew, Milly and their Mum for not only giving us their book but also writing our first book reviews for Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce. 

I enjoyed this book because it is very original. You'll like this book if you like : art, crime,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, cars or football. 


  Miss Bakewell goes on maternity leave   Reception visit Scotney Castle  


We wish Marianna Bakewell all the best as she starts her maternity leave after Half Term.
We all look forward to her coming in and being able to meet the new arrival!

Year 1 have been learning about plants and have linked their Art lessons to the work of the relevant artists. They have been inspired by the work of Van Gogh, Andy Goldsworthy and Arcimboldo.

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On Tuesday 24th May, in bright sunshine, nineteen children  and six courageous adults ventured forth from Skippers, securely strapped into two minibuses. That alone would have been an exciting enough experience - just driving around the lane and back again - but we went even further; we went to Scotney Castle!

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  Congratulations Tilly!   FOSHA needs you!  


We are delighted to hear that Tilly Chapman, Year 4 continues to take the modelling world by storm!
Her recent shoots include Burberry, Next and Marie Claire magazine.  Watch out for her this Summer on bill boards at airports around the world  in the  HSBC  Campaign!

Following Mr Hammond's letter regarding the role of parents at Skippers we would like to strongly encourage you to put yourself forward for a role within FOSHA.
Its valuable work will not be able to continue without willing volunteers.
If you feel you can contribute in any way however small please contact Mr Hammond.
The funds FOSHA raises really do benefit children throughout the School and its events and structures play a big part in making each family to feel welcome at Skippers.

  Happy 90th Your Majesty!   Budding artists in Year 4  


The sun was shining and the smiles were out in force last week  as we celebrated Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday in Skippers' style! 
Everybody was dressed in red white and blue and we all  tucked in to an extra delicious lunch cooked by Wendy and her team.  We then sang Happy Birthday to her Majesty and enjoyed some of her delicious cake. This was followed by ice lollies in the playground.
A right royal knees up was had by one and all!

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Year 4 has been working on the theme of nature.
They have practised creating different textures using pencil and then using their ideas to create scenes.
They spent a very pleasant sunny Art lesson out in the grounds, drawing observational pictures of flowers, trees and plants. Collage was then used to create flowers from tissue paper.

Click here to see samples of their work.

  Music Station comes to Skippers   Stunning display of talent at Performing Arts evening  


Skippers Hill is already bursting with the sound of music.  So, what is Music Station and why were they in school last Friday afternoon?
From small beginnings, two musicians formed a school to develop genres of music not normally offered in schools.  


On a moderately clement Spring evening, our students delighted parents and staff with a stunning display of talent in our Performing Arts evening.  First on stage – and probably for the first time at the school – were Mrs Gunn’s ballet students.  With no obvious sense of nerves and impeccable timing, they stole the hearts of the audience.


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  Lottie's blog spot!   Fantastic set of Drama results  


Lottie has had a fantastic first two weeks at Skippers and is settling in brilliantly to life in a busy prep school. She is showing great promise as a school dog, wagging her tail whenever she meets her many fans and remaining calm in the face of loud noises and running children. 

Congratulations to everyone who took their Speech and Drama exams. Everybody passed and out of  32 entrants there were an incredible 18 Distinctions and 13 Merits.
A special mention to Tabatha Collier, Martha Hall, Matilda Chapman, Sam Williams, Felina Gorringe and Libby Thomas who all scored over 90.
Click here for a full list of results.

    A sneak preview of our fantastic new Girls games kit for years 3-8. Simmonds are busy preparing their stock and it will be ready to buy in July. 
The new design is in response to numerous requests from parents, staff and girls who all wish to feel smart and represent the school in style.
Although we anticipate most girls will want to wear the new kit as soon as possible, it will not be compulsory until September 17. We can't wait to see them in it!
Star of the week

Celebration Assembly 27/05/16

Year 3 -
Ted Burke for participating well in all lessons.
Alfie Slaney for completing extra homework on angles.
Lizzie Price for being a consistently great role model and independent worker.
All of Y3 for their fabulous enthusiasm in the Bollywood workshop.

Year 5 - Jessica Gregory-Lilley for fantastic work on the Tudors in History.
Year 6 - All of Y6 for being such a great group to take on a residential trip.
Year 8 - Wesley Mason for his exceptional performances in karting.

Musicians of the Week -
Alice Cox, Aoife Filipe, Libby Gidney (all Y7), Milly Bennett, Jessica Christensen, Daisy-Mae Clarke, Jessica Gregory-Lilley, Lucy Hammond (all Y5) for their contribution to the Lancing Chorister Day.

French Speakers of the Week
Jiya Derodra for her enthusiastic and intelligent contributions  to speaking activities.
Ellen Duthie-Jackson for an excellent performance in her orals that showed a lot of effort.

Maths Achievement in the Mastery of Times Tables 
Alice Clay, Suzie Dixon and Harriet Walker.

Team of the Week
U11 Rounders team for their excellent fielding in the winning match against Hilden Grange.




Other Celebrations

Annabelle Groves-Gidney for achieving a Distinction at Grade 6 in the British Gymnastics National Development Plan.

Josh Hammond for achieving his 100 m in the Rainbow Swimming Award Scheme.

Cecchetti Classical Ballet Class 1 Awards to: Ariella Brooks (Distinction), Megan Lillicrap (Merit), Hollie-Mae Olivant (Merit), Hermione Compton (Merit), Elizabeth Kirby (Merit), Emma-Jane Murrin (Merit),
Cecchetti Classical Ballet Class 2 Awards to: Elizabeth Price (Merit), Sophie Hare (Merit)

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East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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