Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday April 29th 2016
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A bright, sunny and chilly start to the summer term! It is great to see the children out on the fields and back in the pool as we make the most of our beautiful grounds and the fresh air.
Most of you will recall the parent survey that I asked (and at times badgered) you to complete in February - thank you to the 83% of families who worked through the many questions to give a truly representative view of your experience of the school. 


Focus of the Fortnight

    During recent assemblies we have been talking about the Queen’s 90th Birthday and celebrating St. George; the children have been encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available to them right now and ensuring that they too have the courage to do the right thing.

Mark Hammond
Reception go Free Range!
Year 2's account of Crowborough Library visit


Our Topic in Reception at the moment is 'The rainforest'. The children have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into this theme; the creative juices are flowing and we have a classroom adorned with paintings of animals, crepe paper vines and a hessian hut. On Wednesday we had some true spring weather, so we packed our barrow with supplies and set off for the Skippers woods (AKA the Brazilian rainforest)


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This week, Year 1 and Year 2 travelled to Crowborough Library. We were met by Claire, a Librarian.  Claire read us two stories – ‘Dirty Bertie’ and ‘The Witch’s Kitchen’.  They were both really funny and a little bit revolting!


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  The Skippers Hill Lending Library is up and running!   Samples of descriptive writing from Year 6  


Claire Morley and Annabelle have very kindly spent time organising the library into sections to make choosing a book much easier.


One of the main areas Year 6 cover in Key Stage 2 and 3 is vivid description in their writing. This can be in the form of prose or poetry. 

Click here for some  samples of their work. 



  Year 1 visit Bodiam Castle  
Year 3 enjoy outdoor learning


On Tuesday April the 26th, Year One went to Bodiam Castle. This was to consolidate and extend their learning on Castles from the Spring term.
They attended a workshop to learn more about 'Feasts' during Castle times. 

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The Year 3 children have been using the outdoor learning area to enrich their practical maths skills and apply this to problem solving.

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Ex Skippers pupils fly high at Bede's
  Seniors support The Seagulls!  


Skippers' pupils go on to a variety of Senior Schools and we have always had excellent reports about our ex-pupils' maturity and worth ethic. The pupils in the photograph, all in the sixth form at Bede's have really upheld our reputation there and illustrate what a good start we give our pupils and how they have done Skippers proud!

Back row from left to right
James Plaskett, House Prefect. Chris Bowe, Head of Deis House.  Bertie Cook, Head of School. Emilie Stone, Head of Bloomsbury House.  Hector Hadow, House Prefect.  Sam Kisbee, House Prefect.
Front row
Guy Beagley, House Prefect. Sam Steward, Deputy Head of Deis House. Rebekah Morris, House Prefect. Phoebe Picken, House Prefect. Fleur Reynolds, House Prefect. Luke Lafferty. Toby Wallace, House Prefect.

A group of our Senior children went down to the Amex stadium in  Brighton to watch The Seagulls (Brighton FC) versus The Cottagers (Fulham FC). For many of them it was their first match so there was much excitement amongst the Skippers supporters. 



Farewell to Miss Murphy

It was with great sadness that we all said goodbye to Miss Murphy in Assembly at the beginning of term.
Miss Murphy's huge heart and enthusiasm for life have inspired children at Skippers for 18 years and she will be much missed. We wish her every happiness in her retirement and know that she will keep in touch.

Star of the week

Celebration Assembly April 26th 2016

Year 1 - Rosa Brown for a good first week at Skippers.
Year 2  - All the Year 2s for being so welcoming to Miss Hemsley and Alison and for coping with the change of teachers brilliantly!
Year 3 - Alex Cunningham for persevering with some complex Maths problems.
Cameron Mackenzie for " speaking so inspiringly about his holiday in India"
Henry Sheffield - for excellent reading and participation during our Guided Reading sessions.
Year 4 - Harriet Walker for being a pleasure to teach in Maths and English. 
Madison Mailer for a super start to Fencing.
Year 5 - Alfie Gidney for working very hard with great enthusiasm in Maths and English. 
Jess Christensen for making a real effort in Maths and English.
Year 6 - Isobel Knight, Jiya Derodra and Molly Holbrook for keeping their homework diaries tidy.
Year 7 - Lydia Hugo for improving in confidence in class.



Other Celebrations

Musician of the Week - Year 6 for their class performance.
French speaker of the week - Jerome Convert
Artist of the week - Kyra Sharma

Cecchetti Ballet Exam Results.

Standard 1

Ariella Brooks - Distinction
Megan Lillicrap - Merit
Emma-Jane Murin - Merit
Holly Mae Olivant
Hermione Compton
Elizabeth Kirby - Merit

Standard 2

Sophie Hare - Merit
Elizabeth Price - Merit





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East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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