Skippers Hill Preparatory School
16th October 2015
  Mr Hammond's Blog

There can only be one way to start my blog this week: well done indeed to our Under 13 Football team who have reached half term undefeated, often against much larger schools. The boys have excelled themselves in their collective spirit, their willingness to play for each other and their determination to play to the end. No lack of skill either - and I did promise I would mention Wesley’s hat trick this week! Well done all.


Focus of the Fortnight

    Following the fantastic fortitude and fearlessness shown by our senior pupils on their trip to France, we have been talking about being brave in new situations and showing the determination to keep going and not give up. This has been in evidence across the school in academic lessons, sport, music, dance, mountain biking, eating vegetables ... the list goes on! Well done to all the children at the end of a half-term of hard work, sprinkled with a good dose of fun. 

Mark Hammond
Vive la France!
  National Poetry Day
October 8th 2015


Le Touquet

Meeting at 4.45am to take a dozen excited 11- and 12-year-olds to France may not be everyone’s idea of a relaxing start to the weekend, but I genuinely was excited to be taking our Year 7 & 8s to Le Touquet last Saturday!  Throughout the whole day, they were all an absolute credit to the school and to their families.  We had a wonderful time exploring the market in Boulogne, with a personal favourite moment being when one of the boys, trying to locate an advertising flyer, asked for “un avion”!  We met and spoke to a number of helpful, friendly locals, who were encouraging as the children embraced the challenge of using French in an unfamiliar situation.  We then headed down the coast and spent the afternoon enjoying sports, bizarre rainbow-coloured drinks and a ride on the carousel on the vast empty beach at Le Touquet.  
This was a great experience for the pupils, most of whom were travelling abroad without their families for the first time; they overcame with spirit their anxieties about the tunnel, speaking French and coping abroad and have much to be proud of. What a great start to the Challenge Award and boost to the pupils’ self-confidence! Thank you very much to Mr Hammond and Frances for giving up their Saturday and to the parents who were up at such an indecent hour to see us off!

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I used to think nurses were women.
I used to think that police were men.
I used to think poets were boring
Until I became one of them.

Benjamin Zephaniah’s words were taken to heart when, a couple of weeks ago we set the children at Skippers the task of writing, or choosing a favourite, poem which they then had to be able to ’present’ in some artistic form.
Well, we were absolutely amazed and entertained by the array of the talent and wonderful ideas that they came up with! Our usual Thursday assembly stretched to an hour of poetic and artistic enjoyment for the staff and children as we watched and listened to many of them reading or reciting their chosen poems.
We had a vast variety of poems: Year 3 wrote poems based on their WWII topic; some of Year 2 wrote seasonal apple poems;  we had poems on T-shirts; poems made into mobiles; secret boxes full of treasures - so many wonderful ideas.
Tabatha Collier in Year 4 danced while Mrs Foden read her poem to us, and Year 3’s Jac Haurie Pelleg read his evocative poem to the sound of Churchill’s speeches and air raid sirens.
We are currently displaying all of the work in our Library - so please come in and have a look around when you are next in school.

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Reception visit Reystede
Year 3 visit Newhaven Fort


It was with great excitement that Reception set off in the school minibuses for Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare on a beautifully sunny Autumn day.  We were met by Cat, Raystede's appropriately-named Education Officer.  In the yurt, we learned a little about each of the animal breeds that live at Raystede.
We then discovered we were going to be lucky enough to take two of the dogs for a walk!  Cat explained the correct way to meet a new dog:

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An account of the trip by Alice Clay and Sarah Davies.

'All of Year 3 went to Newhaven Fort on Friday 2nd October. First we went to the School Room then had a safety talk and a snack. In the talk we heard a real World War Two siren. Newhaven Fort is for learning all about World War Two. The man showed us a real life bomb….

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African Drum workshop
Harvest Festival


The Juniors thoroughly enjoyed an African Drumming Workshop. They learnt all about the history of African drums and how the drums were made.  They enjoyed listening, copying and composing their own rhythms.

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A wonderful view met parents when they arrived for Harvest Festival on Wednesday morning. The whole of the stage was covered with  pumpkins, harvest loaves, flowers, beans, fruit, tins of goodies, chocolates . . .  the list goes on!

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Andrew & Alexandra!

Our warmest congratulations go to former pupil Andrew Burnett and Alexandra Bond (currently teaching Drama here) who held their wedding Reception at Skippers recently.
Pictured with three other former Skippers pupils from left to right are
Michael Knowlden, James Florence,  Andrew Burnett and Ali Gilkes.
U10 Hockey
Netball News Autumn 2015


The U10 Hockey team filled a very sunny October afternoon with a series of intense and exciting mini matches against Bedes and St Andrews. Having cooled down under the unexpected and far-reaching spray of the water-based astro at Bedes we got down to the serious business of match play! Overall we lost to St Andrews but  came runners up after a draw with Bedes. We will have learnt a lot about defending as part of a team effort and backing each other up, passing into space and going for goal in the D. An afternoon very well spent and well done U10’s for a super effort and some great play.

Mrs Convert

Where has the term gone? It only seems like yesterday the Skippers girls were gearing up at the pre-season training in early September! The Netball season has got off to a cracking start and the girls have really benefited from our extended coaching sessions during the week which allow plenty of time to hone those skills as well as getting match practice along the way. Our astro has meant that a much better balance of Hockey and Netball has been able to take place this year with a fantastic mixed fixture list involving both sports this term.


Star of the week
 Celebration Assembly  13.10.15
Year 2  Willoughby Gerada for writing a lovely Africa adventure
Oliver Morley for great subtraction work.
Year 3   Ettienne Van Wyk for being such a motivated and eager member of the class.
Oli Davis for participating so enthusiastically in our Maths lessons
Lizzie Price for always listening attentively in class and producing excellent work.
Henry Sheffield for always trying so hard in all his lessons.
Zeal Adelaja for getting 10 out of 10 in his spelling test.
Year 4   Evelyn Dzogan for her growing confidence.
Year 6   Baylee Hall for producing extra work in her own time over and above what was expected of her.
Year 7   Libby Gidney for being brave and enthusiastic in France.
French Speaker of the Week  Lizzie Sturgess for outstanding effort and spoken French in “La Cigale et la Fourmi”.
Sports Person of the Week   Oli Davis for showing excellent organisation, skill and sportsmanship during lessons and matches.

Other Celebrations
Daisy Gibb (merit), Felina Gorringe (distinction) and Libby Thomas (distinction)   -   Trinity College, Grade 3 Speech and Drama Awards.

Lizzie Price   -   ASA Swimming Challenge Bronze Award

Millie Bennett, Matthew Bennett, Pippa Nunn and Henry Nunn for completing this year’s Libraries Reading Challenge
Diary Dates

Tuesday 20th October        
Years 6, 7 & 8 to Glyndebourne

Wednesday 21st October
Tuck Shop & Mufti Day for Years 7 & 8 Jersey Tour
Half Term commences  16.30                                                             

HALF-TERM      Wednesday 21st  October to Monday 2nd November

Monday 2nd November
Kindergarten & Reception Parents’ Consultations this week

Tuesday  3rd November
Year 7 Parents’ Consultations

Wednesday  4th November       
v. Lewes Old Grammar Soccer 1st VII (H)
v. Bricklehurst Soccer U11VII(A)
v. Marlborough House Soccer U10 B VII (A) (their Colts D)                    
v. Moira House Hockey U13 VII (A) 15.00
v. Moira House Hockey U11 VII & U10 VII (H) 14.45

Thursday 5th November
v. Vinehall Soccer U9 VII & U8 VII (H)
v. The Mead Netball U9 VII (A)
Year 5 Parents’ Consultations

Friday 6th November
U11 East Grinstead Girls’ Hockey Tournament  12.45

Monday 9th November
Year 5 to Fishbourne Roman Palace  dep. 07.45  ret. 16.30

Tuesday 10th November  
Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 Parents’ Consultations

Wednesday 11th November
v. Battle Abbey Soccer 1st VII (A)                
v. The Mead (2 teams) & Battle Abbey Soccer Colts VI (H)
v. Ashdown House Netball U13B VII (A) U11 VII (H)

Thursday 12th November
Individual Photographs
v. Bricklehurst Soccer U8 5-a-side (H)       
v. Bricklehurst Netball U9 VII (A)                                         
Year 6 Parents’ Consultations

Friday 13th November       
World Kindness Day

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