Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday December 9th 2016
Mr Hammond's Blog

A fabulous end to this first term of the 2016/17 academic year - so many events and celebrations to round off a term of hard work and endeavour. At this time of year it is so apparent what a special community Skippers is in itself, and also how much we can contribute to the local community as a school.
The choir performed very well by opening the Mayfield late night shopping on 2nd December and the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd was, I am sure you will agree, a great success. The later start time led to an atmospheric, festive feel and the children - and parents - had lots of fun. 


Focus of the Fortnight


Children in the upper part of the school have been discussing tolerance and understanding in the past few weeks, considering Christmas traditions around the world and also tackling prejudice. A worthy theme to take us into the holidays.

Mark Hammond
  Wonderful festive feel at the Christmas Fayre    Video: Learning Ballet  


A huge thank you to everyone for helping to make this year’s Christmas Fayre such a fun and successful afternoon.  The children’s games and stalls upstairs, Santa’s grotto, shopping in the hall, the fantastic tombolas in the library and the raffle, all of which have helped raise valuable funds for FOSHA.     

Click here to see the photos

Pupils from Kindergarten to Year 8 can enjoy learning Ballet at Skippers.
In Kindergarten, Ballet is offered as an optional afternoon activity and from Reception to Year 8, children can choose Ballet as an extra-curricular lesson.
Watch our short video to see how the pupils' Ballet skills develop, as they move up through the school.


  Juniors shower us with festive cheer   Pupils have a Mathemagical Day  


This week saw the Years 1 and 2 putting on a wonderful  performance of 'Away in a manger'. Spiders, goats and geese as well as the traditional nativity characters made for a very colourful and noisy stage.
The children all performed brilliantly to a packed hall of delighted family and friends and a fine time was had by all.
Well done to all the children for all their hard work and showering us all with festive cheer.

Click here to see photos of the production


“I believe that Maths is a wonderfully rich subject, and wanted to share that enthusiasm with all pupils”, said Mrs Box.
Amongst other things, children had to make magic squares, solve Sudoku puzzles, and complete investigations relating to chessboards.
“Response to the day has been fantastic,” said Mrs Box.
Here are a few words from some of our Maths Mentors.

Click here to see the photos 

  Early Years Nativity A tale of two Josephs
  Skippers' Angels  


Kindergarten and Reception performed their Nativity play this morning, to a warm and appreciative audience of family, friends and teachers. Featuring two Josephs, a wise knight, and an orange bird in addition to the usual characters, the children acted their story with confidence and enjoyment. It was hard to believe that some of the children are only two years old!  As usual it was the unexpected events that really made the occasion - the odd fist fight, a stripping lamb and flying straw added to the festive feel. 

Click here to see photos of the production

We are very proud of our two entries for the St Dunstans Mayfield Angel Festival which took place last weekend. The church was full of a heavenly throng in all shapes and sizes with contributions from local community groups and schools. 
Our younger children created a beautiful woodland angel inspired by our stunning grounds. Fr Nigel was so impressed he has asked to keep it, so you can visit her by the door of the church if you are passing.


  The shoeboxes are on their way!   Disney visit Skippers  


Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill and bring in Shoeboxes for a child in need. The Salvation Army were very grateful for all the contributions and to our Reception Children for their hard work in loading the lorry.
We were delighted to pack in over 50 shoeboxes which will now help to make Christmas a little brighter for children less fortunate than ours.

Click here to see photos of Reception helping

Did you know our Musical Theatre Club are doing so well in their rehearsals of the Lion King that Disney asked if they would feature in a promotional video. The film crew joined Tuesday's rehearsal much to the excitement of the cast.  We look forward to seeing them make their film debuts soon. You will have the chance to see them perform live at the end of March.
It's a wrap!


  Skippers Showjumpers continue to impress   'Fundamentals' Gymnastic classes for Pre Schoolers  


We had three teams at the NSEA grass roots show jumping finals at Sands Farm.
Martha, Martha, Jack and Meg had great success coming 5th in the 40cm class.
In the 50cm class Martha, Martha, Evelyn and Jack did wonderful rounds to get another 5th place.
Ruby, Martha and Martha went well in the 60cm but sadly with one pole down didn't get a team placing, Ruby flew round and came a brilliant 4th individually.


Come along to our  Pre-School classes which follow the British Gymnastics FUNdamentals programme.
Children can enjoy a range of stimulating activities involving movement and music, helping them to develop their physical, social and emotional skills.
Not only do the children have fun, but the classes also help build confidence and independence and parents can enjoy making new friends, too!

Click here for more information

Click here to see photos of a class

Star of the week

Date of Assembly - 29/11/16

Rec Ben Abell and Nina Bhatia Cox for super writing    
Year 1 Mia Burt and Daniel Pharoah for working so hard at their reading   
Year 2 Tom Caldwell and Gabrielle Garnett for applying themselves so well to learning their lines for the KS1 show        
Year 4 Ollie Davis for writing a fantastic explanation text and including all the key information
Sarah Davies for working so hard and being a lovely member of the class
Alex Cunningham for his consistent effort and hard work
Alice Clay for her positive attitude in all lessons
Year 6 Jessica Christensen for being extremely kind and helpful to other children
Year 7 Year 7 for “stepping-up” - Great team work, adapting to circumstances beyond their
Year 8 Mrs Box for organising a great Maths Day



Sports Person of the Week 

Ruby Hall for excellent goal-keeping against Claremont during a tough hockey match    
Artist of the Week
Everyone who helped with the angel-making for St Dunstan’s Church    

Musician of the Week  

Lucy, Beatrice and Millie (Y6) for their choreography and Dance
Other Celebrations  

Jasmine Remington (Y8) Arts Award Bronze
Oliver Clay (Y1) ASA (swimming) Stage 3
Rosa Jones (Y1) ASA (swimming) Stage 3
Molly Jones (Y4) ASA (swimming) Stage 5    

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01825 830234
Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School
Five Ashes, Mayfield,
East Sussex, TN20 6HR
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