Skippers Hill Preparatory School  Friday January 20th 2017
Mr Hammond's Blog

What a super start to 2017! Our new joiners have received a warm welcome from their classmates and have settled beautifully into life at Skippers as the snow and frost have arrived.
I was delighted with how engaged every individual child was throughout our well-being activities last week. Staff and pupils alike took part in mindfulness workshops, healthy eating, massage, art therapy and fitness challenges. 

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Focus of the Fortnight


Take a moment each day in the business of life for some quiet reflection and existing purely in the moment!

Mark Hammond
  Year 7 and 8 treat the locals to Afternoon Tea   Fruit and Vegetable blindfold challenge!  


As the finale to Well-being Week, our Senior pupils worked together with local community services group MAYFACS to provide an afternoon tea with table service for local residents.  This involvement in the community is an important part of the Challenge Award as it encourages pupils to think beyond their immediate circle as well as developing their social skills. 

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On Wednesday, pupils in Reception to Year 5 were challenged to identify five fruit and vegetables by touch, smell and taste alone: this resulted in some hilarity and a lot of surprised responses along the lines of: "Ooh, I would never have eaten that if I'd seen it!" 


  Year 6 makes Scrumptious Smoothies for Well-being Week!   Year 4 learn interesting facts about Tonbridge Castle  



Banana and Honey? Mixed Berry? Which would you choose for your morning pick-me-up?
After all of the exercise and mindfulness workshops during the week, the children at Skippers were treated to some delicious smoothies during Thursday break time.

On Tuesday 17th January, Year 4 visited Tonbridge Castle to support their work on Medieval Castles and Locality History. 
The day started with a very informative tour of the castle and lots of interesting facts were learnt. 

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  Monster Maths and playing all day!
  Bede’s Galactic Challenge  


For a small person, reciting numerals in order is like learning a rhyme or song - a simple matter which can be achieved with the minimum of fuss. But getting to grips with mathematical concepts is all about 'hands on' experience. Learning that each object must be counted only once in order to reach a reliable total, or that quantity remains the same no matter how the objects are arranged requires a leap of understanding which comes about through regular practice and carefully planned play. 


Four mathematicians from Year 7 write about their day at Bedes
On arrival we were issued with T-shirts and fed a bacon or sausage bap to set us up for the day’s adventure!
Everyone was sorted into one of 3 teams: Astrodyne Merkon which we were in, Columbus Aviation and Infinity Aerospace. Also in our team were pupils from Rose Hill and Brambletye.


  An ex Pupil’s Perspective - Guy Quittenton on his time at Skippers   Best seats in the house for the Musical Theatre Club!  


Mr Hammond and ex pupil Guy Quittenton were recently interviewed for the January edition of Magnet magazine.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Guy who has just heard that he has an offer for a place to go to Magdalen College Oxford in October to read Archaeology and Anthropology.

As a thank you for appearing in the Disney for schools promotional video, lucky children in the Musical Theatre Club were treated to a night out in the West End. Our Simba, Nala, Mufasa et al were able to watch the real London cast at the musical "The Lion King"; a fantastic opportunity to learn from the professionals! Don't forget to save Saturday 25th March in your diaries for the Skippers Hill Performance!

  Jersey Quiz - an Evening of fun!   U13 Netball Team get off to a promising start!  


Come on everyone, time to use those brain cells and join us at the Jersey Quiz on Friday January 27th at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10 each including food.
You can sign up on the Fosha notice board outside the Dining room. Tables are made of up to ten people - form one of your own or we can put you on one. 

U13 vs Bedes B
The U13 Netball Team got off to a superb and promising start to the term today in their match vs Bedes B and were treated to a warm sports hall venue!
From the start it was clear we were the dominant team which gave us a chance to practice all our centre pass and back line tactics with a good degree of success. 


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