Skippers Hill Preparatory School
18th September 2015
  Parents Information Evening
Thank you to all of the parents that were able to attend our first significant event of the year - it is clear from your feedback that many of you found this extremely useful and from our perspective it was wonderful to see many familiar faces, as well as have an opportunity to meet those that are new. For those of you that were unable to attend, you will be able to read about the main themes from my ramblings of the evening here - please do feel free to contact your child’s form tutor for any practical details or questions you may have about the year ahead!


Focus of the Fortnight

    Welcome to this new section of the newsletter where I will be keeping you up to date with the themes and topics that we have been discussing in our whole school assemblies, form tutor sessions and house meetings. Please do engage with your children on these areas of personal and social development.

We kicked off the year by talking about new beginnings, welcoming new members to our school community and setting ourselves targets for improvement. I wonder what your children decided they wanted to get better at this year? This week we celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s record breaking reign and reflected upon the responsibilities that we all hold: to ourselves, our friends and families, our community. No matter how small a job may seem, it is important for us to take our responsibilities seriously! I am delighted that so many Year Eight pupils have put themselves forward as Prefects and they have made a truly impressive start to the year as role models for the younger children.

Mark Hammond



The Autumn term has arrived accompanied by some glorious weather. The children have been enjoying the outdoor life as usual, and Kindergarten veterans have taken Kindergarten newbies under their wings. 


Reception are settling in well into their new environment, so well in fact one of them was even heard coming back to the classroom and saying  ‘we’re home!'

They have plenty of exciting things to look forward to this term starting with  a trip to Raystede on the  29th of this month.


  Year 1   Year 2  


Year 1 have settled in well and are enjoying their new topic on Africa. They have completed a wide range of activities based on the African story Handa’s surprise. The favourite activity was fruit tasting where they tried a variety of fruit including mango, passion fruit and avocado.  

Year 2 have settled in well and are  enjoying our wonderful new classroom which was previously the library.

We are all very pleased to welcome Isaac who has settled in so well in such a short time.We are excited about our new topic for the term which is Africa and have lots of wonderful activities planned.

  Year 3H   Year 3R  


A new timetable, new teachers, new class members, new sports, new rooms, new routines, new books, new rewards, new targets, new many 'new' things plus a longer day but class 3H has coped remarkably well. I have been so impressed with how they have tackled the transition into the senior school and by the end of the first week they were all still smiling but maybe a little tired!
It has been a great beginning to the term for all of us in 3R. I am new to the school and the children are new to Year 3 and the extended day that being part of the senior school entails. We are all settling in brilliantly. 

  Year 4   Year 5  


Welcome to the new Year 4!

The children are settling in well land rising to the challenge of a new year. A special Skippers welcome goes to our two new pupils, Mckenzie and Evelyn who are making new friends and joining in with confidence. The children are all making the most of all the new clubs on offer this term including Fencing, Art, Mountain biking  Chess and Bridge with energy and enthusiasm.
We look forward to an exciting and successful year.

Year 5 have settled in remarkably quickly to the new school year and we are all pleased to welcome Kyra into the class. The children have all come back to school eager to learn and ready to embrace all aspects of life at Skippers.

  Year 6   Years  7 & 8  


I was delighted to welcome all Year 6 children to their new Form on Monday morning. We were blessed with lovely weather for our first week back and everyone seemed full of beans.


Welcome back to the Year 7 & 8 pupils to what we are sure will be another exciting and successful year. We are eager to see what this exceptional group of young people are able to achieve this year.

  U13 Bede's Soccer Shield   Plea for Lego and board games  


U13 Bedes Soccer Shield

The U13 boys kicked off the season with a fantastic afternoon of pre season training at Skippers followed the next day by a tournament at Bedes.


Plea from Year 3

Could we please ask parents if they have any unwanted games / Lego / puzzles etc that are in good condition and complete (i.e they can actually be played) that they donate them for the children to use during wet play / choosing times.

Thank you.


  Year 8's meet South African Rugby team   Mr Hammond's blog  


Five lucky students were asked if they would like to go to Eastbourne College for the day! They jumped at the chance to get out of school and when they found out what for, the students were very excited.
Jerome, Adam, Freddie Ellen and Monty were taken to Eastbourne College playing fields to meet the South African World Cup Rugby team. 15 Minutes of training, the odd scrum and some kicking followed by the players signing autographs.
The students thought Mr. O’Callaghan was more excited than them!

Although this is my first blog of the year I will be brief as I have said far too much already at the Parent Information Evening and elsewhere in this newsletter!
I have been absolutely delighted with the positive, purposeful and smiling start that the staff and children have made to this new academic year. The photos in our newsletter are testament to that.

Star of the week
Date Celebration Assembly 15.09.15

Year 1  Aubrey Garnett for setting a good example at lunchtimes.
Year 2  Jack Mailer and Ariella Brooks for writing so many elephant facts
Year 3  Zeal Adelaja; Nicholas Beech; Ellie Besant; Alice Clay; Annabelle Groves Gidney; Alfie Slaney  - for settling in quickly and having a great first week at Skippers.
Year 4  Maddie Mailer for a cheerful and helpful start to the term.
Year 6  Matthew Bennett for being extremely helpful at the Parents’ Information Evening
Year 8  Monty Hadow and Alfie Holbrook for being so mature and helpful at lunch.
Other Celebrations

Excellent work on display from Jack and Ariella in Year 2

Musical Theatre Syllabus Duo  -  Bronze Award  -  Highly Commended  -  Maddie Mailer
    Diary Dates    

Monday 21st September      
Assessment Week
Wednesday 23rd September           
v. Beechwood Soccer U13 B VII (A)
v. Tavistock & Summerhill Soccer Colts VII (H)
v. Moira House Netball U13 VII (H) 15.00
v. Sacred Heart Wadhurst Netball U11 VII (A)
v. Bricklehurst Hockey U10 (H)
Thursday 24th September    
v. Beechwood Soccer U9 VII (H)
v. Tavistock & Summerhill  Netball U8 VII (A)        
Staff Meeting 16.45 – 17.45
Friday 25th September         
FOSHA “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support 08.45 
Bede’s U10 7-a-side Soccer Tournament 13.45
St. Ronan’s Brenchley Cross Country Relays
Monday 28th September      
IAPS Annual Heads’ Conference in Newport
Tuesday 29th September     
Reception to Raystede Animal Sanctuary
“A Taste of Dahl” English Workshop for Years 3 – 7
Wednesday 30th September
v. Tavistock & Summerhill Soccer 1st VII (H)
v. Beechwood Soccer Colts VII (A)
v. Great Walstead Girls’ Hockey U13 B VII (A) 15.15
Thursday 1st October
U9 & U8 Girls’ Hockey Workshop with Bede’s (H)
v. Bricklehurst Soccer U9 5-a-side (A)
Optional Parent and Form Tutor Meetings
Friday 2nd October    
Year 3 to Newhaven Fort dep. 09.00 ret. 16.15

  Contact Details

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