Skippers as Part of the Community
Set in a rural location of outstanding beauty as we are, it would be easy for us to become distanced from the reality of local and extended community life. Skippers strives to forge and maintain strong links with the community. We actively raise our pupils' awareness of the elderly and the less fortunate in society.
Our School Charities' Committee, comprising volunteers from Year 6 to Year 8, initiates several fund-raising ventures each year in support of both local and global charitable organisations.
Our Senior Choir visits Care Homes throughout the year, as well as singing at large charity events in local parish churches and larger venues such as the O2 Arena.
The whole school contributes to the annual Harvest Festival and villagers and parents are invited to attend. Gifts of food and drink are distributed to elderly people living in the vicinity and to the Salvation Army.
Skippers children are active members of the community, attending local sports clubs, churches and orchestras. One of our visiting teachers runs the Heathfield Drama Club, which is well supported by current and former Skippers pupils.
The school also plays an important role in local festivals, providing individual and group entrants to the Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne Festivals of Performing Arts. We also provide the maypole dancers for the Mayfield May Fayre.
Skippers is very much at the heart of the community and our pupils take away valuable life lessons from their interaction with it.