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A fabulous end to this term

Posted: 8th December 2016 | Category: Headmaster'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. Outrageous numbers of sweets were consumed … and why not! Past pupils turned up once again, some who left the school several years ago, a testament to the enduring impact of the school on the lives of our pupils. Thanks again to FOSHA for organising this fabulous event for our community.

On Monday 5th Years 5 and 6 visited the Mayfield live crib to enjoy some beautiful singing and a live re-enactment of the nativity. This proved to be a great opportunity for the children to experience the more traditional aspects of Christmas in the midst of the hurly burly. The baby was very popular and I do believe that one member of our community has taken on the role of Jesus during this week’s performances!

Years 1 and 2 put on a stellar performance in their Christmas productions on 6th December and many parents commented upon how much they enjoyed seeing the children having fun and performing naturally. It is wonderful to see children even at this age developing the confidence to speak and sing on stage. There were many interesting and imaginative animal noises emanating from the stable this year! My thanks to the teachers who pulled all this together.

The Early Years Nativity is always a highlight and the team once again managed a minor miracle by successfully including children from two years upwards in a nativity story co-authored by the children. This year, the Wise Kings made it from further away than Eastbourne and were joined by a dashing knight. Our very own live baby Jesus climbed successfully into the manger and the show was rounded off by some lovely singing. A great team effort that provided plenty of warm glow for a room packed with parents and grandparents.

And of course we aren’t quite finished yet: the choir will be singing on Saturday in Five Ashes village hall and we will round the term off with our Carol Service in St Dunstan’s Church in Mayfield. At which point staff and children will be thoroughly in need of a well-deserved rest - I wish all in the community a happy and safe Christmas.

Best wishes,

Mark Hammond.


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.

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