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‘In Good Heart - Developing Healthy Schools’

Posted: 2nd October 2015 | Category: Headmasters's Blog

You may (or may not!) have noticed that I was away from school for the first part of this week - my first annual iAPS headmasters’ conference was inspiring and thought-provoking. The theme? ‘In Good Heart - Developing Healthy Schools’: a series of prestigious speakers drawn from a variety of backgrounds presenting their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on education. Although we may not get everything right all the time, I came away feeling in very good heart myself as it is abundantly clear that Skippers is a very healthy school indeed: a balanced curriculum, strong pupil progress, happy and engaged children.

Since the last newsletter I have officially launched the SHS Challenge Award for Years 6 to 8. This new initiative is designed to provide the children with an opportunity to test themselves in different ways, to demonstrate skills and talents in new areas and to develop character outside the normal curriculum. Over the course of the Award, they will learn a new skill, carry out a personal project, have opportunities to show leadership, go on expeditions and help serve others. Children in Year 6 left school last week clutching their professionally crafted booklets, reflecting upon which new skill they were going to set themselves to learn this term. Years 7 and 8 have been discussing various aspects of leadership and how they can prove themselves to be fine role models for the rest of the school. I have to say they are doing an exceptional job … I am sure they are also looking forward to their ‘overseas expedition’ later this month. It is so important that children learn to ‘opt in’ to everything that life has on offer for them both in and out of school and I am delighted that so many of our seniors are leading the way. A statistic for you: 95% of the children in Years 3 to 8 have chosen to take part in a club, activity or extracurricular pursuit this term, an outstanding level of participation and testament to the enthusiasm and energy of the children at the school.

Thank you to all the staff at the end of our first calendar month: they have been working extremely hard to provide an enriching experience for the pupils and you can see from the variety of content in this week’s newsletter just how much is going on above and beyond the more formal learning at the school. September has flown by and we now look forward to a productive and fulfilling October!

Best wishes,

Mark Hammond.

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