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Mr Hammond (Deputy Head): End of Term Blog

Posted: 19th June 2015 | Category: Headmasters's Blog

Saturday 13th June: my latest in a decade of glorious sport’s days hosted in a number of countries and locations. From the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam to the shores of Lake Geneva I have enjoyed Sports Days in various shapes and sizes and I thoroughly enjoyed the first of many at Skippers! A fantastic effort from all of our athletes and great to see so many traditional events, including the hurdles, still going strong and fiercely competed all the way to the finish line. Well done to all of the children for giving 100% and to all the staff and parents who made it a successful day; the friendly, family atmosphere of Skippers was evident in force and a pleasure to behold.

The end of a highly productive and successful year looms: well done to all the children who have worked so hard and made such excellent progress in so many areas this academic year. We are expecting a number of very strong SATs results from Year Two and Year Six, and our CE candidates acquitted themselves very well indeed - all have successfully gained places at their first choice of school and a number of scholars will be graduating from the school! More on that at Prize Giving ...

The Parent Review Committee will be meeting on 29th June; the updated and renewed School Improvement Plan will be unveiled as we enter the next phase of development for Skippers, building on the fantastic foundations that have been laid in previous years. Our visiting fencing coach was a great hit in assembly and it is exciting to see so many already signed up for this activity in September. Indeed, next year will be a particularly busy time at the school as we look to implement our new assessment system following changes at national level, embrace a new Management Information System and continue to upgrade and develop our ICT. A whole team of current and past Skippers pupils are busy working up a sweat as I write, trail building in the woods for a mountain bike club next year. I look forward to sharing details of this (and more) with the wider parent community in our Parent Information Evening at the start of the next calendar year.

As this is the last word from me this academic year I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff, children and parents that have welcomed me and my family to the community at Skippers with such warmth - it has been a hugely enjoyable start to life back in Blighty! My particular and heartfelt thanks to Tim and Fiona who have enabled me to understand this special community so very well and who will be leaving a wonderful legacy and a school in rude health indeed - à bientôt!

Mark Hammond

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