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A Fabulous First Term

Posted: 4th December 2018 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

What a fabulous end to this first term of the academic year - so many events and celebrations to cap several months of learning and engagement across the school. At this time of year, it is apparent what a special community we have at Skippers, and also how much all year groups contribute to the school and the local community.

The choir led the way by opening the Mayfield late night shopping on 30th November and the Christmas Fayre on Saturday was, I am sure you will agree, a great success. A number of 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 children. Thanks once again to FOSHA for organising this fabulous event for our community and leaving the school in tip-top shape for Monday morning!

The Early Years Nativity is always a highlight and the team, once again, managed their own miracle by successfully including children from two years old and upwards in a nativity story co-authored by the children. This year, we enjoyed a song in Russian and our very own live baby Jesus climbed successfully into the manger wearing some super cool pyjamas! A great team effort that provided plenty of warm glow for a room packed with parents and grandparents.

Years 1 and 2 also put on a stellar performance in their Christmas productions on 4th December: it is wonderful to see children even at this age developing the confidence to speak and sing on stage. My thanks to all of the teachers who worked together on this.

And of course, we aren’t quite finished yet. The choir will be singing on Saturday in Five Ashes village hall, Year 5 will be attending the Mayfield live crib and Year 2 will be singing at Rusthall Lodge. As well as house matches, Christmas lunches and discos all still to come and, of course, our annual Carol Service in St Dunstan’s Church in Mayfield. After which, staff and children will be thoroughly in need of a well-deserved rest - I wish all in the community a happy and safe Christmas from all at Skippers.

Now, where’s that mischievous elf...

Best wishes,

Mark Hammond.

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