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Mr Hammond (Deputy Head): Go Green

Posted: 12th February 2015 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

The school has enjoyed a fabulous ‘Go Green’ week to finish off the first half-term of 2015, culminating in our Woodland Explorers Day. The children looked great in their winter garb and wellies as they set off to explore Shackleton’s base camp, coppice the hazel trees, rig shelters and test out different fire sets. There’s nothing better than taking our learning into the ‘classroom without walls’, developing new skills and building self-confidence and teamwork!

Indeed there have been many opportunities for the children on this front this past month: the Skippers poetry competition, the Young Voices concert, a trip to the Imperial War Museum, the DT workshop at Eastbourne College and the whole-school Art collaboration led by Kate Alexander and Anne Foden. This wonderful project, which has culminated in an outside mural produced by the pupils across the school, will be appearing in Uckfield soon so keep an eye out on your travels! Ultimately the artwork will return to Skippers and take up prime position here for all to enjoy. Prizes to those of you who manage to spot a well-known hidden visage!

Our annual whole-school review of teaching and learning was carried out this month in conjunction with colleagues from Bellevue and was extremely encouraging. Plenty of great teaching and learning was evident in all areas of the school. As always, there are areas for ongoing development and renewal; future cycles of professional development will target these as we work together as a team to continue to share best practice and ensure an excellent education for the children at Skippers.

On a personal level, I have greatly enjoyed visiting some of our local senior schools with Tim, meeting the admissions teams and touring the sites. Being able to match the correct senior school to our individual pupils is a real strength of Skippers and is a benefit of being a stand alone prep school. Behind the scenes I have been working on the development of our leadership and management structure for September and I have been impressed with the number of colleagues that are willing to step forward and contribute further to the smooth running of our school.

After the half-term break, I am very much looking forward to presenting a new initiative for the upper part of the school which will enhance the experience of our senior pupils, building on our core ethos of developing the children as individuals and recognising diversity of talent and interest. More to follow on this after what I hope will be a restful and happy break for all.

Best wishes,

Mark Hammond.

Deputy Head.

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