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Thank you Skippers Community

Posted: 10th December 2020 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person in the Skippers Community. This has not been the easiest of terms at times but the wonderful way we have all come together is such a testament of the spirit that makes Skippers so special and let’s not forget we now have a snow machine! Our thanks to Mr Leggett.

We received this lovely message from a parent yesterday which sums it up better than me: 

“Despite having had all the restrictions and alienation from all being together, Skippers has broken through everything and come out smiling and lifting so many hearts and souls If someone was feeling ‘Christmassy and bah humbug’ , I am sure they are feeling full of Christmas Cheer now!”

Our children have demonstrated resilience and adaptability beyond their years yet continually brought joy and laughter every single day. Parents, you have been incredibly supportive and patient with us which has been greatly appreciated. One thing I have loved about Skippers is how we all treat one another with respect and are willing to help each other out, and as I write this we have not had a positive case yet which is a testament of all of us working diligently together.

Special mention has to go to our Skippers staff who have worked tirelessly and relentlessly throughout this term to ensure your children are safe, happy and thriving with their education...and then some! They have really gone out of their way and especially in the lead up to Christmas where they have put on so much to keep your children enthused and energised, from decorating gingerbread houses to decorating their doors in a Christmas scene to sewing their own Christmas stocking and filming their Christmas Extravaganza.

What you sometimes do not see is the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, such as the quick turnaround of lunches for every bubble sitting, a vastly increased cleaning routine, bus drivers going out of their way to make their children feel safe and all the while with such positivity and grace. Sarah and Sabrina were even cracking the whip on Mr Leggett, Mr Minister and myself when helping out at lunch as we were not quick enough!

A lovely addition this term has been the Rose Garden. We initially used it for parental meetings and consultations, which was a lovely outdoor venue, and when the weather turned we found a new purpose - to cheer up the local community. It started off with our Pumpkin Patch quickly followed by a Remembrance Display, then the Anti-Bullying Jigsaw design and finally our Christmas Trees. These were all wonderfully inspired and designed by Michelle Rocchiccioli, Louise Ellis and Holly Barnett. As always it was up to Chris Walker to bring it all together and with the Christmas Trees he really out did himself! Michelle and Chris are already hatching a plan for next term...

I sincerely hope you all have a Merry Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed in January. 

Many thanks once again,

Phillip Makhouli

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