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The special community that is Skippers Hill

Posted: 23rd November 2017 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

The past week has brought home to me on several occasions how lucky we all are to be part of the special community that is Skippers Hill.

Yesterday I had the joy of taking our Under 13 Girls Football team to a tournament at Great Walstead and I was delighted with the way that the girls represented the school. If I needed evidence of the impact of our core aims on the development of our pupils it was there before my eyes! Participating - and enjoying success - in a sport which they do not play often, clearly showed how well-rounded and confident our senior pupils have become as a result of the opportunities on offer for all at the school. There was plenty of challenge to overcome and great pride in our performance - even if our defeats were frustrating! No shortage of courage and resilience, as well as great ownership of tactics on the pitch. The quality of the relationships between the girls was clearly evident as they pushed themselves, and each other, with mutual respect. One of the highlights of my year so far and certainly a permanent fixture in my calendar from this point on.

Of course it is equally rewarding to receive feedback from those outside of our community and I was pleased to share the Skippers experience with two Headteachers from other schools in our group on Monday. I shall end my blog this week with their reflections upon their visit to the school:

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you Mark and all your colleagues at Skippers Hill Manor for an absolutely fantastic visit. I really appreciate the time you and your staff spent with us answering our many questions and showing us around your fabulous school and provision. I loved the enrichment afternoons which really allow for greater development of knowledge and skills. The woodwork lesson was amazing, watching children confidently using a range of tools. I loved the way you used these afternoons as means to enhance provision and prepare pupils for the next phase of their learning.

The children we met were an absolute delight, so polite and respectful. I have to say I was super impressed with how well they responded to us as visitors and answered our questions. I loved the sense of independence that the children had at the school. They are positive, polite, articulate and very caring. Wherever I looked I saw children really looking after each other. They really are an absolute credit to you all.

I learnt a huge amount from the visit and have arrived home tonight with many ideas and inspirations. It was great to make links with our family of schools and I have learnt so much today. A really inspirational visit and hugely appreciated."

Best wishes,

Mark Hammond.

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