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Newsletter May 2019

Assorted Sixth Formers gawp at a McLaren supercar (worth a cool three quarters of a million) which Old Skinner Paul Buddin brought to the school in May. See inside for the full story. Any insinuation that the Bursar has been misspending DfE funds is purely malicious……...


On May 7th Old Skinner Paul Buddin (class of '98), Chief Financial Officer at McLaren, paid us a visit. He brought with him the new McLaren Senna and gave presentations throughout the day to groups of A-level Physics and DT students. Paul talked about the history of McLaren, the development of the F1 and automotive cars, and his own career history after graduating in Physics. The boys particularly enjoyed being able to sit in the car and take selfies!

Our Bursar appears to have awarded himself a nice little pay rise as well as a privileged parking space!

Apprentice Task for Teenage Cancer Trust

Year 11 have been raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through an Apprentice style task. By selling wrist bands to raise initial capital, they used their entrepreneurial skills to grow this initial investment, with one group achieving ÂŁ206.53 by selling doughnuts. Other groups raised their money by selling power banks or by organising stalls at the School's Christmas Fayre. This task proved to be a real success as we raised ÂŁ732.66 for a worthy cause. Thanks to all in the community for your support. Jenny Hubbard Head of Year 11

The boys returned to a slightly glammed up Science department in April. Thanks to the characteristic generosity of the Parents’ Association, we have been able to transform what were very sterile corridors and doorways to a sea of colour and inspiration. It certainly improves our working environment and at the very least will make queuing up for lessons a bit more interesting! This is part of a programme of improvements to New Wing (as it was built in the 1960s it has a moniker that has evolved into irony). These improvements will continue this summer.

Sixth Form Theatre Club Trip to Shakespeare in the Abbey On Saturday, 27th April, students from Years 12 and 13 went to see a unique promenade performance of speeches from Shakespeare's plays performed in Westminster Abbey by actors from The Globe Theatre. The unusual event was organised by Oscar Winning actor Sir Mark Rylance to mark the anniversary of Shakespeare's death: the Abbey was closed to the public, so the audience were free to wander around this historic building, discovering actors performing some of Shakespeare's best known speeches. Jesus Hopped the A Train Two weeks earlier, the Sixth Form Theatre Club had the chance to see the Young Vic's production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2002 play Jesus Hopped the A train. This was a powerful story of two men on death row in America, written by Pulitzer Prize Winning Guirgis, was a thought-provoking, challenging, but ultimately deeply moving piece of theatre.

National Theatre's New Views Congratulations to Ben Thompson, Oliver Bingham, Jamie Wells and Billy Marsden who have entered New Views, the National Theatre's playwriting competition for sixth form students. These students had had the opportunity to work with writer Laura Lonas over the last few months as they developed their script ideas. The winners of this prestigious national competition will be announced in May (last year, Skinners' student Dara Hughes made the final shortlist to be able to direct a reading of his script at the National Theatre.) We wish this year's writers the very best of luck!

133 Year 10 students successfully completed their D of E Bronze Award practice expedition on 10/11 May, camping overnight at Southfields. Despite some heavy showers on Saturday morning, all groups made it back in high spirits in good time.

Many thanks to all the staff and helpers who helped make the expedition possible, and the best of luck to all participants for their qualifying expedition in June.


A Sunday at the end of April saw the school paly host to a fundraising event for the Hospice in the

Weald which attracted over 1,000 visitors and raised in excess of £4,500. A group of Skinners’ sixth formers, pictured below, kindly assisted on the day. Back Row L-R: Jonathan Newman, Jesse GerscherConnelly, Sam Major , Archie Barwick

Front Row L-R: Conor O’Sullivan, Claire O'Neill (organiser), Billy Marsden Claire, who organised the event in memory of her late grandfather, was thrilled with the support our students provided on the day: “I couldn't have managed without them” .

Cripps Law Award The 2019 annual Cripps Law Award goes to William Tweedy in Year 13. William arrived in the Sixth Form at Skinners' in 2017 and we have been very pleased with

his progress and his contribution to the school community. The interview panel at Cripps were impressed with his enthusiasm and commitment to Law and are in no doubt he will make a first-class practitioner. One of our CCF officers, Captain Martin Smith was invited to Buckingham Place for his services to the cadet force last week. Martin has served for twenty years and the contingent put him forward for a Lord Lieutenant’s Award. He was invited to the palace where he was awarded his long service medal and second bar for the 20 years he has served.

THE BRITISH YOUTH FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS A relatively recent addition to the Skinners’ sporting offer saw Oliver Barlow and Matthew Kohler competing in the U12 and U16 national championships in May.

Oliver got off to a good start winning 5 out of 6 matches, and placing 6th for the knockout rounds. In the knockout rounds he quickly won his fist two rounds before losing his last 16 match to the eventual silver medallist, thus finishing 10th out of 61. Matthew had a tough first round where he was drawn against current England and British squad members. He won 1 out of 6 matches, setting him up for a

tough first knockout match, where he found himself 8 - 2 down in the first couple of minutes, before rallying the score to 9 - 7 but eventually losing the match 15 - 8. He finished 44th out of 51. Both fencers have done extremely well in their first season of competing.

2019 Art Exhibition

Profile for Teresa Luckhurst

The Skinners' School May 2019 Newsletter  

The Skinners' School May 2019 Newsletter