Newsletter May 2017
The view from the cockpit, just before Siyan Patel (Year 10) took his plane into a loop the loop at RAF Wittering earlier in May.
There is an outward bound feel to this Newsletter and it showcases in particular some of the activities available to those that join the CCF. Our CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme allow pupils to develop leadership, flexibility, creativity and team work in a range of contexts. Both are a very valuable feature of the range of skills we hope to develop at Skinnersâ€™ and, right in the middle of exam season, they serve to remind us that education is a many faceted thing. This will become even more apparent as the exams come to an end and focus in the final term of the year turns to activities for all year groups. Edward Wesson
The pictures shown here and on the following page are a selection from the from the recent GCSE and A level art exhibition.
In May the CCF hosted Shoreham Village School for a training day for their pupils studying WW2. The children were given a taste of military training from the modern perspective, comparing it to WW2 training, equipment and food. This was run by Corporals Bowness, Burcombe, Cross, Mitchell and Newman. The pupils especially enjoyed the camouflage experience. The seven Sâ€™s (Shape, Shine, Shadow, Silhouette, Spacing, Sound and Sudden movement) really made them think about the best way to hide from the enemy.
Pupils also tasted current food packs: the chickpea curry, sausages and beans and dark chocolate biscuits were among their favourites. The brew kit made them a very refreshing cuppa and they were surprised to see the range of products available. The pupils learned a lot and the Corporals did a fantastic job of being enthusiastic and entertaining during their lessons. There will be a return visit! Maj Ian Kelso OC Skinners' CCF
CCF visit to Royal Tank Regiment Twenty cadets (from Years 10 & 12), plus four officers travelled to Salisbury Plain recently to visit the HQ of the Royal Tank Regiment. We were made very welcome by a young Duty Officer, who introduced us to other officers, including the CO, before visiting the armoury and then the tank park. Here the cadets were able to clamber all over and in the Challenger 2 tank: 62 tons of mobile armament with a crew of 4, capable of 40mph over open ground. The full crew were available to assist â€“ it is not easy getting into the driverâ€™s seat - and answer the many questions posed. Following lunch in a very impressive cookhouse, the cadets were taken into the gunnery school, where simulators allowed crews to practise loading, then tracking and firing the main armament using a laser device. Cadet James Corcoran (Year 10) took the prize for the best score with a very impressive 91/100. Our grateful thanks go to all involved in a very informative and successful visit.
CCF Adventurous Training Fourteen Junior NCOs (Year 12) joined the annual CCF pilgrimage to Dartmoor for a week of Adventurous Training, based at Okehampton Camp on the northern tip of the moor. The weather was mostly kind, with only an hour or two of rain on the first day; thereafter it remained dry, but with cold nights,. However several cadets found other ways of getting wet as they tested the depth of the infamous Dartmoor bogs. During the course of the week they covered most of the north moor, including the highest point, High Willhays (621m), then a fair part of the south moor as part of their 48 Hour Exercise. As well as navigation – by night as well as in daytime – teamwork played an important part in the week, whether as a member of a walking group, or on a Royal Marine climbing wall, testing their confidence on an imposing high ropes course, or working with a colleague in a sailing dinghy. The Camp offered a firm base for classroom and planning sessions, but 3 nights were spent camping in various isolated spots on the moor. The Headmaster visited one camp site and vowed to bring his own tent in future so that he could spend more time and gain a greater insight into what makes this the most sought-after week’s training laid on by the CCF.
CRUSTY COINS CLUB Mrs Charvat has started a 'crusty coins' club on Thursday lunchtimes. Boys who are taking part have each been given a number of 'crusties'. These are coins are from hoards that have not yet been cleaned. We have spent the last few weeks cleaning the coins using a variety of methods and have started to identify them. Most of them are Roman coins dating from around 200 and we also have a few Greek coins. George Davis was the first to identify a Roman coin from the period 69-79. Anyone who is interested can come along and join us.
SALTERS FESTIVAL OF CHEMISTRY In April Oscar Chatfield, James Quill, Edward Lynch and Theo Hughes-Wilson headed up to Imperial College London to take part in one of the Saltersâ€™ Festival of Chemistry Challenge Days. They worked brilliantly as a team in the university laboratories, competing against teams from 15 other schools, mainly from the London area. During two separate practical challenges; they carried out chromatography forensic investigations, and practised their ability to produce accurate results during an endothermic reaction. Whilst they didnâ€™t win the prize overall they received several gifts each to take home and were able to watch an exciting demonstration presented by university undergraduates. They were praised for their outstanding attitude, very good manners and impressive efficiency in carrying out the tasks set out. Really well done to all of them. Sarah Lowe Science Department
SKINNERS’ SKI TEAM Ten boys in total took part in the Kent Schools Skiing Championships in May. In the team event, all boys were taking part in the Years 7-9 Boys competition: • Skinners’ School A (Ethan Gillespie, David Malan, Joseph Pannell and Joshua Wakeling) won silver • Skinner’s School C (Harvey Galloway, Joshua Mansely and Oliver Wynne) were 4th • Skinner’s School B (Matthew Bentham, George Counsell and Sebastian Rice) were 5th In the individual event, Joshua Wakeling won gold in the Years 7-9 Boys and silver in the Secondary Boys. This is the first time since 2014 that a Skinners' team has medalled at the championships, and the first time a Skinners’ boy has medalled in the individual event. Congratulations to all the boys who have shown commitment to training since January. For many of them it was the first time they had ever competed in a slalom raced on a dry ski slope.
On Wednesday 3rd May Darren Tinkler from Roots to Food visited the school to run a series of workshops where students were presented with a cooking challenge. Can you make a healthy balanced meal with given ingredients in 5 minutes? After a presentation to the pupils about the importance of healthy eating, how to choose from the â€˜Eat Well' plate and why we should all start the day with a good breakfast, the challenge began. The winners were decided by the audience and the team of cooks were able to taste their delicious dishes afterwards. The recipes follow on the next page.
Tandoori Spiced Salmon with Pilau Rice& Bombay Saag Aloo
Pepper, Onion, Bean & Fresh Spinach Balti with Pilau Rice & Indian Spiced Bombay Potato
INGREDIENTS Fresh Salmon Fillets – 4 Natural Yoghurt – 4tbls Curry Powder – 2tsp Paprika – 1tsp Lemon – 1 Easy Cooked Long Grain Rice – 200g (cooked weight) Turmeric – 1tsp Spinach Leaf – 100g Cooked New Potatoes – 200g Garlic clove – finely chopped Fresh Ginger 1tblsp finely chopped Small Onion – 1 (finely diced) Red Pepper – 1 (large diced) Vegetable Oil – 1tbls Fresh Coriander – 20g
INGREDIENTS 150g Easy cook long grain rice 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp olive oil 1 x 1cm diced small onion 2 cloves crushed garlic 1cm piece of fresh ginger, crushed 1 x 1cm diced Green & Red pepper 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 x 400g tinned three bean mix, rinsed & drained 1 small bag fresh spinach leaves 500g cooked new potatoes 3 tbsp natural yoghurt chopped fresh coriander 1 vegetable stock cube
Method In a large bowl place the yoghurt, 1 tsp curry powder, paprika and lemon juice and add the salmon fillets and thoroughly coat in the mix. Heat half the oil in a wok, add the salmon, turn the heat down and gently cook for 10 minutes. Cook the rice in a saucepan or heat through a steamer adding the turmeric. In a pan heat half the oil, add the garlic, ginger & onion, cook until soft, add the peppers . Cook for 1 minute, add the rest of the curry powder, stir through the cooked potatoes & wilt through the fresh spinach & coriander. To serve place the hot rice into a ramekin & turn out onto a plate .
Method Start cooking the rice in a saucepan of boiling water adding 1 tsp turmeric. Heat wok with oil & garlic, ginger & onions & stir fry for one minute. Add peppers then add a little water. Cover wok with lid for 10 seconds . Add 1 tsp turmeric, ground coriander & 1tsp cumin to release flavour Add a splash of water if sticking (NOT more oil) & cover for 10 seconds Add chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock cube & stir well for 2 minutes Add mixed beans & stir well for 2 minutes. Add fresh spinach leaves stir until wilted. Add fresh coriander Heat the potatoes in a large saucepan with oil & fry until golden brown adding a the rest of the cumin.
Place the Saag Aloo onto the plate and place the cooked salmon onto the Saag Aloo.
Gently splash yogurt over the dish
Divide the cooked rice over 4 plates. Make a well in the rice & spoon in the Balti. Arrange the potatoes around the edge
Twice Cooked Parmesan Chicken on a bed of Spring Onion Pasta with a Chunky Tomato & Basil Sauce INGREDIENTS Chicken Fillets – 400g Diced Fresh Tomatoes – 2 Fresh Basil – 10 leaves Finely Chopped Garlic – 2 cloves Fine Diced Onion – 1 large Vegetable Oil – 50ml Black Pepper – 2 pinches Parmesan Cheese – 3tbls Pre Cooked Pasta Shells – 200g Chopped Tomatoes Tinned – 400g 1 Sliced Yellow Pepper Sliced Spring Onions – 60g Sour Cream – 50 ml Method Heat half the oil in a wok or saucepan, add the chicken breast with the parmesan cheese & pan fry until golden brown each side place the chicken into a steamer or oven at 180c until thoroughly cooked. In a separate wok or small saucepan heat the remainder of the oil & lightly cook the garlic being careful not to brown it, add the onions until they go soft, add the fresh chopped tomatoes & cook for 2 minutes, add the chopped tinned tomatoes, black pepper & bring to a simmer, add the yellow peppers & turn off the heat. Place the cooked pasta with spring onion into a separate tier of the steamer or cover in boiling water to heat for 5 minutes. Place the chicken breasts onto a plate & rest for 1 minute Place the hot pasta onto 4 warm plates with fresh basil leaves, place the chicken breasts onto the pasta & gently divide the sauce over the chicken. Spoon lightly the sour cream over your dish,
School’s Chess Megafinal Challenge 2017 Skinners’ boys produced an extraordinary achievement in the competition which took place on Saturday 27th May: 5 out of 7 Skinners’ boys took places on the podium in the U12 and U13 categories. Congratulations to all involved. U12 1st 2nd 3rd
Karam Al-Robaie Freddie Reid Efe Shimwell
U13 2nd 3rd
Lorcan Pritchard Etienne Lawrence
Cripps Law Award 2017 The school is delighted to announce this year's recipient of the prestigious Cripps Law Award is Upper Sixth Former Julian Murphy, pictured left. Julian is planning to read Law as an undergraduate at Exeter University in September. We would like to extend our thanks to Cripps for their continued support of the school.
800m Champion Congratulations to Dan Seagrove, pictured above, centre, winner of the U20 Kent 800m championship on May 13th in a time of 1.58.9.
Sporting Successes Jack Ponsford, Year 8, recently ran 25.3 seconds in the 200m in a school athletics meeting. A truly remarkable time given that the fastest time in the country is 25.63 seconds using official timings. For good measure, he then went on to score the winning goal for the U13 West Kent District Team in the Kent Schools FA League Cup Final.
Musical Achievement Milan Beckett, Year 7, participated in the Reigate & Redhill Music and Drama Festival (Competition) on Tuesday 8th May and won two prizes. Milan has swept through most of the main music festivals in South East England, winning award after award. He also played "Gigue, Suite No. 6" by Bach, one of the most difficult pieces from the Bach Suites, at a Gala Concert in Redhill on Thursday 18th May. A musician to watch!
CRICKET The cricket season is going well for all year groups, and with the weather holding, we look forward to more success in June and July, as well as a cricket week at The Nevill Ground in July.
Arthur Branch shapes up to play a leg glance at Royal Russell School
The U13 XI following their 89 run win at Royal Russell School in May.