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THE SKINNERS’ SCHOOL Newsletter – October 2017

The House Chess competition in October was won by Hunt with Atwell second.


Headmaster’s Foreword The first term has flown by and as the days shorten and the temperature drops it is good to remind ourselves of what we have been up to. A snapshot of the boys’ activities since August demonstrates the eclectic skills and tastes of this community, something that I shall never tire of celebrating. Enjoy! Edward Wesson

Congratulations to both the freestyle and intermediate relay teams (of Reuben Edwards, Aiden McMillan, Ben Strebel, Dan Brice, Alex Turton and Kody Bradbury) who have qualified for the ESSA's National Swimming Finals which will be held at the London Aquatic Centre on 18th November. Pictured is the Intermediate Freestyle relay team (who won Gold in the Kent Schools' Championships in September.)


SKINNERS’ DAY 2017


JOHN DOWNTON AWARDS 2017 It has been good to se that Skinners’ boys’ work has been successfully shortlisted for the John Dowton Awards, an annual exhibition which encourages and celebrates the creativity of Kent's young artists. It is open to students, aged 11 - 18, from schools and colleges across Kent.

The award commemorates the life and work of John Downton, the celebrated Kent artist, poet and philosopher. An exhibition of shortlisted work will be shown at County Hall in Maidstone (23 October – 4 December 2017); winners will be announced at an awards evening on 9 November. Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to vote in the People’s Choice Award and the result will be announced at the end of the exhibition. Selected works will then tour to Turner Contemporary in Margate from 13 December 2017 to 21 January 2018. Pictured below are our students shortlisted pieces.

Finley Williams

Frank Heimsath

Jason Sweeney


PHYSICS DEPARTMENT NEWS Early in September groups of Year 12 and 11 students made separate visits to the Institute of Physics ‘Physics in Action’ conference at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. They attended a series of seminars from PHD students and lecturers as well as companies such as Rolls Royce and the Atomic Weapon Establishment. This is an annual event for our students and one which continues to be hugely beneficial.

We were also pleased to welcome the RAF outreach team to Skinners’ to talk to Year 9 students on the Physics behind

flight. This was a great experience for the students which finished with them starting up a miniature jet engine in the Dining Hall. Along with learning about the flying of drones and how a powered paraglider works, this was a fantastic experience for our students. Rob Hardy Head of Physics


News from the Sixth Form The new academic year has started with a series of major events in the Sixth Form. Over 180 attended our annual Oxbridge Evening and we had over 500 visitors for our Higher Education Fair held on Thursday 23rd September. Our students have also been involved in an Independent Learning Conference, attended a lecture given by New Scientist Live, heard about US admissions from St John's College, Maryland and been highly engaged by a full day workshop run by Peter Vardy on Science and Religion. Year 13 continue to make good progress with their UCAS applications. In our Civics sessions we have also been delighted to hear tales of writing and travel from Old Skinner, Christopher McCooey and heard about life in the world of finance from Richard Lee, also an Old Skinner, who is a highly successful commodity dealer.

Luke Jackson-Ross, pictured centre, from St Hugh's College, Oxford who spoke at our annual Oxbridge Evening.


SKIERS GO ON TO NATIONAL SUCCESS This is the Skinners’ School Ski Team which came 4th in the England Schools Ski Association Final in

Norwich earlier in October. Ably managed by Marna Wakeling and displaying immense spirit and team work, the boys were the top performing state school in the country, all improving in their second runs and all producing two clear runs. With more training sessions booked for the winter months the team will be ready for the Kent Schools Championships next year. Left to right: Joseph Pannell, Ethan Gillespie, Sebastian Rice and Joshua Wakeling. Joshua also competed in Welwyn the following day for LSERSA in the final race of the season and was placed 3rd overall in the South East Region. He has now won two golds and one bronze out of five races since May.


YEAR 7 TRIP TO BATTLE & PEVENSEY Year 7’s first Skinners’ School trip was to Battle Abbey and Pevensey Castle. The whole of year 7 went on this trip and it was a big success. We learned, and more importantly understood, a lot more about what happened during and after the Battle of Hastings. I can’t think of a better way to learn. It was a fairly long journey but well worth it. I really enjoyed it and may well go again in my free time. Jamie Benson 7A


The CCF pictured on maneouvres during Field Day in October. 192 cadets participated in a very successful day in Ashdown Forest. It was also the core of our Biennial inspection, which left Colonel Maria Guzkowska (Commandant OTC RMAS) suitably impressed.


RESULTS It seems a long time since A level and GCSE results but successful onward destinations are part of our raison d’etre. Pictured left are Will Higgins, Chris Bellamy and Lucas Mackenzie (now reading Geography at Manchester, Engineering at Leeds and Geology at Bristol, respectively).

Pictured right are Jake Rule, Matt Roberts, Alfie Cubberley, George Spice and Luca Tonelli. All achieved more than 8 A*s in their GCSEs are have joined the Sixth Form.

Pictured left are Omar el Halwagy (Medicine at Queen Mary’s, Christian Edwards (English at Oxford), Vineet Kokkiligadda (Medicine at St George’s), Gustav Moller (Maths at Edinburgh,), Cameron Wilson (Maths at Bath) and Callum Glendinning (Business Management at Southampton following a gap year at Skinners’)


The school was very pleased to open up as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 10th September. We were particularly pleased to have a number of Old Skinners return for a visit including Chris Rose (Head Boy 1999), Michael Smith (Class of 1971), David Bath (Class of 1969) and Eric Gibbs (Class of 1944). It was lovely to see how the school community continues to flourish at all levels. Craig Fleming

Eric Gibbs, Class of 1944

Chris Rose (Head Boy 1999)

Tom de Bruin enjoyed great success on rugby tour with Sussex U17s this summer in Argentina. The three week tour saw the squad win three and draw out of their five games, with and Tom being awarded both Most Improved Player & Players' Player awards.

Luca Swinnerton, 9R, took three music exams last summer, achieving the following impressive results: Piano ABRSM Grade 7 - Distinction

Viola ABRSM Grade 2 – Distinction Electric Guitar Rockschool Grade 3 - Merit Following successful auditions and interviews, Luca has furthermore been accepted at the Saturday school of the Centre for Young Musicians (a division of the Guildhall) in London to follow their full piano curriculum with viola as second instrument.

Mr Cannan-Branniff, has written an ebook about medieval England which will be published in late autumn. He has written other books, articles and other publications, most of them about medieval England, Scotland and Ireland. Society of Authors will have details of the book and how to purchase it at the beginning of November. Also, see Amazon for details.

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