Boarding Blog Archive
Published on: Friday, December 14, 2018
What a great way to celebrate the end of 2018 with all the boarders gathering together at the boarders Christmas feast. With near 80 children and staff we had a wonderful evening of delicious food, the Headmasters “Hall of Fame”, the infamous Staff Christmas panto and a visit form Santa himself. We would like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year.
A message from Snoops
This week has made me realise, even more than ever, just how lucky I am to be a boarder at King’s Hall School.I am not going to say too many words as the pictures will speak for themselves.The week has been action packed with parties, reward times, Christmas lunches, nativity plays and the spectacular boarders feast.I simply loved the boarders feast as I got to eat a special Butternut Box Christmas dinner.This was followed by the staff pantomime, in which I had a walk on bit!Even though my role was a non-speaking part, I think I performed it like a pro! Just as I thought that it was all over, a very special visitor arrived. He was dressed in a red coat, wore a jolly smile and had a flowing, white beard. Can you guess who I am talking about? Well, all that’s left to say is, “Merry Christmas to you all and happy holidays. Woof!”
The Bright Lights of London!
Published on: Monday, December 10, 2018
When the school emptied for long weekend some of our overseas children, who will all be heading home in a week’s time, stayed with the boarding staff for a festive, albeit action-packed, weekend.
On Friday night the children enjoyed pizzas and a well-earned rest. The relaxation period was, however, rather brief as by 7.08 am on Saturday morning everyone was on the train to London to go and see The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
The show was an absolute delight and certainly put everyone in a festive mood. It was then onto Covent Garden where we saw street entertainment and admired the Christmas displays. From there we walked through Leicester Square and onto Regent Street to see the lights. We just had time to make a quick visit to Hamleys before heading to lunch at the Forest Gump themed restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp. The food was absolutely delicious and we were thoroughly spoiled.
Although we could have done with a bit of a rest on Sunday after our London adventure, the children were keen to get into town as there were substantial shopping lists to get through: Christmas jumpers, Advent calendars, Christmas cards and Secret Santa presents. Once the mini bus was loaded with all our shopping bags there was just enough time to squeeze in a cinema visit to watch The Grinch, followed by a cheeky McDonalds.
Published on: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Last weekend, the boarders who were not involved in a match on Saturday had a great time at Taunton museum. On Sunday, as always, everyone had a lovely lie-in, scrumptious breakfast and chilled morning...conserving their energy for the afternoon's excitement. Flip Out was loved by everyone - bouncing on trampolines, walls and each other - and the boarders can't wait to go again! It was definitely a fun-filled weekend, which set everyone up for the week ahead. Then...long weekend here we come!
A message from Snoops our boarding pup
This week has been an absolute blast. As you know, I help Matron with her daily laundry and housekeeping duties but this week has been the best because we have been sorting out all the old duvets, pillows and bedding ready to go to a charity for the homeless. I'm not sure that Matron would report that I've been particularly helpful, but it's been immensely good fun. From a pup's point of view, I can tell you that piles of duvets in the corridors is nearly as exciting a snow and leaves!
The other great thing that happened this week was the Head Girl's birthday pizza party. It was such good fun and I was on hand to clear up all the crumbs and spillages - our cleaners must love me for helping them out!
Finally, as you know PSHE is an important part of the curriculum at King's Hall School. I understand the importance of children and puppies learning how to behave properly and respectfully. I also realise that making apologies when mistakes are made is paramount. For that reason I would like to make an apology to Mr Chippendale for doing one of my upside down acrobatic routines and for putting my head under one of the sofa cushions during the whole school staff meeting earlier in the week. Sorry!
Long Weekend Activities
Published on: Monday, November 26, 2018
Our long weekend began with a relaxed evening on Friday watching Gnome Alone and Shrek 2 accompanied by bountiful amounts of pizza and giggles. Saturday morning was spent exploring the Rural Living Show and then after a huge lasagne lunch we headed off to Hestercombe Gardens where the fun and games really started with some great games of Hide and Seek where we discovered Mr Campleman's talent for camouflaging himself. After all the running around, a hot chocolate from the cafe was a necessity! After another relaxing evening of watching movies, playing games and eating donuts, everyone was ready for bed.
We then spent an action-packed day at We the Curious in Bristol on Sunday. Investigations into bubbles, gravity and Inventions had all the children intrigued. The planetarium was a massive hit, where we all discovered the magic of the night sky. We then had a quick, but lovely dinner at a riverside restaurant before boarding the train to head home.
A message from Snoops
We are heading towards the festive season at high speed. My walks have certainly got a lot colder this week but I haven't needed my doggy jacket just yet. I have been dying to tell you all about the postcard I received from Mrs Compel's Year 3 class this week. They are reading a book called Otoline and the Yellow Cat and they were inspired to send a postcard, similar to the ones they have read in their book. They asked me a few questions so I thought it only proper to make a quick response. So, on Wednesday I sent my very first postcard. What fun I had writing it. I will definitely send more in the future.
Published on: Monday, November 19, 2018
It has been another busy week in the boarding house and with both of our big industrial washing machines not working, Matron has had her work cut out for her but, as ever, she has risen to the challenge and is still smiling!
Sunday was the most beautiful autumnal day and the children enjoyed a kick around on the astro before lunch. Year 8 all disappeared to a party in the afternoon, giving the younger ones a free rein as to what they would like to do. They decided that they would like to go to the cinema to see Johnny English Strikes Again (and sneak in a bag of tuck!)
By Sunday night, exhaustion had kicked in and it was early to bed for everyone.
A message from Snoop
Hello friends, I hope you have all had a good week. On a more serious note than usual I would like to share some information that I have learned alongside the children this week. Did you know that dogs were some of the hardest and most trusted workers in World War 1? The most popular dogs were medium sized (like me). Casualty dogs were trained to find wounded or dying soldiers on the battlefield. They carried medical equipment so an injured soldier could treat himself and they would also stay beside a dying soldier to keep him company. I have worn a poppy on my collar with respect and pride for those that have lost their lives in past wars.