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A week that started with suitable calm and diligence, due to exams for three year groups and ongoing preparation for most of Year 8, gradually morphed into a more carefree mood as half term drew ever closer.

In the middle of the week I was at Benefactors’ Day where the King’s community recognises the generosity of many who, through giving their talent and time or donating financially, help contribute to the ongoing success of King’s. Later that same day I was at the Summer Term concert of the Taunton Children’s Orchestra and once again they put together a fun programme for us to enjoy. I do encourage you to consider adding your child to the mix from September if they learn an orchestral instrument especially as King’s Hall is the weekly home of the TCO so rehearsals are pretty straightforward! More info from Mr DJ if you are interested.

Last night I was lucky enough to be at an MCC Foundation Dinner at Lord’s to celebrate, promote and support the work of the MCC Hubs around the country: King’s College provides facilities as one such Hub in the southwest. On top of the pavilion in glorious evening sunshine at the Home of Cricket it is hard not to revert to boyish enthusiasm at such a revered sporting arena. What's more, to discover that amongst the guests Mike Atherton, Mike Gatting and David Gower are just milling around to chat to was like being a child in a sweet shop! Late trains to the southwest are notoriously rare and the kick back was catching the snail-paced midnight sleeper to Penzance meaning I was walking up Cheddon Road (no taxis at that time) whilst there was a semblance of dawn light growing in the east – but it was worth it.

I had to be back for a few things but I also wanted to see some of the Presentations the children in 8S have been working on for several weeks now. Under the title of ‘Exploration and Discovery’ they produced thoughts and insights on subjects including Photography, Space, Artificial Intelligence, Polar Exploration, Interior Design, Ancient Egypt, Railways, Forensic Science, the Evolution of Zoos, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ernest Shackleton and several other topics. There was also a recording of an original piece of music scored for full orchestra by Louis Benneyworth. He and a few other musicians also cobbled together a band playing mainly Children’s TV themes as the parents and guests arrived – brilliant!

So here’s hoping you all enjoy the week ahead and that any plans you have go smoothly: perhaps there will be a few final glances at revision for the CE candidates and a check on the packing list for Year 7 off to Switzerland? Mine will start with enjoying the lack of an alarm clock tomorrow morning.

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