“Many children chose to socialise with friends beyond the classroom, while learning something new or developing an interest. ”
At King’s Hall, children receive the best education to help them succeed in academic life and to prepare them for senior school. Whilst this is, of course, important, we also believe that a child’s learning goes beyond the classroom, and that children benefit from the development of their own specific interests and skills. To supplement such growth, we offer a wide range of co-curricular activities led by our enthusiastic staff. Hobbies are offered both after school and at weekends. Children have the opportunity to make the most of our own facilities, as well as those at King’s College.
We offers a vast and varied array of events and activities, from hockey and abseiling, to traditional summer entertainment. Importantly, great emphasis is placed on ensuring that pupils enjoy a healthy outdoor life to balance with the academic and creative areas of the school curriculum. The aim of our activities is to allow each and every pupil to find their niche, widen their interests, and to promote self-confidence and self-belief. We want the children in our care to be happy and healthy, and to develop aspirations that will lead to achieving future well-being.
Some hobbies are for children with particular passions or talents. Specialist Art and Technology hobbies provide a regular time slot in which those children who are particularly gifted can work on scholarship projects. Instrumentalists at Grade One or above have the opportunity to attend Orchestra; others may be invited to join the Chamber Choir, who perform at various events and venues. We are also very fortunate to have a number of dedicated staff who are prepared to give up their time to encourage the children’s interests. Hobbies develop and reinforce these positive relationships, helping to foster a sense of community.
Although sport is very much part of the school curriculum, pupils of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to participate in a more informal setting during hobby time. A range of sports are offered, and are often led by qualified coaches. The junior year groups also benefit from specialist football coaching. For our boarders and day pupils (Year 6-8), Saturday morning activities are on offer. Day pupils are free to opt out of the Saturday programme, but if included, are still able to be excused for other commitments.
In the Michaelmas Term, these might include: Climbing (at King's College), Cooking (at King's College), Sailing, Orienteering, Mountain Biking, and Crafts.
In the Lent Term, these might include: Squash (at King’s College), Cooking (at King’s College), Mountain Biking, Orienteering, and Hill Walking.
In the Summer Term these might include: Sailing, Cooking (at King’s College), Mountain Biking, Orienteering, and Hill Walking.
Most activities start at 9.30am and finish at lunch times so the children can take part in the school games programme in the afternoon.