4th October 2019
by Justin Chippendale
Today started with a charming and very engaging assembly from the children reflecting National Poetry Day which we have been recognising this week. All the recitations were confident, captivating and carried their relative emotional impact. They included a very atmospheric poem written by three children on the subject of War through to some wonderfully humorous offerings including a brilliant rendition of ‘What Do Teachers Wear In Bed?’.
Then we moved into Open Day mode and once again, rather than this being a time when you might imagine I could be on edge wanting things to go well, it is a day when I can relax. Of course there is the necessary planning and organising which is competently carried off by the various experienced and very able teams to underpin the day but I never worry about what people will think because they spend the majority of their time here in the hands of the children – your children – who show them around and tell the story of life at King’s Hall direct from the horse’s mouth.
At the start of term, I reminded the children that, in fact, all we do here, the way it feels to be at King’s Hall, the fun we have, the achievements gained are all determined by them – not the teachers – it is they who own the future history of the school. And so it proves each time they get the chance to talk to visitors about their experiences, they are very proud of the school they create and can talk fondly, realistically, pragmatically and sagely about its DNA and why it is a great place to be.
We have an excellent bunch of Year 8 at present who collectively lead the school by example and they have made a positive start to their final stretch here: they were certainly on fine form today.
Talking about final stretches, we are all sorry that Beki Gardener, our Admin and Finance Assistant in the School Office is moving on next week after 6 happy and hard-working years with us. The laughter that is generated in and around the Office each day has kept Beki returning for many years but the distance she has to travel each day has finally taken its toll and she moves to a post much nearer her home. We are incredibly grateful for her loyalty, hard work, energy, efficiency towards all and sundry admin and finance matters but we will miss most her upbeat, willing, jolly and cheeky personality. If you have a chance to pop in and say farewell, Beki is with us until Thursday next week.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
The highlight of my week was spending Tuesday in Reception where we had so much fun making scarecrows; my favourites were definitely the edible variety! Last week our catering manager, Liz Colbourne, had introduced the children to her scarecrow friends, ‘Pitch and Patch’ and in response to Liz’s visit we made wooden spoon scarecrows, decorated scarecrow biscuits and practised singing, ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ which they will be performing at next week’s Harvest Festival celebrations. It was such a treat to see how well the children have settled into Reception and to see the many different ways in which they tackled their ‘wooden spoon scarecrow’ designs. I was especially impressed with their perseverance and problem-solving skills when things didn’t go as planned as well as the uniqueness of their final creations. I think I have probably experienced enough gloopy glue to see me through to the festive season but would like to thank Reception (and Mrs Stanley) for a truly lovely day!
Monday 7th October
Author Visit, P G Bell
Year 4 Parent-Teacher Meetings
Tuesday 8th October
Year 4 Parent-Teacher Meetings
Wednesday 9th October
Year 6 Residential trip to Dulverton (returning on Friday)
Thursday 10th October
Friday 11th October
Year 3 Geography trip to Exmoor
Year 6 return from their residential trip
8S Parent-Teacher-Pupil Meetings
A Few Words From ... Will Mowat
This Term's Deputy Head Boy
Hi everyone my name is Will Mowat and I have been at King’s Hall since the start of Year 3. I am now in my last year of Prep school, wow hasn’t time flown by! My Prep school time has been great fun and I have made some fantastic friends and of course learnt lots on the way. My favourite subjects are drama, English and geography and I really enjoy hockey.
The Autumn Fayre last weekend was a great success with delicious cakes, wonderful fruit and veg and loads of books, puzzles and games to keep you going! The highlight was running the fruit and vegetable stall and of course not forgetting all the fun on the North Field!
This week, 8K and H went on a geography field trip to the Quantocks and to Kilve beach to study the River Holford. The trip was a great success and luckily the sun shone and everyone managed to collect data from the river and lots of photos were taken.
When I am not at school, I enjoy riding my motor bike in the woods and riding my pony Poppy, as well as taking our dogs for walks on the Quantocks.
I hope you all have a great weekend and good luck to everyone who is playing in matches.
Anyone passing by the front of school over the past couple of weeks couldn’t fail to notice the exiting new additions to our site that have sprung up on the lawn outside the library. Everyone looked on with eager anticipation as these mysterious constructions were unloaded and manoeuvred into place.
Bit by bit, the new Reading Garden began to take shape; hurrah! Then, this week, we were finally able to gather outdoors with a selection of magazines, comics and books (and Snoops, of course!) to enjoy some relaxing break-time reading either cosied up in one of our reading huts or swinging gently on a hammock. Bliss!
A View from the Rose Garden
George's Marvellous Medicine
In English, 4W are thoroughly enjoying reading George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. There was an enormous amount of laughter as we read about the effects that George’s medicinal concoction had on his poor old Grandma (It has to be noted that unlike most Grandma's, this one was a cantankerous old bat!).
The screechy hag had it in for George and so it was his intention to replace her regular medicine with something more pungent, something that would teach her a lesson! The effect was astonishing and at our current stage in the book, Grandma has puffed with steam, ejected out of her seat and grown so tall that her head crashed through the living room ceiling and into George’s bedroom. But, she didn’t stop there! Grandma carried on growing and her head is now projecting out of the roof.
At this point I think I need to put a disclaimer on the work that 4W have produced in class. They have devised their own magical medicines and I can tell you that some of the ingredients are nothing short of ghastly. A "do not to try this at home" warning has been issued, but rest assured, if your hen explodes or grandma swells to enormous proportions, then look to your Year 4 child for answers!
National Poetry Week Celebrations
To celebrate National Poetry Day, Year 3 pupils in Mrs Gompels class unleashed their creativity in a series of creative writing exercises. Throughout the morning they enjoyed reading Matt Haig's The Truth Pixie and creating their own blackout poems. The pupils parent's even joined in the fun!
October Fun at the Autumn Fayre
Many thanks to all the parents and staff who turned out on a rather grey autumnal day to support in either time or donations to our biannual Autumn Fayre. Not only did the children have a fabulous amount of fun but all of you generously donated to help raise a good sum for Brainwave and our development projects.
A special thanks needs to go to all of the Year Reps for their engagement and input from before the summer holidays to make sure their stalls were the best they could be. Also to Sarah Daniel for initiating and independently running the Hobby Horse stall for the second time running. The total raised for Brainwave and King’s Schools was almost £2900. Pictures speak louder than words so here is a selection - enjoy.
Year 5 Enjoy Teambuilding Residential to Kilve
Another annual residential saw our Year 5 pupils pay a visit to Kilve Court – the perfect place to enjoy activities such as climbing, sculpting and pond dipping. It was safe to say the pupils had been itching for two days of outdoor exploration. The feedback from the children during their visit was fantastic, and really demonstrated why these trips are important for all-round development. Below are some of the children's comments about their time at Kilve.
“I enjoyed Kilve because the food was really good. I really liked the beef burgers and the plain pasta.”
“Kilve was lots of fun. My personal favourites were low ropes and team building.”
“I enjoyed Kilve because I got to know the other girls in 5T. They were big dormitories and we got a whole bunk bed to ourselves.”
“Kilve was fun because we all worked together and co-operated.”
“The night activities were scary but fun”
“We had lots of activities and the staff at Kilve were amazing. My favourite challenge was low ropes because we had an extra challenge with water and we could not spill any.”
“My favourite activity was the climbing wall, I got to the top which I didn't think I could do.”
“I enjoyed the rifle shooting, it was fun but hard to get the hang of!”
“I enjoyed the grass sledging.”
“The walk was interesting and we learnt some new Geography facts.”
Busy Weekend at Butlins
We are now in to the full swing of the Michaelmas Term and this week has been particularly busy for us. Last week, due to numbers, we had a huge shift around in boarding. The junior boy’s area has now moved to the top of the front of house and the Year 7 boys have moved around to the junior boarding house, helping us to create more room for our Year 5, 6 and 7 boys. The junior girls have moved to a newly created room which they were fortunate enough to help decorate pink, pink and more pink, with some glitter thrown in, to help create more room for our Year 5 and 6 girls.
A huge task, but with the guidance of the boarding staff and some very willing and helpful boarders, it has been done in 3 days. At the weekend, the boarders also had a great time at the Autumn Fayre and on Sunday spent the day at Butlins Holiday Camp, where they got to enjoy the water park and fun fair. Then this week we celebrated Terrence and Ella’s birthday at Mai’s restaurant, eating some truly delicious Chinese food!Read More
by Snoops the Dog
Fun in the Reading Huts
Well, what a surprise I had when I returned from New Barn and discovered the new addition to the Adventure Playground. I overheard some of the children saying that the new reading cabins and hammocks were ‘sick’, which I thought was an immensely rude and unappreciative thing to say. That was, however, until I was informed that the new definition of the word, as described in the urban dictionary, means "fabulous", "cool", "crazy" or "insane"! I thought it best to clarify this rather unusual terminology in case your child refers to their Grandmother’s home baking as "sick", or even worse, a much appreciated Christmas present.
Anyway, I'm heading back to the outdoor library area! I have had the most rewarding week relaxing and listening to children read, as well as enjoying my own favourite books (Harry the Dirty Dog and Dennis the Menace and Gnasher). If any of you younger children are reading the Magic Key Adventures, please come and see me because I just love following the exploits of a fellow awesome dog!
Michaelmas DT projects
The pupils in all year groups have made a great start to the new term’s projects. Year 3 have been very excited about using the coping saws for the first time and have been busy cutting out their photo frame shapes and painting. All that is left is to put on the stand and hinge. One Year 3 pupil commented to me last week; ‘You need to be really strong to do DT and I make sure I eat a huge, healthy lunch beforehand!’ – what great advice! Here are the very enthusiastic 3HB enjoying the painting stage. Some Year 6/7 pupils have been working on a real design problem set by Mrs Marcucilli. They have been tasked with making some signs for the new reading huts – don’t they look great!
Pupils Discover the Truth About Rubbish
Our pupils had a rubbish time, ‘litter-ally’, at Carymoor Environmental Trust last week. Children in Year 2 and 6 learned all about waste and were even given the opportunity to visit a working landfill site. Seeing first-hand where our waste ends up, provided a powerful and stark reminder to the group about the importance of trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
As part of the trip, the Year 2s enjoyed visiting an underground bunker that demonstrated how buried waste changes over the years. They also tucked into a waste free lunch! The Year 6s, on the other hand, visited a replica of Kroo Bay, a well-known shanty town in Sierra Leone, where they witnessed how others live in more deprived parts of the world.Read More
King's Rugby Camp
for 8-12 year olds
Following the successful rugby camps in the summer holidays, King's College are running another camp for 8-12 year olds during half-term...
Tuesday 29th October 2019
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Book Your Place
King's Hockey Camp
Our camps are designed to be fun! You will learn and develop your skills with experienced coaches. Come and join us!
Monday 28th October 2019
5 - 9 year olds
Tuesday 29th October 2019
10 - 15 year olds
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
King's Netball Camp
Come and join our Netball Camp. The courses will be led by England Netball qualified coaches and are open to all and aimed at girls who want to have fun and develop their netball.
To book, please visit the King's College website or contact Laura Bennett at LCBennett@kings-taunton.co.uk
Monday 6th January 2020
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
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