22nd November 2019
by Justin Chippendale
The school highlight of my week has to be an evening in the boarding house with the Year 7 boys. Claire and I ran a boarding house back in the day and any extended time spent upstairs reminds me of all the fun times.(Of course, there were also challenging times, sad times, boring times, frustrating times and ‘I can’t believe you did that!’ times … just as in any family.)
The boys were very easy in each other’s company, happily ruminating on the day or looking forward to tomorrow and cheerfully joshing with each other. It’s so nice to get to hear more about the child on the inside and discover how interesting they are and all the random things they know that I don’t. We have the Boarders’ Feast on the last night of term and this is easily in my top five school occasions of the year.
Another favourite is the time I am able to spend with children in preparation for interviews that lie ahead for them. Here, again, it is always a joy to uncover some fascinating personalities and to chat with children who are much cleverer than I am – they just don’t know it yet, so please don’t tell them!
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
Pre-Prep are hugely grateful their fundraising ideas raised an impressive £305.57 with your help!
One has started to feel the nudge of what is sitting on the horizon beginning to creep into Pre-Prep this week as a few more song practices have crept in to usual routine and staff begin to show the first signs of ‘how will we get everything done in time’ nerves. One would think that after over twenty years’ experience of being ‘Nativity ready’ one would be fluent in these initial preparations but I have come to accept that the nerves associated with the high expectations we set ourselves to make this time of year so magical are one-of-a-kind and despite having never yet failed to ‘get everything done’ the nagging voice of doubt remains! As all of these preparations rumble on in the background, business as usual has ensued which has seen the children focussed and engaged in their learning as well as Year 2 enjoying a playtime down in the Rose Garden with Year 3, Year 1 enjoying the first ‘Story Club’ of the year with Mrs Marcuccilli and a very glitzy Pudsey Disco to bring the week to a close.
Senior Pupils Bewitch with their Production of The Wiz!
Last week our Year 7 and 8 pupils were preparing for their musical production of The Wiz. The atmosphere was a buzz of anticipation, with everyone keen to perform the soulful version of The Wizard of Oz to an expectant audience.
All good actors get a little nervous, as do the directors, but they had survived the audition process and the intense eight weeks of rehearsals that followed, so they arrived at opening night happy in the knowledge that they were ready for an audience.
The stage, set, and lighting were excellent – everyone loved the yellow brick road and how it allowed the actors to continue their journey from scene to scene, not to mention the psychedelic Munchkin land, Evillene’s monstrous carriage and the impressive Emerald City.
The opening scene engaged audiences from the start, with Toto (Snoops) making his grand entrance, closely followed by the adorable Dorothy (Darcey). The first spectacle to bewitch audiences was the arrival of the tornado – which was a delight to the eyes and ears. Amazing lighting, props and choreography aided Dorothy’s initial journey to Oz.
As the story continued, the crowd were treated to what can only be described as an exceptional performance. Solos, ensembles, vibrant choreography and toe-tapping numbers made up the majority of the show, meaning there was no time for our backstage crew to sit back and relax. It was particularly pleasing to see how the whole cast memorised the order of scenes, looked after the props with care, and handled the quick costume changes with ease.
While there are too many memorable moments to mention, we must admit that the groovy tune of Ease on Down the Road was stuck in our head for days, as was the powerful performance of No Bad News from the wickedly-wonderful Evillene (Erin). Gabriel also dazzled audiences with his excellent portrayal of the infamous Wizard of Oz.Please click here to read more
Friends of King's Hall Barn Dance
FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
6.30pm – 10.00pm (ish)
Kingston St Mary Village Hall
LIVE BAND! HOG ROAST!
DAD DANCING! BYO DRINKS!
ALL THE FAMILY WELCOME
Tickets £15 per adult, children free
Tickets can now to be purchased through the Parent Portal.
The cost of tickets can be added to your school bill.
Believe this Christmas ...
All Year 2 - 8 day pupils are invited to a magical boarding movie night.
We will be watching ...
THE POLAR EXPRESS
on Friday 6 December
Cost: £25 (includes boarding)
Pick up: Saturday 7th at 9.15 am
Festive popcorn and ice-creams available, and Christmas jumpers are a must!
Reminders for the Week Ahead
Monday 25th November
Prep Schools' Strings Day at King's College
Thursday 28th November
KCT Year 7 CCF Activity Day
Friday 29th November
Year 4 trip to We The Curious
Friends of King's Hall Barn Dance
Boarders' trip to Northcott Theatre to see Beauty and the Beast
New Defibrillator Installed at Nursery Entrance
A public access defibrillator has been installed at the entrance of our Nursery and can be accessed by staff, visitors and members of the public who are making use of the sports pitches and other areas of the school.
We already have a defibrillator in the Staff Common Room, but this is not always accessible during the school holidays or when taking part in activities further afield.
The statistics surrounding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are alarming, highlighting the importance of having defibrillators in public spaces such as schools, workplaces, community areas:
- 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest at school.
- Based on Resuscitation Council (UK) data, around 60, 000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the UK.
- In England alone, the Ambulance Service attempts resuscitation in around 30, 000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases annually.
- Approximately 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, whilst 30% occur in public places.
- Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.
- If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%.
- Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger.
A Few Words from ... Ruby Beresford
This Term's Head Girl
The whole is school is buzzing at the moment after the massive high of the spectacular Year 8 play, The Wiz. The whole of Year 8 and some of Year 7 were involved from back-stage to main parts. Even Snoops, the boarders' resident pet dog, featured as Toto. I don’t particularly take to drama which shows in my casting as the Yellow Brick Road however, it was one of the best things I have done this year and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part - even if my part wasn’t particularly big.
Now the fun and excitement of the play is over, it is back to ‘normal’ school life which for me and the rest of 8S and Year 7 means preparing for mock exams. Along with revision and preparation for these exams, we’ve also got the excitement of house matches and all the festive activities that are about to start.
Although this term seems to have gone very quickly, I have really enjoyed it and hope that it ends on a high as we build up to the long Christmas holidays and a well-deserved rest.
Movember comes to King's Hall!
You may have noticed that three of our very own sports staff - Alex Barrow, Sean-Michael Campleman and Ali Halls - have joined men up and down the country in raising awareness and much-needed funds for men's health by growing a mo! If anyone would like to support them, donations can be made by clicking here.
COMPUTER AND CODING NEWS ...
Year 3 have been having fun using ScratchJr on their Learnpads solving algorithms and looking at how these are implemented as programs on digital devices. They have also been debugging and creating simple programs. Earlier in the term they also learnt some word processing skills using J2e office; all of the children have log-ins so ask them to show you what they can do!
Year 4 are working on multimedia presentations and using photos and videos to create an atmosphere for different audiences. They used photos from their trip to New Barn and experimented with different designs, textboxes, speech bubbles and formatting to give eye-catching presentations. They have also been having lots of fun learning to code and develop their debugging skills using Scratch and code.org: they have worked on animating a sprite and solving puzzles online using their knowledge from lessons - the students have really enjoyed this challenge.
Year 5 have been using the grown up version of Scratch to create their own maze games. More recently they have been designing their dream 3D bedroom using SketchUp - there were certainly some interesting ideas!
Year 6 have been learning about what it takes to make a short documentary film. First they had to write a script, then decide on the topic: school uniform, school timetable or school food. They then looked at interview and filming techniques. It certainly isn't easy!
Book Fair rolls into town!
Last Friday the Woodard Room was magically transformed into a children’s bookshop as the Scholastic Book Fair rolled into town, and what fun we had choosing, reading, recommending and sharing books! Pupils from Nursery to Year 8 took part and throughout this week have been spotted around school with their noses firmly buried in their new purchases.
Thank you to all who supported this enjoyable event, which has the added benefit of providing lots of shiny new books for our Prep and Pre-Prep libraries. Happy reading everyone!
Mrs Murray's Year 8 Tutor Group
The year started with the amazing 8M produce stall which was not only organised totally by the students, but was their idea.
Since then, they have all taken an active part in school events and have been fantastic role models.
Two tutees have been in the top five students for plus points in the whole school and, at one stage, Bea, Andrew and Will were all in the top five.
They have all taken part in The Wiz, sports matches, out of school clubs, hobbies, duties and, of course, not forgetting their studies. 8S are getting ready for their exams and the others are ploughing on with their academic work.
Everyone is now starting to get excited about Christmas and here are a few of the things that they are looking forward to ...
- Bea and Richard
“Spending time with my tutor group in the last week.”
“Christmas football games and Christmas songs.”
“Spending time with family.”
“Snow in Scotland!”
“My baby cousin.”
“Sledging (if it snows!)”
“Seeing my little sister's face when she opens her presents.”
- Yuk Hang and Henry
A View from the Rose Garden
It’s been all about jigsaws in 3G!
Sorting parts of a letter in English, calculating subtraction jigsaw pieces, during wet break the wooden European map puzzle is often solved and in Geography we matched OS symbols up. I am pleased to report they are all working very hard before the run up to Christmas.
This week 5T have been learning about prepositions in LLD.
Inspired by Michael Rosen's poem "Busy Day", they have written some of their own ...
Hop over the hedge
Hop out for a walk
Hop in for a talk
Hop down to the shop
Got to hop
Got to hop?
Got to hop?
Jump all about
Jump all about
Jump through a hoop!
Jump over a loop
Jump through the sky!
Put the monkey in
Run over the world
Run down to the shop
Run in for tea
Run, run, run
Run up the slope
Run, run, run
Run in for a talk
Run, run, run
by Snoops the Dog
In the aftermath of my busy week of The Wiz performances, I have enjoyed taking life at a more relaxing pace. I’ve heard that some university pupils get a mid-term reading week, so that’s exactly what I’ve done. My reading week began naturally, when a very kind teacher bought me a book from the school book fair. It's called Meet Waffle and it's about a rather adorable Cockapoo (like me!). After only a week, it’s become a firm favourite already and my boarding friends enjoy sharing it with me at bedtime reading. I’m sure it's just because they are relieved to have a break from reading Harry the Dirty Dog, which is my other all-time favourite.
The equally kind Miss Beecher has also been reading to me after she noticed that I was taking an interest in the cover of her book. I know that you humans enjoy reading stories about adventure and the antics of other humans, well, it's the same for us canines; we just love hearing stories about other dogs. Miss Beecher's book is called Horrie the War Dog and it’s about a little dog who was found starving in the Libyan dessert in WWII. He went on to work with troops in the trenches of the Middle East and saved the lives of thousands of Australian servicemen. Horrie alerted them to approaching enemy aircrafts before they could hear it for themselves. We have just reached the part in the story where he has been smuggled on to a warship for his journey back to Australia. Let's hope he makes it back home safe and sound!
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
Woke up this morning only to find that the Year 8 showers had been festively decorated with green hair dye and glitter - I can’t think why! I have to say though that I was so proud of the children who took part in The Wiz last week, particularly my boarders who all rose to the occasion and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, I felt very emotional and proud of them all, although I think it will be a few days until the glitter disappears!
I went for a walk on Saturday morning and there was a delicious waft of spices coming from the woods so I went to see what was cooking. It took me a little by surprise to see Mr Chippendale and Mr Watson in their pinnies, with the children shouting “Yes Chef, No Chef”. I admit I did have to suppress my laughter! The children really are lucky to have their very own Cookery School, and I got a real sense of pride watching them all work together to make chilli con carne from scratch. I certainly feel the boarders will have to spend some time in the kitchen, cooking up some festive treats over the next few weeks.Read More
Christmas Toy Drive!
The 2019 Christmas Sparkle project is now underway!
The Christmas Sparkle Project is run by the community for the community, working with local charities who support families in need.
They aim to give a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington community.
They want to make every child's ‘Christmas Sparkle’ and King’s Hall School would like to help make that happen by donating new toys.
Please note that all toys should be unwrapped so that the volunteers at the project can assign them to the appropriate age group. All donations to be brought into school by Friday 6th December please.
King's Hall's very own Grand Prix!
5T have been designing cars in DT, making use of their science knowledge of pulleys, motors and forces. Sienna Jeanes was the overall winner, with her super-fast car, named Zoom. Second place was Barnie Gothard, with Theo Lamey and Carter Jobson, in 3rd and 4th place respectively.
Under 12 girls' success at Hockey Nationals
The U12A girls arrived at Rugby School ready and raring to go. After a good night’s sleep, wholesome breakfast and last minute warm up, they were mentally and physically prepared.
The first game was against St. Hugh’s, and the girls were eager to score. Opportunities began to present themselves, and the team came back from a goal down to draw 1-1.The second game against The Elms School saw the girls counter with pace and precision, winning 3-0.
As a result, the tensions were high during their match against Castle Court. This fixture would give them the best chance of topping the pool. Thankfully, they did so convincingly, scoring four past the opposing team and going on to win 2-0 against a strong Bromsgrove side.
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Fixtures and Reports
Winning Streak for Show Jumping Stars
With their waterproofs, wellies and turnout rugs in tow, eight determined riders arrived at King’s Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre for their first NSEA Grass Roots Show Jumping competition.
Spurred on by the glorious sunshine, each pupil performed superbly, demonstrating spirit and determination in each of their classes. The first riders, Pippa Roe, and Teddy and Charlotte Ambler, were understandably a little nervous, but pushed past their jitters to secure 1st place for the King’s Hall team in the 40cm event.
Inspired by this, the 50cm team set off with great enthusiasm, showing some fast, accurate riding. Frankie Rifaat-Whitehouse, Wilf Gostling and Lizzy Roe all went clear, with Charlotte Ambler achieving a beautiful accurate round with just one small error. This was enough to secure another win for the team.Please click here to read more
Another Fantastic Achievement for the King's Schools' Equestrian Team
Last weekend the King's Equestrian Team made the five hour journey to Keysoe to compete in the NSEA National Championship Plate.
The team of Dandi and Tilly, both from King's Hall School, and Jaime and Cordy, from King's College, had a very successful weekend winning the 80-85cm Show Jumping Championship Plate by 25 seconds.
With Dandi placed second individually, Jaime fourth and Tilly, having the seventh fastest time, the team also placed second in the 80-85cm Jumping With Style Championship. Tilly was then placed third individually in the 80cm Pudsey Special Scurry. This was a great achievement for the team, where, in some classes, they faced over 100 competitors.
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!
|When?||Monday 23rd December|
|For?||5-15 year olds|
|Time?||10.00 am - 4.00 pm|
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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.
|When?||Monday 6th January 2020|
|For?||7-13 year olds|
|Time?||10.00 am - 4.00 pm|
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