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24th January 2020

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HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

It’s time for a very short break in proceedings as we come to the first Long Weekend of term. So, we’re passed Blue Monday now and the end of January is about a week away so we are definitely moving away from a time that can often be considered as somewhat lacking in cheer. None of that at King’s Hall, of course, and last week there were two occasions when I was berated by parents for their children (or grandchild in one case) being happy: “school isn’t supposed to be fun” they kidded. Plenty more activity, fun, endeavour, challenge and experiences to read about in this week’s Newsletter as well as a reminder about the Friends of King’s Hall Quiz ahead where the adults can have an activity for their own fun, endeavour, challenge and experience! Do book yourself a place or a whole team through the portal.

I am sure that some of you will be celebrating important dates in the annual calendar this weekend and this year sees an interesting confluence. Many a haggis will be piped in, addressed and slashed open on the same date as parties to welcome in the Year of the Rat for Chinese New Year. I wonder if there will be any pick ’n’ mix hybrid gatherings out there? Whatever you’re up to, enjoy the weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

We are continuing our theme of thinking about ‘teamwork’ which Year 1 demonstrated for us beautifully on Monday afternoon when they treated us to a super performance of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ for their class assembly. It has been lovely to have heard so many parents comment on how ‘excited’ their child has been about their assembly and how much they had wanted to ‘practise their lines’ leading up to the main performance; a brilliant example of a brilliant team. Well done to children, staff and parents!

Do join us for an evening of fun and general knowledge...

Do join us for an evening of fun and general knowledge...


Tickets cost £10 per person to include:
2 course dinner, a scintillating quiz, prizes and provision of glasses for those wishing to BYO.

Teams of six are the norm (please supply a witty team name!)


Please note that bookings will close on 5th February.

Please click here to book your place(s).

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This is a reminder that Year 3 parents are invited to join their children in the Science Labs at 8.30 am next Wednesday, 29th January, for a half hour spotlight session where the children will be showcasing their current work on magnetism. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sharing literature is very much at the heart of our English curriculum, here at King’s Hall.

Sharing literature is very much at the heart of our English curriculum, here at King’s Hall.


Among the many novels currently being consumed by Year 8 is A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird. Only published in 2019, this moving story follows the fortunes of thirteen-year-old Safiya and her family as they are driven out of Syria by the horrendous civil war.

Whilst researching the background to this book, Bella Board wrote: ‘People in Syria have been fighting for more than eight years. The Conflict began on 15th March 2011. There are innocent, scared people and children living in Syria knowing that any moment now a bomb could kill them or they could be shot. They need urgent shelter, protection and safety.’

A Few Words from ... Eve Rowe

A Few Words from ... Eve Rowe

This term's Head Girl

Hello, my name is Eve Rowe. I have the exciting role of being this term’s Head Girl.

I moved to King’s Hall at the start of Year 3 and have loved every moment since!

I live on a farm up on the Quantocks. I have two sisters and a very cute Jack Russell puppy. I am very close to my cousins who farm on Exmoor. You might spot my dad at the odd sports match still in his wellies!

As Oscar has already mentioned, this term is going to be very busy for the Year 8s, with exams coming up for all of us. I am sure we can all keep smiling and have some fun too.

The girls' netball season is going well. We drew our first match 9-9. Sadly I missed Saturday’s match as I had a cross country race at Aldon Hill, Yeovil. I came 15th which was a great result for me but everyone that ran did exceptionally well, especially with the course which was very hilly!

We have a great new girls Saturday morning activity this term- rugby. I love getting covered in mud (and being able to tackle my sister!).

Hope the rest of the term goes well for everyone….

This week in our Library ...

On Monday afternoon, the library hosted our Year 3 parent and child Book Club, where we chatted about Abi Elphinstone’s captivating picture book story, The Snow Dragon. Children and adults alike had been swept away by Abi’s beautiful writing and Fiona Woodcock’s fabulous snowy illustrations. We were all very glad that there was a happy ending for orphan Phoebe and her little dog Herb!

Then, on Friday morning, our Year 8 Book Breakfast gathering took place in the library. Fuelled by a delicious spread of Danish pastries and fruit juice, pupils shared their thoughts about the two books that they had read over the Christmas holidays: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg.

There was mixed feedback about The Dark is Rising, with several readers enjoying the excitement of Will’s adventure as he struggles to comprehend his newfound powers and travels through time, however others found the plot a little confusing. Then followed a lively and interesting discussion about Greta Thunberg’s book of speeches raising awareness of the climate crisis.

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A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Hayden-Briffett's Year 3 class have been making New Year resolutions ...

Mrs Hayden-Briffett's Year 3 class have been making New Year resolutions ...


  • improve my French
  • stop sucking my thumb
  • improve my Art
  • be more responsible for my belongings at home
  • learn my 9x table
  • clean my fish tank regularly
  • help more with the ponies
  • not argue with my sister
  • practice fishing
  • remember to feed my fish
  • get into school a little earlier
  • learn my 3x and 4x tables
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​​One of the most important elements in learning Latin is building up one’s vocabulary.

In a series of vocabulary tests over time, the Latin sets will be building up their vocabulary knowledge.

As points are accumulated, the pupils will earn certificates on the way to show they have reached a certain level on the senatorial Roman ladder of office, called the Cursus Honorum. There are a number of offices to acquire, culminating in the title of IMPERATOR or IMPERATRIX. However some pupils, who have done particularly well over time, may have the chance of becoming a god or a goddess on gaining a certain level. Each rung on the ladder will be an achievement of course, but please do congratulate your son or daughter if they report to you in due course that they have been deified!

Mr Hayden's Year 6 tutor group

It’s early days as I step into the shoes of Mr Campleman as tutor. There is no replacing Mr C, but I will do my best and am already enjoying the company of these fine Year 6 pupils! They are a great and eclectic mix of characters which will do them well in the coming months as they prepare for the Year 6 production, which certainly requires characters! This is one of the great highlights of Year 6 tutorship, seeing the children pull together and produce a truly remarkable production, just in time for Easter too! A good number of the tutor group have been busily preparing and taking part in their 11+ scholarships, an admirable if slightly daunting enterprise. I have been tasked with sampling many breakfast bars recently, the products of much time spent in our brand new cookery classroom. I must say they were all absolutely delicious, so well done to you all!

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Hello folks,

I have an amusing story to tell you this week.

Some of your young rascals have been playing a joke on me; I think you call it ‘pulling a leg’. It all started when I found a lovely cosy basket in one of the classrooms. The children roared laughing when I got in it but I didn’t realise that I was causing all the amusement. On each visit to that particular class, the children would put my basket in the middle of the classroom and I would happily hop in.

"So very accommodating", I thought.

Much to my delight the hospitality spread to other classes and various children would invite me to their rooms and present me with equally comfortable baskets. There’s actually one in every classroom in the school, but they vary slightly in style as some are blue and some are orange. However, like most pranks, someone let the cat out of the bag (great phrase, by the way), and I have since found out that they are not actually dog baskets but they rather paper recycling bags. Well done, kids, you really had me there!

Until next week,
Snoops x

Boarding Blog

Boarding Blog

Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent

There really is nothing better that a bit of sea air to blow away the cobwebs! Admittedly, not quite the Australian beaches that our GAP students are used to, but Minehead's sprawling seaside certainly delivered. Suited and booted, we splashed about in the waves, played cricket and football, and built sandcastles - all within the company of our new friends.

Rather surprisingly, the weather was so nice that we were even able to enjoy a delicious picnic on the beach. A picnic?! In January?! We couldn't believe it either, but that didn't stop our boarders tucking into their sandy sandwiches and a warming cup of hot chocolate. After our picnic, we rounded off the day with a stroll along the seafront, which naturally brought us to an ice-cream shop, where we all indulged in a little sweet treat before the journey home.

Click here to see more photos
Sports News

Sports News


We are really proud of all of our runners who had qualified for the County-Cross Country Championships last weekend. Aldon Hill is considered by many to be the premiere cross-country course in the region and following this event several children were selected to represent Somerset next month.

More Cross-country news to follow ... Fixtures and Reports Sports Twitter
Hockey Camp (Half-Term)

Hockey Camp (Half-Term)


The courses will be led by England Hockey qualified coaches.

The camp is open to all and aimed at boys and girls who wish to come along, have fun and develop their hockey. We will focus on individual and team technical and tactical development in a games-based, decision-rich environment.

All places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. All players will be grouped according to age and level of experience.

When?17 February 2020
Time?10.00 am - 4.00 pm
For?5-15 year olds
Where?King's College
Cost?£30
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Netball Camp (Easter 2020)

Netball Camp (Easter 2020)


The course will be led by England Netball qualified coaches.

The camp is open to all and aimed at girls who wish to come along, have fun and develop their netball.We will focus on individual and team, technical and tactical development in a games-based, decision-rich environment.

All places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. All players will be grouped according to age and level of experience.

When?7 April 2020
Time?10.00 am - 4.00 pm
For?8-14 year olds
Where?King's College
Cost?£30
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Residential Sports Camp (Easter 2020)

Residential Sports Camp (Easter 2020)


Sport is pivotal to the all-round development of pupils at King’s. It provides engagement, responsibility and enjoyment. We aim to actively enable young people to take on a variety of challenges, helping them to build confidence, take leadership and initiative, and work as part of a successful team.

This year, we are excited to host a number of fun and enriching camps that are designed to help children develop their skills and techniques in a broad range of sports. Taking place at King's College, children can work with experienced and dedicated coaches, and will also have the opportunity to use some of our wonderful facilities, including our state-of-the-art Sports Performance and Cricket Centre, netball and tennis dome, and numerous sports pitches.

When?7 - 9 April 2020
For?8-13 year olds
Where?King's College
Cost?£250


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