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31st January 2020

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HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

A week full of discussions on the ownership of Antarctica, ongoing Presidential hearings, global health worries, train building plans, Twitter account closures, Royal Ballet intrigue, the haunting Auschwitz 75, and many other stories beyond King’s Hall have all been bouncing around whilst we have enjoyed another week of youthful exuberance and purposefulness. I certainly feel the benefits of being able to share in the innocence and carefree world of the children here as part of my own mindfulness in a fast-paced and, at times, seemingly erratic world.

So, it’s Friday, it’s the end of the month. This might involve payday, going to bed trying to remember to say ‘White Rabbits’ before anything else when you wake up, being surprised another 1/12th of the year has gone, turning the page on your wall calendar, Dry January is nearly done – oh, and don’t forget to leave the EU on your way out tonight.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

The final week of January may have tried to dampen spirits with its deluges and icy winds but not in Pre-Prep where it has continued to be a hive of activity. Over the course of the week, and in addition to normal lessons, Reception and KS1 have enjoyed some professional tennis coaching from Taunton Tennis Centre as part of their Tennis Roadshow, Reception ventured out on the coldest day of the week to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Year 1 enjoyed experiencing the Jewish celebration ‘Shabbat’ as part of their RS studies and Year 2 have been busily preparing for their class assembly next week. We have simply been too busy and having far too much fun to notice the weather!

We have also continued to think about ‘teamwork’ and this week reflected on being part of the 7.7 billion World Team. We read a story that reminded us that, “The world is precious, every bit. Please don’t make a mess of it!” and promised we would play our part in that team by doing our best to reduce, reuse and recycle and think about where we put our rubbish. I hope our mini eco-warriors are bringing these messages home too!

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.

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<h2>Reminders for the Week Ahead </h2>

Reminders for the Week Ahead

Monday 3rd February
8CE (K/H) trial examinations
Taunton Music Festival (piano classes)


Tuesday 4th February
8CE (K/H) trial examinations
Taunton Music Festival (piano, brass & woodwind classes)


Wednesday 5th February
8CE (K/H) trial examinations
Taunton Music Festival (ensemble classes)


Thursday 6th February
Taunton Music Festival (string classes)


Friday 7th February
Taunton Music Festival (string classes)
Mighty Orchestra Day


​Mrs Cole would like to say a great big 'thank you' for all the get well wishes and gifts from staff, pupils and their families.

​Mrs Cole would like to say a great big 'thank you' for all the get well wishes and gifts from staff, pupils and their families.


She is in good spirits and coping with her treatment. She misses everyone at school and is being kept company during the day by her lovely dogs and is continuing to work on training her Pug puppy (who has needed a few C points!).

Mrs Cole misses the KHS family and hopes that all her pupils are working hard and sends good luck wishes to all the scholarship candidates.

A Few Words from ... Ocean Ching

A Few Words from ... Ocean Ching

This term's Deputy Head Boy

I am Ocean and I am the Deputy Head Boy this term. I joined the school at start of Year 7.

In October 2019, new things happened, a brand new cookery school opened here which is next to the woods and it used to be a classroom a few years ago. The cookery school is full of new equipment. It is split into four stations in four different colours: red, yellow, green and blue which represent our four houses. Yellow for Bradfield, green for Gibbs, blue for Oldham and red for Whitby. The equipment is also in house colours so we won’t muddle up the tools so one station has more tools than another while washing.

The first time we used the cookery school was when we had a competition about making and design our own pizza. Now the cookery school is commonly used in DT lessons. Different year groups go in to do some cooking at different times. The cookery school is also used for Saturday activities.

I have made mac and cheese, chilli con carne, cheese and tomato sauce pasta, Christmas cake, homemade burgers and apple crumble.

One of my favourite hobbies is cookery and one of my favourite foods I made was the homemade burger. We started off with the bread and my partner and I had some problems, we accidentally put yeast and salt together so the yeast couldn’t make the bread rise .. but the bread came out quite well. We made patties for our burgers and we mixed turkey with carrot, egg and oats but we did not have enough egg which is why our patty was not sticking together while we were cooking but the result came out quite well.

The cookery school is an amazing facility to have in a school and I am very pleased to have it in our school.

<h2>A View from the Rose Garden</h2>

A View from the Rose Garden

On Wednesday the Science lab was a buzz with Year 3 parents and children investigating magnetism.

On Wednesday the Science lab was a buzz with Year 3 parents and children investigating magnetism.


The children were able to showcase their Science lessons as they engaged with each table top activity. Their skills and knowledge were drawn upon while they fished out magnetic sea creatures, tried to find North, discovered which metals were magnetic and constructed 3D shapes using magnets to name but a few!

Parents also admired the King's Hall tortoises; Turbo and Everest. I wonder if they would have beaten the magnetic snails around the mazes?

Stories without words ...

Stories without words ...

by Karen Foster

Keeping their heads down and eyes closed so they couldn’t see what was happening, Year 4 listened to a short five minute Spanish film where they heard everyday sounds including a motorbike, workmen hammering and people clapping. The music was played on a Spanish guitar and, as the tempo increased, the intensity of the story was definitely felt. The children then set about writing a paragraph based on the sounds they heard – it was very interesting to see their different ideas!

The children then watched El Caminante (or The Tightrope Walker) and following this they created their own storyboards based on the film. As they were only allowed to have a short caption underneath each picture they had to be really concise with the language, using a thesaurus to find the best word choices. They are now in the process of creating group play scripts based on El Caminante where they are writing the dialogue and adding stage direction. I wonder who will be El Caminante? We’ll find out soon!


Mr Mackenzie-Green has handed this week's article over to the boys and girls in his Year 7 tutor group to provide a brief, if not enlightening, snapshot of what they get up to ...

Mr Mackenzie-Green has handed this week's article over to the boys and girls in his Year 7 tutor group to provide a brief, if not enlightening, snapshot of what they get up to ...

The girls enjoy quizzes, happiness lessons and competitive games against the boys, which they usually win. They think their tutor group is a fun and positive environment. Mr Mackenzie sometimes tells them stories and sometimes they talk about issues in the news. They have also just started up ‘Funky Fridays’!

The boys love being in the tutor group, it’s great fun and sometimes they fly paper aeroplanes around the room while trying to answer a geoquiz before assembly. However; this is often brought to an end by Mr Mackenzie, who then ‘stores’ the various bats, balls and aeroplanes in his so called swimming pool, which is in actual fact a large puddle on the roof of Mrs Stuckes’ classroom. Following this seemingly daily ritual the boys decide to sit down and read peacefully!

A lesson from the heart

A lesson from the heart

​Things took a slightly different turn in Year 4 science this week as pupils rolled up their sleeves ready for a rather gruesome lesson.

As part of their continued studies on healthy living, the children have been investigating the heart and its intricacies. So, in order to give them a first-hand look at this vital organ, Mr Hayden, with the help of Mr Hands and Mrs Baker, brought in a pig heart to demonstrate just how complex it really is!

The session began by looking at diagrammatic representations before moving onto a dissection. Despite the gross factor, the children were fascinated – well, those who remained in the room at least! This interactive element allowed the pupils an opportunity to observe and examine the major chambers, vales and vessels before comparing it to other mammalian organs.

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This week in our Library ...

With Holocaust Memorial Day taking place on Monday this week, and with memorials and events taking place all over the world, we have had a selection of books on display all week that approach this topic in ways that are appropriate to readers of different ages.

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Woof, woof my friends,

Before I could begin writing my diary this week I needed to look up the collective noun for a group of teachers. Did you know that it is a ‘faculty’ of teachers or a ‘professoriate’? However, I have a sneaky feeling that the children may have a few urban alternatives!

As you know, I’m a very active pup, although I did confess in my post-Christmas diary to being a bit of a couch potato at times, especially during the holidays. Well, I have composed a list of film and TV series that I would like to watch in the February half term break if the weather is inclement...

My ideas came from ear wigging a faculty of teachers who were talking about their childhood favourites. Mrs Masters mentioned Lassie, Matron enjoyed watching Hector’s House, Mrs Thomas loved the film The Incredible Journey, and Mr Watson was raving about a Canadian series called The Littlest Hobo. Having lived in Australia as a child, he was also a fan of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and Flipper. With the exception of the last two, the others all have dogs as the leading role. You know how much I enjoy acting, so I’m hoping to be inspired by these canine ‘greats’.

Good luck to all my friends who are sitting their mock Common Entrance exams next week. I know how hard you’ve all been working as I have had the privilege of supervising the evening revision sessions!

Boarding Blog

Boarding Blog

Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the boarding house? All of our boarders will likely tell you that the Sewing Room is the heart of the house, which is technically true. I don’t think many realise the amazing work that our team does, so this week I thought I would enlighten you...

Late Tuesday night, at about 9.00pm, Matron will put to wash all of the children’s games kit (bearing in mind that some pupils had completed the King's Loop and ended up wearing two sets of games kit), so we're probably talking 45 tracksuits, rugby tops, and shorts, plus double that in socks! Once washed, they then get dried while all the children’s pants, socks and white shirts are washed - another 80 socks! Now you can understand why everything needs to be named.

Wednesday morning it's straight to work, making sure that all boarders kit is sorted, folded and put in piles in the dining room ready for collection at break. Then begins the task of sorting and putting away all of the children’s clothes and making each child a bundle of their things. Now, let me tell you the true meaning of a "bundle" - it is when one of our team rolls the children’s socks, pants and shirts together in a neat little stack, which they are then able to pick up from the clothing shelf post-shower.


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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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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 Easter, KCT are excited to host their first residential sports camp for children aged 8 – 13. The camp is designed to help players develop their skills and techniques in a broad range of sporting activities, while having fun and making new friends in a safe and supportive environment.

Over three days, children will gain access to a team of experienced coaches, as well as the chance to explore some of our wonderful facilities, including our state-of-the-art Sports Performance and Cricket Centre, netball and tennis dome, and sprawling sports pitches.

The package will also include two nights accommodation in one of our seven boarding houses, all meals and a schedule of evening activities (think quizzes, games and more!).

Open to players of all abilities, this camp is the perfect opportunity to experience the sporting and social elements of life at King’s College.

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


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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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