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15th May 2020

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HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

Whoosh! Another week flies by. There is the very odd sensation of feeling from time to time that we’re stuck in treacle and yet the days and weeks keep churning through. I have taken a little peak at the Newsletter being constructed and it is so full of material that you don’t need a long intro from me in this guise.

There is a week to go until half term and I continue to be impressed with what I see from the children and grateful to parents for your encouragement of them. Unsurprisingly, we have all had our moments of falling out of love with the situation but by and large these have been few and brief. There is real strength for each of us to take from the tangible sense of collaboration, collective response as well as shared experiences (be they highs or lows).

One thing I will say is that one of the reasons there is a good deal to put in the Newsletter is that there is so much material being put out there for the children to engage with. Every time I go to Teams I seem to find another route into the maze to explore and as I walk further along the branch of the labyrinth I have selected I discover various jewels. Whether they be in the academic core tasks or enticements and challenges of the creative and sporting kind. So I do encourage the children to go hunting for treasure within Teams. Whether it be Mr Halls’ weekly challenge for points or a quiz, to Mr DJ seeking contributions to a collective piece – thanks again to the Senior Choir for their very apposite piece this week – these are just a few examples of the choice for all.

I know we talk about the weather a lot in this country but aren’t we so grateful that it is not dreary at the moment – I hope you make the most of it over the weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

As predicted, the ‘novelty factor’ of Remote Learning showed signs of wearing off in my house this week as my children regarded me with a look that roughly translated into, “we appreciate you trying to be our teacher but our real ones are better thank you very much!”. It reminded me of the annual ‘slump’ that occurs after the first few weeks of a new academic year when the ‘excitement’ of being in a new class often loses some of its shine and reality dawns that school is sometimes hard work. Thankfully, I have lived through enough new academic years to know this is a natural down curve for some that soon recovers with a little reassurance and encouragement. Perhaps some of you may be able to recall your child appearing less joyful about school a few weeks into their new classes last September after a positive start and perhaps worried that they were finding the work too hard? But will hopefully also recall this phase passing as they settled more deeply into the new routines and expectations. I know this current period of supporting your child’s remote learning is challenging for many parents and pretty exhausting so think it timely to remind you that you are all doing an amazing job. This also includes those of you who may be worrying that your child might not be completing all tasks or that you feel your child has not completed them to the best of their ability this time. I also remind you that when school properly and fully resumes no child this year will be as ‘ready’ as they normally would be to move on to their next year group and that all teachers will be modifying curriculums and expectations to accommodate that; we will meet them where they are rather than where they might have been. Please be reassured that this is what we are trained to do for different children anyhow; it is as close to a superpower as a teacher can get. Your own superpower needs to be ensuring your child looks back on this time and remember the positives it has brought (extra family time, time to play, discovering new interests) as this is far more important. I saw a meme recently that made me smile which referred to children returning to school and declaring, “that’s not how Mummy/Daddy taught me to do it!” and judging by the creativity, energy and joy many of you are investing in your child’s lessons you could prove a hard act to follow!

This week’s news of the possibility of most of the Pre-Prep returning after half-term is currently high on my agenda as we consider how best to facilitate this under very strict measures and guidance. The priority has to be ensuring the physical and mental health of children, parents and staff and so your patience is appreciated while we give this the detailed consideration it inevitably needs.

This week's Thoughts for the Day

This week's Thoughts for the Day


A passion for sourdough
Mrs Chippendale:
Headmaster's Wife

Inspiration in a surprising place
Mr Dayus-Jones
Director of Music

<h2>Headmaster's Commendations</h2>

Headmaster's Commendations

in chronological order

7th - 15th May

Isobel Mott

Maths

Natasha Douglas

VE Day work

Theo Lamey

VE Day work

Camille Lefrancois

VE Day work

Wilbur Mack

VE Day work

Henry Skelhorn

VE Day work

Martha Jones

VE Day work

Carter Jobson

English

Laszlo Luard

History

Natasha Douglas

VE Day baking

Isabella Argles

VE Day work

William Geddes

English x 2

Harry Heard

English x 2

Corey Morrissey

English x 2

Shaniah Venning

English x 2

Archie Edwards

English x 2

Noah Jones

English x 2

Phoebe Ayre

English

Reece Fortnum

English

Willow Simpson

Geography

Jude Stanbury

English

Henry Walter

English x 2

Kate Barker

Geography

Ella Hsu

English

Matthew Candfield

English

Poppy Chedzoy

English

Franklyn Saunders

Geography

Henry Earp

Project Work

Gus Gompels

Project Work

Eugene Louw

Art

Oscar Mack

Project Work

Rudolph Riesner

Project Work

Amelia Steele

Project Work x 2

Beth Worthy

Project Work

Maurice Speyer

VE Day work

James White

Geography

Henry Skelhorn

Geography

Rose Cartwright

VE Day work

Kate Barker

English

Thomas Rew

English

Arabella Williams

Geography

Daisy Rundell

Geography

Maya Penn

Geography

Eve Rowe

Geography

Franklyn Saunders

English

Daisy Thompson

Geography

Willow Simpson

Geography

Danning Zhang

IT

Willow Simpson

English

Zach Vukusic

Geography

Anna Kittow

Science

Nicholas Watson

Science

Jago Barclay

Sport

Thomas Rew

Sport

Charlotte Ambler

Maths

Zach Vukusic

Science

Samuel Hawkins

History

Eugene Louw

English

Edward Ambler

Art

Samuel Douglas

Art

Charlie Sidhu

Art

Herbert Yu

Maths

Poppy Chedzoy

French

Thank you to everyone who sent in their #VEDay photos over the weekend.

It looks like you all had a wonderful time!

Last weekend, Isabella and Natasha were busy baking to share with their local communities.

Well done, girls!

Years 5 and 6 Book Club

This week an eager bunch of King's Hall bookworms gathered online (with a tasty tea-time treat at the ready) to chat about the story that they had chosen to read from our trio of "Comfort Reading" classics.

We all agreed that returning to a well-loved story is especially comforting and Jack summed it all when he likened re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to "visiting a good friend you haven't seen for ages".

Well done book clubbers and keep your eyes peeled for a bonus Book Club event to follow after half term.

Extreme freshness for up to 12 HOURS?!

Extreme freshness for up to 12 HOURS?!


Year 5 pupil, Matilda, created this fantastic toothpaste video.

Click here to see Matilda's video
Years 7 & 8 bridge challenge

Years 7 & 8 bridge challenge


Year 7 pupil, Henry, has built a bridge which can support 397 times its own weight - no mean feat!


All entries to Mr Stannett by next Friday please.

Isolation Art

Miss P has been so impressed with all of the work submitted...

Charity Challenge

Charity Challenge


Year 8 pupil, Richard, completed 100 circuits of an assault course he created in the family garden to raise money for Cancer Research. He has raised £120 - fantastic!

A Few Words from ... Hayden Hau

A Few Words from ... Hayden Hau

This term's Deputy Head Boy

Hi my name is Hayden and I am living in HK at the moment and learning remotely. I think remote learning has some advantages, but it also has some disadvantages too.

The advantage is even though I am in HK and I can’t go back to the UK at the moment, I can still catch up with my work in class so I won’t be a student that forgets everything when I go back to school and it will be easier for me to do work when I go back.

Another advantage of remote learning is even though I can’t go back to the UK at the moment, I can still see my friends through the video chat with the teachers and I can still talk to them, I hope to see them in school soon.

The disadvantage of remote learning is the time difference, in HK the time is 7 hours ahead of the UK, so it’s quite hard for me to go to some lessons that start at 10am.

Another disadvantage is when it is the lesson time and for some reason I can’t do the video chat, I will miss the lesson and I might not be able to catch up with my work in school.

Anyway, I am really looking forward to going back to school and seeing my friends.

​EAL pupils create ultimate guide to Boarding School

​EAL pupils create ultimate guide to Boarding School


Our international pupils have been recollecting some of their favourite school memories as part of a recent EAL (English as a Foreign Language) assignment. The children were tasked with creating an eye-catching leaflet that would help prepare overseas pupils looking to start King’s Hall in September.

Click here to read more
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Using given nouns and adding adjectives/verbs, Mrs Cheeseman's Year 7 Birch group have been writing poetry ...

  • “Grey moon sighed quietly, Prickly trees swayed softly, The bumpy hills whistled loudly, The cloudy sky frowned sadly, The bright stars sparkled forcefully The mouldy lake splashed nicely. ”
    - Kendra Druce
  • “Half moon glowing bright, The orange trees swaying Tall hills stand proud, Dark blue sky swished slowly Bright yellow stars shooting loudly Deep lake splashing noisily. ”
    - Charlotte Mathew
  • “The bright moon rose to the sky, The soft trees swayed in the breeze, The hills slept quietly as a stone. ”
    - Eddie Carew-Jones
  • “Sad moon weeping, Friendly trees smiling, Proud hills standing, Happy sky shining, Shining stars chatted, Slow lake moving. ”
    - Will Hawthorne
<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all keeping well. I have been keeping myself busy and joining in some of the remote learning activities with our key worker children. If you’ve read my pupdates over the last couple of weeks you will know that I’ve handed in two drama assignments to Mrs Keirle. (She was rather pleased and awarded me some merits) I’ve heard on the grapevine that you get a treat at the end of each term if you earn lots of merits. Well, Mr Watson said mine will be a packet of milky bones if I work hard.
With that in mind I decided that I would write a poem. My inspiration arose from a particularly beautiful walk that Matron took me on this week. We came across the most beautiful field of bluebells so when I returned to school I got out my specially adapted keyboard overlay (for fluffy paws), sat next to my friend Alfie in the ICT room and composed my poem. This is how it goes:

Sniffity sniff,
Woofety woof,
Bluebells smell like
Grandma’s snuff!

I submitted my work to Mrs Stuckes. Obviously she was very impressed but said that I needed to be a little more descriptive and think about some poetic techniques. I’m particularly good at alliteration so after a little editing and redrafting I eventually I came up with this masterpiece:


Bluish bluebells,
Wafting in the breezy breeze,
Up a tree a squishy squirrel,
Collecting nutty nuts.
Squirrely squirrel makes noses twitch,

Legs shuddery,
Lickety lips,
Squirrely smell,
Sniffity sniff,
Can’t resist,
Woofety woof,
A little chase,
Squirrel gone,
Matron frowns.


I haven’t yet had my feedback for my improved version. Do you think I’ll get a HMC?

Before I go there’s one more important matter. I overheard snippets of a conversation that Mrs Masters was having with some children. I didn’t catch it all but I heard the words: birthday, Snoops, email, surprise, videos, cake and cards. Are you all up to something? If you are please make it big or tasty or squeaky or creative or crunchy! I’m very excited.....just in case!

That’s all from me folks. Have a great weekend.


Snoops x

Our favourite boarding pooch, Snoops, is fast approaching his 3rd birthday!

To celebrate the occasion, we would love for you to send us your photos, videos and birthday wishes for a chance to feature in our special #HappyBirthdaySnoops video. All submissions should be sent to khsnews@kingshalltaunton.co.uk by Monday 18 May 2020.

You may choose to bake a cake, design a card, or create your very own music video; whatever your style, we are sure Snoops will love it!

We look forward to seeing your entries.

#COVID19FIT

#COVID19FIT


It is crucial that we keep spirits high over this difficult period. Physical and mental health are so important, so look out for tweets which will give you all some ideas. Keep exercising, keep eating well and look after each other.



King's Hall Sport Twitter page Week 4 challenges Athletics Quiz
<h2>Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!</h2>

Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!

Has your child achieved something that you'd like to share with us? Email our marketing department: khsnews@kingshalltaunton.co.uk with your news and photos!

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