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22nd May 2020

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HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

The briefest of remarks from me today, partly due to the fact that I have been a tad waylaid by paperwork and the complexity of what any possible return to the school site for some might look like, but also because there is another full version of the Newsletter to read that far better articulates the vibrancy of school life over the last week than my text.

What I will say is a huge well done to the children for getting this far (remembering it is only half way). They are the reason we do it all and their thirst, enthusiasm and engagement has kept us all buoyed up. A massive thank you to the staff for their considerable commitment and collective courage to step into the unknown so positively to make this the best it can be for the children and, finally, my great gratitude to parents physically at home with the children: it simply couldn’t happen without you. I have often heard, when we have been at school as normal, a parent say how lucky the children are and how much they would like to be at King’s Hall doing all the things the children can: well this situation has certainly provided many of you the opportunity to not only have a go at what your children are doing but, joyfully, given you a chance to do it WITH your children and I know many have found that quite special.

So, half term it is, and really important to have a good rest and recoup – as I said, this is only half way. We will build on the first half when we recommence and be prepared to adjust as a community to whatever the next development of this ever-evolving situation brings our way.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

Judging by the very many positive messages I have received over this last half term, I am sure that everyone is in full agreement that the Pre-Prep staff team are worthy recipients of this ‘virtual’ reward for their hard work in delivering remote learning for each of their classes. A very big THANK YOU to them all!

We couldn't, though, have done it without the Pre-Prep parents' partnership and patience in supporting remote learning this half-term so think they all deserve an award too!

This week's Thoughts for the Day

This week's Thoughts for the Day


The Little Big Things
Mrs Thomas:
Head of ICT

Art, the NHS, self-sacrifice, pelicans and an origami challenge
Miss Perkins:
Head of Art



<h2>Headmaster's Commendations</h2>

Headmaster's Commendations

in chronological order

15th - 22nd May

Billy Budge

French

Billy Budge

History

Florence Thorne

History

Felix Bennett

English

Felix Bennett

English

Xavier Lefrancois

English

Jack Perry

English

Isaac Feltham

English

Thomas Osman

Maths

Henry Tomes

English

Tobias Burrell

Art

Madeline Dorse

RS

Kendra Druce

RS

Henry Earp

Project Work

Grace Gompels

Latin

Shruthi Kumar

RS

Eugene Louw

Project Work

Thomas Rew

RS

Katie Rowe

Geography

Zoe Salvage

Science

Charlie Sidhu

RS

Daisy Thompson

RS

Henry Walter

RS

Thomas Watson

Latin

Ellie Wrobel

Latin

Herbert Yu

Geography

Isabella Argles

Drama

Lucinda Bell

English

Jack Besley

Drama

Annie Dayus-Jones

Arts Challenge

Lucia Foa

Arts Challenge

Tilly Fuller

Project Work

Yuk Hang Fung

Maths

Grace Gompels

English

Tilly Hulme

Drama

Theo Lamey

Drama

Alice Lang

Drama

Eugene Louw

Arts Challenge

Adam Lowery

English

Mabel Rice

Drama

Lizzy Roe

Drama

Shaniah Venning

History

Henry Walter

Drama

Thomas Watson

English

Kendra Druce

Maths

Grace Eakhurst

English

Kate Barker

English

Zhie Li

EAL

Theo Hammond

Geography

Bella Robinson

Art

Thomas Ambler

Art

Theo Jones

Maths

Margot Heard

Maths

James White

Maths

Bella Robinson

Maths

Martha Jones

Geography & Science

Eugene Louw

Music

Annie Dayus-Jones

Music

Samuel Hawkins

Sport

Adam Lowery

Science

Toby Burrell

Science

Kate Barker

Maths

Monique Du Toit

Maths

Jago Barclay

Maths

Thomas Rew

Maths

Henry Walter

Maths

Madeline Dorse

Maths

Zach Vukusic

Maths

Noah Streeter

Maths

Nicolas Du Toit

Maths

Toby Burrell

Maths

Ella Rowlands

Science

Olly Goldby

Science

Charlotte Ambler

DT

Carter Jobson

History

Jimmy Anderson

French

Ruby Beresford

French

Cameron Wallace

French

Rudi Riesner

French

Beth Worthy

French

Jude Stanbury

English

Henry Walter

English

Jago Barclay

English

Darcie Cockburn

English

Wilf Gostling

English

Hubert Theed

English

Gus Gompels

Project Work

Beth Worthy

Project Work

Franklyn Saunders

English

Rory Cooper-Smith

English

Sophie Pinkney

English

Archie Edwards

English

Toby Burrell

Music

#ArtsChallenges

It is great to see so many children attempting these challenges as a welcome break between their academic work – whether it is painting or making, cooking or designing, playing or singing, acting or speaking. It is delightful to see their creations and their obvious enjoyment of their successes. Very well done to Annie Dayus-Jones (Year 5) who, having completed twelve activities, has been awarded the Silver certificate and to Lucia Foa (Year7) and Eugene Louw (Year 8) who have both completed six activities and been awarded their Bronze certificates.

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This week, Mrs Cheeseman's Aspen group have turned their hands to writing poetry ...

  • “Hot sun gleaming brightly, Red flowers swaying calmly, Green hills standing still, Blue sky moving swiftly, Tall trees dancing quickly, Long river flowing rapidly, Chirpy birds singing happily. ”
    - Harry Mott
  • “Bright sun smiling awesomely, Beautiful flowers swaying energetically, Big hills walking vibrantly, Blue sky flying skillfully, Green trees swaying slowly, Transparent river swooshing powerfully. ”
    - Olly Goldby
  • “Bright sun shining, Colorful flowers blooming, Small hills swaying, Pink sky setting, Leafless tree swaying, Clear river in the summer rippling in the wind, Happy people dancing in the wind, Free wind carrying planes and birds.”
    - Patrick Carew-Jones

In Art ...

Textures Around You

Pupils were asked to research two artists, Pae White and El Anatsui before going on to capture a range of textures from around their environment using photography.

The next stage was to explore and use photo apps to manipulate the photos and create different effects.

Artist in a Box

Pupils were asked to research an artist that they liked and who had a recognisable style. They then had to fill a box (no bigger than a shoe box) to represent their chosen artist using pictures, drawings, colours, symbols, text information etc. The more creative the better and they had to show that it was well planned out and constructed, imaginative and was easy to see which artist it was based on.

Here is Tom's Dali Artist in a Box.

The Space Around You

Pupils were asked to make a collection of four similar things from around their environment, for example, 4 biscuits, 4 pot plants, 4 keys etc. The second stage was to create a line drawing (no shading) of the four items, capturing all the detail and thinking carefully about how to present the drawings on the paper. The final stage was to add colour using any media choice.

Here is Faith's Russian Doll drawing.


Handmade sketchbooks

Pupils were asked to collect lots of paper and card to create their very own sketchbook. Items such as old envelopes, cereal/ food packaging, cardboard boxes, leaflets etc all create a great recycled outcome. They were then asked to consider how they wanted to construct their book and given some suggestions such as concertina fold or ring bound.

The second stage was to begin the drawing assignments, which will build up over the coming weeks. They were given 5 drawings to complete and present in their new sketchbook, working in any media and based on the following:

1. Your hand
2. A toy
3. A plant or flower
4. A cup
5. A cartoon character

Here is Danning's sketch book.

Half-term charity challenge

Half-term charity challenge


Following on from an assembly led by Father Mark, Martha (Y4) & Mabel (Y2) Jones and Archie (Y6) & Hattie (Y2) Edwards have set themselves the challenge of cycling 50km around the King's College site to raise money for Christian Aid.

Good luck!

Please click here if you would like to support them
Book cover challenge!

Book cover challenge!


Have fun recreating a children's book cover at home.

Entries should be emailed to Mrs M EMarcuccilli@kingshalltaunton.co.uk, together with an image of the real book cover.

The deadline for entries will be Friday 12 June and there will be prizes for the most imaginative and creative entries.

In Drama ...

Each class are set weekly tasks revolving around a theme: Year 3 have been studying the Greek Myth, The Flight of Icarus; Year 4 are devising Circus Acts, Year 5 are creating Adverts, Year 6 studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Years 7 and 8 have been Putting on a Show and 8S studying the play Noughts and Crosses.

As part of their work, Year 7 have studied types of theatres, stages, musicals and plays, designed their own theatre, created mood boards and even designed auditions. Special mention goes to Henry, Monique, Kate, Ella along with Yuk Hang, Leo, Charlie, Freya, Grace, Thea, Phoebe, Madeline, Robyn and Max who have all worked very hard.

In Year 6, Jack created a super shoe box set for Macbeth.

A Few Words from ... Poppy Chedzoy

A Few Words from ... Poppy Chedzoy

This term's Deputy Head Girl

Hi everyone,

I think we are all now looking forward to a few days free of Microsoft Teams over half term, especially the teachers!!

Lessons via Teams have been good and I have enjoyed the live lessons and tutorials where I can see everyone. However, I am missing school especially seeing friends in person and doing sports.

I have been busy playing my harp in my spare time. I’ve still been able to have harp lessons via Zoom, which has been really good.

In the evening I have also been chatting with my friends and playing online games with them. I have also enjoyed baking with my family, reading lots of books, and practicing shooting for netball.

I hope you all enjoy a rest over half term and can get out and enjoy the sunshine on a bike ride or walk.

Hope to see you all soon.


In Music ...

For this week’s chapel service, members of the choir were joined by violinists, a cellist and a drummer – a fantastic performance!

Please click here to see the performance of Love Shine A Light

A sneak preview of brass and string treats we can look forward to after half term...

Spread a little kindness ...

Spread a little kindness ...

Mental Health Awareness Week

During their RS/TPR lessons, Mrs Foster has been reminding Year 4 to be kind to themselves. It is a tricky time for everyone at the moment and the children have been encouraged to complete a journal activity each day.



Stay safe online

Stay safe online


Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.

Click here to find out more

In DT ...

Years 7 & 8 have been testing their bridges with some interesting results: some bridges have taken over 200kg, with others supporting over 600 times their own weight! Very impressive.

Years 4,5 & 6 have been cooking at home and have sent in a variety of lovely pictures of their cake creations & bread baking.

Year 3 have been working on their textile sunglass cases and there has been some great work on these.

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Hello friends,

Well, in our strange remote worlds we’ve all made it to half term. I know there have only been a few children in school over the past few weeks but when I spend time in the ICT room I can see and hear the vibrance and buzz emitting from computers during their live lessons. Even though most of you haven’t seen me during lockdown, I’ve seen you.

But now it’s time to step away from those screens and engage in some fun garden activities and take your mind away from your studies. There are many other things that can be appreciated and enjoyed at this beautiful time of year. And what could be more exciting than my birthday next Thursday (and remember what I said last week: creative, crunchy, squeaky or delicious if you have a little treat in mind!)

I hope Mrs Masters doesn’t forget my birthday, she is rather distracted at the moment and her attention has been drawn to the four new editions to our King's Hall family; runner duck chicks. They are even fluffier and cuter than me, which is hard to believe, I know.

Mrs Masters and the key worker children took great delight in letting the little cuties have their first swim in the inner quad in my water bowl. Did you hear that? In my water bowl. The cheek of it! Surely there are other more suitable duckling ponds than my water bowl. I’m sorry if I’m sounding rather uncharitable but I guess my nose has been put out of joint a little. It’s just that I’m not allowed to join in the fun because I have a habit of licking my lips when I see the ducklings.

Anyway, enough about them let’s talk about me! Actually you’ve probably heard enough about me too because it’s half term and it’s time to go free and enjoy yourselves.

Have a great week and see you all soon.

Lots of love
Snoops xx


P.S Thursday......wink, wink, nudge, nudge!

#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 5 challenges #LearningNewSkills

#KingsLoop

Mr Halls' top four fancy dress costumes worn during this week's King's Loop

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