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5th June 2020

RT @kingshallsport: Who’s more active during the holidays? Staff or pupils? @kingshallsport @KingsHallSchool @KCTSport https://t.co/wJ9wMQzINv - 10 hours ago
HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

Well obviously the main difference this week has been the fact we have had some Year 6 and Pre-Prep children back on site.Whilst we have had a handful of Key Worker children with us most weekdays since 20 March, it has been a while since we have had a collection of cars coming up the drive in the mornings and have been able to see small groups of children in some areas of the school site. The first steps out of lockdown as we saw a little of the life blood flowing through the schools’ veins!

It seems that we have largely slipped back into term time smoothly and I continue to witness and hear about all the goings on across the year groups.As I said in assembly on Monday, it is important to remain in the present and apply ourselves fully to all that is in front of us but it is only natural to wonder a bit about what lies ahead.Of course, we continue to spend almost all of our time on how best, within the limitations we are under, to effectively and meaningfully retain as many of the important happenings and cyclical moments in the academic year as is sensible and possible and we will be sure to share anything relevant with you in a timely manner.

I dipped in and out of a talk Year 8 were having this morning on Fire Safety (part of their Looking After Yourself week) and thanks to Phil Musgrove for sharing his 32 years of experience as a volunteer member of Taunton Fire Brigade which he does in addition to being a key part of King’s Schools’ health and safety team.Some great questions from the children and it’s always fascinating (as well as important on a safety level this time) to find out more about someone else’s work.Next week they will hear from two people who have challenged themselves…

Have a good weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

I hope you were all able to enjoy the most gloriously sunny half-term break and managed some time away from ‘screens’ to recharge batteries, give eyes and brains a much needed rest and felt refreshed as we embarked upon the final leg of the academic year on Monday. It has been lovely to hear some children’s voices ring through Pre-Prep this week as we welcomed some children back on site although the measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety do supress the usual joy summer term brings. I hope those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are continuing to learn remotely have enjoyed their first ‘live’ chats with their respective class teachers; I am sure there has been a great deal of ‘catching up’ to do in the unique style exclusive to very young children and their enthusiastic (often random) conversations! Judging by the work I see arriving each day on Tapestry and Seesaw all children are continuing to give their very best efforts in all that has been set for them and we continue to congratulate them all for embracing this ‘new normal’ so well.

This week's Thoughts for the Day

This week's Thoughts for the Day


Success in failure
Mr J Stannett:
DT Teacher

Appreciate what's in front of you
Mme Murray
French & History Teacher and Y8 Form Tutor





<h2>Headmaster's Commendations</h2>

Headmaster's Commendations

in chronological order

22nd May - 5th June

James White

French

Wilbur Mack

French

Bella Robinson

Science & Geography

Alfie Lovegrove

Geography

Billy Budge

Geography

Lulu Bell

Sport – 6th King’s Loop

Jack Besley

Sport – 6th King’s Loop

Teddy Ambler

French

Isabella Argles

French

Florence Thorne

English

Madeline Dorse

Geography

Aimee Wilkinson

Art

Monique Du Toit

Art

Robyn Coad

Art

Isabella Argles

Art

Maurice Speyer

English

Humphrey Cooper-Smith

English

Molly Steedman

English

Jemima Sully

English

Dascha Riesner

English

Toby Burrell

English

Toby Burrell

English

Grace Gompels

English

Eleanor Wrobel

English

Eleanor Wrobel

English

Sidonie Dorse

English

Madeline Dorse

English

Ella Rowlands

Drama

Molly Steedman

Drama

Annie Dayus-Jones

Silver Arts Award

Molly Steedman

Bronze Arts Award

Danning Zhang

Bronze Arts Award

Julian Barnes

Bronze Arts Award

Florence Thorne

History

Edward Carew-Jones

Science

Leigha Gunning-Wright

Science

Zhie Li

Science

Alexander Mott

Science

Henry Mott

Science

Jude Stanbury

Science

Henry Walter

Science

Darcey Tomlinson

English

Jasmine Rao

English

Jack Perry

English

Poppy Chedzoy

History

Sidonie Dorse

DT

Madeline Dorse

DT

Darcie Cockburn

DT

Zach Vukusic

DT

Amelia Lewis

Geography

Danning Zhang

Geography

Poppy Chedzoy

English

Bea Kirk

English

Ella Hsu

English

Henry Palmer

English

Sophie Pinkney

English

Poppy Chedzoy

Maths

Olivia Hill

History

Matthew Harber

History

Bella Robinson

History

Wilbur Mack

History

James White

History

Theo Jones

History

Aimee Wilkinson

English

Tom Ambler

English

Annie Dayus-Jones

Maths

Sophie Pinkney

Maths

Joseph Osman

Geography

#Nature Photography Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered our recent nature photography competition. We have had some beautiful entries and on Monday revealed that the winners are Sam M (Year 3), Con W (Year 6) and Eve R (Year 8); the runners up are James W (Year 4), Shaniah V (Y6) and Matthew C (Year 8)

#ArtsChallenges

Julian Barnes
Bronze Certificate

Molly Steedman
Bronze Certificate

Danning Zhang
Bronze Certificate

Art Challenge

​As a token of respect for our NHS, our Head of Art, Miss Perkins, recently challenged us to create a piece of art that was inspired by both the NHS rainbow and our school mascot, the pelican. The results so far have been fantastic ...

Half-term charity challenges

Siblings Archie and Hattie E (Year 6 and Year 2), Martha and Mabel J (Year 4 and Year 2) and Bobbie and Annabelle F (Reception and Nursery) cycled an impressive 70km around the grounds at King’s College to raise funds for Christian Aid.
The children, who we like to call “Team Jowarey”, initially set a target of 50km and yet, despite the searing heat, were able to knock this figure out of the park – recording an impressive 70km and raising nearly £800! Rumour has it that little Annabelle notched up the extra 20km on her scooter, but this has yet to be confirmed…

Please click here if you would like to support Team Jowarey

Brothers, James and Benjamin W (Year 1 and Year 4) recently set themselves the challenge of running around their garden in support of NHS Charities Together.
Their efforts definitely paid off as the keen “King’s Loopers” managed to achieve a combined total of 32km (about 20 miles) and have so far raised almost £900.

Please click here if you would like to support James and Benjamin

Fantastic! Here at King's Hall we are very proud of you all.

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.

Blue Peter Badge Winner!

Blue Peter Badge Winner!


Year 3 pupil Theo L received a special gift in the post recently – his coveted Blue Peter badge. The small token, which is awarded to children who have mastered a new skill or achievement, was a much-welcomed surprise.

Theo was given the honour after submitting a hama bead design to the popular children’s TV show. His masterpiece brought to life all of the Blue Peter badges, including the eco-friendly Green badge and the limited edition Sports badge.


Please click here to read more ...
VE Day poetry competition

VE Day poetry competition


Earlier this week Walking With The Wounded announced the winners of their VE Day poetry competition. The stakes were high, with over 80 children taking part, but we are now proud to announce that Frankie R-W and Muriel F were among the final 15 candidates, and that Teddy A received a "special mention" for his heartfelt poem, Freedom.

Click here to read Teddy's entry

In Drama ...

After a restful half term, the children are back into their creative arts and it is delightful to see the creativity across all the year groups.

Year 4 are about to try to create a virtual retelling of the story of Ahmed and the Feather Girl so are excited to be still having the chance to perform. (their summer outdoor production has of course been cancelled.)

More news to follow about this in a few weeks...

A Few Words from ... Gus Gompels

A Few Words from ... Gus Gompels

This term's Head Boy

On a normal weekend I would be rushing to matches and events and other activities, but I would never really have a chance to just stop and think. Quarantine has given me that opportunity, and sometimes it can be a little boring, but I have come to realise that a lifestyle like this requires long and possibly tedious projects. When you are at home like you are, skipping from thing to thing just isn't going to work, you end up getting bored and start to run out of things to do. What you really need to be doing is finding something that is productive, fun and useful and just sticking with it for a while. For example, my family and I have been digging a hole, this will hopefully eventually turn into a pond but at the moment it requires many painful hours of back breaking labour. We could just hire a digger, and have it dug in a day, but that would destroy our sense of accomplishment and we still have weeks of quarantine, so we would just have to start something new. Quarantine is the perfect opportunity to improve your lifestyle and home, many people have absolutely nothing to do all day, so why not finish off that paint job you were putting off or make some nice decorations for your room, it's not like you have anything else to do. So, find something useful to take up your time, learn a new skill or brush up on an old one, just try to make the most of this situation, as it will not last forever.

Every week, Year 8 will be given a different theme with a selection of creative/open ended tasks to complete.

#Looking after yourself

Under this week's theme of Looking after yourself, Year 8 have been Making a healthy salad using at least five different fruits and vegetables, Creating a positivity jar, Creating a sculpture or piece of art using only healthy foods , Choosing ten items which keep you healthy, Doing an online yoga / Tai Chi / keep fit / dance / circuits / sports workout and Creating a playlist of their favourite ten pieces of music or song.

In DT ...

After a relaxing half-term it has been great to come back to so many pictures of everyone getting creative at home.

Henry in Year 3 has sent in pictures of his finished sunglasses case - a lovely design and very well made, excellent blanket stitch shown.

Barnie consistently sends in pictures of his cookery, he is looking especially pleased of his cupcakes here. Camille’s cupcakes were so tasty that there is only one left in this picture! Teddy has been busy baking too, but he has also been busy making wooden houses for the garden.

Darcie has sent in pictures and a video of her final bridge design, really fantastic work here - a very impressive structure! Jago also sent in a video and picture of his paper tube bridge design. Charlotte Amber was the overall winner this term, with a bridge that had a ratio of 1:815.3; in other words it was able to support 815 times its own weight!

Lastly Madeline and Sidonie sent in a picture of their terrific tower which they needed a ladder to complete!.

An insight into what some of Year 7 have been up to ...

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Hello all,

I am going to start this week by telling you all how lucky I am.

I’m feeling particularly fortunate this week for two reasons. Firstly, because I had the most amazing birthday, thanks to all of you. I received so many videos, cards, cakes and treats; in your absence I was quite overcome with joy. By the end of the day my tail was aching from wagging so much, so a big ‘WOOF-WOOF’ from me. (Interpretation: THANK YOU!) My second reason for feeling so lucky is because some of my friends have returned to school. It makes me so happy to hear the familiar sounds of children playing outside and skipping down the corridors. For the last couple of months the building has felt cavernous and unnaturally quiet.

There’s another reason why I’m even luckier than you humans - I’m allowed to charge up to all my friends and receive oodles of cuddles, which is great because when I see them I just can’t contain myself. The other great thing is that I can interact between the different bubbles of children, which no human is allowed to do. That’s what I call a lucky pup!

My only other news this week is with regard to those pesky ducks. All I can say is that it’s a good job I’m getting attention elsewhere because Mrs Masters and Matron are besotted with the new King’s Hall additions. They are still living in Mrs Masters office at the moment but they get transported outside everyday for swimming lessons. At least they are too big for my water bowl now, which is something.

There is just one thing about those ducky things that isn’t quite right. I’ve met many ducks in the Lake District and these bear little resemblance. I’m not convinced that Mrs Masters hasn’t hatched some sort of penguin rather than ducks, but she doesn’t seem to have noticed! I’ll post a picture next week so you can see what I mean!

Have a great weekend.

Love to you all, friends.

Snoops x

P.S Breaking news: there are more duck eggs in the incubator in Mrs Masters’ office. Apparently these ones are for Mrs Brazier. What is it with you humans and fluffy penguin type ducks?

#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 6 challenges
Press-ups / 2.5 km run / Cricket / Planking / 15 km cycle

#HouseChallenges

May the best House win! ​Check out our Sports Twitter page for photographs and updates​

INTER-SCHOOL STRAVA CHALLENGE

INTER-SCHOOL STRAVA CHALLENGE


Over 9,000 km was covered in this half-term challenge - well done to everyone who took part!
@kingshallsport
@KCTSport @KingsHallSchool
@QueensCollSport @QueensTaunton

<h2>Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!</h2>

Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!

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