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12th June 2020

RT @kingshallsport: Who’s more active during the holidays? Staff or pupils? @kingshallsport @KingsHallSchool @KCTSport https://t.co/wJ9wMQzINv - 9 hours ago
HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

Along the way this week, I have enjoyed dropping in to some lessons again and hearing two excellent speakers provide motivation and a tremendous lead to our Year 8s under their theme of 'Challenging Yourself'.

Don Perrott (Long Distance Swimmer) and Paul Mattin (Polar Explorer) were not only brilliant in what and how they delivered their impressive experiences but there was a wonderful simplicity to the discussion and a very personal feel: quite literally as the conversations were taking place with many of us sitting in our own kitchens. Oddly, whilst we are further apart under remote learning we are very often sharing with each other from our personal homes and that is a great leveller and humaniser. Added to that, these two gentlemen are very well known to Mr Watson and Mme Murray respectively and so there was a very warm familiarity to the atmosphere and the children can't help but have felt these are ordinary people who have chosen to make extraordinary things happen.

I also joined a Geography Kahoot quiz on rivers. I made a poor start being a little too eager but recovered to not completely disgrace myself - the children certainly know a great deal more about the technical details of a river course than I do!

Not Prep age but I have also been in a couple of Reception class chats and I must remember to have my Golden Time toy ready for the next one.

All in all another energetic and varied week despite the downturn in the weather. Not likely to be getting the barbecue out this weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

Traditionally, the majority of my time for the remainder of this half term would be dominated by preparations for the Summer Show which probably explains why my ‘jazz hands’ have been feeling rather ‘itchy’ this week and why I have set my sights on the Nativity (in the planning stages already!) in the hope they can once again be released!

However, inspiration then hit me in the idea that just because my ‘jazz hands’ have to lay dormant the children’s could be given full licence to be let loose in all their glory. One of our favourite songs to sing in assembly is, We’re Proud of our School and so I would appreciate your support in creating a video of them singing and performing it in a wonderful musical video to celebrate the end of the academic year. If you would like your child to be involved, you need to video them singing along to it (landscape orientation essential) and send it to me by 9.00 am on Monday 22 June.

Click here to hear the song and if your child needs a reminder of the actions you can click here to see me singing it in our first virtual assembly.

Thank you in advance for your support with this project.

This week's Thoughts for the Day

This week's Thoughts for the Day


The Beauty of Exercising
Mrs Hardy
Head of Geography and Y8 Form Tutor

A wonderful old 'Singer'
Mrs Aladin
EAL Teacher

<h2>Headmaster's Commendations</h2>

Headmaster's Commendations

in chronological order

5th - 12th June

Danning Zhang

French

Theo Hammond

Maths

Molly Steedman

Art

Eleanor Wrobel

Art

Lucinda Bell

Art

Sidonie Dorse

Art

Monty Lindsay-Smith

Art

Darcie Cockburn

Art

Adam Lowery

Art

Mabel Rice

Maths

Ruby Beresford

Geography

Eugene Louw

Geography

Amelia Steele

Geography

Poppy Chedzoy

Geography

Eve Rowe

Geography

Franklyn Saunders

Geography

Daisy Thompson

Geography

Andrew Venn

Y8 Challenges

Adam Lowery

Geography

Theo Lewis

English

Laszlo Luard

English

Laszlo Luard

Lockdown project

Molly Steedman

English

Madeline Dorse

Arts Challenge – Bronze Award

Sidone Dorse

Arts Challenge – Bronze Award

Poppy Chedzoy

English

Grace Gompels

Drama

Julian Barnes

Drama

Philippa Roe

Drama

Ella Rowlands

Drama

Theo Lamey

English

James Lang

English

Rex Thomas

English

Barnie Gothard

EAL

Cameron Wallace

Y8 Challenges

William Geddes

Maths

Alfie Lovegrove

Maths

Oscar Mack

Geography

Beth Worthy

Geography

Poppy Chedzoy

Geography

Huckleberry Halliday

Geography

Poppy Aldridge

Geography

Charlotte Ambler

Geography

Kate Barker

Geography

Rose Cartwright

Geography

Wilf Gostling

Geography

Thomas Rew

Geography

Riana Tiplea

Geography

Freya Spencer

Geography

William Theed

Geography

Arabella Williams

Geography

Charlie Sidhu

Maths

Matilda Hulme

Arts Challenge – Bronze Award

Annie Dayus-Jones

Arts Challenge – Gold Award

Henry Walter

History

Henry Walter

Geography

#ArtsChallenges

Annie Dayus-Jones
Gold

Sidonie Dorse
Bronze Award

Madeline Dorse
Bronze Award

Matilda H
Bronze Award

Annie Dayus-Jones has been awarded her Gold Award, having achieved 18 challenges in Art, Music, DT and Drama - well done, Annie!

She says her favourite activity has been making the advert about dog food with her pet.

Click here to see Annie's advert

It's never too late to start on the Arts Challenges and it is good to see more children starting them.

Well done to Jack P who has completed an Advert collage in preparation for devising adverts - he chose lots with catchy phrases!.

Pippa R has performed a lovely poem about ‘The Flight of Icarus’.

Click here to see Pippa's performance

For anyone who enjoyed the Year 8 production of the Wiz in November 2019 – head to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On - on Friday 12th June at 7.00pm and they are showing The Wiz!


The Shows Must Go On
J.K. Rowling Praises Lizzy’s Ickabog Illustration!

J.K. Rowling Praises Lizzy’s Ickabog Illustration!


Much to the delight of our pupils, J K Rowling has launched an illustration competition to accompany her new story, The Ickabog.

The serialised tale is set in the mythical land of Cornucopia, which is ruled by King Fred the Fearless and home to the legendary Ickabog.

Since the competition was launched, our Year 4 and 5 pupils have been trying their hand at creating their own Ickabog illustrations, taking part in virtual workshops with Mrs Marcuccilli, as well as following along with the story online.

Lizzy R in Year 5 was luck enough to receive praise from the author herself after sending in a photo of her sketch. So impressed was J.K. Rowling that she retweeted it and remarked: “A magnificent King Fred the Fearless, looking very pleased with himself (as he should!).

Click here to read more

In Music ...

Violinists in Years 3, 4 and 5 recorded a lovely Minuet by Handel.


Click here to listen

Members of the Senior Choir (some seen, others just heard) provided another beautiful anthem for Chapel – Drop in the Ocean.

Click here to listen

Looking ahead, work is beginning towards putting together a Virtual Prize Day Concert. Mr Dayus-Jones has begun uploading content to Teams and will be asking all of Years 3 to 8 to be involved - as they would normally in the Prize Day Concert. The format will involve recording home videos for inclusion in multi-screen videos similar to the above. If limitations of bandwidth or technology are likely to make taking part difficult, please contact Mr Dayus-Jones for further guidance.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

On Monday afternoon, 22 keen readers from Years 3, 4 and 5 (along with 4 teachers and one Snoops) gathered on Teams to chat about the graphic novel that they had been reading over half term. We all agreed that this was a wonderful book and we especially loved the special friendship between the boy and the animals. The adults seemed to enjoy it just as much as the children and we highly recommend it to everyone as it is guaranteed to make you smile!

White Bird by R J Palacio

Bright and early on Friday morning, around 20 of our Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils joined Mrs Marcuccilli online for Book Breakfast. Many of our readers remembered Julian, the character from Wonder who bullied Auggie. In White Bird, Palacio takes up the story of Julian's grandmother, who as a Jewish child in occupied France during World War 2, was hidden from the Nazis. It is a powerful tale of courage, friendship and of finding hope in unexpected places. Our readers were really moved by the story and had some very insightful and thoughtful comments to make, including drawing parallels with fighting discrimination and intolerance in our world today. Well done to all who took part!

In DT ...

It has been great to see so many being creative and baking or getting involved with the STEM activities at home.

Adam created his own Lava Lamp using oil, alka-seltzer tablets and some orange food colouring.

Click here to see Adam's Lava Lamp challenge
<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Hello friends, it might come as a surprise to you but I’m quite up to date with my current affairs and I enjoy watching the news.

I was tickled by the comment from Jacob Rees-Mogg this week when he mentioned that his hair was getting so long that he might need Nanny to give him a pudding bowl haircut.

I know that there are only a few staff in school at the moment but there are some interesting haircuts and hair styles going on here.

Unlike you humans I have a lovely dog groomer called Julie and she has been able to keep my blonde curly locks neatly tidied during lockdown. However, being a trendy young pup I have decided that during this period of isolation, maybe I ought to try out a new hair-do! I am still hopeful that I will be going to Cornwall for my holiday this summer so I’m thinking of possibly a beachy surfer look or maybe something bright and cheerful - what do you think? I’ll have a think but I don’t want to get it wrong so any thoughts, advice or other suggestions are welcome.

Before I sign off for this week, I said I would post a picture of one of Mrs Master’s pesky penguin- ducks.They are now getting very big but they can’t go to live outside until they have all their feathers.That should be in about a week’s time, thank goodness. I’ve heard some of you complaining that I smell like ‘wet dog’ when I’ve been out for walks in the rain. Well, let me tell you, the ducks aren’t exactly sweet smelling and they are taking up my space in Mrs Master’s office. Anyway, you decide for yourself, penguin or duck?

Bye for now, Snoops x

#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.



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