I scream, you scream, we all scream for (ice-cream) half-term! | King's Hall School Taunton

Another week passes and, on this occasion, it delivers us to the door of the half term break.

I told the Prep children this morning, having reminded them that seven weeks ago I had said “I need your help” as we embarked on a term that would require us all to take responsibility and look after each other, that today I couldn’t really be prouder of how the whole school has come together and what we have managed to achieve. The ice cream van that appeared after lunch yesterday was not only a nice surprise treat for children and adults but was also a way of saying thank you.

Certainly we have been engaged in the art of the possible without being casual or complacent about the health situation and the collective effort has created a happy and purposeful school to this point. You should find your child’s half term report on MSP on Monday and they make for good reading. Another missive to read next week will be a short half term letter from me but, for now, it is time for a good rest over the next fortnight after which we will need to restart with similar discipline and enthusiasm for what is likely to be a busy and fun packed few weeks leading up to……… no, I can’t quite mention it yet, myself!

Children are a regular source of amusement without intending to be. This morning, one teacher told me that a child had just asked them, “Sir, did you teach Mr Chippendale?”. Of course the idea that either I may be seen as less old or that the teacher in question must be ancient is the amusement, but for a bit of context, and to give the child some credit, the teacher she asked did actually teach her father when he was at King’s Hall!

So, have a good break, and I hope that a metaphorical ice cream van pops up at some point as I am very grateful to you parents, too, for the important part you play in us collectively generating such a positive and encouraging experience for the children.

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