2nd October 2020
by Justin Chippendale
I don’t know if you watched Mrs Gompels’ ‘Thought For The Day’ last term which encouraged us to warmly welcome new people and animals into our lives and to make friends part of our ‘family’. Well, that is exactly how we feel here at King’s Hall. The start of a school year is a great time for making new acquaintances and I am always proud of how quickly these first meetings become strong friendships and hence purposeful collaborations for everyone’s benefit – the powerful mutuality to be found from a sense of family.
With a month of term now under our belts, there are strong signs that we forge forward in step and, on top of those new at the start of term, there have been joiners along the way. It is not unusual for us to have children join the school during the year for a variety of reasons, but we have already had seven wonderful additions to the King’s Hall family in the first four weeks and we are aware of other eager children looking to be part of the bustle and enterprise created in what are otherwise challenging times. That bustle and enterprise can be found in abundance in this week’s Newsletter and I hope you enjoy exploring some of things we have been up to. Based on the desire to maximise our collective endeavour through combining individual forces, the more the merrier so those interested should certainly not hesitate to make contact.
I was in town the other evening for a family birthday celebration and I had my first Track and Trace QR code encounter. Not that parents come in to school as a rule at the moment, but you may notice a few popping up around the site and, just as with nationally, it is likely to be something that becomes a standard part of our expected behaviour in time ahead.
The weather has already altered plans for tomorrow afternoon but, despite it heading to be a dreary, wet weekend, I know I will still be outside for a fair chunk as Meg doesn’t care about the rain one bit!
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
As predicted a couple of weeks ago, ‘The Slump’ appears to have made its annual voyage through Pre-Prep and vanished without trace.There is a real sense of energy and industry buzzing around our cosy corner of the school as we head into October and everyone seems fully settled into the rhythms and routines.A couple of highlights this week were returning to our ‘normal’ assembly routine on Monday morning with both the Reception/Year 1 and Year 2 ‘bubbles’ in attendance, albeit suitably separated.It was even lovelier to hear how much the children also appreciated this small but significant step change with comments such as:
“I got to see all the people in my brother’s class and I didn’t know what they looked like when he was telling me in the car.”
“It was nice to be altogether with Reception and Year 1 because it felt like school was getting back to normal.”
“I liked it because everyone was smiling.”
The step change of the children returning to hot meals provided another highlight.I must applaud the catering staff team for their super efforts to ensure the service was swift without compromising the lovely relationships they have with each child as they serve them and for the delicious food; I can’t ever recall seeing so many clean plates and satisfied faces!
Keep up the good work Pre-Prep!
A Few Words from...Robyn Coad
This term's Deputy Head Girl
I’m so excited to be finally back to school. Although it has been different I think everyone has been adapting to the new changes well.
I’ve been at King's Hall since the start of Year 7 and everyone has made me feel incredibly welcome and it is a huge privilege to be made Deputy Head Girl for this term. It feels as if I have been here for much longer! I hope all that have started into the school this term have felt as welcome as I did, and have an amazing time at King's Hall.
During the Summer holidays, I had lots of time to go on long bike rides with my family….we also had time to try out a pony on loan for a couple of months which I really enjoyed!
Lockdown has made me realise how much I have missed my friends and the normal routines I was used to. It is great that sports have started up again including some matches and music lessons too. Good luck everyone for the rest of the term and have a good weekend.
A View from the Rose Garden - Year 3H
Year 3 Meet the Celts!
Year 3 have been introduced to their new topic of ‘The Celts’ in their History lessons. They began by sorting artefacts into things they thought the Celts would or would not have had. They were pretty accurate, with some good discussion about whether or not they would have had various items. They went on to take on the role of archaeologists, examining artefacts, both genuine and reproduction. They had to identify the materials used to make them and suggest what they have may have been used for. They also had a taste of a ‘dig’ in our very own archaeological pit here on site, where we found a number of items that would have been in every-day use in the Celtic times. Soon we will let them loose into the woods to make their own fires – all in the interest of getting an understanding of what life would have been like in Celtic times!
by Snoops the Dog
I have had the best week; I know I often say this, but I really have had the most awesome couple of days with my Year 4 friends at New Barn in Dorset.
We made fantastic shelters out of sticks and leaves, we learnt how to make fires without matches, darts and arrows (for defending ourselves against invaders) as well as participating in lots of other creative activities.
The highlight of my visit was the BBQ in the round house camp but that was closely followed by meeting the animals. I made really great friends with the pigs. I was very brave and stuck my head right into the pen and we touched noses. Their noses were rather cold wet and muddy but I wasn’t so rude as to comment on this little detail.
My new friends are called Penelope (also known as Penny Porker), Missy (fondly called Little Miss Naughty) and Dorothy (Little Dotty).
I would just like to add a little note to all staff before I sign off and that is to contact me if you require my assistance on forthcoming trips. My diary is pretty clear at the moment and Matron is usually happy to release from my daily laundry duties. I am particularly good at clearing up after the children have eaten their packed lunches and I love measuring the depth of rivers and streams. Beaches are a speciality of mine and I am good at keeping everyone occupied and amused on mini bus journeys, even though I do have to travel in my crate.
Bye for now
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
After busy days at school and the evening fun is over,it's time to have what we call “Quiet Time”. This is when the children go to bed and for 15 minutes before they get to read.This week the younger boarders were treated to a bed time story read by the older boarders. Thank you to all those involved in bed time story telling, even Snoops had a tale or two to tell!
National Poetry Day Celebrations at King’s Hall
1st October 2020
Vision was the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day and few, if any have been able to match the poetic vision of John Keats. Sublimely beautiful, Keats’ verse is remarkable for its appeal to the senses. He believed:
‘what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.’
Perhaps his most well-known poem, Ode to Autumn was written on 19th September, 1819. Two days after writing it, Keats said;
‘I never liked stubble fields so much as now-aye, better than the chilly green of the spring. Somehow a stubble plain looks warm, in the same way that some pictures look warm. This struck me so much in my Sunday’s walk that I composed on it.’
Ode to Autumn
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
At King’s Hall, pupils spent the day considering the theme of Vision through poetry and this inspired them to write and perform some fantastic poems of their own – Year 5 even wearing theirs on T-shirts for the day!
They wrote poems about:
- Their vision for the world and the future
- The vision of the people and animals around them who they love
Year 6 and 7 are learning She Watches the World by James Carter about a wolf and creating their own wild animal poems. Learning poetry is fantastic to exercise the brain and keep a poem to be recalled many years later! See the link below for a resource containing this very powerful poem and a wonderful video of one of our students performing her poem. Also are images of the students performing their poems within the class bubbles.POETRY PERFORMANCE She Watches the World
Inspirational quote - by David Hands
““The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.””
- Sir David Attenborough
Year 5 Trip to Kilve Court
The whole of Year 5 spent two days at Kilve court last week enjoying some of the activities they have to offer. This is normally a residential visit but due to COVID the group travelled there and back each day.
As expected the children were very excited by the whole event and certainly rose to the challenges set for them. It was great for the staff to see the dynamics developing amongst the groups, as they went around first the team challenges, and then moved on to climbing, mountain biking, low ropes, rifle shooting and orienteering, spread out over the two days. The children were certainly mentally and physically exhausted by the end of it all, and so were the staff! Many firsts were achieved, such as riding a bike, (helped by the staff), climbing higher than before on the climbing wall, belaying other members on the climbing wall, crate stacking, and shooting a rifle. The year group returned, as a tighter knit group, with many happy memories, and new and stronger friendships formed.
Dear Kilve, I enjoyed being at Kilve Court. After I have been with you I have changed. I have got so much better at communicating with others. I really don’t think I have laughed so much in my life. I enjoyed it so much I have written a poem:
“Kilve Court, Kilve Court, everyone there is such a great sport! I loved Kilve, that’s sure to say, lots of activities, running here and there. You always feel there is some fun in the air, variety of skills to be learnt, everyone had a great day, exhausted, exhausted, sad to say goodbye to Kilve but happy to say hello to our beds! ”
- By Muriel
“King’s Hall Year 5 set off for an adventure to remember, I loved the food, it was so hot! Lovely activities that everyone enjoyed, very kind instructors that were great, everyone loved the cat named Mings. There were heaps of people who ate hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Happy days at Kilve 23rd and 24th September 2020, every second to remember, great friends who helped others, roaring of laughter and fun everywhere you look, even my dogs would love it! An adventure to remember, to Kilve, thank you for having us!”
- By Elsa
“Kilve Oh Kilve, I think you are great. Lovely and beautiful, very unique, every day you blew my mind. Creative you are, amazing you are, Oh Kilve, Oh Kilve! Ultra in a second Really magnificent Treasure you are my find!”
- By Alice L
“Kilve is fun It’s not a theme park though, you will be sad when it’s done. There are climbing walls, mazes, biking, rifle shooting, but don’t forget the rules! Thank you for all the fun we had, the joy, the fun, the laughter! Thinking of it all done makes me sad, but think of all the memories. The food was popular, hots dogs and the chicken, we all had a great time!”
- By Zoe
“Kilve was fun, crates were stacked high, the low ropes course was near the floor. Mountain biking was fun and there were huge dips, rifles were fired. Team building was cool and everyone climbed high, that rounds up our days at Kilve, it was amazing!”
- By Hebe
“Kilve is so lovely everyone should go, it was fun to do all the activities. Lots of hard helmets everywhere, very enjoyable and lots to do, everyone loved the lunches. Can we go there again? Out of all the activities mountain bikes were my favourite, under the trees in the open, running everywhere about! Thank you, we all have fun!”
- By Helen
Geography Field Trip - Year 8S
Quantocks and Kilve Beach
On Tuesday our 8S class headed to the Quantocks and Kilve Beach as part of a geography field trip to study a river from the source to the mouth. They were involved in carrying out a number of measurements and observations, with the findings forming the basis for their CE fieldwork enquiry project. Our other Year 8 classes will also be heading out to Kilve early next month.
U13A Hockey and Cricket
The U13A boys and girls took on King's College Year 9 in hockey and cricket this week; well done to all that took part – it certainly was a nice day for it. The girls have had an excellent start to hockey with our amazing coaches and extra support from the coaches across both King’s sites – Clare and Laura – as well as England U23 captain Meg Crowson. Thank you to King's College Sport and King's Cricket for the excellent matches – our pupils had a brilliant time!
Our popular hockey camps run throughout the year during the school holidays. Over time, this provision has developed and new camps have become established.
As well as offering general camps, open to all abilities, we also have very specific days aimed at those with a passion for hockey and who are committed and willing to work hard to develop as a player.
Goal Keeper camps are aimed at all abilities, the numbers are kept very low to allow for detailed individual support.
Our Emerging Player Performance and our Aspire camps are aimed at the more experienced players who are already on, or who wish to progress onto the England Hockey Player Pathway. These camps are limited and by application only.
Click below for further details of the camps available.
There is still time to book a place on the rugby camps taking place during half term 27-28th October.
Although our main camp is open to all, we will also be running a half-day girls-specific rugby camp on the Wednesday 28th.
Our camps will comply with all RFU Covid guidelines. If you would like your child to participate, or for details about our rugby coaches please click the respective links below.
If you have any questions, please contact Ben Thomas: BCThomas@kings-taunton.co.ukBOOK OCTOBER RUGBY CAMP FOR ALL BOOK GIRLS RUGBY CAMP
Thursday 8th October
Reminder – Next Thursday we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival.
Next week please can your child bring in to school a non-perishable item. This can be delivered to their tutor room. A letter with full details will follow.
Thank you to our Year 8 leavers!
As a result of the Year 8 leavers event, which took place just over four weeks ago, the Committee has been able to make a donation to Brainwave, the charity which ordinarily benefits from the annual Year 8 Fayre. A fantastic amount of £364.19 was raised!
Brainwave wrote to the committee to express their thanks explaining that the amount of money raised will help at least three children with equipment. It costs around £100 to provide the specialist equipment each child needs to carry out their individual programme at home, such as; a switch-activated toy which can be used by children with limited movement to engage in play and interaction. Or an E-Tran Frame, a communication aid for children who use their eyes to point for communication. So this money will be put to very good use.
This amount, together with further funds collected from the Year 8 Fayre collections, a total of £2,000 has been raised for this wonderful charity!
A huge thank you to the Committee and our Year 8 leavers!
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