9th October 2020
by Justin Chippendale
As well as much of the regular routine and time with children, my week has included many visits from terrific prospective children, more parent-teacher meetings, some remote meetings with IAPS Heads and one with some of the Woodard group too.
The highlight, though, was spending yesterday on Mrs Hardy’s excellent geography field trip: Year 8 are studying the Holford river from source to mouth. I was with 8K and what a wonderful way to spend a day. The children were good company, the surroundings very beautiful and the learning hugely enhanced by the physical experience of measuring/being in the water (as well as the skill with which Mrs Hardy draws the questions and answers out of them). A stop for lunch, a play on Kilve beach and some splashing around with Meg added to the fun and helped lock it all away for later recall.
Today has been a tad more office based and dealing with some of the less glamorous aspects of my job that can’t be avoided. It’s the same for us all, I know, and so no complaints – just the inevitable yin and yang of life.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
The highlight of this week was undoubtedly our Harvest Service celebration on Monday afternoon which saw our first full Pre-Prep gathering of the term. It was very special to all be together in the Arts Centre as we gave our thanks for the Harvest. We definitely missed having you with us, as well as the absence of singing about fluffy cauliflowers and big red combine harvesters but we are grateful we did at least celebrate it in the ‘real world’ together. My thanks to all parents who rose to the challenge of sending their child to school wearing the colours of their classes assigned flag and for the generous donations to the Open Door charity. I must also send double thanks to the Year 2 parents for supporting the children with their readings; they were all amazing! Next stop…. Nativities!
A Few Words from...Zach Vukusic
This term's Head Boy
Hi all I am Zach Vukusic your Head Boy,
I hope you are all enjoying the Michaelmas term and are feeling settled. I am really looking forward to the Rugby this half term and I am enjoying the game ‘Ready for Rugby’ so far. Personally, I think it is a good way to start getting into rugby by not using contact. Also, it has been great concentrating on skills so far.
I am really looking forward to the half term holiday and hopefully you are as well. During half term, I will be attending a hockey tournament in Nottingham for West Panthers. I represent the South West of England and meet lots of different players from different schools. Also, I am looking forward to having a rest and spending some time with my family and friends.
A View from the Rose Garden - Year 4F
A Trip to New Barn Field Centre
Last week Year 4 left the Rose Garden for their trip to New Barn. 4F and 4W spent two wonderful days learning, doing, participating and having a good laugh!
While we had to miss out the overnight component, we still managed all the exciting activities! Glorious weather on Thursday for shelter building, making fire using different methods and making arrows (minus the sharp tip, of course!) to throw in a competition. We also had the privilege of listening to a professional storyteller weave his magic around us as we sat by a campfire. The children loved the way he told stories from Greek mythology.
On Friday we made our own pottery animals and worked in groups to design and build Celtic roundhouses. Let me assure you that these were table sized models!
The children ended the second day with map reading and use of compasses as they participated in a fantastic orienteering session.
Let’s not forget all the excellent food served to us!
All in all, a wonderful and memorable experience for the children and their teachers. We were all very appreciative of this school trip.
by Snoops the Dog
Snoops the Prince Dog
You’ve all heard the saying, “it’s a dog’s life!” Well, as far as dogs’ lives go, I have to admit that mine is simply awesome, but I still have to take a little of the rough with the smooth.
Many of you already know that I simply love joining in with ball games, particularly football. I make a good ball boy on the tennis courts too but not many of the children trust me to return the balls to the players. Just to set the record straight, I do return the balls but I sometimes give that yellow fuzzy coating a quick trim on the way....and sometimes I take a little diversion!
Anyway, back to the rough and the smooth. All my playground adventures and fun come into the ‘smooth’ category but now I will make mention of the ‘rough’. It has to be said that I’m feeling a little embarrassed about my picture this week, especially as Meg, Mr Chippendale’s dog, might see it. It’s a photograph of me wearing a gown in the boarding house. Some of the junior boarders invited me to play the part of a fairy tale prince dog in their game and it’s not that I don’t like role-play, it’s just that the only cloak that they could find for the handsome prince had pictures of kittens printed on it! At least I can’t be accused of not filtering my life on social media, so go on, have a good chuckle!
Bye for now
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
“Rain stops play” is a phrase we all know, however, this was quite the opposite this weekend in the boarding house. Rain made us play and what a day we had on Sunday! We set up the dining room with four games, Spoons, Cups Stack off, Dobble, and Go the Distance. We split into 4 teams with each game lasted for 8 minutes, so that was 32 minutes of hysterical laughter and cheers. It really was such fun that we decided to divide into 2 teams and play a game of Pictionary which became quite competitive but equally funny with some interesting drawings! Before we knew it, it was lunch, this was followed by countless games of Sardines and it has to be said that this school is perfect for games like Sardines and Hide and Seek. Exhausted and need of some time to relax we put a film on and snuggled up under our blankets and duvets. Before supper we went to the sports hall and played yet another great game of “Sockey Hockey”.
A fab day was had by all and one we will certainly be repeating!
Mrs Harvey's Tutor Group - Year 8
It has been so great to be back at school and we have really enjoyed being in the woods (as you can see from our pictures!) We often do ‘fun’ registers when we have to tell the tutor group something about us, for example, if we were off to the beach this afternoon what flavour ice-cream would we have or have we ever broken a bone?
Can you match the following facts to the person?
“I am good at cubing, wear braces and I lived in Singapore for 7 years.”
- Quote 1
“I love cake especially with frosting. I love cats and I have two, called Toffee and Percy. I am a quarter Welsh.”
- Quote 2
“I like counting the date a lot. Every day I tell everyone how long it is until the next holiday. I also like chocolate, a lot!”
- Quote 3
“I can identify any commercial plane.”
- Quote 4
“I love animals and want to be either a Palaeontologist or a Zoologist when I’m older. I love to make lots of things out of paper (Origami). I am very accident prone and you can’t trust me with anything!”
- Quote 5
“I have broken a lot of bones lately.”
- Quote 6
“I like to play sports and I am good at swimming.”
- Quote 7
“I am getting a black Labrador soon.”
- Quote 8
“I like cycling”
- Quote 9
“I have 3 ponies and horses are my favourite animals. I usually ride them on the hills during weekends.”
- Quote 10
“I love riding, have 5 ponies and I like cats.”
- Quote 11
“I like sport but my favourite sport is football. I have a sister called Samia and a puppy called Dexter.”
- Quote 12
“I have a dog called Tigg who is 7 years old.”
- Quote 13
“I like to ride my two ponies with my sisters at the weekend.”
- Quote 14
Across the country theatres are quiet and the arts sector is at a point of no return, yet thankfully at King’s Hall, drama lives on!
Children love attending their class lessons and the two drama hobbies are full of vibrant children delighted to be creating and performing. Speech & drama lessons are flourishing, clearly giving children confidence at speaking, communicating and co-operating – all invaluable skills for their future lives ahead of them.
The photographs below show a glimpse into the world of drama at King’s Hall. You can see our Year 4 children learning how to express moods by using body language and facial expressions. Year 8 are rehearsing class plays, learning how to identify with characters and understand woven and twisted plots. Our senior drama hobby group can be seen creating, rehearsing and performing their own devised pieces.
Even in these difficult times we will find ways to continue drama. At the height of the pandemic it was music, drama and exercise that filled our lives and kept us going. Year 8 will be performing their plays in November for school audiences. These will also be filmed so that everyone can watch their hard and dedicated work. Keep acting everyone!
by Lyn Burgess – Matron
I have this quote on a little card in my bedroom and read it every day. It reminds me to look for the good in all I see and do. Many people and things contribute to happiness but it’s up to me to acknowledge and enjoy them and find contentment in my life. I ask the boarders every morning to try hard, do their best, have fun and most of all to be happy. I wish you all much happiness too.
Geography Field Trip
What a difference a few days make!
The same river a week apart, after the deluge of rain we had over the weekend! Last week 8S saw a very different river from 8H this week – suffice to say, only one child happily took on the role to measure the river in the lower course, as he was suitably dressed to take on the river!
We have some excellent shots from a great afternoon of cricket. The boys were so pleased they were able to enjoy playing in the sunny conditions before the heavy rain of late.
Our U13 girls played some lovely hockey on a rather wet day at King's Hall last week. Below is a short video of a great game – well played girls.
Another pupil has reached 25 laps of the King's Loop this week. Congratulations.
Last weekend one of our Year 6 pupils, Tabitha T, enjoyed her first event with the King's Schools Equestrian Team. Tabitha rode Mack for the King's team in Arena Eventing Qualifier at Bicton in the 70cm class. The team won the 70cm class with Tabitha also took 4th place to qualify as an individual for the NSEA championships.
In the 80cm class Tabitha joined her older team mates from King's College, Sophie, Harriet, to place 7th.
Our Head of Equestrian, Mrs Edwards, said: "Despite the howling weather, the riders all put in some terrific performances, and it was great to see newcomer to the team, Tabitha, having a great day!"
Well done Tabitha and Mack!
Despite the weather at the weekend, our pupils were still able to enjoy the great outdoors! Our Headmaster and his lovely dog Meg were overtaken by a group out mountain biking around the woods!The great outdoors
How are we already so close to October half term!? October camps are available to book now.
We are very excited to be delivering these popular camps! Our popular hockey camps run throughout the year during the school holidays. Over time, this provision has developed and new camps have become established.
ND Hockey Camp
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th October
10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Age Range - 7 yrs - 16 yrs
We endeavour to offer an inspirational environment to learn, develop and play hockey. During the morning session players will work in small groups to maximise coach engagement time, touches of the ball and playing time. The afternoon will be a mix of 'skill schools' and a match play festival! ND Hockey is passionate about hockey and supporting growth of the game by providing a fantastic hockey experience for all.
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
These camps are designed for Goal Keepers of all abilities as the numbers are kept very low to allow for detailed individual support. GK's must have their own kit.
Sunday 1st November 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Under 13s
Sunday 1st November 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 13 years and over
Sunday 13th December 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. 13 years and over
Sunday 13th December 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Under 13s
Emerging Player Performance
These camps run 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Age range: 11-13 years
By application only. Places are limited.
These camps are for players who have a passion for hockey and who demonstrate commitment to working hard to develop as players. They are aimed at those players looking to progress onto the England Hockey Player Pathway.
Aspire Performance Clinics
These clinics run 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Age range: 14-16 years
By application only. Places are limited.
These clinics will be very closely aligned to the very latest information on England Hockey talent development. They will aim to really question and challenge the players on every aspect of their play. They are aimed at players who are already in the England Hockey Player Pathway who are really looking to progress to the next level.
All camps will be fully compliant with the most up to date Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions
Click below for further details of all of the Hockey camps available and to book places.BOOK HOCKEY CAMPS BOOK GK CAMPS ND HOCKEY
Back by popular demand, our rugby camp will be taking place over the half term holiday, for all rugby-mad boys and -girls on 27-28th October. Please see links below to book your place.
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
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Well done to staff for supporting Macmillan Cancer Support by organising a #worldsbiggestcoffeemorning. The Woodard Room was set up with an array of delicious cakes and all manner of sweet treats. Mr Murray and co raised over £140 to help the amazing work undertaken by MacMillan.
A huge thank you to all pupils and families who brought in items for our Harvest Festival celebration on Thursday.
All the goodies have been taken down to Open Door, a charity in Taunton that supports the homeless.
Mark, from Open Door, was beaming with our donation today and stated ‘that is the largest food donation ever collected from King’s Hall’.
Thank you for all your support!
King's Celebrates 150th Anniversary of School Buildings
The 5th October saw the 150th anniversary of the official opening of the original school buildings on the King's College site.
The occasion was marked at King's College in a variety of ways, across departments and across the school site, with competitions, and our history lessons, assemblies and Chapel services taking on a distinctive King's flavour. Our Archivist, Mrs Mason, also gave a very informative and interesting talk in assembly to explain the significance of the day.
From our Archives:
'The foundation stone for the school was laid on 16 April 1868 and the school was able to move in, just two years later, on 26 April 1870. The official opening was originally planned for the following June but had to be postponed by the outbreak of a scarlet fever epidemic in which two boys lost their lives. Instead, an ‘Opening Festival’ was scheduled a suitable period later on 5 October, comprising recitations by the boys followed by a public luncheon in the dining room with ‘waiter’ service (costing 4 shillings!). The whole was presided over by the guest of honour Lord Bridport and the Bishop.'
Below is the link to King's College website with more informationCelebrating 150 Years
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