BY JUSTIN CHIPPENDALE
This will be the briefest of entries on this final day of term. Suffice to say that the Newsletter this week is packed with Festive photos and other delights showing just how much we have squeezed into the seven days that take us into the Christmas holidays.
I will be writing an end of term letter to all but, for now, enjoy the Newsletter and this is a very warm farewell from HEADlines until 2021!
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
Year 2 ensured we concluded 2020 in Pre-Prep on a high with their amazing Nativity performance of Honky Tonky Donkey this morning which we hope to share with you early next week. Their singing, confidence and sheer enthusiasm cannot fail to lift one's spirits as they capture the magic of the Christmas season. While there was never any doubt we would stage Nativities this year, the challenges faced by the staff team to organise them under a covid umbrella should not be underestimated and I would like to thank them for all of their hard work. I extend this thanks to all of you too for supporting the children to learn their lines and/or songs as this enabled the children to shine as brightly as they did. A true team effort of which we can all be proud!
There has been plenty of Christmas fun, laughter and excitement echoing through Pre-Prep this week as we have enjoyed a festive lunch, parties, a visit from Santa, a dazzling array of Christmas jumpers and copious amounts of glitter (the remnants of which will likely take until next December to fully clean up!). Amid all of this jollification we have also taken time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas which can sometimes get ‘lost’ in the hub-bub of activity. It has become tradition for me to share with the children a promise I made to Father Christmas many years ago at the start of my teaching career to always ‘teach the children’ what we should put at the heart of Christmas and that all the things we enjoy serve to remind us of the birth of a very special baby. Sharing this story with the children is one of my favourite moments of the year as their bright, wide-eyed faces personifies the joy, hope, love and peace we all wish for each other and pray for each Christmas-time which is perhaps even more significant this year.
A Few Words from...Robyn Coad
This term's Deputy Head Girl
There has been a lot going on in the last few weeks of this term. We have had some Year Group plays and recently our Carol Service recorded online. Everyone has started to get ready for the run up to Christmas which has all been very exciting. Some tutor groups have been decorating their classrooms and are all looking very good. This week we have all enjoyed plus rewards and Christmas parties including Secret Santa.
We have now finished our last week before the holidays and this is my last newsletter as Deputy Head Girl. I hope everyone has amazing Christmas holidays.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Willmott's Tutor Group - Year 4W
4W joined with 4F for a Christmas Party on Thursday.
Here is a gallery of photos from the Year 4 Christmas Party. The children (and their teachers) had an enormous amount of fun.
Sending out Seasons Greetings and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year.
by Snoops the Dog
I was excited when I wrote my diary last week but that was nothing compared to this week.
Yes, I did go to the Boarders’ Feast and, yes, I did go to the class parties and, yes, I did watch all three nativity plays. The fun and excitement didn’t stop there. I’ve got my own advent calendar, a festive bandana and Butternut Box sent me my very own Christmas dinner so I could join in with the scrumptious feast enjoyed by children on Wednesday.
Right I must go and continue my last few moments of merriment before my friends depart for the Christmas holidays.
Here’s wishing you all the very best. I hope your holiday is filled with festive cheer (and mince pies).
Happy New Year to one and all; let’s hope 2021 brings happiness (and a successful vaccine!)
Love and best wishes
by Clare Masters, Houseparent
What a surprise it was for the children when the fish and chip van turned up for the Boarders' feast and served us all an extremely tasty meal. This was followed by Knickerbocker Glories for everyone.
It was an evening full of festive fun, everyone in Christmas jumpers and hats with tables full of Christmas activities, puzzles, quizzes and word games whilst waiting for their fish and chips.
Crackers were pulled, Christmas music played and Mr Chippendale’s “Hall of Fame” rounded off the first part of our Boarders' celebrations.
Finally, yesterday, on the last night of term, the infamous staff panto and a visit from Santa (complete with Rudolph-Snoops) brought the curtain down on a fab term in the Boarding House.
Mr Stannett's Year 7 Tutor Group
The tutor room has been gradually looking more festive by the day, with paper chains being made and every inch of free space now being occupied by tinsel. The group loved the Christmas lunch followed by a bouncy Christmas party and an adventure out on the Quantocks this week.
As a relatively new teacher to King's Hall, I would like to thank my Tutor Group for making me feel so welcome and for making me smile everyday with their stories and anecdotes. It has been a fun-filled term! We discovered that a number of my tutees are exceptional at solving riddles and others are budding magicians (as we found out one wet break time over several card tricks!). We have a budding artist or two in the group who regularly share their drawings in tutor time - much to the delight of the class.
Super scientists, outstanding readers and A1 athletes, but most of all I have been pleased to see that the tutor group support and are kind to one another - who could ask for more?
Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Mr Stannett's tutor group.
Modern Foreign Languages
Christmas is upon us in the woods. Years 6-8 have been enjoying playing ‘ Meutre à Noël,’ which is a French version of Cluedo. They have been learning Christmas stories and using their knowledge of tenses to write their own Christmas stories. They have also enjoyed playing build the ‘bonhomme de neige,’ which is our version of French beetle drive.
The Year 6 classes have just finished their house projects and have produced some lovely pieces of extended writing and made and decorated their houses.
Years 3-5 have been learning to ask nicely for certain Christmas presents and guessing what Mme Harvey would like! (answer – a nice long rest!).
Remember we subscribe to linguascope as a school and your child should know the log in if they wish to do any Christmas work.
Our Year 5 Spanish classes have enjoyed learning about Christmas in Spain and playing various card games using the Christmas vocabulary.
Prior to that, they learnt how ‘el dìa de los meurtos,’ the day of the dead, was celebrated in Mexico and decorated their books with wonderful colourful designs.
Christmas party time!
Pupils and staff enjoyed a very delicious Christmas roast on Wednesday, including Eddie and Patrick, who joined us online from Singapore!
Everyone had a lovely time, thank you to Mrs Colbourne and the Catering team for serving us such a yummy meal, it was very much appreciated!
Full tummies and happy faces all round.
By Rachel Lowery - School Librarian
It’s the last newsletter before Christmas, Mr Rudkin’s tutor group stole all the best quotes in their brilliant uplifting newsletter article the week before last and it’s my turn to give the inspirational thought for the week … oh dear what can I do? Only one thing for it - I best find a book!
The quote is a page from one of my favourite books of all time “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy. If your family haven’t read it yet it’s definitely one to ask Santa for!
For me it captures the sentiment and purpose behind Christmas perfectly… and for once I’m not talking about the cake!
If in 2021 we all show a little love to each person who crosses our path, then I know we’ll feel it reflected back and the year will be a brighter one!
Take care and be kind to yourselves and others.
Mrs Lowery x
This week also saw our beautiful Christmas Carol Service take place at the College Chapel. Different this year due to the circumstances but still magical all the same.
If you haven't managed to watch it yet, please do click on the link below, simply stunning.
A huge well done to the pupils of the Senior Choir and Mr DJ (ably supported technically by Mr Eyers) for all of your hard work, which I'm sure you'll agree definitely paid off!
Below are a few pictures of the Carol Service.
New Year PE lessons
After Christmas pupils PE lessons will rotate to the following:
Swimming (at KCT)
Mrs McD's group - Fitness
Mr Clark's group - Gymnastics
Mr Halls' group - Football on the Astro
Mrs McD's group - Gymnastics
Mr Halls' group - Invasion games on the Astro
Mrs McD's group - Gymnastics
Mr Clark's group - Invasion games on the Astro
Mr Halls' group - Cross Country
Mrs McD's group - Gymnastics
Mr Clark's group - Invasion games on the Astro
Mr Halls' group - Cross CountrySPORT TWITTER
Emerging Player Performance Hockey Camp
If you are interested in a place on the Emerging Player Performance Camp taking place on the 22nd December, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place and for further information.
The session is for children in Year 6 and above, runs from 10:00am - 1:00pm and the cost is £20
There is still time to book a place on the Christmas Cricket Clinics at King's College.
Clinics will run on Friday 18th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December, and are open to pupils in Year 3-8.
The course will be led by Head of Cricket, Rob Woodman and Cricket Professional Alex Barrow.
Open to everyone, from beginners to more advanced players, the sessions will incorporate batting, bowling, and fielding, as well as the use of bowling machines, fun games practice and indoor matches.
Prices are £25 per session or £60 for the three days, with a 10% discount offered for a third sibling.
Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so if you would like a place please click below to access the online booking form.BOOK PLACE
King's Schools Young Carers' Christmas Box Appeal
Thank you so much for your kindness towards this appeal.
We are pleased to say that we have raised over £200 for this fantastic cause.
Here is some photos of a few of the fabulous Christmas jumpers worn by our students this week...they get better every year!!
Elf-is, the King's Hall Elf
Natalie Kemmish - School Secretary/Receptionist
Well the weekend saw lots of activity at King's Hall and Elf-is was sat at my desk on Reception taking it all in! Luckily....my desk was not a complete mess when i got into work Monday morning! Phew!
Sunday he was hanging around in the Woodard Room swinging from the chandelier watching the Boarder's enjoy their annual Christmas feast. He then must have crawled across the roof top and popped down the chimney landing back in the school office where he spent the day on Monday slightly stuck in the chimney...
Once he figured out how to free himself, Elf-is dropped by the Medical Centre to see Sister on Tuesday to take a peek at any poorly children she may see. It was empty, so, jumping up onto the bed, he soon became distracted by the games and toys he found in there!
On Wednesday Mr Chippendale found that the cheeky little guy had made himself comfortable in his study, he had a lovely day and saw some pupils visiting the Headmaster with their HMC's, very impressed he was too, fantastic work children well done!
Elf-is heard lots of excitement and merriment around school all week, so he wanted to join in with some of the fabulous parties happening this week. Off to Pre-Prep he went, and found himself swinging above the children's heads and dancing along to the tunes, bringing lots of smiles. He had a brilliant day, his favourite party game was musical statues! Thank you Mrs Luckhurst for allowing him to stay.
Finally, it came to the last day of term, and time for Elf-is to return to the North Pole for Christmas. The bus drivers have very kindly allowed him to ride some of the way home on one of the school buses.
He had a super time and thoroughly enjoyed all of the fun things he saw and did.
Thank you to everyone at King's Hall for making him feel so welcome.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Hope you all have a restful and peaceful break.
With love from,
Mrs Kemmish and Elf-is
This week saw birthday celebrations for Mr Hands who had his 60th birthday!
We would all like to wish him a very happy birthday and hope he enjoyed the celebrations and his very fabulous cake!
The School Office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and re-open after the Christmas break on Monday 4th January. The School Shop will be open on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January 9:00am - 4:00pm by appointment only. To make an appointment please phone the School Office on:01823 285920. Normal opening hours will then resume on Wednesday 6th January.
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