17th September 2021 | King's Hall School Taunton


17th September 2021

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by Justin Chippendale

We’ve had a few lovely mornings recently – the low lying mist is very atmospheric on the front field and of course we all welcome sunny starts. I hope you’ll forgive me when I say that the school is glorious without children! The peace and beauty of an amble around early on a fair morning never fails to fortify the repositories of natural delight, serenity and perspective.

We have certainly had a metaphorically sunny start to term not only in regard to bedding in new beginnings but, in not wasting a moment, we have been straight into various regular activities.

To mention a few: hobbies have been heavily attended this week, orchestra have convened, King’s Loop was immediately into its stride (and brilliantly popular), Year 3 are off on a trip today, the boarders had a cracking day by and in the sea at Dawlish Warren, Year 6 were on the Quantocks hill walking on Wednesday, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ rehearsals are more than underway, the top field was splendidly covered with seven different rugby matches with spectators, we have been to hockey tournaments, creations are already emerging in Art and DT and I know Mr DJ has had excellent first sessions on the new instruments. And that is, of course, on top of and around all the considerable endeavour and hard work applied to academic development.

Even though the last fortnight has flashed by, this is no longer the start of term and there is much to anticipate ahead.

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

I begin this week’s newsletter with a personal thank you to staff, parents and children for the kindness, support and understanding you have all shown to me following the passing of my sister. I have been deeply touched and look forward to seeing you all very soon.

It would seem it has been a busy and productive week in Pre-Prep as the second week of term comes to an end and ‘business as usual’ has resumed with the children having transitioned successfully to their new classes and settled into their rhythms and routines. The photos in the Pelican Gallery below speak volumes of how enthusiastically the children have embraced this new school year!

Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy

Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy

Another fun filled, action packed week in boarding. The boarders are settling in and it has been great to see the range of hobbies they have been getting involved in this week – from looking after Snoops, Tae Kwon Do, ballet, squash and water polo to arts and crafts, football, hockey and drama to name a few. We had a great day at Dawlish Warren on Sunday, the fair rides were a massive hit, followed by the older ones showing off their driving skills in go-karts and the younger ones winning hundreds of tokens in the arcade. Then to our surprise the sea was not actually that cold and most of us went for a paddle or a proper swim! It has been great to see some new faces in boarding this week, Wednesday nights are always popular, maybe it has something to so with it being ‘tuck night’ and no prep!

A Few Words from...Barnaby Mack

A Few Words from...Barnaby Mack

This Term's Head Boy

Hello, my name is Barney Mack and I am Head Boy for this term. 

I have enjoyed meeting lots of new people and hope you have all settled in very well. 

It is so nice to see all of the school trips returning to our school. I hope everyone is excited about those. I am looking forward to Cleeve Abbey. 

After all this disruption, it is wonderful to see a bit of normality being brought back to the school routine. 

Hope you enjoy the term!

<h2>A View from the Rose Garden</h2>

A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Hayden-Briffet - Year 3HB

Mrs Hayden-Briffet - Year 3HB

Two weeks in and the Year 3 children have settled really well into the new routines and expectations of the Prep Department. 

A few thoughts from the children on the first couple of weeks are included below. 

One child has enjoyed games, maths, science, DT – just about everything really!

I wonder if you can match the ideas with the children who said them?

My thoughts...what a lovely hard-working new class, please keep it up! 


Thoughts for the week....

  • “Learning to play Hockey”
  • “Being allowed to go to the Library at break times is great”
  • “I like using the water fountain”
  • “Choir was fun”
  • “Year 3 is tiring but the adventure playground is great”
  • “I have enjoyed everything particularly the maths”
  • “Science was exciting because we used the Bunsen burners”
<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Dear Friends,

I can’t believe that we’ve now completed two weeks of the new term. The sun has continued to shine and we’ve all enjoyed playing on the fields at break time.

On many an occasion I’ve confessed to my daily obsession with squirrel spotting and duck watching but last weekend a new four legged creature emerged from the undergrowth near the sports hall and made its way to Mr Sprague’s classroom. On it’s arrival it waddled in through the open door and parked itself in the middle of the carpet for a sunbathe. I have to say that I was very interested in checking out this unusual little chap.

Let me describe it, as I have never seen a creature quite like it before. It had a long thin nose, cute little legs and it’s body was completely covered in a coat of spikes.

Although the sight of this little soul warmed my heart, I couldn’t help licking my lips a few times (old habits die hard). The children were overjoyed at his arrival and Mr Sprague and Mr Watson started making a plan for his release. You’ll probably understand when I tell you that I was a little bit miffed when it was fed some of my very own dog food (Wham Bam Lamb, my favourite flavour too). I’m really not one to share my food, I think it’s a canine thing.

Anyway, refreshed and rested Mrs Tiggywinkle, as she became known, toddled off back into the vegetation, from whence she came.

You may think that this is the end of the story but, no, Mrs Tiggywinkle reappeared outside the music room, in a drain!

This time Mr Dayus Jones came to the rescue, followed by more food and a release into Big Woods. Her food and water has been topped up, and as proved on her visits to the school, she heartily gobbled up all the offerings.

All I can say is that I’m 4 years old and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that in my experience there is never a dull moment at King’s Hall.

Bye for now

Snoops X

Mr Thomas' Year 7 Tutor Group

Mr Thomas’s Year 7 Tutor Group have started the term with plenty of energy and enthusiasm and it has been especially pleasing to see the 5 new pupils – Jack, Lucia, Maria, Shea and Thomas settling in well and mixing pleasantly within the classroom. There have been plenty of smiles and much laughter though not necessarily when Mr Thomas has been telling his jokes; they have truly lived down to expectations. He will argue that the pupils’ jokes are no better. Our aim is to find/make up original and good enough jokes to tell when it is our next turn to contribute to the newsletter. We shall see ….. Fresh from Madrid, Maria is having her patience tested in trying to teach her Tutor some Spanish, she says his pronunciation is terrible!

The children have been active at break times and enjoying the warm weather. The girls and boys have even been playing together – football and “build up” have been common activities. The boys are not entirely convinced that the girls add too much; they feel that the girls’ involvement has more to do with sabotage than collaboration. Come what may, it is good to see this kind of interaction. The pupils have thus been busy socially, with their sport, seeking fun (at the right times, of course!). Oh and some work is being done as well!

<h2>Academic Life - History</h2>

Academic Life - History

Mr Rudkin

Despite the short time we have been back the History department have been exciting the children with role plays, visiting Viking Gods and foraging for edible Celtic food in the woods.

Year 8 have begun the year with their end of year exams as the main talking point and the Common Entrance classes have started by preparing for the evidence section of their paper with sources on the murder of Thomas Becket. Some of them will have remembered their knowledge from Year 6 and we have also had the opportunity to role play the story to refresh the memory. 8S are preparing for their scholarship exam in February and are investigating the consequences of the Industrial Revolution.

Year 7 are at the start of their Common Entrance/Scholarship journey and have begun learning about the problems faced by Henry VII as he establishes the Tudor dynasty. There is some excellent prior knowledge and a thirst for information. Great start year 7!

Year 6 have moved on from their year 5 work on the Vikings and Saxons to learning about life in medieval England. The opening lessons of this year have encouraged Year 6 to act like detectives in their lessons as they look for clues in sources and make a judgement on what they might show. Sherlock Holmes was a common point of reference for Year 6, but Mr Rudkin liked the idea of being James Bond; more a spy than a detective!

In Year 5, we are introducing the topic of the Vikings and looking forward to learning all about where they come from, how they arrived on our shores and how they lived. We shall be making our own Viking long ships over the half term holiday. Madame Murray is looking forward to getting out her Dragon Head and telling exciting Viking stories of raids and adventures. (Picture below)

Year 4 History

Last year the children in Year 4 learnt all about the Celts and the Celtic way of life in Britain. After a quick recap we are now moving forwards in time to the Roman invasions. We started by looking at maps to see where these people came from. It was amazing to see the incredible spread of the Roman Empire over a period of 500 years.

Year 3 have been introduced to the British Celts, sorting various things into what the Celts would have had and things they wouldn't have had - there were a few surprises such as them having salt, very important for preserving their foodstuffs, but no potatoes! We've also been on a foraging walk around the school grounds to find foods that the Celts could have gathered. Amongst other things we found hazel nuts, stinging nettles and blackberries.


A New Chapter

A New Chapter

It was lovely to see all the children return to the library this week. Many have dropped in at lunch and break times to dip into a comic or magazine, share a book with friends, or seek out a cosy nook to quietly read a great tale. Not least of all it was great to welcome Year 3 into the Prep Library and watch them delight in all there is to offer. I love a new chapter and by the looks of it so do the pupils!

My Favourite Film

My Favourite Film

by Gill Coleman - Head of Marketing

Some classics spring to mind such as Shawshank Redemption, but I also love Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy for pure escapism.

Shawshank Redemption
<h2>This Week in Sport....</h2>

This Week in Sport....

Mouthguards and Water Bottles

Mouthguards and Water Bottles

You will have all received my newsletter about sports last term and the kit needed this term, just to add, we do have second hand water bottles for £4 and a few mouthguards for £2 if your child forgets them on the day.

Also, for information on sports fixtures please visit our school sports website SOCS, and use the password KHT19

A guide to accessing SOCS can be found by clicking the link below

Sports Fixtures SOCS Info
<h2>Hazlegrove U12 Hockey Tournaments </h2>

Hazlegrove U12 Hockey Tournaments

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Our U12s really hit the ground running at the start of the term. Only three days in and after just one training session, we headed across to Hazlegrove for a friendly beginning of the season U12 A & B tournament. 

Our Bs were predominantly beginners, so the progress they made throughout the afternoon was especially pleasing. Playing each opposition team twice, they were able to gain much improved results in the second games. 

The A team got off to a super start, winning 4-1 against All Hallows. 

Our second match we were unable to hit the target, despite having many attempts on goal, then a small defending slip, saw us concede just one goal against Hazlegrove. 

Our final game, against Taunton Prep was a must win, to secure second place. Two goals to the good, we returned sporting silver medals. 

A great start to the season from all the U12 girls. Well done!

Off games

Off games

Just a reminder from Sister to please email her directly if you wish for your son/daughter to be marked as off games.

Saturday Activities - 18th September

Saturday Activities - 18th September

We are pleased to confirm that Saturday activities will be recommencing on the 18th September 2021. Details of which have been emailed out to all Year 6-8 parents this week. If you wish for your son/daughter to sign up for any of the activities please complete the form by clicking the link below. A copy of the hobbies leaflet is also below for information. 

Saturday Activities Form Saturday Activities Information Leaflet
<h2>Year 6 Hill Walking – Bicknoller</h2>

Year 6 Hill Walking – Bicknoller

Wednesday afternoon was a fantastic time to be out walking and Year 6 certainly made the most of their time on the Quantock Hills. The year group were driven to Bicknoller and decamped from the busses at this point.

Two groups then walked different routes through the combes and over the hillside. The children enjoyed chatting with friends, playing hide and seek in the heather and gorse, and they attempted some map reading of the route and discussions about the country code. Through this they enhanced their friendships and got to know others a bit more than before. All of this bodes well for their future trip residential trip to Mill on the Brue together.

Chapel Servers this Week

Please see below photo of this week's Chapel Servers

<h2>Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!</h2>

Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!

Has your child achieved something that you'd like to share with us? Email our marketing department: khsnews@kingshalltaunton.co.uk with your news and photos!

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