6th September 2019
by Justin Chippendale
So here we go, the faintly frantic fervour of a new year at school is gently ebbing away as we get stuck into all the fun and endeavour of life at King’s Hall.
Welcome from HEADlines to all: welcome to new families and welcome back to those returning - we look forward to your children creating a powerful dynamic in the months ahead and the weekly Newsletters will capture much of what they get up to. The website is also populated with news items, and other streams/media platforms such as Twitter etc are further sources to tap into so do remember to log on regularly. The school portal will be capturing various feeds to go alongside information such as diary events, timetables, reports and other documents, too.
This Newsletter has a new look, too. There are more hyperlinks allowing this to be a centre from which you can either read or tap into some of the information and news we post. It also includes a snapshot of life in the Pre-Prep as a reminder that we are very much one school. Pelican News will still be distributed to Pre-Prep parents directly as it contains key relevant information.
One of the more notable events this week was the Year 7 and 8 triathlon in lovely weather, if a little breezy, and there was much to admire in the effort and commitment of those who entered. The breeze has allowed our new flagpole and flag to show itself at its best and we have vexillological (there’s a word I have only recently come across!) plans for the children. We hope you like the addition.
There have, naturally, been a couple of settling in wobbles, but overwhelmingly there have been big smiley faces around the school. One child who has been with us for a while declared that this is the ‘best year I’ve ever had at school’ as they talked about the differences moving up a year brings; a new boarder said ‘my dorm is the best’; more than one member of staff shared how much they like their new tutor group, and a parent of a new child told me that they have never heard their son use the word ‘awesome’ in relation to school before! It is early days, of course, with other challenges ahead, but it does seem to have been a very positive week all round: long may it continue.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
Summer may be at an end, but there have been plenty of sunny smiles on the faces of both children and staff as we settle into a new school year. There has been lots of laughter and fun as the children reunite with each other after the long summer holiday, and plenty of excitement as they all learn new routines and share new experiences.
It has been lovely to welcome all the new faces into the Pre-Prep family too; they have settled so well and seem to have had the biggest smiles of all! I can predict that sometime during the next week or two many of your children may begin to ‘droop’ a little as tiredness creeps in and we really get back into the school routine, and so ask for your help in ensuring they get plenty of rest when they can.
King's Hall Autumn Fayre
Saturday 28th September, 2.00 - 4.00 pm
With only three weeks until our biennial Autumn Fayre, the time has come to ask for your help and support please by donating ...
- Any good quality, second hand toys, books and games which your children are ready to part with
- Homemade cakes, jams and chutneys (all ingredients must be listed please)
All items to be brought to school before Friday 27th September and left either side of the stairs in the Pemberton Room please. Each year group rep is organising and running a stall so, if they haven't already, I am sure they will be in touch asking for help very soon! We will also be running the ever-popular Silent Auction and if you are able to donate to the usual eclectic mix of experiences and items, please contact: BJWorth@kings-taunton.co.uk.
Don't Forget ...
... our after-school hobbies programme starts next week!
Boarding Blog: Wow, What a Week!
by Clare Masters
Wow, what a week! We have welcomed lots of new boarders, which is lovely, and although we started the week with a few homesick children, I can happily say that it's all smiles and laughter now! Snoops is over the moon now that everyone is back, and has even worked his magic by giving plenty of hugs (and licks!) to those in need.
This weekend will be the perfect opportunity to get to know our new friends, and in true King's Hall fashion, we will be off to Hollywood Bowl for an afternoon of ten-pin fun! There may even be time for a quick dip in the pool before it officially closes for winter.
A Speedy Start to the Term
Fresh from the pitch
It was a speedy start to the term for Years 7 and 8, who took part in our annual triathlon earlier this week.
For many it was their first time competing in such an event, and to therefore cater to all abilities, the children were given the opportunity to race as individuals or as part of a relay team. The goal: to swim nine lengths of the pool, followed by a challenging cycle, and completed by two laps of the field. Ten boys and girls took part in the individual events, and 12 teams in the relay section.Read More Fixtures & Reports
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