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13th September 2019

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by Justin Chippendale

I think it is a good long while since we had a term time Friday the 13th and I hope that for those uneasy about such matters the day has passed without incident!

We have certainly enjoyed the promised sunshine today and let’s hope that we have plenty of fair weather for our great fun Autumn Fayre in a couple of weeks’ time.

This brings a call to arms from me as this important event is only as good as the energy, fun and effort that is put into it by the King’s Hall community. I know that a core team, vitally supported by the year reps, have been at work in preparation but now it is time for us all to act to deliver on the plans.

Do read the material but a key stall is the Silent Auction and if you have an experience, an opportunity or a prize that you are in a position to donate then do get in touch; in the past, the quality of the lots on offer has made a significant difference to the final amount raised. You will see in this week’s newsletter that there are various other ways to contribute through donating raffle prizes, making things, baking things, giving bottles to the Bottle Stall (some fun bottled items and bottles for children are also needed as well as the obvious alcoholic enticements for adults) as well as helping on a stall.

Crucially of course, you will need to join the fun on the afternoon itself (28th Sep) and come with oodles of cash ready to bid excessively and spend lavishly in the interests of charitable giving. This year we are supporting Brainwave which is a charity that helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence.

To finish, you might like to know that this morning we had the first House meetings of the year and the instigation of House flags was one of their topics. The children have been asked to think of elements/design concepts that would make a good house flag and so it may be that your children choose to put their mind to this over the weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

Pre-Prep has been busy this week with lots of ‘first of the new academic year season’ events having taken place: we had our first playtime visits from the marvellous Year 7 Pelican Pals which was very much appreciated by the children who hold them in the very highest esteem. Reception went on the first school trip of the term to Charlton Apple Orchard where they enjoyed exploring all things ‘apple’ before even more adventures at a nearby park. We opened the Pre-Prep doors to welcome our first Pelican Explorers (pre-school aged children and their families who have registered to take part in a wonderful array of activities such as Pelican Pioneers, Pelican Playgroup, La Jolie Ronde and Hockey Nippers throughout the school week). The hobbies programme started this week much to the children’s delight as they showcased their amazing talents in sports, crafts, dance, performance and the ever-popular ‘Hama Bead’ club (Miss Knight we salute your patience!). We also had our first ‘wet playtime’ but are all happy the sun has returned as we much prefer to be outside!

A Few Words from ... Ruby Beresford

A Few Words from ... Ruby Beresford

This term's Head Girl

After having such a long summer, climbing Snowdon, learning to play golf, enjoying a holiday with my family in the sun and visiting my grandparents in Durham, it’s been hard to get back into the rhythm of busy school life.

Now I’m a Year 8 pupil, myself and the rest of my year group need to step up a gear to ensure that we make the most of all the wonderful opportunities that King's Hall has to offer in our last year at the school.

Earlier last week Mr Watson and Mr Chippendale called all of Year 8 to a meeting and explained to us that we have an even more important responsibility to act as great role models for the school. A key part of that is to be friendly and welcoming to the younger children at King's Hall.

I reflected on this time last year when I was just about to start my first week at King’s Hall and I can remember being really nervous, as it can be a real challenge starting at a new school. Having the people in my year and the older year groups being really kind and supportive was particularly helpful in letting me settle in.

There are a lot of things to prepare for this term such as scholarships, The Wiz and participating in lots of after school and sporting activities.I know that for me and many others these are all very exciting things to look forward to.I can’t wait to see how the rest of this year’s going to turn out and I hope that everyone had a great summer and is as happy as I am to be back at school.



Tuesday 17th September
Individual and family group photographs - children to come in looking extra smart please!

Friday 20th September
Coffee morning
8.00 am - 10.00 am - all welcome

Due to the start of long weekend, school finishes at 4.30 pm, or earlier,
as per normal routines for some in Pre-Prep.
There will be no TT Club or after-school supervision after this time.

Library Blog

Library Blog

by Emily Marcuccilli

Over the past two weeks, King’s Hall pupils have been hard at work spreading their love of reading by designing bunting based on their favourite story. Once complete, this decorative bunting will be a fantastic source of reading recommendations from our entire school community.

Tuesday morning also saw the first of this year’s Book Breakfast gatherings. Our Year 7 bookworms had read The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell over the summer holidays, and so we met over a delicious spread of Danish pastries and fruit juice to chat about the story and to write some postcards to send to the author. We all agreed that books and pastries make the perfect start to the day!

Storybook Bunting

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

A View from the Rose Garden

With only two weeks under their belts, 3G have already had a living history day in Dorset (more on that next week!), been on a foraging walk in the woods, made a human ‘spider diagram’, voted for our Pupil Council member (congratulations Charlotte!) and participated in a whole host of different activities on our lessons!

Here are a few of the things they love about being in the Prep department ...

  • “I feel more 'grown up'”
    - Isla
  • “Playing sport with our Year 4 friends”
    - Xavier
  • “Having the choice of 'cold' salads with our baked potatoes”
    - Theo
  • “Having art lessons in a 'real' Art room”
    - Francesca
  • “Being able to see more of our older brothers”
    - Sam and Laszlo
  • “Using a Bunsen Burner in science”
    - Molly
  • “Playing on the adventure playground and going to the library”
    - Jemima
  • “Playing rugby and hockey in our games lessons”
    - Felix & Florence
  • “Writing lots in English”
    - Charlotte
  • “Maurice would like to reserve judgement until he has thoroughly tested the water!”
    - Mrs Gompels
<h2>Our Autumn Fayre Needs You!  </h2>

Our Autumn Fayre Needs You!

Saturday 28th September

Please donate, volunteer and come and spend, spend, SPEND!

Please Donate ...

Please Donate ...

... to the stalls... to the Silent Auction
  • Trains, cars and trucks
  • Toys, books and games
  • CDs, DVDs, computer games
  • Children's dressing up clothes
  • Gifts, arts, crafts and jewellery
  • Bottles and cans
  • Homemade cakes, jams and chutneys
  • Experiences
  • A skill
  • Art
  • Holiday homes
  • Babysittng
  • Almost anything goes!

All items to be brought to school before Friday 27th September and left either side of the stairs in the Pemberton Room please (no perishables before the 27th please).

Raffle tickets will come come home with your child on Monday. The ticket stubs and money should be returned to the School Office by Friday 27th September or to the Raffle Stall on the day. The draw will take place at 4.00pm on the afternoon of the Autumn Fayre.

All the fun of the fayre!

<h2>With Independence and Freedom Comes Responsibility...</h2>

With Independence and Freedom Comes Responsibility...

... after a couple of weeks being the eldest year group in the school, this is what some individuals in Mrs Hardy’s tutor group think are the benefits and challenges of being a Year 8 so far:

  • “Sitting on chairs in Chapel and assembly.”
  • “A few more privileges.”
  • “‘Treat Tuesday’ – Huckleberry brought in ‘Huckleberry Jam’ for us all to try after a friend brought it back for him from a trip to Montana, USA.”
  • “Having even more friends as I was new to King’s Hall at the start of Year 7.”
  • “Hot chocolate with Mrs Chippendale on a Friday.”
  • “Being the top year of the school.”
  • “Playing sports matches for the oldest teams.”
  • “Getting a main part in the play.”
  • “Having to eat lunch later.”
  • “Having to be more responsible and independent!”
  • “Harder preps and exams.”
  • “Going to lunch last.”
  • “Getting used to less break time after we eat our lunch.”
  • “Remembering to always set a good example to the younger years!”

They definitely decided there are more highs than lows!
Boarders Take to the Tracks

Boarders Take to the Tracks

Our boarders experienced their first exhilarating activity of the term this week, taking to the King’s Hall tracks on their brand new go-karts.

The state-of-the-art machines were kindly donated by Mr Alastair Milburn, a former pupil, who kindly provides the school with an annual donation. As many of you will know, Alastair brought the wonderful Snoops into our lives way back in 2017. Two years on, our lovable pooch and the whole boarding gang benefitted from further donated items including a table tennis table, skateboard ramp, and wildly popular charging lockers.

This past weekend, the children transformed the school grounds into their very own Formula One racing track. For many it was their first time behind the wheel (thankfully!), but this didn’t stop their racing-driver egos taking over – did someone say Lewis Hamilton?

Once again we thank Alastair for his kind donation and look forward to taking our new wheels out for a spin again this weekend.

Boarding at King's Hall

Boarding in pictures ...

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Well hello my friends,

It has been great to see so many familiar faces over the past two weeks, as well as some new ones! I hope you have all had a fabulous summer. Mine was action-packed - I’ve been boating, kayaking and even paddle boarding, some may say I am quite the pro. I also saw plenty of other dogs jumping on the paddle boarding bandwagon - it’s fast becoming a popular canine sport (you heard it straight from the dog's mouth!). I’ve also developed another skill, and that’s rounding up ducks. I can’t swim fast enough to catch them but I can herd about 20 at a time.

Since returning to school I’ve had great fun playing with my boarding friends. Have you seen the new go-karts? They really are ‘next level’ exciting!! The start of term has been the best. The boarding house house has been buzzing with happy and excited children. I really love being surrounded by my friends - I really am the luckiest pup in Somerset!

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Swimming is offered as part of our PE curriculum and Year 6 will be swimming for the first half of this term, and Year 5 the second half. It will then be the turn of Year 3 and Year 4 next term.

<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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