8th November 2019
by Justin Chippendale
The political pandemonium around the world shows no sign of let up. Election sparrings here, impeachments there, protests elsewhere – thank goodness for the consistently blithe exuberance to be found within the children to provide an antidote.Most of my days start with a dose of media input about the world around us and often end with an update before bed. The time in-between is largely (but not entirely) spent with less furrows on my brow thanks to the pupils here!
Yet again the Newsletter brings you several of the events the pupils get up to that give cause for hope and I have also seen a good number of children with HMCs (Headmaster’s Commendations) for a range of matters: the quality of the work they achieve in class really is of a very high academic standard for their relative ages.Cleverly constructed poems, numerical challenges overcome, scientific theories explored, subtle inferences crafted from primary sources and so on. Amongst all the many, many goings on there is a great deal of academic endeavour and achievement taking place in the classroom each and every school day.
Right now the sun is shining and the weather this afternoon is looking very different to this time last year. Fingers crossed it holds for a few hours and no doubt I will see many of you for the fireworks.
This week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
Welcome back after the half-term break which I hope you all enjoyed: the children certainly seem refreshed and ready for lots of new learning and the excitement this half of term inevitably brings. This excitement kicked off with ‘Fireworks’ and finding out about Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot in assembly on Monday morning. If your child has since come home singing, ‘Whizz, Bang, Fizzy, Crunch’ on continuous loop, I can only apologise but it does seem to have got stuck in many children’s heads! I send further advanced apologies for when this is replaced with Nativity songs in the coming weeks!
Friends of King's Hall Barn Dance
FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
6.30pm – 10.00pm (ish)
Kingston St Mary Village Hall
LIVE BAND! HOG ROAST!
DAD DANCING! BYO DRINKS!
ALL THE FAMILY WELCOME
Tickets £15 per adult, children free
Tickets will be able to be purchased through the Parent Portal soon!
The cost of tickets can be added to your school bill.
Reminders for the Week Ahead
Monday 11th November
Year 6 Parent-Teacher meetings
Wednesday 13th November
The Wiz performance to children
Thursday 14th November
The Wiz performance to parents
Friday 15th November
The Wiz performance to parents
Musicians Put on Show-stopping Concert
Just before half term, over 40 pupils took part in the first formal concert of the year – the Autumn Concert. With a programme of music ranging from Vivaldi to a piece written by a pupil just this year, an appreciative audience enjoyed the many wonderful performances that the children had prepared.
A Few Words from ... Daisy Rundell
This term's Deputy Head Girl
All of the Year 8s are very excited for the big play, The Wiz. I don’t know what everyone else thinks but I have loved the whole thing. All the rehearsals and trying on costumes, it has been really fun, even though I don’t have a big part. The play is getting very close now so everybody is a little bit stressed but still most of all excited. (Remember to book your tickets!!!)
Over the long half term I did a lot of riding. Most exciting was a really fun team chase in Gloucestershire that I did with some friends, on my amazing pony called Peg. It was really scary but really fun.
All the girls are excited for the new rugby club on Saturday – it's perfect timing with the World Cup just finishing in Japan and the amazing performance from the England team. It was sad we lost but a great win for South Africa.
My hockey team have also done really well in our recent matches after a bit of a slow start after the very long summer holidays. We played in the IAPS Regionals just before half term and we did really well to come second in the Plate. We all played well as a team which made it more enjoyable.
Enjoy the Fireworks!
Get Set for our Scholastic Book Fair!
Next Friday, 15th November, promises to be a thoroughly "booktastic" day here at King’s Hall as we will be holding our school Book Fair from 8.30am until 5.30pm in the Woodard Room.
There will be a feast of fabulous fiction and non-fiction available, suitable for all ages, so it is the perfect time to stock up in readiness for Christmas!
Miss Perkins' Year 6 Tutor Group
At the end of the last half of term, the whole of Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their Plus Rewards activity: indulging in hot chocolate and biscuits before heading off to the woods to play a range of wide games, including capture the flag, 40-40 in and Sardines.
This was followed by a great half term break, where children in Miss Perkins' tutor group managed to visit places including Cornwall, London, LA and Sardinia; they went surfing (the swell was apparently really big), paddle boarding and took part in other sporting activities; visited the Universal studio; chilled out at home and watched Aladin and also went for a sleep over.
Reflecting on the first seven weeks, highlights include: joining the school and making new friends, making cell sculptures and cakes for Science, meeting a visiting author P.G.Bell, starting to learn Latin for the first time, taking part in the park runs and, most notably, our residential trip to Dulverton.
Now back into the throws of the daily school routine and everyone is very much looking forward to what lies ahead for the rest of the term!
A View from the Rose Garden
4F have been remembering their trip to New Barn with fond memories ... including the bus journey where Mrs Foster kept the children entertained with ten packs of different Top Trumps cards - good times indeed! .
by Snoops the Dog
I hope you all had a great half term. I had an awesome trip to the Lake District and my highlights were walking up mountains, meeting a flock of Herdwick sheep and watching the ducks on Lake Windermere.
My favourite walk was up a mountain called Silver Howe. My accompanying humans announced that they had walked 5 miles which means I did about 20. (They walk at such a slow pace!) On returning to our starting point in Grasmere, they ate soup and crusty rolls. I have to say that crusty rolls are just the best as people make such a crumbly mess with them. I of course, helped out by doing a little canine hoovering under the table.
Well, I don’t know about you, but it’s full steam ahead for me now: Bonfire Night, The Wiz and then the countdown to that wonderful time of year that begins with ‘C’. Mr Chippendale said that we weren’t allowed to mention the word last half term but maybe I can be the first this half term...’Christmas!’ Shhhhh, don’t tell!
Gadgets v Board Games
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
As the nights begin to draw in, our collection of board games decide to make an appearance! Who knew so much excitement could come from a single game of Uno? Or that the pressures of chess could delight even the most sceptical of players? Not to mention the competitive dealings of Snakes and Ladders, and the frustration of, you guessed it, Frustration!
The staff love the interactive element, and so do the children, making board games the perfect replacement to electrical gadgets (or so we think ...).Read More
Christmas Toy Drive!
The 2019 Christmas Sparkle project is now underway!
The Christmas Sparkle Project is run by the community for the community, working with local charities who support families in need.
They aim to give a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington community.
They want to make every child's ‘Christmas Sparkle’ and King’s Hall School would like to help make that happen by donating new toys.
Please note that all toys should be unwrapped so that the volunteers at the project can assign them to the appropriate age group. All donations to be brought into school by Friday 6th December please.
In their French Lessons...
... the children have been using technology to enhance their learning and they are very fortunate to have class sets of learnpads.
Year 8 have
rediscovered the website memrise which is a great resource for reinforcing their learning ... with a competitive element! All the activities have been devised by Mme Harvey and Mme Murray so they are completely
relevant to our curriculum content. Years 6 and 7 will also be introduced to
this in the coming weeks.
We also subscribe to linguascope.com, another excellent resource for the basics with lots of fun listening, reading and writing games and activities. Languagesonline.org.uk is great for grammar exercises.
Many parents encourage their children to use these sites regularly. Indeed, some have even commented that their digital natives can be easily encouraged to do some work when it is on their tablet or computer!
In their Spanish Lessons ...
... Year 5 have been learning the basics and about the various cultural events in Spain and South America.
They particularly enjoyed learning about El día de los muertos and learning some vocabulary around that theme. They learned that el día de los muertos is a day where people in South America celebrate the lives of loved ones in a bright, joyful and celebratory manner.
King's Hall's Enrichment Programme
As the second half of the term commences, we look back at what has been an exciting couple of months. From our pizza cooking competition right down to the reveal of our brand new reading huts, there has always been something new to look forward to.
Here at King’s Hall, we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn and grow, and thanks to our sprawling woodlands and fantastic facilities, we have just the space in which to do so! That’s where our Enrichment Programme comes in …Please click here to read more
Thanks to the generosity of a current parent the children are now able to develop their fitness even further - we are very excited about this and the gym will be open during lunch times, PE lessons and after school hobby time.
As a reward for their commitment to the King’s Loop, Ed Luxton Will Mowat, Sophie Pinkney, Darcie Tomlinson, Andrew Venn and Niamh Wait were the first to use our new gym equipment during their lunch break today.
King's Hockey Camp
Our camps are designed to be fun! You will learn and develop your skills with experienced coaches. Come and join us!
|When?||Monday 23rd December|
|For?||5-15 year olds|
|Time?||10.00 am - 4.00 pm|
Book your place
King's Netball Camp
Come and join our Netball Camp. The courses will be led by England Netball qualified coaches and are open to all and aimed at girls who want to have fun and develop their netball.
|When?||Monday 6th January 2020|
|Time?||10.00 am - 4.00 pm|
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