13th December 2019
by Justin Chippendale
I have little to write other than to say I hope you enjoy the very festive edition of the Newsletter – we have had a wonderful week wallowing in all the sumptuous rituals and familiar traditions that this time of year brings.
So from HEADlines, it is a very happy Christmas to you all and we will return to the weekly rhythm in 2020.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
The Pre-Prep Nativity, Gabriel’s Big Break, was the perfect ending to what has been a very happy and productive term. I was so proud of all the children as they sang, danced and acted their little hearts out in a way only little people can. Their confidence on stage is undeniable and they definitely reaped the rewards for all the hard work they have put in over the past couple of weeks to achieve what they did this morning. A special mention must be given to Year 2 who led the production so capably; we have never had so many soloists/duets/trios in a Nativity before and I congratulate them all on their super performances. Friday 13 may have sent a slight shiver down my spine but I should know never to doubt the brilliance of Pre-Prep children! They are truly deserving of a very magical Christmas where all their hopes and wishes come true.
Woodland Adventures Christmas Holiday Club
With Christmas fast approaching why not give yourself some stress-free shopping, cooking or cleaning time and take advantage of the Woodlands Christmas Holiday Club where your children will have fun making Christmas decorations, cooking up Christmas treats, building Santa’s Grotto and toasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate around the campfire!For more information please click here To book your place(s) please click here
Our annual Carol Service is always the point at which many pupils and parents feel that Christmas really begins!
Again, we were treated to another wonderful occasion, full of beautiful readings, heavenly singing from the school choirs, and stirring congregational participation from a chapel full of pupils, families and friends.Full review coming soon ...
In other Music news ...
Many congratulations to Year 7 pupil, Charlotte Ambler, who has been awarded a place in the National Children's Orchestra. This is a huge achievement as the standard is exceptionally high and we are so thrilled for her!
Thank you to our wonderful catering team,
who smashed it through two rounds of Christmas lunches for the whole King’s Hall family as well as a marvellous Boarders' Feast...
‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….’
Our annual Christmas preparations in the Art department have been underway and pupils in Year 3 through to Year 6 have been busy creating our much loved clay robins, complete with scarves and woolly hats; handmade felt Christmas decorations; Bethlehem Town Collages and Drypoint Print Christmas Cards. Pupils have enjoyed the opportunity to work in different media and to also use the printing press; the outcomes have been delightful. So, without wanting to spoil the wonderful gifts you are about to receive, but also wanting to showcase the fantastic array of finished pieces, we have included a few photographs for you to enjoy. We hope you love your Christmas creations as much as we have loved making them and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year!
A few words from ... Will Mowat
This term's Deputy Head Boy
This week has been full of entertainment and fun! As it is the last week of term there have been lots of events - starting with the Carol service on Sunday night, which was a very special occasion. Well done to all the readers, I was sitting at the back and could hear every word! Also to all the choir, solo singers and everyone else who took part. On Monday we had Christmas item day, lots of bright jumpers and hats. On Tuesday, Years 3-6 saw The Railway children at the Brewhouse which went down a treat! On Wednesday we had our amazing Christmas lunch with Christmas crackers and music, followed by plus rewards. On Thursday we all had Christmas parties with plenty of festive fun! On Friday we packed up and got ready for the Christmas holidays, hurray!!!
It certainly has been a long busy term but a very happy and successful one - well done to all the teachers, children, cooks, cleaners and the groundsmen.
I have really enjoyed my time as Deputy Head Boy, it has been a huge privilege and I would just like to finish by wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas!
See you all next year!
Pupils create library-inspired decorations
There has been a festive vibe in the library all this week with pupils excitedly borrowing a whole host of lovely Christmassy stories for their holiday reading! On Wednesday, a group of Year 5s had fun turning some old, damaged books into festive decorations and on Thursday it was the turn of Year 7. I think you will agree that, although they may not be quite as tall as the majestic Christmas tree that stands in the Pemberton Room, the results are very charming nonetheless.
A very Happy Christmas and happy festive reading to all!
Year 7 were set the enviable task of modelling nativity scenes of clay.
With only 20 minutes on the clock and a strict set of instructions, each team got to work fashioning their scenes.
To gain extra points the groups had to include the nativity essentials … a stable, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and … a LOBSTER?! (If you've seen Love Actually, you'll understand …)
Theology, Philosophy and Religion
by Peter Sprague, Head of TPR
In our recent lessons on theology and the nature of God’s relationship with the world, the issue of faith has come up time and time again for Year 8: what is the nature of true faith, how is trust gained, why did the God of the Old Testament feel the need to prove himself to his people through miracles?
Many will feel that their faith in democracy is being sorely tested at the moment and whatever the outcome of yesterday’s General Election, the future is far from certain.
“(It is He) that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.He giveth power to the faint; and to them that hath no might he increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40; 23,29.
The same prophet foretold the coming of a child, whose “name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9; 6.
Whatever your faith, may we wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and all good health for the New Year!
Mr Morgan's Year 8 tutor group
Not surprisingly, excitement and the festive spirit have been in evidence this week as the end of term approaches and the children have been fortunate to enjoy an excellent Christmas lunch followed by their Year 8 party, where they were spared the horrible spectacle of Mr Morgan dancing.
During our PSHE session this week, the children were shown the Band Aid video Do They Know It’s Christmas from 1984 and discussed not only how and why this song came to be, but also its historical context as the forerunner to now well-established events like Comic Relief and Sport Relief.
Still on a musical theme, Father Mark has spoken frequently to the school this term about remembrance, and to tie this in with Christmas, the children were also shown Paul McCartney’s Pipes of Peace video. They were surprised to hear that this was based on real events from the First World War and some excellent discussion ensued.
As a much needed holiday is about to begin, the children can reflect on a very busy term of academic learning, sport, drama and personal development and I wish them and their families a peaceful Christmas and new year.
Boarders celebrate with end of year feast
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
The Boarders' Feast … some say it is the greatest night of the year.
This year the celebration was bigger than ever before, with bubbles and canapés served in the Pemberton Room before the evening’s main event: a lavish feast in the Woodard Room. With a menu of beef and cheddar burgers, Cajun baby potatoes and pickled cucumber ribbons, it was safe to say that our boarders were feeling well and truly thankful. And that’s before mentioning dessert …
In true King’s Hall style, the meal was rounded off with a visit to the ice-cream parlour which came complete with a variety of toppings including crumbled chocolate brownie, meringue pieces, and biscuit bites. With everyone full of happiness and hearty food, it was time to unveil this year’s Staff Panto, Snow White and the Seven Gnomes. Adding a comical spin to the classic tale, the teachers and boarding staff really did whistle while they worked as they entertained the children with song and dance. We must also give special mention to Mr Watson who shone in his role as the Wicked Witch – he had everyone in hysterics.Please click here to read more
A View from the Rose Garden
Year 3 helped the Gothard family plant 2300 trees on their farm
As part of their Geography curriculum and to give the children wider learning experiences, Year 3 helped the Gothard family plant 2300 trees on their farm. This is a joint venture with The Woodland Trust and Sainsbury's to plant native deciduous trees for the benefit of the local environment and future generations.
Regular 'pupdates' from your favourite boarding pooch
Snoops departs for his Christmas vacay!
Seasons greetings my friends,
“Ho, ho, ho!” are the perfect words to encapsulate the spirit of the week. I’m going to try and utilise the phrase "a picture paints a thousand words", instead of describing all the exciting events that I’ve been party to over the last few days (party being the operative word).
Before I sign off and pack my bags for the Christmas vacation, I would just like to pass on a message to my friend James in Year 4 and his brother, Benjamin, in Year 1. You see, they will also be spending Christmas in the Lake District, just across from where I will be staying with my cousin, Noah, the miniature daschund. In the summer, James thought he could hear me barking (I don’t often make a noise, but there are some pesky ducks that wind me up). Anyway, on Christmas morning, listen out and I will wish you a Merry Christmas from over the lake. It will sound something like this: woof-woof, woof woof! Got it?
And to all my other friends and their families at King’s Hall: woof, woof, woof-woof-woof, woof-woof and a woof-woof, woof, woof! (Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year)
All my love,
We can’t believe a year has passed and it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Beecher, Miss Macgregor, Mr Jones and Mr Campleman, all of whom have been a huge part of our boarding family. We thank them for all they have done and wish them the very best on their new journeys.
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