19th March 2021
by Justin Chippendale
A date set in my mind is, tomorrow, 20 March. It was a Friday in 2020 and was the final day in school last year as coronavirus spread across the UK. It was followed by the first national lockdown the following Monday. Quite an interesting 364 days since then!
Back in the present, another week of school actually at school has continued to energise. The opening of the pool has been a big boost, so much outdoor play and activity, the corridors alive with boys and girls coursing through them, games fields covered in players, classrooms full of pupils, science labs with experiments and practicals everywhere, dramatic turns in the theatre, the cookery school smelling wonderful – most of the time! - and just the cheerful chirruping of children enjoying each other’s company.
Equally, this return to full on immersion in other peoples’ lives and the perpetual motion of a school day have led to some tired bodies and minds. Learning to adapt again to the social dynamic of larger groups, compromising where you may not have had to for the last three months, a longer timetable, endless stimulation from all things around you, not wanting to miss out, being more on show to a wider audience, the return of homework and many other adjustments from remote learning impact different people in different ways.
There is no doubt the benefits and gains significantly outweigh the challenges but it is worth us all being mindful that these are very unusual circumstances and hence it may not be plain sailing at every turn.
I may see some of you briefly tomorrow when you drop off but I wish you all a restful weekend.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
Spring officially arrives tomorrow although the lovely sunshine throughout this week makes one think it has sneaked in a little earlier this year which I am sure won’t lead to any complaints! Life does feel a little ‘lighter’ at this time of the year both in the natural world and in the everyday life in the classroom and on the playground. The physical shrugging off of big winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves seems to equate with children who are able to tolerate niggles and setbacks with a smile which in the depths of the coldest, wettest days can ruin an entire day. Fingers crossed the sun continues to shine for the final week of term as we prepare to celebrate the joy that Easter brings.Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
by Clare Masters
Last weekend was a quiet one, which we all needed after the first week back at school – it’s amazing how exhausted we all felt!
The weekend was spent relaxing, with the odd bit of crazy Karaoke singing, riding the Go-Karts around the school grounds, cooking homemade pizzas in the outdoor pizza oven and even the sun came out to join us.
A lovely relaxing weekend before another busy week!
A Few Words from...Willow Simpson
This term's Head Girl
Two weeks in to a 3 week term actually back at school, I am so glad to be back, it’s been amazing and so good to see everyone properly! I am also really pleased that I finally get to wear my head girl badge and tie as it’s been sitting on my desk all term which has been really sad! My brother Reef has also gone back to school, he’s a full boarder and even though I miss him loads, I’m glad he’s back with his friends.
It was Mother's Day on Sunday so I cooked Mum breakfast and we ate it in bed, I was up at 6:00 am getting it all together. We have been doing lots of walks together exploring the area and on Sunday we were walking in the rain, wind and hail, but luckily there were lots of high hedges we could hide next too and we found some beautiful valleys and old tracks! The photo of me is down a tree lined track going towards a sweet little stream and the tree behind me had fallen down a long time ago with moss and ferns now growing across it! I hope all the other Mums had a lovely day?
This week I was doing my mock exams with the other Year 8s, but it’s Comic Relief Day on Friday so we can all relax, dress up and have lots of fun at the end of the exams, all for a very good cause.
The sun has come out, the flowers and even some blossom are out and the swimming pool is open, it feels like life is getting back to normal and even though we only have a week left of term, it’s just been brilliant being back with all my friends and having face to face lessons again with the teachers.
Thank you very much for all their hard work, it’s been a great term!
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Hayden-Briffett – Year 3HB
From a teacher’s point of view, it is so good to have the Year 3s back into their natural habitat of Room 2 and the Rose Garden, and the children are delighted to be here too. We have talked about what life was like during remote learning and how they felt on getting back to school.
We have also welcomed Clemmie and Valder to the year group – although Clemmie has been with us all term, it is only in the last couple of weeks she has joined us ‘properly’ and Valder came for a taster day and just stayed! A big welcome to both of you!
Here are just a small collection of the children's comments:
About remote learning
“I hated lockdown and my computer kept turning off, although I loved being with my family”
“I felt disappointed and sad and felt like I wanted to throw a pillow”
“I was really nervous about the remote teaching but it turned out to be good”
“I was upset and angry that I couldn’t see my friends”
About coming back into school
“I turned my frown up-side down! (This was my favourite!)”
“I am happy to see my teachers and my friends”
“I was excited and nervous to see my friends ”
“I was jolly and happy about coming back, but felt a bit nervous too”
Year 5T and 5K
Spring has Sprung
Year 5 have returned to school with a determination to have fun with their friends and work hard to learn!
They have thrown themselves back into school life with gusto – here are a few of the exciting things they have been doing:
- Creating and Performing Haribo adverts in drama
- Writing secretly in PSHE ‘positive phrases about each other’ and putting them on display in the classroom. This activity made everyone feel really good about themselves.
- Writing fantastic poetry in verses linked to the class text ‘Lob’ by Linda Newbury in English. They worked hard to use super vocabulary, alliteration and other literary skills.
- Going on a nature walk and thinking about what to look for in spring in PSHE
- Earning maths merits and having fun in maths with fraction work.
- Enjoying a quizzes with Mr Clarke.
by Snoops the Dog
OK, I couldn’t help it, the temptation was just too much! I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about even though I haven’t mentioned this rather sensitive topic for quite a while. The thing is, everyone was distracted, admiring the beautiful spring flowers, and I just spotted it out of the corner of my eye. Discreetly, I had a quick roll and oh boy, did I smell good! I don’t know if she saw or smelt the evidence but it was only a matter of seconds before Mrs Masters gave me that disapproving look and called my name in a reprimanding way. The little hoomans didn’t seem to mind one bit, although they were instructed not to touch me.
I don’t know why humans don’t like the smell of fox poo. I’ve observed many of them spraying fragrances on themselves and I don’t think they smell superior to my firm favourite.
I was rather hoping to show off my attractive aroma in front of Meg, Mr Chippendale’s dog but on returning to nursery I was dunked into the sink and scrubbed with fairy washing up liquid!
If that wasn’t enough, the boarders bathed me after supper and then complained about the smell of ‘wet dog’ for the rest of the evening. I don’t know, there’s just no pleasing some people: you can’t have it both ways my friends!
I think it just turned out to be one of those days; we all have them sometimes.
Have a great weekend.
by Will Clark
One of my favourite quotes and one that I would like to share is:
"Yesterday is history,
Morning is a mystery,
Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present!"
The reason why I find this quote particularly inspiring to me is because it allows you to forget what’s happened, not to think about what’s going to happen and be happy in the moment.
I hope you all take something from it.
“Spirituality is found in the way we live our daily lives. It means spending time thinking about others. It’s not so hard to imagine that there is some kind of higher power. We don’t have to know what form it takes or exactly where it exists; just to honour it and try to live by it is enough.”
- Christopher Reeve – actor
Year 7 this year are looking at how the God of the Bible plans for the salvation of humanity and how humans respond to God spiritually and in the way they live.
Year 8 have been studying some of the major philosophers, such as Plato and David Hume. More recently, they have been looking at ethical principles which inform and challenge our moral behaviour over such issues as punishment and the environment.
Year 5 have been studying the Easter story in detail. They have also been looking at the nature of worship at sites such as Canterbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.
It was a hub of activity this week on the netball courts and astro.
The children were also thrilled to be back in the swimming pool for lessons, some on site here at King's Hall, but also over at King's College. And let's not forget a spot of late afternoon water polo – it certainly was a beautiful afternoon for it!
The Year 7 and 8 girls had a great afternoon of netball, swimming and water polo, and a little synchronised swimming to finish it all off!
Year 7 hockey saw a strong finish in practice sessions. Click below to view a little clip of the action.
The King's Loop
The King's Loop is back up and running (literally). Here are some photos of Tabitha, Isabelle and Tilly collecting their rewards this week for hard work and commitment to the King's Loop.
Well done girls, well deserved!
Hunter, Gatherer skills
This week our Year 6 pupils combined what they have learned about the Amazon rainforest in their geography lessons with a few practical exercises ... hunting and gathering, including tracking down and capturing those tricky marshmallows and toasting them on the fire!
Easter Sports Camps
Our Sports Camps are Back!
We're delighted to see the return of our popular sports camps over the Easter holidays.
Booking can be made using the online form via the button below.
All bookings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Session capacity will vary, so do book early to avoid disappointment.Book Here
School Shop Easter Appointments
Please don't forget to book your appointment to order uniform for the Summer Term.
Girls' cricket tops and all cricket kit for boys has now arrived.
The shop will be open on an appointment only basis during the Easter break from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm (3:00 pm being the last appointment of the day) on the following dates:
Monday 12th April
Tuesday 13th April
Wednesday 14th April
Monday 19th April
Tuesday 20th April
Please can visitors wear face masks and sign in for track and trace upon arrival.
Please phone the School Office on 01823 285920 or email to make your appointment
Red Nose Day Fun!
Comic Relief at King's Hall School.
The Pupil Council organised a Red Nose Day fancy or funny dress at school.
Families either opted to donate directly to the Comic Relief website, or children brought in a few gold coins.
It's been a difficult year for so many in the country and around the world and this is one small way that we make help to make a big difference.
Look at all the children dressed up – it will bring a smile to your face!
Freddie's view on exams
Below is a link to an inaugural Pupil Podcast. Herbert Yu interviewed Freddie about exams.
Each week we aim to have different topics from different year groups.
It's a work in progress!
The podcast is around 4 1/2 minutes long. Enjoy!Herbert's Podcast
We have some exciting plans afoot for the end of term, one of which we are calling Pyrland Day.
See the exciting programme of wide ranging activities below.
Now we have the children back at school, this is another antidote to all those weeks of lockdown!
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