1st October 2021 | King's Hall School Taunton


1st October 2021

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by Justin Chippendale

We all know it’s all about the children anyhow so here are a few observations on a few of them from this week.

Obviously we have had Open Day today and I write this full of that deep satisfaction and fulfilment that comes from the confirmation that ‘it’s all worth it’ when your children make you proud! Erudite, confident, humble and good company were the unsolicited comments from the families who had been given tours of the school. We were busy this morning (as will be the College tomorrow) and well done to everyone who played a part in making things run so smoothly.

We had prayers read in differing tongues at Chapel this week to celebrate International Languages. Both Maria and Miko have only been with us three weeks but stood in front of everyone and read beautifully in Spanish and Cantonese (…..oh, and today speaking in English they showed some strangers around their still new school – pretty neat).

Another girl, also a recent joiner, came to see me as she had been given an HMC (Headmaster’s Commendation) for her pitch as part of the election process to be a Pupil Council rep for her class. Let’s call her Mary Scott and, with her permission, I’ll share some excerpts with you: “I try really hard in all my work, I am trustworthy and kind to everyone, I’m funny and helpful and, as Albert Einstein once said, ‘Mary Scott is the best person alive today and always. Thank you, please vote for me and we will all have FUN!!” This is a great example that you can take important things seriously without always having to be serious.

Whilst looking for Mr DJ during break-time, I was beckoned into the Art Room by Mrs Aladin. She was sitting, unmoving and, as I went further into the room, I saw Toby sitting across the table from her drawing a pencil portrait of her. How great that both had given over time to a calmly creative moment. I wonder if Mrs A is content with the likeness, Toby?

No doubt those of you with Year 4 children will get plenty of anecdotes when they return from New Barn – alternatively you may find they are ready for bed as I hear a few made a fairly early start to their day this morning.

Whatever it brings – activities here, sports fixtures, quiet moments, yummy food: have a good weekend.

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

I start this week’s newsletter by sending enormous thanks to the school transport team for having secured enough fuel to allow our planned outings to go ahead this week. Reception enjoyed a fantastic day at Bear Town on Tuesday, Year 1 attended the very special occasion of Lion Law’s baptism at St Mary Magdalene Church on Thursday and Nursery headed out on their weekly adventure this morning. I have no doubt these trips have been the highlight for all of the children in these year groups this week, and for staff too, due to the children’s super conduct and behaviour whilst out of school. A comment from a member of the public spoke volumes when she said, “It has brightened up my day to see the children”. Top job Pre-Prep! (Year 2 watch this space as it will be your turn to head out on a trip soon too!)

Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy

Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy

Blankets and birthdays

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse, so when the children returned from long weekend they found they had all been given new blankets. These have all been named and will be theirs to keep when the full and flexi boarders leave King’s Hall. They were put to good use straight away with some of the children cuddling up in them whilst watching TV in the common rooms. We have also had a few birthdays this week in boarding – Happy Birthday Miss Biggs and Gracie!

A Few Words from...Noah Jones

A Few Words from...Noah Jones

This Term's Deputy Head Boy

Hello my name is Noah Jones and I am deputy head boy this term.

I hope everyone has enjoyed this term so far. For the rugby players, all this rain has been useful for us and finally giving our knees a break. I hope everyone else is enjoying sport this term too. Remember there is always space on Mr Halls’ King’s Loop on a Friday lunchtime if you want to join us, it’s not about running fast it’s about finishing it and being part of the team.

So for me, this weekend sees more sport (and prep!) as well as a visit to King's College Open Day. I’m really excited to see what the College looks like for next year. I’ll also be taking our dogs for a walk with my mum, dad and brother. We have a new puppy who is 4 months old called Maple, she is a Double Doodle and we have a Golden Doodle who is called Poppy who is 8.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you are able to relax and enjoy it.

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

A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Gompels - Year 3G

Mrs Gompels - Year 3G

‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ was one of our recent end of day stories and 3G are living up to the advice in Dr Seuss’s book.

Already 3G have experienced competitive sport playing with other schools and spent the day in Dorset living as a Celt. We’ve voted for our Pupil Council Rep (shhh it’s a secret until the big reveal in assembly!) and worked hard in our lessons. Geography took us to many more places this week as we discussed holiday locations on the World map and deepened our understanding of the British Isles.

3G played a ‘Helping Others’ game in PSHE keeping with Mr Chippendale’s fun assembly using a basket ball and bean bag! Here are some photos of the children using the board game to understand the importance of kind deeds...

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Dear Friends,

This week I’ve enjoyed spending time in TPR lessons with the Year 5 and 6 children and I’ve discovered that learning about world religions is a rather wonderful thing.

There are many valuable lessons, as well as essential values to be learned, from the study of theology.

I’m finishing the week with a wholesome feeling and with a better understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural matters. The key words that I’m taking away from the lessons are:






Year 6 are studying a world religion and I’m wondering if you can guess what it is from these inspirational quotations?

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?”

And finally,

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth.”

On that note, I’d like to wish you a very happy weekend and remember: “Be happy in this moment. This moment is your life.

Much love

Your Snoops X

<h2>Academic Life - Latin</h2>

Academic Life - Latin

As we welcome another new group of Latinists in Year 7, it is a timely reminder that one of the most important elements in learning Latin is building up one’s vocabulary.

In a series of vocabulary tests over 2 years, the Latin sets will be building up their vocabulary knowledge. As points are accumulated, the pupils will earn certificates on the way to show they have reached a certain level on the senatorial Roman ladder of office, called the Cursus Honorum. There are a number of offices to acquire, culminating in the title of IMPERATOR or IMPERATRIX.

However, some pupils, who have done particularly well and extended beyond this title, may have the chance of becoming a god or a goddess on gaining a higher level still. Each rung on the ladder will be an achievement of course, but please do congratulate your son or daughter if they report to you in due course that they have been deified!

My Favourite Film

My Favourite Film

by Ray Lowery - School Librarian

Choosing my favourite film was tortuous. As an ex RE and Philosophy teacher I was tempted to opt for the brilliant ‘The Matrix’. As a librarian, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Dead Poets Society’ were right up there as much treasured, if not a little obvious, contenders. In the end I have plumped for the 80’s classic ‘The Goonies’. I love this because it is an adventure which tells a story of friendship, being true to yourself, community spirit, not judging people by their appearance or disability, and overcoming adversity. Most of all however, it’s a top pick for me because the group of rambunctious young people act through the spirit of love and kindness in contrast to, and despite, those around them. Plus, who could not love a film where a young boy falls down a shaft and saves himself using a pair of joke plastic dentures attached to a spring!

The Goonies
<h2>Year 5 Residential to Kilve</h2>

Year 5 Residential to Kilve

Our Year 5 pupils have been reaching dizzying heights on their Kilve Court trip and pushing themselves to their personal limits. 

They've also practised their communication, teamwork and listening skills while having lots of fun!

  • Welly Wanging!
  • climbing the climbing wall
  • rifle shooting
  • fossil and crab hunting on Kilve beach
  • team building
  • crate stacking
  • swinging through the high ropes

Theo even found a dinosaur bone fossil!

<h2>Year 8 trip to Cleeve Abbey</h2>

Year 8 trip to Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve abbey was a really fun trip to go on, although we had to remember our work on Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries from Year 7. We started off with a tour of the Abbey and we learnt about where the monk’s lived and their daily life. You could almost imagine being a monk and living there. The dormitory where the monks slept had its own toilet which was like an ensuite from the 13th Century. The church was ruined by Henry VIII, but Mr Rudkin explained just how grand it would have been. As we completed our worksheet we were able to find pieces of information, some were mind blowing, like the fact that if you committed a sin you would get put on food rations or be flogged. You were also not allowed to talk!

Overall it was an amazing trip and I really enjoyed revisiting a topic we studied in Year 7.

Josh Kemp

<h2>This Week in Sport....</h2>

This Week in Sport....



Maisie Everett (who left two years ago) has been selected to represent Great Britain for fencing. This is another fantastic achievement, and the school are very proud of her. She started her fencing journey here at King's Hall many years ago as an after-school hobby run by Mrs Besley. Mrs Besley is thrilled for Maisie and wants to encourage lots of pupils who are interested to join the hobbies available and follow in Maisie's footsteps.

We wish Maisie the best of luck on her journey.

Adults Touch Rugby

Adults Touch Rugby

Fancy joining a touch rugby group? There’s a group that trains from 7:00pm-8:15pm at King's College who are looking for more members. Most have children that are at King's Hall or King's College and are playing for fun and to develop their fitness. If you are interested, please contact Tom on 07958 673448

Guinness World Record holders!

Guinness World Record holders!

You may remember that a number of students entered the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp competition back in May 2021. An incredible 606,049 entries were received from children across the UK, with an amazing 7,479 schools taking part. The even more exciting news is that the children who entered, contributed towards a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest postage stamp design competition! 

Congratulations to our Guinness World Record holders!

Performing Arts Camps

Performing Arts Camps

October Half Term

Dreaming of stardom? We’re delighted that both at King’s Hall and King’s College we are hosting top dance professionals, Gareth and Laura Walker, who will bring with them a host of guests, for two star-studded performing arts camps. There will be very special appearances from leading West End stars, as well as international singers and performers!

Gareth and Laura have a wealth of experience working and performing in the creative arts industry directing and choreographing some very big names.

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book please email Admissions or call 01823 328204

Please click below to see information leaflet.

Performing Arts Camps
<h2>Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!</h2>

Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!

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