17th January 2020
by Justin Chippendale
Hopefully that is the last of the wild and windy weather for a little while. I have seen the groundsmen picking up a good deal of fallen branches today and some of them are quite large.
It has been a good week to stay indoors – which I have for a bit having been to the Woodard Heads’ Conference for a day or so this week. There were some strong speakers and, amongst lots of good material, one particular message resonated with me: whilst academic ambition and seeking the highest grades you can should be a constant, how many lessons from your school days can you remember (from an average of 20,000)? You may not remember what they taught you but you will almost certainly remember how some teachers made you feel; how the school as a whole made you feel about life and about yourself and the value (or not!) you now place on your schooldays as the foundations to who you are.
I'll finish with a lighter side as to who you are, Fr Mark was talking about how names have meaning in Chapel yesterday, and how they are often related to what the person did. He started by offering as simple an example as a man called ‘Pete the Plumber’ and then moved on to carpenters who are often called ‘Chippy’. Next he asked for thoughts as to what electricians are often called and a few hands went up. He picked out an eager young respondent who suggested the name “Shock”…
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
Our assembly focus for this half of term is about being part of a team. We have reflected on the ‘teams’ we belong to both at school and at home and the part we play in them. Over the coming weeks we will be reading stories and watching video clips to help illustrate behaviours needed to be a positive member of the teams we are in. Much to the children’s delight, Mrs Fidler and Mrs Kittow ably demonstrated unwanted behaviours in assembly on Monday (they were acting!) and they also enjoyed this clip of some animals displaying some rather impressive ‘teamwork’ skills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWhZRahpgXE
It would be lovely to hear some examples from home of how your child has exhibited some good ‘teamwork’ skills which we could share in these assemblies.
Do join us for an evening of fun and general knowledge...
Tickets cost £10 per person to include:
2 course dinner, a scintillating quiz, prizes and provision of glasses for those wishing to BYO.
Teams of six are the norm (please supply a witty team name!)
Reminders for the Week Ahead
Monday 20th January
Pupil Council Meeting
Year 3 Book Club
Thursday 23rd January
KCT Year 7 CCF Activity Day
Friday 24th January
Year 8 Book Breakfast
Parents' Coffee Morning (Woodard Room)
All children leave for Long Weekend
Saturday 25th January
KCT 13+ Drama and Performing Arts pre-audition workshop
Long Weekend (no Saturday activities)
Sunday 26th January
Long Weekend (Boarders return at bedtime or on Monday morning)
A Few Words from ... Oscar Mack
This term's Head Boy
Hello, my name is Oscar Mack and I have been lucky enough to be awarded the title of Head Boy for this term. I have been at this school since Year 1 and am excited about making the most of my last year here and the new opportunities that secondary school brings.
I had a great time with my family and friends over Christmas and surfing down in Devon for New Year (the water was freezing!). I hope you all had a good time too. Don’t worry you’re not the only one suffering from ‘Start of term-itis!’.
This term is a tough term for all Year 8s due to mock common entrance and scholarship exams. The scholarship is very hard and so all the teachers are preparing us well, my favourite subjects are maths and science.
It is great to be back playing hockey again and there are lots of sporting events to look forward to such as IAPS and house matches. We also have the production of Ghosthunters performed by Year 6 and the end of term House Music Competition to look forward to.
Good luck to anyone taking the 11+ scholarship exams this weekend and I hope you all have a great term, 2020 is looking to be an exciting year.
This week our Library has been buzzing with Book Club gatherings.
On Monday, our Year 4 book clubbers met to discuss Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise by Alex T Smith, a brilliantly funny tale of adventure, pirates, sea monsters and mystery.
On Thursday it was the turn of Years 5 and 6, who were all completely spellbound by the story I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak. Unusually, this story is told from the point of view of the family dog, Cosmo, an elderly golden retriever. Best friend to son Max, Cosmo is determined to do all he can to help this struggling family stay together. Book clubbers were hooked from the very first chapter and can’t wait to read more from this author.
Finally, on Friday morning Year 7 enjoyed their termly Book Breakfast, feasting on Danish pastries as they discussed Ghost by Jason Reynolds, a powerful story of a boy with a troubled past who discovers a talent for running. The character of Ghost really sprang off the pages for us and we were rooting for him all the way as he struggled to face his fears and forge a different sort of life for himself.
A View from the Rose Garden
Year 3 have literally ‘hit the ground running’ ...
... with orienteering practice in Outdoor Learning and tackling new skills with the start of the girls' netball and boys' hockey season.
They have weathered the stormy winds with smiles on their faces and enjoyed reacquainting with their friends after the Christmas holidays.
Today’s PSHE included a visit from Mrs Keeling, our brilliant School Nurse, who took the children through some ‘scenarios’ where people may be ill or injured and the children had great fun sticking plasters on one another!
We have made New Year’s resolutions and set a class target of remembering all our belongings each day!
Mrs Thomas' tutor group ...
... have returned to school raring to go. In PSHE they have been talking about their hobbies and they wanted to share some of the activities they get up to outside of school - they are all very busy people!
Rex enjoys playing with his Star Wars Lego. He can also be seen in Room 11 making all kinds of things out of lego. He recently made a Viking ship for his History project.
Lizzy is a keen showjumper and has won several rosettes. Dascha also does horse riding out of school and Zhiezy enjoys horse riding on Saturday with the school.
Sienna enjoys her hockey at Taunton Vale and also plays netball out of school. Tilly also plays hockey at Taunton Vale.
Barnie is a keen biathlete and participates in lots of competitions out of school. Natasha is enjoying a new hobby at school ... cricket.
by Snoops the Dog
Well Happy New Year to you, my dear friends. I hope you are all feeling rested after the festive break.
I have to admit to spending a fair amount of it just chilling on the sofa. It’s been a cosy, yet muddy holiday. I have come to realise that humans, only having fur on the tops of your heads, is a great and beneficial result of the evolutionary process. I, on the other hand, a handsome canine covered in blonde, curly locks, has had to bathe every single day of the holidays. I can sometimes get away with a quick paw wash but, oh my goodness, the muddy fields over the last few weeks have resulted in one very mucky pup.
Anyway, there comes a time when lounging on the sofa, taking afternoon naps, and stealing the odd unattended mince pie loses its appeal. Happily that coincided with the return of my boarding friends. It’s back to evening duties and making sure that everyone who needs a cuddle has received one. Even though my adults take extremely good care of me, they are not as boisterous, mischievous or playful as their younger counterparts!
I have a feeling that we’re in for a fun term, but remember friends: work hard, play hard!
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
A warm welcome back to our lovely boarders, boarding staff and pets, and brand new gap students! Snoops was so excited to see everyone and to hear all about the children's Christmas holidays (and dinners!).
The U11 boys have had a fantastic start to the season with a full day of hockey at Sherborne Prep on Wednesday. They had five ten minute games followed by a semi-final and final of 14 minutes. The final was a really tight affair and a 0-0 final scoreline meant shuffles; the scores were still even after the first set of shuffles and unfortunately we lost on sudden death shuffles. Well played, boys!
Fixtures and Reports
Residential Sports Camp (Easter 2020)
Sport is pivotal to the all-round development of pupils at King’s. It provides engagement, responsibility and enjoyment. We aim to actively enable young people to take on a variety of challenges, helping them to build confidence, take leadership and initiative, and work as part of a successful team.
This year, we are excited to host a number of fun and enriching camps that are designed to help children develop their skills and techniques in a broad range of sports. Taking place at King's College, children can work with experienced and dedicated coaches, and will also have the opportunity to use some of our wonderful facilities, including our state-of-the-art Sports Performance and Cricket Centre, netball and tennis dome, and numerous sports pitches.
|When?||7 - 9 April 2020|
|For?||8-13 year olds|
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