28th February 2020
by Justin Chippendale
We had a terrific assembly this morning where Miss P, with her glamorous assistant Mr Sprague, pointed out many simple but effective ways for us all to look after body, mind and soul. As well as hobbies, breathing, walking, reading, hydration, gentle physical challenges, one of the activities was sketching and 250 people all had a go, right there and then, at sketching Snoopy. I didn’t quite make the white eye highlight on one of my eyes large enough and so my poor Snoopy looks as if he might have a bit of a shiner! A lovely reminder to slot these things into our lives as often as possible.
This week we have had Oona Carlin with us for a couple of days. Oona has been Head of King’s College Doha (KCD) since January and she was over here recruiting staff for next year. She certainly felt the change in weather but it was very good to continue to nurture the strong connections between the schools and I know she felt very positively about the candidates for the various roles we met. Thank you to the staff and children here who assisted her so ably with this process. There are now children up to Year 7 at KCD where there are 573 pupils in total, having opened three and half years ago with 183.
Here many Year 8 children have undertaken their 13+ scholarship assessments for Academic, Art, Music, Drama/Performing Arts, DT and Sport this week and those I have seen along the way seem in excellent fettle. As mentioned previously, this is an opportunity to stretch yourself and I have been proud of both the calm determination with which the children embrace the challenge and also the expert manner in which the staff lead the children to this particular experience. Well done to you all and we will move on together next week even stronger.
Two people we will sadly not be
moving on with professionally are Tom Dawe and Tess Spurr. Tom has
supported IT at both schools for more than six years and Tess has been part of
our Admissions team for over three years. You won’t have seen Tom very
much, if at all, but he and the IT support team are of course crucial
components of the whole organisation and Tess, with her wonderfully genial,
empathetic and upbeat personality, has been a firm favourite with children and
staff alike. We wish them both well as they move on to new opportunities
and, regardless of not working together, we hope to see them often.
Enjoy your extra day tomorrow.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful half-term break and managed to dodge the storms and showers to make the most of the time with your families. It would seem the ‘decorating a wooden spoon’ challenge for World Book Day may have provided at least one afternoon of activity (possibly on a rainy day) as we have seen some mightily impressive creations arrive in school. They will soon be on display with those from Prep in the Pemberton Room; it will definitely be worth a visit! We hosted the annual Great Pre-Prep Pancake Race to mark Shrove Tuesday earlier in the week which provided lots of laughter and plenty of flying pancake action! Nursery and Reception completed the challenge of running a length of the terrace while balancing their pancake on their ‘pan’ while Year 1 and Year 2 also had to add in a pancake toss before crossing the finishing line. A wonderful tradition to continue passing down through the ages.
Throughout the week Mr Stannett has been helping the children to develop their pancake-making skills in a number of delicious workshops. It's been flippin' good fun!
Fancy Dress Netball and Hockey
As a school, we have a number of staff and pupils who have been affected by the work of Parkinson's UK, and therefore decided that it was our time to give something back.
On Monday 23 March we will be hosting a fancy dress fun run in aid of the charity and look forward to working with our local branch to support and encourage to work they do. If you would like to find out more about our #fundraising event and are able to donate, please click here: https://bit.ly/2wIjzqK #parkinsonsuk
Geography News ...
Year 5 have been learning about Geology of the Earth over time and rock types in preparation for their upcoming field trip to Whatley Quarry!
With World Book Day just around the corner, the whole King’s Hall community is abuzz with bookish creations as everyone recreates a favourite book character in wooden spoon form. There has been an abundance of imagination and creativity so far and the school is beginning to fill up with pupils’ (and staff’s!) wooden spoon creations. Just to give you a taste of what to expect, here is a small selection of some of the entries so far…
The final deadline for spoons is Monday and we hope that you will enjoy browsing the resulting display of entries in the Pemberton Room from World Book Day itself (Thursday 5th March). We are excited to have a Top Secret VIP judge who will be coming to award some prizes soon afterwards. We also have plans for a very special World Book Day quiz on Thursday, which will see our tutor groups battle against one another. Details are under wraps for now, but suffice it to say that there promises to be plenty of laughter – largely at the expense of our brilliant, book-loving staff!
Mr Thomas’ Year 7 tutor group have returned in cheerful mood from their half term break, refreshed from trips to various places or just chilling at home. The West Wing corridor has certainly been full of lively banter and the pupils appear very pleased to see each other again. It is encouraging to see such enthusiasm; Mr Watson, in Monday’s assembly, outlined how much is happening in the second half of term so energy will need to be in abundant supply. Very importantly, there has been some knuckling down to the academic work as topics such as elements and compounds, The Spanish Armada, primary and secondary occupations, decimals, fractions and percentages and The 10 Commandments have been on the agenda already.
We have a careers awareness responsibility to Year 7 children upwards and Mrs Lewis, who is Head of Careers at KCT and down to Year 7, ran an entertaining and engaging session during PSHE on Wednesday. Quite understandably, there were not any pupils who were sure of what they were going to do when they became adults – or if there were, they kept their cards very close to their chest. Mrs Lewis asked the group to think about the type of qualities a Headmaster such as Mr Chippendale should have. Mr Chippendale can rest easy as the bulk of the suggestions were sensible and positive e.g. making decisions, communicating and being a good leader. Mr Thomas was, however, a little bit put out when one of the characteristics mentioned was the ability to “tell teachers off!”. Among other things, this was probably a pupil looking for payback. The children were then asked to list a few things they thought they were good at; as is often the case, they did not always find this easy but the importance of promoting their strengths at interviews etc. was mentioned. Key interviews are not too far away for some of the pupils so having to think about a few personal qualities to be able to refer to must be worth thinking about. Mrs Lewis left a small booklet with some follow up activities – one task is to think of a job title starting with each letter of the alphabet. One or two letters may require a wee bit of ingenuity. The children thoroughly enjoyed the 25 minutes or so as well as finding it interesting and worthwhile – many thanks to Mrs Lewis.
A Few Words from ... Eve Rowe
This term's Head Girl
Hope everyone has had a nice break over half term and has settled back into the routine.
It’s been a very busy first week back for the Year 8s, as they have had their scholarship assessments. I hope they all went well for them - I’m sure they did!
I had a very busy half-term holiday on our farm as we have started lambing. We have about 700 pregnant ewes and we are expecting about 1500 lambs this year. My jobs have included mucking out and laying fresh straw in the pens. I also feed and top up water buckets for the ewes that have already given birth. Although it is very busy and tiring we all find it an exciting and fun time of year. This year we have had a new helper in the lambing shed - our new puppy, ‘Olive’. She is a little Jack Russell and has stolen all our hearts. She has been very mischievous and Dad says she definitely won’t be any good as a sheep-dog!
I hope everyone enjoys the last half of term and is looking forward to House Music!
A View from the Rose Garden
After a fun half term, 3HB have enjoyed getting back into the swing of school ...
|Swimming at King’s College||Completing our Celtic shields|
|Playing games with our friends at break time||Playing hockey and netball in the rain (again!)|
|Creating rainbow and fire birds in Art & moving birds in DT||Writing our very own e-book in IT|
|Testing the elasticity of tights in Science||Starting to explore the world in our English lessons|
|Learning expanded column methods of addition in Maths||Finding out about the Celtic religion and some of the gruesome practices they had|
|Making spoons for the World Book Day challenge|
... and there is still lots to look forward to!
by Snoops the Dog
Snoops receives a present ...
Well, the rain continues and still no snow! My friends and I have got our fingers crossed for the return of the Beast from the East, we could do with a sneaky snow day!
Even amidst the rain and the mud, I have had a very cheerful and exciting week. I was presented with the most amazing gift from some Year 4 children this week and it was made especially for me at Madame Harvey’s craft club. Just take a look at the photo - they have made me my own doggy apartment. It’s equipped with my own TV, pictures on the wall and a vase to put flowers in. The children wanted to take it home for all their family pooches to try out but their mummies and daddies said that it is way too big to fit in their cars.
Instead, they have put it in Mrs Willmott’s classroom and I can tell that she’s really delighted! You’ve heard about my recycling bag story; well, this is a big improvement. Maybe I ought to suggest that they make me some more private apartments to keep in my other favourite spots around school... I was thinking about Mrs Masters' office, the school reception and the library. Maybe Mr Chippendale would like one for his puppy, Meg, too. I will let my friends know; there are plenty of deliveries to school in ginormous cardboard boxes.
Just keep a look out for a casual country dog looking cool in one of his contemporary apartments around school!
Mrs Clare Masters, Houseparent
The younger boarders had a flippin' good night on Tuesday when they went to Mrs Masters' flat for an evening of pancake making! Great fun was had by all and everyone enjoyed flipping their creations (even if half of them ended up on the ceiling!). Let's face it, there's nothing more tasty and satisfying (in my humble opinion) than the classic lemon and sugar combo, but the children thought otherwise, opting for melted chocolate instead!Click here to see more photos
Girls' rugby proves a hit!
Some of the girls have been enjoying playing rugby since the new year. The conversation with Mr Halls, Director of Sport, and a group of girls all keen to play the sport has led to really energetic and fun sessions.
Mr Halls has created a framework and every Saturday morning, the group come together to train, come rain or shine.
For the first hour, the girls are guided through a strength and conditioning session using our new gym equipment. After a break, and a chat over juice and energy replenishing snacks, the group then head outside to develop and test their skills on the pitch.
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