200313 | King's Hall School Taunton


13th March 2020

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by Justin Chippendale

Never a dull moment, eh? For a few years it has been Brexit, more recently we moved on to the particularly wet weather and now we have the rapidly moving landscape of Covid-19 to give us plenty to talk about and keep us on our toes. I have written to you all on this matter separately and we continue to communicate via frequent updates for various events due to the developing situation and so I will not expand overly on it here.

Over the last seven days in school we have enjoyed some activities around our STEM week, various Taunton Drama Festival outings, Year 5 heading to the impressive Whatley Quarry and an author visit.

In amongst that, I had a statutorily important (but, ngl, pretty dry) day undergoing routine update training on Safeguarding. Apart from keeping abreast of fundamental requirements it is always reassuring on those occasions to get not only a reminder of the incredible network of support the UK has in place to do all we can to nurture the welfare of children but also to hear and learn about the extraordinary commitment many people in this sector give to those in their care. Some quite awesome tales of self-sacrifice in the face of remarkably challenging circumstances. We might need a good dose of that quality in the time ahead.

As we head into the Long Weekend, it doesn’t look as if entire school closures are on the list of government actions just yet and so we can look forward to all that the penultimate week will bring, including the Year 6 play. Enjoy the Newsletter.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

It has been a ‘STEMtastic’ week in Pre-Prep! Thank you to everyone who came along this morning to share in the fun of ‘Stay and Play’ and ‘Window of Learning’; the children loved showing you some of the things they have been doing this week and we hope you enjoyed our assembly celebrating all things STEM through song. The gallery of photos at the end of this newsletter provide a wonderful ‘taste’ of the week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed igniting their curiosities in our STEM station and, despite planned trips not being able to go ahead, have impressed us with their enthusiasm, observations, questions and thirst to discover. This enthusiasm even spilled over into Performance Club this week where the children have decided to write, produce and perform a STEM inspired ‘pantomime’ about a mad scientist! We definitely have some budding STEM scholars of the future in Pre-Prep!

Congratulations to all children in Year 1 and Year 2 who took part in the Taunton Speech and Drama Festival on Monday. They represented King’s Hall magnificently and should be very proud of all they achieved. A special mention to Thea, Flora and Mabel who gained first and joint third medals respectively for their poetry recitations.

<h2>Well done to all those who have recently taken the risk and put themselves 'out there' committing to the 11+ and 13+ scholarship process.  We're proud of you all and listed below are those who gained awards.</h2>

Well done to all those who have recently taken the risk and put themselves 'out there' committing to the 11+ and 13+ scholarship process. We're proud of you all and listed below are those who gained awards.


Zane Assal


Julian Barnes


Tobias Burrell


Georgia Durham Academic
Nicolas Du Toit Academic and Sport

Emmanuella Folorunso

Academic, Performing Arts and Sport

Willoughby Gold


Grace Gompels Academic and Drama

Faith Hammond


Adam Lowery

Academic and STEM

Barnaby Mack


Thomas Watson Academic and Sport

Cornelius Workman


Ellie Wrobel



Ruby Beresford

Academic Scholarship, DT Exhibition, Sport Scholarship

Matthew Candfield

Sport Exhibition

Poppy Chedzoy

Music Scholarship

Rory Cooper-Smith

Sport Scholarship

Erin Cox

Performing Arts Scholarship

Mudia Eribo

Academic Exhibition, 11+ Sport Scholarship

Nathaniel Finch

Academic Exhibition, DT Scholarship

Tilly Fuller

Academic Scholarship

Gus Gompels

Academic Scholarship

Huckleberry Halliday

Drama Scholarship

Jasmine Kerr

Sport Exhibition

Eugene Louw

Academic Scholarship, Music Exhibition

Edward Luxton

Academic Exhibition, DT Scholarship

Oscar Mack

Academic Scholarship

Will Mowat

Drama Scholarship

Sophie Pinkney

Sport Exhibition

Eve Rowe

Sport Scholarship

Amelia Steele

11+ Academic Scholarship, DT Exhibition

Niamh Wait

Sport Exhibition

Cameron Wallace

Academic Scholarship, 11+ Sport Scholarship

Beth Worthy

Academic Scholarship, Art Scholarship

Fancy Dress Inter-House Hockey and Netball

Fancy Dress Inter-House Hockey and Netball

As a school, we have a number of staff and pupils who have been affected by the work of Parkinson's UK. We, therefore. decided that it was our time to give something back and on Monday 23 March we will be having fancy dress inter-house hockey and netball matches in aid of the charity.

If you would like to find out more about our #fundraising event and are able to donate, please click here: https://bit.ly/2wIjzqK

A Few Words from ... Amelia Steele

A Few Words from ... Amelia Steele

This term's Deputy Head Girl

What a relief, the scholarship exams are over. Everyone did really well and, more importantly, enjoyed their time at King’s College, meeting teachers and getting to know the school. We are now really excited about going to King’s College in September.

In the meantime, 8S have post scholarship projects and are carrying on with many other subjects. We are also looking forward to the scholarship research trip to London. 8CE are busy preparing for their exams. All the Houses are preparing for House Music, which is one of the highlights of the year. It’s really good fun all getting together across the year groups practising - Whitby is very confident this year with our entry!

House matches are taking place over the next two weeks.In netball and Whitby have won all their matches so far. I think I'm in the best house!

This morning started in a really fun and positive way. We had a rock band visiting us in Chapel which should keep us going for the next couple of weeks.

Children’s author, Emma Carroll, leads Gothic Fiction Workshop

Children’s author, Emma Carroll, leads Gothic Fiction Workshop

It was a delight to welcome popular children’s author, Emma Carroll, to King’s Hall this week. The acclaimed writer joined us on Tuesday morning for a wonderfully-wicked workshop on gothic fiction.

Inspired by her novel Strange Star, Emma taught the children how to create gothic settings for their stories and encouraged them to devise their own monsters 'with a difference':

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Some highlights from an already busy term in the Drama department ... and it's not over yet!

Some highlights from an already busy term in the Drama department ... and it's not over yet!

​Drama continues to be a well loved subject where the children can be creative, imaginative and active but also learn the skills of collaboration, communication, listening and focus.

The Lent Term Concert featuring Dance and Drama - it was lovely to see a variety of performances.

11+ and 13+ Workshop days and Scholarships. How dedicated the children who took part in these have been to learn and act monologues. Huge congratulations to those who were successful but also extremely well done to all the participants who worked so hard on their monologues and gave time and effort to making and performing. They have all made excellent progress in their drama skills.

Do ask your child what they have been doing in their weekly Drama lessons - it could be ...

  • learning how to be a Roman Gladiator
  • finding out what it is like to be an immigrant like Solomon Green
  • rescuing a child trapped in a frozen pond
  • being Pantalone or Pulcinella Commedia characters
  • the cool movers dance company!


Year 6 have been working hard during this short term to rehearse a play called Ghosthunters which involves Drama/Dance and Song.

This production is about words and books, both of which are very close to every English and Drama teacher's heart.

The play tells the story of some school children who camp out in the library at night to see the Ghostly Monk who is supposed to haunt the room. During the night the children keep watch and as they do so, characters from the story books come alive and the children are transported into the stories.

The children are rehearsing hard to make the characters on the pages of the script come alive. You will be entertained by acting, dancing, song and music. Look out for Pirates, Spies, Wizards, A Space Crew, Medieval Maids and Knights and characters from Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Do they actually see the Ghostly Monk who haunts the library? We managed to get a glimpse of him ...

Tickets can be booked through the Portal - do come and see it!

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

A View from the Rose Garden

​4W have been studying a beautiful picture book about whales ...

​4W have been studying a beautiful picture book about whales ...

They have explored the deeper meanings in the story and looked at how similes create pictures in the reader’s mind. The book has led them to think about gifts in nature. If you could give a special gift to an animal what would it be? If your animal could talk, what five questions would you ask it?

When thinking of a photograph opportunity to represent the subtleties of nature they decided on the beautiful magnolia tree, which is in full bloom, on the lawn outside the library. However, as it turned out, the photograph captured nothing of the beautiful blossom, only another form of nature, ‘the wild and wonderful creatures’ that are 4W!

The lull before the storm ...

The lull before the storm ...

Mr Sprague's Year 6 tutor group

During the Thursday morning reading period, as Spring starts to shine through the windows, Mr Sprague's tutor group take a few moments to relax into a different world.

The next week is going to be very busy for them as they prepare for their performances of Ghosthunters, the Year 6 play this year.

We are now well over half way through the academic year and the children have all shown great enthusiasm and resilience through the cold, wet days and are looking forward to the sunnier and warmer weather to come.

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Hello friends,

I don’t know about you, but I’ve caught glimpses of the sun a couple of times this week, which means things are looking up for my beautiful blonde fur! On a recent trip to Hestercombe Gardens, with the littlest boarders, we didn’t quite manage to avoid all the showers, but that gave us the perfect opportunity to shelter in the cafe with a couple of milky bone treats and a slurp of water. Well, the children decided not to indulge in my doggie treats, instead they chose hot chocolate with marshmallows on top! I just can’t understand human behaviour sometimes...

I thought I would give you a quick update on Mr Chippendale’s beautiful puppy, Meg. She’s now almost as big as me, although my legs are a bit longer. Her bark is as loud as mine but with a beautiful feminine rasp. Don’t tell anyone, but there is a little balcony in the girls' boarding house that looks down into Mr Chippendale’s garden. From there I can see the lovely Meg scampering and playing...I’m plucking up the courage to send her a friendly, if not bashful, bark.

Elbow bumps,
Snoops x

Boarding Blog

Boarding Blog

On Sunday we had a very exciting day out and I am going to tell you about what happened and the fun we had. In the morning, we had our usual English breakfast but as we were leaving early we had to finish really quickly. Mrs Masters then drove us to the Mendip Activity Centre, which was around an hour and a half away.

When we arrived we were split into two groups; one group would go tobogganing first, whilst the other would do archery. I was in the archery group to begin and we had lots of fun shooting at one another (don’t worry though, the tips were foam!), and firing at cans and giant 2L bottles. The bows were harder to use because these didn’t hold the arrows, which meant that the arrows kept falling out - this was really frustrating for me! Tobogganing consisted of sitting on a sort of seat without a back, and sliding down a hill. The problem was that you slide on a dry slope, meaning you had to wear gloves and long shirts and trousers. There are lots of rules, such as no locking chains or holding onto each other.

After each group finished their first activity, we had a delicious lunch of sausage and chips in the bar. We had hours of fun but we sadly said goodbye to the ski centre and were on our way back to school. After we got back, we just chilled until supper then everyone went to bed exhausted after a good, fun day.

Great thanks to Mr & Mrs Masters and Miss Stone for taking us.

Terrence Chen
Year 8 boarder

<h2>STEM WEEK</h2>


It's been a great week of fun, teamwork and challenge in Maths, Science and ICT lessons as the children have participated in some co-curricular activities - a thoroughly intellectually stimulating and enjoyable week was had by all.

Years 3, 4 and 5 were shocked to find themselves at the centre of a crime scene investigation. With the chalky remnants of a mysterious figure being their only clue to the heinous crime, the children used their investigational skills, scientific knowledge and numeracy skills to work together to solve the case.

Year 6 have been dipping their toes into the commercial world by designing and making the packaging for a set of six ping pong balls. After considering the environmental and cost implications, they set about considering different mathematical options for the most ‘snug’ fit with the least wasted space. The octahedron (two square based pyramids put together) seemed to be the most economical way of achieving the best results, but there was some excellent originality and ingenuity in the designs. Following the construction, the children then used their ICT lessons to produce some packaging and labelling to make the product as attractive as possible.

Years 7 and 8 were tasked with investigating the relative importance of the equipment and athlete in the sport of skeleton bob. On the mathematical side, factors such as speed, potential energy and kinetic energy were considered, whilst Science and DT lessons were used to produce and test some scaled down prototypes. There was also some very interesting discussion around the extraordinary human qualities required to participate in this sport at the highest level.

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