23 April 2021
by Justin Chippendale
Happy St George’s Day – another lovely one to be out slaying Dragons. One Chippendale chicken was nearly slain this morning and very many thanks to the kind Pre-Prep family for pulling over and putting it back the safe side of the fence!
When deprived of something for so long it is all the sweeter when it returns - so it has proved over the last 72 hours. The sway, mood, rhythm and ambience of a Summer Term is very different and we have discovered that, like riding a bicycle, we haven’t forgotten how to make it work and enjoy the dynamic. The school looks stunning, the sun is shining and there are droves of children having a great time across both north and south fields in break times. It has been a very bright and optimistic start to term.
Given we have only had three days, this week’s Prep Newsletter contains mainly notices and reminders but there is also a link to the combined Prep song, Believe by Lin Marsh. The children contributed to this in their bubbles late last term as part of replacing the usual House Music event. We had several musical and dramatic items integrated in our Final Assembly with this whole Prep collaboration creating a wonderfully pure and lyrically empowering song.
There is also an article capturing the recent cricket representation from King’s at a senior level with Somerset. We know that King’s cricket has always been strong and getting stronger over the last 12 years but we believe, in the pre-season matches, we saw the first King’s Hall boy go through and on to make their debut for the senior 1st XI. It is probably no surprise that the King’s Hall team who become National Under 13 Cricket Champions four years ago feature and you can read in the Newsletter for a wider view.
We are happily underway, then, and Hobbies kick in next week, too, so onwards it is.
by Clare Masters
It was so lovely to finally have all the boarders back and on the first night back, straight after our supper, the boarders were able to enjoy a swim in the beautiful outdoor pool.
Fingers crossed there will be many more swims to come.
by Snoops the Dog
Welcome back to the sunniest of sunny terms. I’ve noticed that most of you are looking extremely healthy and can see that all this outside living is suiting you well.
Talking about healthy living, I’ve been doing a little bit of modelling for my relative who works for a dog food company. They have been promoting healthy eating in dogs, which I’m very keen to be involved in, as I know that healthy eating at school is a hot topic.
You will notice in my picture that I’m wearing a kale crown! Yes, I really do eat kale, it’s in my ‘Swish Fish’ dish, which is my next favourite (after ‘Wham Bam Lamb’ and ‘Beef it Up’). They are all packed with goodies such as carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas and then nicely finished with a sprinkle of turmeric or rosemary. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
The children have told me that healthier means happier so I’m on it!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the glorious sunshine.
This term each week in the newsletter we will be posting chosen favourite pieces of music by various members of the King's Hall team.
This week to kick off the theme a small replacement for our usual terrific House Music event at the end of last term was to have each bubble combine digitally to sing the wonderfully pure and uplifting song Believe by Lin Marsh.
Please click below to listen to the wonderful piece of music performed by all of our Prep children.
Year 3 kicked off the Book Club season this term at King’s. There was an ‘electrifying’ session discussing ‘The Danger Gang’ by Tom Fletcher, one of six books shortlisted for the 2021 British Book Awards Children’s Fiction Book of the Year. Refreshments linked to the story were enjoyed and much needed after all that book related chatter! We ended the session with a very entertaining game of ‘Who Am I?’ based on our favourite characters from the book. Much bookish fun was had by all. Mrs Lowery can’t wait for the next one… all welcome!
Over the Easter weekend, 17 year old James Rew became the first former King’s Hall pupil to play in a first team match for Somerset. Many congratulations to him! James is a very promising wicket keeper/batsman and he had the awesome job of keeping to two England Test bowlers in Jack Leach and Craig Overton. He said that the pace of all the bowlers was something well beyond he was used to but relished coping with the late movement. James kept very tidily indeed, making an excellent impression. He held two catches, one of them a stunning diving effort to his right. He also had a little bat towards the end of the Somerset second innings; he made a couple of runs but did well to be undefeated. We will watch his progress eagerly! Having said that it is possible that James’ golf is even better than his cricket.
Over the next couple of weeks, James played a couple of second XI matches for the county. In these games he was joined by another former King’s Hall pupil – Josh Thomas. Funnily enough, Josh is exactly one year younger than James. The team lost a close match to Glamorgan by 3 wickets but the game certainly ebbed and flowed. In Somerset’s first innings both boys contributed well scoring 27 apiece. Josh got as far as 27 again in the second innings but James did even better with a very commendable 38. He also picked up a couple of catches behind the stumps.
The second game was against Warwickshire who had in their team Ollie Stone – he has played for England and is generally regarded as one of the fastest bowlers around. Josh said that if he had known Ollie Stone was playing, he would have taken the option of doing some GCSE revision! Somerset were soon in trouble and were reduced to 14-4. Incredibly, however, the 2 youngest players came to the rescue; James scored 32 and Josh 34 to be the top two scorers. The second innings went even better; the lads had a partnership of 62. Josh scored 37 while James hit a marvellous 71 not out to be the top scorer for Somerset in that innings. Their efforts helped to ensure that Somerset set a target well beyond their opponents. In completing the win, James contributed a stumping while Josh held 3 catches, one of them being a caught and bowled.
As we go to press James is playing another 2nd team game against Worcestershire. Somerset are struggling to save this game but another former King’s Hall pupil is also playing; Josh’s elder brother George who did well to pick up 3 wickets for only 17 runs. All 3 boys mentioned are in the Somerset Academy. Charlie Sharland who is in the same year as James and George is also in the Academy and he played for Somerset 2nds a couple of seasons ago. We look forward to seeing him get another chance, especially as he has played some explosive innings in County Age Group cricket.
All 4 boys were key members of the King’s Hall Under 13 side which won the National Under 13 competition in 2017.
Summer Term Sailing
Each summer term Mr Hands takes a group of experienced sailors to The Bart Simpson Centre for an afternoon of sailing on the sea. This is open to any children who are confident in a boat and have RYA Level 2 or above qualifications.
The trip is on Saturday the 15th of May at a cost of £35.00 per pupil, which pays for the hire of the sailing dinghies, power boat and instructor. Mr Hands will also be out on the water to give a hand.
Please contact Mr Hands if you are interested in this event.
It’s all go at the equestrian centre this term. We’re delighted to have some more ponies join us and are looking to accommodate more riders for weekly lessons.
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Sister would like to remind everyone that as the weather is getting warmer and more sunny days are ahead (yayy!) please can parents ensure to apply sun cream to children each morning before attending school.
Monday sees the return of our popular hobbies schedules. We have a fantastic range of activities for the children to get involved with this term.
Unless your child has been otherwise advised, they should have their first choice for hobby. Any alterations will be minimal.
If you have any queries please contact the School Office.
Long Weekend 30th April
So this is just a reminder that school finishes for the Long Weekend on Friday 30 April 4.30pm, or earlier as per normal routines for some in Pre-Prep.
Given this includes the Bank Holiday Monday, please note school does not return until Tuesday 4 May and so obviously buses will not run again until Tues 4 May.
Please note that there will be no TT Club, hobbies or after-school supervision after 4.30pm on Fri 30 April. We would ask that all children are collected promptly please.
Parents evenings this term
There are Parents’ Meetings for Years 3 to 6 in the calendar on the school portal and we will be in touch with you nearer the time to arrange timings.
Children should wear summer uniform but blazers and hats/bonnets will not be required in school. Information has been sent out about when a child should come to school in/with games kit. We will continue to have day children keep games kit at home. We will return to full uniform, including blazers etc from September.
The School shop is open Monday's and Wednesday's from 2:30pm-5:00pm should you need any further items.
There is no need to make an appointment during opening hours but please can visitors wear face masks and sign in for track and trace upon arrival.
A list of uniform can be found on our website - link belowUniform lists
MY SCHOOL PORTAL (MSP)
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When you next log in you will see a Parent Directory link within the School Information section. If you have previously completed a Social Contact Details form your details should appear in the relevant list. If you click on edit details you will be able to either edit which of your details appear in the directory (just phone numbers and email addresses please) or opt out. Only those parents who ‘opt in’ will be able to see the Directory. If both parents would like their contact details included they will both need to ‘opt in’.
A reminder that amongst other things, you will also be able to access the school diary (future term dates, latest events & sports fixtures), handbooks, Prep children’s timetables, a list of all school emails sent to you, hobbies lists and teachers’ email addresses; you will also be able to make requests to the Headmaster for any term-time absences (although these are not encouraged, of course!), report any absences and make bookings for all school events (trips, plays, concerts etc). Interim and end of term reports will also be available via the portal.
Each parent has their own portal page and if you go to My Account (top right of the portal homepage) and click on the Sharing tab (within the Personal Details section) you can request to see any ‘bookings’ another member of your family has made; each of you will then receive an email alerting you to this and you can then either accept or reject the request. This will enable both parents to see all pupil bookings (trips, hobbies etc).
We do seem to have acquired a few bits and pieces of lost property during the various lockdowns. We have a few wellies who have lost their way.
Please contact the School Office if you have any items missing
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