24th September 2021
by Justin Chippendale
A brief paragraph or two this week. Many children have been off site this week whether it be on residential or day trips and I have picked up positive vibes about their experiences.
I, too, have been off site in Bournemouth for the last couple of days at the annual IAPS Heads Conference. Not only is it good to re-acquaint in person with the Heads I have only seen on a screen these last many months and to share in valuable professional development and affirmations but it is also a good chance to informally benchmark our own context within the sector. On discussing the varying past impacts of covid, current situations and future scenarios for a broad range of schools (but particularly those operating with a similar set of impact factors to ourselves) I am returning feeling reassured that we continue to focus our attention in the right areas for the children and also are in good shape operationally.
As an example, you may have been aware that plans to build a Sixth Form Centre have been formulating over the last year or so and, today, confirmation has been published that it will be built in the next 12 months. Whilst it will be of varying degrees of direct relevance depending on the age of your child, to quote a line from the College Headmaster’s letter to parents, “This exciting project underlines our present confidence as a school.”
Have a good weekend.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
We have been ‘colouring our world with kindness’ this week following our assembly on Monday morning in which we reflected on one of our Golden Rules, Do Be Kind and Helpful. It has been lovely to see the children make an extra effort to show kindness to each other and to hear them use what we learned to support them in their interactions with each other. We watched a short animation which really helped illustrate how one small act of kindness can make such a big difference and have a positive impact on others which in turn has a positive impact on ourselves.
You can find the animation here:Animation Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy
This weekend, after a busy Saturday taking part in activities and matches, we went on a lovely Sunday stroll from Lydeard Hill to Wills Neck on the Quantocks Hills. Highlights included spotting lots of wild ponies, Mrs Hardy’s Geography lesson at the Trig Point and possibly the most exciting bit was discovering several rope swings. The gorgeous weather in the afternoon meant the children either went for a swim, played football or chilled in the sunshine listening to Shaniah play her guitar. We are looking forward to hearing what all the children get up to over ‘long weekend’, before welcoming them back on Sunday evening.
A Few Words from...Lulu Bell
This Term's Deputy Head Girl
Hi, I am Lulu Bell and I am Deputy Head Girl this term.
I hope you had an awesome summer break and I just want to say thank you to the staff that took us away Pony Trekking. I had an incredible time and it was the highlight of my summer!
In the first few weeks of school I have been really pleased at how well everyone is settling in and I have really enjoyed my start to Year 8.
I am really looking forward to the Year 8 fete in the summer and this term’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Foster - Year 4F
What an exciting start to the school year!
We've enjoyed beautiful weather and taken advantage of our fantastic lovely setting for outdoor reading of George's Marvellous Medicine. We have had a lovely time sitting out on the big net listening to a few chapters read aloud and there has been great group work in the different huts by the Adventure Playground as the children discussed and answered questions about the chapters.
You'll also notice some eating in different pictures. We also learned about 'Rosh Hashanah' in our TPR lesson, the Jewish New Year which occurred earlier this month. As we wished each other 'Shanah Tovah' or 'Happy New Year' we dipped apples in honey to celebrate a sweet new year. That made the children very happy - they all seem to love honey.
Good learning and good times!
by Snoops the Dog
You’ve probably heard the phrase, ‘work hard, play hard’. Well, I’ve been reflecting on this pearl of wisdom and having attended a number of lessons recently, I feel the need to report on just how impressed I am at how hard the young hoomans (and slightly older ones) have been working.
I did hear one teacher say to a pupil (who was having a brief daydream) that the reason we have break-time is to have a ‘break’ from work. If work ceases, it therefore follows that there won’t be any need for time away from the classroom to recharge the batteries.
I had to think carefully about this statement as I’m prone to taking the odd nap at slightly inappropriate times.
As a result I’m now trying to apply more focus to the task in hand and as you can see from my photos, I am playing just as hard as I work.
My school buddies and I have enjoyed three whole weeks of play on our big fields and I hope that this continues for some time, before the onset of the cooler, wetter months.
Have a great long weekend folks.
See you soon
Mrs Willmott's Year 6 Tutor Group
Mrs Willmott’s tutor group have had a fantastic start to the new term. At this point in time their lockers are tidy, uniforms are tip-top and there is a high level of organisation amongst the group. The conscientious vibe emitting from the tutees is admirable, as is their positive attitude. Mrs Willmott would like to say thank you and keep up the good work!
Academic Life - Music
Year 3 and Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their first few group lessons on pTrumpets and jSaxes respectively (see photo below). One Year 4 pupil recently asked whether they could play jSaxes every day - music to our ears!
Year 5 have been learning about minimalism whilst Year 6 have been investigating tones and semitones in advance of creating their own scale systems.
Year 7 had a refresher on music notation before getting stuck into some Latin beats and rhythms while Year 8 enjoyed their recent keyboard practical lessons with Mr Brimelow - the new Director of Music at King’s College – who will be teaching them this year.
Rehearsals for our various musical ensembles are very much back up and running.
Monday’s after-school hobby is Senior Choir. Spaces are still available and, if any Y6-Y8 pupils would still like to join, they can come and talk to Mr D-J. Among many events this term, we have the Remembrance Service, Carol Service and Choir Party to look forward to, so it is a great time to be in the choir!
Thursday morning between Chapel and first lesson sees Brass Ensemble assemble in the Arts Centre. Please see here for a recent recording of them performing the Avenger’s theme.
At lunchtime on Thursdays, the String Group meet in the music classroom and string players from Grade 1 upwards are more than welcome to join.
The full Orchestra rehearse at 8.15am on Fridays and Mr D-J will gladly cater for any Grade 1+ players (including traditionally non-orchestral instruments such as guitars, ukuleles and saxophones!) that would like to join.
An exciting new initiative has seen a number of Year 7 and Year 8 orchestral players head to King’s College on Friday evenings having been invited to take part in the new joint King’s Schools Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to seeing and hearing this wonderful combination grow from strength to strength.
We also have plans to begin a new lunchtime choir, schedule regular Samba Band practices and begin a Rock Group – watch this space!
Please note that pupils are more than welcome to join ensembles whether they take music lessons in or out of school; the greatest joy in making music is to make music with others. Any queries regarding group participation should be directed to Mr Dayus-Jones.
Music lesson availability
While many pupils have already signed up for music lessons recently, there are still spaces for lessons with several of our visiting music teachers. Taster lessons are provided free of charge so, if any pupil would like to try an instrument, please contact Mr Dayus-Jones for more information.
Upcoming performance opportunities
Friday 15th October (4.45pm) – Informal Concert
Tuesday 19th October (5pm-6pm) – Autumn Concert (to involve soloists, Senior Choir, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and String Group)
Friday 22nd October (afternoon and evening) – final workshop and performances of a new composition, written for King’s Hall by composer JJ Hathaway. Featuring musicians from professional orchestra Southern Sinfonia, and led by their conductor, Simon Chalk, this will be the culmination of a three-week project between our pupils and the Southern Sinfonia as part of the TYCA Festival. The afternoon performance will be at King’s Hall while the evening performance will be the highlight of the TYCA Festival concert at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. This event is open to instrumentalists of all standards. For more information, please contact Mr Dayus-Jones.
(4.45pm) - Informal Concert. Our visiting music teachers will generally suggest appropriate
soloists for concerts but Mr D-J is always happy to hear from parents whose
children take music lessons externally.
My Favourite Film
by Siobhan Keeling - School Nurse
My favourite film is 'The Boat that Rocked' - it has good music, eccentric British comedy; and great costumes. What's not to like?The Boat That Rocked
Year 5 Residential to Kilve
This week saw our Year 5 children head out for their residential to Kilve Court. They are having a fabulous time and enjoying lots of fun activities...watch this space for a full update next week.
This Week in Sport....
Taunton Satellite Netball Academy U13
Three of our children were identified to be considered for the U13 Taunton Satellite Netball Academy as part of the England Netball Performance Pathway. The first round of trials took place last Sunday at Strode College with girls from all over the county competing for a final place in the Academy.
Sienna Jeanes, Tilly Hulme and Emmanuella Folorunso were all
successful in progressing to the final round of trials for the academy taking
place this Sunday. A huge well done to the girls, we wish you all the best in
your final trial!
Such a great afternoon for our U10 boys at home and our U11 boys at Millfield. Some excellent rugby and so much learning taking place. Good to play with Sandroyd School again too!
Lots more action happening at King's Hall can be seen on our Sports Twitter page - link belowSports Updates
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
Chapel Servers this Week
Please see below photo of this week's Chapel Servers
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