30 April 2021
by Justin Chippendale
Ten days in and things are really humming – with the VERY frustrating exception that the one rainy day we have had coincided with the first school fixtures!! 16 teams worth of girls and boys coming to school last Wednesday morning towing kit bags through puddles was a sorry sight: oh the irony after months of not being able to play matches due to Covid!
So there is plenty to capture for the Newsletter and I have really enjoyed getting out and about myself and having all senses reminded of what it is like to have children in the school at this time of year. Whilst being accessible too much via online technology can be a negative if the time is not managed, one huge benefit of mobile technology is the freedom to attend to some of the necessary paperwork that is simply part of life without having to be sitting at one desk in one room. So, where possible, I have been out with athletes, watching script readings outdoors, spotting trajectories being fired off in science lessons, collecting eggs in Little Wood and also doing my bit to keep the digital admin wheels turning.
Hobbies are in play now and have started smoothly with one big fringe benefit being that it makes pick up much calmer. The range of activity and wide involvement is yet another return to usual practice that brings a smile to the face. I wouldn’t say that gardening is top of my hobby list but I do like the results of some green-fingered efforts and so I will no doubt be spending some time tending to the foliage that is appearing in the veggie patch. Probably not on Monday, though, as it is projected to be the wettest and windiest of the weekend
Speaking of the weekend, a reminder that Monday is a Bank Holiday and the children are not due in school. I can’t resist sharing that this will be the second in a row for one child who mistakenly thought the Bank Holiday was earlier this week! Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy it.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
We have enjoyed a really happy, bright and energetic start to the Summer term in Pre-Prep which I hope will continue as we journey through it. The weather has certainly helped and the sight of children on the field at playtimes in shirt sleeves and summer dresses does make one’s heart sing! The weather has been on our side to allow us to take Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for their first swimming sessions of the term which they have all thoroughly enjoyed.Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
Boarding Blog - by Clare Masters
The boarders were excited, at long last, to go riding again and to be sporting their new King’s Hall equestrian gear. They came back full of smiles and even Lucas, who said: “I think the horse might eat me!” ,had a great time and clearly wasn’t eaten by a horse!
A Few Words from...Monty Lindsay-Smith
This Term's Head Boy
Hi, I’m Monty Lindsay-Smith (in the beanie hat), the Head Boy for the summer term and I hope everyone enjoyed their break over the Easter Holidays. It has been great coming back to school, seeing friends and enjoying the sunny weather. Unfortunately, the weather let us down on Wednesday, for our first cricket match of the season against Hazelgrove school, but we were still able to play cricket with the indoor nets in the sports hall. For the first week of this term we played hockey and we were able to play a match against Taunton School, which was the first match against another school in a long time and I’m sure everybody enjoyed it.
Hobbies are back under way this week, on Monday the boarders went swimming, Senior Choir was back, as well as fencing and squash. For my hobby on Tuesday we had Outdoor Fun, playing Manhunt and Hide and Seek in the woods, on Wednesday we had ICT and Years 3 and 4 had Drama. For Thursday I had Senior Boys Cricket and others did Athletics with Mr Halls and Mr Clark, and finally for Friday we had the choice of Stage Crew, Squad swimming, Tennis, Rounders or Sketch club but we cannot attend these this week due to us going home for Long Weekend.
Last Saturday, I started the morning with Mountain Biking, going around the school grounds doing various activities, races and jumps, and I am looking forward to being able to go out on the Quantock Hills next time. After lunch we had cricket training which was really nice in the sun and after that I went in the swimming pool and relaxed with the boarders.
I hope everybody enjoys the summer term!
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Willmott - Year 4W
Quite unusually, 4W have been trying their skills at tightrope walking during their English lessons. Parents will be relieved to know that this exercise wasn’t performed on an actual high rope, but an imaginary one on the playground.
We have been studying an animation (and accompanying music) which tells the story of El Caminante, the famous Spanish tightrope artist. The children have created story boards recounting his amazing walk on a rope, suspended between two cliffs. The whole village turned out to watch as he successfully completed the hair-raising challenge.
The pupils of 4W are now writing their own creative pieces using emotive music for inspiration. There are tales of dragons, secret caves, fire mountains and all manner of mystery and adventure!
by Snoops the Dog
Well, the sunshine continues day in, day out; what a fabulous start to the term.
The sounds of summer are certainly music to my ears: the tap of cricket balls on bats, tennis on the courts, splashing in the pool and children playing on the field. Talking about cricket, I wonder if Mr Halls knows how talented I am at catching and retrieving balls. I know I won’t be able to go straight into an A Team, but with a little coaching, who knows!
My boarding friends have been enjoying the glorious sunny evenings and have been making the most of the pool and the outdoor equipment. I don’t mind admitting that I’m not a confident swimmer so I haven’t joined in the water activities. However, Mrs Master’s is going to buy me a doggie life jacket for my birthday (which is next week) so you might see pics of me in there yet! I’ve asked her for a jacket with a shark fin on top, how cool will that be?
My favourite activity is go-karting and my goodness we’ve got some amazing machines; they are the Ferraris of the karting world. Just take a look at my picture taking a spin with a couple of junior boarders.
Bye for now (don’t forget.....birthday!)
Year 6 - Mrs Gompels' Tutor Group
In tutor time 6K have looked at the positive impact wildlife and pets have on our wellbeing. Everyone agreed that they helped enormously during lockdowns and we looked at some animal heroes who had won the Dicken Medal. One such animal was a horse called Warrior who had inspired Michael Morpurgo to write the story The War Horse and a dog who had sniffed out 63 rubble-trapped pets during the bombing in London.
We’ve also had a sneak preview of what to expect for the Exmoor trip from Mr Hands. The prospect of a two-night sleepover has sent most into a frenzy of excited anticipation!
The weather has also been glorious until, disappointingly, fixtures’ day but a game of 007 soon ensured the mood was back to buoyant.
My Chosen Piece of Music
by Siobhan Keeling - School Nurse
There are many pieces of music I enjoy, but my chosen piece for today is 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong.
Simply beautiful!What A Wonderful World Official Video
“I see trees of green red roses too I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself what a wonderful world”
“I see skies of blue and clouds of white the bright blessed day the dark sacred night and I think to myself what a wonderful world”
“The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by I see friends shaking hands saying, "How do you do?" they're really saying "I love you"”
“I hear babies cry I watch them grow they'll learn much more than I'll never know and I think to myself what a wonderful world”
“Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world Oh yeah”
Academic Life - RS/TPR
by Mr Sprague
This month is the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
It is confirmed upon the sighting of the new moon. This year, Ramadan began on Tuesday 13th April 2021, and ends on Wednesday 12th May.
Healthy adult Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This means they avoid drinking, eating, behaving badly and being angry. Every morning, before sunrise, a meal called Suhoor, is eaten. After sunset, the meal is called Iftar.
For Muslims across the globe, these few weeks are a sacred time for worshipping Allah (God). They offer an opportunity for devotion, reflection and celebration of the mercy and love of Allah.
The most powerful and holy night is known as Laylat Al Qadr. It was on this night that the Angel Jibrail (Gabriel) revealed the first verses of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad. Throughout Ramadan, giving charity is encouraged. On this particular night, it is thought that every good deed receives higher reward than that of a thousand months. This year, it is expected to fall on the evening of Saturday 8th May.
Whatever our beliefs, it is important to take time to avoid our normal temptations and think about what really matters and to give to others less fortunate than ourselves. For Muslims, this is at the heart of Ramadan.
This Week from the Library…
The Year 4 Book Club were inspired to become budding warlocks after reading this terms pick The Wizard in my Shed, written by Simon Farnaby, one of the stars of the award-winning BBC programme and book series 'Horrible Histories'. The story begins during the Dark Ages deep within a forest. It seemed only fitting then that the Book Club should head out to our own woods for a spot of wizard duelling using vocabulary from the Dark Ages learnt whilst reading the book. I think we had a few passers-by ‘pitch kettled’ (confused!). I am sure, to some, we appeared to be ‘scurrilous coxcombs’ (show-offs) but ‘Gadsbudlikins!’ (OMG) did we have a good time!
Each week children in Year 4 take part in a rota and have the opportunity to be Servers for our Chapel Service with Father Mark. Here is a lovely photo of this week's Servers (Ozzie carried the school banner).
Visit from The American Museum, Bath
Thursday 29th April 2021
As 8S were unable to visit The American Museum in Bath for their post-Scholarship studies entitled ‘Planet Earth: near and far’, Education Officer, Vicky Nelson came to King’s Hall instead. As you can see from the pictures, everyone had tremendous fun whilst learning much about the early colonisation of America and the existing indigenous population they found there.
Earlier in the week, they were also treated to an online talk and virtual tour from The Roman Baths in the city of Bath.
Sunny Weather Sport
We have had a fantastic first week and a half back with the pupils with lots of activity including swimming, cricket, hockey, netball, athletics and tennis.
Stunning weather and beautiful grounds too! How lucky are we?!
Just a shame the weather turned for our fixtures day! But fingers crossed we will have many more sunny days ahead of us now.
Year 6 pupil Theo L was recently picked to represent Somerset in the County Cup Tennis Tournament, which took place this week at Torquay Tennis Club.
Despite only having attended county training, which has unfortunately been mostly on hold during the Covid Pandemic, Theo played really well competing in a doubles tie break with Cornwall and Somerset.
Well done Theo!
ONE WORLD TOGETHER – King's helping to provide Covid-19 Vaccines
Covid-19 has affected everyone around the world but none worse than the poorest countries. And yet people, especially children, have shown incredible kindness during the pandemic. People have helped their neighbours through foodbanks, the provision of equipment for home learning, the delivery of prescriptions and so on.
In spite of all the hardships of the lockdowns, there was hope when the first people were invited to attend vaccination clinics. As the rollout began in January and we knew that everyone in the UK would have the vaccine provided free of charge, we started to think of people in poorer countries where this would not happen so easily.
As a result, our Chaplain Father Mark has set up a Just Giving page, 'One World Together' to help us to show our gratitude and love by reaching out to our neighbours in the developing world; people who won’t be receiving a letter from the NHS because they happen to live in less rich or developed countries.
Our Home Clothes Day at both schools will take place on Friday 7 May to support this fund.
All funds raised will go to UNICEF who have vast experience of delivering vaccines across the world and are working in partnership with the WHO and other organisations to deliver Covid-19 vaccines.
Please remember to wear home clothes to school on Friday 7 May.
Thank you in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause.One World Together
If you're looking for activities for your children over the summer holidays, please take a look at our Woodland Adventures. We are delighted to be able to offer these over the summer for children in Nursery - Year 7.
The cost will be £35.00 from 9.30am – 4.30pm or £40.00 from 8.30am – 4.30pm and this can be added to your school bill.
For further details and to book, please click the button below.
As places are limited, please ensure you make your booking as soon as you can.Book here
Mr Clark's Charity Bike Ride this July
This July my brother in-law and I will be completing a charity bike ride for the Charlie Waller Trust in memory of a close friend who I sadly lost this February. The 'Door to Door' challenge will start at my house here in Taunton, and will see me and my brother-in-law, Gary, make the 240-mile journey to my parents' house in Cambridge in three days (that's the plan!). I would be very grateful for any donations you are able to give to support this fantastic charity.
Thanks very much
Mr ClarkThe Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (justgiving.com)
Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend!
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