5th March 2021 v2 | King's Hall School Taunton


5th March 2021

RT @kingshallsport: Cross country/ outdoor pursuit/ treasure hunt/ orienteering… whatever it is called, the pupils had a brilliant time… https://t.co/PDUAPqm9I9 - 11 hours ago


by Justin Chippendale

Most Friday evenings are anticipated with their sense of temporary reprieve in the air. Today, however, I’m sure there is an even greater sense of relief because for teacher-parents across the country their parole day has finally come and houses can return to being homes rather than schools!

You will have read a few times of my gratitude and appreciation of the challenges faced but here is another sincere ‘Well done and thank you’ for your remote learning support – let’s hope it is the last needed for a good long time. Whilst there are still three weeks of term left, the collective interim report for the time since January 6th certainly has plenty of 1s for effort across it!

We have had all bar a tiny handful of Year 7 and 8 children come for their first lateral flow test in the last 36 hours and all has gone smoothly. The testing team of Siobhan Keeling and Lyn Burgess (our medical sister and our boarding matron) are a welcoming and highly organised unit who have been on point every day since 5 January giving everyone a huge amount of confidence.

Teaching and support staff have all been tending to the relevant areas and so we are as ready here as we can be for the return on Monday. We’re really looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm generated by having us all together here on site. Enjoy your weekend, sort out those last preparations for the school run and, for those who then head back home, you can start imagining the relative peace and quiet!

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

I am hoping that by the time you read this newsletter you will have joyfully switched off the ‘remote learning’ screen and are now wallowing in the blissful knowledge you do not have to switch it on again on Monday. 

Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News


Here are some of this week's brainteasers for you to try at home ...

  • “What do Polar Bears never eat?”
    - Seals, Walruses, Penguins or Narwhals?
  • “Where did the Wombles live?”
    - Hambledon Common, Wimbledon Common, Epsom Downs or The New Forest?
  • “In French, what is the word for a shirt? ”
  • “Last Saturday, Wales played England in rugby. What country did the referee come from?”
    - Australia, Romania, Scotland or France
  • “Who is the patron saint of Wales?”
    - St Andrew, St David, St Joan or St George
  • “In the nursery rhyme, why did Old Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard? ”




Forget the usual scramble to locate items for fancy dress on World Book Day this year! Or the dash to the craft store to gather masses of materials to recreate book characters out of potatoes or wooden spoons. Instead, our very creative librarian Mrs Lowery decided to utilise technology – given we are all working remotely – and asked for staff to volunteer to be mystery readers.  Staff were given the brief of filming themselves reading an extract from a favourite children's book, using a choice of all manner of weird and wonderful filters and online tools to 'mask' their identities.

We hope you all enjoy guessing who is who!



One dashboard for instant and easy access to lots of information ...

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).

Our school shop will re-open on Monday 8th March

Our school shop will re-open on Monday 8th March

Our school shop is situated next to our Astro pitch and is signposted from the main car park. The shop is open every Monday and Wednesday (2.30pm - 5.00pm) during term time. Existing parents do not need to make appointments during these opening times; however, parents of new pupils should make an appointment before attending the shop.

We ask that visitors to the shop wear face coverings and sign in using the NHS track and trace app.

This term in computing ...

Code.org has provided quite a few challenges for the pupils to complete ranging from sequencing to programming and coding. The children were set the challenge of drawing gardens with loops. More advanced activities included creating art with code.

Years 3, 4 and 5 were set the challenge of looking at technology in the community and our lives ...

Barefoot Computing challenges have included ...

The Phisherman

Exploring an underwater village children learn how to recognise the signs of phishing and help the residents stay safe as they come under attack from the Phisherman.

Code Cracking

Learning about code cracking in WW11 and using their evaluation skills to help stop the invasion!

The Diamond

Dr Mischief has stolen the world's biggest diamond. Children use logic and algorithms to get it back. Year 7 particularly enjoyed this challenge.

I cannot wait to get back into the ICT room where to end the term Year 3 will be looking at Animation, Year 4 will be doing some photo editing, Year 5 will be video editing, Year 6 will be looking at spreadsheets, 8S will be using prezzi to showcase their projects and 8K & 8H will be looking at some online revision websites.

See you next week! 

A Few Words from...Kate Barker

A Few Words from...Kate Barker

This term's Deputy Head Girl

Hello everyone.

I hope you are all well and safe.

Last weekend was full of sunshine and I was able to get out of the house and go for a lovely walk with my family. I also hope that all of you got to enjoy the sunshine. I did some gardening with my mum and went on the trampoline with my brother. The sunshine felt like a break from the cold of Winter. Now that it is Spring, I hope the weather will get warmer and we will able to go outside more and enjoy the sun. I am looking forward to seeing new-born lambs and flowers.

Well done to all the pupils in Year 8 who took part in the scholarships last week. I was one of those people and it was a challenging process that I will remember. I really encourage others to apply for the scholarships in Year 6 and 8 because it is an enjoyable experience.

I am looking forward to going back to school after all the online learning we have done. I am excited to see my friends and be in the same room with my classmates.

I hope you have a good weekend and see you on the 8th of March.

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think…

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think…

Mrs Tracy Durrant

This has always been one of my favourite quotes from Winnie The Pooh, and has come in very handy at some very important times of my family’s life, encouraging us when things seemed a little tricky.

I’m sure Pooh’s wise words have a message for us all!

Who do you think teaches from a desk like this?

Said in the voice of Loyd Grossman for those of us old enough to remember him or Leigh Francis - aka Keith Lemon - for the younger readers!


Our Creative Curriculum includes Art, DT, Music and Drama. Each week fun activities are posted which enable children to be away from their screens!

In Art ...

This week Years 5 and 6 have been doing symmetrical drawing.



Watch Mr Stannett's final video showing you how to import into your drawings and new tips and tools for Sketchup.

Week 2
<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Dear Friends,

So here we go, my last diary entry from lockdown and let’s hope it’s the last one ever from a lockdown.

It’s Friday and this is certainly a weekend to celebrate as I will be welcoming back the boarders on Sunday and seeing the rest of you on Monday.

I’ve been told that humans sometimes suffer from achy cheeks when they smile too much, well in much the same way, I suffer from an achy tail when it wags too much, and I know that’s going to be the case on Monday.

In preparation for your return I’m going to have a bubbly bath, a thorough groom and a teeth brush. (Yes, you heard right, a teeth brush) I want to be looking my best and I don’t like it when I give you my warmest hugs, cuddles and licks and you call me dog breath!

You all know how much I love a good old run around on the front field, and in particular, a fun game of football. In preparation for our return to outdoor fun I’ve been doing my warm up exercises. Just take a look at my photo, I’ll think you’ll agree that I’m in fine shape.

See you all soon, I’m on countdown.

Much love

Snoops X

Year 8

What a busy week it has been!


I went Covid-friendly quad-biking with my friend: we stayed at least 2m apart and were outside all the time.


I have been playing a lot of cricket while the sun has been shining. My dog, Amber, is getting better at fielding and she has even started to bring the ball back! Mum is also happy as I have only lost four balls over the fence this week!


This weekend I mastered the backward somersault on the trampoline - it took hours of practising but all that hard work paid off!


As the weather has been good recently, the trails have dried out so I have been doing a lot of mountain biking at Triscombe.


Here I am with my guinea pig, Willow. Thea and I have been making wooden racing runs in the garden for our seven guinea pigs.


Here I am with my 8 week old guinea pig, Honey. We have been having races and our little boy pig ‘Basil’ is definitely the fastest!


Over the weekend, I went wild swimming in a very very VERY cold Exmoor river. It was definitely refreshing...although I didn’t stay in for long!


I started zwifting (virtual cycling) in the first lockdown when we weren’t supposed to be going anywhere but over the winter it has helped me keep my fitness and I enjoy listening to music while I climb up the hills even if it’s dark outside IRL!


Home-made pretzels - took forever to make but well worth the effort!


Now that I have completed my scholarship exams and assessments and the weather has improved, I have been enjoying riding my pony Solo. I am hoping we will be able to start competing again soon when venues are able to open.


Here I am making flapjack.


Here is a photo from the weekend.


I have been exploring local footpaths near our farm.


Let's try this again, Bella: 6s - 3s + 9 ...


I went on a lovely walk with my family along the canal and the moon was so pretty we just had to take a photo of it.


I have been enjoying the Spring sunshine and going on lots of walks on the hills. Here I am standing in a field of elephant grass.


I have been keeping up my fitness by exercising in the downstairs gym.


On Wednesday, I enjoyed taking part in the wellness activities with the rest of 8S.


I enjoyed making a jigsaw puzzle and decorating it.


At the weekend I went to Perranuthnoe Beach for the last time before coming back to Taunton. The weather was great!


We had great fun at the beach with Bonnie!


Here is my piece of art for the all things British competition.


I have been cooking for the rest of the family.


At the weekend, I made a campfire in the woods with my brother and we cooked toast on it!


I decided to make cookies one afternoon after school ... it was pouring with rain so not much else to do!


I've been helping with lambing!


I have been enjoying riding my electric dirt bike on the Quantocks.


Here I am out running.


My brother and I went on a bike ride across the Quantocks last weekend.



It is crucial that we keep spirits high over this difficult period. Physical and mental health are so important, so look out for tweets which will give you all some ideas. Keep exercising, keep eating well and look after each other.

Sports Twitter

We’ve certainly had some extreme weather conditions during this lockdown, and Mr Halls is so proud of how active our pupils have been.

For the last week of remote learning, it has been the chair challenge!

Our Sports Camps are Back!

Our Sports Camps are Back!

We're delighted to see the return of our popular sports camps over the Easter holidays.

Booking can be made using the online form via the button below.

All bookings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Session capacity will vary, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Book here
Youth Environment Summit Somerset (YESS)

Youth Environment Summit Somerset (YESS)

Thanks to the rising profile of young conservation and environmental role models in popular media over the last couple years, the number of young people across the country that are increasingly concerned about the state of our natural environment and the world that they will inherit is growing.

Thanks to funding from the #iWill Fund, and in collaboration with the Youth Parliament Somerset and a Focus on Nature, Somerset Wildlife Trust are excited to be able to introduce a new conference - Youth Environment Summit Somerset (YESS) - that looks to explore exactly those issues and more, bringing young people (aged 11-18) from across the county to discuss how they feel and how they can best be supported and inspired to develop their own ideas for actions.

The conference will comprise a number of engaging talks from guest speakers from the conservation and environmental sectors in the morning and then, after a break for lunch and networking, there will be a choice of interactive workshop sessions to select from, followed by a round up and Q&A session to discuss next steps.

The conference is open to all young people aged 11-18 and is free to attend.  

Click here for more information and to book
<h2>Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!</h2>

Do you Have a Story? Get in Touch!

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