7 May 2021
by Justin Chippendale
King’s Hall Prep has been casual style today in support of Fr Mark’s One World Together concept in support of UNICEF’s global vaccination programme. I know the children have enjoyed wearing home clothes in school as a thank you for donating and, if you haven’t been able to drop in some cash or click on the JustGiving page here, you should also find the link in the Newsletter. More and more of us are receiving the vaccination so easily here – another two KHS staff in the last day or two – yet we must not ignore the fact it is not the same for all citizens the world over. There is a complementary benefit to us, of course, in that we wish to return as soon as we can to a world where travel is as unrestricted as possible.
There has been some travel to matches here in our very own Zummerzet. I was chatting to one of the staff who brought some Hazlegrove children over to play cricket and not only was it so great to be playing a fixture but she was most excited about simply leaving the school site and getting on a bus for a road trip. Who knows what the blasted weather will do tomorrow, there is the grave possibility it will either do enough damage beforehand or still be raining to put a stop to the games planned. Is it my selective memory or does it seem to have picked out match days to be at its worst?
There are more covid announcements ahead this month. Today sees some updates to travel rules with a traffic light system, the 17th May is a milestone already marked in the government’s roadmap and we will be looking for any alterations updates will allow here in school. I, personally, am hoping for changes to face coverings and suitably distanced spectators at matches as fairly high on my list. We mustn’t pre-empt things though – note to self: enjoy the growing freedoms but keep managing your expectations.
However it turns out, have a good weekend.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
It has been a short but jam-packed week in Pre-Prep which saw Nursery showcase their vibrancy during the many tours I have conducted with prospective families (suffice to say all families commented that they were most certainly made to feel welcome!), Reception discover yet another new character on Adventure Island in the guise of ‘Harlequin’ who loves collecting repeating patterns, Year 1 headed out on their very first trip of the academic year (the excitement was quite literally ‘off the scale’) and Year 2’s voices have been heard animatedly giving instructions for ‘How to Trap a Wolf’ following their discovery last week of an escaped wolf during their English lessons. These snippets paint a wonderful picture of the variety of experiences the children are presented with and affirm the magic of these formative years. Lucky children and lucky teachers!Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
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.
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.
Thank you in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause.One World Together
by Clare Masters
Last weekend was our long weekend. While most of the boarders went home, 10 children stayed in school and what a treat they had.
Friday night was 'pizza night' courtesy of Papa John’s – they were delicious! On Saturday morning we went to Vivary Park were the children did the tree top adventures, the low ropes, high ropes, the climbing wall and the jump. They were amazing, fearless and courageous – I however had both feet firmly on the ground and felt really quite sick watching them. When I asked one of the children did they like the “jump” he replied, “No, I thought I was going to die!” A big shout out to Carter and Miss B, the only ones to reach the top of the climbing wall. I was so proud of them, all literally achieving such great heights. This was followed by a well-deserved picnic, football in the park and rounded off with an ice-cream.
On Sunday we made the most of the outdoors, knowing rain was on the way. We had a huge BBQ in the woods along with lots of garden games and even fitted in a swim in our wonderfully heated outdoor pool. Another late night led to a very leisurely breakfast late on Monday morning. The weather was atrocious so an indoor day of 'Sardines' and 'Hide and Seek' making the most of the indoor space. We did eventually find everyone (!) and sat down to enjoy hearty plates of lasagne, garlic bread and salad followed by strawberries and ice-cream. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the weekend with the children and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Certainly never bored when boarding! Click below for a clip which demonstrates this beautifully!Never Bored!
A Few Words from...Arabella Williams
This Term's Head Girl
I hope that everyone had a good bank holiday weekend, and enjoyed the extra day at home. I’m glad to be back at school with all my friends and to be playing competitive sport again. Luckily the rain held off on Wednesday, and we were able to play our first cricket match for a while.
We had our Year 8 photograph this week and it’s strange to think that this is my last term at King's Hall as I have been here since Nursery! I can still remember when my sister was Head Girl in 2012, I was in Reception then!
I hope you all have a really lovely weekend, fingers crossed for the weather and good luck to everyone who is playing matches.
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Foster – Year 4F
4F are reading The Whales' Song, a beautiful book about a young girl who longs to hear the whales sing. She gives a gift from nature, hoping the whales would then sing for her. This inspired our class to explore the beauty in nature and many children talked about their fossil and crystal collections. Some pupils brought in their collections to share with the class. We had a few nature walks around the beautiful grounds of the school and noticed flowers, leaves, bark, pine cones and other lovely parts of nature.
We also had a discussion in our tutor time about feeling hungry in the afternoon and considered healthy snacks. The children talked about eating fruit rather than biscuits so we had a fruit bowl challenge and the pupils took pictures of their fruit bowls at home. Aren't they beautiful and they certainly do make me hungry seeing all the wonderful and colourful fruit!
Another bonus this week was our special guest, George the gecko. He belongs to Mr. Eyers. The children were very gentle with the creature, as you can see from the pictures.
All in all, a fantastic week in 4F!
by Snoops the Dog
I hope you are warmed by the photo that a member of staff has submitted for the newsletter this week. It’s fluffy old me, of course, with one of my best work buddies, Martin.
When all the children are in lessons I often pay him a visit as he gives me the warmest of greetings, no matter how busy he is (and let me tell you, he’s always busy). Martin is responsible for all the mending, and making, and building and improving. That doesn’t mean to say he goes unnoticed by the children, oh no, Martin has daily requests to retrieve footballs from roofs, tennis balls from the swimming pool and all manner of ‘please could you mend’ pleas!
As a friend to all, he’s a valued member of our school community and we all know how special that is!
I’m not sure whether to mention the next matter just in case Meg, Mr Chippendale’s dog, is reading the newsletter but Martin keeps some of the tastiest dog treats ever in his workshop! Shhhh! Don’t tell your hounds either otherwise they’ll be bounding out of your boot at pickup time!
Have a great weekend
Mrs McDermott's Tutor Group – 7SMcD
It's good to all be back together in the tutor room, enjoying each other's company and playing desk hymn book table tennis. Barney and Noah played their first school tennis fixture, both played extremely well and are keen to play more! It has been lovely to see Chee Yin back in the classroom, unfortunately in a wheelchair with a broken leg – fortunately he is making a good recovery and is as cheerful as ever.
The first cricket matches have now been played, so we have some happier pupils as they love it, especially Lulu, who was selected to join the Year 8 Hardball team. Although the astro is a popular breaktime destination, it has been a welcome change to use the school fields as well now as they are now dry enough.
With sports clubs open again, Corey is happy to be back playing club rugby, Noah and Barney playing golf, Lulu playing club cricket, Calum playing club hockey and Maisie attending dance classes.
Cookery in DT is very much a favourite activity, with macaroni cheese and carrot cake on the menu.
Also specialist art has started up again and many pieces of artwork are appearing in the tutor room.
My Chosen Piece of Music
by Rachel Lowery
Listening to music is one of my favourite past times so it was almost impossible to select one piece. I’ve gone for the Morecambe and Wise theme “Bring Me Sunshine”. Firstly in the hope that it inspires a change in the recent gloomy weather but mostly because I love the sentiment. The idea that we can all spread joy and laughter and bring more happiness to the world fills me with delight. It also has a literary connection of sorts as it happens to be the favourite song of actor Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the movie adaptations of the book – magic!Bring me Sunshine - Morecombe and Wise
“Bring me sunshine in your smile bring me laughter all the while”
“In this world where we live there should be more happiness so much joy you can give to each brand new bright tomorrow”
“Make me happy through the years never bring me any tears”
“Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love”
“Bring me sunshine in your smile bring me laughter all the while”
“In this world where we live there should be more happiness so much joy you can give to each brand new bright tomorrow”
“Make me happy through the years, never bring me any tears”
“tet your arms be as warm as the sun from up above bring me fun, bring me sunshine”
“Bring me Love, sweet love bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love, hey!”
Academic Life – Music
by Gareth Dayus-Jones
The final three weeks of the Lent Term focused purely on the wonderful song Believe featuring Years 3-8 that took the place of the House Music Competition. It has, therefore, been even more exciting than usual to be able to get back to some more instrumental music-making in classroom lessons - drums, keyboards and boomwhackers have all been spotted in the last couple of weeks.
We are also thrilled to hear the sounds of the School Orchestra resounding around the Arts Centre on Friday mornings as we recommence rehearsals. The distances between players (and their bubbles) are proving to be manageable, and everyone is enjoying being back (or just starting!) in a larger ensemble.
For all our musicians, we aim to have performance opportunities later in the term and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
The importance of music
Pupils sometimes ask why we study music despite most children not planning to be musicians when they grow up. The answer, as far as I am concerned, is a straightforward one – the study of music is one of the best things you can do for the development of your brain; the fact that it’s also enormously enjoyable is an added bonus!
Music is not just an enjoyable pastime but an all-round brain gym that engages visual, auditory and kinaesthetic styles of learning simultaneously and has been proven to forge stronger connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
It is also scientific, mathematical, linguistic, creative, emotional, teaches perseverance and discipline and is, ultimately, great fun. Research also shows huge benefits to mental health and this is particularly vital at the moment.
If your child(ren) is/are not currently learning an instrument individually, please feel free to contact Mr Dayus-Jones about the wide selection of instrumental lessons available. It is worth noting that a taster lesson on any instrument is free and soon we hope to have further, exciting news on music lesson plans for next academic year, as well as a number of inspirational upcoming projects.
by Thomas Rew and Zach Vukusic
Please see link below to our next Pupil Podcast.
Thomas R and Zach V talk about the return to fixtures, and spectators finally being permitted to watch matches following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.Pupil Podcast
Here is this week's photo of our lovely servers for our Chapel Service with Father Mark.
This Week from the Library…
Book club season continues apace with Years 6, 7 and 8 all sharing the joy of reading during recent sessions.
Year 6 tried their first Stroopwaffles inspired by this term's Book Club pick, The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century Amsterdam, we agreed the book was a fabulous gothic adventure packed with mysterious puppets, eccentric characters and moustachioed baddies.
During two early morning Book Breakfasts, Years 7 and 8 played ‘a game without rules’ as a tribute to the book they have enjoyed this term. They have been reading Invisible in a Bright Light by the award-winning Sally Gardner, a wildly imaginative tale, crackling with cryptic clues and otherworldly invention. We looked at optical illusions and even managed a quick science experiment using a glass and water as we considered how the author had used subterfuge to deliberately confuse us.
I cannot wait to see what the next book club session throws a light on!
Hobbies have returned with a hop, skip and a jump! A great day was had for athletics with pupils practising the relay exchange, long jump and javelin.
Fixtures are Back!
The sun finally shone in the afternoon over all our boys' and girls' cricket fixtures and enabled them to go ahead as planned this week.
It has been great playing fixtures again. Both the atmosphere on the pitch and the camaraderie on the bus journey are so enjoyable for pupils and staff.
We were able to rearrange some fixtures with Hazelgrove, and despite patches in the morning of heavy rain, hailstorms, and beautiful sun, we were able to play our fixtures in the afternoon. The teams played some great cricket with the U11s taking the lead in the last few overs. The U10s batted brilliantly and racked up a good score. Our teams at home had a great time too, with the U12A team having a really tight but low scoring game. The B & C team also played well, and we four runs short of winning off of the last ball. Our other boys played a training match and are keen to get going against Millfield on the weekend.
Girls' sport, having had our first fixture last Friday, with Shruthi, Rose, Kate and Darcie playing in an LTA Team Tennis competition against Millfield – where they played extremely well, umpiring and scoring for themselves. At home we had 4 U10/11 teams playing softball and away at Hazlegrove, 2 hardball and 2 softball U12/13 teams. All the games were played in very good spirits, with for the majority of girls, newly acquired skills being put to the test.
It was a lovely afternoon of cricket with Hazelgrove, great to have them visit King’s Hall and a pleasure to visit Hazlegrove Prep too! After so long of not being able to do team sport it was fantastic to see the children enjoying themselves!
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
Royal Mail Heroes
Stamp Design Competition
Your child will be bringing home an official entry form. Kindly return the completed design to your child’s class teacher by Monday 17th May in order that the designs may be sent to the Royal Mail in advance of the closing date for entries. Unfortunately, entries cannot be returned so please remember to make a copy of your design if you wish.
A few important entry requirements:
- The entry must be hand drawn by your child, must be completely your child’s own original work and must not copy any other work.
- Drawings must be flat, so no collages, materials or textures.
- Please avoid the use of fluorescent inks or highlighter pens.
- Children may use drawing packages on a computer or tablet so long as no part of the design is computer enhanced or generated. So, for instance, the use of clip-art is not allowed. Entries in a digital format will not be accepted, so please ask children to design directly onto the official competition entry form, or alternatively, to print out designs and affix to the official entry form in the blank space.
- Children must use the official competition entry form to submit designs. A copy has been sent home with your child but you can also download a copy:
- Please encourage your child to use lots of colour (no black and white images, please) and to use up as much of the white space in their design as possible (inside the straight-lined box only). The reason for this is that the actual stamps will have a white border around the winning designs, as seen on the official competition entry form.
- For the same reason, please ask your child NOT to draw The Queen's silhouette or the value (e.g. "1st") symbol within the design area. All they need from your child is their individual 'heroes' design.
For further information about the competition, please read the Royal Mail’s letter for parents by clicking the button below.
We are really looking forward to seeing your children’s stamp designs.Official Entry Form Letter for Parents
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