8th October 2021
by Justin Chippendale
Year 6 returned today from their residential trip and all seems to have gone very well. As these trips come around, I always watch the children gather their luggage and excitedly congregate before heading off with some envy. A few carefree days away would be quite a treat! In fact, if I had stowed away with each of Year 4, 5 and 6 I could have spent many carefree days away. Maybe I should add joining all trips for a year to my bucket list?
Another carefree moment was our drinks gathering on Wednesday evening for parents new to the school this term. It was lovely to see so many there and on excellent form – and a pleasure simply to be gathering in that way once again.
One father was talking animatedly about his passion for swifts and the fact that he had given two swift boxes as a birthday present to his wife. You may think that’s brave but our venerable Chief Pelican overheard this, spun on his heels, and, in a ‘Eureka’ moment, exclaimed that it was a brilliant idea and thanks for sharing. Apologies, Mrs Chief Pelican, if this is a spoiler for your next birthday. Joking apart, do look into the importance and plight of the remarkable little birds. You will find that their arduous travels rival those of Shackleton.
Not many carefree days for swifts yet I hope you find some down time over the weekend.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
We have been busily preparing for our Harvest Festival celebration this week which we are looking forward to sharing with you on Monday afternoon at 2.45pm in the Arts Centre. Thank you to parents of children in Year 2 who have supported their children's practise of reading their lines; they all seem very excited to be leading the assembly!Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News
Please see the School calendar and SOCs for more details and timings
To outline the broad academic journey through Years 7 & 8
Parents are most welcome to come along and support
Please can we ask that your child brings in a non perishable item they would like to donate and take to their tutor room. Our chosen charity is Taunton Open Door, which support the homeless and those who are in temporary accommodation. Thank you in advance of your kindness
We will now be posting a link each week to the newsletter rather than sending out a separate email to book your child/ren onto Day Prep sessions.
Sessions are running as normal this week and are between 4:30pm and 5.30pm
Please click on the following link below to make your respective booking.
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Boarding Blog - Delight, downpours and doughnuts!
by Anna Hardy
The boarders had an absolutely brilliant day at Crealy on Sunday, despite getting a bit damp either from the occasional bit of rain or the rides. The log flume and wet boat rides were a big hit, as were the rollercoaster, swing boat, bumper boats, ‘flying machine’ and indoor play area. The children were fantastic company and are a bunch of thrill seekers based on the number of times they launched themselves off the top of death slides! A thoroughly fun filled day, topped off with a trip to the gift shop, a donut and singing all the way home on the minibus - what more could you ask for?
A Few Words from....Emmanuella Folorunso
This Term's Head Girl
Hello everybody, I'm Emmanuella. I just wanted to talk about the past few, but so far, exciting weeks at King's Hall. Year 4 have had a brilliant trip to New Barn and Year 5 have been away on a residential trip to Kilve, which was no doubt incredibly fun! Year 6 are currently on their residential trip to Mill On The Brue, and I’m sure they are having a wonderful time. In Year 8 we recently visited a river on the Quantocks for a Geography field trip, we also went to Kilve beach, this was my favourite part of the trip. After a very eventful week the boarders had a fun trip to Crealy, with a lot of rain! I hope everyone has settled back into the school life, have a great rest of the term.
A View from the Rose Garden
Year 4W - Mrs Watson
What a fabulous few days Year 4 had at New Barn Field Centre last week. From the moment we arrived, our time was fun-filled with action-packed activity after activity.
Shelter building was the first challenge. Working in teams of four, the children used hazel branches, Old Man’s vine, a tarpaulin and 3 pieces of rope to build a shelter to fit the team lying down. Other activities that followed were fire-making, cooking up a sausage, potato and beans hotpot on a trangia stove, pottery (using a wheel), and the evening was finished off with a story teller bringing the journey of Odysseus to life. We had an extremely early start the following morning which allowed the children plenty of free play time, before the DT session started - building Celtic round houses. The children finished off with an orienteering session before the coach journey back to school. We were lucky enough to celebrate Valder’s 9th birthday while we were away, and we were treated to his traditional Hedgehog birthday cake!
In English 4W have loved writing their own stories about what happens when Grandma is given the first dose of medicine made by George. It made fantastic reading! This week we also celebrated National Poetry Day and Year 4 wrote inspirational poems about the environment.
In Art, the children are recreating their own version of ‘The Great Wave’ based on the Japanese artist Hokusai. We hope to be able to share our final paintings with you by half term.
by Snoops the Dog
I am desperately in need of a well earned nap following my after-school hobby but first I’m going to tell you all about it.
This term 18 children signed up for the ‘Snoops and Dog Care’ hobby which as you can imagine is lots of fun (chaotic fun). I can’t actually take all the credit for being star of the show because my friend Meg, the Chippendale family pooch, has joined me so that there’s a better pupil to dog ratio.
So far, we’ve all had a go at pretending to be guide dogs and the children did a sterling job of guiding each other around the school without bumping into objects (or visitors).
This week the little hoomans practised walking us to heal on a lead; with the help of some high grade motivational treats. I’d just like to point out that although children and dogs should never be bribed, or incentivised, with sweets and treats, it sure is effective.
I know we’ve got a few exciting sessions on the horizon but I’m not so sure, however, about the ‘dog wash’ week. It wouldn’t be so bad if you humans didn’t insist on washing us in fragrances such as ‘Lily of the Valley’ or ‘Peachy Petals from Heaven’. I’m sure your babies and grandmothers love it but Meg is in agreement that a fragrance such as ‘Eau de Fox Poo’ would be much better suited to our species.
Anyway, on that note I’d just like to wish you a very warm and sunny weekend. Make the most of it!
Madame Murray's Tutor Group - Year 8M
There has been an international flavour to our tutor periods this week. After our wonderful chapel service last Thursday, in which, we celebrated European languages, I set my tutees a task to greet me during the register with a ‘hello’ in another language.
We managed not to repeat a single language and and enjoyed a selection of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Russian, Swedish, German, Shona and a few more.
Four weeks in, this group are busy with lessons, prep, play rehearsals, Geography field trips, sport, art and are realising that a tidy locker is the key to an organised life!
That is our top tip from 8M.
National Poetry Day
Thursday 7th October
On Thursday it was National Poetry Day with the theme of Choice, a day when poetry is enjoyed, shared and discovered by everyone across the United Kingdom. Here at King's Hall we thought about the many ways we could write, read and perform poetry about making choices.
- Year 5 wore t-shirts with their poems about the environment and how we should ‘Make the right choice!’
- Year 8 studied a lot of poetry and looked at Shakespeare’s poetry in Drama
- Year 3 created a 'poetree' in the rose garden, bursting with fluttering celtic poems about our environment
- Year 4 wrote poetry using inspiration from a poem called Squiggly, Diggerly. They also wrote messages in bottles. Reduce, re-use, recycle!
- Year 7 had a wonderful poetry workshop with Josh Seigal
- And Year 6 had an assembly all about poetry.
To help the children enjoy poetry a selection of poems were performed. We chose performance poems to make the children think about the choices we make on how we look after our environment and poetry can make us think about the world around us.
Poems are like people – Each poem is different – some you will like, some you will dislike. It’s your choice! We listened to the following poems and asked the children which was their favourite.
- Little Red Riding Hood from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes
- Mummy oh Daddy by anon
- Oh I wish I’d looked after my teeth by Pam Ayres
- Surrounded by Noise by Ian Souter
- Percy Pot-Shot by Richard Edwards
- The Story of Squiddly Diddly by Theodora Shillito
Poetry often has the ability to make us look at the world in a different way and realise the changes that are constantly happening around us. As Shelley said, it lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
What is Poetry?
“A famous poet called Coleridge once described it as the best words in the best order.”
How do we describe poetry?
“Poetry is and has always been an important part of our life.”
“We experience our first poetry when we are only very small.”
“It can be funny”
“It can make us smile and cry”
“It can spark our imagination”
“Is a snapshot of a moment”
“It can make us think and remember and make choices!”
Our thought for the day....
“Discover and enjoy the poetry in your life and make choices to make our world a better place.”
Literacy, Language and Development - Year 6
Mrs Antonia Cheeseman (Head of Learning Strategies)
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
In LLD (Literacy, Language Development) Year 6 pupils have just finished reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The Iron Man likes to eat metallic objects and so the children have designed a menu for him.
I hope you enjoy reading their imaginative dishes!
Academic Life - Geography
Year 8 Field trip
I can't believe we are at the end of week 5 already! Year 8 have been out collecting data for the ‘Fieldwork Enquiry’ element of the Common Entrance Geography course - 8S went on Monday and 8K and 8H went on Thursday. We started the day at ‘Dead Woman’s Ditch’ on the Quantock Hills, where we got photo-bombed by wild ponies! We then spend the day following a river from source to sea, which takes use through the village of Holford and to the mouth at Kilve beach. The children take various measurements in the river, putting theory into practice, whilst getting a bit wet and muddy along the way! It’s a great day out, mostly due to the level of enthusiasm and commitment the children show to getting the job done, whilst bringing their usual element of fun to proceedings. I now look forward to seeing the work they produce as a result of the field trip.
We had a spine-tingling National Poetry Day here in King’s Hall Library this week! The children put their creative juices to work and made poetry using titles on the spines of books. The challenge was to create a poem using the spines of 4-6 books of their choice. It was a great way to entice the children to browse books they would not normally consider whilst encouraging them to think about what makes a great poem. We were blown away by some of the results as they certainly lived up to Samuel Coleridge’s definition “Poetry is the best words, in the best order!”.
This Week in Sport....
U13 girls' hockey at IAPS
Our U13 girls went to Repton to represent the school in the IAPS tournament. Mr Clark said the girls played fantastically, and developed their skills and technique throughout the day. We won two pool games and lost the third. The girls improved in every game and qualified for the knockout round. After a lot of grit and determination, they made it into the final 8, and had an incredible match, drawing their game 3-3. This meant they went through to shuffles and were narrowly beaten (however, it must be said that this was against the team that beat them 3-0 in the pool stages, so it was clear to see how much they had improved in the day). The girls finished 6th, and should be very proud of themselves.
Upcoming sports events:
Sunday 10th October - U11 Boys IAPS football
Monday 11th October - U13 Squash fixture
Tuesday 12th October - U10-U13 Inter House Cross Country events
Friday 15th October - U11 Girls IAPS Hockey
Saturday 16th October - King's Hall School Biathle (from 1:30pm)
Chapel Servers this Week
Please see below photo of this week's Chapel Servers
The choir sang their first live chapel anthem since March 2020 last week. It was so beautiful to hear their voices again!
Click here to listen
Our thanks to those parents who have been keeping us updated about absences. A key part of this has been the twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing conducted at home. We really do appreciate all your efforts to keep the community here at school safe.
Please remember to enter the results on the NHS site.
Performing Arts Camp
October Half Term
Secure your place on our exciting performing arts camp happening during October half term!
25 - 29 October: King's Hall (5- to 13-year-olds)
Sessions include commercial and contemporary dance workshops, beatboxing with World Beatboxing Champion AKA 'Bass 6', hip hop and more... with guest appearances from leading West End stars!
Please click below to see information leaflet.Performing Arts Camps
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