7th May 2020
by Justin Chippendale
Very well done to our Senior Choir who managed to share their remote version of the River Journey with Mr DJ so that he could join them together and we could enjoy their combined anthem in Chapel this morning – thank you for taking the time and making the effort for us: it was great to see and hear! Mr DJ has also managed to get the Brass and String groups (huge thanks to them as well) to play parts for two VE Day musical additions which you can access on the King’s Hall School – Sharing Remotely YouTube channel. They’re brilliant so do visit and see them as well as the other uploads we have made.
The Union flag has been hoisted here as we move into our VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations and I hope you can all enjoy not only some fun today but a restful Bank Holiday weekend as the nation recalls the joy felt as the Second World War came to an end. In a much smaller way we are all looking forward to the moment when we will be able to reduce some of the restrictions that are currently in place and, ultimately in time, return to the freedom we are lucky enough to enjoy ordinarily.
It has been another week where you all, children and adults, have shown tremendous collective energy, creativity and innovation despite our separation. This Newsletter gives some insight and I know this is only the tip of the iceberg. Such a lot is going on in lessons and on Monday I very much enjoyed a chat with most of 8S as they continue to put together their project work. Questions they have chosen to answer include: What impact has CGI and animation had on society and how has it affected our lives?; Which three artists have changed the world the most?; Were the Vikings better explorers than the Elizabethans?; How has innovation developed and changed space travel?; How has the nature of warfare changed since 1900?; To what extent will making the car more sustainable impact climate change?; Who were the five greatest musicians to change the world of music?; How have horses been used for work in the UK?. I wonder what question you would choose to research given a choice?
There is masses of extra-curricular endeavour, too. It was lovely to hear how many of you are taking up various challenges, setting some of your own, the King’s Loop remains well supported even being run on the official course this week.
A shorter school week is probably just what we need and I hope that computers and other devices can be allowed to cool down for a couple of days and we reduce our own screen time to as close to zero as possible.
Enjoy the Long Weekend.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
I hope this finds you well and looking forward to the promise of a sunny Bank Holiday weekend celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Thank you to those of you who have sent photos for our special gallery this week; it is so lovely to still be able to share in this historic occasion, albeit remotely. Hopefully in years to come future generations of Pre-Prep pupils will dig these recent newsletters out of the archives to find out about life in 2020 and discover how we found new ways of ‘normal’ during the very strangest of times.
It hardly seems possible that we are already halfway through this first half of the summer term! While the weeks always seem to whizz by at supersonic speed when in school, I had thought they may seem to slow down a little out of ‘normal’ routine. However, I think they may be going even faster which means we must surely get to ‘the other side’ quicker?
in chronological order
1st May - 7th May
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This week in the Music department ...
Members of the Senior Choir have contributed videos of their singing to produce an anthem for this week’s chapel service.
The Two Moors Festival is committed to bringing world class music to the communities of Exmoor and Dartmoor. During this time of lockdown and the trials and tribulations of home schooling, they are really pleased to offer three free educational concerts for children, played by world-class musicians.
Each concert will explore a different theme and the first one will be this Friday (8th May) when they will be introducing the violin, viola and piano; on the 15th, they will be exploring Stories in Music, and on the 22nd, Dance in Music.
The concerts are aimed at primary school aged children and will be streamed at 1.30pm each Friday, on the Living Room Live platform, which will then be available to watch afterwards on the website at any time.
Annie makes headlines with the Virtual Youth Orchestra
Talented musicians across the globe have joined forces ‘virtually’ to bring music-lovers a treat amid the COVID19 pandemic. One of those musicians is our very own Annie D-J, a Year 5 pupil with a penchant for the performing arts.Please click here to read more
An insight into what some of Year 5 have been up to this week ...
Tom has loved helping his Dad on the farm at this time of the year as he would normally be at school during silaging! He has enjoyed feeding the calves with his Mum. He has been keeping busy at home and every day is different!
It is a really busy time for Barnie’s family on their dairy farm and he has been helping to dig out some mud banks with a digger – great fun!
Nicholas has been making the most of the outdoors: running, cycling and playing football, cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.
Frankie really misses her friends and school and finds the best thing about lockdown is spending Wednesday afternoons riding her pony.
Lizzy has been missing her Pony Club and competing her pony ‘Gem’ so she’s been teaching her dog ‘Sausage’ to jump a course of jumps!
As it has been May the 4th (force) week, Rex has been building some Star Wars and other Lego creations. He has also been on some amazing bike rides.
Jack has had a very busy week: making pancakes, cricket practice, getting 8 out of 12 on Mr D-J’s Star Wars Quiz on May the Fourth, watching the new series ‘The Mandalorian’, setting his personal best of 10.34 seconds for the King’s Loop on Tuesday and baking Rock Cakes!
Anna has certainly been embracing farming life: she gets up (out of choice) every morning and also gives the evening feed to all the newborn calves as well as helping out with the cows. She has also been perfecting somersaults on the trampoline and has been out running lots.
Tilly has been building a den by the woodland stream in front of her house which has involved clearing, chopping and collecting sticks for the roof. The little fire is great for roasting marshmallows!
A Few Words from ... Daisy Thompson
This term's Head Girl
During the quarantine at home, I have not only been studying for lessons but I have also been doing a few projects and playing fun games at home with my family.
So far we have been able to make our garden way prettier than before and thanks to that we can now lay on the grass or play sports like badminton there!
I have started to take on a new hobby while at home, which is photography. I like to take photographs while I’m in my garden or on a short walk.
When it rains I like to socialise with my friends from school by playing online games with them which is great fun or painting with my little sister!
I can’t wait to get back to school to see everyone.
by Snoops the Dog
It’s the end of another, albeit shorter, week and you’ll be glad to know that as a key canine, helping to look after the children of key workers, I’ve been having some fun and games here at school. When lessons are finished the duty staff are brilliant at thinking up creative activities. It might be games in the woods, playing on the giant go-karts, tennis or cricket nets. I’m usually quite exhausted by the evening but by that time, I feel as though I fully deserve to put my paws up and enjoy a little snooze on the sofa.
I have some other school news to share and I think you’ll find it rather exciting. Mrs Masters has an incubator in her office and in 8 days’ time some ducklings are going to hatch! I’m going to have to be very disciplined when they do because I’ve had a little trouble with ducks in the past. You may have heard me talk about my visits to The Lake District to see my cousin Noah, the dachshund. Well, there are some pesky ducks that live on the lake at the bottom of his garden and they have a very annoying habit of winding me up every time I go there. Last summer they even made me fall off the jetty. Anyway, I’m nearly 3 years old now so I’m sure Mrs Masters will trust me near the cute yellow fluffies when they hatch. (Did I mention that it’s my birthday at the end of this month?)
Just one last thing before I sign off. I’ve been watching Mr Chippendale’s Monday assemblies and reading the newsletter and it has been great seeing all the wonderful work that you are producing. I’ve been keeping up with my literacy and numeracy skills in the mornings but as my creative extra I chose another drama task this week. I cast myself as the lead role in Harry Potter, although I renamed my adaptation: Harry Pawtter.
Take care all.
Our favourite boarding pooch, Snoops, is fast approaching his 3rd birthday!
To celebrate the occasion, we would love for you to send us your photos, videos and birthday wishes for a chance to feature in our special #HappyBirthdaySnoops video. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18 May 2020.
You may choose to bake a cake, design a card, or create your very own music video; whatever your style, we are sure Snoops will love it!
We look forward to seeing your entries.
It's been another busy week in the kitchen
Over the past couple of weeks, pupils of all ages have been busy creating themselves a special cosy spot in which to relax with a favourite book. As you can see, King's Hall readers have really engaged their imaginations, with dens being fashioned from trampolines, cupboards, treehouses, camo nets, straw bales, ping pong tables... pretty much anything! Some contained a family pet - and one even contains a lamb. A huge well done to everyone who took part.
We will have another reading-related challenge for you in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled and keep reading!
This week it was the turn of our Year 3 bookworms to gather online and discuss A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. Book clubbers were unanimous in their enjoyment of the story and took turns sharing their favourite funny moments from the book. Then we enjoyed a Paddington-themed quiz which was certainly tricky but Year 3 (and Mrs HB too!) did brilliantly. Well done to all!
Using their literary techniques and all of their senses, Year 6 imagined they were at Rushy Bay ...
Tufts of coarse grass penetrated the gritty sand. Grey rocks rose like the heads of whales from out of the foamy water. I could practically taste the salty breeze, whipping around me as I made my way across the beach. Behind the bay, hills and cliffs lay like sleeping giants, with rough, rock hewn features and caves for eyes. The entire beach had an atmosphere of waiting. Patience. Except when the gales hurl themselves at the rocks, and the crests of waves, like foaming horses come, galloping toward the beach, as if they were pulling the chariot of the storm. At these times lightning crackles, and thunder roars like the snores of the gargantuan hills.
When the sea is calm, and the hills have returned to their heavy slumber, the beach is the very idea of what a beach should be. Disturbed now and then by a sea wind, the sand flies into the air, riding on the wind, and settles again, only to be picked up gently by the wind again, and so the cycle repeats itself, in an eternal dance of wind and sand and sea.
It was on such a day as this that I was on the beach, staring out at the tranquil sea. Small fishing boats occasionally drifted around the headland, and lazily cruised around the bay, jolting occasionally when hooking a particularly large fish, but otherwise undisturbed. The sand rose into the air, drifted for a moment, and came to rest, as I walked along the thin, ribbon-like bay, watching the slow deliberate movement of the waves as they gradually eased their way up the beach, slowly but surely climbing up the sand, towards the grassy dunes that stretched between the bay and the hills.
Darkness was beginning to fall. I took a last look at the beach as I climbed slowly over the dunes and into the twilight beyond. A single ball of orange light was sinking beneath the horizon out to sea. The wispy white clouds turned blood red and then midnight blue as the sun set behind the dusty beach.
As I walk across the dunes, I look at the tall, wavy grass. I always know when I am getting close because I can smell the salty air and feel the cool breeze blowing against my face. I stroll across the smooth sand, under the tall trees that are making the path shaded. I like the feeling of the cooled sand under my feet. I am getting so excited because I love this amazing beach. I reach the top of the dune and can finally see it. My excitement bubbles over like a boiling pot, I begin to run as fast as lightning down off the dunes. It feels like years since I was last here.
I eventually reach the golden sand and sit down in my favourite spot. I get started on a gigantic sandcastle whilst looking at the calm sea. When I finish, I lay down on the soft sand and have a short nap. After that, I play some beach games on the flat surface (my favourite is cricket). I go and explore the giant rocks finding rockpools within them that are filled with life. Shortly it will be time to go in the cool sea.
As I plunge into the crystal-clear water, I feel lots more refreshed. Next, I put my snorkel on, I can see a rainbow of colours as the fish bring the sea alive. Some big waves are being
created so I think it is a perfect time to fetch my bodyboard. When I get back into the sea the waves are bigger still, bashing and smashing against the shoreline, so I can almost catch waves big enough to take me back to shore.
I start getting cold, so I think it is a good time to get out of the sea. I dry and go and choose my favourite type of ice cream (peanut butter). I begin the trek back to the car buzzing with excitement. I cannot wait to return soon.
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