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19th June 2020

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by Justin Chippendale

There it goes again - another week, another seven days and I find myself writing a few words to kick you into the Newsletter.

My week has been full of the ongoing considerations for our end of term routines in front of us now, as well as gathering our thoughts about how September may look given the currently opaque view further ahead.

For the former matter we are so pleased to be able to have Year 8 on site for even the briefest time before we end the year and, along with other events we have added to our usual end of year for them, we will have the chance to close out our time with them in person.

We are working through the annual administrative processes taking time to consider each child carefully for next year and, as well as Year 8, we will be giving the opportunity for all who can to come to school for some time.

In terms of September, our experience of having some children back on site will prove invaluable in understanding how to operate a school in a coronavirus world. We have a committee meeting regularly to create structures based on differing scenarios and, ay, there's the rub. At present, we can make sensible assumptions but there is likely to be a good deal of change in guidance from the government meaning several scenarios are possible. I can assure you we are spending a good deal of time on the matter and, as to date, with an attitude of we will make it work.

I hope you have a good weekend and we return to the final fortnight of this oddest of terms with still a good deal to incorporate. Coming up next week I am particularly interested in how the Year 8 Fair will work out as I am hearing some terrifically inventive ideas (do prepare yourselves to donate to charity online) and also what the final collation of the Year 4 production will look like. Again, I have heard much excitement from the children on this one.

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

This Week in Pre-Prep ...

by Claire Luckhurst

I have often mentioned in this newsletter that ‘time flies’ in school and although life does seem to have taken on a ‘groundhog day’ element recently, I did jolt a little when it dawned on me that next week is the penultimate week of term. Without the usual markers to delineate the passing of the summer term it has undoubtedly been a very different journey to the end of the academic year but we are looking forward to celebrating all that has been achieved by the children since September nonetheless over the next two weeks.

This week's Thoughts for the Day

This week's Thoughts for the Day

Why Do We Do Things?
Mr Halls
Director of Sport

Mrs Keirle reflects on her family history and the connections to where she lives.
Mrs Keirle
Head of Drama

<h2>Headmaster's Commendations</h2>

Headmaster's Commendations

in chronological order

12th - 19th June

There have been an outstanding amount of HMCs awarded this week - far too many to include in this newsletter - so please click here to see the list.

Amazing work everyone - well done!

The Great King's Hall Book Cover Challenge

At King's Hall we love to read and we also love a good creative challenge so it was no surprise at all that our pupils took the brief to "recreate a favourite book cover at home" and really ran with it.

The children were encouraged to put together their book cover creations by dressing up and by using items they could find around the home. Some even enlisted the help of a willing pet in order to produce the perfect book cover!

The results are stunning and Mrs M had the very unenviable task of selecting the three winning entries. After great deliberation, she selected Sam's Frankenstein cover, Alice's Little Women cover and Francesca's Ottoline cover. Sam, Alice and Francesca each received a book token and each of the 35 children who entered the competition was awarded a Headmaster's Commendation for their amazing creations. A huge well done to everyone who took part!

Click here to see more of the amazing covers.

A Few Words From ... Hayden Hau

A Few Words From ... Hayden Hau

This term's Deputy Head Boy

It is almost the end of term and all of the Year 8s have been busy making our Leavers’ videos, visiting our senior schools remotely and doing our weekly challenges.

I attended my virtual senior school induction day on Tuesday which I really enjoyed and am now looking forward to going there and playing lots of sport! I am also looking forward to making lots of new friends and having fun with them for the next five years.

This week, I have also taken my Maths Common Entrance exam which was okay but I did get stuck on a few bits.

I just want to finish by saying a big thank you to all the staff who have taught us this year - it has been amazing and I will never forget what everyone has done for me.


Danning Zhang
Silver Award

In Music ...

Brass players, singers and junior string players have been busy over the past week and they have recorded a great rendition of John Barry’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service which was premiered during this week’s Headmaster’s Assembly.

Click here to listen

In Drama ...

As part of the Year 7 Putting on a Show the children were asked to dress up as an actor attending the press night of their production.

Here is Max as Derek Trotter from Only Fools and Horses attending the Press night!

This will also be one of his Art Challenges for the Arts Award.

In DT, the children have continued to develop their knowledge and understanding of food preparation skills while at home.

This time at home has clearly instilled a love of cooking in all pupils. Sam has been enjoying bread week; Maddie and Freddie have been using their bread to bake homemade pizza; Henry has made a crumble and Jinesh has been baking fairy cakes.

IAPS Sport Mascot competition

IAPS Sport Mascot competition

A very well done to Willow whose entry has been long listed from the 142 entries down to the final 18. What an achievement!

All entrants had to submit a drawing of their mascot, along with a description of their characteristics. Taken from her entry, ‘Ace’ is in the shape of the IAPS logo itself and holds many of the values we also hold dearly as a school: compassion, respect, understanding, responsibility, and fair sportsmanship.

Good luck making it down to the last six!

An insight into what some of Year 6 have been up to ...

<h2>Snoops' Diary</h2>

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

Well, hello friends.

I hope you’ve all had a great week. I’m quite often boasting about what a lucky pup I am and I’ve been thinking along those lines for most of the week.

Living in a school has made me realise that I am surrounded by outstanding talent. Everywhere I turn my senses are saturated with the extraordinary talents of the young people in our school community.There is art work on the walls, music emanating from all manner of places and acting that is loud and proud.Sporting talent is bountiful and of course there is outstanding academic talent too.And that’s before I get started on personal hobbies and interests.

Father Mark mentioned talents in his chapel service on Thursday and the ‘thoughts of the day’ have got me thinking about them too. Did you see Mr Halls’ bedside tables, Mrs Aladin’s sewing, and Mr Stannet’s cookery? A big wow-woof from me.

So what about dogs? Are we talented? I’m going to share some amazing facts about my four-legged kind.

1. Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals

So why are dogs’ noses wet? The answer is that our noses are wet to help us absorb scent chemicals! We lick our noses to help understand what the smell is.

2. Newfoundlands are amazing lifeguards

Newfoundland dogs are the ultimate doggy lifeguards, because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!

3. The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear.

In an interview in 2013, Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song! How’s that for an amazing dog fact?

5. A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court

A Bloodhound’s sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles! Many dogs, including myself, can sniff out week old fingerprints.

6. Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel

If you thought all dogs barked, then prepare yourself for this dog fact. The Basenji dog doesn’t tend to bark, instead they are known to yodel, whine or scream.

7. A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long distance race

A Greyhound would actually beat a Cheetah in a long distance race! Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles. The Cheetah is incredibly fast it can only keep its speed for around 200 metres so it would soon be overtaken by a Greyhound!

8. Dogs can be trained to detect medical ailments in humans.

Conditions such as diabetes and cancer can be sniffed out by dogs.How amazing is that?

9. Right pawed or left pawed?

Did you know that only 10% of humans are left handed but 50% of dogs are left pawed?

10. Sound detection.

Dogs are able to detect the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.Year 4 pupils have been studying 10ths and 100ths in Maths this week and they will tell you that this is extremely quick.

Well folks that’s all from me this week, other than to take a look at my new friend, Baxter the doodle. Don’t we make a handsome pair? Woofety-woof and cheerio.

Snoops x




As part of last week's Challenge Yourself theme, Mrs Hardy set Year 8 the challenge of seeing how far they could get from Land’s End, the goal was John O’Groats ... and they smashed it with a little help from their friends (aka teachers)!

The distance from Land's End to John O'Groats by car (on motorways) is 1,348km and by walking, running, cycling, swimming, playing tennis, hockey and riding horses, they clocked up an incredible 1,622.14 km!

A huge congratulations and well done to everyone who took part but the following definitely deserve a particular 'shout out' for the distances they covered:

Will - 30.16km
Gus - 32km
Daisy - 33.10km
Oscar - 38.93km
Rory - 39.26km
Jimmy - 39.50km
Rudi - 45.71km
Andrew - 58.7km
Eve - 64.6km
Mme Harvey - 75km
Mrs Hardy - 87.21km
Cameron - 115.48km
Mme Murray - 161.29km
Mr Halls - 169km



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.

King's Hall Sport Twitter page Week 8 challenges #Proudestachievements
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