26th June 2020
by Justin Chippendale
This is the last written HEADlines of the year – next week’s Newsletter will be more of a pictorial reflection of our final week: not only that but I think you’re going to have seen, heard and read enough from me in the days ahead!
We have been so excited to see more of the children on site and the visit of Year 3 this afternoon didn’t disappoint. Fr Mark made mention in Chapel yesterday of how he has missed the children as without them, without the physical interactions between us, without the visceral stimulation that comes from sparking off each other we are simply not the same. We are lesser ourselves for want of input from others.
Often in my HEADlines through the year, I will reference or draw upon an encounter with the children during the week and not having them around has left a bit of a vacuum in my source of inspiration for these weekly ponderings. It will be so lovely to have even more of the hubbub and energy generated by their youthful exuberance here next week.
As well as these visits (with Year 2, too), thanks to the creativity and hard work of the children and the staff we also have some really entertaining and important events coming up to delight in and you should have had further information about these: it seems we’re all set for a good week to draw things to close.
Have a good weekend in readiness.
This Week in Pre-Prep ...
by Claire Luckhurst
The glorious weather combined with the government announcement that schools will take another step closer to ‘normal’ from September has definitely lifted spirits this week! It has been an incredibly busy week but everything always seems so much more manageable under bright blue skies! The children who have returned to school continue to show amazing resilience and acceptance in embracing their very different routines; I do somewhat envy their bliss of complete ignorance of ‘adult world’ worries we often assume will affect them, when in reality they just take life in their stride. I happened to be passing by the Nursery 1 garden area earlier in the week and observed one little boy completely engrossed in some sand and water play and thought how very lovely to be so engaged in just that moment without any notion of thinking about what needs to be done ‘next’; just how it should be! Similarly, I continue to see brilliant efforts continuing to be put in by those still learning remotely and commend parents, children and staff for their determination, dedication and perseverance in maintaining these high standards. All of this hard work will hopefully ensure we go into the summer break next week having maintained the progress the children had made before lockdown. This target, along with ensuring the children’s emotional well-being was prioritised, were the two foundations on which everything was planned so that when we meet them again in September we know we are in a really good place on which to continue their learning journeys.
in chronological order
19th - 26th June
Art CreationsHere are some more creations from last week's art challenges. Miss Perkins sets different challenges each week, for each year group, with challenges ranging from colour wheels, and observational drawings to fashion cut-outs, interiors and mixed media 'art at home' projects.
The Big Sleep OutThe King's community came together last week for the virtual Big Sleep Out, to help raise awareness of homelessness, and funds to Arc.
A Few Words From ... Poppy Chedzoy
This term's Deputy Head Girl
After a very busy term with home schooling we are nearly at the summer holidays.
This week it has been really lovely weather to be outside and doing sport and some swimming.
This week I had lots of fun being able to see Sid again in the garden after three months. I have also enjoyed being able to go for a walk with my family and also a bike ride. I think we are all now looking forward to a summer holiday break and seeing our friends in September.
Let’s hope the sunny weather continues through the holidays and we can all have a well deserved break.
The penultimate week in DT and what a lot of lovely creative cooking is still taking place ...
An insight into what some of Year 8 have been up to ...
Last Saturday Cameron went paddle boarding with his sister and Matthew at the Somerset Boat Centre. Great fun was had by all and although the water was a bit cold, they all got in at the end.
This week Mudia has been helping around the house: cutting the grass, taking out the bins and removing weeds.
This week Poppy met up with Sid in the garden; they really enjoyed being able to see each other after 3 months.
by Snoops the Dog
Just a quick note from me this week as I have been busy preparing to greet more of my friends back into school as they return for their tutor handovers and picnics. I’m going to be seeing more of you next week, which is very exciting.
I hear and have seen that humans seem to be eating lots during lockdown and so I'm sure there’s been a lot of growing going on - I wonder what you look like now!
I have overheard Mrs Masters and Mrs Willmott mentioning that having their children at home has been like having swarms of locusts staying in their houses.
Well, I might not be growing any more but since my haircut this week, I’m looking rather trim. I would have preferred the shaggy surfer look for my forthcoming trip to Cornwall but all the sand in my curly locks does mean a lot of brushing in the evening, and I’d rather go without that!
So that’s all from me. Look out for me next week if you’re coming into school. Enjoy your end of term activities and I’ll be back next Friday with an update.
Lots of love
Next Term's Book Club and Book Breakfast Reads
With the summer holidays just around the corner and lots of summer reading time lying ahead, now is the time of the school year when we announce the books that our King's Hall bookworms will be meeting to discuss in September. (Drumroll, please!)
Year 3 and Year 4 Book Clubs will be reading Sophy Henn's new book Pizazz. (This is due to be published on 6 August.) Sophy's Bad Nana series is adored by our younger Prep pupils so we can't wait to get our hands on the first book in her newest series!
Year 5 & 6 Book Club will be off on a magical adventure with The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L D Lapinski. At the Strangeworlds agency, every suitcase leads you to a different world and all you have to do is step inside...
Year 7 Book Breakfast will be reading A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll. This book tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there's more to the story of these 'witches', just like there is more to hers. Can Addie challenge how the people in her town see her, and her autism, and make her voice heard?
Year 8 Book Breakfast will be reading Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens, the very final instalment in the Murder Most Unladylike series which is a firm favourite with so many of our pupils, particularly since Robin visited us last year. Death Sets Sail is not due to be published until 6 August but we couldn't miss this opportunity to select it for September's Book Breakfast!
As soon as dates for our Book Club and Book Breakfast meetings are finalised, Mrs Marcuccilli will be sending out emails inviting pupils to take part.
King's Hall vs King's Doha
#COVID19FIT – King's Hall vs King's Doha
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.
Mr Halls has set numerous challenges throughout the term. This week, we entered into a series of challenges with our sister school King's Doha.
We've seen sit up challenges, the sit, throw and catch challenge and football keep ups!
King's Hall Sport Twitter page
In history ...
Our Year 3 pupils have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians. Here is a wonderful recreation of Tutankhamun's death mask by Francesca L.
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