Merry Christmas!

Published on: Friday, December 16, 2022

In a joyful seven days that has seen a plethora of Christmas events, it is best to let the Newsletter and some pictures do the talking at this stage.

I wish you all a very warm and uplifting festive break from HEADlines - may it be spent in the comfort and nourishment generated by the company of your nearest and dearest friends and family.

Happy Christmas.

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'Tis the season

Published on: Friday, December 9, 2022

Have you seen the stunning mornings recently? Having endured some very wet weather and then fog for several consecutive days it is lovely, if chilly, to be enjoying some frosty scenes that lend themselves perfectly to the Christmas mood in the camp.

We have the Nursery Nativity today, Prep Carol Service on Sunday and then Pre-Prep Nativity next Friday. Along with a couple of assembly re-tellings, over the next eight days we will make our annual pilgrimage through the greatest story ever told.

We have seen the last major sports fixtures and there has been a huge amount of enjoyment over the last few months and much progress made. Well done to everyone for heading out with enthusiasm even when it has been colder recently – that includes parents on the sidelines!

Talking of parents visiting for matches, as one visitor from another school came in the front door heading to match tea on Wednesday, they noticed the gorgeous pile of presents/shoeboxes building under the tree and asked “Ooo, are they for the staff?”. It was explained that it was a collection for Ukrainian children about to head out in time for Christmas and I thank the Pupil Council for leading this initiative as well as Harry Sharp, a former King’s pupil, for masterminding the external logistics.

One last Christmas thing to mention for now. If you’re free on Tuesday evening, the College Christmas Concert, which will include some Prep children, will be good fun as well as full of some quality music of varying styles. So, if you’re looking for some light festive musical entertainment then head to the College Chapel for a 7.15pm start.

See you there, anyhow, this Sunday.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Published on: Friday, December 2, 2022

No denying it now - we are well into Advent and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Trees about the place, lights up outside, decorations emerging in various places plus nativities and carols in rehearsal. You can't stop the passage of time. It's been a foggy week where we have hardly seen the bottom of the front field but it hasn't dampened the level of activity.

There is activity tonight with the Friends of King's Hall Barn Dance.  This year it is in the Arts Centre and I'm sorry I am unable to join the fun.  Those who have signed up will have a great time, I'm sure, and huge thanks to all involved in making it possible and in particular to Mrs Luard and Mrs Joslin.

Mr Sloan, Headmaster of the College, was here on Monday and he brought with him three former pupils who are now in their final year of schooling. They shared very clear and warm memories of what their time here had meant to them and the teachers who had piqued a particular interest or two.

Mr Sloan talked about our 'One School, Two Sites' model and reflected how much he had enjoyed becoming part of a school community of tangible humanity. He went to draw from the children what values are important to us in school. He had four quick answers from children in Years 3, 4 and 5 they were: Kindness; Working Hard; Honesty; Participation. He stopped seeking any further responses as that had already nailed it - straight off the bat. Come and get involved, give it your best and be kind to everyone.

Here's to another fun fortnight of following that mantra.

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