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18 November 2022

Find our more about our upcoming Open Days

These are being held on 15 March for ages 2-13 and 16 March for ages 13-18
HEADlines

HEADlines

by Justin Chippendale

“It just puts a smile on your face” was a comment I heard last night from one lucky enough to watch the first performance of Moana. They’re right. Such a bouncy, energetic show with terrific songs and where the children are clearly enjoying themselves. It also has very strong core messages that touch the heart of any truly vocationally minded Head! Many congratulations to all involved in its success.

As well as drama here on our own stage, there have been many children heading off to the Taunton Drama Festival. It is so lovely to see them return a good deal more confident than when they head out, and many with the added bonus of a medal or two.  These opportunities to put yourself a little further from your existing comfort zone are the only way to grow and explore what your increasing potential may be.  Thank you to those taxi driving parents amongst you who make it possible for so many children to get there and back.

After so much energy and effort (both physical and emotional) it is only right that there are just fixtures for the Under 9s tomorrow.  Have a good rest!

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

Thank you to everyone who supported the children’s choice of wearing pyjamas to school and enjoying a warming cup of hot chocolate to raise money for Children in Need.  It seems to have been a hit and the children are enormously proud that they will be helping Pudsey to put a smile on the faces of children less fortunate than themselves.  They also enjoyed being given the opportunity to make a big decision on behalf of their community which I believe is important and something we endeavour for them to do each term. 

Please click here to read the rest of this week's Pelican News

Coming up ...

Please see the School Calendar on the Portal and SOCs for more details and timings

Upcoming Events

 

Book Fair - Monday 21st November

Help your children celebrate reading by encouraging them to choose a book at the fair. 

Thank you to those who have already registered for this Autumn’s Book Fair. If you would like your child to have the opportunity to purchase a book and haven’t signed up for the cost to be added to your school bill your child may bring a small amount of cash with them to school on Monday if they wish to participate. 

Scholastic are kindly funding a raffle this year. The names of each child purchasing a book at the fair will be entered and a winner from both Prep and Pre-prep will receive the chance to choose a free book.   

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during the day to select and purchase books. Book fairs are the perfect occasion to instil excitement about books and reading. There is a growing body of evidence illustrating that reading for pleasure has an enormous effect on children’s attainment and wellbeing; the opportunity to choose their own book plays a role in this. 

Remember every purchase provides commission which we reinvest to enhance the King’s Hall Library for the benefit of all pupils. So, it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up in readiness for Christmas. 

 

Friends of King's Hall coffee morning - 22nd November

All parents are welcome to the Friends of King's Hall coffee morning in the Woodard Room on the 22nd November 2022 from 8:15am

 

Rural Living Show - 26th and 27th November

We are excited to once again be bringing The Rural Living Show to King's Hall School on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of November this year. 

After taking over the show last year, this year we have really focused on enhancing the customer experience, hoping to nurture the interests of our local community, whilst also continuing the family friendly ethos developed over the last 29 years. 

Additions to the show this year include brand new courses, workshops and activities: 

  • An early winter foraging course is being offered by UK Wild Adventures throughout the weekend. Participants will learn how to identify key plants as well as all about their history and medicinal uses. At just £20 for a 90 minute session. Pre-booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited - click here to find out more and book yours.
  • Craft sessions are being run by Sew Together with Charlotte, a local teacher who runs her own workshops to support people wanting to expand their knowledge and skills around sewing. Visitors will be able to attend drop in sessions to make and take home a range of products including mini bunting and fabric Christmas decorations.
  • The University Centre Somerset are attending the event with their UCS Creative Arts provision. They will have 3rd year degree students showcasing their creations, and running taster sessions to promote how visitors can take their creative passions forwards into a more formal study route here in the heart of Somerset.

We have also designed a FREE festive treasure trail for the children visiting the show. Younger visitors will be able to collect a bunting flag from key stations around the show, and end up at our new Christmas craft grotto to assemble and decorate with a sweet treat on offer for those that complete it. 

Another aspect of the show we have expanded is the food marquee. We have increased food and drink exhibitors this year, and moved to a ‘Food and drink village’ utilising additional space for some hot food and drink vans. 

Lastly we are super excited to have ‘Colmer, Solo and Orion’ from Alpha Alpacas attending the show this year. We are sure they will be a real highlight! 

We would be delighted if you would join us at some point over the weekend to support the fantastic array of local designers, makers, craftspeople and producers across our region, not to mention enjoy the start of the festive season with us! As usual we will also be aiming to raise as much money as possible for the wonderful Children's Hospice South West. 

 

Festive Barn Dance - Friday 2 December

Please join the Friends of King's Hall School with all the family for a live band with dad-dancing (of course)!

Places are limited.

Friday 2 December, 6pm - 9pm
The Arts Centre

Tickets £10 adults / £5 children (up to Year 8)
All profits to the Nelson Trust

Bring your own refreshments and the dress code is 'festive western'

Tickets can be booked online through the Portal with the cost being added to your school bill (please go to the School Diary, find the Festive Barn Dance event and then click on Book Now).    

Please note that all adults and children attending will need a ticket; when you have made your booking you will receive a confirmation email but there is no need to print anything as there will be a list of names on the ‘door’.  

My School Portal
 

Women's Ashes ODI Tickets

As a sponsor of Somerset Cricket Club we are pleased to share a link for next summer’s Women’s Ashes match to be played at the County Ground which is likely to be a sell out.  

Click here for full information and to book tickets

Day Prep

 

Week commencing 21st November

If you require day prep provision next week please book using the link below. 

Please note as it is the long weekend there is limited after school provision on Friday 25th, school will finish at 4pm, and provision will run until 4:30 if required.

The booking form will close at 9am on Monday; if you need to make a late booking or make any changes after this time please let us know by emailing SchoolOffice@kingshalltaunton.co.uk.   

If your child uses School transport and you need to make any changes please email Transport@kingshalltaunton.co.uk to let us know. 

Day Prep Booking Form

Reminder to collect school photos

Just a reminder that the individual school photos have arrived and are in the School Office ready to collect. Please report to the School Office to collect your order or if you prefer you can ask your child to come and see us to collect and bring home with them.

Boarding Blog

by Anna Hardy

 

What a week!

We have crammed so much into this week, last Sunday feels like a distant memory.  We headed towards Exeter and into a remote village to have a go at Laser Tag. I have never done this before and was thoroughly impressed with not only the location but the guns and the games we played. We were kept busy for 2 hours playing out different scenarios and it was like we in in our own game of ‘Fortnite’. The guns were brilliant and made a noise every time we got lasered, as well as showed us how many lives we had left before announcing our game was over once we got hit 20 times. It was great fun and something we’d definitely do again. This week we have also had 2 birthdays – Happy Birthday Leon and Lily, so lots of Pizza and cake have been consumed. On Wednesday the whole school was treated to the amazing Moana production, and I have had the catchy songs stuck in my head ever since.  

A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Watson's Year 4 Class

This week has been a really fun week!  In Art, the children continued to lay their wool tops in preparation for felt making next week. This will involve soap, warm water and a good deal of elbow grease to bind the wool fibres together.  This half-term we are in the Cookery School for our DT lessons. This is always one of the children’s favourite lessons of the week. This week we made rocking rock cakes.  In PSHE the children were discussing different ways they can ask for help, and also how they can help others.  A few suggestions included:

helping to drive a digger

helping to drive a car

and the very useful suggestion of

helping to tidy my room!’  

On Wednesday morning the children were treated to the Year 8 performance of Moana. It really was outstanding and the afternoon lessons were echoing with ‘You’re Welcome’. The Drama lesson this week involved a privileged back-stage tour of Moana.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

 

Dear Friends,

What a week: rain, no rain, wind, more rain and as I type, sun. That equates to wet dog, dry dog, more wet dog, windswept dog and fluffy dog; all in one week.

As you can see from my picture, I spent a wet break-time chilling with some friends; big and small. I do enjoy spending time in different areas of the school and meeting new children and staff.

In amongst all the turbulent weather something, that can only be described as amazing and spectacular, happened at school this week. It was the performances of Moana Junior, the senior play. I know that you’re all used to seeing me cast in the school productions but I’m afraid there was no part for a fluffy hound on a Polynesian island. Mrs Keirle gave me plenty of warning about this matter, knowing that I would be somewhat disappointed. However, she has promised me parts in future productions so I'm a happy pooch.

Like me, you’ll probably spend the weekend singing, The Shiny Song, if you were lucky enough to see the magnificent play this week.

Have a great weekend 

Your Friend 

Snoops X

 

Mr Morgan's Tutor Group

Excitement is growing within the group as the performances of the Year 8 production of Moana are upon us. As ever, it is a pleasure to observe the commitment and team work that goes into this event, as well as the positive impact on the self-confidence of those pupils for whom the stage is not their natural environment.  

Our recent PHSE discussions have centred around important topics such as Remembrance and the forthcoming men’s football World Cup in Qatar. I am always delighted with the pupils’ understanding of the issues around Remembrance and why it is so important that we honour the occasion appropriately. It was very pleasing to see them lead by example during the prep school service on Friday 11th. 

Whilst there is some excitement about the start of the World Cup (including from the Welsh form tutor!), I have also been impressed with the maturity shown during our discussions around Qatar as a venue and the issues associated with this.  

Looking beyond the euphoria of the drama production, I’m sure the academic scholars will quickly focus their attention on the imminent mock examinations and things will return to normal prior to the impending excitement of Christmas. 

Academic Life

Languages

 

French

In French we have been using Sentence Builders from Year 5-8 to help us structure our work more effectively and independently. We have also used technology to enhance our learning with individual online assignments. We are very fortunate to have class sets of learnpads which mean that your children can access them as necessary during our lessons. Year have now written at length about where they live, using the Sentence Builders to assist and are now ready to finish their little houses so lovingly designed. We also subscribe to linguascope.com, another excellent resource for the basics with lots of fun listening, reading and writing games and activities. Languages online org.uk is great for grammar exercises. I know many of you encourage your children to use these sites regularly. Indeed, many parents have commented to me that their digital natives can be easily encouraged to do some work when it is on their tablet or computer! 

Spanish

In our classes in Year 5 this term, we have been learning the basics and enjoying learning about various cultural events in Spain and South America.  We all enjoyed learning about “El día de los muertos” and learning some vocabulary around that theme.  We learnt that “el día de los muertos” is a day where people in South America celebrate the lives of loved ones in a bright, joyful and celebratory manner.

 

This week's Sport round-up

U11 Girls Hockey recent tournaments

IAPS

IAPS

The event was attended by the top 25 schools from across the country. Many of the matches were very close competitions, with all the girls showing a great display of skill, in both attack and defence. After a challenging pool round, the King’s Hall girls were into the Bowl competition, in which they came second after a close final with Gresham’s Prep. The value of sportsmanship and competition was highlighted throughout the day and the importance of these events for the children as a great experience and opportunity to play tournament hockey.

County Qualifier 

County Qualifier 

The U11 county competition took place at Millfield with All Hallows, Millfield, Taunton and King’s Hall all vying for a place in the finals. King’s Hall started off strong with a win against Taunton and played some brilliant attacking hockey. They maintained this into their game against All Hallows and scored some fantastic team goals. They finished second, qualifying for the final which takes place next term. 

U10 rugby festival

U10 rugby festival

Our U10 boys had a great time and really enjoyed playing against many other Prep schools at a fantastic rugby festival last Saturday at Queen's. Thank you to all for brilliant matches.

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Woodlands Adventure December Camp

Woodlands Adventure December Camp

19th-23rd December

Woodlands Adventure is a holiday club with a difference. It takes place in our own woods at King’s Hall, so there are no televisions, computers or iPads, just fresh air, friends and a whole lot of fun!

Find out more about our fantastic camp on offer during December for children aged 3 to 13 by clicking ther link below.

Holiday Camp

KING'S HALL SCHOOL SHOP

Our school shop stocks all the uniform items your child needs and includes some second-hand clothing. 

For a list of uniform items, shop opening times and payment details, please click the links below:
Nursery and Pre-prep
Prep

If you prefer to order online, please click here to visit the website.

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