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29 April 2022

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At King's College and King's Hall School


by Justin Chippendale

This May Bank Holiday always comes (quite naturally) so early in the term that it can take you by surprise – plus it is the only one that falls in term time and so the Monday not at school is another difference to our usual Long Weekends…this one really is a long weekend!  With the weather looking set fairish for the majority of the time there will be plenty of time outdoors and for visits I expect.

Meg, our spaniel, often heads out on the Front Field in the break times when it’s like this and she oscillates between charging around from child to child and then lying down submissively in a group, flaunting her tummy for a multiple hand rub.  Then, unexpectedly, she jumps back to her paws and hurtles off to visit the next group.

All animals shed excess waste of course and generally we are around to bag it and bin it.  If not, the wonders of modern technology come into play as I have in the past been sent a what3words reference by a member of staff.  It’s remarkable how long it can still take you to find the target even within a 3m square!

We have had Alistair Wilkinson, Deputy Head Academic from September, with us for the last two days, quietly familiarising himself with people, place and process.  Most important of those is the people and there has been little respite as Alistair has had many to meet across the full range of the ages. He will be back again this term and we will also be sure to welcome visits from other September staff joiners during the term, as well.

There is plenty to read about in the Newsletter, including news of a National Champion – congrats Humphrey, and so I hope you enjoy scrolling through, perhaps with some refreshment as you delight in the additional joy a Friday evening of a Bank Holiday weekend brings.

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

We have all enjoyed a wonderfully sunny start to this summer term which has already witnessed several events such as the whole school photo, Year 1 and Year 2 Window of Learning sessions, Nursery 2 joining their first assembly as part of beginning their transition into Reception and the first dip of the year in the swimming pool.  However, the highlight so far has to be Grandparent’s Afternoon which saw us welcome over 70 grandparents into Pre-Prep last Friday.  The afternoon began with a special assembly, ably led by Year 2, followed by grandchildren touring their grandparents around Pre-Prep (not a drawer or cupboard was left unchecked) and rounded off with a cream tea in the Woodard Room.  It has been 4 years since we were last able to host this event so it really did feel a special occasion which seems to have been confirmed by the many messages received!

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

Next Week....

Please see the School calendar and SOCs for more details and timings

Day Prep

Day Prep bookings

Day Prep bookings

Week commencing Tuesday 3rd May 2022

If you require day prep provision for the week commencing Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (bank holiday on Monday) please book using the link below. 

The form closes to responses on Tuesday 3rd May at 9:00am. If you wish to make any changes to this booking please email Mrs Kemmish or phone 01823 285920.

Please can we ask that if your child uses School transport that you ensure all requirements/amendments are confirmed according to your child's after school commitments. 

Day Prep Booking Form

A Few Words from...Adam Lowery

This term's Head Boy

Hello, Everyone. My name is Adam Lowery, and I am this term’s Head Boy. Last term ended with lots of excitement, after a brilliant house music competition. The adrenaline and thrill from being up on the stage was amazing but most of all, the connection between year groups was particularly special. We all have friends in the other houses so while we wanted to win, we hoped they would do well, too. For some of us in Year 8, this term started with enthusiasm and a little trepidation as we embarked on our project journey, on the theme of ‘Evolution’. We’ve chosen topics on everything from chocolate to mountaineering. When doing our research workshops, we’ve been encouraged to live in a “wonder bubble” and to have an inquisitive mind. It’s refreshing as we get to answer our own questions not the teachers’ ones. During the Easter break my family went on a windy costal walk in Cornwall with winds of 20mph+. I was getting in a bit of practice in readiness to be the reserve for the Exmoor Challenge team this term. Walks like this are exhilarating, similar to how bits of this term will be, such as delivering our presentations. When the hike gets tough or tiring, we all have to pull together and encourage each other. At the end of the walk, we will all be elated at our achievements but will also feel a sense of sadness that this walk is coming to an end. Although, we can look forward to the next journey knowing we take our friends with us and maybe even have the opportunity to make new friends, new experiences, and new memories. I hope everybody enjoys the walk this summer term!

A Few Words from...Adam Lowery

Boarding Blog - by Anna Hardy

Selfies, Shark Attacks and Sunshine

Selfies, Shark Attacks and Sunshine

We had another brilliant weekend starting with horse riding or bike riding - those less confident quickly progressed and the experts amongst us enjoyed cycling around the school site at speed, especially through the woods. After supper we set the children a Selfie Scavenger Hunt - in groups and armed with a phone they had to take a range of photos that included incorporating a spoon, a piano, Mr Chippendale's house, a pile of laundry, as well as photos depicting some getting attacked by a shark, waiting for an elevator, riding a roller coaster, etc. The results were hilarious.

Then on Sunday we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine whilst watching Somerset Ladies play a T20 match - the children enjoyed guessing the score Warwickshire would get as well as eating ice creams of course.

We then wandered to French Weir Park and had more fun in the sun!

We wish all the children a restful and enjoyable long weekend before welcoming them back after 7pm on Monday evening.  

A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Hayden-Briffett

Mrs Hayden-Briffett


What a super first couple of weeks to the Summer Term we have had in 3H.  The weather has been kind (if a little chilly at times) and the children are well rested and keen, working hard and getting on well with each other. 

Some areas we have tackled so far have included in Geography learning about the weather, the elements that make up weather and the difference between weather and climate.  History sees the continuation of discovering what life was like for the Celts.   

We have set a few new targets for this term, such as trying to get a pen licence.  Some of the children have chosen keeping their bedroom tidy as their target for home – please do let me know if they manage it! 

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog

by Snoops the Dog

My Dear Friends,

Here we are, advancing full steam ahead into the summer term. There’s a lot going on outdoors but don’t underestimate the rigour that continues in the classrooms during this vibrant portion of the school year.

It was lovely to see all my friends together for the school photograph; you should have seen the staging that they had to stand on. One slip and I could have been a seriously squidged pooch, an ex-dog, a splodge of strawberry jam!

You’ll see from my photo that I positioned myself in the centre but for some reason I was moved right to the end of the row and Mr Chippendale took my seat. I hope you can still see me when the photograph is published, otherwise all that floofing and grooming will have gone to waste. I’m fairly sure that Mr Chippendale and the other staff didn’t spend quite as long brushing their hair and ears.

Anyway, enough about that, it’s bank holiday weekend and I’d like to say Happy Mini Holiday. If the weather’s nice I might see you walking the hills (I hope so because I’d be interested in peeping at your picnics!)

Have a good one and see you next week.

Much love

Snoops X

Academic Life

Theology, Philosophy and Religion

Abuse Of Power

Abuse Of Power

Year 8CE have been looking at the story of King David and Bathsheba this week from 2 Samuel 11.  At first sight it is often seen as simply a religious account about a King’s extreme behaviour, with little direct relevance today.  However, David breaks at least 3 of the 10 Commandments.  Whether or not you are religious, most would agree that these are ethical principles, by which a civilised and caring society would wish to live. 

The story shows what happens when a leader forgets their role and puts him or herself first, regardless of the consequences, acting against individuals who cannot fight back and abusing the people over whom they have authority.   

David knew what he was doing and was stopped by being shamed by the prophet, Nathan.  What do you do with someone, who has no such moral sense?  

Talk about Ramadan with Year 8 pupil Zane Assal

Talk about Ramadan with Year 8 pupil Zane Assal

To mark the end of Ramadan and the up coming celebration of Eid we had Zane, one of our Year 8 Senior pupils, talking to Year 3 and 4 today. He discussed with great humanity how he fasts during Ramadan, and why he does so, and how it is difficult at times but why he also enjoys it.

The Year 3 and 4s asked some wonderful questions, which were superbly answered.


Firebird Poetry

This week Y5K and Y5T LLD groups finished their poems from the traditional Russian tale The Firebird. The children were encouraged to use suitable adjectives to describe their nouns, to add verbs and adverbs to make the poem more exciting. We hope you enjoy them.  

Mrs A Cheeseman 

Mrs McDermott's Tutor Group

Mrs McDermott's Tutor Group

Year 7

We were so happy to start the term in bright sunshine, and cricket is a clear favourite of the group.

Going through important dates on the first morning was a roller coaster ride, with exciting things to look forward to and slightly daunting ones too – the bank holiday weekend, end of year exams and the much-anticipated trip to Morzine.

On Wednesday, Annie and Frankie headed off to play in the Mighty Orchestra and the others enjoyed their matches – the boys played Hazlegrove and the girls mixed up with Bruton School for Girls for their fixture – all very enjoyable if chilly!

Making the most of the coming long weekend the children will be enjoying various fun acitivites:

  • Grace will be helping her little sister celebrate her birthday
  • Annie, Frankie and Lizzy intend to spend as much of it as possible on horse-back
  • Zhiesy has a riding lesson and hopes to spend time gaming (hopefully outdoors!)
  • Isaac is just going to enjoy home time
  • Benina is heading back to London to be with her family (with the hope of a long awaited visit by her Dad who works abroad)
  • Tafara is looking forward to spending time with his cousins as he is off to Bristol to stay with relatives.

Sport Update

U11 IAPS Squash Champion

U11 IAPS Squash Champion

Humphrey Cooper-Smith

Some outstanding news from the IAPS squash national tournament this week.  Humphrey (Year 6) took on the best in the country and was on fine form.  He was the top scorer in the group stages and during the knockout round he won all of his matches, without dropping a game.  Humphrey was crowned as the National Champion!



Success on the golf course. We were delighted to have several of our boys involved in the U12 & U14 county golf tournament last week. They played exceptionally well, with Peter McGivern (Year 8) taking first place in the U14 age category and Theo Jones (Year 6) winning the U12 tournament. The boys play regularly outside of school and it has been great hearing their news.



It has been a great start to the cricket term.  Our aim is to develop and improve our pupils' skills and enjoyment of the sport. Our senior girls' team (picture here) had a great fixture with Sherborne, and on Wednesday we hosted three teams from Bruton School for Girls. The boys have started well, with a brilliant block fixture against Hazlegrove, with excellent performances in both the Senior games and Intermediate ages.  Our junior (Year 3 & 4 pupils) had a warm up game with Taunton on Monday, too.

This year (in the absence of COVID bubbles, touch wood) we are aiming to train and play in a combination of year groups to best place our cricketers in the right stage of learning. This will involve our Year 7 & 8 pupils being split into four Senior teams, known as 1st-4th, the Year 5 & 6 girls are known as the Inter A-D teams and our Year 3 & 4 will often train as Juniors. There may be some flexibility in this approach depending on our opposition, but as mentioned, we want our cricketers to train with others of similar skills and ability.

Saturday activities

Saturday activities

Activities will take place again on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st of May, and continue after half term too.  If your child is interested in joining one of the activities, please email Mr Halls directly.  The type of activities on offer this term include cooking, tennis, water polo, badminton, golf, mountain biking and athletics.  The boarders had a brilliant time on the bikes last Saturday (picture below):

Hockey Heroes Programme

Hockey Heroes Programme

Taunton Vale Hockey Club

Taunton Vale Hockey Club are just about to start a new Hockey Heroes course.

Hockey Heroes is a fun and welcoming programme aimed at children aged 5-8 that aims to develop both their physical and character superpowers, unlocking the hero inside them!

More specifically, Hockey Heroes is a 8 week hockey programme aimed at beginners that not only focuses on helping children develop some physical hockey superpowers such as dribbling, passing and goal scoring, but also places as much emphasis on character development superpowers including teamwork, communication, perseverance and respect. Our aim is for children to have lots of fun, experience lots of success, and feel like a hero! This will boost their confidence, and ensure a positive experience of physical activity and sport that will have a beneficial effect in the rest of their life.

Please see links below for further information and cost.

England Hockey Hockey Heroes King's Hall Sport Twitter
Hot air balloon

Hot air balloon

Here is a little video clip of a beautiful hot air balloon taking off from the front field earlier this week. What a lovely sight it was too!

Hot air balloon at KHS

King's Hall School Shop

As well as visiting the on-site School Shop, you can now purchase uniform online
by clicking the link contained below to the Direct Clothing website.

We would ask, though, that, where possible, the parents of all new joiners make an appointment to visit the School Shop to purchase uniform.

Online ordering: 
Please bear in mind that as all online orders are fulfilled at the school, they will only be processed when the shop is open.

Collection (FREE):
As soon as your order has been completed you will receive a confirmation email and you will then be able to collect your order from the shop during opening hours.  

If you do need to return an item, please return the unwanted item in original condition within 30 days of purchase to the shop
for a full refund, or exchange for the required item.

Visiting the shop:
The shop is open every Monday and Wednesday (2.30 – 5.00 pm) during term time (no appointment needed);
it will also be open (by appointment only) at certain times during the holiday periods listed below (9.00 am – 4.00 pm):

Summer Holidays 2022
Monday 4th – Friday 8th July
Monday 11th July
Wednesday 13th July
Monday 15th – Friday 19th August
Monday 22nd – Friday 26th August
Tuesday 30th August – Friday 2nd September

To make an appointment during the holiday periods please contact the School Office: 01823 285920 or Schooloffice@kingshalltaunton.co.uk.

Payment is due at the time of purchase by card.  We can no longer accept cash or cheque as payment methods.

Please note face masks should be worn when visiting the shop.

If you have questions about purchasing school uniform, please email schoolshop@kingshalltaunton.co.uk

School Shop Direct Clothing

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