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3 February 2023

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


by Justin Chippendale

It cannot be 7 days since I last wrote one of these!!  I have that sense where it feels as if nothing has happened and yet so much has been across my desk and through my mind.

One of the best parts of this week has been my visits to some classes.  I was in Year 1 for a Supersonic Phonics session, remembering my actions for various sound combinations and decoding some CVCC words.  In Year 8 history we were considering whether country borders are set more by geography or history? A Year 3 session with Fr Mark about Candlemas was enlightening (thank you!) and in Year 7 maths we were converting between mixed numbers and top heavy fractions.

Another highlight was this morning’s Pre-Prep Open Day where the children in Year 2 were fabulous representatives through a group song and several older ones who have been with us from way back in the youngest years, took some parents around. It was a happy and upbeat event.

There has been a good amount of music this week with most of it being off site at the Taunton Music Festival. Well done to all who have been performing.  Next week we have a chance to listen to them ourselves as there is a concert on Tuesday night which will feature the orchestra, choirs, ensembles and several soloists.  Do come along if you can – 6pm in the Arts Centre.

Then on Thursday night we have the sold out Friends Quiz Night and I know the crew have been working hard to prepare. No doubt this will be another great fun evening where there is equally no doubt that unanticipated shortcomings in our knowledge will be exposed. There is a teachers’ team, I see, and one member was heard today saying: “I’ll be fine as long as there’s lots of Disney in there!” Let’s hope the Chief Pelican is reading this.

This Week in Pre-Prep...

This Week in Pre-Prep...

by Claire Luckhurst

We welcomed a good number of prospective families into Pre-Prep this morning for our Open Day event who all seemed to enjoy their visit and left with a very good idea of the education we provide. Thanks, must be given to Year 2 who joined me in the Pemberton Room to greet the families and confidently shared some of their thoughts about what they most enjoy about school.  The families were then given a tour by some of our senior Year 7 and Year 8 children who were in Pre-Prep themselves a few years ago.  Upon their return from their tours, I received many complimentary comments about what they had seen as they visited classrooms; happy, confident children who were immersed in their respective tasks.  They were also impressed with the maturity of their tour guides who brilliantly demonstrate what our littlest people could one day become through the King’s journey.  What a team!

Pelican News

Next week....

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

Lent Term Concert

Tuesday 7th February

Lent Term Concert
Taunton Music Festival vocal classes

Taunton Music Festival vocal classes

Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th

Friends of King's Hall Quiz

Thursday 9th

Friends of King's Hall Quiz
Friday 10th February

Friday 10th February

Last day before Half Term

Golden Time - Years 3 and 4, Plus Rewards - Years 5, 6 & 7 and Town Time - Year 8

There will be no after school supervision or activities please collect your children promptly for a 4:30pm finish

Upcoming Events



Week commencing 6th February

If you require day prep provision for your child next week please book them in using the link below. The booking form will close at 9.15 am 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 next week please email Transport@kingshalltaunton.co.uk to let us know.

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A Few Words from...Delilah Noyce

A Few Words from...Delilah Noyce

This term's Deputy Head Girl

Hi, my name is Delilah and I am this term's Deputy Head Girl.

This term is a remarkably busy term, as many things are going on. The Year 6’s have many rehearsals taking place so that they can perfect their production. They are working extremely hard on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this term. I expect no more than perfection, as last year's production was outstanding thanks to the help of Mrs Keirle and Mr Eyers.

This week there is also the Year 8 CE mock exams. These exams play a role in our understanding of the actual exams, for progression into our next school and although they are only the practice exams they are still very important. It is also important that you take care of yourself and take breaks during your revision.

Wishing everyone good luck for both the Year 6 production and the 8 CE exams.

Boarding Blog

by Anna Hardy


What a week of celebrations we have had. On Monday evening several of us headed over to King’s College to celebrate the Chinese New Year and we were treated to a lovely evening with so much attention to detail. It was lovely to see so many former pupils as well as big brothers or sisters.  

On Tuesday evening we had our own Chinese New Year celebration at King’s Hall and the kitchen staff had worked their magic to turn the dining room into down town Hong Kong. Zhiesy and Viphy’s mum and granny brought in some seriously delicious treats - accompanied with the dishes the kitchen staff had lovingly prepared, we were truly spoilt with the food we had on offer. It is fair to say no one went hungry that night and we are so thankful to all involved in making it such a great evening.  

On Wednesday night the senior boys celebrated Thomas and Carter’s birthdays with a pizza party and lots of cake. A welcome treat after 3 days of exams as well.  

We have also welcomed a few new children to the boarding house this week and we always love having new people to stay, so please do join us if you fancy seeing what boarding is like.  

A View from the Rose Garden

Mrs Watson's class

4W have really got their nails into some hard work this term and we are enjoying all areas of the curriculum.

In English we are loving The Butterfly Lion by Michael Murpurgo, and we look forward to English lessons to read another chapter of Berties adventures with his white lion cub. The children have been mastering their 7 times table in Maths lessons and are applying themselves fully in finding fraction of amounts. This requires an excellent knowledge of division facts. 

As well as exploring new books in Library lessons, the children have been using Learn Pads in making fact-files on their favourite African animal. In all of Design Technology, Art and History the children have been using the ICT lab to research topics and ideas.  They are certainly refining their skills in making a powerpoint presentation. This half term seems to be flying by!

Snoops' Diary

by Snoops the Dog


Dearest Friends

What a busy, but happy week this has been; I think I’ve seen just about everyone, in every department of the school.

Tuesday evening was particularly exciting as I had my first ever sleepover with the ‘Back of House’ boys. I believe they are fondly known as, ‘The Backstreet Boys’ which pleased me to think of myself as a seriously cool, ‘Backstreet Dog’. My fabulous evening has left me wanting a revisit but wearing suitably cool attire next time. I’ve been browsing the internet for backstreet dog apparel, and I think I’ve found the look that I’m after. I’ve posted a picture so see what you think!

Talking about my appearance, I’ve been sporting a particularly fluffy look since Christmas. Today, however, I have an appointment with my groomer, Julie, in the dog wash trailer. I bet you all think that I ate too much turkey over Christmas, but I’d just like to say, keep an eye out for the streamlined version of myself next week. 

Greetings from your very cool friend.

Snoops X

Mrs Keirle's Tutor Group

Mrs Keirle's Tutor Group

Year 5

Year 5 are certainly having a very busy Lent term and can’t quite believe that it is almost half term already! 

They are very involved in all their lessons.  Here are some of the exciting things they have been doing: 

  • Maths – Making Cappuccino cakes in Maths to practise using grams and kilograms. 
  • DT – Cooking is adored by the children, so they are always keen for Friday last lesson and Mrs Keirle loves the classroom smelling of muffins and cakes. 
  • History - 5K are preparing an election campaign to decide who becomes King of England in 1066, when Edward the Confessor died and left no heir.    
  • English – studying The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes 
  • Geography – Creating fun Geographical time dials. 
  • PSHE – Circle time as a year group to discuss Mental Health.  Speaking is only allowed when you hold Bobball! 
  • Games is always a favourite and PE has been gymnastics which the children have enjoyed. 

Other exciting things taking place this week in the tutor room include, Ottillie’s and Thomas’ fantastic Crochet, everyone having a go at being teacher and writing the date on the board and Henry being the last to recite a poem off by heart 

Happy days! 

Academic Life



In the library

It’s National Storytelling Week so we have been using this as a platform for promoting our favourite books in library sessions. Pupils were given the opportunity to take a seat in the ‘story tellers chair’, don a story-teller's hat and precis the plot of a much-loved book in a way that would entice others to read it. Trying to build as much anticipation and curiosity as possible using Mrs Naum’s ‘Show not Tell’ technique. We’ve had books from all genres - Cornella Funke’s Inkheart, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson, She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick and Armistice Run by the brilliant Tom Palmer to name but a few. Sharing their stories this way encourages oracy skills and inspires a love of reading – even Mrs Lowery has a few new titles to add to her ‘to-read’ list! 

Year 3 

Year 3 have been reading Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and here are some examples of their colourful and creative postcards.  

Year 4 

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo is a beautifully written book. Our Year 4 classes are reading the book and using pictures as inspiration for their own versions of what might happen next or imagining themselves within the story. They are also improving their reading comprehension with each chapter, learning how to retrieve facts but also to consider the ‘why’ questions.  Photos in Rose Garden section above.

Year 5 

Year 5 have been studying The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll and have learnt and performed the poem as a Year group.  They are now studying The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and enjoying the storyline/plot as well as learning about similes, metaphors, alliteration and repetition.  They will be writing their own narrative about the Highwayman very soon. 

Reciting of poetry is something Year 5 are getting especially good at since studying ballad (story) poems and learning Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky.  Can you guess which verse the children are acting out in the photos below? 

Year 6 

6K are studying 'Letters from a Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll.  They are enjoying the plot and learning about World War II and secret codes.  They are discovering new facts about the characters.  Very soon they will be writing their own newspaper report about an incident in the text and also writing creative poems about Lighthouses. Also in the library recently, they have had a reading genre carousel to let them taste books they wouldn't naturally choose. Several of them went away with a book, a couple have reserved books for when they are returned by their friends etc. They all put their hand up to say they had spotted something they would like to read in the future and most of them put their hands up to say it was something they wouldn't have chosen before this session.  Well done 6K!  

Year 7 

7CE2 are reading Pullman's play adaption of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (image below).    

The spelling lists this week links in with an exciting Brewhouse Theatre trip in March to see Sherlock Holmes, so the children were set a prep project to research Arthur Conan Doyle and the fictional detective. Front cover of playscript and attached work in photos below by Year 7 pupil Humphrey Cooper-Smith. 

Year 8 

Year 8 have been mastering the short story, and discovering all the different ways they can mould narrative to keep their readers on the edge of their seats. Using only 500 words, the students have taken us on treks through the jungle, swirled us around the inside of a washing machine and flown us across continents; all under the guises of surprise narrators, revealed in a twist at the end... But which narrator was ‘a sock’, ‘a pigeon’ or a 'spy’...?  

In between all of this creativity, Year 8 have also been studiously preparing for exams which are now over and we are delving back into the world of creative writing with some poetry. Focussing on the umbrella theme of ‘a journey’ many of our Year 8s have produced some poems evoking a real sense of time passing and the beauty of this. They have shown a real flair and grasp of the power of words. Below are a couple poems for you to enjoy.

For the First Time 

 For the first time, I stepped on without fear,  

Without thinking twice about the consequences near,  

A gentle push saw me a float in the air,  

For once I felt there was nothing hard to bear.  

For the first time, I had confidence in myself   

Whilst aligning my feet on the pedals,  

Then after tumbling not once, nor twice, nor thrice,  

I had balance on the old monster that frights  

Little boys like I,  

For the first time.  

For the first time, I could feel the cool air against my cheeks,  

As I reveled in the comfort that be  

Being free  

Amongst those soaring high,  

Whether it being a bird or a plane,  

Looking back it makes me cry,  

This experience I felt being just only nine,  

Will have me forever cherish this experience divine,  

As now this little boy has grown to a man,  

Where riding a bicycle as a hobby,  

From this it began  



’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves 

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: 

 All mimsy were the borogoves, 

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! 

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun 

The frumious Bandersnatch!” 

He took his vorpal sword in hand; 

Long time the manxome foe he sought— 

So rested he by the Tumtum tree  

And stood awhile in thought.  

And, as in uffish thought he stood, 

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, 

And burbled as it came!  

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.  

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.  

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.



Year 6 and 7

This week in the history department we have had a very excited 6K desperate to show off their newspaper articles on the murder of Thomas Becket. Headlines full of alliteration, excellent drawings and some very amusing witness interviews. 

Year 7 were tasked with creating a headstone for the deceased Edward VI where they made a judgement on the most significant events in his reign. Hebe in 7S has created an actual headstone complete with ivy and fallen leaves! Very creative. 

Sports Update

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Half Term Hockey Camp

Half Term Hockey Camp

Monday 13th February

For ages 10-14

10:00am - 3:00pm

Run at King's College, the Flourish hockey camps are for those hockey players who want to take their hockey to the next level and have a focused attitude towards doing so. 

The course will be led by England Hockey Level 4 and Great Britain Advanced Coach Programme qualified coaches with a wealth of experience in the talent pathway. All staff have an enhanced DBS check and hold first aid qualifications. The camp will focus on each individual player. They will be supported through various sessions focusing on pitch-based technical and tactical scenarios. 

Players will be encouraged to develop their own action plan going forward. You will need to bring your own packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink. You will also need to bring appropriate clothing for the weather: indoor shoes, your own sticks, shin pads and gum shields (compulsory). Goalkeepers will also need to bring their own kit.

Book now
Half Term Netball Camps

Half Term Netball Camps

Monday 13th February

Year 3-6
During half term we will be offering a netball camp for girls in Year 3-6. It will be run by our King’s Hall Co-Director of Sport Mrs Foad and King’s College Head of Netball Miss Kemmish. The sessions will include skill work, game sense and match play. This is a great opportunity for the girls to increase their netball knowledge whilst having fun.
Year 7 and 8
9:00am to 3:00pm
King’s College Taunton and England Netball have collaborated to offer an excellent opportunity for girls in Years 7-10 who enjoy playing and want to increase their skill set and knowledge of the game at our Netball Youth Camp, headed up by experienced regional level coaches. The day will be packed with content and lots of opportunities to play the game! All abilities are welcome and will be catered for throughout the day.
Please click the links below for more information and to secure a place.

Book Now Year 3-6 Book Now Year 7 and 8


Former King's Hall Pupil - Harry Besley

Former King's Hall pupil Harry Besley will be driving an electric RIB (eRIB) around the coast of Britain during the summer months, raising awareness of the issues around combustion engines and showing that there are environmentally friendly alternatives this will also be a World Record attempt.

He will begin his journey at Lyme Regis Harbour in around July/August 2023, to coincide with the summer holidays as Harry is still currently studying in Wellington sixth form in Somerset.

Harry believes that powerboats need to stop using fossil fuels. This is his way of having an impact. An initiative that will lead the way in inspiring collaboration between companies, organisations and people to help drive change. Harry's role is the skipper of the Challenge boat, marketing and passage planning, including actions to mitigate risk and maximise safety.

Harry will be 17 when he attempts the record. His youth gives him the perspective of someone whose future is at risk, and he’s serious about making this Challenge a reality. 

Our Mission is to develop the knowledge and understanding of the requirements for eBoat charging and to demonstrate the capability of an electric propulsion system. 

Please click the links below for more information and to support and follow his journey.

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The 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:
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