8S visited the beautiful Coleridge Cottage last week as part of their Drama work and National Poetry Day celebrations. Whilst there they learnt all about the writer and his eccentric friends. Coleridge's unconventional life was on display in all areas of the house and gardens. Pupils performed extracts from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and listened to Coleridge's poetry being read under the Lime boughs.
What a happy week I’ve had, and I hope yours has been similar. The only thing is, you probably don’t have a club where a collective of enthusiastic hoomans turn up to pamper you. This week I enjoyed my Tuesday hobby immensely because we invited my friend Meg (Mr Chippendale’s pooch) to join us for a walk.
Meg and I enjoy many games on our walks, and they seemed to have an effect on the young attendees at ‘The Snoops Walks and Dog Care Hobby’ as the little hoomans copied our best growly puppy game which we call ‘snuffle and tumble’. I have to say that I’m not surprised because it’s so much fun. Have a look at photo, you’ll see what I mean!
There aren’t many rules in the game ‘snuffle and tumble’ except for no pulling tails and no biting ears too hard. If you have a spare few minutes this weekend and you want to have some fun, I suggest you give the game a go.
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On Sunday, the Under 11 team traveled to Millfield to compete in the Regional Football tournament. They were up against schools who are playing as their main sport, so there was some tough opposition.
After a brilliant round-robin in the pool stages they went through as top in the plate. We won our semi final match convincingly and then almost had a 0-0 match in the finals. On the last play of the game, the opposition managed to break through and score.
The team played with real heart and spirit and gave the winning team the respect that they deserved.
The Under 10 girls had their first away fixture last week. They travelled to the Collegiate School in Bristol to play a triangular against their team and Clifton College. This was the furthest the girls had travelled, and there were several ‘how much longer’ questions on the way up – and some snoozing on the way back!
With the lovely weather and the wonderful hosting, the girls had a great afternoon, with the B team winning both their games and the A team drawing one and losing 0-1 to an unlucky deflection of a defender’s stick.
We are super proud of our U11 girls team who finished 2nd recently at the Regional IAPS tournament. They worked so hard and played some excellent hockey 🏑
Our Year 6 pupils ended their recent swimming unit with a brilliant competition - a fitting reward for all their hard work!
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. - Dr Suess
Boarding at King's Hall is always full of excitement, and this weekend was no exception! Saturday morning they all set off to Quad World for the first time and with a mix of excitement and nerves, the children all tackled many laps of the tricky course.
Everyone was kitted out and took on a training lap first – some children took to it straight away; others needed a bit more guidance! The course was very bumpy, hilly, with many tight corners and it was very dusty. It was great fun and something, we are sure, they will all look forward to doing again.
Other highlights of the busy week have included celebrating birthday's, House cross country, and matches and on Wednesday, ‘National Day of Spain,’ we were treated to grace in Spanish thanks to Ines and Blanca.
Today Father Mark visited King's Hall to celebrate Festival!
He talked to the children about the humility needed to say thank you and to think of others rather than yourself. Saying "thank you" changes "me, my and mine" into "you, your and yours". Saying "thank you" keeps us humble because it means that we need others to be fully ourselves.
All donations will be heading off to Open Door.
At the start line for our Cross Country. Well done to all those involved!
Our year 4 girls had a brilliant time playing Taunton Prep School on Monday, whilst our year 3 girls were away at Taunton.
All mini-games were played in such a great spirit!
King's were flying the flag at the Pontispool Hunter Trial last weekend. Competing were Pippa & Lizzy R, Tabitha & William T, and Emily & Jess M. They all competed individually in the 80cm and Lizzy was 4th, Tabitha 5th and William 6th. There was a second between them!!
Last Sunday in boarding the children were treated to a day at Warren Beach. Trusting in the weather they set off in a torrential downpour, but by the time they reached the beach the sun was shining and they were treated to a glorious day of ice cream, arcade games and a lovely picnic on the beach!
In Geography, Year 8 are currently learning about coastal processes and landforms - there was so much of what they had been learning on show at Dawlish, including seeing where the trainline got demolished in the storms of February 2014. The children might have pretended not to be interested, but from some of their comments and questions they have obviously been taking on board what they have been learning in lessons.
In the arcades, its amazing how the children manage to win so many tokens with £3, which results in a variety of sweets or obscure toys being won. They then walked along the beach and saw more sea defences in action, before a few mad children went for a paddle and others had a long jump competition. The day was then finished off with the obligatory ice cream.
Just another exciting week in our Boarding House!
Well, as promised, the children who spend time with me after school on a Tuesday at the ‘Snoops Appreciation and Pampering Club’, I mean, the ‘ Care and Walks with Snoops Club’, lovingly prepared for me the most delicious supper of roast turkey, potatoes, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and a mouth-watering splosh of doggie chicken broth!!
Being a kind and generous bunch they invited Meg, the Chippendale family pooch, to join us for the mini-feast. Meg and I were both in agreement that it was like come early. We did hint that they might like to experiment with doggie but they said that sweet things are bad for our teeth. I wonder if I could persuade them otherwise if I show them my toothbrush and delicious beef toothpaste.
Have a good one, all.
Your friend, Snoops 🐶X
After spending last week in prep, King's Hall pooch Snoops got involved with , here is his entry:
Snoops the dog
Met a hog
In the middle of a bog.
The hog made a snort
And Snoops then thought
What a terrible sort!
Rudely it started to giggle
Which made Snoops harrumph and wiggle
So back to King’s Hall he came!
Today is World Mental Health Day, and this morning we reinforced our consistent message about support sources both in our boarding houses and the wider school. We also spoke about self-help measures such as good sleep, good nutrition, exercise, fresh air, and connecting with each other face-to-face.
Our School Chaplain, Father Mark, has recorded this meditation session for our pupils: https://spoti.fi/3rKgLTi
5K have made a fantastic start to the term and they can’t believe that they are already at the end of their 4th week in Year 5! They have all been enjoying the new and the wide variety of they can get their teeth stuck into now that they are progressing through school and becoming more independent.
Although it seems ages away now, they had a fantastic time at on their two-night residential which took place the second week back after the summer break. With activities such as the wall, Grass sledging and to name a few, they certainly had a time to remember!
A typical weekend at the Director of Music’s house involves quite a bit of instrument washing!
Amidst this colourful display can be found the mouthpieces that Year 3 use for their weekly group lessons on pTrumpets and pTrombones. Also visible are the wonderful ocarinas 3D-printed by our very own DT department!
There have been so many great improvements made to the house this summer and Tuesday night it was great to see it in action. So much fun was being had in all areas and it has been great to see the children making full use of the new additions made over the summer.
In the Year 8 boys' area, some were making soda streams and toast in the kitchen, others were watching the Grand Prix on Sky, whilst others played pool.
In the girl's area, we were treated to hearing their beautiful singing voices as they attempted . They then had a pizza party on their new beanbags!
There is always such a great atmosphere around the whole boarding house and everyone is always in such great spirits – the children are amazing and evenings like this make everything so much fun!
We are really proud of Humphrey's achievements in squash. Last year, he won the U11 National IAPS competition, and this year he's playing against U13 boys (as an U12) and he seems to be really enjoying the challenge!
He will now go on to represent Devon in the England Inter Counties next month and has a place in the South West Regional Squad. As a bonus, he gets run through his paces by his eldest brother Rory - who is in the 5th form at King's College!
We are really impressed with the pupils that make the most of our lunchtime clubs 👏
The first of this term's pupil meetings took place last week in the school library. There were lots of fantastic ideas of things that the children have suggested they would like to see implemented at King's Hall including; ensuring that children are eating their fruit by conducting a fruit survey, suggestions of some new equipment they would like to see available for use during break times and ideas for how they can ensure that the current equipment is kept fit for use!
Well done to our U11 hockey team! 🥇 They had the most brilliant morning playing against some top opposition this weekend! 👏
What a fantastic morning of on Saturday! The boys played so well and finished 🥈 at the IAPS regional qualifier. Each game was high-paced and very exciting! Looking forward to Nationals!
Credit to Moulsford Prep for hosting 👏 and all the schools involved ⚽️
Our pupils have been working hard in the gym recently 💪💪💪 We are very lucky to have this facility!
In Year 4 we are reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in English. The children had so much fun reading and performing the magic medicine poem from the book, as you can see from the pictures!
In EAL our students have been talking about Autumn in their home countries and how different it in to Autumn in the UK. Henry, Blanca, Sofia and Kieran are just some of the students who have written stories talking about Autumn.
Last weekend on Saturday the children enjoyed a range of activities including cooking some very tasty biscuits that we were lucky enough to sample. Other children enjoyed horse riding and football before rugby matches in the afternoon.
Sunday had a more chilled vibe, until we went to Flip Out in the afternoon, where the children appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves fuelled by ‘Slushies’ and finished off with hot dogs.
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6N have been fully embracing life at King's Hall by settling into their new rooms and routines really well. The Year 6 curriculum has already had them squirming dissecting pig’s eyes and tearing up and down the rugby and hockey pitches in Games.
Things the form have enjoyed so far this year:
Freya – “I’ve enjoyed choir and all the practices so far, especially singing in front of the school.”
Fleur – “Loved the swimming lessons and practicing diving and different strokes.”
Ozzie – “All the new hobbies this term like Biathlon and Cross country.”
Woody – “The Saturdays activities like Football and all the matches in the afternoon have been amazing.”
Viphy – “I’ve really enjoyed science so far this year, especially dissecting a pig’s eye!”
King's Hall Student Isabella A started cooking during the first lockdown making cakes for the NHS staff and having a weekly bake-off by Zoom with friends around the globe.
Fast forward a couple of years and she was asked to do a cookery demonstration at the Somerset County Show, compared by celebrity chef Lesley Walters from “Ready Steady Cook”, and a number of other TV programmes. She made chocolate and apple brownies - which went down very well with the audience who tasted them!
Well done Isabella!