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20th October -Autumn Half Term

And so half-term draws to a close. It really does seem to have flown by and there has been a real buzz throughout the whole school this half of term. In all parts of the school from the nursery and the pre-school, through the Prep School and right up through the senior school into the 6th form there has been so much learning and personal development taking place. During this last week, I have had the pleasure of watching some superb public speaking performances in the Senior School inter-house pubic speaking competition, which was won by Putsborough. This year’s competition was judged by Kingsley Old Boy, Tom Vinall who is currently the Head Coach and Sports Development Officer at the Atlantic Racquet Sports Centre in Bideford. Tom’s feedback was clear, informative and took great pains to point out how important it is to be able to speak in front of other people; even in an age driven by so much technology, the ability to engage an audience remains crucial and we saw some fantastic examples in the competition today.

I have also just spent this afternoon at the Kingsley Prep School Cross-Country afternoon. We were delighted to welcome 350 pupils from local schools to take part in races through our grounds.

 

Storm “Brian” was kind to us and allowed the event to take place without strong winds and heavy rain which was a blessing. It was wonderful to see the camaraderie and support shown by the pupils of each school shown to their runners across the age groups. Pick of the Kingsley runners today was Lulu Goaman who won the Year 6 girls race by a considerable distance. However, I was just as proud of the Kingsley pupils who did not finish first but who showed genuine determination and resilience to keep going, especially through the mud in the woods.  Thank you to Brand It who kindly sponsored this event (www.branditclothing.co.uk).

Yesterday it was wonderful to be in Bideford Methodist Church for the Pre-School and Prep School Harvest Festival Service. It was delightful to see each age group from the pre-school to Year 6 making their contributions to the service, and there was some great singing (and actions) to a number of the songs sung in the service. A huge thank you to all of you who also donated food items for the service; all of the food has been donated to a local charity, Harbour, which works to support homeless people in Bideford.

 

I have also heard excellent reports from “Kingsley Entertains” and would like to thank all parents who came in to support the pupils who were performing. I am sorry that I was unable to attend, but I was at a 6th form choices evening at Great Torrington School seeking some additional 6th form pupils for next September. On that note, I would like to thank any of you who suggested that friends and neighbours might join us for our Maths enrichment morning and Open Morning last Saturday. We had 94 families visiting the school on the day, which was absolutely amazing. Our next Open Morning will be on 25th November which will sit alongside a music enrichment day, so if you know any friends and neighbours with musical children in years 5 and 6 please do ask them to check our website for more details.

I hope that you will all enjoy an excellent half-term. We have over 40 of our boarders taking advantage of our Kingsley Guardianship scheme over half-term and they have a variety of trips and visits planned to keep them entertained over the half-term break. I hope that those of you who have your children home with you will have a wonderful week and we start again on Monday 30th October, when the clocks will have gone back and we will be rapidly heading towards winter!

 

Mr Pete Last

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