FUN FOR ALL AT OUR ANNUAL FUN DAY 2023
What a lovely way to enjoy our beautiful grounds and meet with friends. There was a delicious cream tea with homemade scones, along with savoury snacks, cake competitions, Business Studies marketing endeavours, sponge throwing to victims in stocks, table tennis, tug-of-war, face painting, bouncy castle, teddy zip-wiring… and so much more.
Sincere and special thanks to the PTC for organising a lovely afternoon, and particular heartfelt thanks to Mrs Natalie Edwards who has led the PTC for the last 3 years and is stepping down now that her Year 11 daughter has left the school.
YEAR 11 LEAVERS' DINNER 2023
On the evening of Thursday 22nd June the school and Year 10 hosted a meal and gathering for our Year 11’s to say goodbye and wish them well for the future. The warm summer evening with a delicious 3 course meal, a beautifully decorated marquee and a 360° video photo experience, it was a really special evening. Although it is always sad to see another year group leave the school, we have been very blessed to be part of their school journey. We wish them every blessing for the future.
FUN & GAMES FOR KS2 AT
WILLEN PARK & NINJA WARRIOR
What a delightful day it was as students from Years 3 to 6 embarked on their end-of-year trip filled with fun and excitement. From climbing on the play equipment to engaging in friendly football at Willen Park, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, taking pleasure in conversation and expending their youthful energy. A picnic lunch brought everyone together before embarking on the Ninja Warrior challenge. With determination and courage, they pushed themselves to their personal limits and gave their best efforts to conquer the course. The day highlighted their strength and resilience, and the spirit of camaraderie was evident as they supported and encouraged one another.
ARTS FESTIVALS & CONCERTS
Our Primary and Secondary Arts Concerts marked the culmination of two weeks of Arts Festivals. Throughout the festivals, students had the opportunity to share their music, art, dance and other talents. During the weeks they performed to fellow students and teacher judges, who carefully selected the participants for the concerts. The concerts themselves were a source of pride for parents, teachers and students alike. It was heart-warming to witness the exceptional talents on display, shining a spotlight on the remarkable abilities within our school community. These concerts provide a special opportunity to appreciate talents that we don't often get to see, highlighting the richness of creativity in our school.
FOUNDATION & KS1 VISIT THE ZOO!
Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 had a fantastic trip to Whipsnade Zoo. It was a lot of walking but it was worth it to see some amazing animals like a tiger, penguins, hippos, bears and elephants. We learned some interesting facts on the way around and we discovered that Mr Reeves is only just taller than a baby giraffe!
BIG CHURCH FESTIVAL 2023
Mrs Fetuga, Trustee, Ms Townsend, Deputy Head, and Mrs Hylton, PA to Headteacher, went to the Big Church Festival to spread the good news about The King’s School and Christian Education. We took a cup stacking game which was very popular with children and teenagers. We had an hourly league table offering a prize to the speediest stacker each hour. This in turn gave us opportunity to share about The King’s School with their parents.
CELEBRATION OF THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III 2023
The Primary School marked the coronation of King Charles III with a fun day of activities and crafts to celebrate the day. The children decorated biscuits, created Coronation Carriages, made soldiers out of Hama Beads and did silhouette art. They listened to some of the music used in the Coronation and learned about the traditions and the Crown Jewels used in the service. The school’s coronation celebration coincided with our Year 11s last school day. Their special Leavers’ Day had an extra twist as all pupils and staff dressed up in red, white and blue to celebrate the King’s coronation. Following the traditional Leavers’ assembly and them beating the staff team in a (close) volleyball match, there was a surprise for all the pupils as two ice cream vans drove onto our site, with their music playing. The Primary pupils were on the field playing at the time and the screams of delight were audible across the school! Everyone was treated to an ice cream and a commemorative bookmark.
YEAR 9 OUTDOOR PURSUITS TRIP 2023
22 Year 9 pupils and 3 staff ventured along the M4 for our annual outdoor pursuits trip. During our 4 days of challenging activities, we enjoyed periods of beautiful sunshine as well as enduring heavy downpours. Activities included rock climbing, mountain walking, abseiling, gorge walking and canoeing. It was the last of these that brought the most spectacular weather, with thunder and lightning causing us to shelter on the side of the River Wye whilst we waited for the worst of the storm to pass. There was so much rain that afternoon that it hit the news due to flash floods in the streets! The gorge walking is generally the pupils’ favourite, with many & varied challenges, including crawling under a waterfall, as shown in the picture. We also had lots of fun at Woodcroft Christian Centre, where we were staying, with pool and badminton the most popular. We cooked our own meals and enjoyed bible studies together in the evening.
IN THE DELL 2023
We received a number of sapling trees from the Woodland Trust and our Year 3/4 class did a wonderful job of planting them in a row on the border of the Dell. For each sapling, the children individually dug a hole, put the sapling in, patted the earth around it and put on a protective sleeve. They all worked really hard and carefully, using their initiative to ensure the saplings were not damaged in the process. Mr Chandler, Site Manager, supervised and was very pleased with their efforts.
YEARS 5 & 6 RESIDENTIAL TRIP TO WOODROW HIGH HOUSE
What a full and varied time our Year 5s and 6s had during their residential activities week at Woodrow High House, Amersham. There were activities to challenge, inspire, conquer exhilarate and exhaust us all! We took to the skies on the high ropes, which scared lots of
us, but proved that when we work together and encourage each other we can succeed and overcome. Bushcraft and building shelters taught us the value of all the resources that the world offers; and the night walks and orienteering made us use and rely on our natural senses. Archery, making catapults, ‘Wacky-Races’, games, camp fires, balancing on crates 11 high, rope bridges - we were at different times pushed beyond our comfort our comfort zones and encouraged in teamwork, listening and following instructions. Throughout the week we looked at The Lord’s Prayer and prayed for God’s kingdom to come here on earth. We learned to distinguish between wants and needs, and to desire spiritual fruits and gifts, not just material ones.
PRIMARY INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2023
During the week we travelled the globe to learn about life in other countries, including Brazil, Hawaii, Spain, Italy, Jamaica and Japan. On Friday we shared together in a wonderful assembly with each class presenting facts they had learned throughout the week. We shared together in worship with fellow Christians in Kenya and then we danced our way out of assembly with the Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda.
Friday evening saw the school community coming together to enjoy bring 'n share culinary dishes from around the world and our global knowledge was tested in quizzes led by what they pupils had learned.
Secondary Cultural Day
The Secondary School introduced their own Culture Day on the Friday. They all had the opportunity to either dress in their own national dress or a country of their choice. Pupils were asked to donate £2 in support of the Red Cross Syria & Turkey Earthquake Appeal. The Inclusion and Diversity Student Voice Group also led assembly, informing us about different cultures and festivals around the world. This was followed by food tasting from the continents of Africa, America, Europe and Asia. The day was a huge success with some amazing national dress.
CHRISTMAS AT THE KING'S SCHOOL 2022
Foundation Class & KS1 Nativity Play
Parents and pupils battled the snow and ice to make it to our Primary nativity celebration on Tuesday 13th December. Our Years 0-2 classes had worked so hard learning lines and looked amazing in their costumes, it would have been such a shame if it had been snowed-off! When it came to the performance, they did brilliantly, with loud voices, beautiful singing and the usual comedy moments and cute facial expressions!
Parties and Fundraising
Our Year 11s raised money at the end of the term to support the charity ‘NOAH’, who work with those living on the streets in Luton, something especially challenging in these freezing temperatures. Lisa & Tope organised selling ‘chris-o-grams’ to pupils, which involve a Christmas card with a message and a gingerbread man to give as a gift. Year 10 pupils also sold the leftover cakes that they had baked for the Senior Citizens' Christmas Party.
School Carol Service
The Carol Service is always a lovely occasion for pupils, parents, staff and past pupils to celebrate together the birth of our Lord Jesus with favourite carols, songs and readings. The creativity of our children comes to the fore as they often prepare items themselves. We appreciate the use of High Street Methodist church, Harpenden, where we have plenty of room for the various groups to participate in the service, as well as space to enjoy refreshments together afterwards.
ISA ART EXHIBITION 2022
We took some of The King’s School artwork to the ISA Art Exhibition and Regional Competition. The students whose work represented the school were Lucy, Abby and Karen. Lucy’s cottages, painted on a tile, went on to the national competition and were placed second in the KS4 3D art. Well done Lucy!
40th ANNIVERSARY 2022
The King's School is 40 years old! We have been so blessed by God's faithfulness over the years and we celebrated together on a sunny Saturday afternoon with cream tea and cakes. It was wonderful to meet up with past pupils, parents and staff as we reminisced, shared stories and praised God for His goodness. We heard from the Trustees the future vision of the school, what may be in store in the years ahead and where God is
leading us. Mr Steve Beegoo, CEO of
Trust, was the
YEAR 11 LEAVERS 2022
A beautiful summer's evening on 23rd June saw us say farewell in style to our Year 11 class. A stunning multi-course feast was prepared by Mr & Mrs Farahat, and Year 10 ably assisted Mrs Williams in organising a lovely evening. It was a fitting finale to the pupils' time with us. Well done and thank you to all involved.
The class celebrated their Leavers' Day in May by beating the staff at Volleyball and then having a garden party at Mrs Hart’s house. Their race through the ‘exam barrier’ proved to be entirely justified as this cohort achieved a fantastic set of results:
66% of entries passed at Grade 7 or above, our best ever!
100% pass rate in English and Maths.
Well done and congratulations to all of you.
GARDENING CLUB AT THE TOWER! 2022
Our Gardening Club worked hard to maintain some raised beds planted with wildflowers to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This was a joint project with The Tower of London who have planted the moat with beautiful wildflowers. We were fortunate enough to go and see the installation for ourselves and it was magnificent. Albeit much smaller, our own installation is looking wonderful and we give thanks to God for blessing us with such beauty.
ANYONE FOR TEA? 2022
On the Friday before Whitsun half-term we celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her dedication of service to our country. With china tea cups and cakes galore, patriotic bunting and everyone dressed in red, white and blue on the gorgeous, sunny afternoon. The pupils got into mixed aged groups to enjoy some 1950s playground games, including Bull Dog, Skipping and Hoopla. They then joined their well-fed parents in listening to a concert of items from the recent Secondary Arts Festival, punctuated by some items from the Primary school, which included a poem about the Queen, an energetic dance and a recital of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Year 1! Finishing with us all joining in song to sing the national anthem.
HARPENDEN SOCIETY WRITING COMPETITION 2022
A number of Harpenden Secondary schools took part in a writing competition run by The Harpenden Society. Each age group was judged
by writing professionals, who made encouraging comments about the standard of the pieces and language devices used. Two of our pupils
came in 2nd and 3rd. Well done both on your achievements.
'QUEEN'S GREEN CANOPY' 2022
We have bought a plaque, made by war veterans, to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ project. This seeks to encourage the planting of trees as a gift to the Queen to help increase and protect tree cover across the nation. Our beautiful white magnolia is pictured with Year 11 pupils from the ‘sustainability’ and ‘well-being’ student voice groups.
'THE LEGEND OF TROY' SCHOOL PRODUCTION 2022
Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th March saw the performance of ‘The Legend of Troy’ by our Years 6-11 pupils. This musical theatre production was written by our very own Mr Burrett, who not only scripted the play but also composed all the music, and wrote the lyrics for the beautiful songs too!
The performers were brilliant, the backstage crew and artists were amazing, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the story played out by our talented pupils.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2022
World Book Day started at The King’s School with the talented Mr André SaxMan Brown (one of our parents) serenading the pupils with his wonderful saxophone playing as they arrived dressed in their favourite book characters. The day was punctured periodically with DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) which the Secondary School also participated in. The Primary School then had a whole week of activities, all endorsing the joy of books, stories and reading, with staff members visiting each class to read them a story or excerpt from a book, and parents coming in to read with their children. Each class decorated their classroom door to represent a particular book. The Book of the Week was “When a Tiger Came to Tea”, with the children enjoying tea parties and activities surrounding the story. Mr André SaxMan Brown again played his sax as the children arrived on the last day of Book Week, which was then followed by a special assembly.
It was so wonderful to celebrate Christmas together as a school community once again. To keep us all safe, we forfeited the school Christmas meal and sharing food together at certain events, but we were able to -
Senior Citizens' Christmas Party
- welcome senior citizens from the community back for their annual King's School Christmas Party, served by our Year 10s and Year 6s who were gentle, considerate and determined that all would enjoy their time with us.
Primary Day of Christmas
- create wonderful Christmas crafts, including Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus peg ornaments, tree decorations, Christmas keepsakes, cards, 2022 calendars and many other fantastic artworks to be treasured.
- tell the wonderful story of the coming as a baby of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus. The KS1 pupils performed beautifully on 4 separate occasions.
Secondary Carol Service
- worship and sing praises to our wonderful Saviour as we celebrated His birth at the Carol Service held in High Street Methodist Church.
... and party, party, party!
KS2 GO CLIMBING 2021
To make up for the lack of school trips over the last year or so, KS2 were treated to a visit to Climb Quest in Milton Keynes, where they climbed, swung, hung, jumped and slid - all safely harnessed. Great fun was had by all.
PRIMARY ART PROJECT 2021
The whole Primary school were privileged and blessed with a visit from parent and artist, Mrs Hannah Uzor, who painted the portrait of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, currently on display at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, which is one of the six English Heritage commissioned portraits of historic African figures whose stories have contributed to England’s rich history. Mrs Uzor held workshops for all the Primary classes where she supported, guided and clearly encouraged the children to develop their portrait skills. Foundation Class through to Year 6 all used mixed media to produce some wonderful works of art.
MR CLIVE CASE RETIRES AS PRINCIPAL 2020
After nearly 21 and a half years as Principal of The King's School and Highfield Preschool, Mr Clive Case stepped down from this position and passed the baton of leadership onto Mr Andy Reeves, our new Headteacher. COVID-19 social distancing restrictions prevented us from having the planned gatherings to thank and honour Mr Case for his service to the school. However, the staff were able to gather together for a picnic on his last day - all seated 2 metres apart! We have not lost him completely as he still teaches RS, Geography and PSHE in the Secondary School. Thank you Mr Case for the godly and humble way you have led and built the school.
The last Whole School Assembly as Principal had to be done on Zoom! Videos and photos charting Mr Case's time as Principal were shown, with songs and tributes from pupils & staff.
Staff picnic - socially distanced!
A photobook gift was given which included messages from pupils and parents.
Sandra and Clive Case. Mrs Case continues as Manager of Highfield Preschool, and Mr Case remains at The King's School teaching RS, Geography & PSHE to the Secondary School.