Friday 5 January 2024

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

Happy New Year to our Chard Prep School community!  It was lovely to see so many of you on the playground yesterday morning.  We were delighted to welcome back such happy children, who were refreshed after their Christmas break and eager to share their Christmas tales with their friends on the playground.

As staff we utilised our Inset Days on Tuesday and Wednesday by updating our First Aid Training with DR First Aid.  As always this first aid training was excellent and saw us all refreshing our skills in CPR, the application of bandages and slings, the recovery position, allergic reactions and choking hazards.  Rest assured your children are in safe hands!  We also finalised the Spring Term Calendar of Events, the planning of our Spring Term Theme ‘Going Green’ and received Health & Safety Update Training.

As you will have seen from the Spring Term Calendar of Events, we have planned an exciting launch day for our new theme ‘Going Green’ which is being held on Thursday 11th January.  On this day each child will take part in a workshop in the visiting Space Odyssey Planetarium led by the presenter Simon Ould.  The children are already excited and will be beside themselves when they see the planetarium occupying the Gym on Thursday!  On Thursday evening our Chard Prep School Science Ambassadors and Science Ambassadors from other visiting schools will enjoy a Space Evening with a variety of space themed workshops run by Chard Prep Staff and visiting experts.  We would like to thank Mrs Halford for organising this exciting theme launch event for us all.

This afternoon we are looking forward to our Celebration Assembly when Wyndham Class are performing on the hand bells and the choir are also performing a piece for us.

Next week on Monday the children are looking forward to our new Spring Term Clubs starting and Fizz Pop Science are leading our Guest Assembly. On Tuesday the Prep School are competing in the Area Cross Country fixture at Holyrood.  On Wednesday the children’s swimming lessons restart for the Spring Term at Chard Leisure Centre. On Thursday we are all looking forward to our ‘Going Green’ theme wow event and in the evening we are holding a Space Evening for our Science Ambassadors and visiting Science Ambassadors from other local schools.

Spotlight on English

In English, our Year 6 Upper Cerdic have been showcasing their Animal Farm final pieces, featuring the most beautiful examples of writing accompanied by stunning drawings. 

Calendar Events/Clubs 27 – 2 December

Calendar Events

Monday 8th January
After School Clubs start
Chard Pre Prep and Prep School Photoshoot 
Guest Assembly @ 3.15pm – Fizz Pop Science

Tuesday 9th January
U11 & U9s Cross Country @ Holyrood School Fields, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Wednesday 10th January
First Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre – Whole School from 2.15pm

Thursday 11th January
‘Going Green’ WOW Theme Day
Science Evening for Chard School Science Ambassadors & Visiting Science Ambassadors 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Friday 12th January
Celebration Assembly @ 3.10pm


Crochet Club Yrs 5 – 6 – Mrs Elmer
Choir – All years (1st half of term only) – Mrs Halford

Gymnastics Club – All years – The London Ballet Company

Drama Club – All years – The London Ballet Company
Netball – Years 4 – 6 – Miss Taswell
Art & Craft Club – Pre-Prep – 1st Half of term only – Mrs Downing

Fizz Pop Science – Years 3 – 6 – Fizz Pop Science External provider

Music Ensemble – Years 3 – 6 – Mrs Orr-Ewing
Karate – Years 2 – 6 – Mr Hazell

Everyday Clubs

Before Club 8 – 8.45am (included in School fees) Booking required

Prep Club 3.45 – 4.30pm (included in School fees) Booking required

After School Club 4.30 – 5.30pm (£5.75 Charge) Booking required


  • As a matter of safety, please ensure that you always shut our school gate behind you.
  • Please see the email that you have received this week detailing the Calendar of Events for this term.
  • Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school daily.
  • Following our school ‘healthy snack’ guidelines, please send your child to school with a ‘healthy snack’ each day.  Please remember that we are a nut free school.
  • Your Prep children will need to have their football boots in school daily to support this terms PE & Games sessions.

Lunch menu

Please refer to week two on the MENU OPTIONS

Mr Sills book recommendation

Godfather Death

When a poor fisherman chooses Death to be godfather to his son, he’s sure he’s made a good choice – for surely there’s no man more honest than Death? At the christening, Death gives the fisherman a gift that seems at first to be the key to the family’s fortune, but when greed overcomes the fisherman, he learns that nobody can truly cheat Death . . . 7+

Friends of Chard Prep School Events

Hopefully you’ve already heard that on the 20th January we are holding our first school fundraising event of the year – a baby and child nearly new sale. If you have any lightly used, good condition baby, toddler or children’s clothes, shoes, toys, or equipment we’d be very grateful for any donations for our school stall. If you have lots of stuff and you’d like to sell it yourself, you are also welcome to book a stall of your own for £10 (keep all the profit) or if you would like to donate some or all of the profit to the school, we are offering tables for free. 


Please could all donations be dropped off at school by the morning of Wednesday 17th January. Volunteers before the day to help sort out donations or on the day to help set up, take down and man the school stall or the entrance would be welcomed with open arms, and likewise donations of cake for our cake stall would also be greatly received. 

If you are able to help in any way or would like a stall please drop Ella Lane a message on 07746637818

Award Winners

Old Cerdics Association 

The President and Members of the Old Cerdics Association extend their warm wishes to the family community at Chard Prep School for a very happy and successful New Year. May 2024 bring prosperity and joy to you all.

Toddler sessions for under 5’s

Mini Melody Makers – Preschooler sessions

Immersive musical session with singing, movement and instruments.

Time: 10.15am – 11.15am
Location: Chard School 
Term Dates: Thursday 18 Jan – 14 March 

Email school office for more information and booking form  






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