Friday 17 November  2023

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

A highlight for the children this week has been our Remembrance celebrations, as we have come together to mark Remembrance Day as a school. This term Harris have been excited by their learning in Geography and History.  They have learnt about dinosaurs  and the formation of volcanoes and earthquakes.  The children demonstrated their in depth understanding of the features of a volcano by creating small scale models into which they integrated dinosaurs.  Mr Goodman was very impressed with your models Harris and how you presented your learning to your peers, well done.

On Wednesday UC worked hard in Gymnastics on their rolling skills.  The children focused on perfecting their forward rolling technique and incorporated the different rolls that they have mastered this term into gymnastic routines.  The children worked to sequence and link their movements together and Miss Taswell was impressed with their final routines.  On Wednesday afternoon the Prep school shone in the pool with their swimming skills.  Two of the swimming groups were working to hone their skills in front crawl, backstroke and the dolphin kick.  Their progress with these strokes was impressive to see.  Meanwhile a further group were practising their survival skills and swimming in their pyjamas while selecting a stroke that would help them conserve energy.  The swimming coach congratulated the children on their stamina. 

Pre-prep were excited to begin rehearsing for their Christmas Performance this week.  For some of our Pre-prep it will be the first time that they have taken to the stage and they loved being introduced to the songs and the speaking parts that they will be learning.  It was a delight to see the joy on their faces as they had their first practice of some of the choreographed dance moves.  We cannot wait to see their performance at the end of term!

We were pleased to welcome parents with Pre-school aged children to our Tiddly Peeps Toddler Group and Mini Melody Makers Sessions this week.  Mrs Battersby and Mrs Orr-Ewing are looking forward to welcoming parents back again next week when they have got more play based and musical activities planned.

The staff have been pleased to meet parents this week either face to face or online to discuss their child’s progress and current targets in our Autumn term Parent Consultation Meetings.  The staff have been pleased to share the children’s learning with you all and delighted to receive your positive feedback about your child’s attitude to learning and their school experiences.

On Thursday our Pre-prep children enjoyed their Remembrance Activity Morning where they learnt about the importance of remembrance in an age appropriate way.  The children had fun making handprint poppy pictures and are very proud of their stained glass poppies.  The whole of Pre-prep came together to create a soldier decorated from head to toe with poppies which is very effective and will take pride of place on our school remembrance display.

This morning I was proud of our Prep School as they led our Remembrance Assembly.  The children performed songs they had learnt singing in cannon and with harmonies, the delivered emotive war poetry they had written and told the narratives of war.  It was a moving occasion in which our Prep School children, their families and some Old Cerdics came together to remember.  On Sunday our Head Boy, Head Girl and members of our Student Council are looking forward to taking part in Chard’s Remembrance Parade and laying our Chard School poppy wreath at the war memorial in Chard.  We will remember them.

Next week on Tuesday our Prep School are taking part in the Area Cross Country Running Tournament at Holyrood. On Wednesday Mrs Battersby will welcome Pre-school aged children and their families to our ‘Tiddly Peeps Toddler Group’.  On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing is running Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their families and on Friday Pre-prep are looking forward to returning to ROAM for Forest School.

Calendar Events/Clubs 13 – 17 November

Calendar Events

Monday 13th November

Tuesday 14th November
U11 & U9s Cross Country @ Holyrood Fields, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Science Assembly 

Wednesday 15th November
Tiddly Peeps, Pre-school children, 10.15am to 11.15am
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre from 2.15pm – Whole School

Thursday 16th November
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-School children – 10.15am to 11.15am

Friday 17th November
ROAM Forest School @ 9.15am – 3.00pm –
Pre-Prep Classes
Celebration Assembly @ 3.10pm


Circuits/Manhunt & Pirates – Yrs 3 – 6

Choir – All Years

Manhunt & Pirates – Reception – Yr 2 

Latin Club – Yrs 4 -6

Music Ensemble – Yrs 3 – 6
Karate – Yrs 2 – 6

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

Spotlight on Science

  • Wyndham and Harris class have been finding out about soil in their science lessons. Here you can see them working together to find out how permeable different types of soil are.
  • Wyndham class are beginning their new science topic on bones. They had fun working together to make a child-sized skeleton trying to work out where the bones went.
  • Cerdic classes are immersing themselves in learning about our universe . One of their first tasks was to scale down our solar system to a one metre length.


  • As a matter of safety, please ensure that you always shut our school gate behind you.
  • 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.

Lunch menu

Please refer to week three on the MENU OPTIONS

Congratulations to our award winners

Stars of the week

Pre prep – Giovanna VM
Prep – Beatrice S

Mr Sills book recommendation

The Ice Children
At the stroke of midnight on the dawn of December, five-year-old Finn Albedo is found frozen in the city park standing on a pedestal of ice. His heart is beating, he is smiling serenely, but no one can wake him.
Finn’s big sister, Bianca, suspects that the beautiful sparkling book Finn got from the library has something to do with it, but the book has vanished. Does the tall mysterious stranger who first discovered Finn know more than they will admit?
Each day, more children are found frozen and Bianca realizes she’s running out of time. Her quest to discover the truth and rescue her little brother hurls her into a fantastical winter wonderland, full of beauty and danger, where all is not as it seems.
Can Bianca save her brother and the other Ice Children before they are forever lost? 8+

Friends of Chard School Events


The children are invited to come to school in their own clothes, ditching the school uniform for a day.
Instead of the usual £1 donation, we are asking for a contribution of chocolate or sweets this year.
These sweet treats will be used for the Tombola at our upcoming Christmas Fair.

Old Cerdics Association 

A huge thank you to all those Old Cerdics who attended the Remembrance Service in the school chapel earlier today. This is the one occasion in the year when the community of Chard School meet together to remember those former pupils who died serving their country in two world wars. Their names are inscribed in perpetuity on the Rolls of Honour in the chapel. For a small school we lost a disproportionate number of young men of which no doubt many were not long out of school. For WW2 there are no fewer than 34 names of which 21 relate to the RAF. There were those that went on and served with distinction throughout the war, attained high rank and were decorated for their service, among the awards five received the Military Cross (MC). It is a record of which Chard School can be justly proud.



George PB who will be 10 on 12th November.

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 14 Sep – 30 Nov 

Email school office for more information and booking form  

Tiddly Peeps – Preschooler sessions

Fun-filled stay-and-play with nursery rhymes, explore the classroom and resources, followed by enchanting storytime. 

Time: 10.15am – 11.15am
Location: Chard School 
Term Dates: Wednesday 20 Sep – 6 Dec 

Email school office for more information and booking form  






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