Friday 2 February 2024

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

This week the children’s learning has encompassed everything from Bikeability to bath bombs, it has certainly been an exciting one!  On Monday we were pleased to welcome a number of prospective families who toured our site for our Open Day.  Thank you to the many parents who led these families around our school.  It was invaluable for our Open Day visitors to hear from existing parents whose children already attend our school.

This week our Cerdics loved their Science Session!  They were excited to explore chemical changes when they mixed powders with oil.  Mrs Halford was delighted to have a lavender scented Science Lab after the Cerdics dissolved their bath bombs!

On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Old Cerdic, Brab Hallowes who led our Guest Assembly.  In his assembly the children explored the importance of kindness and how they could demonstrate this characteristic in school and at home.  I wonder how many random acts of kindness your child has demonstrated this week?

Wednesday saw the arrival of 12 Cerdics on bikes!  The children were excited to take part in the Bikeability Course, which ran for the following two days and taught them how to care for their bikes and road safety, as well as a host of other cycling skills.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the cycle training and were able to demonstrate the new skills they had learnt in their assessment on the final afternoon.  Congratulations Cerdics, the Bikeability instructors were very impressed with your conduct and application over the two day course.

On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing was pleased to run Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their families.  The children loved the music making session!  Mrs Orr-Ewing is looking forward to seeing you all again next week.

Next week on Tuesday Rev. Vye  is coming in to lead our Guest Assembly.  On Wednesday the Prep School Cross Country runners are looking forward to competing in the Stockland Races.  On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing is holding our Mini Melody Makers session for Pre-school aged children and their families and our U9 Tag Rugby Team are playing a match at St. John’s School, Sidmouth.  On Friday our Student Council have organised a ‘Break The Rules Day’ for our whole school, details will follow next week, we cannot wait.

Calendar Events/Clubs 29 – 28 January

Calendar Events

Monday 5th February

Tuesday 6th February
Guest Assembly @ 3.15pm – Rev. Georgina Vye

Wednesday 7th February
Axe Valley School Orchestra Day @ 9am
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre – Whole School from 2.15pm
Stockland Races @ 4pm

Thursday 8th February
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-school children 10.15am to 11.15am
U9s Tag-Rugby away to St. John’s School, Sidmouth

Friday 9th February
Break the Rules Day organised by the Student Council
Celebration Assembly @ 3.10pm
HALF TERM ends @ 3.30pm


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 – Mrs Downing

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

Music Ensemble – Years 3 – 6 – Mrs Orr-Ewing

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.
  • A reminder that all children must be in school at 8.45am for the start of the school day.  There are currently a small number of children each day arriving late which is resulting in them missing the beginning of their learning and disturbing learning for others.
  • Please ensure that your child brings a named coat 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 three on the MENU OPTIONS

Mr Sills Book Recommendation

The Singing Bones

Artist Shaun Tan is world renowned for his singular vision and storytelling abilities. This art book showcases his sculptural talent, applied here to fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. Tan captures the essence of these tales as he brings traitorous brothers, lonely princesses, cunning foxes, honourable peasants and ruthless witches to life in surprising – and illuminating – ways. The Singing Bones is a feast for the eyes, a profound, powerful celebration of the world’s most beloved stories. 8+

Award Winners


Arabella S will be 8 on 5th February
Spencer M will be 6 on 9th February.

Old Cerdics Association 


The Old Cerdics Annual Dinner this year, preceded by the statutory AGM, will be held on SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2024. The Association in conjunction with the parents of current pupils, many of whom are Old Cerdics, are working on an exciting new format. Full details and booking form will be circulated within the next few weeks so make a note of the date NOW and watch this space

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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