Friday 26 January 2024

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

Our highlight of the week this week was a super cobb building workshop which Horner and Monmouth loved!  On Monday our Symes children had great fun in their outdoor learning.  Together they collected a wealth of natural resources from our school site, which they submerged in water.  These creations were then frozen to create beautiful frozen sculptures.  The children were fascinated to see them melt as the day progressed, even adding salt to one of the frozen sculptures and observed how this effected the melting process.

On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome the author Sue Docket and Howard Bailey from Chard Museum to lead our Guest Assembly.  The children were interested to learn about Sue’s career as a published author and we hope the assembly may have inspired some of our budding writers to consider a career as an author.

Horner and Monmouth Class had a super time in their cobb building workshop with Kate Edwards this week.  The workshop was organised to complement our termly theme of ‘Going Green’ and the classes Science focus of materials.  The children learnt a number of fascinating cobb facts, before having fun with the ‘cobb dance’ which they all took a turn at, to mix the key cobb ingredients together.  Horner & Monmouth used the cobb that they had created to make some mini bricks and cobb faces.  Thank you so much to Kate Edwards for giving up her time to inspire our children.

On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing was pleased to run Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their families.  The children had so much fun being inspired by the music making that they didn’t want to leave at the end of the session!

This afternoon our Lower Cerdic children were lucky to enjoy a rugby coaching session with Mr Wootten.  Their enthusiasm was clear to see as they practised their rugby skills in the sunshine.  What a super way to end the week for our Lower Cerdics!  Thank you to Mr Wooten for sharing his rugby expertise with our children.

Next week on Monday we are looking forward to welcoming a host of new prospective families to our school for our Open Day.  On Tuesday, Old Cerdic Brab Hallowes is coming in to lead our Guest Assembly.  A group of our Cerdic children are looking forward to taking part in the Bikeability Course which is being held on Wednesday and Thursday.  Also on Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing is holding our Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their families.

Sportlight on Symes Art 

Symes class painting while listening to the music, making the paint brushes ‘dance’.

Calendar Events/Clubs 29 – 28 January

Calendar Events

Monday 29th January

Tuesday 30th January
Guest Assembly @ 3.15pm – Mr Brab Hallowes – OC

Wednesday 31st January
Bikeability course Day 1 – Yrs 6 & 5 – All day
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre – Whole School from 2.15pm

Thursday 1st February
Bikeability course Day 2 – Yrs 6 & 5 – All day
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-school children 10.15am to 11.15am

Friday 2nd February
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 – 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 two on the MENU OPTIONS

School Events

Join us for an unforgettable evening of live music with The IOUs. The local community is invited to come together to enjoy a fun-filled night.
Live music. Food truck. Bar
Tickets are selling fast. You can buy them at Barrons, Chardstock Village Shop or online at


Award Winners


  Toto B will be 4 on 28th January
Bertie P-K will be 8 on 29th January
Pip G will be 8 on 30th January
 Giovanna VM will be 5 on 1st 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  






Copyright © 2023, Chard Prep School, All rights reserved.

Get in touch
01460 63234

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list