Friday 29 September 2023

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

At the beginning of the week Upper Cerdic immersed themselves in learning about the five pillars of Islam that Muslims base their lives on.  In the session five class members represented the five pillars and each child created their own representation of a house to surround the pillars.  Mrs Elmer was really impressed with your learning outcomes UC, well done.

Our Symes Class have been engrossed in the tale of the Gingerbread Man this week.  The children wanted to bring the gingerbread man to life by baking their own gingerbread biscuits.  The children were excited to mix the gingerbread ingredients together, whilst keeping a close eye on their gingerbread men to ensure that they didn’t escape!  It was lovely to see their enthusiasm for this story.

Wyndham and Harris have been excited by their Science learning this week. The classes are studying rocks and the children had fun exploring the structure of the earth.  The classes were delighted to construct models of earth with different colours representing the layers of our planet.  The children couldn’t wait for Mrs Halford to cut their models in half to reveal their layers.  Thank you for sharing your science learning with me Wyndham and Harris, your passion and enthusiasm was contagious!

 In History this week, Harris have been engrossed in examining early human life within the Homininae Taxonomic Tribe.  The children were fascinated to examine early human skull replicas.

In Monmouth the children have been working to partition numbers.  Today the children demonstrated their practical maths skills by representing a range of numbers in tens and ones.  Mrs Elmer was impressed with your creative representations Monmouth, well done.

On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing was pleased to welcome a super group of Pre-school children and their families to Mini  Melody Makers.  It was lovely to hear the children having so much fun making music together.  In Art this half term Upper Cerdic have been creating prototypes of their own chairs made out of paper.  The children were challenged to design a chair that reflected their personality.  We cannot wait to see their finished models!

Next week on Monday we are looking forward to welcoming prospective families to tour our school for our Open D.  On Tuesday Ferne Animal Sanctuary are coming in to lead our Guest Assembly. On Wednesday Mrs Battersby is looking forward to welcoming Pre-school aged children and their families to our new ‘Tiddly Peeps Toddler Group’ at 10.15 – 11.15am, why not come and join in the fun too!  On Thursday Pre-prep are sharing their Harvest Festival celebration with their families at 9.30am and on Friday Pre-prep are exciting to be returning to ROAM for Forest School.  Meanwhile on Friday afternoon at 3.00pm our Prep School will share their Harvest Festival celebration with their families.

Calendar Events/Clubs 25 –  29 September

Calendar Events

Monday 25th September

Tuesday 26th September
Guest Assembly – Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Harvest Donations to School

Wednesday 27th September
Tiddly Peeps, Pre-school children, 10.15am to 11.15am
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre from 2.15pm – Whole School

Thursday 28th September
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-School children – 10.15am to 11.15am
Harvest Festival Pre-Prep @ 9.30am
Celebration Assembly – 3.10pm to 3.30pm

Friday 29th September
ROAM Forest School @ 9.15am – 3pm – Pre-Prep classes
Harvest Festival – Prep @ 3.00pm


Circuits/Manhunt & Pirates Yrs 3 – 6

Football Club – All Years 

Manhunt & Pirates –Reception -Yr 2 
Juggling Club – Yrs 4 – 6 

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


  • 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.
  • Please send your child in with their Harvest Festival donations for the Lord’s Larder (Chard’s Food Bank) from Tuesday 26th September.

Lunch menu

Please refer to week one on the MENU OPTIONS

Congratulations to this week’s award winners!

Stars of the week 

Pre-prep – Sasha DH – Horner class
Prep – George PB – Lower Cerdic class 

Mr Sills book recommendation

Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson’s first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together . . . When a young Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, comes down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little does he realise that he is about to be embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl.

Lee and his daemon, Hester, find themselves the target of political factions trying to take over the running (and oil) of the town. And also resident in the town are huge arctic

bears, ignored and patronised by the people and treated like second-class citizens.  When Lee and Iorek first meet, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions and pressure in town lead to a deadly conclusion. 9+

Old Cerdics Association 

The latest OCA News Letter, circulated during the first week of the Autumn Term includes a Vision for the Future. Clearly, due to the ageing of its present membership, it cannot continue in its present form much beyond the next decade, although at least that will take it beyond it’s centenary in 2029. If the association is to continue beyond that time it is absolutely essential that the younger generation of former pupils post 1971 come on board. They are all Old Cerdics after all!

The association fully understands that on leaving Chard children, understandably perhaps, may well obtain a greater affiliation towards their Secondary School. However, none the less, it seems that Chard School does instil a lasting affection into those who come into contact with it; so, in the year ahead the association will be reaching out to all former pupils who were at the school post 1971 in order to encourage them to get involved with the work of the OCA. Its aims are two-fold; to enable former pupils to maintain contact with one another and to support the school in all possible ways.

As reported in the last News Letter Old Cerdic Stewart Hull will be taking over the running of the OCA in June of next year. In the mean-time he would welcome any suggestions as to the possible way forward for the association. He is completely open as to how events for Old Cerdics should be held in the future so please contact him with your views at stewarthull@hotmail.co


Maisie B who will be 10 on 24th September

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 (no class on 28th Sep)

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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