Monday 4 March 2024

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

This week has been an exciting one with much variety in the children’s learning.  On Tuesday the whole of the Prep School were engaged in sporting fun.  Many of our Cerdic’s attended a Tag Rugby Development Day at Millfield Prep School, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.  Miss Taswell was impressed with the children’s focus and skill progression during the day.  Congratulations to Daisy H. and Robin B. who were chosen by the Millfield coaches as the Chard Prep School players of the day.  Meanwhile Wyndham and Harris enjoyed a Netball Development Day at Holyrood.  The children honed their netball skills and enjoyed demonstrating these in a match at the end of the day.  They were also treated to a dance workshop run by Kelly Leigh after they had enjoyed their lunch.  Congratulations to our Match Reporters whose reports can be read below.


On Thursday we were pleased to welcome Pre-school aged children and their families to our Mini-Melody Makers session with our Head of Music Mrs Orr-Ewing.  The children seemed to have a ball and Mrs Orr-Ewing is looking forward to welcoming them and any other new comers to the group on Thursday.

On Friday is was lovely to begin the day with our Celebration Assembly, where we welcomed a number of Chard School families.  The children were rightly proud of their achievements which we were pleased to celebrate with the Chard School Community.  Our after school club provision was buzzing this afternoon with children enjoying Choir Club, Tag Rugby and Karate, it was a joy to see the children having such in these clubs.

This week is our Chard School Book Week during which all classes will explore ‘The Tin Forest’ in their English sessions.  We are also holding Parent Consultation Meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during which the staff are looking forward to discussing your child’s progress and attainment.  On Wednesday our Cross Country runners are competing in the Stockland Races and on Friday our Pre-prep Mums and Grandma’s are being treated to a Mother’s Day Tea and Craft Afternoon.

Netball match at Holyrood

As the children arrived at Holyrood, Kelly greeted each school with enthusiasm and started an exciting warm up including fun games and activities. The joy on the children’s faces was obvious as they raced around the Astro-pitch with their friends; they were particularly excited when they played the “Volcanoes and craters” game;each team had to try to turn the opposing team’s cones over in a certain time.Kelly started the next game enthusiastically making children laugh and get exited about the traffic game, where if Kelly shouts amber you walk around the pitch if she shouts green you run and if she shouts red you stop. This energetic fun game obviously by the smiles and enthusiasm on the children’s faces was very enjoyable! This next game was about years 3 and 4 lining up around the D on their pitch, and them taking it turns to go in the middle and say the name of the person who they are throwing to. Then they had to pass using either a bounce pass or shoulder pass. They did this for a while before switching to another game, where they had to line up on the edge of the D and run in for the helpers to throw to the ball to them and then they threw it back to the helpers. After that they, played a game where they found themselves a partner and the helpers placed a cone in-between them and the instructor called out different body parts and the children had to touch them and if they called out cones  then they had to grab the cone before their partner. Now they are trying to shoot the ball through the hoop and then go to the back of the line. Then they had to try some jumping techniques whilst trying to shoot the ball in the hoop when one of the helpers threw the ball to them.The dance of wake wake ,timber,shut up and dance ,shake it of.with me all brung smiles as they rocked out with tiredness on there faces 

After a well deserved break and delicious lunch,the children practiced their shooting skills on the courts.The concentration on their faces was incredible as they all took turns to take a shot at the net.As they did this Kelly’s amazing helpers shouted words of encouragement which largely assisted their play

.When everyone had done this successfully, Kelly introduced an excellent game called ‘end ball’.In this particular game all of the children played a netball match,but without quite so many rules to make it less difficult for the children.To follow this,each individual school did a great shooting competition in which everyone lined up and tried-and succeeded!-to shoot the same amount of goals as the children in the group.Kelly finished off with a thank you to everyone for coming.


Match Report by Beatrice S, Mary S, Max G, Kayla T, and Emily W

Calendar Events/Clubs 4 – 8 March

Calendar Events

Monday 4 March                              
Chard School Book Week

Tuesday 5 March                             
Guest Assembly @ 3.15pm
Parent Consultations 

Wednesday 6 March                        
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre – Pre-Prep 2.15pm to 2.45pm,
Prep 2.45pm to 3.15pm
Parent Consultations
Stockland Races

Thursday 7 March   
World Book Day – Children are welcome to dress up in World Book Day costumes and bring along their favourite books.
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-School children, 10.15am to 11.15am
Parent Consultations

Friday 8 March                                
Celebration Assembly @ 3.10pm
Mother’s Day Craft Afternoon/Tea


Crochet Club – Yrs 5 – 6  – Mrs Elmer

Gymnastics Club – All years – The London Ballet Company
Hama Beads Club – All Years  – Mrs Battersby

Drama Club – All years – The London Ballet Company
Art & Craft Club – Prep  – Mrs Downing
Manhunt & Pirates Club – Years 3 – 6 Miss Taswell

Debate Club – All Years (2nd Half of term only) – Mrs Buckley

Music Ensemble – Years 3 – 6 – Mrs Orr-Ewing
Karate – Years 2 – 6 – Mr Hazell
Choir – All Years  – Mrs Elmer
Rugby Club – Yrs 4 -6 – 4.30pm – 5.15pm – Mr Wootte

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.  
  • Please ensure that your child brings a named coat to school daily.

 Lunch Menu

Please refer to week one on the MENU OPTIONS

Easter Holiday Camp

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Easter sports camp at Chard Prep School on Tuesday, 2nd April, and Wednesday, 3rd April, from 8:30 to 15:30. Places will be prioritised for Chard Prep School pupils. Additionally, clubs will be promoted to the wider community.

If you are interested in booking a place, please email office@chardschool.co.uk. Your place will be confirmed once payment is received.

For further details, please refer to the poster.

Award Winners

Stars of the week 
Toto B
Joseph S 

Old Cerdics Association 


Calling all Old Cerdics and friends of Chard School. Please support our appeal to raise necessary funds for the school. One of the aims and objectives of the Old Cerdics Association, enshrined in the original minutes of the inaugural meeting held at the school on 1st December 1929, is for former pupils to maintain an interest in the school and help the school in many ways. These aims are being fulfilled to this very day but there is still more that can be done. As outlined in our recent News Letter, the Association has launched an appeal to raise funds for the much-needed restoration and ongoing maintenance of the School buildings where so many have treasured memories. To this end the Trustees of the Old Cerdics Scholarship Fund have already pledged the magnificent sum of £30,000 from the Fund to get the appeal off to a good start. However, the aim is to raise a further £10,000 from individual donations which would make a truly significant difference to the long-term future of the school. Please support this appeal in support of our school.

Donations can be transferred online to the OCA’s Reserve Account at NatWest, Ilminster Account No: 15008266 Sort Code: 60-05-06 Reference ‘APPEAL’. Alternatively cheques, payable to the Old Cerdics Association can be sent direct to the Chairman/Secretary of the OCA Graham Chamberlain at ………………………………………………………………………….. 2 Heywood Farm Cottages, Snowball Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3LU

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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