Friday 9 February 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.

Match report:

On Wednesday our Cross Country Running Team were excited to compete in the Stockland Races.  The conditions were tough with it being so wet underfoot, however our children competed brilliantly and Miss T was very proud of their performance.  We are eagerly awaiting their official results from the races.

Harris Class have been spreading joy around our school this week in sharing creations from their Mindfulness sessions.  The children have been learning the craft of origami and have made beautiful origami hearts, which they have proudly presented to individual staff.  Each staff member has been really touched by the children’s sentiments and impressed with their origami skills.  My heart is certainly taking pride of place in my Office Harris, thank you!

On Thursday the U9 Tag Rugby Team were excited to travel to St. Johns, Sidmouth for their fixture.  Sadly due to the torrential downpours the match was postponed last minute, however the two teams had lots of fun playing dodgeball in the St. John’s Sports Hall in the dry!

Thank you to our Student Council who have organised our Break The Rules Day today, we have all had such fun being a little bit naughty!  The playground was awash this morning with crazy hair and hats, funky clothes and toys galore.  The children tucked into unhealthy treats at break time and a number of school rules have been bent throughout the day!  It has been a day of fun whilst raising money for the development of our Playground Reading Shed.

We hope you all have a super half term holiday with your children next week.  When we return after half term the children will resume their weekly swimming sessions at Chard Leisure Centre on Wednesday afternoons and Mrs Orr-Ewing is holding our Mini Melody Makers session for Pre-School aged children and their families on the Thursday morning.

Calendar Events/Clubs 19 – 23 January

Calendar Events

Monday 19th February
HALF TERM begins @ 8.45am

Tuesday 20th February
Guest Assembly @ 3.15pm

Wednesday 21st February
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre – Whole School from 2.15pm

Thursday 22nd February
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-school children 10.15am to 11.15am

Friday 23rd February
Celebration Assembly @ 3.10pm


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
Netball – Years 4 – 6 – Miss Taswell
Art & Craft Club – Prep  – Mrs Downing

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.  
  • 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.

 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 & Farewell to Mrs Mason


Spencer M will be 6 on 9th February
Otis S will be 6 on 13th 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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