Every one in school took part in the Easter egg hunt today - some were really tricky to find but everyone won an egg at the end!
How egg-citing! Happy Easter everyone!
Today we all took part in the school Easter service on Zoom. Each class contributed a song and some Easter readings and although we were physically apart, it was still lovely to be together to celebrate the meaning behind Easter. Father Peter joined us to give a special Easter message and blessing.
Another very exciting day! Mrs Thompson from Somerset music is working with a selection of local primary schools to create a promotional video for Somerset Day on May 11th. Willow, Maple and Oak all learnt this year's Somerset Day song prior to her visit and were recorded singing it in their class bubbles while Beech and Ash learnt a dance to go with the song and were also recorded. Mrs Thompson will create the video which will then be shared on the Somerset Day website as well as the Somerset Music You Tube channel!
Today Willow Class spoke with Emily Brown from Radio Somerset about the things they have done in preparation for Somerset Day on May 11th. Elsie and Zack were interviewed and did a great job answering questions about the Somerset Day song this year and the flag competition run by the Schools Library Service. The whole class even sang their song to Emily. The interview will be aired on Thursday 1st April at 8.15am!
Today we raised money for Comic Relief by dressing in red, painting our noses and dressing up as woodland creatures - the theme of the noses this year! This year we raised a grand total of £126.60! Well done everyone - thank you for all of your donations.
We have had a busy day in school today. Not only have we been celebrating Comic Relief but we have also taken part in Census Day. Throughout the school, we have learnt about what a census is and why it is important. Each class took part in a range of different activities including a whole school survey to find out everyone's favourite animal! At the end of the day, everyone received a certificate and sticker!
Today Oak and Willow Class got to try out some secondary school lessons! They were provided by Stanchester Academy and gave the children an opportunity to take part in lessons they might come across when they move on to secondary school. The lessons included: Business and Digital Technology, Art, Science and Spanish. Each lesson involved a live question and answer session at the end with the Stanchester teacher. Everyone really enjoyed the day! Below are some photos of the science investigation the children took part in - fake blood and saliva of course!
Today we celebrated our love of reading! Children dressed as their favourite book characters at home and in school and each class took part in some lovely book-related activities. In the evening, the children joined the teachers on Zoom to have some bedtime stories with their hot chocolate and teddies! During the week, the children also took part in The Masked Reader where they had to identify which member of staff was hiding behind each disguise and which book they were reading!
Between the 1st and the 7th February, our school community took part in Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week.This year's theme was 'EXPRESS YOURSELF.' Children took part in expressive art activities and physical activities to support their mental health throughout the week. During our virtual Praise Assembly on Friday 5th February, we all 'Dressed to Express'!
During this lockdown we have introduced screen-free Wednesday afternoons. Have a look at some of the things we have got up to below:
A short tour of Ash Class (Reception and Year 1) at Chilthorne Domer Church School, followed by some pictures of our wonderful children, busy having fun!
This year the School Council decided to focus on our community's Children in Need following the global pandemic. Children had a non uniform day in exchange for a luxury item that would add a little sparkle to someone's Christmas.
The school council worked hard this week creating 24 hampers out of all the lovely items that were donated for and boy did they do a good job. The hampers look so lovely! A big thank you again for all your kind donations and to the school council, Mrs Dunn and Mrs Chapple for helping put together the hampers. On top of this, the school also donated a fantastic £87.00 – some of which helped top up the hampers. The rest going to Children in Need.
Great work by a great school community!
What a busy term we have had so far!
Just to name but a few of our events.
Please do head over to our Facebook Page to check out some of the great things we have been up to! https://www.facebook.com/ChilthorneDomerChurchSchool
Today Watson, our school dog, came to school for the first time since some of the children have been back. He had such a lovely time on the field and visited each of the classes from outside the window. Check out his page on here and our School Facebook page for some photos and a video.
We can't wait for school to be back to normal so everyone can meet him!
Looking at the torrential rain outside now, you wouldn't believe that just an hour and a half ago Ash Class had a lovely welly walk to Mr and Mrs Luscombe's farm!
The children go to put out bedding and food for the sheep and lambs as well as feed the chickens. All the children had a great time getting up close and personal with the animals including a horse and a pony - they even found some rabbit holes! A great morning was had by all. A very big thank you to the Luscombe's for welcoming us!
This evening saw a lot of Yeovil school children running various distances around Bucklers Mead School. Each one of our children ran brilliantly but what made me more proud was how they supported and cheered on each other - it was so lovely to see. Well done runners, you were great!
10 March 2020
This event involved a group of our children taking part in various sports skills activities including throwing, long jump, jumping and racket skills to name a few. Lots of fun and enjoyment throughout and an opportunity to try and learn different skills. The children were very patient despite a long wait at times between activities and were very tired at the end. A great effort and attitude from all taking part.
5th March 2020
A mixed group of 6 children represented Chilthorne Domer at the recent Netball Tournament. It was a particularly cold and windy day for the children. Our Captain was exceptional and lead her team at all times, so I would like to say well done and a big thank you to her and her team. Exciting news to hear today that we have now been promoted to 3rd place against other teams and will now enter the Netball final! I would like to wish our team the best of luck for the next stage. Congratulations to you all!
3rd March 2020
Thankfully the Boccia day was indoors, which with all the wet weather we are currently having, we were all grateful for! Seven children from the School attended. All of the children were confident, they listened well to instructions, asked help when needed, and went out of their way to encourage each other. Absolutely fantastic, well done to all who took part!
27 February 2020
A mixed group of 9 children from Years 5 & 6 represented the School at the Tournament at Holyrood playing against 4 local Schools including Chard, Kingsbury Episcopi, Milford and Keinton Mandeville. Despite a couple of unfair decisions and a few injuries to our players, the children remained very positive and determined throughout each game, and represented the school extremely well in a professional and polite manner. A huge well done to those that took part. A great team effort you can all be proud of!
3rd time lucky! 🍀
Our Race for Life today was such a lovely event, thank you! 😊
A massive thank you to all the children for being amazing, the staff for being on hand to cheer, mark tickets and run/walk, to parents for being great supporters and to all those that have donated to such a worthwhile cause.
I see no reason why we shouldn't make this an annual event with the aim to 'Beat Cancer Sooner!' 🏃
Thank you for joining us Olivia. It was lovely to have you with us - we hope you had a brilliant unicorn ride at the end 🦄
Wold Book Day comes but once a year and it's always a fabulous occasion!
On Wednesday evening, many children came back to school in their pajamas and slippers clutching their favourite teddy bear. They snuggled up, listened to stories, drank hot chocolate and devoured biscuits. It's safe to say a fun time was had by all.
The fun didn't stop there! Thursday - World Book Day - saw the whole school dress up. Even the staff had the theme of 'Fairy Tales' to stick to! The costumes all looked fabulous and again lots of books were shared. Children also had the opportunity to take home a 'new to them' book, share photos of them reading in amazing places and share their love of reading throughout the day.
What a brilliant day. Check out the photos below...
Have you seen our new shelter between Beech Class and The Cabin?
We are really grateful to Jonno and his team at J and J Plumbing and Construction for working tirelessly through the wind and the rain over half to to make sure it was complete. Not only does it give a dry passage between the building and the cabin but also a new working area for the school. I'm looking forward to seeing lost of outdoor learning when the weather improves!
What better day to play netball for 2 hours than the day we have hail, sleet and snow?! To say it was cold is an understatement but the 6 KS2 children that took part did a marvelous job. By the time the last game came, the children played with such determination and defence that they didn't concede a goal. Great work team - well done! No photo today - we were too busy keeping warm!
We welcomed Pete the Poet to our school yesterday. He lead a whole school assembly and worked with smaller groups of children to create poems and songs about making the world a better place. Here's are a couple of examples:
The whole school has had a wonderful day today enjoying everything Victorian - gruel included! Ash Class also impressed with their vast array of kings, queens, princes and princesses.
Each class spent the day living the life of a Victorian child. There was plenty of marching, chanting and handwriting to name but a few of the activities; plenty of food was eaten and fun was had. The staff put such a lot of work in to the day and the whole school has had a lovely feel about it - maybe we should adopt more of the Victorians ways of school life?
Thank you to all parents, grandparents and wider family who have supported children with projects at home - we really appreciate you help and support. It all really added to our day!
21 children from Years 2 to 6 headed out to Yeovil Showground for the 4th cross country this year. With much excitement they ran their age group races and all did superbly. Some ran for the first time and were brilliant, some came higher than they've ever come and Harriet even managed a top 10 finish, storming in in 7th place. A great big well done to you all!
As you know, one of our Year 1 children, Olivia, was diagnosed with leukemia just before Christmas. She continues to be a trooper and we're all really proud of her. She even surprised us with a quick visit last week, which was lovely!
This week Beech Class took delivery of thier newest classmate - an AV1 robot 🤖! There was much excitement on Monday when the robot was up and running and the class got to have a play. What was more exciting was that Olivia joined the class, via the robot, on Monday afternoon for story time! The children loved having Olivia with them and are looking forward to her joining the class again when she feels up to it.
It's amazing that this simple piece of technology will allow Olivia to log in to the class from wherever she is.
We'd like to say a huge big thank you to the two charitable trusts within Battens Solicitors in Yeovil who have made an incredibly generous donation to Olivia's cause. This has enabled us to fund this robot for the next 10 months! Thank you to all concerned - this really will transform what Olivia is able to do whilst undergoing treatment and we at school, and Olivia and her family, are extremely grateful. Thank you! 🙏
Mrs Chesterton had the pleasure of taking 4 children to Westfield for a basketball tournament on Tuesday. We were one of the smallest teams but one of the most determined! The children worked amazingly together and got better and better with every game. Well done to each of you! The results were as follows:
Chilthorne vs Martock 1: 2-0 to us.
Chilthorne vs Ash: 3-0 to them.
Chilthorne vs Holy Trinity 1: 1-0 to them.
Chilthorne vs Holy Trinity 2: 3-0 to them.
Chilthorne vs Martock 2: 2-4 to us.
A fantastic evening of football run at Bucklers Mead Academy saw our Year 3/4 boys play four exciting matches. A brilliant performance saw us Win one, Draw two and Lose one game in the event. The team worked hard in all four games from start to finish and, despite not all playing in their favoured positions, worked well for each other. The results are as followed:
Chilthorne 1 - 0 Martock
Chilthorne 1 - 1 Preston
Chilthorne 0 - 1 Norton
Chilthorne 0 - 0 Ash
We are very excited that our new website has now launched. Lots of people have been working really hard behind the scenes to get all the information up to date and in the correct place.
We hope you like the new look and find the website easy to use. If there is something you can't find or would like printing, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
As part of the new website, I aim to regularly update the blog with the events and goings on of our busy little school - watch this space!
We will join thousands of schools across the country in supporting Cancer Research UK by holding our own Race for Life on Thursday 13th February 2020. Around 150 pupils, aged from four to 11-years-old, will unite with staff for the event and raise money for life-saving research.
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, and sadly our school community know this only too well since Olivia was diagnosed. But the good news is, thanks to research, more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. The money raised by Chilthorne Domer Church School will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives. So, we thank all the pupils, parents and teachers for their vital support.
We have a school Just Giving page where we can collect all our school's donations. This can be found here: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/chilthorne-domer-church-school and every child that takes part will receive a medal to congratulate them on their hard work with their running and fundraising!
We are really looking forward to this event and hope all of our families and friends will support our fundraising efforts.