What a gorgeous day we had to celebrate 150 years of our wonderful school - some would say it was too nice. A little hot maybe!
COVID-19 restrictions meant that the service was small but perfectly formed. Our children celebrated (socially distanced of course) on the field together with a few VIPs in attendance. It was a pleasure to welcome the parents of our two award winners, our ex headteacher Mrs Theresa Hobbs and some school alumni from years gone by.
The children performed beautifully - both reading and singing and their was most definitely a feeling of joy and celebration. Let's not forget the ice-cream van visit to round of the day. Just what was needed after all the sunshine!
We are already looking forward to the autumn and burying the Sesquicentennial time capsule - hopefully we will be able to celebrate again with our families and friends and fewer restrictions. We can but hope!
Today, Willow and Oak Class took part in a fantastic virtual workshop run by Somerset Music. They learnt a song and dance rountine from the stage musical 'School of Rock' - it was really good fun!
Ash and Beech Class had a wonderful adventure at Farmer Palmers. The children had the chance to see a range of animals, including piglets, goats, alpacas and donkeys. In addition to this, each child had the opportunity to hold a guinea pig, feed the goats and go on a VERY bumpy tractor ride, as well as spending quality time together exploring the parks and searching for dinosaurs in the woodlands.
The sun came out for our sports day this year! Key Stage 1 took part in sprint and egg and spoon races, as well as team event - 'Bean Bag Drop. Key Stage 2's races included a sprint, egg and spoon and obstacle race, as well as a team relay event. Everyone did really well and the scores were really close at the end! Blake House (the blue team) were the overall winners this year!
EYFS and Key Stage One held a tea party for past pupils and staff of our school. They thought long an hard about questions they wanted to ask to find out more about how the school has changed over the years.
It was a lovely afternoon with some beautiful singing. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
The school had been nominated by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to win some book vouchers. We are thrilled to be able to use these vouchers to buy some really good quality texts to support our English and topic lessons during the Autumn Term.
We thought carefully about what positive messages we could write about ourselves on this important day!
Today was a very exciting day for Key Stage Two. After working really hard for a number of weeks, learning songs and lines, everyone was ready to perform their end of year show in front of the cameras. This year was different because we had no live audience, but we were really lucky to be able to have it filmed. We can't wait to share the finished product with our families. Well done everyone - you all did a fantastic job!
A big well done to everyone who designed an invite to advertise our open day. These will be shared in the village, via our website and Facebook page and hopefully one will make the newspaper!
Well done everyone
A very exciting day for Year 6 - their hoodies have arrived. Here they are showing them off!
Maple class enjoyed a fantastic trip to Glastonbury Rural Life Museum. It was a fabulous way to embed our exploration and learning about the Anglo-Saxons and their presence in Somerset. We made King Alfred aestels or pointers and created Saxon runes out of clay, as well as re-enacting the famous Battle of Edington between the Vikings and Saxons.
The whole school took part in this exciting competition. Children were asked to design a stamp to reflect all heroes during the Pandemic. The designs were bright and colourful and the children really thought carefully about who their heroes are.
Today, children in Maple, Oak and Willow Class received certificates for taking part in the Arts Award. To achieve this, they had to focus on an artist and produce their own piece of work reflecting the work of their chosen artist. Some of the pieces of work submitted was work children had completed during lockdown. Everyone worked really hard children this time, so it has been so exciting to see their efforts rewarded. Well done everyone!
We all had a brilliant time during our visit and we learnt so much about the Anglo-Saxons in Somerset and how important King Alfred was. We re-enacted a battle and made some runes, as well as learning about different artifacts.
We have all been celebrating Somerset Day today! Each class has chosen their own special way to celebrate including: singing, dancing, eating and art - all reflecting the Somerset traditions.
Thank you to everyone that has shared memories and photos of their time at Chilthorne Domer Church School over the years - it has been so lovely reading your stories and seeing your pictures on our Facebook posts. These memories and photos are too precious to lose so we have created a virtual memory book that people can contribute to from wherever they are in the world. You can add any combination of photographs, messages, and memories. You could even add your 'Top 5' - top 5 teachers, top 5 memories, top 5 school events... the possibilities are endless! We are hoping to bury a time capsule during our celebrations on July 16th and a copy of this book will be added. Please help us to make this book as fantastic as it can be by sharing this information and encouraging people to add their memories and photos. It doesn't matter if you left the school 80 years, 8 years or 8 months ago - we'd love to hear from you. Staff, pupils, parents or anyone associated with the school, past or present, who have memories are welcome to contribute. The more contributions, the better the book! Please share this link far and wide and help us capture the history of what is now known as Chilthorne Domer Church School. Thank you.
It's been so long since these children have been on a trip and, whilst it wasn't the residential trip that we were all hoping for, a brilliant day was had by all. Check out some of the photos below!
Having realised the school celebrates a big birthday this year, we are in the early stages of planning a celebration - keep your eyes peeled for more details.
Can you help us? Do you know someone who went to Chilthorne Domer Church School as a child? We are looking to include ex pupils from across the generations in our 150th birthday Service of Thanks. It would be amazing to find the oldest living Chilthorne pupil!
Please do contact the office if you can help us out.
A year ago today our amazing team of key worker staff and children created this dance to brighten everyone's days. In the darkest of times it was lovely to share this and even better to watch back a year on!
We have some competition winners!
Many of our children entered the Somerset Library Service Flag Competition as part of our Somerset Day preparations; Children had to design a flag to represent Somerset.
Well done to all our children who entered and to our winners #flytheflagforsomerset
A big thank you to the Eaton family for lending us their Somerset flag. This will fly in the run up to Somerset Day on May 11th. Did you hear us on the radio singing the Somerset Day song? #flytheflagforsomerset
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.