Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 22nd January 2021

It is hard to believe that this is only the end of our third week since the national lockdown began. We have been so impressed by the work that children have been completing at home and delighted at just how many are logging in each day. Our remote learning provision has changed quite significantly since last year and I hope that your children are enjoying the live sessions. Huge thanks to all staff for putting in place such strong home learning provision in such a short space of time whilst also maintaining a high quality provision for children eligible to come into school.


We hope we will soon have some more Chromebooks to loan to families. It may be that you don't have a device for your child to use at home to complete their remote learning or it may be that siblings are competing to use your single computer! Whatever it is we may be able to help so if you are interested in loaning a Chromebook please let us know by clicking on the survey link here.

BT Wireless Codes

We have a number of BT codes which can provide free internet access through a hotspot. Please contact us if you would like one of these codes.

Breakfast Club and After School Club

For those parents currently in school we recently ran a survey to determine potential demand for the use of both breakfast club and after school club. Unfortunately due to very low demand for both services, we will be unable to open up either club at this moment in time.

February Half Term

Please note that school will be closed to all pupils over February half term. For families eligible for free school meals, Wiltshire Council has been provided with the funding to make sure parents and carers can feed their children lunches during the half term break. They have budgeted £15 per week per child for the period and they’re planning on mirroring the arrangements that were adopted in December for the winter school holiday payments. We will contact families that are eligible once we are able to confirm arrangements.

Food Boxes

We have now opted to provide vouchers to those families who are eligible for free school meals (please note this is different to universal free school meals for children in YR, Y1 & Y2). A a separate email has been sent to parents eligible for free school meals outlining arrangements for this.

Lateral Flow Testing

Next week we will start using lateral flow tests with staff to help identify any staff member who may have Covid-19 but not displaying any symptoms. Training has been delivered by the DFE this week and staff will be taking the test twice a week. This will further support our in school risk assessment and help keep our whole school community that bit safer.

If a member of staff tests positive through the lateral flow test we will ask identified close contacts to isolate in the interests of public safety. The member of staff will then be asked to take a normal PCR test. If this comes back negative the bubble will be allowed to come back into school and if positive we will follow our usual procedures alongside public health.


Huge thanks to FOMPs for donating funds so we can provide fresh fruit and vegetables to lots of families. If any families would appreciate any help with this please let us know.

Children's Mental Health Week

We will be taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week from Monday 1st - Friday 5th February.

The theme is ‘Express Yourself’.

Place2B has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Please have a look at their website for more information and activities and resources for the children:


To end the week, on Friday 5th February we will be having a ‘Dress to Express’ day, encouraging children at school and at home (and staff) to express themselves through their clothes, hair etc and wear a colourful outfit.

Rock Choir

The Rock Choir organisation are running a nationwide singing project during half term. This involves 3 singing workshops leading to online video and audio recordings of the final performance with children across the UK. There is a cost of £25 per child with a discount for siblings. If you are interested, for further details please click on the link below.


COVID 19 - What to do if your child has suspected symptoms

Please ensure children do not come into school if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home.

You must follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19), which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Term Dates 2020/2021

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