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Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 19th July 2019

What a brilliant year this has been and a huge well done to all the children for all their hard work. We can look back at lots of successes, achievements and memories in a year when we have done so much. Just see below for some examples!

Improvement of EYFS outdoor area, building of the outdoor classroom, delivery of our outdoor learning programme, forest schools, engineer project, most library visits in Chippenham, recorder & violin assemblies, purchase of 30 Chromebooks, launch of Talk4Writing, Google online safety assembly, STEM week, change of school meals provider, new behaviour policy, PE AfPE award with distinction, school games award, two residentials, many trips, many sporting events, golf lessons, Hot Chocolate Friday, Star Writers and Chippenham Netball Champions!

Well done to everyone and we hope you have a great summer!

End of Year Survey

Please click here to access our end of year survey. The survey will feed into our plans for the future and we will provide feedback early in the next academic year. It is great to hear about the things we have done well (so we can make sure we keep them!) and likewise new ideas and suggestions are welcomed.

End of Year Achievement & Citizenship Awards

Today we presented our achievement & citizenship awards to children who were recognised for their brilliant work and attitude over the year.

Well done to Gurtaran Singh, Quique Martin, Chloe Blight, Elliot King, Matilda Parsons, Hollie-Mae Biggs, Alvina Jahan, Theo Liddell & Rosa Wallis who were nominated for the Achievement Awards.

Well done to Madeline Martinsen, Tilly Parsons, Alfie Chitson, Alice Mockler, Oliver Szincsak, Harrison Reeves, Isabelle Unwin, Amelia Baker & Evan Cook who were nominated for the Citizenship Awards.

Weekly Achievement Awards

Congratulation in week 7 to: Nellie Sykes, Henry Gilbert Marshall, Eli Whitby, Penny Parsons, Keo Bull, Mia McKenna, Daisy-Mae Griffin and George Kick

Hot Chocolate Friday

Well done in week 7 to: Nia Crowe, Evie Wills, Malak Ziadi, Flynn Wills, Grace Hibberd, Katy Contardi, Lily Ayhan, Lily Delahaye and Noah Bridges.

Real Legacy

Monkton Park Primary School creates a new ambition for EVERY child

Monkton Park Primary School is partnering with PE and Sport specialists Create Development to spearhead the real legacy PE initiative in Wiltshire.

Our school was one of the first regional Create Learning Schools and we are proud to announce that we have now been designated a lead real legacy school creating a new ambition for every child. We aim to make our children more active and change the way PE is perceived and are taking further steps to ensure every child develops a healthy relationship with physical activity for life.

We are doing this by bringing the school, home and community together to enable cultural change. Our journey commenced with real PE training for our teachers to support PE provision to develop the whole child and this has now extended across the school to include supporting families and the wider school community. The school will continue to work in partnership with Create Development to support with the teacher training needs of other schools, family engagement strategies, enrichment and competitive opportunities through a holistic approach to develop children's physical, personal, social and emotional skills.

The main outcome is that the personalised programme creates a real legacy for every child. Only 150 schools nationally access the real legacy programme.

Developing the child holistically is what we already do in school. Not only do we develop fundamental physical skills, but we also focus on developing children’s learning behaviours, personal development and leadership skills. The real legacy initiative encompasses 4 areas: real PE, real gym, real play and real leaders. We’re really excited at the prospect of ensuring all our children and families benefit.

Ronnie Heath, Managing Director at Create: “We are delighted to be working with schools who want to change the whole perception of PE. Monkton Park Primary School are setting the standards to provide challenging, exciting and inclusive PE for all their children.”

School Games Gold Award

Gold for Monkton Park

We are delighted to announce that we, have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in

2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With many of our young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

We look forward to applying once again in 2020!

Create PE awards

Congratulations to Alfie, Libby, Camille and Gruff for their Create PE awards in recognition of their achievements and contribution to PE. at Monkton Park School. Well done.

Chippenham Borough Land Tree Sculpture Competition

Huge congratulation to Charlie Fry from Pine Martens' Class, who has won the Borough Land Tree Sculpture Competition. Charlie's design will be brought to life as a wooden sculpture as part of a new sculpture trail at Westmead Open Space over the next year.

Summer Reading Challenge

This summer holidays we are setting a challenge and running a competition!

We would like your child to see if he or she can read in the most unusual or imaginative place as possible or in as many different locations and settings as they can!

We would like you to photograph your children reading in their unusual places and send these in at the beginning of September. In the past we have had children reading on the beach, on a boat, on the swings at the park and even in a shopping trolley!

There will be prizes for the most unusual place and for the children who have read in the most interesting settings.

We look forward to seeing your ‘Reading Snaps’ in September!

Vacancies

After School Club

We are seeking to appoint highly motivated and enthusiastic people to assist with the care of children in our after school club.

This would be an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to further their experience of working with children alongside a supportive team. We are looking for people who can quickly form good relationships with pupils, parents and staff.

We currently have vacancies on Monday to Friday 3.00 – 6.00 Term time only. We would welcome applications from people wishing to work 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week.

MDSA

We have vacancies from September for MDSAs. (Mid Day Supervisor) to join our lunchtime team. You will be jointly responsible for proving lunchtime supervision, both in the hall and outside. Proving basic first aid treatment as and when required and setting up tables and chairs in the hall.

Hours of work: Monday - Friday 11.45 - 1.00, the days are flexible we are happy to accept applications from people wishing to work 2, 3 ,4 or 5 days a week.

For further information and an application packs, please contact the school office.

Summer Activities

Get Active

Wiltshire Music Centre

For details of WMC activities, click here

Chippenham Library and Museum

All Stars Have-A-Go Cricket

'All Stars Have-A-Go' is a free taster session of our popular All Stars programme, designed to give children aged five to eight a great first experience with cricket.

'Have-A-Go' session features:

• For all boys and girls aged five to eight

• Delivered nationwide at over 150 centres

• One free-of-charge 2-hour session

• Emphasis on fun and being active

• Focus on developing your child's movement skills

• Safe and fully accredited

• Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too

• Easy online registration

• Includes a free bat and ball for all new participants

In Wiltshire, we currently have three Have-A-Go sessions scheduled for the summer holidays, as follows:

• Potterne CC - Tuesday 30th July, 5.30pm - 7pm - Book now

• Warminster CC - Tuesday 6th August, 5.30pm - 7pm - Book now

• Chippenham CC - Tuesday 13th August, 5.30pm - 7pm - Book now

2018 – 2019 Governors Report

Hello all, and another fantastic year at Monkton Park School comes to a close.

Mr Rafferty and all the staff have worked tirelessly over the year and we have seen the amazing results of their hard work, not only in the fantastic SATs results, but also the many happy faces of the children throughout the year. For anyone following the school and teachers on Twitter you can see the wonderful learning and experiences taking place across the whole school.

As a Governing Body we continue to support the school to make the best decisions, including the improvements we are making to the school. This includes the new ramp, improvement of the EYFS outdoor area and purchasing the new Chromebooks, plus we’ve seen the introduction of new ways of learning such as Talk4Writing, STEM week and the increasing Outdoor Learning progamme, continues to give the children a supportive and encouraging learning environment. It is great to see the sports activities are still an important part of school life at Monkton Park and to see not only the result from the many sporting competitions, but also the involvement of all the children from Reception through to Year 6. As a Governing Body, who are a mix of volunteers from parents of children in the school to community governors who all come together to help the school make the very best decisions for the children, we are very pleased to see everything coming together make Monkton Park a special place.

On behalf of the Governing Body we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge number of thank yous to Mr Rafferty, Mrs Douglas and all the teachers, TAs, MDSAs, admin staff and everyone who has made this year one to remember. You all make the school a truly fantastic environment for the children. We say a fond farewell and thank you to Helen Hughes, Jenny Roberts and Lin Hulbert, we wish them well in their next adventures.

We also thank all the parents, carers and of course the wonderful children who make Monkton Park a really special learning place for everyone. Another huge thank you to the fantastic FOMPS who this year who have continued to raise amazing amounts of money through all their numerous fundraising activities from discos, scarecrow trails, cake sales and of course the Christmas and Summer Fairs. Their hard work means the children have the fabulous outdoor classroom in which to further enjoy their outdoor learning.

Enjoy your summer break and have a well earned rest, fingers crossed the sun will continue to shine.

Justine Guillon Co-Chair, Sean Dennien Co Chair, Ian Sankey Vice-Chair

Vice-Chair

FOMPS

Thank you all from FOMPS for a brilliant year of fundraising. We now have over £10,000 in the bank ready and waiting to be spent on some exciting projects for the children next year.

Please join us at the FOMPS AGM next term - Wednesday 11th September at 6:30pm in the Hall, to start off the new school term.

Best wishes for a relaxing summer.

Lorna

on behalf of the many Friends of Monkton Park School

Dates for your Diary

School Calendar

Have a great Summer, School reopens on Tuesday 3rd September at 8.45am

Term Dates 2019/2020

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