Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 26th April 2019

Welcome back, we hope you had an enjoyable Easter break. As you may have already seen, we had our ramp built over the break. This will be in use from September 2019 once the fencing has been installed.

The Easter holidays also saw our wireless network across the school getting upgraded and this week we have received 30 new Chromebooks. We hope to get these into class as soon as possible for the children to use in their lessons.

Achievement Awards

Congratulations in week 1 to:Penny Lock, Samuel Jukes, Nefeli Butler, Elliott King, Amber Rawlings, Ethan Nash, Jude Ives, Emilia Taylor and Noah Bridges

Work of the Week

KS1 Work of the Week

Great writing Beth

Congratulations to Beth from Fieldmice Class

Congratulations to Eloise from Otters' class for labeling her drawing of an Eagle

KS2 Work of the Week

Fantastic painting Phoebe

Congratulations to Phoebe from Foxes' Class

Summer Term Clubs

Clubs available for the Summer Term

Construction/Lego, Outdoor Fun and Summer Multisports clubs are now FULL.

If you have already booked your child onto any of the clubs then they have secured a place.

We still have a few spaces available for the following clubs:

Monday - Badminton Y2/3

Monday - Summer Sports Y4/5/6

Wednesday - Choir Y3/4/5/6

Thursday - Football with Mr Slee Y1/2

Friday - Running 0815-0845 (Y4/5/6)

Friday - Tyrone Mings Academy (Y1-6) - Please book via ParentPay.

If you wish to book your child a space - please let the office know.

Clubs start next week except for Netball which starts on 4th June.

T-Trak Club at the Trainwest Model Railway Show

The T-Trak Club represented the school at the Trainwest Model Railway Show over the weekend of 13/14th April, which is the biggest model railway exhibition in Wiltshire. We were the only “hands-on” model railway at the show in Corsham so our team of enthusiastic pupils and parents were again busy all weekend helping children have fun driving our trains. #awesomerailways.

The T-Trak Club members worked between January and April to build some extra modules to improve our railway ready for Trainwest. Our “Castle On The Hill” is inspired by Framlingham castle in Suffolk, the castle referred to in the Ed Sheeran song. Framlingham also played an important role in Mary Tudor deposing Lady Jane Grey so it was relevant for history lessons too. We also built a small station based on Drayton Green in west London so our trainee drivers could practice stopping accurately in the platform, which is harder than it looks. We didn’t get everything we wanted built in time, but we certainly aren’t the first project to miss a deadline: at least we didn’t overspend as well!

I’d like to thank all the members of the T-Trak Club for their hard work in the run up to the show, with special thanks to everyone who came along to help during the Trainwest show.

Mr Smart

The T-TRAK Club’s model railway was set up in the Awdry Room at Springfield Campus in Corsham for the Trainwest model railway show

Otters Class

Please can the children in Otters Class to bring in some junk materials (eg small cereal boxes, yogurt pots, tubes etc) on Monday for model making.

Thank you

Tag Rugby Festival

On Tuesday, 24 children from Y5 and Y6 took part in the Chippenham Tag Rugby festival hosted by Chippenham RFC. We were very fortunate with the weather and both teams enjoyed a full day of matches. Both teams played brilliantly with the Green team emerging as winners of their afternoon pool and the Red team playing in the winners’ pool in the afternoon and finishing 4th out of 19 schools. Mrs Douglas and Mr Slee were really proud of all the children; they were a credit to the school.

Level 3 Gymnastics

Before the Easter holidays the Yr4 gymnastics team took part in the Level 3 Gymnastics Competition. The girls enjoyed competing against other schools from across the county. There were some amazing performances. Although the team didn't place, we were very proud of their achievements, especially as this is the first time we have entered the event.

The May Mile

The May Mile is back and celebrating its 10th Birthday. This is a fantasic event and is always popular with the pupils from Monkton Park School. You can register online or on the day. We look forward to see lots of you taking part.


Easter Challenge:

Thank you to all those who donated money to the FOMPS Easter challenge.

In return for giving each child a chocolate egg, we asked them to fill their class jars with loose change and coins collected over Easter. FOMPS will be collecting the jars in next week to determine which class has collected the most weight/height/value!

Fairytale and Myth characters are set to fill Monkton Park as Scarecrow Trail returns.

There are just two weeks to go until people from Chippenham and the surrounding villages descend on Monkton Park for the annual Scarecrow Trail and preparations are underway to make this year’s event another successful weekend.

The estate will be covered with princesses, knights, dragons and more with scarecrows depicting characters from Fairytales and Myths.

So come along and join us on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May, walk, cycle, run or scoot to follow to trail around Monkton Park and see how many scarecrows they can identify.

Last year’s event raised over £2,000 for the school and the team are hoping for similar success this year to help raise funds for an outdoor amphitheatre in the school grounds.

There is a final call for scarecrows – if you would like to enter a scarecrow in the trail, contact: monktonparkscarecrow@outlook.com

A massive thank you for all the businesses that have agreed to sponsor the event. So far our confirmed sponsors include:

• Goodman Warren Beck

• Awdry Bailey & Douglas

• WEC (Wilts Electrical Contracting)

• Atwell Martin Estate Agents

• Islington Motor Group

• More to be confirmed, watch our Facebook page for updates.

To find out more about the event, visit the events Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MPScarecrowTrail/


Are there any parents out there with contacts from work or otherwise, and who would be interested in donating a prize for the Monkfest Grand Raffle? Tickets will be printed at the end of May and we are hoping to offer some superb top prizes again.

Do get in touch with us at FOMPSPTA@gmail.com with anything you can offer.

Dates for your Diary

School Calendar

Week Beginning 29th April

Monday 29th April

Badminton Club

Summer Sports Club

Tuesday 30th April

Judo Club

Lego Club

Outdoor Fun Club

Wednesday 1st May

Yr 4 Swimming Lessons


Summer Sports

Thursday 2nd May

Badgers at the Dome



Friday 3rd May

Tyrone Mings Academy

Week Beginning 6th May

Monday 6th May

Bank Holiday - School Closed

Tuesday 7th May

Judo Club

Badgers Library Visit

Lego Club

Outdoor Fun Club

Wednesday 8th May

Year 4 Swimming Lessons


Summer Sports

Thursday 9th May



Friday 10th May

Running Club

Year 4 Multi-skills

Tyrone Mings Academy

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May

The Scarecrow Trail

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