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Monkton Park Newsletter 25th January 2019

Our creativity day on Monday was a huge success with children across the school getting the chance to take part in lots of different creative activities. It culminated in the afternoon with the children showing, performing or demonstrating what they had been up to. Thank you to Mrs Bevan for getting this organised.

We were delighted to see so many parents come into school on Wednesday to see their children's learning. Thank you to all for your support.

School Nurse

The school nurse will be in school on Monday morning for 'Drop In Sessions' between 8.45am and 9.45am. If you would like to see her please come to the school office. As it is a drop in session, there may be a short wait to see the nurse.

School Trips

FS1 & KS1 are visiting Westonbirt Arboretum to take part in the Zog trail, on Tuesday 12th February. The cost of the trip is £9.50. The letter with further details is attached.

As part of their Tudor topic KS2 are visiting Hampton Court Palace on Thursday 7th March. The cost of the trip is £16.00. The letter with further details is attached.

Permission and payment for both trips can be made using Parent Pay or cash/cheques to the school office.

Achievement Awards

Congratulations in week 3 to: Rose Warburton, Hannah Nelson, Nellie Adamczuk, Beau Satchell, Rebecca Sparks, Alvina Jahan, Dylan Paroussi Dawkins, Bethan Eldridge, Hermes Paroussi Dawkins and Jonathan Kwarteng

Work of the Week

KS1 Work of the Week

Congratulations to Ben from Fieldmice class

KS2 Work of the Week

Congratulations to William from Foxes' class

T-TRAK Club at The Calne Model Railway Show

The T-Trak Club represented the school at the 27th Calne Model Railway Show over the weekend of 19/20th January, showcasing the children’s work alongside layouts built by veteran model makers. We were the only “hands-on” model railway at the show so our team of enthusiastic pupils and parents were busy all weekend helping children have fun driving our trains. Our trainee drivers learned about how many things train drivers must think about to drive the train safely, and all without getting distracted by other trains. Visitors praised the quality of the Club’s modules and asked many questions about how it was all put together. Parents and children from Chippenham and Calne primary schools said they were envious that only Monkton Park has a model railway club!

“T-TRAK” is a set of international rules for making modular model railway layouts so that everyone’s modules around the world can connect up to make bigger railways. There are 133 clubs and societies worldwide following the T-TRAK rules, but there are only two associated with schools: Monkton Park and an elementary school in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our T-TRAK Club is the only club listed in Great Britain, which makes us a little bit special. (There is a model railway society building T-TRAK modules in Northern Ireland so we aren’t only club in the UK, just!) The world record for a T-TRAK layout, set in Kansas City in 2018, saw 340 modules brought together from across the US and Canada (plus one from Denmark) to create a track 286m long. For comparison, our school layout has 20 modules and our track is about 15m long so we’ve got a way to go before we can bring the world record to Wiltshire! #awesomerailways

“The T-TRAK Club’s model railway was set up in the Activities Room at the Calne Model Railway Show.”

“One of the Queen’s Royal locomotives (67006 Royal Sovereign) hauls its train past our model farmyard. The T-TRAK Club built the farm for display at the school’s Christmas Fair in 2017.”
“Our trainee train drivers learned to watch out for red signals! Celebrity engine 60163 Tornado (built in 2009) is waiting impatiently for a green signal.”

FOMPS

FOMPS are now taking entries for the Monkton Park Scarecrow Trail on 11th and 12th May. Please email: monktonparkscarecrow@outlook.com with your name, address (somewhere on Monkton Park where the scarecrow will sit for the weekend) and your scarecrow suggestion, fitting within the theme of Fairytales and Myths.

Thank you for the donations of water butts to the school last week (whoever that was!), which will help the school encourage water conservation and make the outdoor classroom environmentally efficient.

If anyone has any ideas or is interested in hosting a stall at the Summer Fair on 22nd June this year, please get in touch though FOMPSPTA@gmail.com. We still need someone who can envisage how the fair might look overall, so let us know if this is something you are good at!

Library Events

There are lots of events and activities taking place at the library in February. Please see the posters below with more information.

Dates for your Diary

Week Beginning 28th January

Monday 28th January

Revised School Nurse Drop in Session

Badminton Club

Tuesday 29th January

Judo Club

Netball Club

TTrack Club

Wednesday 30th January

Swimming Lessons Group 1

Rugby Club

Multisports Club

Lego Club

Thursday 31st January

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Olympic Swimmer Visiting

Football Club

KS1 Art Club

500 Words Club

Friday 1st February

Running Club

Tyrone Mings Football Club

Week Beginning 4th February

Monday 4th February

Badminton Club

Badgers' Class Dance Festival

Tuesday 5th February

Judo Club

China Day FS1 and KS1

Netball Club

TTrack Club

Wednesday 6th February

Swimming Lessons Group 1

Rugby Club

Multisports Club

Lego Club

Thursday 7th February

Pine Martens Class Assembly

Football Club

KS1 Art Club

500 Words Club

Friday 8th February

Running Club

Tyrone Mings Football Club

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