Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 16th October 2020

School Improvement Advisor

Our school improvement advisor from the local authority visited earlier this term. In her report to the school she stated that 'This is a really good school which is working relentlessly to offer the very best it can for the community it serves. Leadership is extremely strong internally and staff have a commitment to ensuring they model what it means to be a genuine ‘learning community’ through their own professional study and engagement with research informed approaches. This school and key leaders within it are in an excellent position this year to share best practice with other schools in the Authority and to offer a range of school improvement and leadership development opportunities.'

Thank you to our whole staff team for their continued hard work and commitment.

Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening is on the 11th and 12th November and will be held online this year. Appointments are 10 minutes each. Bookings can be made by logging on here from 7.00pm on Tuesday 20th October. The process is quite simple but if you do have any trouble logging on please contact the school office. All details are linked to the information we hold here at the school. Our system holds pupil legal names and preferred names. If your child's preferred name does not work please try using their legal name.

Whilst booking opens on Tuesday it is possible to login to the system at any point. We would recommend trying this out over the weekend. Please do contact us should experience any difficulties with this.

Google Classroom

Children in KS1 will soon be receiving their Google Classroom login (some will have this already stuck in their reading record book). To sign up to the correct class please go to classroom.google.com. This has now been updated so that children can simply click join.

Achievement Awards

Congratulation in week 7 to: Jeffery, Oscar, Anna, Eleanor, Immy, Eloise, Holly, Hollie-Mae and Mia

Hot Chocolate Friday

This weeks achievers are: Hermes, Mason, Rojus, Amelia & Brooklyn

Star Writer

Our Star Writers this week are: Constance, Jake, Thorben, Penny, Nefeli, Summer, Elise, Emily & Eva

Work of the Week

KS1 Work of the Week

Congratulation to Ben from Otters' class

KS2 Work of the Week

Congratulations to Tilly from Owls' Class

Reception Phonics

This week the Reception children have been learning 'Set 4 Letters': ck, e, u and r. They have also been looking at 'tricky words': I and no. The children can use their Letters and Sounds packs to practice at home.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Tuesday 10th November is Monkton Park's outdoor classroom day, where all classes will have the opportunity to participate in activities outdoors.

Children do not need to wear uniforms on this day, please ensure they come into school wearing warm outdoor clothing (that may get muddy!) including a coat and wellies or outdoor shoes.

We will be lighting and maintaining a campfire in the wildlife area all day. If anyone has any dry firewood they would be willing to donate, we would be happy to accept. Please see Mr Slee in Squirrels Class.

Wiltshire Parent Career Council - Half term Activities

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, this has had an impact on services’ abilities to run activities and clubs over the October Holidays. The WPCC have produced an October Bulletin that includes lots of great Online Activities and Learning Resources & Information The bulletin has ideas and activities for children of all ages and abilities.

Download your copy of the October 2020 Bulletin here


Christmas Cards

The children have been working hard on their Christmas Designs over the last couple of weeks and these will be sent off to the printing company shortly. We hope to have a sample Christmas Card and order forms ready to send home just after half term.

If your child has not been able to create their designs, as they are currently isolating or off sick. Please email FOMPS at fompspta@gmail.com and we can email you a template and instructions if they would like to get involved.

Christmas Raffle

We will be holding a COVID-19 friendly Christmas Raffle this year, as sadly we are not able to run the Christmas fair within the school, which many of us have enjoyed for a good few years. If you know of a local business, which would appreciate some promotion from FOMPS in exchange for a raffle prize, please get in touch.

Volunteer opportunities

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) and have a look at some of the events FOMPS are interested in running this year:


If you are keen to get involved, just follow the instructions on the page to sign up. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Applying for School Places

All pupils currently in Year 6 will need to apply for a secondary school place by 31st October 2020.

Parents looking for Reception places in September 2021 need to apply by 15th January 2021

All application can be made online on the Wiltshire Council Website

Flu Vaccination Reminder

The flu vaccination will be taking place in school on Thursday 12th November.

You can use the link below to consent to your child’s vaccination. Even if you do not want your child to receive this vaccination, please complete the consent form stating “no” consent. You will also find answers to your FAQ’s on this link.


If you have any difficulties with completing the consent form please contact the Immunisation Team on our Single Point of Access (SPA).

Tel: 0300 247 0082 Email: vcl.immunisations@nhs.net

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 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Term Dates 2020/2021

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