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2016 - 2017

Music Assembly

This term we have have been treated to guitar and drum assemblies, today was the turn of the violin and recorders to perform.  Our first access violin and recorders performed pieces thay have been learning in class and the children who receive lessons from Mrs Tyson played various pieces they have been learning for their grades.

All of the children then performed a magnicicent version of Viva La vida.  They all played brilliantly.

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Ducklings

Over the last term  Squirrels' class have been incubating duck eggs.  Four hatched on 5th June and today they took their first swim at school.

Matchbox Challenge

Most Items FS/KS1

Gold:     Amber - Hedgehogs’ - 132 items
Silver:   Elsie  - Fieldmice - 110 items
Bronze: Freya  - Rabbits’ - 103 items

Most Items KS2

Gold:     Taylor - Foxes’ - 132 items
Silver:   Ethan  - Pine Martens’ - 77 items
Bronze: Hayley  - Foxes’ - 74 items

Most Creatively Decorated Matchbox

Gold: Finlay  - Badgers’ - Lego model
Joint Silver: Amelia  - Hedgehogs’ - Lots of sparkle
Joint Silver: Flynn  - Hedgehogs’ - Easter Bunny

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We had 66 entries raising a total of £696.75 in sponsorship money!
A fantastic effort by all.

Tesco - Bags of Help

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We are delighted to let you know that our recent application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during May and June 2017.

Tesco have teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Monkton Park School is one of the lucky groups on the shortlist.

If we are successful, the grant will enable us to employ Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on a weekly basis to provide the children with quality outdoor learning activities and Forest School sessions.
Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. The stores taking part are Chippenham Metro SN15 3JP, Foundry Lane Chippenham SN15 1JB, Frogwell Chippenham SN14 0JH, Pewsham Express SN15 3SY, Lyneham Express SN15 4PS and Calne Express SN11 9UT.

If you are shopping in Tesco and are given a token please vote for us.

for further information about the scheme please see the Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Chippenham Schools Dance Festival

Well done to our fabulous Year 6 dancers who performed at the Chippenham Schools Dance Festival.  The children were amazing and received lots of praise for their energetic dancing.  Thanks to FOMPS for their donations towards their costumes.   

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Marvelous Music

On Wednesday the whole school, family and friends were treated to an amazing guitar assembly.  The 35 students who currently receive lessons have been learning a varity of pop songs which they perfomed to the packed hall.

Library Loyalty Cards

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Monkton Park School has been specially chosen by Chippenham Library to take part in a great project again this year.  This is an exciting opportunity for all of the families in our school to come together and do something fun with the library that will also benefit our students. The children have been given loyalty cards.  Bring your child and this card to the library as often as you can between now and 22nd April.  Your child will receive 1 stamp for each of the following activities:

Visiting the library

Borrowing books from the library

Attending a library event or activity (including class visits)

Joining the library (or convincing a family member/friend to join)

There is no limit to how many loyalty cards you can fill.

This is what you can win:

The class with the most stamps will win a celebration party

The individual with the most stamps will win a special surprise

Joining the library is FREE! Just come in with proof of address and you will even get to rent a free DVD for joining.  (Please note that the Library closes at 1pm on Wednesday).

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Tamanna

Y6 entered the Bloomsbury publishers competition to create a new Magical Professor at Hogwarts School. Tamanna won the runner-up prize with her entry – Professor Snoreshead.

Congratulations and well done.

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Violin & Recorder Assembly

As part of the music provision at Monkton Park school our Year 3 pupils learn the recorder and our year 4 pupils learn the violin.  On Wednesday they were joined by some of our older violinists to perform in a musical assembly watched by the rest of the school and their families.
They all performed brilliantly with huge enjoyment, we would like to thank Mrs Tyson for getting them to such a good standard. It is lovely to see the children learning to play instruments in class but also brilliant to see how many take up the music lessons offered in school. 

Sainsburys and the Royal British Legion

On Thursday 10th Nov, Evan and Alexa from Squirrels’ class went to Sainsbury’s to present the Chippenham school’s wreath to the Chippenham branch of the Royal British Legion.  The wreath will laid at the war memorial during Sunday’s remembrance parade.

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Guitar Assembly

 On Wednesday we were treated to a guitar concert.  The children who have been having lessons performed together, playing a song called Raindrops.  Then Chris and James the teachers played a variety of chart hits, which got the whole assembly singing and clapping along.

Harvest Celebration

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 On Friday we held our annual Harvest Celebration.  All of the classes performed songs for the rest of the school.  Thank you to all of the families who donated a large amount of tinned and dried food.  The Harvest donations will be given to “Doorway” a charity based in Chippenham that helps homelessness in Wiltshire. 

2015 - 2016

Ofsted

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It is with pleasure that we are able to share our recently published Ofsted Report. It is a great endorsement of all the work that everyone does to make Monkton Park such a lovely school to be a part of. The children, as always were a credit to the school and to their families. The inspectors told us how much they enjoyed their conversations with the children.  

An Ofsted inspection is an inevitable snapshot, but thanks to the hard work and commitment of all in the school community it does represent day to day life at Monkton Park. It was lovely to be told by the lead inspector  that Monkton Park is a school where the children are at the heart of everything we do.

Seeds from Space

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You can hear Mrs Hughes talking on BBC Wiltshire Radio about the exciting project here. (1.31.10)

 

Squirrel’s class are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station where they have spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

The class will receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The children won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the class to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Jess from Badgers’ class will be appearing on CBBC on Monday 8th February!!  Watch her on Operation Ouch at 5.00pm.

 

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Christmas Lanterns

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Year 6 have been creating Willow Lanterns as part of the Chippenham BID and Chippenham Borough Lands Christmas Lantern Project.  They will be parading their lanterns along with children from other local schools, through the town on Sunday evening as the conclusion of the Chritmas Light switch on weekend.  

Pudsey Bear

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We were very lucky this year to have had a visit from Pudsey to launch this year’s "Children in Need" fundraising. As you can imagine he proved a great hit with the children, even joining in with a PE lesson! 

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Harvest Celebration

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A small selection of our Harvest Donations

 On Friday 16th we held our annual Harvest Celebration.  All of the classes performed songs for the rest of the school and donated a large amount of tinned and dried food.  The Harvest donations were then passed on to “Doorway” a charity based in Chippenham that help homelessness in Wiltshire. 

Biscuits!

This term Y6  attended 2 DT sessions at Sheldon School.  The workshops combined Food Technology and Product Design with the children baking biscuits and then using a computer design programme to create their packaging. The children really enjoyed their tasks and produced some very impressive designs. The biscuits tasted delicious and some even managed to find their way home! Sheldon staff commented on  the children’s good behaviour and are looking forward to seeing Y5  next term for their  Resistant materials workshop. 

First Aid Competition

Last Saturday, Mr Barlow went with a team of four, Grace, Mikey, Alice and Amy to take part in the St John Ambulance South West region Schools’ First Aid Competition. It was held at the Create Centre in Bristol and the team had a very realistic first aid scenario to deal with. The children did a brilliant job and came second in the competition. Congratulations to all!

 

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2014 - 2015

Monkton Park:124th in the Sunday Times list of the Top 200 State Primary Schools. Top 0.5% in the country.

Monkton Park has been included in the Sunday Times list of the top 200 State Primary Schools. The results, published on 16/11/14, placed the school at 124th. There are 24,372 Primary Schools in England.  

The Sunday Times looked at  recent Key Stage Two results.  Their analysis was based on the performance of the numbers of children achieving level fives in their SATs. 

For the first time the newspaper has also looked at the performance of state schools and independent school using the same footing. Monkton Park continues to do really well. Our results remain consistently above national figures and we are rightly proud of all of the children who have achieved so well over the last few years.

I would also like to thank all the adults who have helped them along their way. Thanks to parents, for supporting the children at home and thanks to the talented group of Teachers and Teaching Assistants at school who have enabled them to do so well. Congratulations to all!

John Barlow

Picnic Lunches

Since the introduction of universal free school meals for FS2 & KS1 children, we have not had the capacity to have ‘Parent Lunches’ as we have had in the past.

We are inviting parents to join us for picnic lunches at 12.00 (please come to the school office), on the following dates;

Tuesday 30th June Fieldmice

Wednesday 1st July Rabbits

Thursday 2nd July Otters

Friday 3rd July Hedgehogs

Monday 6th July Squirrels

Tuesday 7th July Hares

Wednesday 8th July Foxes

Thursday 9th July Badgers

Children in FS2 and KS1 will be given a free packed lunch from school. If parents are going to join us we would be grateful if they would bring their own lunches.
KS2 children who are joining in with their parents will need to bring in their own packed lunches. Hot meals will be available for children in KS2, on their class picnic lunch day, if they choose to order them in usual way.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

A-Life Healthy Living Workshop funded by Borough Lands

All of us enjoyed it immensely when A-Life came to our school.  The activities were great fun. At each site there were fun games to play in our groups, lots of colourful pictures to look at and interesting quizzes at the end of each activity.  We learned lots of useful information, do's and don’ts and important facts during the hour session.

One of the activities we took part in showed us what it would be like if we drank alcohol or took drugs.  We were told to put special goggles on which made everything seem blurry and out of focus, we then had to try and walk along the white line, this was very difficult.

Another of the activities was about ‘Health Eating Choices’. There were 3 buckets, each a different colour: Green, Amber and Red.  You had to put the health foods in the green bucket, the quite fatty foods in the Amber bucket and the very fatty food in the Red bucket.

Each activity was different and everyone in our group enjoyed them.

Mr Slee’s Sponsored Walk in Aid of Kidney Research UK

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On Friday, I will be starting my four day trek along the Ridgeway National Trail from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.  I am walking a total distance of 87 miles to raise money for Kidney Research UK.

Two years ago this week, I was suddenly taken ill, my kidneys stopped working and I was diagnosed with a rare, life threatening condition called atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS).  Thanks to recent advances in medicine, due to the work of Kidney Research I was given a treatment that has allowed me to lead a relatively normal life again. Please sponsor me if you can to support the great work Kidney Research UK are doing.  Thank you.

www.justgiving.com/Matt-Slee

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Nepal Fundraiser

Badgers class celebrated the end of SATs week with a charity fundraiser. The children asked if they could wear their onesies to raise money for the people of Nepal. We are thrilled that they have raised £68.00 and would like to thank the Y6 families for their contributions. The children have all worked very hard and we are proud of their effort and attitude this week.

Shakespeare Day

As part of our successful Borough Lands bid, we welcomed the Freshwater Theatre Company for a day of Shakespearian drama.  The children in KS2 had a great time learning all about his life and works.  The day was led by ‘Ariel’ from The Tempest, who gave the children a task; her freedom depended on their success.

Through their role play and freeze frames, the children had to learn about the different types of plays; Comedy, Tragedy, History and Tragic Comedy as well as key characters.  They also had to learn the ‘timeline’ of Shakespeare’s life.  We are pleased to say that they were all successful and that they thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Many thanks to the Borough Lands Trust for their support with this activity.

 

Maths Challenge

Children from across the school took part in a Maths Challenge Day at Hardenhuish.  The children worked in teams with children from other schools. Pupils from Y7, Y5, Y3 and Y1 were in each team.  Our children did particularly well, not only working closely with others but also having success; with their teams finishing in first, second and fourth place.

Wessex Water Grant Wildlife Area

We are very pleased to have been presented with a cheque for £300 from Wessex Water.  Gillian Smith came to the school last Wednesday and informed the children about the work of the water company in Assembly and gave us a cheque which will be used to add additional features to our Wildlife Area.  We would like to thank Wessex Water for their generous contribution to our project.

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Big Lottery Fund Grant Wildlife Area

We are very pleased to announce that our Wildlife Area Project has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £7,066.  With the money we aim to re-generate the Wildlife Area. Works planned include clearing and relining the pond, removal of the existing rotten pond platform and replacing it with two new pond dipping platforms and creating an outside classroom area. 

A contractor has been chosen to carry out the project and they plan to start the preliminary work during the Easter holidays.  Various surveys will then be carried out to identify the creatures currently living on the site, this will allow us to make a decision on the start date of the pond renovation.
We would like to thank the National Lottery for their grant without which we would not be able to complete the project. 

The fundraising money we have already collected will be used to enhance the area with a ‘hide’, new fencing and gates.
Wiltshire Wildlife will be visiting the school in mid-March, they will be helping the children to create new wildlife habitats for the area. 

Badgers and Foxes Meet author Shane Hegarty

Both classes visited Chippenham Library on Monday to listen to Irish author Shane Hegarty talk about his latest book Darkmouth. Shane is on a UK tour of schools and libraries discussing his book and the craft of story writing. Darkmouth is the first in a series and it is also to be made into a film. Shane told the children how he first got the idea for his book and how he makes the characters come to life. The children had the opportunity to ask questions and he also signed copies of his book. Thank you to Chippenham library for organising this fantastic event.

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The Yes Programme

We have recently purchased a new learning resource called 'The Yes Programme for KS2. The Yes Programme is a unique bank of films and resources which connect the topics taught in school with people who use the same knowledge and skills in their working lives. We will be using the films to support teaching in years 3-6. You can see an example of the Yes Programme’s content here http://parents.yesprogramme.co.uk/engineer/

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will be visiting Monkton Park School on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March.   They will be working with the children to create habitats for insects and bugs in our Wildlife Area.  We require lots of different materials. if you have any of the following that could be donated towards this project we would be very greatful.

· Wooden pallets
· Bricks (with holes)
· Pine Cones
· Logs
· Old Bamboo Canes
· Sticks
· Bark
· Old Clay Pipes

Please bring your donations to the School Office.

 

Breakfast Club

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We will be starting a 'New' breakfast club run by PH Sports Coaching on Monday 2nd February - 7.45 - 8.45.  For further details and the booking form please see our 'Breakfast Club' page

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We are hoping to start a breakfast club at school after half term. We need to know if this would be something parents would be interested in their children attending before we go ahead with it.
The likely cost will be £3 per session per child or £3.50 with a breakfast included.
We have produced an electronic survey for parents to complete to gauge interest, just click on the link below

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If you have any other questions about this please contact Sarah Quarrell in the school office.

 

Borough Lands Grant for Schools

We are delighted that the Borough Lands Committee have approved our bid to enhance and enrich the experiences of the children at our school. In recent years this money has been used to organise theme weeks during the Summer term, however this year these activities will be ongoing and closely linked to the children’s topics.  We would like to thank the charity for this and details of the programme are now available for parents to view.

KS2 Christmas Play Scrooge - A Ghost of a Chance

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KS2 performed their superb play 'Scrooge - A Ghost of a Chance’ in front of two packed audiences.  The children amazed with their singing, dancing and acting.  Special congratulations to our Year 6 actors and all of the children who performed brilliant solos.  Thanks also to the staff who made the production possible and to all the parents for their help with costumes.

KS1 Christmas Play Christmas with the Aliens

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The KS1 christmas play 'Christmas with the Aliens' was a huge sucess.  Friends and family joined us in the school hall for this wonderful production.  Well done to all of the children who took part, and thank you to the staff and volunteers who made it possible.

 

Foundation Stage Christmas Play The Nativity

Well Done to the Foundation Stage children for their lovely performance of 'The Nativity' last week, they sang and acted beautifully.

Christmas Carol Singing at Sainsburys

Thank you to everybody who took part in the Carol Singing at Sainsburys in aid of the Wildlife area.  The singing raised £124.00 and everybody had great fun.  Special thanks go to Angela Williams for playing the keyboard, Trevor Batham for conducting and playing the flute and also to Jane Buckle for organising the event.

 

Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair was held on Friday 5th December, and was a perfect family event, with games, stalls and crafts for everyone. A massive thank you to FOMPs and all of the volunteers who helped make the evening run smoothly.  £1,800 was raised for the school.

 
 

Bird Boxes

Badgers' class attended 2 Design and Technology workshops at Sheldon school, where they looked at resistant materials.  They each made bird boxes, which are now displayed in the school libary.

Superhero Day

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As part of 'Wiltshire Air Ambulance Week', the children all dressed up as Superheros to raise money, we raised £211.00 for the charity.

Design a Car - DT Project

On Friday 2 May, 2 teams from Foxes' took part in a Design a Car - DT Project Competition at Sheldon School.  Congratulation to the "Aztec Priest" team who came 3rd overall.

World Book Day "Where's Wally" Fun Run

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We had a fantastic response to the "Where's Wally" day on Thursday 6th March.  There were some fabulous 'Wallys' and the fun run was very enjoyable.  Thank you to all the parents and children who made a great effort.

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World Book Day Book Sale

Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the Used Book Sale after school on Thursday 6th March. FOMPS raised £100, which is 200 books sold!
The money raised will go towards buying new books for school.

 

Christmas Jumper Day 13th December 2013

On Friday the School took part in the 'Save the Children' charities Christmas Jumper Day.  There was an amazing selection of jumpers and festive wear on display.  We raised £185 for this worthwhile cause.

 
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Bristol Rugby Match Sunday 1st December 2013

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KS2 pupils took to the field last Sunday at Bristol Rugby Club in a Championship league match televised by Sky Sports. 140 children and parents travelled to Bristol on coaches for a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a pre -match parade followed by the chance to play tag rugby games during half time.
There was a capacity crowd and the children looked very smart in their red sweatshirts as they carried flags and paraded around the ground. The spectators all gave us a warm welcome as our school was announced by the match commentator. Y6 had the privilege of providing a guard of honour for the teams as they ran out onto the pitch.

At half time the children took to the field for 20 minutes of non -stop tag rugby, made all the more memorable as this was played under the floodlights.
Although Bristol eventually lost the match, the players still took time to meet some of the children and sign their flags and programmes.
This amazing experience was possible because of our partnership with Up and Under Sports. We have worked closely with Geraint Lewis and his company for many years and we have now been able to strengthen and develop this as a result of the Sport Premium funding. This has allowed us to work alongside very experienced PE specialists to further enhance our curriculum.
It certainly was a brilliant and memorable occasion and we would like to thank Geraint and all the families who supported us on the day.

 

North Wiltshire Level 2 School Games Football Tournament

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Monkton Park Football Team achieved great success at the North Wiltshire Level 2 School Games Football Tournament held at a freezing cold Stanley Park, on November 25th.
We were placed in a pool of six teams, including teams from King's Lodge, St Paul's and Langley Fitzurse. We played 5 matches ,winning four and drawing 1. Highlights included; Declan's last second winner versus Charter, an exhilarating match against Langley Fitzurse (which included some fantastic attempts at goal by Ben) and Adam's smashing volley versus St. Paul's which took us into the final.
The reward for these performances was a place in the final against St. Mary's. There were hundreds of people watching. The atmosphere was electric and after a nervy but solid performance the game went into extra time. We played extremely well throughout the match and in extra time. However, looking to avoid penalties, Monkton Park went onto the attack but unfortunately let in a goal which led to St. Mary's going on to win the competition.

We love our shiny runners up medals!

By Bethan from Badgers

 

Bristol Rugby Match Sunday 1st December 2013

Thank you for the fantastic response to the Bristol Rugby club event. If you have booked a place on the coach, we will leave school at 1pm; therefore I would ask that everyone is at school by 12.40pm at the very latest. Upon receipt of your payment for the coach (£3.60 each), your child will be issued with their free ticket for the match.  If you are making your own way there, you need to meet us at the Memorial Stadium at 1.50pm.  Don't forget to collect your free child match day ticket from the school reception.
Please can you ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear (trainers or football boots not black daps) they should also wear tracksuit bottoms over their black school shorts, and I would like them to wear their school sweatshirts over their white PE t-shirts. I am not anticipating anyone getting too muddy and this will ensure we look smart whilst representing the school at this televised event.

Please send your payment in a named envelope by Friday 22nd November. We have a short waiting list for the coach and any payments not received by this date will result in seats being reallocated.

Thank you again for your support, the children are very excited to be taking part and we look forward to the day.

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Monster Race

On Saturday 2nd November Miss Wilson, Mrs Douglas, Mrs Broadhurst, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Fawcitt, Mrs Quarrell and Miss Kelly took part in the Monster Race at Charlton Park in Malmesbury.
The Monster Race was a 5km obstacle course with lots of mud and water!! They raised over £1000.00 for Kidney Research UK.  Click here to see some muddy photos from the event.

If you would still like to sponsor the staff, please go to www.justgiving.com/monkton-monsters .

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Eco Club

 

 

Congratulations to the Eco Club who have achieved the Bronze Award from Eco-Schools England. To gain the award the club had to fulfil the objectives:

Bronze award criteria:

Eco-Committee

The school has an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults

The group meets at least once every term

Records are kept of meetings

Environmental Review

The Eco-Committee has completed an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics

Results of the review have been discussed by the Eco-Committee

Action Plan

The Eco-Committee has produced a basic Action Plan influenced by the Environmental Review and shared the plan with the rest of the school community

The Eco-Committee can identify progress towards achieving elements of the Action Plan

Linking to the curriculum

The school can indicate that environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work

Involving the whole school and wider community

The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities

Eco Club are now working towards the Silver Award. For further information on the award scheme please see the Eco Schools website

Sports Day

Congratulations to all of the children who took part in this year's sports day. To see who won click here

School County Games Finals

Huge congratulations to the nine children who represented North Wiltshire in the School Games County Netball Finals. Despite the cold and sometimes very wet weather, the team did themselves proud and narrowly missed out on a semi-final place. Congratulations on finishing 5th overall.

 

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Chippenham Schools' Netball and Football Tournament Double Champions

Monkton Park's weekend of sport continued on Saturday morning, when the rain held off and both teams were able to compete in the Chippenham Schools' Annual Tournament at Sheldon School

The children played to an exceptional standard with both teams unbeaten in all nine matches. As a result we now have two shields taking pride of place in the school. This  is an amazing achievement and we are incredibly proud of the children and congratulate them for all their hard work and commitment.

I would also like to thank all the parents for their support and thank Mr Slee, Mrs Quarrell and Mrs Douglas for all their hard work coaching the teams.

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