Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 10th November 2023

Odd Socks Day

To celebrate 'what makes us unique', we will be holding an odd socks day on Monday. This is part of anti-bullying week which this year is on the theme of 'Make a Noise About Bullying'.

Healthy Snacks

We are seeing an increasing number of children eating unhealthy snacks such as crisps and chocolate bars for their snack at playtime. If your child would like to bring a snack into school please ensure these are healthy. Ideas include vegetable sticks, a piece of cheddar cheese or Babybel, a piece of fresh fruit or things such as bread sticks,plain rice cakes or small pitta breads. For drinks we encourage children to drink water rather than squash.

Toys in schools

Just a reminder that children should not bring toys into school as we would hate to see anything lost or damaged.

Assemblies next week

On Monday we will have a visit from a local PCSO to talk to the children about safety around dogs.

On Tuesday Rabbits class will be performing their class assembly (9.05am in the hall). Parents of children in Rabbits are very welcome to join us and there will be refreshments afterwards.

On Wednesday Trevor Ranger will be in school. Trevor has visited Chippenham schools over a number of years and shares stories from a Christian perspective. We would love to encourage visitors from a range of faiths and please do let us know if you have any contacts that may be able to help.

Forest School Volunteer

Do you like being outdoors? Are you interested in Forest School? Are you free on Wednesday afternoons?

If so, Forest School needs you!

I am looking for a volunteer or two who could commit to helping out on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm.

To find out more or express an interest, please come and have a chat, (After school Thursday or Friday is best) or drop the office an email.


Mrs Rees

Forest School Wooden Poppies

Weekly Achievement Awards

Achievement certificates

Achievement certificates are awarded to one child per class every week in our celebration assembly.

Congratulation in week 2 to: Alex, Ellis, Luna, Anika, Evie, Noah, Huxley, Ellie & John

Hot Chocolate Friday

Congratulations to this weeks hot chocolate winners.

This weeks achievers are: Artie, Ben, Dorothy, Oscar, Ethan, Elodie, Oscar, Rose & Summer

Star Writer

Our Star Writers this week are: Colby, Faye, Summer, Brook, Jake, Catherine, Aayan, Beth & George

Christmas Dates

5/12/23 Reception - Christmas Performance - Whoops a Daisy Angel

7/12/23 KS1 Christmas performance

14/12/23 KS2 Christmas performance - Bah Humbug

15/12/23 Christmas dinner

Class Assemblies

Our class assemblies will be starting after half term, they will take place on a Tuesday mornings at 9.05am. Family and friends are welcome, tea and coffee will be served after.

Rabbits - 14th November 2023

Badgers - 23rd January 2024

Pine Martens - 30th January 2024

Foxes - 5th March 2024

Otters - 12th March 2024

Hedgehogs - 19th March 2024

Squirrels - 30th April 2024

Owls - 11 June 2024

Fieldmice - 18th June 2024

Pupil Photos

The photos taken by Colorfoto should now be available to order online, using the codes given out on the day they were taken. Colorfoto have extended the deadline for orders. All orders must be made by 15th November for free delivery back to school.

Primary School Application

Applications for September 2024 primary school places must be made by 15th January 2024. Application can be made on online using the Wiltshire Council Website. If you would like to come and visit the school, please contact the office to make an appointment.


Thanks to all the help, we held another successful Disco for the children.

It is time to talk all things Christmas:

Christmas Fayre is now our next focus, we have good preparations starting to come together. We need lots of Christmas Elves to help us organise and run the event, in many different roles. If you have a small amount of time now to make crafts or find raffle prizes, or can spare an hour or two on the day to help set up or run a stall, please get in touch. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet here https://volunteersignup.org/RYQDC

Father Christmas will be make a long journey to Monkton Park School, he said his booked his transport and will be coming to see the Children for a special story and gift, we will be sending our details how to book a slot to save queuing time at the entry on the night – Details will be following in the coming weeks.

We are now in the process of on gathering fantastic Raffle prizes, if you have anything you can donate, any contacts please assist us, this a great fundraiser and very well supported. We will advise when the tickets are ready these will be coming home to purchase. If you need any additional, please contact FOMPS.

The week of the 4th to the 8th of December, please can you please bring in Chocolate Donations to your Child’s class for the Choco Tombola.

And its that time again if you have any Teddies that are looking for a new home, can you please bring to the office from the 1st of December to the 8th of December.

19th November - DOMPS Working Party

We're planning another working party for the DIYers* Of Monkton Park School, at 11:00 on Sunday 19th November. Depending on the weather, we'll either be working inside the Bungalow or clearing more grass mats on the playing field. We'll have a Task Briefing Meeting again in the Three Crowns on Friday 17th November at 20:15, to consider the weather forecast and agree what to do. If you are able to come and help out in any way, please sign up at https://volunteersignup.org/DTFBW.

*Yes, we are flexible about what the D stands for, depending on the occasion.

Events for your Diary 2023/24:

FOMPS Meeting – Focus Christmas Event 28th November 3.10pm School Bungalow.

Christmas Fayre – 15th December (Evening) Please see the Elf volunteer sheet to help run this event please come along to the next Fomps meeting or drop us an email with any ideas to be considered. https://volunteersignup.org/RYQDC

Scarecrow Trail – Our 15th Anniversary – Third weekend of May

Summer Event - TBC

Cake Sales - TBC

And we welcome any other ideas for events.

If you are New Parent/ Grandparent and want to get involved, please contact us on fompspta@gmail.com or Facebook: Facebook/groups/fomps.mps


Junior Dodge Ball

Young Carers

ASD Club

Parenting Courses

TD Days

Thursday 28th March

Tuesday 23rd July

Wednesday 24th July

Term Dates 2023/24