On Tuesday 21st March World Poetry Day was celebrated in style at Milton Keynes Preparatory School. The school welcomed the Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes, Mr Mark Niel, who entertained and excited the pupils with his fantastic poetry and signing.
The theme for World Poetry Day was ‘What Milton Keynes means to me…’ and the pupils in the Preparatory Department were asked to think of moments and memories that were special to them and their family. This was especially relevant as Milton Keynes is celebrating a significant birthday – it is 50 years old, and all across the city, special events are taking place.
It was a very special day for our Year 6 pupils too, as they had the opportunity to take part in the MKPS Annual Poetry Slam. Mr Niel taught masterclasses to the children, encouraging them to be passionate about their words and be confident at performing them. The pupils worked very hard at their poems and through nerves and excitement performed their pieces to the whole school.
The final assembly was outstanding, the pupils entertained and delighted their audience – an audience with two very special guests, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes, Councillor David Hopkins and his wife Susan Hopkins.
Alas, there could be only one winner, and Devam Sharma aged 11, was crowned MKPS 2017 Poetry Slam champion.
72 000 pupils entered in November, with 1554 pupils who scored 21 or more being invited to take part in the Bonus Round in February 2016. 14 of our children numbered amongst these. In the Bonus Round 536 scored well enough to be awarded medals and 6 of that select group are from MKPS.
Congratulations to our medal winners.
Our U11 Girls Netball team excelled once again this term and qualified for the National Finals at Reedman School. This is the 4th consecutive time that our girls have qualified for the National Finals. The Regional Tournament was held at Kingsmeade Netball Centre and the girls stormed their group with 7 convincing wins, including an impressive 16-0 victory against Blue Coats. As group winners the girls automatically qualified for the National Finals but they did not stop there and after the play off stages finished as Regional Champions!
The girls had a wonderful overnight stay in Brighton and were excited about the challenge ahead. Again they did not disappoint and demonstrated why they were Regional Champions with some outstanding Netball. With convincing wins against Prince’s Mead and Wakefield, the girls won their group and qualified for the Quarter Finals. The girls could not have given any more effort or worked any harder and by the end of the Quarter Finals they had nothing left to give, losing to the Manor and finishing an impressive 5th place. Well done, girls we are very proud of you all.
Milton Keynes Preparatory School U11 Rounders Tournament – Winners and undefeated.
Our advanced pianists acquitted themselves very well at Stowe School’s recent keyboard festival day and were complimented on both the musicality of their playing and on their excellent rehearsal etiquette. The new School Orchestra made a successful debut at last term’s final assembly, performing “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.
In May 2016 we held our first Piano Competition, adjudicated by Mr Jena Pang, who visits regularly to give masterclasses in violin and piano.
The categories were Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. From 39 entries, 3 winners were chosen in each category, demonstrating some outstanding playing. Well done to everyone who participated.
The children in the Prep department took part in the WWF’s campaign to raise awareness of endangered animals and in particular the panda. They were asked to consider what they love about wildlife, rivers, oceans and forests, and create a design on a template of a panda to show what part of our planet most inspires them. The children worked hard to produce stunning and imaginative designs, which then were entered into the WWF competition.
Congratulations to Lupupa, Manha, Annabel, Jessica and Clara who won prizes.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘Out of this World’ educational project. The children at MKPS are extremely privileged to be taking part in this exciting project.
The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team.
In September 2015 two kilograms of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission. After several months on board, the seeds have been sent back to Earth and have been distributed to participating schools. We have received two packets of 100 seeds (one packet has been in Space and the other has not).
The seeds have now been planted and various measurements will be taken and recorded. The main objective of the project is to grow and then compare what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.
We will input our results into a national online database so that they can be compared across all schools in the UK. We hope that this will encourage pupils to think scientifically and help them to see the potential of future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and Horticulture.
Look out for the results of our experiment on the wall chart outside the D&T room.