This week, our Class 11 (Year 6) children hosted an Open Day for parents across the school at The Farm, our environmental studies centre. The new purpose built classroom unit has two big spaces flooded with natural light set amidst the planting and wilderness areas and the polytunnels. The parents joined us via buses from school in two groups and were taken round the site by the children, who loved showing off their gardening skills and proudly pointed out the fruits, vegetables and flowers their efforts – and those of their fellow pupils from pre-Reception to Year 5 – have produced.
Staff were on hand to provide refreshments, fire up the pizza oven for the children’s lunch and supervise chutney, dough and passata-making in the classrooms. There was even an unexpected visit from a large female toad, which the children were fascinated to watch and touch! Even the unpredictable mid-June weather didn’t dampen the spirits, perfectly showcasing the gardening and even the indoor fitness facilities.
“What an amazing place to learn. I am in shock at this place – the children are so lucky.”
“A fantastic facility and its wonderful to see the children enjoying it”
“Wonderful place. Now I know why my girls like farm days – great work.”
Both parents and children had a very enjoyable and relaxed couple of hours. We plan to hold another Open Day at The Farm later in the year – keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
“Lovely atmosphere in here and I’m sure the children feel relaxed and rejuvenated as they leave the farm after every visit.”
For the first time this year, the Royal Academy are running the Young Artists’ Summer Show, inspired by the Academy’s own Summer Exhibition. The new show offers primary and secondary level students the chance to exhibit their artwork at the Royal Academy – both on site and online.
MKPS entered several pieces from our Prep children and we’re absolutely delighted that Kamran Shokar from Year 4 had his pastel still life (below, top) selected for the online exhibition, whilst Coco Derry from Year 3 had her piece (below) shortlisted. A brilliant achievement for both of them!
In November 2018 around 67,000 children from 1600 schools took part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge. 10% of those children scored between 18 and 25. The top 3.5% of those children were invited to take part in the Bonus Round in February. Twenty MK Prep children were amongst that number.
Of that top 3.5%, just over half of the children achieved bronze, silver or gold awards. 80% of our children who took part in the Bonus Round achieved awards – nine Silver awards and seven Bronze awards. In many cases, gold, silver and bronze awards were missed by only one mark.
What an amazing bunch of children!
Congratulations to the U11 Boys Football team, finishing runners up in the East Region of the 7-a-side ISFA competition held at The Perse School, Cambridge. The boys came second in their group and progressed through to the knockout stages. They beat Langley 3-2 in the quarter-finals, defeated St Josephs in the Park 1-0 in the semi-final and then progressed through to the final to play hosts, The Perse.
The boys made an excellent start, scoring first from a corner. After a hard fought game they fell just short losing 3-1. Well done, an excellent achievement!
As part of the Sports leaders’ silver award this year, they had to organise a Junior Inter-House tournament for both the girls and boys. They had to warm up their team, coach their own House and referee their own games. The girls’ tournament involved all Year 4 girls and some from Year 3. After a closely contested round robin tournament, Emerson scooped the first victory and became Junior Netball Inter-House Champions!
Junior Football Inter-House Football involved Years 4 and 3 boys and proved to be a very exciting tournament. As the final approached, Emerson and Ravenstone were head to head with the same amount of points. Emerson powered their way into first position, with Ravenstone coming a very close second.
Emerson – the winning team!
The Sports leaders did a fantastic job, having built a very good rapport with the younger children, who had a thoroughly positive and enjoyable experience from their first Inter-House tournament! Well done to all the teams and to our sports leaders!