A huge welcome to our school. St Mark’s has a strong Christian ethos, brilliant pupils, fantastic staff and a supportive community. Our four Christian values underpin all that we do, resulting in a high quality of education for all of its pupils at all levels. We are keen to “Grow and learn together in God’s love”. Our learning behaviours and HeartSmart ‘High Five’ help us to learn well and be emotionally strong and resilient, too.
We are pleased that Ofsted recognised our great work, validating our judgement of being a ‘Good’ school in March 2018. Read more here. In July 2019, SIAMs judged our school as ‘Excellent’, noting that “The vision shapes this exceptionally caring and compassionate school community.”
The children have really enjoyed our theme of ‘Odd Socks’ this week, which has helped to think through what it means to appreciate that we are all different. They’ve also produced puzzle pieces (see below!) which is everyone’s contribution to how we can stop bullying and look out for each other. We’re really proud of what they have produced!
Thank you for your ongoing support in our COVID-restrictions, including wearing face masks and the 1 way system. It really does make me proud to know that our school community is pulling together in making our school as safe as we can. Thank you.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Christmas Cards – to be Covid-safe, the last day for brining in Christmas cards for other children is 9th Dec. Cards will then be quarantined, sorted, and re-quarantined before handing out. Remember, no name and class on the envelope means no delivery!
Together we raised an amazing £937.34! Just fab! Thank you for your generosity.
FOSM Fundraising So Far
Why £30k? Covid is hitting us hard, like it is for all schools, businesses and families. Adding together the additional costs of managing our school in a covid-safe way, and the loss of income from our usual sources (including breakfast club and lettings), we will be approximately £30,000 below what was already a tight margin. It’s a very significant amount.Your generosity through FOSM events and other methods is so much appreciated.
If you’d like to donate to our school through FOSM, click here!
As your school caterer we would like to better understand how Covid-19 has changed your access to food in your local area. Your opinions are important to help as part of local government to identify any gaps and continue to strategically plan for the future to best serve local communities.
If you kindly completed the survey earlier in the year, please could you complete this again to help us analyse changes and trends.
The survey should take approximately 7 – 10 minutes to complete.
Most Played this week: Year 3: Chloe M, Elousie H, Zoe B, Elizabeth B and Lara E Year 4: Liam J, Irebami A, Kalel A, Harry A and Iremide A Year 5: Cameron M, Charlie D, Jessica R, Jessica W and Thomas C Year 6: Ollie R, Frankie G, Harriet S, Archie H and Harri O
Our School Ranking
Star Learners Last Week!
Well done to:
Year R: Sienna, Alvaro, Nico
Year 1: Elliot, D Oscar W, Mason E
Year 2: Jackson L, Joshua H, Poppy H
Year 3: Theo S, Max A,Lara E
Year 4: Noah H, Tanisha A, Izzy L
Year 5: Lottie B, Jack B, Travis W
Year 6: Daniel H, Zesiro A, Penny N
Crossing Patrol Team
Details about the School Crossing Patrol Role
The Hampshire County Council School Crossing Patrol Service currently has a large team of dedicated community-minded men and women carrying out the important role of ensuring the safety of children on their way to and from school.
We currently have a vacancy on Woodbury Road, Basingstoke. We would be keen to hear from parents, grandparents and members of the local community who can demonstrate traffic awareness, a sense of responsibility and are keen to show dedication and commitment in carrying out this important role to make the roads of Hampshire safer for children travelling to and from School.
Experience is not necessary as full training will be provided, more important are your personal qualities and commitment to provide a safe crossing environment for children travelling between home and school during term time.
Additional information you may require:
Patrol working hours are up to 1 hour in the morning and up to 1 hour in the afternoon during school term-time
A uniform is provided to protect you against the elements
Starting salary is £9.62 per hour plus a payment in lieu of holidays
If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!
Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?
Do you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.
What is your child learning this term?
Read the following for your child’s year group to find out more! It includes information about homework, reading, general expectations and more. The Knowledge Organiser helps you to know the knowledge the children should be learning for their project. Test them and see how they are getting on!
We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).
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