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.”


Jan 25th – Message for children in school about snow, ice and shoes

Dear parents and carers,

For the children in school (apologies for the bulk message!):

  • Please do wear appropriate footwear, which may include boots/trainers etc, with something more comfortable for the classroom.
  • Please be careful – we have cleared and gritted the paths as much as we can, but paths around the area are icy.
  • Wrap up warm!
  • Please stay off the snow and icy areas – it is deifnitely ice, not snow, so is dangerous!
  • A reminder that the Year 6 gate is closed now, so use the KS1 and KS2 gates.

Thanks, Mr Applegate

Newsletter – 22nd Jan – Staff Covid testing – FOSM bookshop now open



  1. Check out our new FOSM bookshop – buy discounted books related to your child’s learning at school, and earn money for our school! Link at top of website too!
  2. Regular Covid testing for staff begins soon.
  3. Home Learning – remember it’s not optional. School is now online, not closed. We are understanding of family circumstances though.
  4. For adults dropping children at school, please remember to: stay away from the classroom door; socially distance with other adults, and; wear masks- thanks!
  5. If you have a spare/old laptop that you can donate, please let us know by emailing us. We’ll wipe the hard drive for you too.
  6. If your child (whether at home or school) is showing symptoms or tests postive, please let us know at the covid email address.

Covid testing for staff

Starting this week, we are introducing staff coivd testing. This is a home test done twice a week, and aims to idenitfy those who may be asymptomatic. It’s a government scheme that we are taking part in.

Please be aware that this may mean bubbles may close! By definition, we don’t know if an asymptomatic adult has the virus, but the test will tell us. Staff will do the tests on Mondays and Thursday each week, early evening. This gives time for accurate test results, as well as for us and your familiy to make plans in case of a positive test.

If a staff member tests positive:

  • We will inform the affected bubble(s) by text and email ASAP. Please be in the habit of checking emails/phone messages.
  • Your child in the bubble will need to self-isolate, but not your household. SIblings can still come to school if they are currently physically attending (government guidance!), although you may want to be cautious and keep them at home.
  • The home learning and live lessons/checkins will carry on as normal.  Let us know if you need a laptop. If a teacher is unwell, one of the other class teachers will be taking the live lessons.

FIngers crossed we won’t need to do any of this, and we’ve been very fortunate so far. We continue to implement robust measures at school to reduce risks and keep everyone as safe as we can.

I know you’ll join me in thanking our staff for undertaking this additional task, amongst all extra aspects they are managing at this time.

FOSM bookshop now open!

We are excited to announce that FOSM now has its own bookshop!  You can find it by clicking here:


For every book purchased through the site, FOSM will get 10% of the price.  

We have put together a wide selection of titles from activity books and books to save the planet, through to books to boost confidence as well as books being shared in school.  There are even some books for grown-ups on the site. 

If you would like to share any books that you and your family have enjoyed we’d be delighted to add them to the shop.  If there is a book you’d like to purchase, but its not listed in the bookshop yet, then you can drop us a line and we will make sure it’s added.

The FOSM Bookshop is hosted on Bookshop.org a new platform that supports independent booksellers who are really struggling currently.  Bookshop.org was set up to provide a convenient and affordable alternative to buying through Amazon.  There is a small delivery charge on orders but all books are sold at a discount on rrp.  You can find out more about bookshop.org here: https://uk.bookshop.org/pages/about

Please contact Clare Hodder at bookshop.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk with any questions about the shop or to send your recommendations or requests for books to add to the shop.

Star Learners – Home and At School

Well done to:

  • Year R: Josh E, Anabelle, Maxwell, Aiden, Max H, Max T
  • Year 1: Alfie, Jacob, Ruby L, Reuben, Jackson, Olivia H
  • Year 2  Hannah, Freya, Chloe, Lottie R, Thea, Jasper, Ava:
  • Year 3: Jack & Jack, (3SB), Archie, Laila, Jakob, Chloe (3PG)
  • Year 4: Bethany C, Harry A, Eleanor, Tanisha, Neve, Eddie 
  • Year 5: Gemma, Sophia E, Reece, Aidan, Craig, Samuel W
  • Year 6: Nicolas, Sofie, Izzy, Simone, Will B, Liam



Water Bottles

If you require a water bottle, could you please email the school office at adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk

Please note we have had to change our supplier and the bottles are now £1.50 each

From Last Week

Google Classroom / Meets Etiquette

  • Please make sure locations are appropriate if your child is on a Google Meet. (eg not in bed). Be conscious of what’s going on in the background, too.
  • Children should be dressed appropriately (eg not in pyjamas).
  • Children should only be typing in the chat when invited to by the staff, and not ‘chatting with friends’ – especially during lessons.

Cleaner Vacancy

FINAL WEEK! We are looking for a friendly, reliable and enthusiastic person to join our amazing cleaning team.

Hours of work are 3.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday with an hourly rate of £9.25 per hour.

If you would like to apply for the position please email the school office for an application form at adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk


Regular Notices

Sign-up for our school prayer points mailing list

Would you like to join our prayer points mailing list? In conjunction with Immanuel church, this is a new opportunity to receive by email a half-termly prayer point list for our school. Click here to find out more


SCL After school care and Half Term Child Care

Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.




Covid Reminders

  • Use the email covid@stmarksce.org.uk if you have questions or need to report symptoms or a positive case.
  • Please keep us updated – for example, of test results.
  • Read this letter from Public Health England about symptoms and testing.
  • NHS Symptoms Check
  • 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?

blankDo 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.


Online Forms

  • Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
  • Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
  • Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
  • Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school

Going to be absent?

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Support our school whilst you shop!

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Email and Contact Details

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Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

Get in touch with us

FOSM Update – Amazing Total So Far!

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you so much for your support of our school. Through your efforts and generosity, and the hard work of the FOSM team, we are definitely working our way towards our fundraising target of £30,000.

Amazingly, the Simba sponsored walk to the North Pole has raised a massive £7548! This is a record for a single event! Just phenomenal. We are aware that some families still have money to give in, but haven’t been able to do so just yet because of Christmas and the lockdown, so this figure may go up.

In terms of which class raised the most thorugh this fundraiser, the KS1 winners were 1C who raised a whopping £791! The KS2 winners were 4H with a huge £650.48! We’ll be in touch as to when we can have a celebration/prize for those classes!

The Christmas non-uniform day/Christmas Party raised £709! A massive thank you to Dave Payne for his effort in putting the video together – with other stars involved too.

We have also received two generous parent donations of £200 & £250!!

Lottery Winner this week – congratulations to Ms G. The school lottery has raised a total of £616 to date and £462 in winnings.

Putting this together, you’ve raised a huge total of £12,867. Well done – and thank you everyone!

In other news:

  • Please don’t forget to use Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising where possible, as it all helps. Details here!
  • Unfortunately Bags to school will have to be postponed until further notice, but please do keep hold of everything if you can!!
  • We’ll be in touch soon with details of upcoming events.

Best wishes, 

Charles Applegate

Head Teacher

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Arrival/Collection Times and Locations

As a reminder, please use the map below for instructions and locations for entry onto the site. The timings are as follows:

  • Arrival by Surname      A-F 8:30-8:40      G-M 8:40-8:50am      N-Z 8:50-9:00am
  • Collection by Surname      A-F 2:55-3:05pm      G-M 3:05-3:15pm      N-Z 3:15-3:20pm


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