Latest Newsletter: 3rd February 2020

Message from Mr Applegate

To Do!

1. Complete our short online survey by clicking here. (one for each child!)

2. Check out the times for visiting our careers fair with your child. It’s this week!

3. Pop-in to speak with Paul Hay, 13th Feb PM, an internet safety expert. Details below.

4 – Year 3/4 Parents – book your tickets for the Easter Performance here.

A huge well done to Hannah B in Year 5, who made it to the county table tennis tournament in Southampton on Sunday. Hannah made it to the final, but was narrowly beaten. Amazing effort!

Careers fair – Remember, as parents and carers, you are invited to join your child in visiting the stalls. The timings and organisations involved are as follows:

  • Tuesday 4th Feb – 9:30: 2T, 2R    10:00: 2B, 6P   10:30: 6C, 6S   11:00: 5F, 5T
  • Wednesday 5th Feb –  9:30: 5GP, 3B   10:00: 3BE, 3SB   10:30: 4SH, 4EH   11:00: 4T, Bridge

We’re also celebrating ‘Find Your Brave’ week, part of children’s mental health week. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. We all have times when we need to Find our Brave. Click here to find out more. Also check out the parents menu on our website, which has lots of information about mental health.

Great opportunity for learning about E-Safety – Thurs 13th Feb

Our children live in the Internet Age. They love to use technology and play the latest games. However, it is not always easy for parents and carers to understand what they are doing and how we can help to do the right things to keep them out of danger.

On Thursday 13th February, we will be having a special Internet Safety Day. The children will learn about going on line and how to keep safe. During the evening of this day, we would like to invite all parents to a special parents ‘drop in’ session with a guest speaker, Paul Hay, who is a specialist in Internet Safety. He will be available to answer questions you may have on an individual basis, explain how some apps/programs work and support you with how to keep your children safe online. This is from 4pm-6:30pm.

Above all, it will give you, as parents and carers, the confidence to help your child get the most benefit and enjoyment from the internet while keeping safe

Year 6 Booster Groups

Please note that due to Parent’s Evening, all Year 6 Booster Groups will be cancelled week commencing 10th February.

However, Mr Applegate’s booster groups will continue as usual.



FOSM Cake Sale

Please note the next cake sale is Friday 13th March. Cakes will be on sale in the small hall after school.

Plates will be sent home with your child at the beginning of March. Could we please remind you we are a nut free school, as we have a number of children with allergies. Thank you for your support and generosity!


Star Learners




Year R -Maksim, Maicie, Lucia

Year 1 -Jaiden, Ewan, Zac C

Year 2 -Aleiya, Ella, Sebastian

Year 3 -Eunice,Felicity, Harry S

Year 4 -Chelsea, Isaac,Tommy

Year 5 -Emma, Brooke, Katie G

Year 6 -Luca A, Rebecca, Rhys W


KS1 Class: 1H with 99.33%

KS2 Class: 4SH with 99%

INSET Days – 2020/2021

  • Thur 3rd Sept 2020
  • Fri 4th Sept 2020 (School starts Monday 7th Sept)
  • Mon 4th Jan 2021
  • Thur 1st April 2021
  • Mon 7th June 2021

Year 3 & 4 Parents and Carers – Easter Performance

You are now able to book the tickets for the Year 3 and 4 Easter Production, which is called “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Just click here. We will let you know the dates/times allocated in due course. Ticket website will close on 28th Feb.

Bringing in toys at break

A reminder that only 1 item should be brought in on a particular day. Please avoid gooey/messy toys like slime and playdough. Thanks!

Find your brave

Key Dates for Brighton Hill School

Friday 26th June: Year 5 Taster Day

Thursday 2nd July: Year 6 Transition Day 1

Friday 3rd July: Year 6 Transition Day 2

School Dinner 3rd option (Tuesdays only) 

Please note that following feedback from our pupils, the white option on a Tuesday will now be hot dog and chips every week, with effect from Tuesday 25th February



World Book Day

On Thursday 5th March, we are celebrating World Book Day.
We’ll start with Bookie Breakfast – do come into class at 8.30am-8.50am to read a book with your child.
Dressing up for the day as a book character is welcome. We’ll also be doing various activities during the day. 

Help Wanted!

We now have more sticky back plastic in for covering our library books.

Please let the school office know if you are able to help with this.

Thank you.


Dates for your diary

Regular notices

Hire our Facilities!

St Mark’s boasts a large hall, a smaller hall, a kitchenette, a very large field and playgrounds. Our hire rates are very competitive. Our facilities can be hired for:

  • birthday parties
  • fitness classes
  • sport events
  • celebrations
  • training events
  • meetings
  • and more!

SCL Afterschool Club

Did you know? Our after school club has great features, including:

1. No deposit required. Simply pay as you go.
2. Bookings are online, quick and easy:
3. You can book the night before – no need to book weeks in advance, but you can do that too!
4. Children can attend after school clubs, and then go to SCL when they finish – and also pay a reduced rate.
5. There is plenty of space, and the club is financially secure. It’s here to stay.
6. An afternoon snack and meal are provided.
7. Activities at SCL are varied and fun.
8. Cost is £12/session, or £9 if attending later because of a school club.
9. Hours are 3:20pm to 6pm.
10. Child care vouchers are accepted!

SCL February Half Term and INSET Day Childcare

SCL will be holding clubs at Hatch Warren Community Centre and Great Binfields School.

The theme will be Spy School. Please use code 4E15 to receive a 15% discount. Click here to book.

There is also SCL provision at St Mark’s for our INSET day on Friday 3rd April. Click here to book.

Zones of Regulation

Your child may have been talking about feeling ‘red’ or ‘yellow’. What does this mean? Well, St Mark’s are adopting a really helpful way for children to identify and talk about their emotional state- even when they are angry or anxious! Identifying the colour helps  children to know how to move towards a more settled state, which may not always been straight to green. It also enables them to know ‘it’s ok to feel this way’, although we are still responsible for our actions. Why not talk through it with your child?

INSET Days – 2020/2021

  • Thur 3rd Sept 2020
  • Fri 4th Sept 2020 (School starts Monday 7th Sept)
  • Mon 4th Jan 2021
  • Thur 1st April 2021
  • Mon 7th June 2021

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