Latest Newsletter: 10th February 2020

Message from Mr Applegate

To Do!

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

2. Pop-in to speak with Paul Hay, 13th Feb anytime between 4-6:30pm.

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

4. Let the office know if you can help cover some of our new books. We have more sticky-back-plastic!

A huge thank you to FOSM committee and volunteers, who ran our disco Friday evening. The children loved it! Please do consider joining our FOSM committee, who are in real need of support. More details to follow. The funds raised at the moment are going towards improving our books within school.

We look forward to seeing you at parents’ evening this week. Please don’t forget to complete the survey, one per child. We value – and act on – your feedback.

Remember, it’s Internet Safety Week. Keeping your child safe online is so important – but knowing how is difficult. What are you going to learn this week as a parent or carer that helps keep your child safe?

Have a great week.

Careers Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our careers fair this year. The stall holders were amazed by our pupils, and sent us these messages:

  • Your children are amazing. They were polite, engaging and asked some excellent questions. We spoke to a number of aspiring footballers, vets, doctors, teachers and even two budding chefs. They all understood that eating a balanced diet is exactly what they need to fuel their bodies for learning to be able to fulfil their career aspirations. They were pretty good at recognising the different fruits and vegetables too.
  • I have enjoyed the children’s inquisitiveness and interaction, which I think is crucial to know about the world around them.
  • The children were Very polite, but at the same time very enthusiastic and inquisitive. They asked really good questions and were very imaginative.
  • I would like to thank all the children, staff and parents that visited the Career Companion stand at this years Careers Fair. It was such a pleasure to meet you all! I was particularly impressed by the children’s insightful questions about the world of careers, and where their subject interests might be helpful. All the pupils were a credit to St Mark’s School and their families, and the world of work will be a better place for when they are ready to enter.
  • It was really lovely visiting st Mark’s school for their amazing careers fair! It was so much fun and great to meet some little musicians! All the children were really enthusiastic and engaged in the opportunity to explore what they could do with their future. It was a pleasure to be there and answer their questions. Thank you to all that took part in the song lyric competition!

After School Clubs

Please note that due to Parent’s Evenings, the following after school clubs will be cancelled:

Tuesday 11th February

KS2 Choir


Thursday 13th February

Young Futurist Technology Club

All Planet Education Clubs will continue as usual. 


Have you seen this website?

Drop-in this Thursday! E-Safety – Thurs 13th Feb

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 from 4pm-6:30pm 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.

Star Learners




Year R – George S,  Connie, Liliana

Year 1 – Emily, Navlyn, George

Year 2 – Olivia, Zane, Renee

Year 3 – Aarav, Mofi, Max

Year 4 – Aidan, Gemma, Jack P

Year 5 – Asani, Sophie B, Matilda

Year 6 – Fearne, Ruby G, Millie


KS1 Class: Penguins with 98.62%

KS2 Class: 3SB with 98.67%

In our worship this week…

… we’re thinking about the story of Saul, and his transformation on the road to Damascus. God uses each of us in different ways, and even when things look tricky, they can turn out for the good of ourselves and for others.

We’ll also be thinking about other people who help those in need.

Pancake Party

Parking Wardens

Thanks to the pressure of local residents and school on the council, we had visits from parking wardens last week. We take the safety of our community seriously, although ultimate responsibility is down to drivers. Our job is to educate children! The main issues are parking on paths, driving too fast, and blocking driveways. We wish we could focus all our energies on education, and not parking.

Notices from last week

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!

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.

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.

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

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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