Latest Newsletter: 24th February 2020


Message from Mr Applegate

To Do!

By Friday 28th Feb:

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

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

Welcome back! I trust you’ve had a great break, and have survived the stormy weather.

We have much to look forward to this half-term, so thank you for taking time to read this newsletter. Remember to check the calendar dates below.

Finally, I’ve been in contact with the police, PCSOs and traffic wardens recently. We need to improve our parking problems. It’s good to have their support and presence!

Have a great week. Mr Applegate.

Final push – help needed!

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. We’re almost done!

Prayer Space – 24th-28th Feb

The Christian Voice Ambassadors and Immanuel Church will be running another prayer space this week. It is linked with our ‘too much selfie isn’t healthy’ theme, and the work of Christian Aid in “Helping our World”.

Star Learners




Year R – Ben G, Elise, Camila

Year 1 – Alfie, Lottie R, Mia

Year 2 – Myla, Charlie E, Isabelle

Year 3 – Scarlett E, Noah W, Mark

Year 4 – Gemma, Sienna, Archie

Year 5 – Liam, Jonathan, Zach, Toby

Year 6 – Oliver, Anthony, Archie B


KS1 Class: Puffins 99.31%

KS2 Class: 6P 99.35%

In our worship this term…

We’re thinking about helping our world. This will cover a variety of areas including climate change, caring for others, fairness, heroes, and water. We’ll finish with becoming Green Heart Heroes!



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 if you are able.

Dressing up for the day as a book character is optional. There is no expectation to buy anything. We’ll also be doing various activities during the day.


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!

Interested in learning to teach?

Come to one of three information sessions to find out more. Click here for the dates and more information. Alternatively, speak to Mr Applegate.


School Dinner 3rd option (Tuesdays only) 

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.

Mental Health Support

Our website has a variety of information – just click here.

Also check out ‘The Ark‘ – our pastoral team’s blog of helpful information.

Bags to School

We will be sending Bags to School home again in May. Please bear us in mind if you are planning to de-clutter between now and May. Thank you 

Year 6 Bikeability

Just a reminder that Bikeability will be starting next week.

Important information will be sent home by letter with your child this week. 

Year 6 Booster Groups

The Year 6 booster groups will continue as usual, despite Parents’ Evening being on Wednesday this week.

Dates for your diary

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Notices from last week

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.


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

blankDid 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 INSET Day Childcare

There is great 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

Music Rehearsals and Performances for KS2 children only

March 2020

Wed 18th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Part A Choir rehearsal and Chamber Choir at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 27th:      4.15pm – 5.30pm Part b Choir rehearsal and Narrators at Bishopswood Junior School


May 2020

Wed 6th:   4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Thurs 7th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

Wed 13th:  4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 15th:      4.15pm-5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

June 2020

Mon 1st:    9.30am-2.30pm All day choir rehearsal at St Mark’s CofE Primary School (Children still need to attend, even though it is an Inset Day)

Fri 5th:      9.30am-2.30pm All day Orchestra and Dancers’ rehearsal at Christ Church Chineham

Tues 9th:  9.30am-2.30pm All day rehearsal for whole concert at the Anvil

Tues 9th    7pm Concert at the Anvil

Wed 10th: 7pm Concert at the Anvil 

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