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Message from Mr Applegate


Most importantly – please see the menu changes if your child normally has school dinners.

A huge thank you for your continued support in these times! It is so good to see the children enjoying being together. We had our second ‘live’ celebration worship today- Mrs Ford, Mrs Alsey or myself lead a worship for all KS1 or KS2 classes, all done online, and we celebrate the successes of the week for the children. One child from each class is also chosen as a Star Learner. Each child is clapped by all of KS1 or KS2, albeit over the computer. It’s a lovely time to be together, albeit virtually.

A couple reminders:

  1. NHS Symptoms Check
  2. Got a query about Covid and school? Please use this new email address – (we’re getting so many emails we need to centralise our system!)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

We had a mini-inspection on Thursday from the local authority regarding our teaching, learning, and health and safety. A very positive visit for us.

Finally, thank you for your messages of support regarding the financial constraints we are facing because of a lack of funding (both generally for schools and also covid-related costs). I’ll be sharing more soon on this. FOSM are doing a brilliant job behind the scenes to prepare a few ideas, so please do join the FOSM AGM online – details below. Also, if you shop on Amazon, click here!

Have a great week, Mr Applegate

Important changes to school menu


UPDATE – please see here for an update



SCL After School Care – click to find out more!


School trips from last term

We would like to confirm arrangements with regards to school trips that were cancelled for children in Year R, Year 3 & Year 4 last term.

We recognise the majority of parents had paid for these trips and do have a record of the payments that have been received.

We are hoping we will be able to arrange a trip during Spring term 2021. Any monies held will go towards the cost of that trip.

Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Star Learners Last Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: Ruby R, Max M, Harrison
  • Year 1: Edison, Oliver, Alex Mc
  • Year 2: Ella, Nicholas, Charlotte
  • Year 3: Ayden, Elizabeth, Ross,Ellie
  • Year 4: Ameila, Ano, Aaliyah
  • Year 5: Freya, Kai, Stanley
  • Year 6: Daniel C, Mia, Mollie


Cleaning Vacancy

We are looking for a cleaner who is friendly, enthusiastic, reliable and able to meet the physical demands of the role.

The successful applicant will be required to comply fully with Health and Safety guidelines and procedures. Experience preferred but full training provided for successful candidate.

We are looking for someone who:

· Takes pride in their work

· Is an excellent cleaner

· Is flexible and approachable

· Can work as part of a team or on own initiative


Duties will include

· Emptying bins

· Cleaning allocated areas

· Washing tables

· Cleaning sinks and toilets

· Sweeping and vacuuming

Hours 3.30pm – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks per year (some hours to be worked in school holidays)

Pay – £9.25 per hour If you’d like to be part of our team please email for an application form 

Head Lice

There have been some cases of head lice in Year 1.

Please check your children over the weekend and treat if necessary. Thank you 


School Photographs

Our school photos are due to take place on Monday 28th September, weather permitting.

Due to the current situation, photos will be taken outside, if there is bad weather, we will need to postpone until another day.

We are hoping to be able to offer sibling photos in the Spring.


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.

Immanuel Church



Parking on local roads

We have been sent this photo by a resident in Highwood Ridge. Please do not block pathways, as parents can’t get by with their push chairs. On this occasion, it was even more dangerous as families were having to walk into the road on a bend.

Please park in a considerate manner when bringing your children to schoolblank


We’ll be celebrating Harvest on Monday 12th October. This year, instead of bringing in food items, can we encourage you to donate online to Basingstoke Foodbank?


The gates are generally working well, thank you everyone. Just a little reminder about not blocking paths (inside school site or outside on the paths) whilst chatting with others. Please also be mindful of others if you are leaving a dog outside the school gates – thank you for not bringing them in though!

Regular Notices

Friends of St Mark’s (FOSM) AGM

blankOur FOSM team (PTA) work incredibly hard for our school. We run an AGM, which is a public meeting for all parents/carers to share ideas, discuss events, and see how St Mark’s can be supported financially. It also strengthen’s our community, too! Please do join us online!

Date: Tuesday 13th October, 7:30pm. Online only. The Zoom link is here.

FOSM is now a registered charity – can your business help us in anyway?

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?

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).blank

Fundraise whilst you shop!


Email and Contact Details

blankIf you don’t receive the school newsletter and year group emails via email, you can sign up here!

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

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