14th January Newsletter

A note from Mr Applegate

  • Please support our school funding by having a KS1 meal next Thursday. Details below.
  • Find out about our school bag offer here. Initial bag orders should be ready next week.
  • It’s Mrs Smith’s last day today :( She didn’t want a fuss made of her in worship, but we want her to know that she will be very much missed from our team. Mrs Smith has been a key part of our school team and office for many years, and has done an excellent job. She always wants to help, and works very hard, always with a smile and a laugh; nothing is too much trouble. As Headteacher, I have appreciated her advice and pragmatic approach, and I am in no doubt that we are in a better place as a school because of her. Vicky, we will miss you so much! Thank you for all that you’ve given at St Mark’s over the years. Parents and carers, why not email the office to send her best wishes?
  • COVID – we are seeing more positive cases from children who show symptoms like headaches, tummy aches, sore throats, Diarrhoeaa and vomiting, compared to the three main symptoms. Please can you err on the side of caution if your child is feeling unwell. Thank you.
  • Autumn term reports were emailed out this week for Years 1-5. Year 6 coming soon. Email the office if you haven’t received it.
  • Have a great weekend! Mr Applegate

From last week…

  • Ever wondered how we teach times tables, what your child should be able to do by when, and what a diamond award is? Find out here.

Census Day for KS1 School Dinners

On Thursday 20th January, it’s Census Day for all KS1 children who are entitled to Universal Free School Meals (all children in Years R, 1 and 2).

The amount of funding we receive as a school, depends on how many dinners are ordered on that day.

Could you please encourage your child in Year R-Year 2 to order a school dinner on this day. The menu options have been changed to:

Red: Fish & Chips

Green: Pizza

Change in COVID Guidance

Taken from here

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Self-isolation graphic for England from 17 January

Vacancies at St Mark’s

We are looking for 2 friendly, reliable and enthusiastic people 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

Breakfast Club Vacancy  

We are looking for someone to provide high quality care and supervision for children at our Breakfast Club
Hours of work are 7.45am to 8.45am Monday to Friday with an hourly rate of £9.62.
Please email adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk for further information and application form.

Can you help Foodbank?

We are very low on certain products in our food bank after the Christmas hampers etc and we are currently still supporting over 400 people a week.

Help us by supplying one tin of any of the following please:

  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned Soup
  • Tinned meat – hotdogs/meat meals like chilli con carne/curry/chicken casserole

Simply bring them into the foyer by Immanuel church. We’ll have a box available.


Talking to your child about online sexual harassment


pdf version here

Safer Internet Day 2022

… is coming! Feb 8th 2022, wiht a non-uniform day -wear something orange or blue if you can!


Second Hand Uniform from FOSM

If you need to order any school uniform, please contact FOSM direct at: uniform.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk

Half Term Childcare

Book your place here


Star Learners

Star Learner Awards:

  • Year R: Grayson, Lena, Mia V
  • Year 1:  Isabelle, Eva B,
  • Year 2:  Ben M, Sienna, Owen
  • Year 3:  Amneet, Elijah, Navlyn
  • Year 4: Chloe Me, Sofia, Sebastian
  • Year 5: Oliver W, Ruby, Alby
  • Year 6:  Jack P, Harley, Isobelle

Rock Stars 

Astounding effort this week:
  • Year 3: Grace, Keya, Emily
  • Year 4: George H, Isla, Renee, Harry B, Chloe Ma, Jas, Olivia N, Imogen, Oscar, Archie, Elizabeth
  • Year 5: Chloe G, Riker, Emily, Sophie G, George
  • Year 6:  Phoebe

Most active class in each year group:

  • Year 3: 3T
  • Year 4: 4H
  • Year 5: 5P
  • Year 6: 6S
Numbots best effort:
  • Year1: Daniel N, Anabelle, Owen
  • Year 2:  Eli F, Connie, Jacob

Star Reader Awards:

  • Year 1: Joshua E, Elias, Elijah
  • Year 2:  George F, Noah S, Alba
  • Year 3: Abigail, Grace, Olivia
  • Year 4: Max A, Elouise, Renee
  • Year 5: Eddie, Lucas, Charlie R
  • Year 6: Joseph, Alex, Adam

Music of the week!

Samuel Barber was an American composer who lived from 1910 – 1981. Adagio for Strings was written in 1936 and is Barber’s most well-known compositions.

In worship this week…


FOSM – Support Our School!

About FOSM

blankThe ‘Friends of St Mark’s’ (FOSM) was formed early in the life of the school. All parents are automatically members and our committee organises social events for children and adults and fund-raising events such as Key Stage discos, Easter Egg Hunts and Summer Fun days.

Over the last few years the ‘Friends’ have donated money that has contributed towards extra resources to benefit the children at St. Mark’s which has included playground equipment, books for the school library, and general school funds. We are now a registered charity, too. Charity number: 1188879

Join our Facebook group here.blank

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