29th April Newsletter – Sports Day, FOSM events and more!

A note from Mr Applegate

I trust you’ve had a great Easter break. It’s been great to see the children return this week – they all seem to have grown! Perhaps it was the chocolate?
There are a variety of FOSM events this term, as well as an opportunity to buy a Year Group Souvenir Tea Towel – details here!
We’re excited to announce our Sports Day – taking place on Friday 10th June on the school field. Children in Years 3-6 take part in the morning, with events starting at 9.15am. There is then a picnic lunch for children and families at 12:00pm on the field. Years R, 1 and 2 then enjoy their Sports Day from 1pm. You are very much invited to attend and watch the children taking part and also bring a picnic lunch to sit with your children! Children come to school as normal but wearing their PE kit and allocated colour (more to come); they take part in the events at the times above and have normal lessons the other half of the day.
Our focus of FOSM fundraising is to improve our outside area. It’s looking tired and sad! We need to replace our climbing equipment, paint fences, remove some hedges, get rid of weeds, replace some flower beds, and revamp our outside Year R area. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. See the match funding notice below, too. More details to come.
Have a great weekend! Mr Applegate

Dates for your diary

Sports Day – Friday 10th June  (KS2 at 9.15am, 
picnic lunch for both KS1 and KS2 at 12:00pm, KS1 – 1.00pm start)

Inset Days – Monday 6th June 2022, Thursday 1st September, Friday 2nd September, Tuesday 3rd January 2023, Friday 31st March 2023, Monday 5th June 2023

School Trips

Year 5 Carnival Day (in school): 26th May

Year 6 Windmill Hill residential: 13th – 17th June

Year R Bucklebury Farm Park: 23rd June

Year 2 Hillier Gardens: 24th June (letter to come soon)

Year 5 Taster Day at Bright Hill School: 7th July

Year 3 Seacity Trip: 8th July (letter to come soon)

Year 4 New Barn Field Centre Residential: 11th-13th July

Year 5 Ufton Court: 14th July

What are we learning about this term?

Online Safety Team

We’re looking for 2 parents or carers to join our online safety team. You don’t need to be techie, but rather keen to contribute to helping our children and community stay safe online. We’ll meet once per term for an hour at 2pm. You would have input into our online safety strategy, inlcuding bringing a parent voice to what we can do for children and parents to help keep everyone safe and ‘in the know’. Email us if you are interested. Thanks! 

Change of contact details?

Has your mobile number changed? No longer have a landline? Have you moved? Please don’t forget to let the office know. Email us here.

School Gates

School gates close at 8:50am and 3:30pm sharp!

PE Days This Term

  • Monday – Year 1
  • Tuesday – Year 5 (Summer 1 only due to swimming in Summer 2)
  • Wednesday – Year 2 and Year 4 (For Y4 – Summer 2 only due to swimming in Summer 1)
  • Thursday – Year 3
  • Friday – Year R and Year 6 

COVID Reminder – As from 1st April:

  • Children don’t need to test (government guidance is to only test if recommended to by a health professional).
  • If a child does test and it’s positive, it’s 3 days isolation, and return on day 4 if feeling well.
  • See here for more info.

Please look after our wildflower area on the KS1 bank!




We have had a couple of cases of head-lice – please check your child on a regular basis. Thank you.

Year 4 Residential Trip: 11th-13th July

A polite reminder to please pay the balance by 31st May. Thank you.

Should you have any issues meeting this payment deadline or have any other questions surrounding the trip, or should your child not be attending the trip, please contact the school office adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk

Year 5 Windmill Hill Trip: 31st Oct – 4th Nov

A polite request to please pay the deposit by 2nd May. Thank you.

Should you have any issues meeting this payment deadline or have any other questions surrounding the trip, or should your child not be attending the trip, please contact the school office adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk

Year 6 Windmill Hill Trip: 13th-17th June

A polite reminder to please pay the balance by 31st May. Thank you.

Should you have any issues meeting this payment deadline or have any other questions surrounding the trip, or should your child not be attending the trip, please contact the school office adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk

Covid Jabs for 5-11 Year Olds

All children aged 5-11 will now be eligible for their first jabs as the COVID-19 programme rolls the vaccine out across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The vaccine is a specially developed paediatric version for children. Parents are able to access the vaccine through vaccination centres, local pharmacies and GPs.

There has been an overwhelming response from parents who would like to vaccinate their children and teams across Hampshire and Isle of Wight are working hard to provide additional capacity.

Parents are able to find their nearest vaccination site via the NHS website, by calling 119 or by calling the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 0300 561 0018 which can help find and book slots or direct you to your nearest walk-in.

New sites and vaccination slots are uploaded all the time so please check regularly.

Match Funding Anyone?

Please email us if you can help! We have great FOSM events coming up!

What is match funding?

If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money we raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for a whole event. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the PTA detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised.

Does your employer have a match funding scheme? 

You can contact your Human Resources Department to find out if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match funds at any of our events.

If your employer has a match funding policy, please do let us know, especially if you are already volunteering or thinking of volunteering at any PTA event.

Thank you in advance for looking into match funding. Every little really does help (and yes, Tesco do match fund!).

Jubilee Treasure Hunt run by Hatch Warren & Beggarwood Community Association

blankClick here for more information about this exiciting event!

A note from the council

We are writing to advise you that Graham Trevor, the School Crossing Patrol Officer who crosses pedestrians on Woodbury Road will be leaving his post on 29th April. We would like to say thank you to Graham for his support and efforts in keeping the children safe.

The site has been surveyed and remains justified. If you are interested in this role, please click here. 

Please be aware that there may not be a patrol officer in place until a replacement can be found.


Find out about Hatch Warren After School Club


⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

  • Year R: Harry P, Leo, Ruth
  • Year 1: Will, Millie, Sam
  • Year 2: Oscar, Noah S, Samuel
  • Year 3: Jack N, Beatrice, Tomasz
  • Year 4: Monica, Ethan, Elizabeth
  • Year 5: Irebami, Lewis, Felicity
  • Year 6: Charlie A, Dylan, Samanta

Rock Stars 

Amazing effort :
  • Year 3: Tomasz, Jack N, Effie
  • Year 4: Chloe M, Olivia N, Elizabeth B, Elodie
  • Year 5: Isla, Marcus, Eunice
  • Year 6: Adam, Amelia, Gemma

Most active class in each year group:

  • Year 3:  3SB
  • Year 4:  4PG
  • Year 5:  5P
  • Year 6:  6C
Numbots best effort:
  • Year 1: Vinelle, Prannav, Kieran
  • Year 2: Armaan, Olivia H, Bailey

Star Reader Awards:

  • Year 1: Adam, Amelia, Gemma
  • Year 2: Bailey-Rose, Evie W, Jessica T
  • Year 3: Liam, Riley, Rebecca K
  • Year 4: Rhoda, Bethany, Joe T
  • Year 5: Anaya, Ethan, James-Dean
  • Year 6: Bethany, Lucy L, Raphael

Music of the week!

Scott Joplin (c. November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin is also known as the “King of Ragtime” because of the fame achieved for his ragtime compositions, music that was born out of the African-American community.

SCL – May Half-term holiday club


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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

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