15th July Newsletter – Weather, Weddings and WOW – what a week!

This week’s top news & reminders

  • At present we have not been advised to close or finish early on Monday or Tuesday. We will however be keeping a very close eye on the news, and will update you over the weekend. As is always the case, please have a back-up plan should we require a full or partial closure if that is advised.
  • Have you completed our end of year feeback survey? compete it here
  • Did you apply for music lessons for September 2022/23? Apologies for the delay in confirming places, we are still waiting for the Hampshire Music Service to confirm their teaching hours. We hope to get the confirmation emails out very soon.
  • Year 6: A reminder to order your Windmill Hill DVD (collection in September with our leavers yearbooks), only £2! Order form here and please pay via scopay (this will appear in scopay from Monday 18th)
  • School bags are back on order, with a new website and easier process. See here for details!

Well done Year 6!

Year 6 enjoyed their leavers disco on Friday night. We are so proud of them- they are a real credit to their parents and carers, and we will miss them. You deserved a fun evening, and you were great!


Lollipop Lyn

Wishing Lollipop Lyn a speedy recovery from covid. Lyn wanted us to let you know that she is feeling fine but isolating to keep everyone safe.

A note from Mr Applegate

WOW- what a week!
  • Year 6 Matilda performances – just phonomenal! Well done everyone. It really was West-End quality!
  • Art Exhibition – we hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. The art work is of a superb quality, and we are very proud of them.
  • The Year 4 pupils also made us proud on their first ever residential. They had a great time and are ready for a sleep!
  • Year 5 were exceptional on their trip to Ufton Court. They came back buzzing! So did the adults!
  • Year 3 performed their musical number to parents, following their learning this term. It was so energetic and we loved it!
  • Year R learned about weddings today – the sweetest thing, and another memory to cherish.
Take care, Mr Applegate.


Can I ask you to come to our AGM, where we will be looking at at electing a new team for FOSM? Nominations are already being accepted for Chair, treasurer and secretary. Please submit names to the Chair (chair.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk) by start of the meeting where a vote will be held to select the new representatives. Anyone attending the meeting can also put themselves forward for any of the roles. FOSM is a friendly team who are passionate about helping the children and community of St Mark’s. So save the date – Monday 12th September (evening). Thanks! 

Advertising outside of school gates

We have contacted the company handing out leaflets at the gates this morning and would like to apologise for this. Whilst they are on public property, we have kindly requested for this not to happen again as it does cause confusion to parents. Thank you  

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Year R – Learning about a wedding

Year 4 Skills!

In Year 4 we have been learning about circuits in Science and in Design Technology we have been making torches. Here are some of the torches we made using an electrical circuit with a switch!

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Summer BAYWTO concert

Craig, Samuel and Freya took part in their Summer BAYWTO concert last Sunday at QMC. They were fabulous and played beautifully even in the sweltering heat! Well Done to them. Next Step… Year 7 where their musical journey will continue.


School Events, Lunches, and Clubs

Upcoming events and trips


  • Summer holidays start: Friday 22nd July (last day is Thursday 21st)

Year R:

  • blank Picnic with Year 6 buddies: Tuesday 19th July (packed lunch please)
  • blank Online session – Parents Intro to Year 1: Tuesday 19th July @5pm-5.30pm (zoom link emailed)

Year 2:

  • Year 2 Choir performance to parents: 18th July @4pm-4.20pm small hall

Year 4:

  • blank New year 5! Winchester Science Museum Trip: Thurs 20th October

Year 6:

  • Leavers Disco: Friday 15th July @ 7-9pm
  • blank Water fight: Monday 18th July (spare clothes please!)
  • blank Picnic with Year R buddies: Tuesday 19th July (packed lunch please)
  • Leavers’ service: 20th July @ 9:15am (no ticket required)
  • blankShirt signing: Thursday 21st (LAST DAY!) (sharpie & shirt please)


Status: set menu until end of term 

We have a change to our school menu until the end of term due to unforeseen circumstances:


Red – chicken nuggets
Green – sweet potato and lentil curry


Redroast chicken
Greenvegetable goujons


Redburger in a bap


Redsausages and mash potato
Greenvegetarian sausages and mash


Redfish and chips
Greentomato pasta
If your child has a special menu for allergies, their options won’t change, they will still run on the three-weekly rota they were issued by HC3S in April

Moving to KS2 in September?

A reminder for Year 2 parents… at present, your child can have meals for free because the government pays for them (Universal Infant Free School Meals). This however stops when they begin Year 3. Meals then cost £2.60- and will be under our amazing new catering service provided by Pabulum!


Status: most clubs have now finished for this year. Those still running are listed below

This is just for information only. Clubs have already been allocated for Summer Term 2.

Applications for September 2022/3 clubs will be released soon.


Year 2 Choir: 18th July plus performance for parents on 18th July

PE days

During the current hot weather children can wear PE kit each day if they wish (no football kits)

Academic year dates

Last Day – Thursday 21st July

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

Term dates for 2022-2023 –  Click here for more info

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

  • Year R: Ethan, Isabel, Hannah L, Ethan 
  • Year 1: Thompson, Eva B
  • Year 2: Oscar, Noah, Sarah
  • Year 3: Edward, Ethan
  • Year 4: All of 4H!!, Sebastian R
  • Year 5: Liam M, Harry A
  • Year 6: 

Rock Stars 

Amazing effort :
  • Year 3: 
  • Year 4: 
  • Year 5: 
  • Year 6: 

Most active class in each year group:

  • Year 3:  
  • Year 4: 
  • Year 5: 
  • Year 6: 
Numbots best effort:
  • Year 1: Anabelle, Owen, Thomas
  • Year 2: Ava M, Bailey, Dylan

Star Reader Awards:

  • Year 1: Prannav, James L
  • Year 2: Mia G. Ellie, Maya
  • Year 3: Jack W
  • Year 4: Ethan W,  Elliott O
  • Year 5: Mofi, Sean
  • Year 6: 

Update on our Fundraising!



A massive thank you for growing £420 into £7,428.67 through our grow a 70p campaign! We’re still counting the extras handed in this week. Thank you for your generosity at all of our events and activities!

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Music of the week!

Vivaldi was an Italian baroque composer. The Four Seasons Suite is one of his most recognisable pieces of work that give character to the 4 seasons of the year.


Foundation Governor Required!

We have a brilliant governing body, and have a vacancy for a foundation governor. Why not join us?

A foundation governor is appointed to the governing body to support the religious character of the school. In church schools, governors are guardians of the vision and Christian ethos, keeping it alive and ensuring that it is implemented.

Being a governor also involves meeting with other governors (12 meetings across the year), meeting with staff a few times across the year, and visiting the school to help us show we are doing all that we need to be doing!

If you are interested in finding out more, please email the office here. Or why not suggest this to someone you think might be interested?! 

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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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