25th November Newsletter – Christmas Updates, FOSM Video and more

This week’s top news & reminders

  • Christmas Performance tickets. Firstly a big thank you goes to Pam Ruffles for her hard-work behind the scenes working on ticket allocation – a big task and much appreciated! All requests for tickets have now been sent by email. Please check your junk folder for an email from office@stmarksce.org.uk and contact us if you have not received your ticket(s). You may have received multiple ticket emails if you requested additional tickets. All of these will be valid and provide your total ticket allocations. If you have spares that you don’t need please let us know.
  • Non-uniform days this week – Tuesday 29th Dec (Year R only) & Thursday 1st Dec (Years 1-6). Please see our FOSM section for details of what you can bring for a tombola donation if you’d like to contribute
  • Flu vaccinations reminder – the school nursing team are giving vaccinations on Wednesday 30th Nov. They will only vaccinate children that have completed the form (deadline is Friday 25th midnight). If your child is unwell in the week leading up please let the school nursing team know on 01962 831111 or here
  • Spring term After School Clubs – thank you to those that have applied for a club. We are in the process of allocating places and confirmation emails will be sent out this coming week. We will let you know if any clubs still have availability.
  • Could you be our next agent?? We would like to help our children become agents of change by supporting our school charity:

    The Mud House Children’s Foundation.


    The charity has been working hard to enhance access to education and improve the quality of life for children and communities in the most rural regions of northern Tanzania.

    We are currently working with the charity to help fund a chimney for each mud house so that their homes won’t be full of smoke.

    How are we raising funds?

    Our Christian Voice Ambassadors will be leading a worship to the school on Monday 28th November and will be selling bracelets made by the Masaai tribes during the week.

    Bracelets in the charity colours are available at a special introductory price of 50p or £1 and will be sold on the playground at lunchtimes.

    All proceeds will go directly to the charity.

    Can the children still help without donations?

    Yes! Our children will also be writing letters to the children.

    Are there any other ways to help?

    You can also support the charity by donating at our Christmas performances or by attending the stall run by our Christian Voice Ambassadors at our Christmas Fair.  All proceeds will go directly to the charity. 

    Good work agents!

  • Notices:

    • Please spare 2 minutes to watch our video on upcoming events!

    • Upcoming non-uniform days:


    • Book your visit to Santa’s Grotto at the Christmas Fayre here


    • Can you help at the Christmas Fayre? Can you spare an hour or so to help run a stall or provide breaks to others? Please email secretary.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk to let us know what you can do. An hour’s help would make all the difference! Thank you


    • Have you entered the Christmas Raffle yet? 


    • Order your St Mark’s Advent candles! Available until stocks last – Order Here

    Upcoming FOSM events:

    • Tues 29th Nov – Year R Non-School Uniform (tombola donations)
    • Thur 1st Dec – Years 1-6 Non-School Uniform (tombola donations)
    • Sat 3rd Dec – Christmas Fayre 12-3pm

    Regular Information

Year R outdoor space update

Just look at our new and improved Year R space! We’ve got a bit more work to do, but the children should hopefully be using it before Christmas. Thank you so much to….


  • to FOSM for helping to fund it, and parents for donating
  • the many volunteers that have helped make this happen
  • onsite Outdoor Facilitator, Mr Calver
  • our Site Manager, Mrs Barbour
  • and anyone else who has pitched in to help!

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

  • Everyone


    • blank Tues 29th Nov – blankFOSM Non-uniform Day (Year R only) for Tombola Donations
    • Wed 30th Nov – Flu vaccinations in school


    • Thurs 1st Dec – blankFOSM Non-School uniform (Years 1-6) for Tombola Donations
    • Sat 3rd Dec – blankFOSM Christmas Fayre
    • blank Thurs 15th Dec – Christmas Lunch Day (pre-ordered or packed lunch) (see meals section for a reminder of the menu)
    • blank Fri 16th Dec – last day of term

     January 2023

    • blank Tues 3rd Jan – school closed for INSET day
    • blankWed 4th Jan – back to school

    Year Group Events

    Year R:

    • Nativity Performances – Thurs 1st Dec @ 10am / Fri 2nd Dec @ 10am

    Year 1:

    • Christmas Shows – Tues 6th Dec @ 10am / Wed 7th Dec @ 10am / Wed 7th Dec @ 2pm

    Year 2:

    • Christmas Shows – Tues 6th Dec @ 10am / Wed 7th Dec @ 10am / Wed 7th Dec @ 2pm
    • blankHillier Gardens – 23rd June 2023

    Year 3:

    • Christmas Carol Service – Mon 12th Dec @ 2pm / Tues 13th Dec @ 7pm / Wed 14th Dec @ 10am

    Year 4:

    • Christmas Carol Service – Mon 12th Dec @ 2pm / Tues 13th Dec @ 7pm / Wed 14th Dec @ 10am
    • New Barn residential trip: Wed 14th – Fri 16th June 2023

    Year 5:

    • Christmas Carol Service – Mon 12th Dec @ 7pm / Tues 13th Dec @ 2pm / Wed 14th Dec @ 2pm
    • blank Meeting about Residential Trip Nov 23 – Weds 11th January at 6pm
    • blank Trip to Ufton Court – Thurs 9th Feb

    Year 6:

    • blank Tues 6th Dec – Evacuation Day (please come dressed as an evacuee!)
    • Christmas Carol Service – Mon 12th Dec @ 7pm / Tues 13th Dec @ 2pm / Wed 14th Dec @ 2pm
    • blank Tues 17th Jan – SATs information evening in main hall

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

Year R
Puffins – Thomas, Parrots – Luca, Penguins – Léa

Year 1
1P – Jack, 1M – Jude, 1CL – Jennifer

Year 2
2B –Alvaro, 2G – Maxwell, 2BB – Finley

Year 3
3C – Mia, 3T – Noah, 3SB – Emily

Year 4
4W – Emily, 4S – Jasper, 4PR – Thea

Year 5
5SP – Kody, 5DS – Elliott, 5F – Alfie

Year 6

6P – Tom, 6B – Mikey, 6C – Ava

Star Reader Awards:

Year 1
1P – Gabriel, 1M – Albie, 1CL – Jessica

Year 2
2B – Amaira, 2G – Eva, 2BB – Theo

Year 3
3C – Liam, 3T – Leo, 3SB – Armaan

Year 4
4W – Dexter, 4S – Chloe, 4PR – Jai

Year 5
5SP – Charlotte, 5DS – Bethany, 5F – Imogen

Year 6

6P – Irebami, 6B – Amelia, 6C – Owen

Rock Stars

Amazing effort:

Year 3
3C – Jackson, 3T – Jenson, 3SB – Benjamin

Year 4
4W – Angelina, 4S – Lottie, 4PR – Isabelle

Year 5
5SP – Seth, 5DS – Elizabeth, 5F – Chloe

Year 6
6P – Irebami, 6B – George, 6C – Charlie

Most active class in each year group:

Year 3: 3SB

Year 4: 4W

Year 5: 5F

Year 6: 6P & 6C

NumBots best effort:

Year 1: Esme A (1CL), Ivy (1CL), Alfie C (1P)

Year 2: Isabelle (2G), Max H (2B), Gracie S (2B)

Music of the week!

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. Lots of his music has been used in ballets. This piece of music is from The Nutcracker which is all about a nutcracker that comes alive on Christmas Eve.

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