17th March 2023 Newsletter – David Attenborough is knighted an Agent of Change, Athletics Success and more!

This week’s top news & reminders

It’s been an incredible week – so much to celebrate! Thank you for your support of our school and all that you give.

Year 3&4 Easter Performance tickets have now been allocated by email. If you need extra tickets please click here

Booking closes for our final parents evening slot on Sunday 19th if you haven’t booked yet: Parents’ Evening Booking Site. Please complete our feedback form if you haven’t already, thank you – leave feedback

Thanks for your donations towards Red Nose Day, too. Apparently a lion escaped from Marwell and joined in our celebrations as well.

David Attenborough – our most famous Agent of Change

Read this amazing letter sent by Jack in Year 4 – and see the response!

Dear Sir Attenborough,
My name is Jack and I am 9 years old.  At my school we have a thing called ‘Agents of Change’. The aim is to make the world a better place. We need to look after the world because we only have this one planet. I became an agent by litter picking with my best friend Liam and his sisters. I think you are an amazing Agent of Change, so I am sending you a badge. As you are very famous on telly do you have any advice on other things we could do to keep our planet healthy and happy?
Thank you. Yours Sincerely… Jack


Pastoral Drop-In Session

The St Mark’s pastoral team will be hosting a parent and carer drop-in session every half term, each with a different focus.blank

Our next parent drop in will be held on Wednesday 22nd March 8.30-9.30am in the church. The Basingstoke Family Support Service will be coming in to chat through the different support they offer to families, including parenting courses and parenting strategies. Mrs Delves and Mrs Elms will also be on hand with a cup of tea and a biscuit to talk through any concerns you may have. Younger children welcome too!

Meet the team here: Pastoral team

Athletics Success

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 Indoor Athletics team who won the Basingstoke Athletics competition against several other schools!


What a talent

Listen to Marcus in Year 6 play the violin!


French Day is coming!


On Thursday 30th March, we are having a “French Culture Day”. We’ll be having a ‘Big French Breakfast’ to start the day. Thank you to Andros UK and Bonne Maman for your support of our Grand Petit Dejeuner. Bread, jam, cheese and hot chocolate will be served (allergies taken into account, too).

We are looking for adults who speak French to help us out by reading a story to our children in French. We can be flexible with times. Please let us know.

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

  • Everyone


    • Mon 20th March (3.40pm – 6.50pm) – Parents’ Evening
    • blank Tues 21st March – World Down’s Syndrome Day – Wear odd socks! 
    • Wed 22nd March – Pastoral Drop-In session
    • Sat 25th March – FOSM Easter Egg Hunt
    • Tues 28th March @ 1.30pm – Year 3/4 Easter Performance 1
    • Wed 29th March @ 1.30pm – Year 3/4 Easter Performance 2
    • Wed 29th March @ 7pm – Year 3/4 Easter Performance 3
    • Thurs 30th March – Non-uniform day & French Day!
    • Fri 31st March – INSET DAY


    • 3rd April – 14th April – Easter break


    • blank Fri 26th May – Sport Day
    • 29th May – 2nd June – Half-term

    Year Group Events

    Year 2:

    • 23rd June – Hillier Gardens trip

    Year 3:

    • blank Tues 28th March – Music Concerts:
      • 3C 9.50am
      • 3SB 10.50am
      • 3T 11.35am

    Year 4:

    • blank Mon 27th March – Online meeting (Residential & Swimming) : 6-7pm

    • blank Swimming lessons w/c Mon 17th April – w/c Mon 22nd May

    • Wed 14th – Fri 16th June – New Barn residential trip


Find out INSET days for 22/23 and 23/24 here.

Agents of Change in Year 4!

This week we have detected a class at work as Agents of Change! Please take a moment to look at these posters made by 4W to help promote animals that need rehoming. Good work agents! They also raised £112 for the NSPCA.

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

Year R
Puffins – , Parrots – Aurora, Penguins – Xander

Year 1
1P – Georgia, 1M – Evie, 1CL – Evie

Year 2
2B – Harrison, 2G – , 2BB – 

Year 3
3C – Eli, 3T – Mimi, 3SB – George

Year 4
4W – Riley, 4S – Aaron, 4PR – 

Year 5
5SP – Elodie, 5DS – Edward, 5F – Aimee

Year 6

6P – Chloe, 6B – Cristina, 6C – Owen

Star Reader Awards:

Year R
Puffins – , Parrots – Lacie, Penguins – Martha

Year 1
1P – Isabel, 1M – Henry, 1CL – Jennifer

Year 2
2B – Isla, 2G – , 2BB – 

Year 3
3C – Darcie, 3T – Camila, 3SB – Maya

Year 4
4W – Abi, 4S – Ruby, 4PR – 

Year 5
5SP – Oscar, 5DS – Vince, 5F – Cullen

Year 6

6P – Alexis, 6B – Matthew, 6C – Eunice

Rock Stars

Amazing effort:

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

Year 4
4W – Angelina, 4S – Ivy-Rose, 4PR – Hayley

Year 5
5SP – Florence, 5DS – Bethany, 5F – Elouise

Year 6
6P – Irebami, 6B – Harry, 6C – Zion

Bridge – Jack

Most active class in each year group:

Year 3: 3C

Year 4: 4W

Year 5: 5F

Year 6: 6C

NumBots best effort:

Year 1: Amy (1P), Jessica (1CL), Lena (1P)

Year 2:  Daniel (2BB), Konrad (2B), Thea (2G)

Music of the Week!

The Hebrides: Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer in the Romantic Era. This piece of music was inspired by a trip to Scotland when he visited the island of Staffa with its sea cave known as Fingal’s Cave. This tune popped into his head whilst he was there and he wrote it down on a postcard to send back home to his family.

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