24th March 2023 Newsletter – Easter Egg Hunt, French Culture Day, and more!

This week’s top news & reminders

Tomorrow – FOSM Easter Egg Hunt! 2-3pm

  • Don’t forget your tickets, you need these at the entrance! Sorry there are no tickets available on the day.
  • KS1 gate entrance only
  • The gate will open at 1.50pm and Mr Applegate will start the hunt at 2pm
  • If you are lucky enough to find a golden egg then just one per child please!
  • Don’t forget some cash for the other fun Easter activities on the playground!
  • Refreshments are also cash only and will be in the Church
  • The school play equipment is out of bounds please
  • Once again a huge thank you to the hard-working FOSM team and to the volunteers allowing this activity to go ahead

In other news…

  • Thursday is our non-uniform day- wear red, white and/or blue to celebrate the national colours of France. We ask for a donation of 50p to cover the costs of a French breakfast. Any additional donations are gratefully received and will go to our FOSM projects. Thank you.
  • Don’t forget we finish on Thursday for Easter break, and return on Monday 17th April.
  • Sports Day is on Friday 26th May. For those new to our Sports Day, KS2 takes place in the morning and YearR/KS1 in that afternoon. We have a picnic lunch in between. You are invited to join us for as much or as little of the day!
  • Thank you for your donations on Red Nose Day – you raised an incredible £594.74!



French Culture 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). Non-uniform Red/White/Blue, and 50p donation much appreciated!


FOSM Updates


Regular FOSM Information

Well done Marcus!

… as he won the Basingstoke BMAF award for best Folk player!


Staffing changes over Easter

We’re say goodbye to:

  • Mrs Goodyear, who has worked at St Mark’s for over 13 years as an LSA. We are grateful for all that she has given and all the children she has impacted through her care and attention.
  • Mrs Brinton and Miss Dalton, who again have showed much care towards the children they have worked with.
  • Miss Crow, teacher of 3C, will move on to work for a charity for children with mental health challenges. We wish her all the best! Miss Goddard and Mrs Silvester will return from maternity and job share in 3C.
  • Mrs Edmonds, our school business manager, will be finishing in April. We wish her every success as she goes on to work with Academy schools. I’m pleased to announce that Mrs Villeneuve has successfully been appointed to the role.

In our school of almost 120 staff members, I continue to be grateful for the care and dedication shown by all. They work tirelessly to help every child develop, and I know you join me in thanking them.

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

  • Everyone


    • 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


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

    Year Group Events

    Year 2:

    • 23rd June – Hillier Gardens trip

    Year 3:

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

    Year 4:

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

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

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

Thanks for wearing Odd Socks this week!

For celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Day

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

Year R
Puffins – Jack, Parrots – Ava, Penguins – Lillian

Year 1
1P – Alfie, 1M – Maddison, 1CL – Lily

Year 2
2B – Sophie, 2G – Harry, 2BB – Zachary

Year 3
3C – Layla, 3T – Harry, 3SB – Ben

Year 4
4W – Amneet, 4S – Theo, 4PR – Hannah

Year 5
5SP – Monica, 5DS – Elizabeth & Taya, 5F – Alfie

Year 6

6P – Edward, 6B – Harry, 6C – Eva & Eunice

Star Reader Awards:

Year R
Puffins – Austin, Parrots – Gracie, Penguins – Tanisha

Year 1
1P – Jack, 1M – Lily-Rose, 1CL – Kabir

Year 2
2B – Lewis, 2G – Joshua, 2BB – Abbie

Year 3
3C – Isabella, 3T – George, 3SB – Karthik

Year 4
4W – Summer, 4S – Nicholas, 4PR – Nathan

Year 5
5SP – Kody, 5DS – Manuel, 5F – Callum

Year 6

6P – AJ, 6B – Lewis, 6C – Colin

Rock Stars

Amazing effort:

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

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

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

Year 6
6P – Oliver, 6B – Riker, 6C – Charlie

Bridge – Cameron, Oliver & Jack

Most active class in each year group:

Year 3: 3C

Year 4: 4W

Year 5: 5DS

Year 6: 6B

NumBots best effort:

Year 1: Isaac (1M), Maddie (1M), Esme (1CL)

Year 2:  Evan (2BB), Harper (2BB) Reeva (2G)

Music of the Week!

Spring: Vivaldi

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.

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