30th March 2023 Newsletter – Bumper Edition

Happy Easter!


A note from Mr Applegate

Well done to Years 3 & 4 on their excellent Easter performance. And your donations raised £220 for Mud House Children’s Foundation.

Thanks to our FOSM team for running a very special Easter Egg hunt last Saturday. It was a lot of fun, and raised £802.33 for the school. Just brilliant :) THANK YOU to parents for their continued support.

The French non-school uniform day also raised £650! Thank you to everyone for your generous donations. This money goes towards to breakfast costs and also FOSM fundraising.

This week’s top news & reminders

  • Need support with food over the Easter Holidays? – please see our Foodbank section below and contact us – we can help you
  • No After Schools Clubs during the first week back (all clubs start w/c 24th April)
  • PE will start the first week back – please see our PE section below for your child’s days for the new term
  • Music lessons will continue the first week back
  • Years 2-5 – Would your child like to start or continue music lessons for the next academic year? We are now accepting applications for a places to start lessons in September 2023 (KS2 children only). By submitting an application you will almost certainly get a place so please read the T&Cs carefully when applying as you pay for missed lessons. Deadline is 21st April: Apply here
  • Car Park Parking – Permission Request Form. We have revoked all permissions to use the car park due to over congestion. If you require temporary permission to use the car park please re-apply here: Car Park Permission Request

Things to remember for the next school week

Who1? What to remember? When?
Children with music lessons Instruments First week back
Year 4 Swimming Bag First day back – Mon&Weds

Who1? What to remember? When?
Children with music lessons Instruments First week back


French Culture Day

Thanks so much for your support of our special day today. We had a great time learning about French Culture. We welcome any feedback from your children. A special thanks to Miss Stonehouse and Mrs Barr for making it all happen! Also to our special guests for reading stories to our children in French :)

Agents of Change

Well done to Tom and Ally in Year 6, who are taking part in a 1km swimathon for Cancer Research and Marie Curie. We think they are Agents of Change!blank

If you’d like to support their efforts, you can donate here:

Tom’s JustGiving Page

Alastair’s JustGiving Page

Science Competition

Thank you to all the super scientists who helped lead Science Week.  

Mark Roberts introduced this year’s theme – Connections – and inspired us all with his enthusiasm for his work.  His “Build a Paper Bridge” teacher challenge illustrated the principles of scientific investigation and helped to show that we all have the potential to be scientists.  

In Key Stage 2, Dr Holly Dove led a talk describing her work in the field of virology. The children listened carefully and asked thoughtful questions to deepen their understanding.  She raised awareness of science as a possible career.  In Key Stage 1 and Year R, Karon Rogers created some WOW moments with her exciting science experiments. 

Thank you to all the children who entered the poster competition.  The science team were overwhelmed by the effort and care taken and the knowledge shown by those who took part.  As a result, all the children will receive a small prize.  The main winners are:

Thomas Puffins 

Alisha 2B  

Bailey 3T 

Max 4S 

Ellie 5SP  

Aidan 6C 

FOSM Updates

NEW EVENT – Family 5k Sponsored Walk!

WHEN: 21st May, from 1pm. 
DETAILS: The route will start and end at school but will involve a 5km route utilising footpaths and parks around the area. Each participant who crossed the line will receive their very own 5k medal. Bring your family and friends and lets raise money for our school! Departure times will be set close to the day with the first wave leaving at 1pm. Can’t make the date? Enter anyway and walk your own 5km walk at a time that suits you.
IMPORTANT: This is not a running event and all children must walk with an adult.

Regular FOSM Information

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs



  • 3rd April – 14th April – Easter break (first day back 17th April)


  • blank Sun 21st May – FOSM 5K Walk
  • Fri 26th May – Sports Day
  • 29th May – 2nd June – Half-term

Year Group Events

Year R:

  • blank 30th June – Bucklebury Farm trip

Year 2:

  • 23rd June – Hillier Gardens trip

Year 4:

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

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

Year 6:

  • blank Miss P’s Help Hub (Google Meet) w/c Mon 17th April – Thurs 11th May
  • blank SATs Week w/c 8th May
  • If your child(ren) usually has free school meals and you would like some support with covering the extra food costs of half term, please contact Vicky Elms (v.elms@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk) so that we can arrange a food bank voucher on your behalf. 

Music of the Week!

Adiemus: Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins is a Welsh composer and musician. Adiemus is one of his most well-known pieces, used in adverts.

Well done Bridge children!

A beautiful display with such high-quality work, all about Paddington Bear’s journey.



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