28th April 2023 Newsletter

This week’s top news & reminders

    • REMINDER: Monday 1st May and 8th May are bank holidays
    • REMINDER: Friday 5th May is our Coronation Day
      • Children can dress to impress if they would like to
      • You are invited to listen to the children sing on the field (weather permitting) at 2.45pm (gates open 2.35pm)
    • A huge thank you for your generous Bags2School donations. We raised a total of £325!
    • We are not aware of any teachers who are taking strike action on Tuesday 2nd May. As always, have a plan!

Things to remember for the next school week

Who? What to remember? When?
All Coronation Day lunch choices ASAP
Year R Bucklebury Farm Trip consent form by Fri 28th April
All Register for FOSM Family Walk by Fri 28th April
KS2 Choir/Orchestra Children only Please let us know if they can attend the evening summer concert in July (form here) by Fri 28th April
Year 4 No swimming next week. PE Wed & Thurs  Swimming returns May 15th
Year 6 Order your leaver hoodie by Sun 23rd April
Year 4 Residential payment due by Tues 2nd May


Upcoming special events in the next 2 weeks

Event Name What is required? When?
Coronation Day Children can “dress to impress” (dresses/smart clothes – no football kits) Fri 5th May

St Mark’s School grounds update!

Farm Update

The farm is coming along well, and we have our hens, guinea pigs and rabbits ready to start life at St Mark’s. We’ve still got a good few weeks of work to do, but we want to keep you updated. A massive thank you to our parents who helped move the woodchip this week, especially Mr Calver, James and Richard who did it in the pouring rain yesterday evening. Thank you so much.
Trim Trail Update
Next week, we’ll be explaining to the children how to keep safe on the new Trim Trail, as well as when they will get to use it. It will be on a rota basis, so please do let your child know they may not be on it every day!

Vodafone thanks!

A massive thank you to the Platts family in Year 2 for arranging matching funding through Vodafone. This resulted in £1000 for the school! Does your company do match funding? Could be a real help for us, especially with the summer fair coming up.

FOSM Updates

Can you donate a prize for the Summer Fayre Raffle? We’d love to hear from you!

Sponsored Walk Details

A brand new event to highlight the importance of exercise, bring families together and help raise money for the school!

When: 21st May, from 1pm. 
Details: The route will start and end at school but will involve a 2.5km or 5km route utilising footpaths and parks around the area. Each participant who crossed the line will receive their very own medal. Decide your distance on the day. 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.
How to enter: Register here before 28th April: register here

Regular FOSM Information

Year 2 Achievements

Well done to Evan in Year 2, who helped to create this amazing model of the Arc D’Triomphe. Tres Bien!


School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs



  • Bank holidays – Mon 1st May  & Mon 8th May
  • Sun 21st May – FOSM 2.5/5K Walk
  • Fri 26th May – Sports Day
  • 29th May – 2nd June – Half-term

Year Group Events

Year R:

  • 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:

  • Miss P’s Help Hub (Google Meet) w/c Mon 17th April – Thurs 11th May
  • 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, please contact Vicky Elms (v.elms@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk) so that we can arrange a food bank voucher on your behalf. 

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

Year R
Puffins – Maisie, Parrots – Ralph, Penguins – Krzysztof

Year 1
1P – Orla, 1M – Finley, 1CL – Esme

Year 2
2B – Charlie, 2G – Joshua E, 2BB – Theo M

Year 3
3C – Liam, 3T – Jenson, 3SB – Arianne

Year 4
4W – Navlyn, 4S – Max, 4PR – Rebecca

Year 5
5SP – Noah, 5DS – Finley, 5F – Imogen

Year 6

6P – Alexis, 6B – Ruby, 6C – Colin

Quietest Class:

  • KS1: 1CL
  • KS2: 6P

Star Reader Awards:

Year R
Puffins – Austin, Parrots – Ella, Penguins – Harrison

Year 1
1P – Finn, 1M – Cleo, 1CL – Leo

Year 2
2B – Jack, 2G – Oliver, 2BB – Owen

Year 3
3C – Lucia, 3T – Camilla, 3SB – Ava

Year 4
4W – Nyasha, 4S – Jack, 4PR – Jack T

Year 5
5SP – Joe, 5DS – Harvey, 5F – Callum

Year 6

6P – Alfie, 6B – Emilia, 6C – Charlie

Rock Stars

Amazing effort:

Year 3
3C – Jacob, 3T – Benjamin, 3SB – Connie

Year 4
4W – Freddie, 4S – Thomas, 4PR – Lucas

Year 5
5SP – Rhoda, 5DS – Zach, 5F – Chloe Ma

Year 6
6P – Georgia, 6B – George, 6C – Colin

Bridge – Cameron, Oliver & Jack

Most active class in each year group:

Year 3: 3SB

Year 4: 4S

Year 5: 5SP

Year 6: 6B

NumBots best effort:

Year 1: Aimiee (1M), Mia (1M), Elsie(1CL)

Year 2:  Conrad (2B), Max H (2BB) Theo F (2B)

Music of the Week!

Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (c. November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist.[1] Joplin is also known as the “King of Ragtime” because of the fame achieved for his ragtime compositions, music that was born out of the African-American community.  

Secondary School Open Days

Community News

Local Events

Regular Notices

Latest Posts

Photo credits:

Photo by Denisse Leon on Unsplash