26th May 2023 Newsletter – Sports Day, Farm, Wellbeing Week, FOSM 5K walk and more

This week’s top news & reminders

Have a lovely half-term break next week!

Remember that it’s Inset Day on Mon 5th June so back to school on Tuesday 6th June!

Farm Bookings – are now available here, including over half-term. 8am and 6pm slots, including this weekend!

FOSM Sponsored Walk – Huge thanks to Dave and the team for putting this together. It raised over £2,000! Just incredible! This goes towards our outdoor improvements, amongst other things.

PE timetable updated – see our PE section below for the timetable for the next half-term. The only change is for Year 5 who will have PE on Mondays and Thursdays.

FOSM Tote Bags – can still be purchased – up until Friday 2nd June. Click here.

Class photos take place on Weds 7th June

Raffle tickets for the summer fayre have gone home in bookbags this week – we are really looking forward to the summer fayre – do please save the date – it’s 1st July! The raffle is the biggest fundraiser of the event and we can’t do it without your help. Your help selling these tickets is very much appreciated as proceeds will help fund various projects at school including the outside area. All tickets to be return by Fri 23rd June please.

Summer Concert reminder – If your child learns a musical instrument in school, or plays in the school orchestra, please complete this form by Monday 5th June to indicate whether they can or cannot take part in our Instrumental Concert on Wednesday 5th July. Thank you

Sports Day

Thank you so much for your support today. It’s been hot, but it’s been great! Well done to our winners, too.

Wellbeing Week

We’ve had an incredible week of wellbeing! Activities have included:

  • “Perform” drama workshops
  • “Relax Kids” with Kath
  • HIT training with Mel and Tanya
  • Relaxation with James
  • Wellbeing Club each lunchtime
  • Collaboration across the school (see the posters below)
  • Sports Day tomorrow :)

Well done to our Wellbeing Champions, as well as Mrs Ford and Mrs Boyle.

Farewell, Mrs Long

Our amazing IT Technician, Mrs Long, will be finishing at St Mark’s on Friday 9th June. Mrs Long has helped bring our tech and Computing curriclum into the 21st centuary. We are in such a great place thanks to her efforts, creativity and knowledge, and wish her all the best in her new ventures.

Agents of Change

Well done to Tom and Ally in Year 6, who swam 1k in around 35 minutes – raising over £300 for Cancer Research and Marie Curie. We are all very proud of these two Agents of Change!

And well done to Ruby in Year 6, who is an exceptionally good swimmer. She is currently in the top fastest age 11 swimmers in the UK, in a number of areas. WOWOW!

Basingstoke Day – can you help?

Like our French Culture Day, we’re having a celebration of the diversity of ethnic cultures within Basingstoke. This will help the children understand that they are part of a wider and fascinating world, and celebrate the amazing cultures we have in our town. We’re calling it “Basingstoke Day”, and it will take place on Friday 14th July. We would love to hear from any parents and families from a variety of cultures, and would be prepared to get involved. We know from the success of our recent French Day that language, art, music and food might all play a part in this – but there is so much more that we might explore, and we would love to invite local people into the school to share their culture and country. There is a huge diversity of cultures now in Basingstoke, which has enriched our community so much in recent years. If you think you might be able to help, please let us know via adminoffice@stmarksce.org.uk

FOSM Updates

Please check your child’s bookbag for our Summer Fayre raffle tickets.

Regular FOSM Information

FOSM 5K Event

What wonderful weather we had for this event and what a great turn out! Thank you everyone who came, marshalled, walked and crossed that finish line and got their medal!

Thank you to those that have returned their sponsorship forms and please do as soon as possible if you haven’t. Most importantly THANK YOU to those that have sponsored! We will let you know how much you have all raised.

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs



  • 29th May – 2nd June – Half-term


  • Mon 5th – INSET DAY
  • Wed 7th – Class Photos


  • 15th – Basingstoke Day

Year Group Events

Year R:

  • 30th June – Bucklebury Farm trip

Year 2:

  • 23rd June – Hillier Gardens trip

Year 4:

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

Year 6:

  • Wed 7th June – Class Photos (school jumpers please)
  • Thurs 15th June – Winchester Cathedral Service (school jumpers needed)
  • Thurs 29th/Fri 30th June – Secondary school transition for most children (full uniform)
  • Wed 12th July – Year 6 Production @ 6.30pm
  • Thurs 13th July – Year 6 Production @ 2pm and 6.30pm
  • Fri 14th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Disco
  • Thurs 20th July – Leavers’ Service
  • Fri 21st July – last day
  • 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. 

Music of the Week!

Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables) by The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys are an American group who compose arrangements of popular classical and contemporary music for the piano and cello. ‘Bring Him Home’ is from the hit musical ‘Les Miserables.

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