6th October 2023 Newsletter

A note from Mr Applegate

We’ve had a great week at St Mark’s. On Tuesday, we had a local authority inspection, and the inspector was blown away by the children and their attitudes to learning. She was also impressed by the quality of the children’s writing across the school.

We look forward to meeting parents on Wednesday for our first of two Parents’ Evenings. 

A reminder for our Year 6 pupils – all Secondary School applications need to be completed by 31st October 2023!

Finally, we’re celebrating Tanzania Day on Thursday 19th October. Come dressed in the colours of the flag!


Have a great weekend, Mr Applegate :)

Harvest Festival

This Monday (9th October), we’ll be having our Harvest Festival worship.

There is no pressure to bring anything, but if you are able, Foodbank are asking for any of the following items (and not other items).

If you bring them in on Monday, we of course will transport them to Foodbank afterwards.

Want to book a farm slot?

From last week…

Animal Visitors to Forest School


⭐ Star Learners ⭐


⭐ Star Readers ⭐


⭐ Quietest Class ⭐

2CL and 5SP

⭐ Best Attendance ⭐

Penguins, 1M, 3SG

⭐ Attendance Updates ⭐

Our target over the year is 97%. Last year’s attendance was 95.8% – above national levels, but we’d like it to be much higher.

Our current attendance percentage is 96.9%. Oh no!

Weekly Attendance by Class


Well done!

Congratulations to Joey, Leo, Tommy, Charlie, Zach and Thomas for all taking part in the Destination Basingstoke Phillips Law 1 Mile Fun Race.  They all absolutely loved it and we’re so proud of you all! 

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

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 In KS2 worship this week…

We learned about Elsie Owusu – and we nominated her for an Agent of Change badge!


Music of the Week

The Swan by Saint-Saens

The Swan is the 13th animal to be represented in ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by Camille Saint-Saens. He composed this work in 1886 during the Romantic era.

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