3rd November 2023 Newsletter

A note from Mr Applegate

Update on Hatch Warren After School Club Closure – we are working closely with SCL to increase capacity. Please do share this link if you feel anyone would be interested in working for SCL at St Mark’s. https://scl.kallidusrecruit.com/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=18622 

School Book Fair – starts next Wednesday – see details in this newsletter.

PGL Trip – Our Year 6 pupils have had a fantastic week on their PGL residential trip this week. We’re proud of how they’ve represented St Mark’s, and also how they’ve challenging themselves in doing things they didn’t think they could!

Bags2School- Look out for the Bags2School drop-off on Thurs 9th November – details below.

Parking – continues to be challenging. Thank you to those who walk, and those who park and drive respectfully.

We look forward to our Remembrance worship on Monday.


Have a great weekend.

Mr Applegate :)

We need your help please!

Book a farm slot here. Don’t forget, timings are much more flexible now. On school days, do it before 8:50am, or straight after school. Thank you.

Tanzania Day

You raised of a massive £500 on Tanzania Day for The Mud House Children’s Charity. We would also like to thank Sylvia Goodall MBE, the charity’s founder, for coming in to talk to many of the children too.

National Gallery

Well done to our pupils who put this amazing art collage together. It’s for a competition to be shown at the National Gallery in London! We’ll keep you posted.


Year R Digger Background

Thank you to FOSM for funding this amazing background for our Year R digger, Mr Morse for designing it, and Mr Calver and Mrs Barbor for installing it!


⭐ FOSM Updates ⭐

– Do any parents work for a company who could donate a prize for the raffle?
– Do any parents work for a supermarket and could use their discount to buy some items for the Christmas Fayre? (paid for by FOSM of course!)

Contact FOSM if so! secretary.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk

  • blankBags2School – Are you having a clear out of clothes? Bring them to school and raise money for school funds! Two drop-off points/times on Thursday 9th November:

    3-4pm community centre car park (look for FOSM)
    4-6pm school car park

    Thank you!


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Starting next week, we have our school book fair. It’s a chance for children to become excited about books and enjoy reading. There are a variety of books on sale, and the school gets commission for each book sold.

If you’d like your child to buy a book from the book fair, please send them in with an amount between £3 and £10 in cash in a named envelope on the day below. For Year R the book fair is after school in the Church – please can parents/carers attend with your child.

If you would prefer to pay online and not physically visit the book fair, you can do so here.

When is my child visiting the book fair?

Wednesday 8th November

  • 2CL, 2B, 2G during the school day

  • Year R- Puffins, Penguins & Parrots after school in the Church (please pick up your child and then enter via the reception door on the playground side)

 Thursday 9th November

  •  5SP, 5E, 5DS during the school day

  •  4SB, 4C, 4PR during the school day

 Friday 10th November

  • 3SG, 3D, 3W during the school day 

Monday 13th November

  • 1BB, 1TM, 1M during the school day

  • 6C, 6F, 6B during the school day

 Thank you for your support!

⭐ Star Learners ⭐


⭐ Star Readers ⭐


⭐ Quietest Classes ⭐

1TM, 5DS

⭐ 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 97.2%. Great!

Weekly Attendance by Class


School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

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 In worship this week…

…we looked at spreading compassion and understanding.


Music of the Week

Spartacus by Khachaturian

Aran Khachaturian was an Armenian composer. He wrote the ballet ‘Spartacus’ in 1956 during the Modern era.

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