23rd June 2023 Newsletter – including FOSM Updates – Summer Fun Day is next Saturday!

This week’s top news & reminders

A massive well done to our children who performed at the Anvil on Tuesday and Wednesday night! Our orchestra, choir and dancers were incredible, as were the children from the 15 other schools. Special thanks to Mrs Chapman, Mrs Baird, Miss Stonehouse, Mrs Woods, Mrs Pearce and Mrs Chapman for making it all possible.

You may be aware that the NEU are taking strike action on 5th and 7th July. As before, we will be in touch if your child’s teacher is taking action and so the class will be closed for the day. Please have arrangements up your sleeve.

Summer Concert – 5th July – this is for instrumentalists only, not choir!

FOSM Updates

Raffle Tickets: Have you got any sold stubs/money or unsold tickets? Please return them asap!

Does your company match fund? If so, helping at our FOSM Summer Fun day could raise £1000 extra. Please get in touch if so.

Disco: Friday 7th July – Bookings will open Monday 3rd July – details to follow. Special Guest DJ NikNak will be supplying the ‘beats’! Bookings open on Monday 3rd July!

FOSM Non-Uniform Day

Friday 30th June – in exchange for specific Tombola items (Year 6 who may be away on that day please feel free to bring items in earlier in the week if you’d like to donate!):

  • Bottles of any drink
  • Smellies
  • Small unwanted gifts
  • No food/chocolates please (due to heat!)

FOSM Summer Fun Day

In memory of…

Chris Sturgess was a grandparent of St Mark’s. His family felt it would be fitting to raise money for the farm, following his death, as he loved his grandchildren and was a fan of animals and our school. This plaque will be placed in the farm as a memory of him.

Thank you!

A huge thanks to The Carpet Trade Centre and Downs Carpets for donating carpet samples. These will be used on the farm when interacting with our rabbits and guinea pigs.

School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs



  • FOSM Non-Uniform Day. Friday 30th June – in exchange for specific Tombola items: Bottles of any drink, Smellies, Small unwanted gifts, No food/chocolates please (due to heat!)


  • Tuesday 11th (change of date) – Transition Morning – children find out their new classes and an hour with them.
  • Weds 5th & Friday 7th July – Possible class closures due to strike action.
  • Friday 7th – FOSM Disco
  • Friday 14th – Basingstoke Culture Day

Year Group Events

Year R:

  • Friday 30th June – Bucklebury Farm trip

Year 2:

  • Friday 23rd June – Hillier Gardens trip

Year 3:

  • Monday 26th June – Roman Worship Day

Year 6:

  • 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. 

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Music of the Week!

The Four Seasons: Summer in G minor by Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi was an Italian baroque composer. The Four Seasons Suite is one of his most recognisable pieces of work that give character to the 4 seasons of the year.

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