19 April 2024 – Newsletter

A note from Mr Applegate

Spring learning reports have been emailed out today. Please check email and spam/junk folders if you’ve not seen it.

I trust you had a good Easter break, and have just about got going into the routine of school life this week.

Well done to our Year 5 pupils for a great song writing day on Thursday. It was very speecial to have Mr Halls back, an ex-teacher at St Mark’s who also wrote our school song. A very musical day!

Year 1 have loved Forest School this week. Such a delight to see.

It was also great to learn that we will be full for September’s Year R cohort. We look forward to welcoming our new families soon.

Have a great weekend. Mr Applegate :)

Look after our animals!

We need your help!

Instrumental Tuition LAST CHANCE – by April 22nd

Please complete this form if your child is currently:
  • taking instrumental lessons and wants to continue
  • taking instrumental lessons and wants to stop
  • wishes to begin learning an instrument. (NB only children in Years 3 – 6 next year can apply.)
All information about instrumental lesson options, policies and pricing is within the form. The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd April.

Parent Drop-in on Monday

Parent drop in Monday 22nd April 8.30-9.30.  Come and join Mrs Delves and Mrs Elms and the school nursing team to discuss a variety of issues including toileting, eating and sleeping (for all primary school ages).  We will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to introduce you to the school nursing team over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. 

This Thursday!

Don’t forget about our Fosm bags 2 school collection . Bags can be dropped off on Thursday 25th April 3-4pm community centre car park or between 4-6pm in the school car park.  Please see the poster for accepted items.

Sports Day!

… is on Friday 24th May. Save the date…

  • KS2 parents are invited to watch in the morning until lunch
  • All parents are invited to join children in a picnic lunch
  • KS1 parents are invited to watch in the afternoon
  • Children are in a team colour group – we’ll send reminders out next week of which colour group your child is in (as they’ll need a t-shirt that colour).
  • More details to follow!

Parent Survey Results

Many thanks for taking the time to complete this. You can see the full results here. 

100% of parents (297 responses) said that they would recommend St Mark’s to another parent! Great!

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⭐ 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 96.0%. Oh no :(

Weekly Attendance by Class


School Dates, Lunches, and Clubs

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In worship this week…


Music of the Week

Hallelujah Chorus: Handel

This composition comes from Handel’s famous works: The Messiah, which was inspired by Jesus being the saviour of the world. This is the chorus from the oratorio, which means a large musical composition on a religious subject.

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