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- Reminder about Sponsorship Forms and money- due in by Friday 9th July. Details here.
- COVID – Remember, please keep siblings at home if any member of the household is showing symptoms! (The whole household has to self-isolate, not just the person with the symptoms).
- FOSM – Raffle Tickets must be in by 2nd July. We can’t accept the raffle after that, but we can accept the money as a seperate donation. Thank you.
It was so great to have a bit of normality in Sports Week this week! Despite not being able to run normal events with our community invited, the children still had much fun. It was the first time we had done a larger gathering outside, and it worked well. A huge thank you to Miss Thomas and Miss Barnett for their organisation and efforts! We find out the winners on Monday. Thank you also for your efforts with the sponsorship!
Transition, reports, new classes- what’s the plan?
Reports go out on 19th July via email. This will contain details of your child’s new class and teacher. Update! Weather permitting, your child will have meet outside with their new teacher on Monday 19th July. This means that when your child comes home, they know who is in their new class! (Note this date has changed. It was the 12th, but will now be the 19th).
For current Year R parents, going into Year, we are organising an additional after-school Zoom for parents to help you understand the transition from Year R to Year 1. Details to follow.
Thank you to all the parents who have contacted us with regard to their child starting or continuing with peripatetic music lessons from September.
We are currently still awaiting a response from Hampshire Music Service to confirm how many tuition hours we have been granted. We expect to receive notification sometime in early July, and as soon as we have this information we will make contact with you to confirm your child’s lessons. Many thanks for your patience during this process
Well done to:
- Year R: Harry W, Sophie, Olivia
- Year 1: Maksim, Daisy (1P), Harrison
- Year 2: Ewan, Braden, Joseph
- Year 3: Chloe (3SB), Elizabeth, Bethany
- Year 4: AJ, George, Liam
- Year 5: Harley, Kaiden, Charlotte C
- Year 6: Oliver H, Lucas S, Daniel Hi
Rock Stars best effort:
- Year 2: Sophie L, Jack T, Jackson L, Freyja O
- Year 3: Elizabeth B, Jeffrey C, Harry B, Zoe B, George H, Charlie B
- Year 4: Colin A, Anaya O, Sophie G, Izzy M, Elsie A
- Year 5: David R, Cameron M, Hollie C, Sophia M, Harley I
- Year 6: Nevaya B, Andrew C, Daniel H
Numbots best effort:
- Year 1: Sarah L, Elodie M, Avani B
- Year 2: Jack T, Thea L, Meredith C
Mr Applegate in the stocks? Throw a sponge at him?!
Yes, honestly! For a donation of any amount, children will be given the chance to throw a wet sponge at Mr Applegate during the school day. Eeek!
- Monday 5th July – 3SB, 4PC, 1C, Bridge
- Tuesday 6th July – Year R, 3PG, 5F, 5SP
- Wednesday 7th July – 4G, 1P, 1J, 4H, 3T, 2B
- Thursday 8th July – 6S, 6C, 6B, 2R, 2BT, 5T
Secondary School Transition Days – cancelled
Following the government’s announcement on last Monday, schools have been told that they should not carry out transition in the usual way. This is to minimse bubbles crossing. This has meant that all Basingstoke Secondary Schools have cancelled their year 6 transition days and their year 5 taster days. Each secondary school is now planning an alternative programme and will be contacting parents directly with details.
Brighton Hill Year 5 School Tours
We have been informed Brighton Hill be holding external tours for Year 5 pupils. Please contact them direct on 01256 350606 to book your place.
Please be careful!
Parking around the school
May we remind parents to be considerate when parking in and around the local roads. We have been sent this image of a parent parking on a resident’s driveway. Please avoid blocking any driveways, parking on bends or in a generally unsafe place. Don’t forget there is parking available at the Community Centre.
Covid Update from PHE
- Public Health England (PHE) is seeing an increasing number of positive COVID-19 Delta cases (variant first identified in India) in schools and educational settings. This variant is more transmissible than the Alpha (variant first identified in Kent/UK) and other variants, and is now the most common type of COVID-19 in England.
- To support swifter case finding and contact tracing for COVID-19 cases and help control the spread of the Delta variant, PHE is now recommending that, in the South East, close contacts of PCR positive individuals in schools and colleges take a voluntary PCR test through NHS Test and Trace on day 5 of their 10-day isolation period, even if they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.This only applies to children school-aged or college-aged.
- Please note that if a close contact undertakes a voluntary PCR test on day 5 of their 10-day isolation period, and tests negative for the virus, they must still complete 10 full days of self-isolation. This is because the incubation period of the virus means they could develop coronavirus after receiving a negative test result if it s within the 10 days – voluntary PCR testing on day 5 therefore gives close contacts households the best chance of minimising the possible risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. It is important to remember that as many as 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms.
Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschool – spaces available for September 2021
FOSM – Support Our School!
The ‘Friends of St Mark’s’ (FOSM) was formed early in the life of the school. All parents are automatically members and our committee organises social events for children and adults and fund-raising events such as Key Stage discos, Easter Egg Hunts and Summer Fun days.
Over the last few years the ‘Friends’ have donated money that has contributed towards extra resources to benefit the children at St. Mark’s which has included playground equipment, books for the school library, and general school funds. We are now a registered charity, too. Charity number: 1188879
Join our Facebook group here.
As it is Sports Week next week (23rd – 25th June), we know it maybe a little confusing about what the children should be wearing on which day. Therefore, we have made a timetable to help you know what your child/children should be wearing on each day. On days which say Sports Clothing, children can wear any sorts of sports attire. On the day which say coloured team t-shirt, children should be wearing a t-shirt which shows which colour team your child is in, and some sort of sports shorts or trousers. Please do not buy new clothes though – a close match is fine. Thank you for your support with this slightly different Sports Day this year. Sponsorship Form – PDF or Word Doc
- It’s been a great week – the children are working SO hard!
- Thank you for your help in creating the nose and joke stickers – we had a fun worship today, with a Red Nose Day kahoot quiz! Don’t forget- you can donate online here.
- Please do take a moment to watch our worship (see below), and be inspired about members of our community who volunteer their time and energy to help others. Very uplifting and inspiring!
- Thank you to Reece’s family (Y2) who have donated several bird tables and feeders to our school, as well as plants. We’ll install/bed them in asap, and look forward to enjoying more wildlife and greenary in our grounds. Thank you!
- Do you have some clothes laying around that you or your children have grown out of? Please keep them for now and donate them to our Bags2School collection – details coming soon!
- See SCL INSET Day care note below (our next INSET is Thursday 1st April – honest!)
Have a wonderful weekend :) Mr Applegate
INSET Days 2021-2022
- Monday 7th June 2021
- Thursday 2nd September 2021
- Friday 3rd September 2021 (term starts 6th Sept)
- Tuesday 4th January 2022
- Friday 8th April 2022
- Monday 6th June 2022
FOSM Easter Egg Hunt
FOSM PTA will be running an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt over the Easter break! This will take place in the school catchment area between Friday 2nd April and Sunday 18th April, for you to complete at your own pace. All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win an Easter treat. To take part, just complete this form and send payment to school with your child by 3pm on Friday 26th March. Happy hunting!
Children who have made the most effort to learn their times tables on RockStars this week:
- Year 6 – Alice S
- Year 5 – Brody P, David R
- Year 4 – Oliver W, Iremide A, Bethany C, Irebami A, James S, Harry A, Liam J
- Year 3 – Chloe M, Jack D, Vinnie S, Elizabeth B, George H, Harry B
FOSM Events Coming up!
- Non-Uniform Day – 31st March
- Easter Egg Hunt during the Easter break
- Car Washes – 24th April, 12th June, 17th July
- Staff vs Parent Challenge
- Sponsored Sports Day
- and more!
Well done to:
- Year R: Emily, Katie, Ollie S
- Year 1: Noah K, Bailey, Mimi
- Year 2: Luke, Emily, Grace
- Year 3: Max B, William, Lewis
- Year 4: Iremide, George, Jaiden
- Year 5: Elliot, Dylan, Brody
- Year 6: Evie-Rose, Teagan, Isabel
Watch our worship from this week about volunteering
The menu options for Monday 22nd March (week 3) will now be as follows:
Years R, 1 and 2
- Red – chicken goujons
- Green – omelette
- White – jacket potato with baked beans
Years 3,4,5 and 6
- Red – sausages
- Green – omelette
- White – jacket potato with baked beans
Apologies for this change, it is due to a shortage of chicken goujons for the whole school – they aren’t going to be included in the new menu after Easter, so HC3S haven’t supplied more to our kitchen. The new menu, which starts after Easter, will be emailed to you next week, along with special menus for those children with allergies.
Sign-up for our school prayer points mailing list
Would you like to join our prayer points mailing list? In conjunction with Immanuel church, this is a new opportunity to receive by email a half-termly prayer point list for our school. Click here to find out more.
SCL INSET DAY care
Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.
- Use the email email@example.com if you have questions or need to report symptoms or a positive case.
- Please keep us updated – for example, of test results.
- Read this letter from Public Health England about symptoms and testing.
- NHS Symptoms Check
- If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
- We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
- If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!
Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?
Do you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.
- Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
- Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
- Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
- Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school