Latest Newsletter – 20th Jan

Message from Mr Applegate

Our careers fair is coming up – 4th and 5th of Feb. We would love to have a few more companies and organisations represented. Can you help? Click here for more details. Remember, as parents and carers, you are invited to join your child in visiting the stalls. The timings are as follows:

  • Tuesday 4th Feb9:30: 2T, 2R    10:00: 2B, 6P   10:30: 6C, 6S   11:00: 5F, 5T
  • Wednesday 5th Feb –  9:30: 5GP, 3B   10:00: 3BE, 3SB   10:30: 4SH, 4EH   11:00: 4T, Bridge

A huge well done to our orchestra who performed so well on Friday afternoon. They are making amazing progress, and we are very proud of them!

Some of our Year 5 students took part in a Basingstoke-wide table-tennis tournament this week. Their behaviour was brilliant, and they played really well. Congratulations also to Hannah who is through to the next round, and will represent St Mark’s in Southampton!

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for a parents’ evening slot here.

Have a great week. Mr A.

Star Learners

 

 

 

Year R – Florence, Owen, Mia

Year 1 – Liam, Chloe, Isabelle

Year 2 – Keegan, Chloe Me, Taya

Year 3 – Emilia, Kayla, Riker

Year 4 – Dylan, Ruby, Millie

Year 5 – Rylan, Isla, Ayush

Year 6 – Harrison, Josh L, Freddy

Attendance

KS1 Class: Penguins Class with 100%

KS2 Class: 3SB & 4SH with 100%

Nut Free School

Just a reminder that we are a nut-free school. Please avoid any products with nuts in them, including those with chocolate-hazelnut. Thank you.

Lots of help needed!

Because of your generosity through fundraising, we’ve been able to purchase a large volume of books. We now have hundreds of books that need backing with sticky-back plastic. Would you be willing to take home a pile of 20 books to back them? Or even pop in early before pickup or after drop off to do some at school? We would be so grateful. Just pop in to the office and we can go from there. Thank you!

Hatch Warren Community Centre – Car Park

It was reported today by several parents that a driver (parent of the school) drove the wrong way out of the community centre car park. It was very dangerous, and of course against the rules. Thank you to all the drivers who drive safely and respectfully. You are appreciated.

Train to teach with Aspire!

Are you interested in finding out more about a career in teaching? St Mark’s are part of the Aspire teacher training network. It’s a practical, on-the-job route into teaching.

Click here to find out more, including information events coming up soon. https://www.stmarksprimary.net/aspire-train-to-teach/

Breakfast Club Reminders

Breakfast Club opens at 8am, the cost is £2.50, which includes breakfast.

From 8.20am the cost is £1.00, but does not include breakfast. If you arrive before this time you will be charged the full amount of £2.50 (even at 8:18am, to be fair to all parents).

Doors close at 8.25am; there is no access to the school car park after this time.

SCL February Half Term and INSET Day Childcare

SCL will be holding clubs at Hatch Warren Community Centre and Great Binfields School.

The theme will be Spy School. Please use code 4E15 to receive a 15% discount. Click here to book.

There is also SCL provision at St Mark’s for our INSET day on Friday 3rd April. Click here to book.

Lateness

As a school we focus on attendance and punctuality for all of our pupils. Lateness for pupils is any time after 8:45am – even if it just a minute! Hampshire’s system is that if a child has an ongoing pattern or is persistently late then parents will normally receive a written warning of the possibility of a Penalty Notice being issued. This warning will advise them about the extent of the child’s absence. It will warn them that if their child’s lateness does not show a significant improvement and if this improvement is not maintained thereafter, a Penalty Notice will be issued without further warning. If you feel you’d like support or advice about any of this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Alternatively, further information is available here: www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/overview

Hatch Warren Community Centre

Click here to find out more about the various events run by our local community centre, including health activities, parent sessions, youth clubs, after school clubs, and more.

Dates for your diary

Regular notices

Careers Fair

We’re excited to be running our St Mark’s Careers Fair again! Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 9-11:30am. To find out more and to register:

SCL Afterschool Club

Did you know? Our after school club has great features, including:

1. No deposit required. Simply pay as you go.
2. Bookings are online, quick and easy: www.stmarksprimary.net/scl
3. You can book the night before – no need to book weeks in advance, but you can do that too!
4. Children can attend after school clubs, and then go to SCL when they finish – and also pay a reduced rate.
5. There is plenty of space, and the club is financially secure. It’s here to stay.
6. An afternoon snack and meal are provided.
7. Activities at SCL are varied and fun.
8. Cost is £12/session, or £9 if attending later because of a school club.
9. Hours are 3:20pm to 6pm.
10. Child care vouchers are accepted!

Hire our Facilities!

St Mark’s boasts a large hall, a smaller hall, a kitchenette, a very large field and playgrounds. Our hire rates are very competitive. Our facilities can be hired for:

  • birthday parties
  • fitness classes
  • sport events
  • celebrations
  • training events
  • meetings
  • and more!

St Mark’s are moving with the times

We’re aware that techy watches are becoming increasingly popular. We are therefore relaxing our rules to move with the times. If children have a fitbit or tech watch they want to wear to school, this is fine. However, it is done so with the following rules, and failing to follow these rules will result in not being able to wear the watch to school again, or having it taken off the child to give to the parent.

  1. Watches must not be played with in class or during learning time. They must be on mute.
  2. No watches with cameras are allowed.
  3. Watches must not be connected to wireless networks, Bluetooth, networks or otherwise, and must not communicate with each other.
  4. Any damage, loss or theft of watches is not the school’s responsibilities. If parents allow their children to bring expensive watches in, they do so knowing that they may be broken or lost. The school will not take responsibility for this or dedicate time to resolving issues – even if it is the result of another child damaging it.
  5. Should this change of rules result in difficulties, the school may reverse the policy!

SCL February Half Term and INSET Day Childcare

SCL will be holding clubs at Hatch Warren Community Centre and Great Binfields School.

The theme will be Spy School. Please use code 4E15 to receive a 15% discount. Click here to book.

There is also SCL provision at St Mark’s for our INSET day on Friday 3rd April. Click here to book.

Recent posts from our website

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Latest Newsletter – 13th Jan

Message from Mr Applegate

It’s been a quiet yet busy start to our term. I’ve been so impressed with how the children have returned to school- despite the usual post-Christmas tiredness which we all feel.

Well done to our Year 4 pupils who demonstrated excellent behaviour and attitudes in their swimming lessons which started last week.

I trust the reports have been both helpful and encouraging. Please don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We also have parents’ evenings coming up in February. See the link below for booking details from 16th Jan.

Finally, you may be interested to know that you can click on the titles of the events in the diary below, and it will add a link to your online/phone calendar,

Have a great week, Mr Applegate :)

Parents’ Evening Online Booking

Please note the online booking system will be live from Thursday 16th January.

http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks

Remember that classes 1C and 3BE have slightly different timings. More details about booking can be found here

 

 

Click here to read information about TikTok – it unfortunately causes quite a few problems out of school!

Star Learners

 

 

 

Year R – Oliver, Freya, Ava (Puffins)

Year 1 – Freya, Braden, Zach P

Year 2 – Toby, Ruby, Millie

Year 3 – Kalel, Cristina, Sean

Year 4 – Lexie, Sophia M, Bethany

Year 5 – Evie (5GP), Summer, Evie-Rose

Year 6 – Lexie, Katie, Sebi

Attendance

KS1 Class: 1J & 2T with 100% attendance

KS2 Class: 4SH, 4T & 5F  with 100% attendance

Costume Swap Shop

Firstly, happy new year from the FOSM team!

In response to your feedback about world book day, we are going to set up a costume shop on 31 st January in the small hall, after school.

We’d like your helping in stocking up the shop please. Have a good rummage around the house for unwanted or outgrown costumes that are cluttering up you children’s toy boxes. Then bring them into school on Monday 20th January and we will be able to stock our up-cycled costume shop.

Then come along to the small hall after school on Friday 31st Jan to buy a different costume, at a really good price. All proceeds go to the school, and will support the aim of buying new books.

Please note that there isn’t a guarentee of being able to buy different costume. The costume shop will be open to the whole school.

This is a trial event, and we hope it’s a success! The FOSM team.

Big Bird Watch 2020

The RSPB Big Bird Watch is coming – click here to find out more!

Walking in and out of school

A quick reminder – we’re glad that children are eager to get into school, but please can you ensure they walk in, once through the gates. Keeping to the paths (and not over the mounds) is important, too. Thanks!

Year 4 Swimming

Just a reminder, Year 4 will be swimming on the following dates:

January:

Mon 13th, Wed 15th

Mon 20th, Wed 22nd

Mon 27th, Wed 29th

February:

Mon 3rd

Dates for your diary

Regular notices

Careers Fair

We’re excited to be running our St Mark’s Careers Fair again! Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 9-11:30am. To find out more and to register:

SCL Afterschool Club

Did you know? Our after school club has great features, including:

1. No deposit required. Simply pay as you go.
2. Bookings are online, quick and easy: www.stmarksprimary.net/scl
3. You can book the night before – no need to book weeks in advance, but you can do that too!
4. Children can attend after school clubs, and then go to SCL when they finish – and also pay a reduced rate.
5. There is plenty of space, and the club is financially secure. It’s here to stay.
6. An afternoon snack and meal are provided.
7. Activities at SCL are varied and fun.
8. Cost is £12/session, or £9 if attending later because of a school club.
9. Hours are 3:20pm to 6pm.
10. Child care vouchers are accepted!

Hire our Facilities!

St Mark’s boasts a large hall, a smaller hall, a kitchenette, a very large field and playgrounds. Our hire rates are very competitive. Our facilities can be hired for:

  • birthday parties
  • fitness classes
  • sport events
  • celebrations
  • training events
  • meetings
  • and more!

St Mark’s are moving with the times

We’re aware that techy watches are becoming increasingly popular. We are therefore relaxing our rules to move with the times. If children have a fitbit or tech watch they want to wear to school, this is fine. However, it is done so with the following rules, and failing to follow these rules will result in not being able to wear the watch to school again, or having it taken off the child to give to the parent.

  1. Watches must not be played with in class or during learning time. They must be on mute.
  2. No watches with cameras are allowed.
  3. Watches must not be connected to wireless networks, Bluetooth, networks or otherwise, and must not communicate with each other.
  4. Any damage, loss or theft of watches is not the school’s responsibilities. If parents allow their children to bring expensive watches in, they do so knowing that they may be broken or lost. The school will not take responsibility for this or dedicate time to resolving issues – even if it is the result of another child damaging it.
  5. Should this change of rules result in difficulties, the school may reverse the policy!

SCL February Half Term and INSET Day Childcare

SCL will be holding clubs at Hatch Warren Community Centre and Great Binfields School.

The theme will be Spy School. Please use code 4E15 to receive a 15% discount. Click here to book.

There is also SCL provision at St Mark’s for our INSET day on Friday 3rd April. Click here to book.

Recent posts from our website

Get in touch with us

Latest Newsletter

Message from Mr Applegate

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break and feel rested for the new term.

Our themes this term are ‘wellbeing’ and ‘aspirations’. We’ll be thinking about what we can all do to keep ourselves healthy in mind and body. With our careers fair coming up, we’ll also be looking at our own interests and skills, as well as learning about a whole range of jobs. Hopefully we’ll become inspired by them!

Our newsletter has had a change for the New Year. Instead of being a picture on our website, it is written on our website. This has lots of advantages: a better layout on the screen, clicking links within the newsletter, and easier administration for our staff. It should also feel shorter in length.

A reminder that we are raising funds through FOSM for improving and expanding our books in school. This includes “learning to read” books as well as “loving reading” books! Thank you for your ongoing generosity, including 2 parents of a Year R pupil who kindly gave us a Christmas gift.

Finally, look out for Autumn term school reports coming out this week. We hope that you find them helpful. As always, please speak to your class teacher if you have any questions. Parents’ evening booking details are coming out soon, too. 

Have a great week,

Mr Applegate :)

Spring Term After School Clubs

We will be sending letters home soon to children who have secured an after school club place.

Every effort has been made to allocate their first choice, but some children will have their second or third choice.

Third Menu Option

Starting Tuesday 7th January, the school kitchen will be offering a third menu option on Tuesdays only.

The choices will be:

Week 1: Fish wrap with chips

Week 2: Hot Dog and Chips

Week 3: Pizzini and Chips

Please note we will be returning on Week 2, so the option on 7th January will be Hot Dog and Chips (which went down well today!)

Service Pupil Premium

Parents – are you a member of the Services

Schools are entitled to an additional pot of money if a parent is in the Services, such as the Armed Forces. However, we need to know about it and complete a form. If this applies to you, please do get in touch with the office by 14th January. Thank you.

Reports

Our autumn term reports come out this week. We produce a termly report so that you feel in the loop about how your child is getting on at school. If you have any questions about it, please do speak to the class teacher. Look out for the teacher comment, too!

St Mark’s are moving with the time

We’re aware that techy watches are becoming increasingly popular. We are therefore relaxing our rules to move with the times. If children have a fitbit or tech watch they want to wear to school, this is fine. However, it is done so with the following rules, and failing to follow these rules will result in not being able to wear the watch to school again, or having it taken off the child to give to the parent.

  1. Watches must not be played with in class or during learning time. They must be on mute.
  2. No watches with cameras are allowed.
  3. Watches must not be connected to wireless networks, Bluetooth, networks or otherwise, and must not communicate with each other.
  4. Any damage, loss or theft of watches is not the school’s responsibilities. If parents allow their children to bring expensive watches in, they do so knowing that they may be broken or lost. The school will not take responsibility for this or dedicate time to resolving issues – even if it is the result of another child damaging it.
  5. Should this change of rules result in difficulties, the school may reverse the policy!

Careers Fair

We’re excited to be running our St Mark’s Careers Fair again! Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 9-11:30am. To find out more and to register:

Hire our Facilities!

St Mark’s boasts a large hall, a smaller hall, a kitchenette, a very large field and playgrounds. Our hire rates are very competitive. Our facilities can be hired for:

  • birthday parties
  • fitness classes
  • sport events
  • celebrations
  • training events
  • meetings
  • and more!

SCL Afterschool Club

Did you know? Our after school club has great features, including:

1. No deposit required. Simply pay as you go.
2. Bookings are online, quick and easy: www.stmarksprimary.net/scl
3. You can book the night before – no need to book weeks in advance, but you can do that too!
4. Children can attend after school clubs, and then go to SCL when they finish – and also pay a reduced rate.
5. There is plenty of space, and the club is financially secure. It’s here to stay.
6. An afternoon snack and meal are provided.
7. Activities at SCL are varied and fun.
8. Cost is £12/session, or £9 if attending later because of a school club.
9. Hours are 3:20pm to 6pm.
10. Child care vouchers are accepted!

Dates for your diary

Recent posts from our website

Get in touch with us

Christmas Donations

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your generosity at our recent Christmas performances and services. You may be aware that we were raising funds for Raising Hope Foundation (Ghana), and Basingstoke Camrose Centre. Your donations have totalled £1,569.20, meaning that each charity will receive £784.60. Absolutely amazing!

Have a wonderful Christmas break, and a Happy New Year. See you on the 7th!

Best wishes from The St Mark’s Team :)

Displays around St Mark’s!

Our children and staff are very creative, and are working really hard. Here are some photos of the displays around our school.

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