Newsletter – 23rd March 2020

Message from Mr Applegate

Dear parents and carers,

Isn’t is great to have the sunshine in the midst of all the uncertainty!? And the rainbows on windows are lovely to see. They remind me that there is always hope. Whatever your source of hope – faith, other people, friendship, family, there is always hope. Circumstances at the moment are challenging and uncertain, but at some point – soon hopefully – things will turn for the better.

This weekend I have seen our St Mark’s team show an outstanding spirit in the face of adversity. Building a plan for how we put together provision for the forseeable future for key worker children was hard, but we are there, and everyone is pitching in, in some way or other.

All children – at home or at ‘school’ – will have the home learning activities to complete. These are posted online in the year group pages on our website. Notifications also come through on email and Facebook. Please don’t feel you need to do all of it. We know it is especially challenging where there are multiple children at home, or even adults having to work at home at the same time. Do what you can and keep it manageable. There are also the year group emails you can use to liaise with a teacher (emails can be found on the year group page). Staff will answer emails as quick as they can, between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm. As a rough guide, the work set is approximately 1hour’s worth for KS1 children and 2 hours for KS2 children, although it may be completed faster!

Finally, a huge thank you to those in our school community who are part of our key workers, serving our town and nation in this difficult time.

Best wishes to you all, Charles Applegate

Daily Videos for children (adults, please check for suitability)

Try a child friendly PE workout every morning with The Body Coach

Or keep up your phonics with a daily RWI lesson (like we do at school!) – see here!

Writing Competition Winners

A huge well done to all our pupils who took part in the Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival Creative Writing Competition. So many children took part from across the town, and our St Mark’s entries were brilliant. We even had quite a few winners! Well done All!

The Charles Lamb Cup for articles:

  • 1st place – Amber
  • 2nd – Bethany

The Marion Greup for letters (Yr5/6):

  • 1st place – Sam
  • 2nd place – Millie
  • 3rd place – Amalie

The Charles Lamb Award Cup for poetry Y1/2:

  • 1st place – Ellie
  • 2nd place – Alfie
  • 3rd place – Zoe

The Sadler Hall Cup for poetry Y3/4:

  • 1st place – Alexis
  • Joint 2nd – Neve and Alfie

The Garland Cup for poetry Y5/6:

  • 1st place – Amalie
  • 2nd place – Bhaswati
  • 3rd place – Grace

The David Anderson Rotary Cup for short stories KS2:

  • 1st place – Adam
  • 2nd place – Sienna

Notices from last week

Regular notices

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!

SCL INSET Day Childcare

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

Zones of Regulation

Your child may have been talking about feeling ‘red’ or ‘yellow’. What does this mean? Well, St Mark’s are adopting a really helpful way for children to identify and talk about their emotional state- even when they are angry or anxious! Identifying the colour helps  children to know how to move towards a more settled state, which may not always been straight to green. It also enables them to know ‘it’s ok to feel this way’, although we are still responsible for our actions. Why not talk through it with your child?

INSET Days – 2020/2021

  • Thur 3rd Sept 2020
  • Fri 4th Sept 2020 (School starts Monday 7th Sept)
  • Mon 4th Jan 2021
  • Thur 1st April 2021
  • Mon 7th June 2021

Music Rehearsals and Performances for KS2 children only

March 2020

Wed 18th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Part A Choir rehearsal and Chamber Choir at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 27th:      4.15pm – 5.30pm Part b Choir rehearsal and Narrators at Bishopswood Junior School

 

May 2020

Wed 6th:   4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Thurs 7th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

Wed 13th:  4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 15th:      4.15pm-5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

June 2020

Mon 1st:    9.30am-2.30pm All day choir rehearsal at St Mark’s CofE Primary School (Children still need to attend, even though it is an Inset Day)

Fri 5th:      9.30am-2.30pm All day Orchestra and Dancers’ rehearsal at Christ Church Chineham

Tues 9th:  9.30am-2.30pm All day rehearsal for whole concert at the Anvil

Tues 9th    7pm Concert at the Anvil

Wed 10th: 7pm Concert at the Anvil 

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Latest Newsletter: 9th March 2020

Message from Mr Applegate

This coming Friday, we’re celebrating SportsRelief. If your child would like to, they can come into school in non-uniform, which could include a sports element to it. We’ll be doing an extra sports event on the day. Donations welcome, but not compulsory.

We had really good fun together on World Book Day. Thank you to everyone for supporting the event. We had a whole range of characters, apparently including a lion. Huge thanks to Mrs Chapman and Mrs Rosso for organising the day.

Well done to our Y6 pupils for their efforts in Bikeability last week. So amazing to see children who couldn’t ride a bike at the beginning of week do so at the end of the week. Fantastic progress and bravery!

And a huge well done to Phoebe F in Year 4 for her success in the DB Junior Cross Country League yesterday. She took bronze, and also led her team to gold – amazing!

Thank you for your continued generosity for our Capital Funds project. This shows up in Tucasi online payments, and it really makes a difference to our school.

Our Ofsted inspection on Tuesday went very well. There is no feedback given to our school, but the inspector was pleased to visit our school. Thank you to the parents and carers who took part in the inspection (chosen by Ofsted themselves).

We’ve been thinking a lot about drains this week. The Year 6 area has been particularly bad, as have the pathways behind the school. We are seeking quotes for work, but wondered if anyone knew of a company or person that may be able to help us out? To unblock the Y6 drain will cost around £1000. Installing drainage by the paths at the back of the school will cost tens of thousands easily – money we simply don’t have. Do you know a company or person who could help advise at least? Do let us know asap.

Coronavirus – we are adapting to the hand washing regime, and the children are being fab. Should we need to pass on any news, we will do so through website and email, and possibly text.

Finally – don’t forget to put Sat 28th March in your diary. It’s the FOSM Easter Egg Hunt. More details to follow.

Have a great week! Mr Applegate.

Sport Relief – this Friday!

This coming Friday, we’re celebrating SportsRelief. If your child would like to, they can come into school in non-uniform, which could include a sports element to it. We’ll be doing an extra sports event on the day. Donations welcome, but not compulsory.

 

FOSM Cake Sale

We’re sorry to say this has been cancelled. It was due to take place on Friday 13th March 

 

Music Rehearsals and Performances for KS2 children only

March 2020

Wed 18th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Part A Choir rehearsal and Chamber Choir at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 27th:      4.15pm – 5.30pm Part b Choir rehearsal and Narrators at Bishopswood Junior School

 

May 2020

Wed 6th:   4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Thurs 7th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

Wed 13th:  4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 15th:      4.15pm-5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

June 2020

Mon 1st:    9.30am-2.30pm All day choir rehearsal at St Mark’s CofE Primary School (Children still need to attend, even though it is an Inset Day)

Fri 5th:      9.30am-2.30pm All day Orchestra and Dancers’ rehearsal at Christ Church Chineham

Tues 9th:  9.30am-2.30pm All day rehearsal for whole concert at the Anvil

Tues 9th    7pm Concert at the Anvil

Wed 10th: 7pm Concert at the Anvil 

Star Learners

 

 

 

Year R -Ben M, Ruby L, Jessica

Year 1 -Grace, Ava, Edward

Year 2 -Joe, Theodore, Elouise

Year 3 -Chloe D, Imogen, Bethany W

Year 4 -Ben M, Sienna, Sophie

Year 5 -Andrew, Jack, Zac W

Year 6 -Mia, Summer B

Attendance

KS1 Class: 1J 100%

KS2 Class: 4SH 99.67%

In our worship this week…

… we are thinking about International Women’s Day. We’ll be thinking about Rosine Bekoin, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai, and Greta Thunberg.

We’ll be asking questions such as ‘how can we make the world a fairer place?’ and ‘how can we focus more on the needs of others?’

Outstanding Money

As we are approaching the end of the financial year, please can you ensure that all dinner, breakfast club and trip money is paid and up to date. Mr Applegate

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!

Parent Questionnaire Results

Parent Questionnaire Comments

Hatch Warren Nature Group – Can you complete a quick survey?

STOP PRESS – There will also be a drop-in session for residents on March 9th at Hatch Warren Community Hall between 4pm and 8pm to talk to members of Hatch Warren Nature Group and Officers of the Council.

Hatch Warren Nature Group has been restoring local wildflowers to amenity mown grassland around St Marks School for several years to improve biodiversity and have been pressing the Council to do more. As well as bringing colour and interest for all ages there is a particular desire for children to be able to experience nature and to help populations of insects such as bees and butterflies to recover by increasing the plants they depend upon for food.

Recently the Council announced it supported the further expansion of biodiversity in Hatch Warren and Beggarwood by building on what has been achieved by Hatch Warren Nature Group subject to a public consultation to be found at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/yoursay. The consultation closes on March 27th. We need you to have your say!

The Council view this as a “pilot project” enabling them to learn and adjust to new methods of green space management. If successful the new approach would be rolled out across other areas of the town.

It is worth parents noting that In the State of Nature Report 2016 the UK was rated 190th out of 218 countries for biodiversity intactness i.e. 28th from the bottom internationally. Like people nature is subjected to rising pollution, of air, soils and water but also temperatures, rainfall and wind. This is in addition to habitat destruction caused by human expansion through farming (70%), homes, roads and commerce (10%) and fragmentation and degradation of what is left. Thank you for helping!

Dates for your diary

Notices from last week

The Department for Education (DfE) have opened a new helpline for parents to access, should they have any questions about COVID-19. With regards to medical questions, 111 is still the best contact to use. To contact the DfE about COVID-19:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The DfE also issued the following advice: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Where to find the latest information

SCL Easter Holiday Club

There is a 10% discount if you book early using code EGG10. This discount code expires on 20th March.

Regular notices

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!

SCL INSET Day Childcare

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

Zones of Regulation

Your child may have been talking about feeling ‘red’ or ‘yellow’. What does this mean? Well, St Mark’s are adopting a really helpful way for children to identify and talk about their emotional state- even when they are angry or anxious! Identifying the colour helps  children to know how to move towards a more settled state, which may not always been straight to green. It also enables them to know ‘it’s ok to feel this way’, although we are still responsible for our actions. Why not talk through it with your child?

INSET Days – 2020/2021

  • Thur 3rd Sept 2020
  • Fri 4th Sept 2020 (School starts Monday 7th Sept)
  • Mon 4th Jan 2021
  • Thur 1st April 2021
  • Mon 7th June 2021

Music Rehearsals and Performances for KS2 children only

March 2020

Wed 18th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Part A Choir rehearsal and Chamber Choir at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 27th:      4.15pm – 5.30pm Part b Choir rehearsal and Narrators at Bishopswood Junior School

 

May 2020

Wed 6th:   4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Thurs 7th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

Wed 13th:  4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 15th:      4.15pm-5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

June 2020

Mon 1st:    9.30am-2.30pm All day choir rehearsal at St Mark’s CofE Primary School (Children still need to attend, even though it is an Inset Day)

Fri 5th:      9.30am-2.30pm All day Orchestra and Dancers’ rehearsal at Christ Church Chineham

Tues 9th:  9.30am-2.30pm All day rehearsal for whole concert at the Anvil

Tues 9th    7pm Concert at the Anvil

Wed 10th: 7pm Concert at the Anvil 

Recent posts from our website

Get in touch with us

Latest Newsletter: 2nd March 2020

Message from Mr Applegate

Last week was busy but amazing! Our pupils loved the prayer space at Immanuel, and were very reflective and thoughtful through the different activities. Year 5 loved the ‘World at Large’ music/drama week, during which they wrote songs and plays about our school values. On Friday, they performed them to the school as well as over 200 parents and relatives. It was outstanding – and fun! Year 1 pupils went to Milestones, and are still recovering from the excitement. HeartSmart@Home launched for 25 Year 4 parents and pupils on Friday. Children across the school enjoyed finding out about their new projects for this half-term too. I’m so pleased to see care, enjoyment and learning at the heart of the children’s experiences.

Thank you parents and carers for your donations for the Capital Projects fund. It really does make a difference, and enables to do things like refurbish toilets, purchase IT equipment, carpet, windows and more. With our large school and very tight budgets, your support is so appreciated.

Finally, see the Knowledge Organisers and Project Leaflets for this half-term below. Have a great week.

World Book Day – This Week!

On Thursday 5th March, we are celebrating World Book Day.

We’ll start with Bookie Breakfast – do come into class at 8.30am-8.50am to read a book with your child if you are able.

Dressing up for the day as a book character is optional. There is no expectation to buy anything. We’ll also be doing various activities during the day.

What’s my child learning this term?

 

FOSM Update!

This week, the school received an amazing cheque for £12,189! It has been months and years of hard work and generosity, and has been put towards our recent HUGE book order and also much needed general supplies. Budgets are very tight, our school is large, and our books have been in huge need of an upgrade and restock, so THANK YOU parents, and THANK YOU FOSM team! We are so grateful.

Reminder – Cake sale is Friday 13th March. Cakes will be on sale in the small hall after school. Plates coming home this week. Remember, we’re a nut free school!

 

Star Learners

 

 

 

Year R – Ellie, Lily, Arianne

Year 2 – Theo S, Henry, Charlie B

Year 3 – Amelia, Charlie R, Lewis

Year 4 – Lottie B, Daisy (4SH),  Brody

Year 5 – Nevaya, DJ, Pippa

Year 6 – Keeley, Amy, Rhys M

Attendance

KS1 Class: 99.31%

KS2 Class: 4SH 99.33%

In our worship this week…

… we are thinking about being a good friend. How we can we support others? How does this make them feel, and us feel? We’ll also be doing our ‘Unselfie Challenge’!

Chicken Pox

We now have cases of Chicken Pox in all of our KS1 year groups. Please look out for any signs or symptoms for your child.

Thank you

Coronavirus Update

The Department for Education (DfE) have opened a new helpline for parents to access, should they have any questions about COVID-19. With regards to medical questions, 111 is still the best contact to use. To contact the DfE about COVID-19:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The DfE also issued the following advice: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Where to find the latest information

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!

SCL Easter Holiday Club

There is a 10% discount if you book early using code EGG10. This discount code expires on 20th March.

Dates for your diary

Notices from last week

FOSM Cake Sale

Please note the next cake sale is Friday 13th March. Cakes will be on sale in the small hall after school.

Plates will be sent home with your child at the beginning of March. Could we please remind you we are a nut free school, as we have a number of children with allergies. Thank you for your support and generosity!

Interested in learning to teach?

Come to one of three information sessions to find out more. Click here for the dates and more information. Alternatively, speak to Mr Applegate.

Mental Health Support

Our website has a variety of information – just click here.

Also check out ‘The Ark‘ – our pastoral team’s blog of helpful information.

Regular notices

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!

SCL INSET Day Childcare

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

Zones of Regulation

Your child may have been talking about feeling ‘red’ or ‘yellow’. What does this mean? Well, St Mark’s are adopting a really helpful way for children to identify and talk about their emotional state- even when they are angry or anxious! Identifying the colour helps  children to know how to move towards a more settled state, which may not always been straight to green. It also enables them to know ‘it’s ok to feel this way’, although we are still responsible for our actions. Why not talk through it with your child?

INSET Days – 2020/2021

  • Thur 3rd Sept 2020
  • Fri 4th Sept 2020 (School starts Monday 7th Sept)
  • Mon 4th Jan 2021
  • Thur 1st April 2021
  • Mon 7th June 2021

Music Rehearsals and Performances for KS2 children only

March 2020

Wed 18th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Part A Choir rehearsal and Chamber Choir at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 27th:      4.15pm – 5.30pm Part b Choir rehearsal and Narrators at Bishopswood Junior School

 

May 2020

Wed 6th:   4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Thurs 7th:  4.15pm – 5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

Wed 13th:  4.15pm-5.30pm Chamber Choir rehearsals at Bishopswood Junior School

Fri 15th:      4.15pm-5.30pm Orchestra rehearsals at Costello School

June 2020

Mon 1st:    9.30am-2.30pm All day choir rehearsal at St Mark’s CofE Primary School (Children still need to attend, even though it is an Inset Day)

Fri 5th:      9.30am-2.30pm All day Orchestra and Dancers’ rehearsal at Christ Church Chineham

Tues 9th:  9.30am-2.30pm All day rehearsal for whole concert at the Anvil

Tues 9th    7pm Concert at the Anvil

Wed 10th: 7pm Concert at the Anvil 

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