Latest Newsletter – 20th Nov – all sorts!

Message from Mr Applegate


The children have really enjoyed our theme of ‘Odd Socks’ this week, which has helped to think through what it means to appreciate that we are all different. They’ve also produced puzzle pieces (see below!) which is everyone’s contribution to how we can stop bullying and look out for each other. We’re really proud of what they have produced!

Thank you for your ongoing support in our COVID-restrictions, including wearing face masks and the 1 way system. It really does make me proud to know that our school community is pulling together in making our school as safe as we can. Thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr Applegate

Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards – to be Covid-safe, the last day for brining in Christmas cards for other children is 9th Dec. Cards will then be quarantined, sorted, and re-quarantined before handing out. Remember, no name and class on the envelope means no delivery!

Amazing Total!

Together we raised an amazing £937.34! Just fab!  Thank you for your generosity.

FOSM Fundraising So Far

Created using the Donation Thermometer plugin£30,000Raised £3,134 towards the £30,000 target.£3,134£5,000£10,000£15,000£20,000£25,000Raised £3,134 towards the £30,000 target.10%

Why £30k? Covid is hitting us hard, like it is for all schools, businesses and families. Adding together the additional costs of managing our school in a covid-safe way, and the loss of income from our usual sources (including breakfast club and lettings), we will be approximately £30,000 below what was already a tight margin. It’s a very significant amount.Your generosity through FOSM events and other methods is so much appreciated.

Just Giving

If you’d like to donate to our school through FOSM, click here!


For other ways of supporting our school, read our FOSM page!

Year 3 Story Writing – 3SB

blankThe children are really becoming writers in Year 3. I really enjoyed the story they wrote as a class, and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Download it here.

HC3S Survey

As your school caterer we would like to better understand how Covid-19 has changed your access to food in your local area.  Your opinions are important to help as part of local government to identify any gaps and continue to strategically plan for the future to best serve local communities.

If you kindly completed the survey earlier in the year, please could you complete this again to help us analyse changes and trends.

The survey should take approximately 7 – 10 minutes to complete.


Anti-Bullying Week Video


Enjoy the puzzle pieces we’ve designed, too!


RockStars Headliners

Most Played this week:
Year 3: Chloe M, Elousie H, Zoe B, Elizabeth B and Lara E
Year 4: Liam J, Irebami A, Kalel A, Harry A and Iremide A
Year 5: Cameron M, Charlie D, Jessica R, Jessica W and Thomas C
Year 6: Ollie R, Frankie G, Harriet S, Archie H and Harri O

Our School Ranking



Star Learners Last Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: Sienna, Alvaro, Nico
  • Year 1: Elliot, D Oscar W, Mason E
  • Year 2: Jackson L, Joshua H, Poppy H
  • Year 3: Theo S, Max A,Lara E
  • Year 4: Noah H, Tanisha A, Izzy L
  • Year 5: Lottie B, Jack B, Travis W
  • Year 6: Daniel H, Zesiro A, Penny N
  • Bridge: Nevaya




Crossing Patrol Team


Details about the School Crossing Patrol Role

The Hampshire County Council School Crossing Patrol Service currently has a large team of dedicated community-minded men and women carrying out the important role of ensuring the safety of children on their way to and from school.

We currently have a vacancy on Woodbury Road, Basingstoke. We would be keen to hear from parents, grandparents and members of the local community who can demonstrate traffic awareness, a sense of responsibility and are keen to show dedication and commitment in carrying out this important role to make the roads of Hampshire safer for children travelling to and from School.

Experience is not necessary as full training will be provided, more important are your personal qualities and commitment to provide a safe crossing environment for children travelling between home and school during term time.

Additional information you may require:

Patrol working hours are up to 1 hour in the morning and up to 1 hour in the afternoon during school term-time

A uniform is provided to protect you against the elements

Starting salary is £9.62 per hour plus a payment in lieu of holidays

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check

If you think you may be interested in the role and would like further information then please see our careers page –

The link to the job vacancy which has a closing date of 1st December is:

Regular Notices

SCL After school care and Half Term Child Care

Click here for Half-term child care booking! Held at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.

Year R Tours – September 2021

blankInterested in joining St Mark’s for September 2021? We’re running tours and online sessions. Click here to find out more


Covid Reminders

  • Use the email 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?

blankDo 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.


What is your child learning this term?

Read the following for your child’s year group to find out more! It includes information about homework, reading, general expectations and more. The Knowledge Organiser helps you to know the knowledge the children should be learning for their project. Test them and see how they are getting on!

Online Forms

  • 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

Going to be absent?

We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).blank

Support our school whilst you shop!

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Email and Contact Details

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Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

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