As you may be aware, Snappers photographers were in school a couple of weeks ago and took individual, class and a year group photo of our Year 6 pupils. The children were sent home with a code for their class photo which could be purchased.
The individual and year group photo is complimentary and will be sent home this week in a special Leavers’ Yearbook.
We hope this clarifies any confusion.
Just to let parents, friends and family know, we have sold out of tickets for the evening performances of Peter Pan but still have plenty available for Wednesday afternoon at 2.00pm.
If any children require a packed lunch for the buddy picnic this Thursday 19th July, please let the office know by the end of Tuesday.
It’s a busy time at school, especially for Year 6, so we wanted to remind you about key events and times from now until the end of term.
Performances dates: Tuesday 7pm and Wednesday 2pm and 7pm.
For the 7pm performances, children may arrive from 6.15pm, until 6.30pm at the latest to ensure that everyone is registered and ready in time for the show. If children need face paint they need to arrive at 6.15pm.
Photos will also be available to purchase next week.
The children will be having a picnic lunch with their buddy on Thursday 19th July. Please could you provide a packed lunch for this. If they would like to bring in a small treat for their buddy then they may.
Our School Leavers’ Service will take place on Friday 20th July at 10am. The service will last for around an hour and then we welcome you back to classrooms for nibbles and drinks.
This is arranged by parents and will be taking place on Friday 20th July 7pm – 9pm. If you have paid for a ticket then this will be given in due course.
If children would like to get their shirt signed as a keepsake, they can do this on the last day of term, Monday 23rd July.
What a spectacular day we had at Winchester cathedral last week for the Church Schools’ Leavers’ Service.
When we arrived, many children were awestruck by the mere size of the cathedral and were keen to start exploring this historical venue. After we were welcomed, the children split off into groups and completed two tasks over the morning period such as creating mosaics, a photo trail or even making a bishop’s hat. The children thoroughly enjoyed using their creativity whilst also learning about the history of the cathedral.
Following lunch, which we had on the beautiful green outside the Cathedral, we assembled back into the Cathedral to await the Leavers’ Service. The service consisted of meaningful hymns, stories from the Bible and also prayers, which were confidently read by our Year 6 pupils – Molly, Luke and Emily. We also paraded our school banner and collected a special candle which was a gift to us from the Cathedral.
Each year there is a theme – this year we were looking at everyday heroes. The Cathedral asked us to design and make a chair which represented a hero to bring with us on the day of our service. It was wonderful to see the different media which was used and the creativity in ideas as their chairs were all so varied! When we designed our chair, we considered jobs which represented everyday heroes and what makes a job heroic. Many children thought of teachers, nurses, policemen and firemen however, the majority of children wanted to base their design around a veteran theme as this also linked with the centenary of WW1. We combined ideas from different designs and the children contributed towards making each and every part. A large group of children made over 100 poppies of different sizes, other children decorated allies’ flags with significant typography words whilst others helped to make replica war medals. We are very proud of our collaborative chair and it turned many heads at the Cathedral! We should have it back in school in a couple of weeks so please come and take a look.
A wonderful day had by all! What a lovely service and we look forward to our own Leavers’ Service at school near the end of term which parents are invited to.
It’s that time of year again and in just under a month’s time, Year 5 and 6 will be putting on yet another show-stopping performance – Peter Pan! Rehearsals, lyric learning and prop making are well underway and the children are feeling excited about entertaining their friends and families.
Our booking system for tickets is similar to the Christmas Carol Concert. To request tickets for the performance of Peter Pan, please click the link below:
Bikeability week is fast approaching; here are the last pieces of information to be aware of.
Timetable for the Week
Due to the Henry Beaufort transition days and the Music Concert, we have re-structured the week and placed each child in a group (which they are aware of). The timetable of this is below which shows which days they will be cycling on. Please note that some children will have their provision over two days and some children’s will be over three days.
Bringing in Bikes
We have not got storage space for 90 bikes so we ideally need your child’s bike to come in and go home with them each day of their provision training. If this poses a problem, then a limited number of bikes may be stored in the year 6 shared area; however, it is the child’s responsibility to bring their bike in at the end of the school day.
Bikeability run their training over different time intervals. One of these sessions runs over the lunch period meaning that they may be back too late for hot lunches. If your child’s provision session does run over the middle session (11:00 – 1:00), then please could you provide a packed lunch for the days required. If this is a problem, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office.
It is essential that your child is dressed appropriately for their provision in order to ride safely and comfortably. Shorts, leggings and some tracksuit bottoms would be suitable alongside trainers. These items should already be in the children’s PE kits so there is nothing additional which they need. The children can change into these at school or wear them for the whole day of their provision if they wish.
We hope that the week runs smoothly and the children learn some life-long skills.
We hope you all had a wonderful half term. Can you believe that it is the children’s final term at Primary School!?
Sex Education Information
A reminder that there will be an information session tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 5th June) at 2.15pm in the main hall about the Sex and Relationships Education which the children will be learning about soon. We will explain how we run the sessions, be showing the video resources and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions. We will be teaching these sessions to the children in the week beginning 11th June.
Good news! We have managed to organise Bikeability so that all children will receive the required hours of training to gain their achievement. Those children who are going to Henry Beaufort will be completing a full days training on Monday 18th June and 2 hours training on Tuesday 19th June.
All forms should now be in – can we remind you that a working bike should have gears and brakes (BMX bikes are not appropriate). These bikes should be brought in and taken home each day of the training; if this is an issue then please discuss further with your child’s class teacher.
Winchester Cathedral Leavers’ Service
Please can any remaining forms come in as soon as possible.
Year 6 Performance
We hope the children are excited about the up and coming performance. We will be refining lines in the next week or so before sending home final scripts and lyrics for the children to learn.
We will also send home a letter stating what each child needs to wear; where possible, we will try and keep this simple.
I’m sure by now you have heard a lot about this year’s production – Peter Pan. We’ve had a very entertaining week watching the children’s auditions and have been so impressed with the confidence, talent and well-rehearsed lines. With such a huge bank of talent, it has been nearly impossible to decide on which children are going to have the different roles; especially with so many children wanting the main parts! We have even had to create extra roles to allow each child to shine! We will be announcing the cast tomorrow and will give out the final script in the first week back.
We hope you appreciate the time that has been spent carefully considering each child to ensure they are happy. It will be an absolutely fantastic show – an incredible experience for the children to end their time at St Mark’s!
Thank you so much for the ingredients which the children brought in to make their chilli con carnes. They loved making these and were very impressed with the final result!
Firstly, the children prepared their ingredients by opening cans, chopping their vegetables and grating their cheese.
The next step was to cook the meat; Mrs Jones taught the children how to cook mince by browning it. Following this, they added their ingredients – most groups used onions, beans and vegetables. It was nice to see some original recipes such as adding spinach or sweet potato.
The children had these for lunch accompanied with rice, tortilla crisps and any other garnishes which they brought in. The teachers enjoyed sampling some of the children’s creations!
Hopefully, the children had lots of positive comments about their design and technology experience – many were keen to try out their recipes at home and you may even get a night off from cooking soon!
New Project! – ‘What a Shock!’
We started our new project this year with an exciting lesson programming a teacher robot to make a jam sandwich using precise algorithms. Additionally, we have been creating robot-inspired poetry in English lessons as well as studying the artist Eric Joyner. We’ll update you more about this project soon!
Reminders and Messages:
Please return the SATs breakfast club letter to let us know either way as to whether your child is coming
Return the Winchester Cathedral letter
A letter about June’s Bikeability will be coming home in the coming weeks
SATs revision – get your child to prioritise the areas where they are feeling less confident
Windmill Hill DVDs will be on their way to you soon!
If you would like to purchase a video of the children’s 5-day residential trip to Windmill Hill, then please send in the reply slip with £5 by this Friday – 27th April. The video is over 15 minutes long and features all aspects of the week.
These will be distributed in the next couple of weeks!