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21st March 2022, 10:00

St Mark's After School Club

 

Dear Parents We have been asked by St Mark's After School Club (where the children get picked up at the end of the school day and taken to St Mark's Church) to let all parents know that unfortunately, due to the high number of positive covid cases amongst staff, there will be no club today.

 

 

18th March 2022, 07:53

Red Nose Day

 

A quick reminder that children and staff can wear red for red nose Day in exchange for a voluntary contribution. Thank you

 

17th March 2022, 11:42

Red Nose Day Reminder - Friday 18th March

 

Dear Parents This is a reminder that it is Red Nose Day tomorrow Friday 18th March and children are welcome to come to school dressed in red or wearing Red Nose Day merchandise in exchange for a voluntary contribution. This year any money raised will go to the Tom Daley Challenge. Tom rowed, cycled, swam and ran his way from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to his home town of Plymouth to raise money for life-changing projects supported by Comic Relief. Thank you.

 

 

15th March 2022, 14:47

Red Nose Day - Friday 18th March

 

Dear Parents It is Red Nose Day this Friday 18th March and children are welcome to come to school dressed in red or wearing Red Nose Day merchandise in exchange for a voluntary contribution. This year any money raised will go to the Tom Daley Challenge. Tom rowed, cycled, swam and ran his way from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to his home town of Plymouth to raise money for life-changing projects supported by Comic Relief. Thank you.

 

 

12th March 2022, 11:56

A record amount of money raised for Ukraine & Covid update.

 

Good morning I am delighted to let you know that £1,049 was raised yesterday for those in need in Ukraine - this is the highest amount of money that we have ever raised for a single cause. This money will be match funded by the Government as we are donating the money to The British Red Cross, so in effect £ 2,098 will go from St Mark's Community to support those in need. In addition to this, 20 black bags filled to the brim with cuddly toys were collected yesterday - I can only imagine the delight on the faces of the children as they are given a cuddly toy to love. Thank you for your generosity. On a different note altogether there are a number of positive cases of Covid in school - in addition to these cases I have been notified of a further 4 new cases since the end of the school day yesterday. If therefore you are visiting vulnerable relatives / friends over the weekend you may wish to do a lateral flow test on your child prior to your visit. Likewise you may choose to do a lateral flow test on your child on Monday before school to reduce the spread of the virus as much as we can within our school community. As you will be aware regular lateral flow testing is no longer a requirement of the Government. However, experience in recent months has proven that a number of our children have only been recognised as being positive due to regular lateral flow testing - many of them have been asymptomatic. Equally we have had a number of staff who have been quite poorly with Covid & also a number of children who have been quite poorly as well. I want to do everything possible to keep everyone as safe as possible within our school community. Thank you Mrs Bath

 

 

10th March 2022, 20:24

A message from St Mark's Church Community

 

To all the families in our local community, As well as praying daily for all those impacted by the situation in Ukraine, every weekday from 1100-1200 St Mark’s Church is open for people to come in for individual reflection, prayer or simply to light a candle. Everyone is welcome, whatever your faith. This is a quiet period for anyone in the community but we would gladly talk with anyone who wants some additional support or solace at this difficult time. You can ask in person when you come in or you can contact the church warden on 07486 020395. We particularly reach out to those families in the school who are directly impacted by the situation; we are praying for you. God Bless, All at St Mark’s Church

 

 

9th March 2022, 20:15

Ukraine Teddies and Friday 11th March

Please follow the link below to view a video message from Alexandra.

 

https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/ukraine

 

 

9th March 2022, 15:30

School Gate Changes from Thursday 10th March

 

Dear Parents I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. With effect from tomorrow (Thursday 10th March), we are reducing the number of gates that are open at the beginning and end of the school day from 4 gates to 3 gates. We increased the number of gates to 4 during the height of the pandemic but it is a daily challenge having sufficient staff available to man all 4 gates. The gate which will NOT be open is the gate that adjoins the reception grassed area which leads onto the path that runs parallel to Ladye Wake. Instead of going out of that gate, parents can choose to either exit via the KS1 playground, particularly if that is the closest gate to where you collect your child from, or via the staff car park if you are collecting your child from the reception playground area. The timings of the gates opening remain the same i.e. 8:40am - 8:50am and 3:05pm. The place that you drop your child to at the beginning of the day remains the same and likewise so does the place that you collect your child from at the end of the day. The reception children will enter the building as normal at 8:45am unless it is raining and then they can go straight in at 8:40am. Thank you Mrs Bath

 

 

3rd March 2022, 14:29

World Book Day - £1 National Book Token

 

Dear Parents/Carers Today your child has been given a £1 book token to take home in their book bag as part of our World Book Day celebrations. These are redeemable in most book shops and will allow your child to purchase a World Book Day book...absolutely FREE! National Book Tokens write, "We’re delighted to bring you our fantastic selection of brand new and exclusive £1 books for 2022 that children and young people can get for FREE with their £1 token. We want every child and young person to believe they are readers and to give them the opportunity to have a book of their own that they have chosen for themselves." Please click here to view this year's £1 book selections. There are books for children of all ages: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/ A digital version of the £1 book voucher can also be used in shops. Please click here to access the digital book token on our school website: https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/reading-5/ The children and staff have enjoyed a fantastic day celebrating books and our love of reading here at St Mark's! Photos will be available to view on our website in the coming days.

 

 

2nd March 2022, 16:46

Reminder - World Book Day tomorrow

 

Dear Parents A reminder that tomorrow is World Book Day and children are welcome to come to school dressed up as a character from one of their favourite books. They are also welcome to bring in their favourite book from home if they’d like to share this with their class.

Thank you.

 

 

2nd March 2022, 07:21

Choir

 

Good morning There is choir this evening. However, there is no choir for the next 3 weeks as all staff ,including myself, have phonics training from an external provider which is taking place on Wednesdays after school. Choir will recommence on Wednesday 30 th March. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause you. Take care Mrs Bath

 

 

28th February 2022, 14:57

Unplanned fire drill this afternoon

 

Dear parents, It was lovely to welcome the children back to school this morning. This afternoon we had an unplanned fire drill. The children were outstanding in their behaviour and we all unfortunately got a little soggy on the school field. The false alarm had been caused by steam coming off the hot water tap in the kitchen cleaning closet which activated the alarm above. We notified the contractors to rectify the thermostat on this particular tap asap! Take care, Mrs Bath

 

 

27th February 2022, 20:13

Covid Update

 

Good evening I hope that you have had a good week following what was rather an abrupt end to the school term! Although the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test has been removed, government guidance published on the 24th February 2022 states that: ‘Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.’ If your child has any of the three main symptoms (new continuous cough/a high temperature/a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) you should order a PCR test. They are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while waiting for the test result. I will be liaising with my Senior Leadership Team and also with the Trust early this week regarding the impact of the Government changes and how they will impact on St Mark's and I will update you as soon as I am able to. It will remain an absolute priority to keep the children, staff and parents/carers as safe as possible and to continue to reduce the spread of covid amongst our school community. If you are able to, then please can you assist your child in doing a lateral flow test before school tomorrow - thank you. If you wish to continue to wear a face mask on the school run, you are very welcome to do so. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school tomorrow. Take care Mrs Bath

 

 

18th February 2022, 15:04

Reach for the stars

 

Please follow the links below to see our Reach for the Stars worship https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/reach-for-the-stars-term-3 https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/2021-2022-3/

 

 

17th February 2022, 15:47

Home Learning - Clarification

 

Dear Parents Further to my earlier message, a few parents have mentioned to me that they may struggle to do home learning tomorrow when school is closed. Please note that this is an exceptional circumstance and very short notice so please just do what you can - there is no pressure at all. Many thanks. Mrs Bath

 

 

17th February 2022, 12:51

St Mark's Valentine's Virtual Balloon Race

 

Our first ever Valentine's Virtual Balloon Race finished this week and we have the winners! Well done Clarkey Boys - your balloon travelled 1883km and has won our race! They were closely followed by Stitch, Ava, Jon and Moo & Boo's. Our class extra golden time winner is ......Yr 1 Mrs Cook's class. Well done! We want to say a huge thank you for taking part and raising money for our school. We hope you enjoyed it! 🎈🎈🎈🎈 The full leaderboard is on the balloon site https://www.balloonrace.com/stmarks. Don’t forget to follow our Friends of School Facebook page to be kept up to date: https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS/ Thanks again, Ellie & the FOS team

 

 

14th February 2022, 17:46

World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March

 

Dear Parents / Carers World Book Day This year we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. We’d like to once again encourage our children and staff to dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. Where possible, if you can reuse/recycle any clothes or props/items you already have at home to create your fancy dress outfits, then we’d really encourage this as an eco-friendly school. We also would like to invite children to bring in their favourite book from home if they’d like to share this with their class.

Mrs Vowles English Lead

 

 

9th March 2022, 15:30

School Gate Changes from Thursday 10th March

 

Dear Parents I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. With effect from tomorrow (Thursday 10th March), we are reducing the number of gates that are open at the beginning and end of the school day from 4 gates to 3 gates. We increased the number of gates to 4 during the height of the pandemic but it is a daily challenge having sufficient staff available to man all 4 gates. The gate which will NOT be open is the gate that adjoins the reception grassed area which leads onto the path that runs parallel to Ladye Wake. Instead of going out of that gate, parents can choose to either exit via the KS1 playground, particularly if that is the closest gate to where you collect your child from, or via the staff car park if you are collecting your child from the reception playground area. The timings of the gates opening remain the same i.e. 8:40am - 8:50am and 3:05pm. The place that you drop your child to at the beginning of the day remains the same and likewise so does the place that you collect your child from at the end of the day. The reception children will enter the building as normal at 8:45am unless it is raining and then they can go straight in at 8:40am. Thank you Mrs Bath

 

 

8th February 2022, 17:31

Safer Internet Day 2022 at St. Mark's

 

Today at St. Mark's we took part in activities as part of Safer Internet Day 2022. One of the most important parts of this is reminding the children to talk to a trusted adult if they are unsure about something that happens when they are online. It would be great if you could support this day by talking to your child about the activities which they like doing online as well as any worries they may have.

 

 

4th February 2022, 15:04

St Mark's Valentines Virtual Balloon Race

 

Dear Parents Just a reminder that this weekend is your last chance to join in St Mark’s first ever virtual balloon race. The Friends of School team met last night and we want to give even more chances for children to win so have added extra prizes - there will now be 5 winners!! 1st place £25 Amazon voucher and Valentine's themed prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th places. You may also notice on our virtual island that each class in the school has its own balloon and they are having a separate race against each other. The winning class doesn’t count for the main race BUT will get some extra golden time from Mrs Bath! Good luck! https://www.balloonrace.com/stmarks If your child would like to take part, you need to click on the link above and for a £3 donation select 'buy a balloon' and pay by card. You can buy as many balloons as you like and each balloon can be customised with the shape and colour as well as a nickname. Be sure to scroll down on the ‘balloon colours’ to see all the options available for your custom balloon. Entries close ready for the start of the week-long race on Monday 7th February and the race finishes on Monday 14th February. There is a 1st prize £25 Amazon voucher for the winner and 2nd & 3rd place valentine's themed prizes. Select 'see the balloons in flight' to see our very own St Mark's School island and once purchased you will see your custom balloon flying with the others ready for the race to start. Once the race starts you can check the site throughout and see the leader board to see how your balloon is getting on. The winners are totally random and fair and decided by the site which is providing the virtual race. Funds raised will go towards supporting our school. The race closes at noon on Valentines Day (14th Feb) and the winners will be announced after this date and contacted to receive their prize. We will keep you posted throughout the race on our FOS Facebook page. Good luck! Thanks Ellie & The FOS team Don’t forget to follow our FOS Facebook page to be kept up to date: https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS/

 


2nd February 2022, 14:45

End of School Day - Thursday 3rd February

 

Dear Parents We are having a new thermoplastic road layout put down on the Reception playground tomorrow. This means that this playground will be out of action and some children will come out of school from a different exit as follows: Mrs Hart's class - Studio doors. Mr Shephard's class - Studio doors. Miss Morgan's class - Door by Mr Shephard's classroom on KS1 playground. Mrs Cook's class - Door by Miss Ball's classroom on KS1 playground. Miss Ball's class - Door by Miss Ball's classroom on KS1 playground. This arrangement will be for the end of the school day tomorrow (Thursday) only. Once your child has been collected, please exit the KS1 playground by the gate near Mrs Hart's classroom which leads out to the path alongside Ladye Wake.

Many thanks.

 

 

2nd February 2022, 13:09

INSET Days - Academic Year 2022/23

 

Dear Parents Please note that the following days will be INSET days for academic year 2022/23: Thursday 1st September 2022 Friday 2nd September 2022 Monday 31st October 2022 Tuesday 3rd January 2023 Monday 5th June 2023 Thank you.

 

 

31st January 2022, 11:30

White Rose Maths - Free App

 

Dear Parents White Rose Maths have just released a new app called 1-Minute Maths which helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It is recommended for use both in class and at home. What’s the app about? This first version of the app is aimed at Key Stage 1 pupils (i.e, age 5-6 years). Individual one-minute tasks focus on adding and subtracting – and on ‘subitising’, the skill of instantly recognising the number of items in a group without counting. Multiplication and division will be added soon! How do you use it? Your child can choose any topic they want to try. They then answer a unique series of questions (so it’s a different set of questions every time). If they’re struggling with a question, a ‘Hint’ button will give a helpful clue by showing the question in a different but familiar way. When the one minute is up, they’ll see a feedback screen telling them how they’ve done. 7 top reasons for using 1-Minute Maths! 1. Excellent practice – and no distractions. 2. A clear, intuitive process that children pick up straight away. 3. No login or internet access needed. Just download and play. 4. Enjoyable and motivating… How many can they get correct in one minute? 5. Helpful hints match those used in class. 6. Brilliant for building number fluency and confidence. 7. It’s FREE! I would highly recommend downloading this free app to help your child develop vital early maths skills as it’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks! Mrs J. Davies, Maths Lead You can download it from Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Kindle.

 

 

27th January 2022, 07:29

Mask wearing & lateral flow testing

 

Good morning Data shows that the numbers of covid cases in Worle are significantly higher than National and they have risen by 12% in the last 7 days! I am therefore asking that parents continue to wear face masks on the school run .I also request please that parents continue to help their child in doing a daily lateral flow test for 7 days if there is a positive case in your child’s class. Thank you for your continued support in helping us to reduce the spread of covid within our school community.

 

Take care Mrs Bath

 

 

26th January 2022, 15:55

St Mark's Valentines Virtual Balloon Race

 

Dear Parents and Carers, We are so excited to bring you our first ever St Mark's Valentines Virtual Balloon Race which is eco- and covid-friendly: https://www.balloonrace.com/stmarks If your child would like to take part, please click on the link above and, for a £3 donation, select 'Buy a Balloon' and make payment by card. You can buy as many balloons as you like and each balloon can be customised with the shape and colour as well as a nickname. Be sure to scroll down on the ‘Balloon Colours’ to see all the options available for your custom balloon. Entries close ready for the start of the week-long race on Monday 7th February and the race finishes on Monday 14th February. There is a 1st prize £25 Amazon voucher for the winner and 2nd and 3rd place Valentine's themed prizes. Select 'See the balloons in flight' to see our very own St Mark's School island and once purchased you will see your custom balloon flying with the others ready for the race to start. Once the race starts you can check the site throughout and see the leader board to see how your balloon is getting on. The winners are totally random and fair and decided by the site which is providing the virtual race. Funds raised will go towards supporting our school. The race closes at noon on Valentines Day (14th Feb) and the winners will be announced after this date and contacted to receive their prize. We will keep you posted throughout the race on our Friends of School Facebook page. Good luck! Thanks Ellie & The FOS team Don’t forget to follow our FOS Facebook page to be kept up to date: https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS/

 

 

26th January 2022, 15:51

St Mark's Valentines Virtual Balloon Race

 

Dear Parents and Carers, We are so excited to bring you our first ever St Mark's Valentines Virtual Balloon Race which is eco- and covid-friendly: https://www.balloonrace.com/stmarks If your child would like to take part, please click on the link above and, for a £3 donation, select 'Buy a Balloon' and make payment by card. You can buy as many balloons as you like and each balloon can be customised with the shape and colour as well as a nickname. Be sure to scroll down on the ‘Balloon Colours’ to see all the options available for your custom balloon. Entries close ready for the start of the week-long race on Monday 7th February and the race finishes on Monday 14th February. There is a 1st prize £25 Amazon voucher for the winner and 2nd and 3rd place Valentine's themed prizes. Select 'See the balloons in flight' to see our very own St Mark's School island and once purchased you will see your custom balloon flying with the others ready for the race to start. Once the race starts you can check the site throughout and see the leader board to see how your balloon is getting on. The winners are totally random and fair and decided by the site which is providing the virtual race. Funds raised will go towards supporting our school. The race closes at noon on Valentines Day (14th Feb) and the winners will be announced after this date and contacted to receive their prize. We will keep you posted throughout the race on our Friends of School Facebook page. Good luck! Thanks Ellie & The FOS team Don’t forget to follow our FOS Facebook page to be kept up to date: https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS/

 

 

25th January 2022, 14:28

Choir Practice

Dear Parents of Children in the School Choir As the number of positive cases of covid has now greatly reduced in Miss Marsh's class, all members of the school choir in that class are welcome to come back to choir practice tomorrow (Wednesday) after school. Please collect your child afterwards from the KS2 playground at 4.10pm. Many thanks

 

 

25th January 2022, 13:11

St Mark's After School Club

 

Dear Parents We have been asked by St Mark's After School Club (where the children get picked up at the end of the school day and taken to St Mark's Church) to let all parents know that unfortunately, due to the high number of positive covid cases amongst staff, there will be no club again today or tomorrow. It will be running again from Thursday 27th January. Thank you.

 

 

24th January 2022, 11:24

St Mark's After School Club

 

Dear Parents We have been asked by St Mark's After School Club to let all parents know that unfortunately, due to the high number of positive covid cases amongst staff, there will be no club today.

 

 

21st January 2022, 16:27

Flu Vaccines

Dear all As you are aware flu vaccines were administered today at school to the children whose parents had given the Nursing Team consent to do so. I was made aware at the end of the school day that not all children took the leaflet home that the nursing team gave out which included information about possible side effects. Please therefore see the possible side effects section from the leaflet on the link below. https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/app-messages/ Please can all children have a lateral flow test before school on Monday morning. I hope that you all have a good weekend.

Mrs Bath

 

 

21st January 2022, 08:17

Nasal Flu Vaccinations

 

Dear Parents and Carers This is a reminder that the school nursing team are coming into school today to administer the nasal flu vaccinations. Vaccinations will only be given to those children whose parents have given permission via the online consent form. Thank you.

 

 

 

20th January 2022, 09:35

St Mark's After School Club

 

Dear Parents If your child goes to the St Mark's After School Club, hopefully you have all been contacted already to let you know that unfortunately, due to the high number of positive covid cases amongst staff, there will be no club either today or tomorrow.

 

 

19th January 2022, 11:32

Choir Practice - Term 3

 

A reminder to parents that choir practice will be taking place tonight after school in the hall and every Wednesday for the rest of this term. Unfortunately, we have been in touch with North Somerset Council Health Protection Team who have advised us that, due to the high number of positive cases of covid in Miss Marsh's class, we are unable to allow any members of the choir in this class to attend this week. We will review the situation and let you know whether this will change for next week's practice. Apologies for any inconvenience. Please collect your child from the KS2 playground at 4.10pm. Thank you.

 

 

18th January 2022, 08:01

Email is up & running again

 

Good morning Our school emails are up & running again! Have a good day.

Mrs Bath

 

 

17th January 2022, 12:46

The School Email is currently not working!

 

Dear all Unfortunately at the moment there are several schools in the Trust, including St Mark's, who are not able to receive any external emails to the school email accounts. I will notify you when the issue has been resolved. In the meantime please contact the school office on 01934 513008 to speak to one of the administrators or leave a message on the answer machine. This also currently effects our Covid email address.

Thank you Mrs Bath

 

 

16th January 2022, 07:43

St Mark's School Photography Competition

 

Dear Parents and Carers Please note that the deadline for entries to the St Mark's School Photography Competition has been extended to Monday 17th January. The theme is Awe and Wonder and it will be judged by C D Field (one of our parents) and our School Council. Please could children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 enclose a short explanation as to how their photo links to the theme of Awe and Wonder. Only one entry and one photo per child please. Please email entries to Year3LP@stmarks.bwmat.org by Monday 17th January and include the following information: - Child's name and class. - Confirmation that the photo is the child's own work. - Permission for the photo to be used on the school website. We look forward to seeing all your photography!

Miss Pugh

 

 

 

Clerical Assistant/Office Assistant Vacancy at St Mark's

 

Dear Parents

 

Mrs Sneddon-Coombes, our Bursar, will be leaving St Mark's on Wednesday 16th March. She has been an absolute asset to our school and will be sorely missed by myself and our school community. I wish her well in her new career as a police call handler - she will be a real asset in her new role as well. Following her resignation, there has been a restructuring of the office team in consultation with the Trust and key Governors. I am delighted that Mrs Spillane and Mrs Allen, who are highly experienced in our office, will both become Office Managers - they will both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles, and they will work alongside the Regional Finance Administrator in the Trust. As a result of this restructuring, a vacancy has arisen in the school office for a Clerical/Office Assistant with effect from Monday 21st March 2022. This role has been advertised on our school website and on the Trust website. Please view our website www.saintmarks.bwmat.org under 'About St Mark's - Recruitment'. If you are interested and meet the criteria for this role or know of someone who would, then please don't hesitate to contact me at hbath@stmarks.bwmat.org or on 01934 513008. The closing date for this role is at 3:30 pm on Friday 11th February. Thank you.

 

Take care

 

Mrs Bath

Dear all 

 

As you are aware flu vaccines were administered today at school to the children whose parents had given the Nursing Team consent to do so. I was made aware at the end of the school day that not all children took the leaflet home that the nursing team gave out which included information about possible side effects. Please therefore see below the possible side effects section from the leaflet. 

 

Please can all children have a lateral flow test before school on Monday morning. 

 

I hope that you all have a good weekend. 

 

Mrs Bath 

Lateral flow testing

10th January 2022, 17:48

 

Dear all, If your child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, the government strongly advise that your child undertake daily lateral flow tests for seven days. In order to keep all our school community as safe as we can, we request that you test your child each day before school for the seven days. Thank you so much, Mrs Bath

 

 

Choir Practice - Term 3

10th January 2022, 14:38

 

Dear Parents Choir is due to start again this term on Wednesday 19th January and will then be each Wednesday until Wednesday 16th February. This term I will teach them the Makaton, a form of sign language, alongside the words of the songs. The children will stand in the hall in year groups. Choir will finish at 4:10pm - please collect from the KS2 playground. I will assess how covid is impacting on the school during this term before confirming arrangements for next term. I will also contact you during this term if there are significant numbers of covid in school in which case I will postpone choir until further notice. Thank you Mrs Bath

 

 

St Mark's School Photography Competition

6th January 2022, 09:56

 

Dear Parents and Carers Please note that the deadline for entries to the St Mark's School Photography Competition has been extended to Monday 17th January. The theme is Awe and Wonder and it will be judged by C D Field (one of our parents) and our School Council. Please could children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 enclose a short explanation as to how their photo links to the theme of Awe and Wonder. Only one entry and one photo per child please. Please email entries to Year3LP@stmarks.bwmat.org by Monday 17th January and include the following information: - Child's name and class. - Confirmation that the photo is the child's own work. - Permission for the photo to be used on the school website. We look forward to seeing all your photography! Miss Pugh

 

 

Update From Mrs Bath Jan 2022

5th January 2022, 16:11

 

An update from Mrs Bath is now available on the app and school website under News & Events/Newsletters.

 

 

Thank you !

17th December 2021, 19:08

 

Good evening children & parents

 

My husband kindly called into St Mark’s after school today and collected lots of lovely cards and gifts for me. Thank you so much! I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas holiday with your families.

Take care Love from Mrs Bath

 

Friends of School Video and Message

17th December 2021, 13:49

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We wanted to share the short video sent to you earlier to showcase the fantastic term we have had fundraising thanks to YOUR support. We have raised over £1,400 this term in what continues to be difficult circumstances.

 

A scarecrow trail, personalised Christmas gift orders, a festive Christmas bunny competition, The Big PTA Christmas Raffle and lots of other great stuff have all helped reach this great total.

 

We have lots of fun things planned next year and we are always looking for people to join us. Our next meeting is planned for Thursday 6th January at the Ebdon Arms so please do get in touch if you would like to come along.

 

Thank you to Mrs Bath and the school for your continued support and I would also like to thank all of our committee members for your ideas, planning and the fun you bring to the team. A big thanks to Jason Fearn for creating the video for you to enjoy.

 

If you haven't already seen it, here is the link again:

 

 https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/friends-of-school/

 

We wish you all a Happy and Healthy Christmas.

Thanks Ellie & the FOS Team

 

https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS

 

Covid

17th December 2021, 11:34

 

Dear Parents

If your child tests positive for covid, please email covid@stmarks.bwmat.org up until midnight on Sunday 19th December so that I can inform other parents.

Thank you.

Mrs Bath

 

Friends of School

17th December 2021, 11:11

 

Please follow the link below to see the Friends of School autumn review.

 

https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/friends-of-school/

 

St Mark's School Photography Competition

15th December 2021, 10:41

 

Dear Parents and Carers

We are pleased to announce a St Mark's Photography Competition for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the lead up to Arts Week next term. The theme is Awe and Wonder and it will be judged by C D Field (one of our parents) and our School Council. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 5th January. Please could children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 enclose a short explanation as to how their photo links to the theme of Awe and Wonder. Only one entry and one photo per child please.

 

Please email entries to Year3LP@stmarks.bwmat.org by Wednesday 5th January and include the following information: - Child's name and class. - Confirmation that the photo is the child's own work. - Permission for the photo to be used on the school website.

 

We look forward to seeing all your photography!

 

Miss Pugh

 

Newsletter

10th December 2021, 15:22

 

Our latest newsletter is now available on the app and school website.

 

Flu School Immunisation Programme

7th December 2021, 13:27

 

Dear Parent/Carer

This winter, we are offering all children a flu vaccine as part of the School Immunisation Programme. This information explains why children are being offered this vaccine and explains how to let us know whether or not you would like your child to be vaccinated.

 

Children are being offered the vaccinations to protect them from flu, minimise the circulation of the virus this winter and to reduce disruption to their education, and the potential impact on the NHS. The vaccinations will be given by Sirona care & health, who run all the School Immunisation Programmes in our area and have a lot of experience vaccinating children.

 

The flu vaccination programme already includes all children from Reception to Year 7 and is being extended this year to include school Years 8 to 11.

 

The flu vaccine is administered using a nasal spray.

 

Please complete the consent form below, indicating whether or not you wish your child to have the vaccine. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can request a paper copy from your child’s school.

 

Link to the nasal flu consent form:

 

https://imms.sirona-cic.org.uk/flu/2021/consent

 

Please complete the form as soon as possible, the consent system will be closed 2 days before the session. Your school will tell you the date of the session once it is confirmed.

 

For more information about the Nasal Flu vaccination programme for the primary age group please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-leaflets-and-posters/protect-yourself-against-flu-information-for-parents-and-carers-of-preschool-and-primary-school-aged-children

 

Please ensure you complete the consent form. If your child is not able to attend school on the day of the Immunisation Clinic they can attend a catch-up clinic at a later date.

 

Your school will send out information about these clinics at a later date. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact the School Immunisation Team on 01275 373104 or email sirona.sch-imms@nhs.net

Yours faithfully Karen Evans Head of Specialist Services for Children

 

8th March 2021, 11:30

School Lunches

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

The school kitchen will be providing grab bag lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and plated hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The menu will be as follows: Mondays - Pizza with wedges and vegetable sticks. Tuesdays - Meat or vegetarian bolognese pasta with sweetcorn/peas. Wednesdays - Meat or vegetarian burgers with chips and vegetable sticks. Thursdays - Meat or vegetarian sausages with mashed potato and baked beans. Fridays - Fish fingers or Quorn nuggets with chips and vegetable sticks.

Thank you.

 

6th March 2021, 19:45

Covid Vaccination

 

Dear all.

A friend of mine sent me this message this afternoon . I thought it would be useful to forward to our school community, including grandparents, who meet the criteria for booking a Covid Jab. Take care. So looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs Bath

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA7YyCBhD_ARIsALkj54qkHivE5s7imLRnAv9LtEqZPnIx9GOMbyxJyCJWk20d8mw3kaHZtm8aAnsYEALw_wcB

 

 

5th March 2021, 19:05

COVID-19 tests for parents

 

Please share the information below with your parent networks to help answer any questions they may have. Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly: through your employer, if they offer testing to employees by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm. Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

 

 

 

5th March 2021, 18:59

Words of Encouragement

 

Please follow the link below to see the wonderful words of encouragement from all the staff at St Mark's.

 

https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/school-community/

 

 

5th March 2021, 12:50

Friends of School Virtual Craft Fair

 

As mentioned last week, St Mark’s Friends of School are holding a virtual craft fair on Facebook and it is now live! Please join the group using the link below and have a look at what is on offer from the lovely stall holders and support small businesses. There are more stall holders joining every day. All transactions are directly between the stall holder and the buyer but each stall holder has paid a fixed amount to the Friends of School to be allowed to participate and this money goes directly to benefit the children of St Mark’s School. With a lack of fundraising activities this past year, your support of this event is much appreciated. If there are any crafty people who would like a stall please email info@stmarksfos.org.uk. Stalls are £10 and the fair will run until 11th April so there's still lots of time to advertise/shop for Mother’s Day & Easter.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/265559758479035/?ref=share

 

Thank you.

 

 

3rd March 2021, 16:54

Starting time for Year 1 children

 

Dear parents of children in Year 1 Apologies the staring time for your Year 1 child is 8:40 am each school day & not 8:50 am as was on the newsletter today. I am so looking forward to seeing all the children on Monday. Take care Mrs Bath

 

 

3rd March 2021, 15:02

School Arrangements - Monday 8th March 2021

 

The arrangements for the children's return to school next Monday are now available on the app and school website.

 

 

1st March 2021, 10:18

Dressing up for World Book Day- Thursday 4th March

 

ALL St Mark's pupils, both critical worker children in school and those who are home learning, are invited to dress up on Thursday 4th March for World Book Day (if they want to!). Apologies for any confusion. This doesn't have to mean buying an expensive fancy-dress outfit; adapting an existing outfit, making a hat or mask are as equally effective! Thank you.

Mrs Vowles

 

26th February 2021, 14:29

Friends of School Online Craft Fair

 

Dear Parents and Carers The Friends of School are running a virtual craft fair for Mother’s Day and Easter, which can be accessed via Facebook. Local craft makers and businesses can buy a virtual space to showcase their items and we hope that as many people as possible will then browse the event and find some lovely things to buy. The money raised from selling stall spaces will go directly to benefit pupils as always. All sales transactions are directly between the stallholder and the customer, just like when we run the fairs in school. This time, however, you will have to make your own cuppa to enjoy while you browse from home!

 

Please see our Facebook page for more details (https://www.facebook.com/stmarksFOS) or email us on info@stmarksfos.org.uk to request a booking form for yourself or a friend if you have craft items you would like to advertise. The event page should go live tomorrow 27th February and run until 11th April. Happy shopping!

 

 

25th February 2021, 14:22

World Book day- Thursday 4th March

 

Dear Parents Please watch the short video below which explains how we will be celebrating World Book Day this year at St Mark's:

 

https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/world-book-day-2021

 

World Book Day takes place next week on Thursday 4th March. We would normally celebrate this day in school, with children dressing up as their favourite book characters. Sadly we are unable to do this at this current time, however if your child still wishes to dress up as their favourite book character, please email a photo of them doing so to the 'Let Your Light Shine' email address: LYLS@stmarks.bwmat.org Staff will also be dressing up as their favourite book characters!

 

Children will still receive their £1 book token to spend (as a downloadable .pdf file instead). There are also two fun competitions organised by the staff at St Mark's - a Where's Wally inspired competition and a Masked Singer themed reading competition! Details of both competitions (for St Mark's pupils only!) will be given next week, along with the £1 tokens, as part of your child's World Book Day assignment. We hope you will enjoy celebrating this day as a family and sharing together in your favourite stories! Thank you.

Mrs Vowles

 

 

24th February 2021, 08:11

Update about returning to school on March 8th

 

Dear all I hope that you are all keeping safe & well. The staff & I are really looking forward to welcoming all children back to school on Monday March 8 th. Plans are underway to support a smooth & safe transition back into school and these plans will be shared with you by the end of this week. I wanted to let you know however at this stage, so that you can plan ahead, that breakfast club will be resuming on Monday March 8 th - please book places in the usual way.

 

I am hoping to be able to speak directly to the Mill on the Brue residential staff today and I will then contact parents in current year 5 & 6 at the very earliest opportunity about payment dates etc under these current conditions.

Have a good day. Mrs Bath

 

11th February 2021, 08:51

National Half Term Distance Competition: 15-21st February

 

In half term, we are taking on the children's distance challenge, competing with schools across the country! We want you to see how many miles we can move as a school in half term. These will be entered into a national competition! We are every excited to compete and we hope you are too! Please find more information about the challenge below. We have also uploaded a short video to the website which shows you have to register your miles. https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/half-term-challenge/ Miss Owen and Miss French National Half Term Distance Competition: 15-21st February We are delighted to inform you that the school has signed up for The Children’s Challenge Half Term Distance Competition. This is a national competition and we will be competing against at least 35 other primary schools (growing daily!) from around the country. These schools represent over 11,000 pupils! Parents are encouraged to walk, run, cycle or scooter with their children from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st February and then log their child’s daily distance under “Submit Daily Distance” on the following website: https://thechildrenschallenge.com/feb-1521-half-term-competition The sum of the distances travelled by all children attending our primary school should be submitted at the end of each day. All rules, as well as the all important daily leaderboard, can be found on the above website. The leaderboard will show the absolute distance travelled by all the children at the school as well as the average distance per pupil. The key to national glory will be maximum participation! It promises to be a highly engaging, competitive and fun event. The purpose is to encourage children to exercise everyday for both their mental and physical health. Good luck! How far will you go in half term?

 

 

10th February 2021, 14:29

Food Products containing Nuts

 

Dear Parents This is a reminder that we have a number of children at school who are allergic to nuts. Please therefore do not send any nuts, sandwich spreads containing nuts or any other foods containing nuts in your child's packed lunch box. Thank you.

 

10th February 2021, 13:50

Place available in Reception

 

To Parents I am writing to inform you that there is now a place available in Reception as a child has moved out of the area. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the place, please ask them to contact school in the first instance on 01934 513008. Thank you.

 

9th February 2021, 08:39

Cold Weather

 

As the weather is very cold at the moment please can children bring in a hat, scarf and gloves with them each day. Thank you

 

5th February 2021, 10:31

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 9th February

 

At St. Mark's we are proud to have been asked to contribute to the national campaign to support Safer Internet Day 2021. This annual event takes places in more than 170 countries worldwide and in our school it is usually a good opportunity for children to learn from children of different ages. That will not be possible this year but you will have the chance to see children from our school taking part in a video made for the day. They will help discuss the theme 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'.

As parents/carers, we hope you will be able to support your child in their learning on the day. For example, the assignments they are set may involve discussion about online safety. Even if your child will be in school, this is a great opportunity to discuss a vital part of their education. Children throughout the country have been spending more time online during lockdown which makes this the ideal time to ask them about the things that they enjoy and/or are worried about online. In particular, discussing who they communicate with online, either by video, voice or text is an important step in keeping children safe in the online world.

 

4th February 2021, 15:55

An Update from Mrs Bath

 

Please follow the link below to hear an update from Mrs Bath https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/update-from-mrs-bath-4th-february Please follow the link below to answer our small feedback questionnaire that Mrs Bath refers to in her up date. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspxid=zYYnkfAdvk6PP19ExfR4BaRU6DpQa1BHlwWSAsF6nMtUMEpNOU84NEJEQkpBMURWSUQ2TUJUNlhFQi4u

 

 

2nd February 2021, 13:12

Choir Challenge - Young Voices (YV) Biggest Sing

 

St Mark's choir will be joining in with the Young Voices Biggest Sing event which will be held on 15th June 2021. YV Biggest Sing will be the flagship event of Children’s Mental Health Week, hundreds of thousands of children, their teachers and families will come together all over the UK in the safety of their schools and/or home to sing the iconic song 'Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers with special guest artists to raise vital funds in support of Place2Be, our chosen charity for 2021. This will be a very exciting challenge for us. I have placed further information on the link below including backing tracks and the lyrics. Please sing along and we will continue to learn this when we are all finally back together so we are ready for the 15th June. We hope you enjoy learning the song and look forward to joining thousands of other children where we will be one big choir. https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/young-voices/

 

 

2nd February 2021, 11:52

Home Wi-Fi access

 

If you do not have access to Wi-Fi at home please contact the school office to let us know. St. Mark's may be able to provide temporary Wi-Fi to help with accessing home learning.

 

1st February 2021, 08:25

Children's Mental Health Week

 

Good Morning this week is Children's Mental Health Week. Today's first activity is based on our core Christian Value of Hope. Each day on your Teams assignments there will be an activity based on our core Christian Values. We hope you enjoy these activities and look forward to seeing what you have been up to! LYLS@ stmarks.bwmat.org

 

29th January 2021, 14:37

Children's Mental Health Week - 1st - 5th February 2021

 

Next week is Children's Mental Health Week 2021. Please follow the link below to see an overview of the week. Mrs Davis our Family Adviser has put together some fantastic activities for you to share as families. Different activities linked to our core Christian Values will be sent to you on Teams each day. We hope you enjoy the week and look forward to seeing some of the things you get up to. https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/stmarkssomerset/UploadedDocument/4e0478a9c44548a994489abe31e2a9ba/overview.childrens-mental-health-week-2021.pdf

 

28th January 2021, 19:29

Friends of School Drawing Competition

 

To all parents/carers, the Friends of School have decided to run a drawing competition for the children.

The theme will be linked to Valentines Day and there will be a £20 MacDonalds voucher as a prize for the best entry in each of two age brackets - Reception-Yr2 and Yr3-6. There is no charge to enter, you simply need to take a photo of your child’s entry (not the child, just the picture, with no name showing) and email it to us by the closing date of Sunday 7th February at the following address: stmarksfos@gmail.com. Please tell us which year group your child is in when you email and provide their name. We will announce the two winners the following week and work out how to get the vouchers to them. We will also make a photo montage clip of the runners up and share it via the school app/website for Valentines weekend for everyone to watch. If you are happy for your child to take part then please show/tell them the following: Hello children, we would love to see some artwork to brighten everyone’s days in this gloomy weather. Please draw something related to Valentines Day about Love or Friendship or Happiness and ask your grown-up to send us a photo of it by the end of next week. You can draw or colour whatever you like about those things and Mrs Hibbard is going to judge all the entries and pick the best lower school entry and the best upper school entry to both win a MacDonalds voucher for a free family meal! We will then put a selection of the best entries together into a short video and put it on the website for everyone to watch at the end of term! Good luck and happy drawing! Stay safe, from The Friends of School Team.

 

26th January 2021, 19:05

An update from Mrs Bath

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for doing your absolute best to support your child's/ children's learning at home. These are such challenging circumstances for you all particularly when understandably we don't have a clear indication of how long we will be in lockdown. I have said it before & I will no doubt say it again to parents: 'You can only do your best!' The staff & I fully appreciate all that you are doing.

A reminder please to our critical worker parents to only send your child/ children into school when it is absolutely essential to do so - if they can be looked after at home then they should be at home rather than at school. A reminder also that parents need to book on a Thursday for the following week.

As you are aware the school kitchen is open and children in reception & key stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal if they are in school during this period of school closure. If your child is in key stage 2 then the cost of their meal would be £2:10 per day.

Recently we have reviewed our Remote Education / Home Learning Policy. If you wish to read this, it is on the school website under 'Policies' and also under 'Home Learning.' We have decided from next week, that Wednesday afternoons for Home Learners and for Keyworker children in school will be a 'Screen Free' afternoon. This means that teachers will set Assignment Activities that only require children and parents to read the activities on their Teams account and then take part in a way that does not require any technology. For these 'Screen Free' assignments there will be no need for children or parents to 'Hand in' the assignment nor to write or take a photographic record of it. If however there are some examples of activities that you wish to share as they show your child 'Letting their Light Shine!' or they show your child demonstrating one of our core values, then you are welcome to send photographs & a short blurb to LYLS@stmarks.bwmat.org . We will put some of the photos etc onto our website & possibly send some to the Trust or the Diocese. By sending information to the LYLS email address you are giving your permission for the information to be shared as detailed above.

This week the school is taking part in the RSPB Big Birdwatch which will involve watching a Big Birdwatch Live Lesson on Thursday morning at 11am on the CBBC Channel. Further details will also be given via your child's assignments. Thank you to Miss French for organising this activity for the school community.

A big thank you to all parents and carers who have read the 'Acceptable Use Policy for Microsoft Teams for Home Learning', shared it with their children and completed the online agreement form. We just have a few families yet to sign, further details are available of the Home Learning 2020/21 page of the website. Live Class Team's Meetings will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and all children whose parents have signed the agreement have been invited. Teachers can add an invite to the other children once the agreement form has been signed.

Finally, if your children have been letting their light shine whilst they have been Home Learning, we would love to hear about it. Please send any information or photos etc to LYLS@stmarks.bwmat.org

Many thanks

Mrs Bath

 

25th January 2021, 08:42

Please read and respond by 12 noon

 

Dear parents and carers,

Last Thursday we sent out details and a link to our 'Acceptable Use Policy for using Microsoft Teams for Home Learning' and a link to an online declaration form. Please look back at your previous School App messages from last Thursday or find the links on the Home Learning Page 2020/21 on the school website to read the policy and complete the form - link below:

https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/home-learning-2020-21/

This afternoon, the teachers will be setting up their invite to the Class Teams Meeting and will invite all children whose parents have returned the online declaration form. The closing time for this is 12 noon today please.

If you are a member of a Facebook group for St Mark's, please could you share this message on our behalf - thank you!

The teachers are looking to welcoming the children to the live Class Teams Meeting later this week.

Many thanks

Mrs Bath

 

21st January 2021, 13:05

Important – Action required please

 

Dear Parents or Carers,

At St Mark’s, we now have in place an ‘Acceptable Use Policy for accessing and using Microsoft Teams for online learning at home’. A link to the policy is here:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/stmarkssomerset/UploadedDocument/6c54a658aa19486ca2fbd0f1caf3dc97/st-marks-acceptable-use-policy-for-teams-online-learning-20-jan-21.pdf

Please could you read the policy carefully and discuss with your child the rules for safe and responsible use of Teams, including when participating in live Class Team’s Meetings. Once you have done this, please complete the online Declaration Agreement form on behalf of yourself and your child by 12 noon on Monday 25th January 2021.

Parent’s will need to return an agreement form for each child you have at St Mark’s. If this is the case, you will have received more than one School App for each different class. The Policy and the class link to the agreement form is also available on the ‘Home Learning 20/21’ page on the school website.

https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/home-learning-2020-21/

Thank you

Mrs Bath

 

18th January 2021, 17:48

Weekly Class Teams Meetings 

 

Dear Parents

The Trust are currently making improvements to the functionality of the 'live class Teams meetings' .We have made the decision that until these improvements have been fully implemented by the Trust that these Teams meetings will be put on hold until further notice. As you know the staff will endeavour to contact all families on the phone this week as an additional means of maintaining our contact with those families that are home learning. I will contact you again as soon as I have heard back from the Trust in the hope that the ' class Teams meetings' will be able to resume at the earliest opportunity. Thank you for all that you are doing to work in partnership with the school during these unprecedented times - it is greatly appreciated.

Take care

Mrs Bath

 

18th January 2021, 08:24

Week commencing Monday 18th January

 

The opening times of the gates are 8.40am – 8.50am. If you arrive after the gates have closed, then please come via the main entrance. The afternoon gates will open from just before 3.00pm. The gate nearest to the staff car park will not be open before or after school during this lockdown period. Instead parents of children in Reception to Year 3 should use the gate nearest to the Reception playground to exit as opposed to walking through the staff car park. Please can the parents of children in Years 4 - 6 use the Key Stage 2 gate at the beginning and end of the day as normal. Please can the parents of Reception and Year 1children drop off and collect their child from KS1 playground.

13th January 2021, 15:06

Let Your Light Shine

 

Dear children

During the first lock down there were so many wonderful examples of children putting into action our Vision' Let your light shine.' If you have any examples of  you 'letting your light shine' over the coming days & weeks then it would be really lovely if you could share them with me on LYLS@stmarks.bwmat.org  .By emailing me on that address then you are giving permission for me to place the information/photos etc on our school website. There may also be cases where the email & photos etc could be forwarded to the Diocese so that we can share some of the lovely things that you are doing within our school community & beyond. 

 

I am looking forward to hearing from you. 

 

Take care 

 

Mrs Bath 

 

12th January 2021, 17:34

Using Teams on an Xbox or PlayStation - keyboard and mouse loans

 

Mrs Bath has made a short video about home learning. This includes an offer to loan a keyboard and/or mouse to access Teams on an Xbox or PlayStation: https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/mrs-bath-talks-about-using-games-consoles-to-acces These videos explain how to access Teams on the consoles: https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/how-to-access-teams-on-an-xbox https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/how-to-access-teams-on-a-playstation If you would like to borrow a keyboard, a mouse, or both, please complete the form by clicking on the link below.

You do not need to complete the survey if you do not need to borrow these items. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zYYnkfAdvk6PP19ExfR4BTkkexHsnANCjbJClANw6iBUOVZTMUhSMzdSRTZWVlBHREdaSEpWSEZPTS4u

 

8th January 2021, 17:13

Home Learners and next week Class Meetings on Teams

 

Dear Parents and Children

At the end of our first week of Home Learning, Mrs Bath has made a short video to say well done to adults and children alike for the fantastic effort that you have made. We know it is not an easy task!

 

Please click this link to see Mrs Bath's video:

https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/mrs-bath-talks-to-home-learners

 

Also in this video, Mrs Bath explains in outline the Class Meetings that will take place next week with every child's teacher. These are just short 'get togethers' on Teams of up to about half an hour in length where your child can see their class teacher and the teacher can chat to them and perhaps share a story or quiz or something similar.

 

Once the teacher has set the time and date for the class meeting it will appear in your child's Teams Calendar. We ask please that children are dressed for the meeting, are sat in a family room with a parent (the parent does not have to be on screen) and that you click the button for 'mute'. If your child would rather not be seen, then please feel free to turn the video camera off.

 

Mrs Hart has very kindly made a short video to explain how to join a Class Meeting on your child's Team's account: https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/media/help-with-how-to-find-your-childs-teams-meeting

Wishing you a relaxing weekend

 

Mrs Bowden

 

 

7th January 2021, 19:13

Mrs Bath's Update 2021

 

Please follow the link below for Mrs Bath's update.

https://stmarkssomerset.primarysite.media/playlist/mrs-baths-messages

 

 

7th January 2021, 11:48

Closing Date for Primary School Reception Place Applications

 

Dear Parents

Applications for places for children due to start Reception in September 2021 close at 11.59pm on Friday 15th January 2021. If you have a child due to start school in September, please ensure that you submit your application to North Somerset Council (n-somerset.gov.uk) by the closing date. If you have any family or friends who live in the Worle locality with a child due to start school in September, please encourage them to call me on 01934 513008. I will be more than happy to talk to them about St Mark's as I am obviously not in a position to take them on a tour of the school under the current conditions. I did several tours prior to the previous lockdown but I did not necessarily meet all the parents interested in places. I have placed information on the school website www.saintmarks.co.uk for potential new parents to view - click on 'Parents' and then 'Information for 'Prospective Parents'. Please encourage them to view the website for an insight of our school.

Thank you. Mrs Bath

 

5th January 2021, 10:33

Home Learning on Teams

 

Good morning everyone,

This morning the teachers have set two tasks (or assignments as they are known) for the children to complete on ‘Teams’.

 

Every school day they will normally set up to four different tasks for the children to complete and to return to the teacher for marking and feedback. There is a 6pm deadline each day for the work to be returned, but we understand if work needs to be returned beyond that deadline. The deadline helps to ensure that the children do not get behind with their work and so that teachers can respond to the children’s work during their normal working day. Feedback may be given by the teacher or a member of our teaching support staff who normally works in your child’s classroom.

 

If you have not logged on to Teams before, your child’s login details are on page 3 of their Home School Diary.

 

There is advice on how to access Teams, including help videos, on the Home Learning 2020/21 page of the school website: https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/home-learning-2020-21/

 

Over the next two or three days your child’s class teacher will be in touch to give any help, advice or reassurance. If you are new to using Teams then we understand it could take you a little while to get use to using the technology for Home Learning. We are also in the process of setting up class email addresses where parents can email any questions or information to the class teacher. We will let you know when these are ready for use.

 

Teams works better if you download the app on to your PC, tablet, mobile phone etc. You can login to more than one device and save the password. If you have more than one child, they will need to access their work under their own login.

 

Where possible, teachers have set tasks where the instructions have been given and the work can then be completed in the children’s Home Learning books (or orange homework book or other notebooks or paper if these are not available). When your child has completed the work on paper, take a photo or photos of the work, attach it the assignment and then click ‘return’ or ‘hand in’. There is a videos to help explain this process on the Home Learning Page of the website. Some tasks may have to be completed within Teams and will not need to be done on paper.

 

Finally, we recognise this is a difficult time for all of us, but especially for parents and maybe grandparents who are now asked to support their child’s learning at home. Please do your best within your own individual circumstances. St Mark’s staff are here to support you as much as possible to ensure the children maintain continuity in their learning. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Bowden

Deputy Headteacher

 

3rd January 2021, 16:19

Arrangements for Monday 4th January re learning.

 

Dear Parents

As I have only received notice today of tomorrow's Inset day and therefore so have you as parents, I have made the decision that teachers will not send out Home Learning via Teams tomorrow for Monday 4th January. However, should you want your child to engage in Home Learning tomorrow then there are learning ideas to reinforce key skills on each Year Group's Home Learning Plan page.

 

Follow this link to get to the Home Learning Page and then scroll down to your child's year group:

https://www.saintmarks.co.uk/home-learning-2020-21/

 

Tomorrow's additional Inset day will be used to meet with my staff on Teams & I will liaise with them, as well as the Governors & the Trust, to go through in detail the areas outlined in my previous message to you which was sent earlier today. Should the school remain closed after tomorrow or specific classes closed, then daily Home Learning will be set via Teams. If this is the case I would notify parents and teachers would be in contact with their class.

 

Take care Mrs Bath 

 

3rd January 2021, 13:05

School closure for an Additional INSET day tomorrow Monday 4th January

 

Dear Parents

I have just heard that the Trust have made the decision for all schools within the Bath & Wells MAT to have an additional Inset day tomorrow, Monday 4th January, for those schools who did not already have one planned.

 

Their decision has been made in light of the unprecedented situation and to provide time for schools to:

* Assess and update their risk assessments in light of the new situation

* Take account of local Public Health Information about the situation for our communities

* Respond to the changes that the government has made over the holidays, and the actions of headteacher, teaching and support staff unions

* Assess staff availability

* Update key worker and vulnerable children details

* Plan for any further changes needed for the remainder of the term

 

As a school, we understand the difficulties that this decision will cause parents but the Trust believe that this is necessary to ensure the safety of our whole community.

I will send out an additional message later today regarding home learning for tomorrow when I have liaised with other SLT members. I wanted however, to inform you about St Mark's School closure tomorrow at the very earliest opportunity.

 

I understand that the Trust are meeting tomorrow & I will once again contact you via the school App as soon as possible.

 

If you are on a year group face book page then please can you forward this email to that area as well to ensure that all parents are informed of tomorrow's closure at the earliest opportunity  thank you.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy & healthy 2021.

 

Take care Mrs Bath

 

17th December 2020, 17:30

Use the covid.stmarks.bwmat.org address please - see video on website.

 

Dear all

As mentioned in a previous App earlier in the week please use the covid@stmarks.bwmat.org address if any St Mark's child tests positive for covid between now and midnight on December 23rd. I made a short video earlier today which has been placed on the website - please take the time to watch it.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and those you hold dear a very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled to the brim with HOPE!

 

Love Mrs Bath

 

16th December 2020, 20:38

Covid testing during Christmas holiday

 

Dear parents.

It is essential please that you contact me on covid@stmarks.bwmat.org if one of your children,who attend St Mark's ,test positive for Covid at any stage between now and midnight on December 23rd. Please only contact this Covid email if there is a positive Covid result - there is no need please to email this address to inform me that your child is having a test or if the test is negative. Please do not contact the school office email as I do not have access to that email address during the holidays. Please could parents check the school App each day between now and midnight on December 23rd as that would be my means of contacting parents in the event of a positive case of Covid. Please forward this message to any year group Facebook pages as an additional means of ensuring that this message is read and understood by all members of our school community.

Please do not ring the school office regarding a positive Covid case after 3:00:pm on Thursday 17th December as the phone messages will not be picked up until we return to school on Monday 4th January.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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