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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.
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
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: email@example.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
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:
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.
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:
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.
18th January 2021, 17:48
Weekly Class Teams Meetings
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.
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
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.
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:
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
7th January 2021, 19:13
Mrs Bath's Update 2021
Please follow the link below for Mrs Bath's update.
7th January 2021, 11:48
Closing Date for Primary School Reception Place Applications
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.
3rd January 2021, 16:19
Arrangements for Monday 4th January re learning.
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:
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
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.
As mentioned in a previous App earlier in the week please use the firstname.lastname@example.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
It is essential please that you contact me on email@example.com 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.