Archive for December, 2008

Christmas Carol Service

December 20, 2008

This year’s St Mark’s Christmas Carol Service was on the theme of  community.  We reflected on the Christmas story and how many of the aspects of life then have their parallels in today’s world.  Mr Findlay gave a thoughtful and entertaining talk (involving a cereal bowl, hammer and glue stick!) about how the first Christmas was the beginning of God’s “repair job” for our broken world.  The sevice unfolded through traditional carols, poetry, thought provoking narrative, lively songs by the choir and dance.

A huge amount of effort went into producing the service and we would all like to thank Mrs Bale particularly, for putting it all together.  Mrs Bale’s energy, enthusiasm and encouragement during rehearsals helped the children do their best.  Mrs Avery also deserved congratulations and thanks for the great work she did with the choir.


Highlights of 2008

December 19, 2008

2008 seems to have flown by, but so much has happened since January.  What are your hightlights from St Mark’s in 2008?

Picasso Style Self Portraits

December 8, 2008

Children in Year Six have been drawing self-portraits in the style of the artist Picasso.  Here is some of their work:

You could also have a go at creating a Picasso style portrait online at .  Look in the gallery at other people’s portraits, then create your own.  You could print out your portrait and bring it into school – we could display them in the ICT suite…  Can anyone suggest a good website for children learning about Picasso?

Christmas Wishes…

December 7, 2008

We are all used to writing a Christmas wish list – perhaps writing to Father Christmas or letting our family know what presents we would like for Christmas.  But what if you could make a Christmas wish for someone else or for the world?  What would your wish be?

Maths Games Advent Calendar

December 7, 2008

Thank you to Mrs Doyle for this one – an online advent calendar of maths games!  If you want a challenge, click on this link: and have a go at some of the games.  Some are easier than others and you may need to print out a game sheet to play on or get a few resources like dice.  If you find a good game, you could ask your maths teacher if you could play it in maths.  Let us know how you get on…  Are there any other good online advent calendars?

Goodbye Mrs Pender

December 5, 2008

We are so sad that Mrs Pender is leaving because she has been a great headteacher for as long as we have been here.  Mrs Pender has been so sweet to us – it is such a shame she is leaving but we hope we will like Mr Flemington just as much.  Bye bye Mrs Pender.  by Emily and Chloe


Year 5 Evacuation Day

December 3, 2008

In year 5, the pupils have done a evacuation day.  We interviewed 3 people from each class in Year 5 that were, Gus, Sam and Toby from year 5.  We interviewed them to see what a typical Evacuee Day life was like.
Gus told us about 5R.”To start with we went into the hall and we meet Mrs.Liddington who was in role as a world war two teacher. Then we praticed the air-raid siren during this we had to rush under the tables in our classroom!”
Sam then told us some Information about the rest of the day.”We made some wooden tool boxes and then presenting them in the hall. Then we did an activity were we had to sew two materials together to make one big blacket! Toby then told us”My highlight was making the cookies, but they wern’t any ordinary cookies they were Carrot cookies that we enjoyed eating!”
All year fives enjoyed their day very much and would like to thank everyone who helped make the day so special,including year five perants that helped make all the children’s amazing costumes!

Post written by Charlotte and Chloe – edited by Verity