Snippets of News

Years 3 and 4 Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby players in action.

11 March 2020

Some of our Year 3 and 4 pupils were very lucky to take part in a Tag Rugby competition.

It was great to meet other schools and show some team spirit in the sunshine.

Well done Team St Mark’s.

Year 5 Assembly on Heroes

Year 5 presenting their assembly.

14 February 2020

On Friday 14th February, Year 5 performed their class assembly to the school and parents. Our assembly theme was everyday heroes.

During this year, we have studied Harriet Tubman and Emmeline Pankhurst and how they were both heroes. We also looked at how Moses was a hero when he led the Israelites.

Junior PCSOs on the Beat

Our Junior PCSOs monitoring the morning parking situation.

15 January 2020

Thank you to our Junior PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) for monitoring the parking this morning outside of the school gates.

They patrol every week so please look out for them. We noticed a significant improvement this morning in parking with the junior PCSOs present. Good job PCSOs!

Please ensure you park safely everyone!

Year 5 Marketplace Design

Year 5's design for the marketplace.

9 December 2019

On Monday 9th December, six children from Year 5 visited Birmingham Courthouse.

The children had been chosen by Year 5 to represent the class and show their entry for a competition. The competition was to design a new marketplace for Birmingham.

Reception's Computing Workshop

Reception children and family members together.

25 November 2019

Reception children had a great time working with our parents in the ICT suite.

Mrs Dykes led a workshop on the computing curriculum in Reception and gave parents an overview of the skills we would be covering over the year and how these would help us in our future.

Children Reviewing the Curriculum in School

Staff and children reviewing the curriculum.

18 November 2019

A group of children met Mrs Linley and Mrs Picart (the Vice-Chair of Governors) to review the creative books on 18th November 2019.

The discussion started with the children reviewing the action points from the last term’s scrutiny and the children were looking at evidence in the books to see what improvements had been made.

As always, the children were very honest about what they wanted to achieve from St. Mark’s curriculum and they shared how best they felt teachers could meet their needs.

Eco-Buddy Class Presentations

Eco-Buddies speaking to other chldren.

7 October 2019

Following our eco assembly, the Eco-Buddies spoke to each class and give them information about what they do as eco buddies.

We also shared Laudato Si, a letter by Pope Francis to help spread the word of the good we are doing here at St Marks.

We gave each class an update of our next steps as eco buddies and answered questions children had about how they can contribute and help.

Reading Challenge

Some of our reading challenge participants.

13 September 2019

Over the Summer holidays, Mrs Linley set the children at St. Mark’s a reading challenge.

Well done to all the children who took part and achieved the Summer reading challenge!

New School Library Design

Discussing ideas for our new library.

19 July 2019

Our School Council members met with Mrs Linley to explore the different ideas children in classes had for our new school library.

School staff also voted for their favourite library design and the school council children came up with lots of different ideas for themes for our school library.

Suggested themes included; space, under the sea, a forest and popular book characters. We will reveal the chosen theme for our new school library in September!

Music Day

16 July 2019

On 16th July, Miss Francis kindly agreed to share her musical skills and abilities with each year group as they took part in a music workshop.

Miss Francis has brought a wealth of musical knowledge to the St Mark's team since joining us after Easter as not only is she a dedicated member of our KS1 team but also an outstanding musician. Miss Francis has been part of the brass band movement for almost 20 years and competes successfully in competitions as well as appearing in many concerts entertaining audiences all over the country.

Each year group were given the opportunity to spark their musical talents using a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. As well as practising their musical abilities, pupils also had to think about their listening skills and their ability to work as a team. Furthermore, pupils were taught some new musical vocabulary and shown how to read music on a score.

Children across all year groups were excited and inspired by this opportunity. Miss Francis hopes that she has ignited her love and passion of music into our St Mark's pupils and that there will be more opportunities like this again in the future.

Key Stage 2 Attendance Assembly

KS2 children with their certificates.

16 July 2019

Well done to all the children in Key Stage 2 who received a certificate at this year’s attendance assembly.

Bronze, Silver and Gold winners were awarded with certificates from Mrs Linley and Miss Allen and those children who did not miss one day in the whole school year were rewarded with a special certificate and gift voucher.

Well done to you all!

Key Stage 1 Attendance Assembly

KS1 children with their certificates.

15 July 2019

Well done to all the children in Key Stage 1 who received a certificate at this year’s attendance assembly.

Bronze, Silver and Gold winners were awarded with certificates from Mrs Linley and Mrs Dykes and those children who did not miss one day in the whole school year were rewarded with a special certificate and gift voucher.

Well done to you all!

Year 6 Leavers' Disco

Year 6 wearing their hoodies at the disco.

12 July 2019

On the 12th July our wonderful Friends of St Mark’s organised a leavers disco for our Year 6 pupils who will all be embarking on a new journey in September.

They provided all of our leavers with hoodies to commemorate their time at St Mark’s.

A huge thank you to our FSM, school staff and school community for supporting this fun fundraising event!

Reception Computing Workshop

Learning how to use the computers.

9 July 2019

On Friday 9th July 2019, Reception invited their parents in to find out about Computing at St. Mark’s.

The parents learnt about BGfL 365 and how we use it to develop the Computing skills in Reception and how this can be used across all areas of learning. The children taught their parents how to use turtle, pictogram and the BGfl 365 programme.

The children enjoyed working with their parents in school. A huge thank-you to all of the parents for coming into school to support the children!

Year 3 Computing Workshop

Parents working with the children in the workshop.

28 June 2019

On Friday 28th June 2019, Year 3 invited their parents in to find out about Computing at St. Mark’s.

The parents learnt about BGfL 365 and how we use it to develop the Computing skills across the school. They then had a go at coding and debugging using Scratch.

The children enjoyed working with their parents.

Year 5 see a Refugee Play

Year 5 with the refugee cast.

19 June 2019

Year 5 went to Carrs Lane Church to watch a play called ‘Home’.

This play was written and performed by Asylum Seekers and Refugee Students from St Chad’s Sanctuary, who provide English classes for the students.

Year 5 learnt about their journeys, culture, how they have found life in Birmingham and what they miss about their home countries.

Year 5 asked some fantastic questions and their maturity was complimented by many adults. It was a very thought provoking afternoon.

Year 3 Reconciliation

9 April 2019

Congratulations to the eight children in Year 3, who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Tuesday 9th April.

Good luck as you continue in your journey of faith and prepare to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

World Food Week

Ready for some delicious lunch.

1 April 2019

During the week beginning the 1st April, Mrs Beresford (our school cook) cooked us some scrumptious meals from around the world.

"I enjoyed the French food the most because I hadn’t tasted the breaded chicken before, it was a yummy flavour!", Year 5 child.

Year 4's Fire and Safety Talk

Year 4 learning about fire safety.

27 March 2019

Year 4 were fortunate enough to meet members of the local fire station who came to talk to us about how to be safe in the event of a fire as well as safety using roads.

We were showed a video clip of the source of a fire and watched how it rapidly spread in the matter of minutes.

Following this we discussed what a fire is and how to remain safe in the event of one occurring. We completed an activity where the found potential fire hazards and we used are detective skills to find the best routes and actions to take in a variety of different scenarios.

We also learnt about some alarms and found out what they are used for. Did you know, the fire station will come to your house free of charge to fit a smoke alarm or even just check if your smoke alarm is working?

Year 4 showed our visitors all of their knowledge of road safety and were able to spot situations which may develop into serious accident. We had a discussion how prevention and how as passengers we can help drivers whilst they are driving. In addition, we completed an activity of how to cross the road in a safe way and discussed what it is safe to cross.

New Playground Gym

Enjoying our new playground gym.

13 March 2019

We are very lucky to have some new playground equipment in school, our very own gym!

Each class gets the opportunity at different points in the week to go on this fantastic equipment.

This is a great way to keep active during our break and lunch times.

Write Dance Parent and Child Workshop

Parents and children working together.

6 March 2019

On Wednesday 6th March, Mrs Smith and Mrs Doody led a very fun and engaging Write Dance workshop to help our Reception and Year 1 children improve their fine gross motor skills.

Parents and children actively took part in a range of activities that could easily be recreated at home.

Well done to everyone involved!

A Visit from the Police

Listening to the PCSOs.

1 March 2019

PCSO Steph and PCSO Phillip visited all Key Stage 2 classes this morning to speak to the children about their role as community police officers and they answered many questions related to crime and internet safety.

We thank PCSO Steph and PCSO Phillip for visiting St. Mark’s today.

It was lovely to hear so many children ask questions about the work the officers do and lots of children were very interested in hearing how they came to be community police officers. There are many children at St. Mark’s who would make great future police officers!

First Aid Training

First aid training session.

25 February 2019

All of our staff including our site manager Mr Thomson all had updated first aid training from St John’s ambulance.

All staff members looked at the role of the first aider, the primary survey (DRABC), communication and casualty care through group work. They also were trained on how to deal with choking incidents, unresponsive casualty treatment, minor cuts and bumps, resuscitation (CPR), bleeding (minor and severe) and what to do in the case of any bone and joint injuries.

The staff practiced these and were assessed throughout the afternoon by the qualified trainers for St John ambulance.

It is always good to keep your skills refreshed and updated.

Staff Reading Training

Staff participating in reading training.

25 February 2019

Our staff were lucky enough to have some reading training from literacy consultant Alison Sturgess. They all looked at different ways of teaching the reading aspect of the national curriculum into our school day and different ways to make this enjoyable and engaging to all of our pupils.

We look forward to using these new strategies and approaches within our classrooms with the children.

Malachi Training for Staff

Staff training session.

13 February 2019

After school as part of our twilight staff training all of our staff took part in some staff well being training with Malachi.

Malachi is working in school alongside some of our families to provide support for well being. Malachi’s way of working is a holistic approach which they have found to be extremely effective in bringing about real and lasting change.

Part of this training looked at how we can help our pupils within our classrooms, in the dinner hall and on the playground thinking about why they demonstrate certain behaviours.

The training also showed staff members how to look after themselves in challenging situations and self care strategies.

White Rose Maths Training

Learning about the changes to our maths curriculum.

18 January 2019

We were very lucky to spend a day with a trainer from white rose maths looking at ways to change our maths policy and the way in which we teach the mathematics curriculum.

With a mix of pictorial, concrete and abstract resources we will be following the guidance from the maths hub from white rose maths to develop our mathematics teaching. This will enable the development of skills and enable the children to be independent learners.

The way of teaching follows fluency, problem solving and reasoning elements throughout each maths lesson in order to develop a range of skills.

Keep your eyes peeled for our new maths policy and workshops coming soon to demonstrate this new way of teaching.

Winning House Trip

St Andrew house winners in Birmingham City Centre.

19 December 2018

This Term St Andrew achieved the most house points and got to go on a trip, which they decided on themselves. They went to Birmingham City Centre and brought something from the Entertainer and enjoyed a McDonalds as a lunchtime treat.

Well done St Andrew keep up the hard work. Which house will win next term?

Basketball Tournament

Our basketball players.

15 November 2018

On Thursday 15th November 2018 selected Year 5 and Year 6 went to Hamstead Hall to take part in a basketball competition and we won four out of the five games, we lost one.

I passed to members of my team. Some schools were tough as they would intercept the ball and score; other were easier because we could get the ball more. I also enjoyed my day even though there were tough times. I scored and missed some goals.

by Lily, Year 6

Football Tournament

Participating in the tournament.

23 October 2018

On Tuesday 23rd October 2018, selected Year 3 and 4 children went to Hamstead Hall to compete in a football tournament.

First, we practised passing the ball in preparation for our matches. We won our first match 6-1. We played lots of other games and came 4th overall.

I enjoyed the matches the most because it helps me with my football skills.

by Desire, Year 4

Assembly for Operation Christmas Child

Launching Operation Christmas Child.

16 and 17 October 2018

This week, for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies, the School Council launched Operation Christmas Child.

Our virtue theme this term is compassion and loving. These virtues allow us to reflect on our relationships with other people.

At this time of year, an appeal is made for people to fill shoeboxes with gifts for a child that is less fortunate than us somewhere in the world. We would like to collect as many shoeboxes made by the children at St Mark’s and their families, as possible. The shoeboxes could be for either a boy or girl. It would be wonderful if we as a school could send off a huge pile of shoeboxes that we have collected over the next few weeks.

We will begin to receive your shoeboxes as of Monday 5th November and the closing date will be Monday the 12th November. Thank you for all your hard work to come. We are sure your shoeboxes will be fantastic!

Hockey Competition

Hockey competitors.

10 October 2018

On Wednesday 10th October 2018, selected Year 5 and 6 children attended a hockey competition at Hamstead Hall.

Overall, they came seventh out of eleven schools. Well done to those children!

I enjoyed scoring the goals and defending. I had a really good time. I participated and I know what improvements to make next time. We lost a couple of games, but I stayed strong and carried on playing.

by Nikolay, Year 5

Macmillan Bake Sale

At our busy bake sale.

28 September 2018

This week, each class took it in turns to hold a bake sale in the school hall to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.

A big thank you to parents, teachers and especially the children for supporting such a worthy cause. It was a huge success and it raised £407.51

Well done to all involved!

School Council Assembly on Peace

School Council delivering their assembly on International Day of Peace.

21 September 2018

St Mark’s School celebrated the International Day of Peace.

All over the world, people consider the importance of peace and how we can make the world a more peaceful place. This year’s theme is ‘The Right to Peace,’ which commemorates the founding of the Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago.

Over the last few weeks our School Council has been learning about the declaration. It is made up of 30 articles which are rights that anyone should expect to have in our world. In the school council’s assembly today they shared these articles with the children along with some peace poems which had been written by the children at St Mark’s.

Rounders Competition

Our rounders players.

28 June 2018

On Thursday 28th June 2018 St Mark’s attended a rounders competition at Hamstead Hall.

Well done to the team!

Football Competition Runners-up

Our talented football players.

27 June 2018

On Wednesday 27th June 2018 St Mark’s attended a football competition at Perry Barr Goals.

We came 2nd place overall. Well done to the team!

Rugby Competition

Our rugby team came in third place.

26 June 2018

On Tuesday 26th June 2018 St Mark’s attended a rugby competition at Hamstead Hall.

They came 3rd place overall. Well done to the team!

Athletics Competition

The team with their javelins.

19 June 2018

On Tuesday 19th June four boys and four girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 went to Hamstead Hall to compete in an athletics competition.

They took part in javelin, standing long jump and sprint.

A great day was had by all!

Years 4/5 Cricket Competition

Some of our cricketers.

14 June 2018

On the 14th of June some Year 5 and Year 4 children took part in a cricket competition at Hamstead Hall.

The children played fantastically and had a great day.

Brilliant Netball Team

Our brilliant netball team.

7 June 2018

On the 7th June 2018 selected Year 5 and Year 6 children went to a netball competition.

The children came 3rd out of ten teams. Well done!

Years 1 and 2 Athletics Competition

Our young athletes.

5 June 2018

On 5th June 2018 selected Year 1 and 2 children went to Hamstead Hall.

They completed javelin, standing long jump, 50m sprint and 100m. The children did fantastically.

What a great day!

Years 5 and 6 Tennis Players

24 May 2018

On the 24th of May 2018 selected Year 5 and Year 6 children went to Hamstead Hall Academy to take part in a tennis competition.

They played fantastically!

Year 6 Cricket vs St John Bosco

Our Year 6 cricket team.

22 May 2018

On Tuesday 22nd May, year 6 children took part in a cricket match against St John Bosco.

They did not make it through to the next round but they had a fantastic time.

Reception's Maths Workshop

Childen and parents working together.

22 May 2018

Our parents came in and worked on our Maths with us.

We showed them how we learn to write our numbers, add, subtract and how Cup Man helps us during our maths sessions.

A huge thanks to all of the adults that were able to make our session.

Tennis Quartet

Our four tennis players.

24 April 2018

On the 23rd of April 2018 four of our Year 3 and Year 4 children went to Hamstead Hall to take part in a tennis competition.

The children had great fun!

Year 2's Assembly on Bravery

Year 2's assembly included Neil Armstrong's bravery.

16 March 2018

Year two performed what they had learnt so far in their creative topic and linked it to David and Goliath and bravery.

What a fantastic assembly it was!

Year 1's Hansel and Gretel Workshop

Year 1 enjoying the tale.

15 March 2018

This half term, Year 1 have been exploring fairy tale stories.

As part of our topic, we invited a theatre company to come and perform the famous tale of Hansel and Gretel.

We watched the actors as they told the tale, followed by a drama workshop exploring the features of these traditional types of tales.

Reception's Mother's Day Assembly

9 March 2018

Reception invited our Mums and Nans to a special Mother's Day assembly where we talked about how much our Mummies and Nannies do for us each day and how thankful we are to have them in our lives.

Year 4's Assembly on Greed

Year 4 presenting their assembly.

16 February 2018

On Friday 16th February, Year 4 performed their class assembly on the theme of greed. They reminded us why it is wrong to be greedy and how sharing and caring is more important.

They told the story of the rich young man and retold Charlie and the chocolate factory to show how greed can have a bad effect on people’s lives.

Year 4 hope you enjoyed our class assembly.

Year 5/6 Basketball Competition

Our basketball players.

2 February 2018

On the 2nd of February 2018 selected Year 5 and year 6 children went to Hamstead Hall to take part in a basketball competition.

The children had great fun!

Year 5/6 Hockey Tournament

Our Year 5/6 Hockey team.

29 January 2018

On Monday 29th January 2018, the Year 5/6 Hockey team travelled to Hamstead Hall for a School Games tournament.

All children played really well against some challenging teams. Well done!

Year 3/4 Football Competition

The Year 3/4 team.

4 December 2017

On Monday 4th December 2017, the Year 3 and 4 Football teams travelled to Hamstead Hall School where they competed in the School Games competition.

They played really well against some tough teams and showed great teamwork and perseverance.

Well done for coming fourth in the competition.

Year 6 Anti-Bullying Assembly

Year 6 presenting their assembly.

13 November 2017

On Monday 13th November, Year 6 marked anti bullying week by holding an assembly for the school on the theme 'All different – all equal'.

They talked about what defines bullying and how this is different to simply falling out with someone.

They also discussed the different types of bullying and what to do if they feel they are being bullied.

Reception's RWI Workshop

Parents and children working together.

31 October 2017

We were very lucky to have our parents come to school with us in Reception.

We took part in a Read Write Inc Phonics Workshop where Mrs Dykes taught our normal Reception phonics session and our parents joined in and were our partners.

We took part in learning a sound, blending the sounds together to read words and making words using our magnetic boards.

We were extremely grateful that our parents could join us.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate food!

19 September 2017

We all took part in Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The school cook event prepared a special meal to celebrate this day. We found some treasure in the form of golden cookies and had some 'baddie' bananas who were in disguise.

We were asked to walk the plank and stand to attention and children were using 'ahoys' instead of good afternoon.

Year 4 Meet the Fire Brigade

8 June 2017

On the 8th June, Year 4 had a visit from the fire brigade to talk to them about fire safety. They taught Year 4 how quickly a fire spreads and what to do if you notice a fire in your home.

Year 4 also identified different fire hazards and discussed how to prevent them.

The children very much enjoyed their talk.

Year 5's Assembly

Year 5 presenting their assembly.

26 May 2017

On a very warm and sunny Friday afternoon, Year 5 performed their class assembly to both parents and the school.

Our assembly looked at injustice and how Jesus helped everybody, no matter who they were, where they came from or if they were viewed differently or less worthy than others.

We acted out scenes from the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, some of us were even brave enough to sing! Also, we acted out the parable of the Pharisee and a tax collector.

Year 5's Cricket Tournament

25 May 2017

On Thursday 25th May Year 5 went to a cricket tournament at Hamstead Hall Academy.

They came joint second and also won an award for showing amazing team spirit and self believe! Well done to those children that competed!

Year 2's Assembly on Bravery

Year 2 presenting their assembly.

21 March 2017

Year 2's class assembly was about bravery.

The children spoke about Neil Armstrong and how brave he was. The children then told a modern day story about bravery and linked it to the bible story 'David and Goliath.'

Thank you for all your support with learning lines and costumes. The children did amazingly.

A Visit from Colin Diamond, CEO Birmingham City Council

7 March 2017

We would like to thank Colin Diamond for taking the time out of his busy schedule, being the Principle Education Officer of Birmingham City Council, to visit the pupils and all the staff at St. Mark's.

He was thoroughly impressed with the learning and teaching that he viewed whilst he was with us.

In his weekly report he noted that here at St. Mark's there is a golden thread of clear expectations from Reception right through to Year 6. He commented on our beautiful learning environment where every child was on task and learning, well presented and well mannered. He could see the good relationships that pupil and staff have with each other.

He left knowing what a special place St. Mark's is.

Year 4's Assembly on Kindness

Year 4 show off their posters on Kindness.

18 February 2017

On Friday 18th February, Year 4 performed their class assembly on the theme of kindness. They reminded us why being kind to others is important and how we can show kindness every day.

They told the story of the Good Samaritan and a modern day story on showing kindness to someone in need.

Year 4 hope you enjoyed our class assembly.

Year 5/6 Basketball Tournament

Our basketball players.

5 December 2016

On the 5th December 2016 Year 5 and 6 took part in a Basketball tournament where they came in third place.

They were also chosen for being a great team, by supporting each other and showing fantastic team spirit.

Well done to those that attended.

Year 6 trip to Drayton Manor

Year 6 at Drayton Manor.

19 July 2016

On Monday 19th July, Year 6 had an action packed day at Drayton Manor in Tamworth. The sun shone brightly all day and there were crowds of people from all over the West Midlands.

Storm Force 10, Apocalypse, Shockwave and G-Force were some of the thrilling rides the children went on.

A great day was had by all.

Year 6 Bikeability

Year 6 keen cyclists.

11 to 15 July 2016

Well done to all the Year 6 children who completed Bikeability Level 2 in the Summer term.

It took the children three days to complete the bikeability programme. The instructors were very impressed with the children's listening skills, cycling skills, effort and team work.

Well done Year 6!

Year 6 Cricket Match

The Year 6 team.

25 May 2016

The Year 6 cricket team travelled to The Priory School in Edgbaston to compete in a match to qualify into the Catholic Schools Cricket Tournament.

Despite nerves, the boys scored 70 runs and demonstrated great team work.

It was a tough game but the team managed to win by 12 runs qualifying them into the tournament.

Year 5 Cricket Competition

The Year 5 team.

25 May 2016

On the 25th May 2016 the Year 5 cricket team travelled to Wood Lane playing fields to compete in the Level 2 Inter-school games cricket competition.

The team played well and accumulated the most points in the groups stages. They made it all the way to the semi-finals where they lost by 5 runs.

Well done to the Year 5 Cricket Team, a great achievement.

Year 4 Fire Safety Talk

Year 4 learning about fire safety.

20 April 2016

The fire service came in to speak to Year 4 about fire safely.

We discussed how to prevent fires from starting and where to place fire alarms in a house. We also practiced stop, drop and roll!

Year 5 and 6 Netball Tournament

Our netball team.

17 March 2016

On the 17th of March 2016 St Mark's Year 5 and Year 6 netball team travelled to John Henry Newman to compete in the BCSSA netball tournament.

The children had a fantastic afternoon playing against various schools and came 3rd place overall.

Well done girls!

Year 5's Peacemakers Assembly

Year 5 presenting their assembly.

12 February 2016

Year 5 delivered an assembly about being a peacemaker to the whole school and family members.

We linked the effects of WWII to the need for peace in our world by looking at the experiences of evacuees and how Jesus encouraged peace.

Internet Safety Day

9 February 2016

Tuesday 9 February was Internet Safety Day.

Mrs Dykes led an assembly about how we can stay safe on the internet with the help of some children.

The message this year was "How can you play your part for a better internet?" We looked at different scenarios of events that have happened and what we would do in that situation. We then completed a range of different activities in our classes to help us to remember to stay safe on the internet.

Year 5/6 Football Tournament

Our talented footballers.

28 January 2016

On Thursday 28th January the Year 5 and 6 football team took part in a Catholic schools' football tournament.

They played against four other teams winning two games and drawing two games. They scored some fantastic goals and there was a brilliant save from our goal keeper. The boys played together really well and came second place.

Their next tournament will be on 4th March 2016 for the next stage of the Aston Villa tournament.

Santa's Little Helper

Helper plus Mum at the Co-op store.

12 December 2015

On Saturday 12th December, one of our Year 4 pupils volunteered to collect food for his Church's food bank in his local Co-op store.

He kindly gave up his Saturday, along with his mom to support local people less fortunate than themselves.

He was complimented by many people who shopped at Co-op that day for his confidence and his polite manner. We are very proud that one of our children did such a generous deed. Well done!

Year 2's Leaf Hunt

Year 2 on their leaf hunt.

19 November 2015

Year 2 have begun a new Science topic - Plants.

We have been nature detectives and looked around our school community identifying different types of leaves.

Year 6 Villa Football Tournament Winners

Our victorious footballers.

12 November 2015

On Thursday 12th November 2015 Year 6 went to Aston Villa Academy for a Football Tournament against all the schools in Aston/Saltley area.

The first game was against Cherry Orchard, it was a tough game with lots of nerves flying around. The game finished 2-1 to Cherry Orchard and the boys continued to play three more games against other school teams in Group 1. The boys then went on to win 3-0 against Thornton, 2-0 against Clifton and 4-0 against Nansen.

The semi-final finished 0-0 and went to penalties where we scored three fantastic goals sending us straight to the finals.

The final was an intense game with some amazing play. Again, the match finished 0-0 and went to penalites. The penalties came to a draw too and it finished of being sudden-death penalties. Everyone in the team took and penalty and we came out top! St Marks won the tournament!

A huge well done to all the boys that took part and especially our goalkeeper for his dedication and goal keeping skills. Well done boys!

Black History Month

KS2 children explain about Black History Month in a special assembly.

19 October 2015

October is Black History Month and this week, the children have been learning about the achievements of great black people in history and today.

Children in Key Stage 2 kick-started the week by organising an assembly for the whole school to explain the importance of Black History Month and explain how it started.

All the children worked hard and produced some excellent work. Well done.

Year 3's Class Assembly

Year 3's Assembly.

30 January 2015

On Friday 30th January Year 3 had their class assembly all about friendship and forgiveness.

We shared Jesus' message about being a good friend and showing compassion to others. We focussed on important parables and stories such as The Good Samaritan and the story of Zacchaeus. We also acted the story of The Little Beaver and the Echo, a tale of loneliness overcome by friendship.

There was also some singing! Our favourite song to perform was 'You've Got A Friend In Me.' We really enjoyed showing off all our wonderful talents to the rest of the school and our loved ones who came to watch.

Aston Villa Football Tournament

Our footballers at Aston Villa.

4 November 2014

On Tuesday 4th November 2014, an enthusiastic team of Year 5 and Year 6 children represented St. Mark's in a football tournament at Villa Park with the hope of being crowned the best primary school football team in Great Barr.

During the tournament, we played four competitive matches, achieving a record of two wins, one draw and one defeat.

Unfortunately we missed out on a semi-final place by one point, however we were all extremely proud of ourselves for representing our school.

African Drumming Workshop

Year 4 enjoying the drumming workshop.

10 October 2014

The whole school were treated to a workshop session of African drumming during Black History Month. All children got to participate by playing different types of African drums and joined in with different beats and songs.

We were then treated to a performance from the leader of the group who got different teachers involved in playing the different drums.