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Newsletter 2 - Friday 15th September 2017

This term's Christian Value is Friendship

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Dear Parents, 

Text Box: Attendance
Whole School
Week ending
8th September 2017
What an Autumnal week we have had!

It has been so wonderful seeing the children settling in to school and enjoying their new topics.  We have made a whole school display based on the book "Only One You" by Linda Kranz.  Do take the opportunity to admire the artwork, on display on the staircase.  You can enjoy the book together by looking at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbqkNSkqQPs

Our Harvest assembly this term will be lead by Mrs Balmer and Owl's class.  It is taking place on Sunday, 1st October at 11.15am.  We will be collecting goods for each class to take to Harvest for the homeless shelter in Brighton and families in need - more details to follow. 

A gentle reminder about uniform -please can girls have their hair tied back, where possible, and school colours used only, thank you.

We have just appointed a new School Council this term with the following children representing their year groups: Elodie, Lydia, Thomas B, Laurie, Oliver M and Charlotte E-L.

I hope you have a lovely weekend in the sunshine!

Mrs Hazeldine
Acting Head of School

The Caring Cup, St Marks Cup and
Mrs Shepheard Personal Achievement Award

The Caring Cup has been awarded to Ella B for being such a lovely buddy this week. 

St Mark’s Cup is awarded to:

Hedgehogs – Harrison        

Squirrels – Sophie C

Owls – Oliver

Foxes – Archie

Mrs Shepheard Personal Achievement Award was awarded to Hamilton for being motivated and working so hard out of school time.

Congratulations to all of you!


What a busy week we have had!  The children have loved going for a walk around the school, getting to meet all the children and grown-ups.  They have quickly settled into our daily routines and are amazing at putting things in their lockers.  We have been busy creating fish for our whole school display on the staircase.  The children have enjoyed colour mixing, creating different patterns and looking carefully at illustrations to inspire their own mark-making.  On Thursday, the children especially loved listening to Mrs Thomas read them a story - we are all mad about books!  The whole class have been doing daily counting to 10.  We are now going to be focusing on counting, recognising and writing numbers.  Your child will be coming home with a number formation sheet/s in their bookbag.  Please can these be brought back in on Monday.  Remember - we write using pencil only. 

Have a wonderful weekend Hedgehogs -we are so proud of you.

Mrs Hazeldine & Mrs Banfield



It has been a wonderful and creative week in Squirrels. We have been exploring numbers and place value for Maths using a range of apparatus and having a go at math challenges. We have made some lovely and colourful fishes for Art using paint, sequins and lots of patterns. These fishes were inspired from the story ‘Only One You’ we been learning about by Linda Kranz. In Literacy we have focused on what makes good sentences and good writing. We thought about what we need in our toolkits to be great writers! We have written some amazing pieces of writing this week, writing about what makes us special? We were also brilliant at responding to an exciting picture and writing the next part of a story starter. We shared and celebrated our writing with our Squirrel friends showcasing our creativity and great ideas. It was great fun to think about things we would pack in a Squirrel backpack for an adventure too! This week we talked about friendship and wrote some lovely prayers about why we are grateful to God for having such wonderful friends to play with and spend time with at school.

Year 1 started swimming this term on Wednesday. It was a proud moment to see how well behaved and super sensible they were. All of Year 1 showed such great attitudes to learning and trying their best!  Year 2 will be swimming in term 2 and more information will be provided at the end of this term.

It has been a super Squirrel week for us and we wish you all a fun and restful weekend!

Mrs Tayed and Mrs Mason










Our first full week comes to an end and the children in Owls Class have been working their socks off, trying their best and putting in the effort to get used to everything being different. I’m proud of them.  In Maths this week, we have been going back to basics with reviewing our knowledge and understanding of place value.  The children have been reading and understanding the value of numbers up to 100,000 as well as writing them in digits and in words.  Spelling mathematical vocabulary correctly is just as important as it is in English lessons. We have been using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials in our English lessons to develop the quality of our descriptive sentences.  Eg: As fast as he could, the petrified hare scurried into his burrow for safety. These are improving nicely. 

The modern foreign language we are going to learn this year is French, and in our first week of introduction, we have learned how to use basic greetings – bonjour, ça va? Our accents are already sounding very authentic.  In PE this week, we have linked mathematical understanding with gymnastics, by using symmetrical and asymmetrical body shapes to create sequenced balances where the weight is taken on different combinations of body parts. Some lovely partner work can be seen below. 

Homework begins this week, so thank you in advance for the support and encouragement you give your children. Thank you and enjoy the week-end.  Au revoir,

Mrs Balmer




With the new routines having been put into action this week, Foxes class have shown what hard-working class they are!

In Maths, we have been revising our knowledge of place value; looking at numbers to 1 million, rounding to the nearest 1000 and exploring how we use negative numbers. They have also worked their upmost and I hope they all feel a little more secure with the number system.

In English, we have been looking at Spine poems as a way to boost rich vocabulary. The children have been thinking about how we use vocabulary for effect and thinking about when it is appropriate to be overly detailed and when simple language can have an impact on the reader. We have also been looking at how we build a sentence identifying our determiners, verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Why not test them on their knowledge of the different types of determiners!

In topic work this week we have been exploring 7 different artists- Leonardo Di Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahol, Claude Monet and L.S. Lowry. We have looked at the some of their most famous masterpieces and analysed them to see if we could spot any similarities in style. We also used our knowledge of search engines in computing to research information about them. The children have really thought about the artists work and even linked them back to our spine poems in English.

Great work Foxes, keep up the hardwork!


On a separate note, if there are any parents that would be happy to volunteer to take some readers one afternoon, the children and I would really appreciate it. Please see me or the office if you are available.


Miss Dauris





Other News

Health Improvement Grant update

Calling all strong, willing parents with spade and gloves.....we need a small overgrown area in our woodland garden to be cleared ready for the installation of our new shed and equipment for the children to use

This term we will continue to raise the awareness of healthy eating and staying healthy through physical exercise via our school assemblies and cookery workshops.  We have interactive displays in the Hall where children can add their own lunch box/recipe ideas plus any amazing sporting achievements, including photos from family walks at the weekends.  We are purchasing new cookery equipment and welcome parent involvement in any cookery activities.  If this is your area of expertise and you would like to be involved in any way, either cooking or offering advice in assemblies or class discussions, please let us know.

Kirsty Lewis


Please see the table below for details of extra-curricular clubs taking place at school this term.  There will be opportunities for children to take part in the lego, pottery or street dance clubs next term if they haven’t managed to secure a place this term.








Flute Tuition

ESMS: Theresa Jackson

Contact ESMS direct, fee applies








Mr Kendall (Parent)

Runs most weeks, open to all, no fee






KS2 Choir

Open to all KS2







Cello Tuition

ESMS: Helena Pearce

Contact ESMS direct, fee applies



Guitar Tuition

Paul O’Loughlin

Info via Office, fee applies

After School

KS2 Drama

Sian Evans (Parent)

Info via Sian/Office, fee applies

Football Years 1-6

Mr Luckhurst, Kiddykix

Info via Office, fee applies

Street Dance, aged 6+

Elite Street Dance

Info via Office, fee applies

KS2 Pottery

Deborah Thompsett

Info via Office, fee applies


Lego Years 1-6

Trish Boddey

No fee


ESMS: East Sussex Music School. https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/music/ 01273 336770

Parent Consultations

An advanced notice that there will be parent consultations taking place on 17th October (1.30-4.30pm) and 19th October (4.30-7.00pm), an opportunity to make an appointment with the teachers.  Further details and sign-up sheets will be available nearer the time.

Secondary School Open Days

There are Open Days coming up at various local secondary schools – please see the diary for details.
NB:  Secondary school applications need to be completed by 31st October 2017

Open Day for Reception 2018

If you have a child due to start in Reception in Sept 2018 then do come along to our open morning on Tuesday 14th November.  Coffee will be served from 9.15am followed by a talk from the Acting Head of School/Reception teacher, Mrs Lucy Hazeldine and Mrs Amanda Miller, Acting Executive Head. The morning will finish by 11.30am.

Admin Matters

Data Collection Forms

These should be coming home with each child today.  Please check through the details and make any amendments.  All forms need to be signed and returned to the School Office by Friday 22nd September whether any changes have been made or not. Thank you.

Annual Returns Booklet

Please return the signed pages from the back of the booklet to the school office as soon as possible.  Spare copies of the booklet are available from the office.

Swimming for Year 1

Swimming has now started for Year 1.  Please pay for these lessons via Parentpay if you haven’t yet done so, thank you.

Warning about an online app

We have been made aware of an app called Sarahah, an anonymous feedback app, which is being used to bully people online.  This is a high-risk app that enables inappropriate contact with people online.  It is difficult to manage and monitor.  The advice that we have received is to avoid this app altogether.

Someone Else Picking Up?

If there is someone else collecting your child from school the class teacher needs to know.  Always write details in the book located in the plastic holder outside each classroom.


Please call the school office as soon as possible in the morning if your child is unwell.  The office staff can then notify your child’s teacher.

The 48 Hour Rule

Remember if your child has had a tummy upset or sickness bug we ask that he or she remains at home for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

Lost Property

The lost property box is located just through the hall doors so if you think you may have lost something please do have a look through. Please, please name all uniform including coats, it makes it much easier to return lost items.

Emergency Closure

We will always attempt to keep the school open when there is severe weather which hampers transport and compromises safety.

When deciding whether to open or close the school, there are several factors we need to consider and will make our decision as early as possible in the morning.  If we decide to close the school, we will communicate this in the following ways.

  1. On our website: http://www.markcrossce-e-sussex.sch.uk
  2. Listen to BBC Radio Sussex, or Heart FM and/or use their websites
  3. Go online to: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/schoolclosures.htm
  4. Sign up for message alerts via: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/schoolclosurealerts

Mark Cross CE School Diary Dates

*new items in bold italics

Wednesday 20th September

Uckfield Community College open evening 4.30-8.30pm

Tuesday 26th September

Bennett Memorial open evening 6.00pm

Wed 27th September

St Gregory’s School open morning

Uplands Community College open evening

Thurs 28th September

Bennett Memorial open evening 6.00pm

Heathfield Community College open evening 5.30pm

St Gregory’s School open morning & evening

Sunday 1st October

Harvest Festival Service 11.15am

Monday 2nd – 20th October

Heathfield Community College open morning (booking essential)

Wednesday 4th October

School Photos

Bennett Memorial open evening 6.00pm

Friday 6th October

Own clothes day- red, white and blue for Home Forces Day

Uplands PE day

Saturday 7th October

Beacon Academy open day 10.00-13.00

Beechwood Scared Heart open day 09.30-13.00

Mon 9th- Fri 13th October

Beacon Academy open mornings (booking essential)

Tuesday 17th October

Parent consultations 1.30-4.30pm

Thursday 19th October

Parent consultations 4.30-7.00pm

Friday 20th October

Flu immunisations for Year R - 4

Last day of Term 1

Monday 30th October

First day of Term 2

Tuesday 31st October

Deadline for Secondary School Applications

Friday 10th November

Uplands PE day

Tuesday 14th November

Open morning for prospective Reception 2018 parents  9.15a.m

Friday 24th November

Uplands PE day

Sunday 3rd December

St Marks’ Christingle Service 4pm

Friday 8th December

Uplands PE day

Saturday 9th December

St Marks’ 9 lessons and carols service

Wednesday 13th December

YR/KS1 Nativity 1.30pm

Thursday 14th December

YR/KS1 Nativity 9.30am

Wednesday 20th December

Last day of Term 2



Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Wednesday 3rd January


Thursday 4th January

First day of Term 3

Friday 9th February

Last day of Term 3

Monday 19th February

First day of Term 4

Thursday 29th March

Last day of Term 4

Monday 16th April

First day of Term 5

Friday 25th May

Last day of Term 5

Monday 4th June

First day of Term 6

Thursday 19th July

Last day of Term 6

Friday 20th July