Rock Stars Day - 2nd February
Today we celebrated all things MATHS as we asked children to come in dressed as Rock Stars for our Times Tables Rock Stars Day! The children wore some fantastic outfits which they had a chance to show off in our celebration assembly this morning. The theme for the day was 'Maths is Everywhere!' and the children were encouraged to look for maths outside of maths lessons, including outside of the classroom. They were set maths challenges including some class battles on Times Table Rock Stars and finished the day off singing some classic rock! What a magnificently mathematical day we've all had. Rock on!
Basketball - 31st January
A huge congratulations to the basketball team who played against Bridgewater, Bramwood Prep and Lightoaks School and beat all three teams to win the tournament - fantastic!
Advent and Christmas Celebrations - December
The children have been very busy in school with various Christmas events over the last few weeks: Key Stage 2 began our celebrations with a very reverent and moving Advent Service; Nursery and Reception delighted parents with a very merry Christmas Sing-Along; Years 1 and 2 retold the Nativity story with a bit of a twist in their production of 'Christmas Bake-Off' and Key Stage 2 hosted a fun and festive 'Carols and Mince Pies' afternoon. It has been so lovely to have parents and families joining us in school to watch the children perform. We hope you have all enjoyed it as much as we have!
Caritas Social Teaching Award Winner - Autumn 2 Half Term
Congratulations to James, Dylan, and Martyna in Year 6, to Elizabeth and Nathan in Year 5, to Lily in Year 3 and to Erin in Year 2 who are this half term's winners of the Caritas Social Teaching Award. For more information about the award and what they did to win it please click here.
Year 4 Court Trip - 8th December
Today, the children in Year 4 took a trip to the Employment Tribunal in Manchester to spend the day in court! They took part in a mock trial and had lots of fun. To see photographs of the children on their trip please click on this link to the Year 4 class page.
Advent Service - 5th December
The children in Key Stage 2 lead our annual Advent Service this week. They sang, acted and read beautifully to tell the story of the nativity and share the Christmas message of love and community. It was a wonderful way to start our Christmas celebrations. Thank you to all who were able to attend.
Netball Matches - 20th and 22nd November
Well done to the netball team who had their first two matches of the season this week. They played against Moorside Primary and Bridgewater Independent and whilst they didn't win, they played amazingly well and made St. Mark's extremely proud. An extra congratulations to Zara, Martyna and Olo who won players of the match.
Caritas Social Teaching Award Winner - Autumn 1 Half Term
Congratulations to Zara in Year 6 and Miss Melia-Redgrave who are this half term's winners of the Caritas Social Teaching Award. For more information about the award and what they did to win it please click here.
World War 2 Play in a Day - 11th October
This half term the Year 6 children have been learning about World War 2 in their history lessons. This has included learning about the many children who were evacuated from cities like Salford and Manchester, to safer places in the countryside. The Year 6s had a visit from a theatre company who helped them to learn and perform a play in a day. Their play told the story of a young boy who wrote a diary documenting his experiences at the time he was being evacuated. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning and practising the play and then had the opportunity to perform it in front of their parents and the Year 5 children. They did a wonderful job and really impressed everyone - well done!
Mass for the Bishop - 8th October
On Sunday children from the schools of St. Mark's, St. Charles and St. Mary's came together to celebrate Mass with the Bishop. The children performed a song they had be learning for Bishop's visit and the art work created by the Year 6s was displayed on the alter. The Bishop also blessed a new sculpture of Saint Kateri Tekawitha which has been erected in the garden at St. Charles' Church. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.
Poetry Assembly - 6th October
This week was poetry week and we had a celebration assembly on Friday where each class performed a poem for the rest of the school. The children did a wonderful job and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the assembly.
S.M.A.F. - 2nd October
Today was St. Mark's Action Force (S.M.A.F.) Day. The children came in their best army gear and were put through their paces by the staff. They completed an assault course, learnt a special St. Mark's drill song and took part in marching drills on the playground. The day ended with a S.M.A.F. parade on the field which parents were invited to watch. All the money raised today will go towards new school equipment - thank you all for your support!
Sculptor Visit - 28th September
The Year 6 children had a visit from a sculptor today who helped them all to produce individual pieces of art based on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the patron saint of the environment and ecology. The children used the processes of pressing, moulding and casting to produce their art work which will be used in the forthcoming Mass for the Bishop.
Year 6 Choir - 20th July
On the last day of term, the Year 6 choir sang 'Goin' Back' in a special assembly for Miss Garner as she retires from her role as headteacher of St. Mark's. The song is a particular favourite of Miss Garner's and the choir sang it beautifully. Miss Garner loved it so much she asked them to sing it again for her so she could join in with them...
Swintonbury 2023 - 13th July
We didn't let the changing weather stop us from having an AMAZING festival day. The children had so much fun at the festival - there were a range of stalls and games, a nail and tattoo bar, face painting, singing round the campfire, a chance to soak Mr Mason and even a silent disco. In the afternoon, we were joined on the field by parents and we danced along to a live band and had candy floss and popcorn. What an unforgettable day!
Dance Festival 2023 Videos
Year 6 Leavers Meal - 17th July
Year 6 Water Sports Trip - 7th July
Year 6 had a fantastic day at the water sports centre taking part in raft building, paddle boarding and kayaking. Take a look at what they got up to...
Year 5 Athletics - 27th June
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 4 and 5 children who took part in the Year 5 Salford Athletics Championships. All of the children put 100% effort into their events and made us all very proud. A special well done to Angel who won the 60m sprint final and to Kash who won the 80m sprint final. The boys relay team (Kash, Raheem, Max and Fred) not only won the boys relay final, they also broke the record of 60.83 seconds which has been held since 2000....our boys did it in 60.03 seconds - amazing! As a result of the team's effort, St. Mark's also won the Small Schools trophy. What an outstanding achievement.
Year 6 Art Morning at St. Ambrose Barlow - 23rd June
Many of our Year 6 children will be moving on to St. Ambrose Barlow R.C. High School in September. To help the children prepare for their transition to high school, the Year 6 class were invited to Ambrose Barlow to spend a morning taking part in an art lesson. The children enjoyed using a variety of materials and paints to produce different textures and patterns in order to create a self-portrait.
First Holy Communion - 17th June
Congratulations to all of the Year 3 children who made their First Holy Communion today at St. Mark's Parish Church. It was such a joyful celebration and the children were fantastic.
Caritas Social Teaching Award Winner - Summer 1 Half Term
Congratulations to Dylan in Year 5 and Mrs Mullineaux who works in Year 3 who are this half term's winners of the Caritas Social Teaching Award. For more information about the award and what they did to win it please click here.
Boys Football Match - 22nd May
Well done to the boys football team who worked hard throughout their match against St. Mary's. The final score was 5:1 to St. Mary's but St. Mark's played really well.
Crucial Crew Competition Winner - 19th May
Well done to Summer in Year 6 who won a poster competition after attending Crucial Crew in March. Summer was awarded her prize by P.C. Magnall in today's assembly.
Girls Football Match - 19th May
Congratulations to our St. Mark's girls football team who played against St. Theresa's and won 4:0 - fantastic!
Coronation Day Celebrations - 4th May
The children had a wonderful day celebrating King Charles III's coronation. During the morning, the whole school took part in a coronation parade on the school field, we celebrated mass together and then the Year 5s led a special assembly where they acted out the coronation ceremony, explaining all of the key parts and their meaning. At dinner time, parents and carers were invited to join the children on the field for our 'Big Lunch'. Later in the afternoon, we had our own ceremony in which we buried a time capsule in the playground which was filled with items chosen by staff and pupils to represent life at St. Mark's at this time in our history. What a fantastic way to celebrate the King's coronation together at St. Mark's!
St. Mark's Feast Day - 25th April
Today is the feast day of St. Mark. As well as being the patron saint of our school, St. Mark is also the patron saint of Venice in Italy. To celebrate the feast day, the children had an Italian-themed dinner outside with lots of flags and even some Italian music!
Years 2 and 3 Trip to RHS Bridgewater - 21st April
On Friday, Years 2 and 3 had an exciting trip to RHS Bridgewater. To see what each class got up to, go to their year group page and click on the link.
Caritas Social Teaching Award Winner - Spring 2 Half Term
Congratulations to Noah in Year 5 and brothers Fred and Stan (Years 4 and 1) who are this half term's winners of the Caritas Social Teaching Award. For more information about the award please click here.
Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated money for the Turkey and Syria Earthquake appeal. Our Young Leaders arranged a week of fundraising activities last half term and thanks to everyone's generous contributions we raised an incredible total of £2769.32. All of the money raised will go towards helping those affected by the earthquakes.
Here are our Young Leaders with the certificate we received from CAFOD for our donation:
5p Trail - 4th April
During Lent children have been collecting 5ps as part of our Lenten fundraising. Today all the classes laid out their 5ps on the playground and counted them up to see which class had collected the most. Congratulations to Year 1 who raised the most money by bringing in a whopping £160 in 5ps! Well done to all the classes for your fantastic contributions.
Afternoon Tea With Miss Garner
Some of the children who have won a prize for their excellent attendance throughout this year enjoyed "Afternoon Tea With Miss G." this week. Well done everyone!
Netball Match - 23rd March
Well done to our netball team who played brilliantly against James Brindley Primary School on Thursday. It was a close match and the final score was 4:2 to James Brindley but our team really did us proud!
Wild Hair Day - 21st March
As part of our Lenten fundraising, the children were invited to come in to school with wild hair! We had lots of creative styles and all the money raised will be going to St. Joseph's Penny.
Opera Workshop - 20th March
A group of children from Year 6 had a trip to the Bridgewater Hall this week to take part in an opera workshop run by Streetwise Opera with the help of musicians from the Philharmonic Orchestra. The children also had the opportunity to watch nine micro-operas co-created and performed by people with experience of homelessness.
World Book Day 2023
This year, St. Mark's had a wonderful World Book Day with a heroes and villains theme. Staff and children came in some incredible costumes and everyone had fun showing them off on the catwalk during assembly. After discovering that someone had stolen Maleficent's wings, the children set about trying to decide who the culprit was and later on some of the suspected villains on trial! Thankfully, Maleficent was eventually reunited with her wings and everyone lived happily ever after!
The children were treated to a number of surprise guests throughout the day. After appearing on the school roof Spiderman amazed us all with some unbelievable acrobatics before visiting each class. Sleeping Beauty also paid everyone a visit and wowed us with her magic. Then two extremely tall and beautifully elegant butterfly fairies returned Maleficent's wings. A fantastic day was had by all. Take a look at some of the fun we got up to...
Year 6 Trip to Crucial Crew - 13th March
On Monday, the Year 6s went to Crucial Crew to learn about life skills that will enable them to keep themselves and others safe. The children attended workshops such as how to keep safe in public spaces, safety around water, safety on public transport as well as the importance of keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are some of the things they got up to...
Year 5 Trip to St. Ambrose Barlow R.C. High School- 13th March
On Monday, the Year 5s went to St. Ambrose Barlow and spent the morning in the art department. The children enjoyed creating art based on the work of the English artist, Jon Burgerman, who uses doodles to create his drawings. Take a look at what they got up to...