Snippets of News

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

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.