Almost all that we do contributes to pupils developing a sense of belonging to a small community and having some responsibility for our School and its people. As children grow older, we encourage them to be more involved with the wider community by supporting local initiatives, charities and institutions.
We foster close links with the Four Marks community, inviting members of the community into school to share experiences with us, to tell us about their jobs and interests or to help us out! Children are also involved in the community in various ways, for example our choir entertaining our older residents, taking part in litter picking and helping the district council to plan our local play area. The children are regular contributors to the village magazine, The Four Marks News, published monthly.
We take part in local competitions and events such as art exhibitions and community carol singing, and often act as hosts for inter-school sporting events. We have very strong links with all our local schools, especially those that feed into Perins School in Alresford which takes most of our children after Year 6. This group of schools, known as 7AS (Seven Alresford Schools), work closely together, sharing expertise, ideas and resources in order to provide the best that we can for all the children in our care.
We have links with other schools in the UK in order to provide children with some understanding of the rich variety of cultures in our national community. We also have links with schools in Europe and one in Uganda to help children relate to European and International communities.
Support from our Community
Our New Early Years Outdoor Learning Area:
During the Summer 2019, a brand new outdoor learning 'village' was created by a tem of volunteers with funding and support from local businesses. The 'Wondering Woods' has a network of paths that take children to different areas to explore and learn. The development of this area would not have been possible without the generous support of local sponsors and businesses.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors:
Blue Badger Property Services, Four Marks & Medstead Rotary Club, Hambridge of Odiham, Travis Perkins of Alton, Freight Products (Farnborough), Jondo UK (Aldershot), ABF Charitable Trust, K & N Surfacing (Andover), Walter Group (Southampton), Urban Trunet/ Elliot Adams, Tesco, Wickes (Alton), Vincent Hire, Southern Co-op, AVS Fencing Supplies, Loaf Bakery, Nosh Cafe Bar, East Hampshire District Council, Friends of Four Marks School.
Our Children regularly write articles for our Community Magazine. Some examples of the work of our Junior Journalists is below.