Caretaker Post Opportunity – St. Mark’s School

Are you passionate about providing the best start for children?

If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for an energetic and motivated Caretaker to join our team to help us ensure that our school provides a safe, welcoming and purposeful environment for children, staff and visitors.

The children, staff and governors of St Mark’s CEP School are looking for a practical and well-motivated person for the post of Caretaker to join our team of committed staff.

We are very proud of our building so we especially want someone who will really care for our school, ensuring it looks its best, is safe and exemplifies the high expectations we have of our children.
The role will include a wide range of responsibilities and duties connected with the fabric of the building, health and safety, grounds and facilities maintenance and security.

You will need to:

• be a hands on individual who can develop and implement systems/procedures as well as maintain current ones.
• be sympathetic to environmental concerns regarding the school and grounds
• contribute to projects and maintenance schedules
• be practical, with good DIY skills.

We can offer:

• a school with happy, polite children
• good professional development opportunities/training, together with extra hours during holidays for larger maintenance projects

Hours: 7 hours per week, with additional hours available during school holidays
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Scale 4 point 10 £19,312 pro rata
Required: To start 19.7.21
Contact finance@st-marks.e-sussex.sch.uk for full job description and application form.
Tel: 01825 830375
Website: http://www. st-marks-hadlowdown.co.uk

St Mark’s Church News for February 2021.

St Mark’s church news for February 2021.

I suppose this should begin with ‘A Happy New Year to all our readers’!  I think we have all been saying ‘Well it couldn’t be worse!’

As I write, 3 of the new vaccines have been approved for use in the UK, and the Buxted surgery has just started calling the over 70s for vaccination.  Let us pray this will indeed be the beginning of a Happy New Year for us all.  So sadly we are presently in the process of a 3rd lockdown, and that has meant some big decisions needing to be made for our Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down.

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Post-It Notes on Church Gates

From Janet Tourell St. Mark’s Church warden

I’ve just been to St Mark’s Church to put the bin out for collection tomorrow and see that someone has stuck a post-it note on one of the ‘PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE’ signs on the double iron gates. It laments the fact that there’s a possibility that by touching and closing the gate we might contract Covid-19!

Well you might like to know, whoever you are, that a week ago I was asked by the school to put these notices on the gates. During this extraordinary time, parents are dropping children off and collecting them through the churchyard by following a one way system to the small gate on the school playground and then using the path across the front of the church to walk back to School Lane. There had been some concern expressed by parents that both gates on to the road were left open; we had been doing this deliberately because of the risk of infection, however the risk of a child running out into the road and having or causing an accident has out-weighed all else in my mind!

I have a few suggestions for the person who wrote the post-it:

1. Take a path on your walk which doesn’t go through the gates!

2. Take hand sanitiser out with you.

3. Wear gloves?

I hope this is helpful because I don’t want to remove the notices.

Janet Tourell

Wings to Fly

Help for local young people with mental health and well-being problems
Wings to Fly are very pleased to announce that our application for a grant has been successful and we have received £4,115 from the Sussex Community Foundation. This will enable us to support St Mark’s CEP School and the local community with mental health and wellbeing issues during this Covid-19 outbreak. Families who feel they could benefit from this opportunity are invited to contact the School’s office in the first instance on 01825 830375.
The Trustees
Wings to Fly
Reg Charity No:118309
The support of regular donations allows us to demonstrate a strong commitment from the school community. If you are a ble to make a regular (or one off) donation you can do so directly through our donations page kindlink.com/fundraising/wings-to-fly/2563 or via our page on the school website.

Vandals Set Fire to School ‘Outdoor Classroom’

Many villagers may already be aware, that sadly some mindless individuals have intentionally set fire to St. Mark’s School ‘outdoor classroom’ area at SMILE Meadow. The school has informed the Police and the Fire Service and, at present, are thinking of how they can move forward to rebuild this area for the children. As this is a temporary structure, it is unfortunately not insured. Once the school has some ideas, they would like to call on all parents and the village community for any donations of materials and time to help us with its reconstruction.

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Remembering Our Heroes – Lottery Grant

National Lottery support for the PCC of Buxted and Hadlow Down to mark First World War Centenary.

This month the Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down has received a National Lottery grant of £10,000 for a project ‘Remembering our Heroes’ within the parish but mainly in the Hadlow Down area. Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme, the project will focus on paying tribute to the men and women from our community who bravely served their country during WW1, and also to the many millions of others who were killed or dreadfully wounded. On the 100th anniversary of this great and terrible struggle, we reflect upon the sacrifice of 1 million Commonwealth service men and women who were killed during the First World War. The project will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests from rural areas like Hadlow Down. “Thank You” to the First World War generation.
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