Faith in Education
St Mark's provides families with the opportunity of an education based on Christian practice and faith. The School practices its faith through:
- care and concern for each individual member of the School community;
- care and concern for the wider community;
- development and implementation of its educational program based on the Christian faith; and
- incorporating a strong philosophy and practice of pastoral care.
The School provides a Christian Education program for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. In the Primary School, this takes the form of the weekly Christian and Values Education (CAVE) program. In Middle and Senior School, Christian Education studies are a regular part of the curriculum, with a dedicated lesson each week. During the program, class discussion is valued and an investigative and an enquiring mind is encouraged.
Once a week, every student attends Chapel. The Service is an eclectic mix of issues, history, Church Calendar, formal and informal prayers, anecdotes, interviews and more. It aims to stimulate interest in the reality of God’s love as expressed through Jesus.
Students are also welcome to participate in voluntary Bible study groups, led by our Christian Education staff and Chaplaincy interns. The groups welcome both those who are active in their faith and those who are just looking for more information.
In Year 11, students are offered the opportunity to undertake a service tour, Mikono, to the Ruaha Diocese in the southern highlands of Tanzania.