Consolidate and Grow
The Junior School has achieved exceptional competencies in literacy and numeracy, and follows the Australian Curriculum.
The educational emphasis for Junior School students, which embraces enquiry-based learning and teaching, is on communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, physical education, music, spiritual and cultural development.
The philosophy of the Junior School is to encourage students to be active participants in their own education. This fosters the development and practice of thinking skills, as well as inspiring students to become life-long learners.
We are committed to ensuring our students are active and informed citizens, well-equipped to embrace the opportunities of our shared future. One important way St Mark’s embraces opportunities for our students to become culturally and socially enriched is through our World Languages Program. This includes the teaching of French and Mandarin, all the way from Pre Primary to Year 5.
Junior School encompasses students from Year 2 to Year 5. The Junior School Precinct was rebuilt in 2011, and additional facilities opened in 2017 to cater for increased enrolments. The two larger buildings have six classrooms in each, all connecting to a generous open space. The open space is very flexible, and is used in a variety of ways, from working in small groups, to gathering all Junior School students together for meetings and activities.
The Junior School precinct has specialist facilities for Art and Physical Education/Sport, including a sports oval. Students also make use of the School’s shared amenities, such as the Barbara Godwin Performing Arts Complex, the Ken Fairfield Hall and the Len King Sports Pavilion.
Students are encouraged to keep active during the day. There is a nature play zone, climbing frames, a multipurpose sports court, as well as spaces for outdoor social games such as Four Square, handball and chess.