Message from the Principal
St Mark’s was established in and by the local community in 1986 and has grown in 2018 to be a thriving learning community of more than 1,700 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The School employs over 200 staff, including teachers, education assistants, music tutors and administrative, grounds and maintenance staff. The School’s Christian ethos and values promote a positive and respectful work environment and a culture which attracts and retains high quality staff by fostering professionalism, collegiality, commitment, loyalty and strong pastoral care.
St Mark’s aims to maximise opportunities for its students to build rewarding and fulfilling futures, based around the skills and competencies required to navigate the challenges of a world that is changing in its nature in this 21st century. A number of pathways are available at and through the School, and they can be tailored to facilitate these futures for students.
The maintenance of a child-safe environment at St Mark’s is paramount, and the sense of community that pervades the School and supports our young people in their learning, growth and development is at our core.
The School's Strategic Plan was launched early in 2015, with three strategic priorities for the following five years: (1) raising our academic ethos and profile; (2) increasing our focus on the arts, creativity and innovation; and (3) connecting meaningfully with the Indian Ocean Rim and becoming more international in our perspective.
Together with our long-term Master Plan, launched in 2017, and our ten-year Financial Plan, this current strategic plan will steer a course for us in our quest for continuous school improvement. The School’s Master Plan will ensure the continued development of contemporary learning spaces for the 21st Century, set amidst attractive, open grounds that enable the development of positive relationships between our students.
St Mark’s facilities reflect those of a modern yet mature School, and is in the early stages of a projected fifty million dollar building program over a ten year period. The first element of the program was the addition of new facilities for the Junior School, which opened in early 2017. The new spaces allowed the School to accommodate a third class in Years 2, 3 and 4.
The most significant project of the building program to date is the construction of the new Alan Cadby Senior Academic Centre, which was officially opened on 9 March 2018. The Senior Academic Centre accommodates Senior School students in Years 9 to 12.
A commitment to developing the ‘whole person’ is central to a St Mark’s education through a diverse and enriching set of learning experiences provided across all Learning Areas, and including distinctive programs in the arts, sport, outdoor education and service to the community.
My hope is that St Mark’s students will be typified by their compassion, acceptance and care of others, resilience, pursuit of being their best selves, and their sense of community and global responsibility. The values of the School are central to all of this. The two great commandments, to love God and to love one’s neighbour as you love yourself, underpin the strong relationships and partnership between students, parents and staff. This ethos typifies the St Mark’s community, creating a safe and happy place in which to work and learn.
Families who wish to explore the opportunity to secure a St Mark’s education for their children are encouraged to contact the School so that further, and more personalised, information may be provided.
Mr Steven Davies, BApp Sc, GradDipEd, MEdL