Engaging with our local community and endowing our students with a strong Australian cultural identity will always remain a priority at St Mark’s, but engagement with our regional context is a critical issue of our time. According to the Asia Education Foundation, “Five-year-olds who start school in Australia today enter their adult lives just at the time China and India become the world’s top economies.”
St Mark's Anglican Community School is committed to providing our students with opportunities to become truly global citizens. In fact, connecting meaningfully with schools and communities within the Indian Ocean Rim is one of the School's three strategic priorities. This will be achieved through our continued development of educational partnerships in countries such as China, Japan, Mauritius, Reunion Island and Tanzania. Co-curricular activities support classroom learning, and students have the option of participating in a range of international tours and student exchange programs.
At St Mark’s, we recognise that languages are one of the core capabilities that all young people will require to live and interact in a globalised world.
As part of the World Languages Program, Pre-Primary and Year 1 students participate in Chinese Mandarin lessons for one semester. In the alternate semester, students participate in French lessons. In time, it is hoped that the Mandarin lessons will also be offered in Junior, Middle and Senior School.
The School has enjoyed an active French language learning program from its early days. Immersive French lessons are offered from Year 2 to Year 12, where it is available as an ATAR subject.