t 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, 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 healthy pastoral care.
St Mark's aims to maximize opportunities for its students to build rewarding and fulfilling futures based on the skills and competencies required to navigate the challenges of a world-changing in its nature in this 21st century. Several 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.
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 positive relationships between our students.
St Mark's facilities reflect those of a modern yet mature School and are in the early stages of a projected fifty million dollar building program over ten years. The first element of the program was new facilities for the Junior School, which opened in early 2017. The new spaces allowed the school to accommodate the third class in Years 2, 3, and 4.
The most significant project of the building program to date is the new Alan Cadby Senior Academic Centre's construction, 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 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 the community.
I hope that St Mark's students will be typified by their compassion, acceptance, and care of others, resilience, the pursuit of being their best selves, and sense of community and global responsibility. The values of the school are central to all of this. To love God and love one's neighbor as you love yourself, the two great commandments 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 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 to provide further and more personalized information.
St Mark's aims to foster character growth and develop a set of values and skills by teaching and example in a Christian setting through school life. The School motto is Seek Truth and Wisdom.
The school has identified five values that reflect who we are as a school community, and these values are underpinned by the School's Mission Statement and Christian ethos. These five values are interwoven throughout all elements of School life, including policy development and process, pastoral care, and curriculum implementation.
We actively listen to each other's thoughts and feelings and trust that those thoughts will be respected and valued. We learn continuously by gathering new facts, principles, and truths. Our knowledge and understanding grow when we put what we learn into practice. By having realistic confidence in ourselves and our abilities, we can set goals that are both challenging and achievable, whether those goals are in education, work, or society.
We take responsibility for our actions by making positive choices, learning from our mistakes, and fulfilling our duties, and honoring our commitments to one another and our community. As a community, we work together to reach a shared goal, offering mutual support and encouragement. Individuals' skills and talents are recognized and acknowledged, allowing each individual to make a positive contribution to group efforts.