Introduction to St Mark's
We have a philosophy of growing ideas and students, of teaching people how to think, and encouraging students to live up to and beyond their potential.
ST MARKS HISTORY
In June, 1921, the vicar of St Mark’s Parish in Opawa, Canon Henry Williams, established a church day school in a small room of the Sunday School in the church grounds, between what was then Church Lane and Cholmondeley Avenue.
The general School programme, with its religious instructions and observances, is based on the teachings and formularies of the Anglican Church.
Our holistic culture at St Marks is a real feature of our difference ensuring our students leave at year 8 with confidence and a well-rounded view of learning and life.
Principal’s welcome to you.
I was invited to take up the Acting Principal’s role at St. Mark’s in Term 1 this year. What a challenging yet enjoyable role and privilege, it is!
St. Mark’s is the only Anglican Integrated Primary School in the South Island. Its “Special Character”, which is infused throughout the curriculum, coupled with the superb students, focused staff team and supportive parents provides a unique decile 10 teaching and learning environment.
What factors make a difference and make it different?
The “Family Atmosphere” developed through practising Christian values, a treasured history contributing to a culture nurtured since 1921, the maximum roll of 245 students, smaller class sizes, excellent physical resources and a blend of the traditional and the contemporary are factors which make it the school of choice for so many Christchurch families. The school community is proud of the accomplishments by former students in a diverse range of educational, cultural and social fields and many families are in their second or third generations of having children enrolled at St. Mark’s.
Interested parents and students are invited to make an appointment, visit the school in action and talk with current or former families who have attended St. Mark’s. You will always be welcome.
People choose to come to St. Mark’s for a variety of reasons. Situated in Opawa, our Years 1 to 8 school serves the whole of Christchurch.
I look forward to meeting you.
Trevor Beaton QSM
ST MARK'S HISTORY
In June, 1921, the vicar of St Mark's Parish in Opawa, Canon Henry Williams, established a church day school in a small room of the Sunday School in the church grounds, between what was then Church Lane and Cholmondeley Avenue. At that time Miss Cameron headed the school, which had a roll of about 30 children.
St Mark's Open Air Day School was established on the present site in 1925 with an opening roll of 38 children. Sister Eleanor ran the school from 1925 through to 1932, at which time the roll had grown to 77 pupils. (Further detailed history may be read in the St Mark's School History, 1921 - 1996)
SCHOOL CREST - THE LION OF ST MARK
The Winged Lion is the traditional symbol of St Mark the Evangelist. From the 5th century, four creatures mentioned in the book of Revelation have been assigned to the four evangelists, with the Winged Lion attributed to St Mark.
In Christian iconography the St Mark Lion was often depicted as holding up the book of St Mark's Gospel.
The general School programme, with its religious instructions and observances, is based on the teachings and formularies of the Anglican Church. This includes regular worship at St Mark's Anglican Church, Opawa, regular religious tuition within the School curriculum, regular church services at the School and a leading role in school life undertaken by the Vicar of the Parish.
St Mark's School exists to provide a balanced education, where a child's academic, cultural, physical, social and spiritual needs are identified and nurtured in a dynamic Christian environment, grounded in the Anglican way and supported by a family orientated community.
BALANCE OF THE SCHOOL
St Mark's is a co-educational, full primary school with Year 0 through to Year 8 and has a balanced ratio of boys and girls drawn from a varied socio-economic background.
Our holistic culture at St Marks is a real feature of our difference ensuring our students leave at year 8 with confidence and a well-rounded view of learning and life. We teach the whole student, not just the intellect. Here are a few examples of the breadth of activity a student can be involved in during their time at St Marks:
- Performance choir
- Festival choir
- Junior choir
- Itinerant music programme
- Social social