Holistic Culture


Years 5 – 8 children have the opportunity of joining a weekly drama group and engage in preparation of drama, mine, puppetry and creative dance.


Chess is taught in Years 4 & 5 and continues to be popular throughout the school. There are chess competitions held during the lunch hours to determine the top chess player. Students represent the school at local competitions and a Chess Master offers lessons at school each week.

Performance Choir

This choir is a mixed group of 25 – 40 Year 6 – 8 children, who have successfully passed an audition. The main function of this choir is to lead school assemblies and church services, as well as performing at out of school engagements such as weddings, retirement homes, and Christmas functions.

Festival Choir

All Year 6 – 8 children learn and practise the Christchurch Primary Schools’ Music Festival repertoire, as part of the school’s practical music programme. Most of this group goes to perform at the Town Hall.

Junior Choir

This choir is made up of all Year 4 & 5 children, who meet once a week in school time. The main aim of this choir is to foster a love of singing and to develop the skills necessary for progressing to the senior choirs.


The St Mark’s Orchestra is an auditioned group selected from Years 4 – 8, with the children playing a variety of instruments. The orchestra helps with assemblies and usually performs at Church in Term 3.

Itinerant Music Programme

All children have the opportunity to learn a variety of musical instruments during school hours.
The school is able to offer tuition in the following: Piano, violin, singing, flute, recorder, guitar, brass and drums. The fees for the above lessons are payable to individual Itinerant teachers.