Physical Education and Sports
St Mark’s Church School provides students with a comprehensive range of sporting opportunities. We believe that participation in a range of sporting activities promotes a sense of resilience, self-belief, hard work, healthy competition and achievement that complements children’s successes in the classroom.
Our extensive Physical Education and Sports programme aims to develop childrens’ physical literacy by developing movement, communication and thinking skills. Physical Education lessons take place once a week for every class. In addition, the PE programme is complemented by our afternoon in-class sport programmes.
Outdoor education features prominently in our curriculum at St Mark’s Church School. Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an opportunity for children to take measured risks, develop an open-mind and push themselves to try new things while extending their physical capabilities. School camps take place for students in Years 4 to 7 and remains the highlight of the year for many students. Activities include archery, bushcraft, tramping, mountain-biking, sailing, sea-kayaking and a range of other learning opportunities designed to complement the PYP Learner profile.
Inter-House competitions take place in cross-country, athletics and swimming during the year. These are always well-supported and very hotly contested. Every child in the school has an opportunity to represent his or her house. The house spirit is evident at sports events through a sea of colour and imaginative house chants to spur on the competition!
From these annual school events, children are selected to compete in Central Zone sports, many of whom then go on to represent St Mark’s at the Interzone competitions. Further to this, our children are often represented at regional and national competitions.
Year 5 to 8 children are offered a range of traditional sports in both summer and winter codes. In summer, this includes softball, tennis and cricket. In winter, rugby, netball, hockey and football are offered. St Mark’s Church School plays fixtures in these sports against other independent schools and teams. These fixtures take place every term, with summer codes in Terms 1 and 4, and winter codes in Terms 2 and 3.
We also offer a range of other extra-curricular sporting options where students can participate in weekly local competitions. Our children are encouraged to take part in the different extra-curricular sporting activities, the focus of which is to have fun and practise a healthy and active lifestyle.
All sport and physical education at St Mark’s Church School is overseen by the Head of Sport and the Head of PSPE, and is well-supported by parents and members of our School community.