St Mark’s encourage parents and whanau to actively participate in their child’s learning. The relationships between our families and the School are very important to us. Here is what some of our parents have said about St Mark’s Primary School.

Miranda Harcourt

It wasn’t an easy decision to shift our son from our local intermediate school to St Marks. He was doing well but his potential was not being fully realised. In the year since we moved him to St Marks his focus has sharpened, he is much more self-motivated and has a great handle on time management so he is not stressed about homework or scheduling. St Marks has provided a great context for him both socially and academically. He is a happier boy, more grounded and confident in himself. And we are very happy parents.

Herbert & Leigh Booker

St Marks was the ideal preparation for our son to enter college. Not only was he academically challenged with the units of inquiry in the IB program and teachers that guided him to excel, but he learnt many organisational & personal skills as well. Having to manage his own diary, homework & classroom timetable also meant it was all a very familiar process when he finally arrived at college and helped ensure the transition was a smooth & painless one. The breadth of learning opportunities at St Marks in sport, languages & music, to name just a few, were all complimentary to the core academic standards and ensured that a well rounded young man entered college with an exposure to many of the subjects he would be required to choose between in year 9. We have nothing but praise for the way St Marks prepared our son for college in year 7 & 8 and would highly recommend the school to other parents wanting to ensure their children were equally well prepared.

Leanne & Keith Nightingale

Year 7 and 8 at St Marks provided our son with all the tools, confidence and learning needed to successfully enter college. His development during the 3 years at St Marks was fantastic. He has achieved results in Year 9 that far exceed our expectations due to the breadth and depth of tuition he received during Years 7 and 8 at St Marks. Although it was initially a difficult decision to change from our local comfortable community school for Years 6, 7 and 8, in hindsight it was the best decision wehave ever made. We decided that Years 7 and 8 were the most important years of schooling. In these years they need to be provided with all the skills needed to succeed in school and in life, St Marks provided this and more.

Year 7 Parent

We have been very impressed with the smooth transition our son has made from his old school to St Marks Church School. The pleasant class environment and the structured timetable have helped him settle quickly. It is also very pleasing to hear from our child that he is enjoying the specialist subjects and working on the units of inquiry. Each morning, it is such a joy to see him wave goodbye to us, with a lovely smile on his face and looking so smart in his uniform.