Introduction

Welcome to St Mark’s Church School

We are delighted you are considering St Mark’s for your International Student, and it would be my pleasure to assist you with all aspects of the enrolment process as well as offering continued support whilst your child is attending our school. St Mark’s is Wellington’s only co-educational Primary School for girls and boys, from Preschool (age 2) to Year 8 (age 13). Educating children since 1917, St Mark’s is an Anglican school with a strong sense of family and community. Having recently celebrated our centenary, St Mark’s successfully blends traditional foundations and modern, forward thinking educational practice.

Wellington (the Capital City of New Zealand) has again topped Deutsche Bank’s list of 50 most liveable global cities, coming out at number one with the best quality of life (May 2018).  It is a clean, safe, vibrant city sitting on a stunning harbour, surrounded by lush green hills. The Wellington region has a population of 496,000 and is home to many diverse cultures, Statistics New Zealand estimate that 25% of people in Wellington were born overseas.  

St Mark’s is small enough to provide individual care in a supportive, family environment, but large enough to offer a range of subjects and opportunities for our students.  Our exceptional teachers love what they do and ensure that our international students are supported and nurtured, whilst learning, exploring and experiencing new things every day.  St Mark’s offers small class sizes and our IB curriculum aimed at developing the academic, social and emotional well-being of our students. There is a vibrant and supportive atmosphere at the school, which makes it easy to share challenges.  Students are encouraged to be ambitious in their goals and work hard to achieve them; however we make sure there is plenty of time to play and have fun!

We encourage all international students to become involved in the life of the school.  Opportunities to develop interests are available in a range of sports, music, speech and drama.  The International Hub is the base for all international students and the venue for English lessons, shared lunches and social occasions.  

I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming your family to our school.

Mrs Kate O’Brien
Director of International Students