Upper Primary

Welcome to St Mark’s Upper Primary School.

Ākonga in the Upper Primary will be:

• Wondering, questioning and researching
• Gathering data and reporting findings
• Adopting and justifying a point of view
• Using a range of thinking skills to understand a concept
• Making and testing theories
• Experimenting and exploring possibilities
• Solving problems in a variety of ways
• Working in collaboration with others
• Becoming independent inquirers

At St Mark’s, we appreciate that ākonga bring their unique understandings, perspective and knowledge. Kaiako (teachers) in the Upper Primary structure learning experiences designed to meet the different needs of each ākonga, whilst challenging them to grow as a learner. Ākonga are encouraged to make connections between school, home and the wider world. They explore local, national and global perspectives in their units of inquiry and, in order to do this well, work collaboratively, sharing diverse experiences and further developing their social skills. Learning at St Mark’s promotes and values social interaction and inclusive practices that support learning, tolerance, respect and understanding.

Ākonga are encouraged to emulate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile in order to become: inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk-takers and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. They develop these attributes within the homeroom and specialist classes, during assemblies and Chapel services, in the playground and while participating in St Mark’s many extracurricular activities.

As ākonga move into the Upper Primary, we continue to build on the strong foundation established in the Lower Primary. By the end of Year 8, we want them to be ready and able to take the next step, secure in the knowledge of who they are and what they do best.

Cathy Underhill
Dean of Upper Primary