Upper Primary School

St Mark’s School encourages parents and whanau to actively participate in their child’s learning, and the relationships between families and the school are most important to us. Here is what some of our parents and whanau have to say about St Mark’s School.

Miranda Harcourt

“It wasn’t an easy decision to shift our son from our local intermediate school to St Mark’s. He was doing well but his potential was not being fully realised. In the year since we moved him to St Mark’s 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.”

Nicole Willis

“We are so enjoying watching our three children grow as they travel through St Mark’s. They are learning to be critical thinkers, brave risk-takers and confident communicators. The school encourages them to play to their strengths, to be kind and inclusive and offers the challenge of regular leadership opportunities. We could not be happier.”

Leanne and Keith Nightingale

“Year 7 and 8 at St Mark’s provided our son with all the tools, confidence and learning needed to successfully enter college. His development during the 3 years at St Mark’s 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 Mark’s. 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 we have 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 Mark’s provided this and more.”

Libby Carson

“Moving a child to a new school is always challenging and the decision to move our son to a new school for his intermediate years was not taken lightly. From the moment we met with the Principal, we knew we were making the best choice for our child and, more importantly, our son was excited to come into the St Mark’s family. Our son has gone from strength to strength and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Quite simply, he is shining. To see his smiling face every day when he walks out of school, knowing that he is happy, safe and enjoying his learning is more than we could have ever asked for.”