Extra Curricular Activities
At St Mark's we offer many extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Some of these activities occur during learning time and some are optional activities held during lunch times.
Bluearth is a unique movement approach to learning that improves health, behaviour, self esteem, confidence and academic achievement. Sessions are inclusive and largely non competitive - with the focus being on each individuals experience during that session. Providing the opportunity to give and receive feedback is an important aspect of any session - encouraging participants to reflect on their participation and notice what happened for them - this is where significant learning can take place.
Bluearth addresses the following key areas of student development:
- Ability to concentrate and remain focused on specific tasks
- Self confidence
- Awareness of others
- A willingness to accept new challenges
- Improving behaviour / choices
Once a week, a dance teacher comes to the school to lead the children in Irish dance lessons. These lessons are held during lunch time.
The St Mark's choir has performed for kindergartens in the area, at school assemblies and at Family Festivals held at the school.
The Chess Club meets once per week during lunch time and students from Prep to Year 6 are invited to attend.
On Mondays during the first half of lunch, students from Prep to Year 6 are able to go to the hall foyer to play a variety of board games and card games such as Scrabble, Uno, Jenga, Trouble, Kerplunk! and Guess Who?
Once a week, a music teacher from ABC Music comes to the school to take small group music lessons in guitar and keyboard.
Students are asked to choose an activity to take part in for several afternoons throughout the term. Activities include cooking, strategy games, netball, craft, knitting, sign language, making musical instruments, debating, making finger puppets, drama and dance. These activities change from year to year and are chosen and run by staff members who have an interest in that particular area.