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Make your mark Speaking with the Principal of St Mark’s Church School, it is clear how passionate he is about young people and their education. Kent Favel says St Mark’s is an Anglican school offering a holistic education to its students, which benefits them in many ways. As well as delivering a world class education with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, St Mark’s children are actively involved in sports and the performing arts, both as part of their classroom programme and as part of the many extracurricular activities on offer. “That is part of what our school is all about,” he says. “Children are encouraged to make the most of the oppor-

tunities on offer and try their very best. At St Mark’s we urge our children to make their mark every day. We’re a very unique school.” St Mark’s is the only co-educational independent school in Wellington educating boys and girls from Preschool right through to Year 8. St Mark’s has always been a co-educational school, and it is something which Kent proudly believes in. “When we are at university, or when we are entering the workforce, we experience life in a co-educational way. That starts right here at St Mark’s, with boys and girls working together in the classroom and mixing together in the playground”. Students who attend St

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Mark’s are regularly exposed to the school’s values, which range from respect to love. “We talk about those core values throughout the year and celebrate them in assembly. The students model these values in the classroom and in the playground, particularly the older children. The benefit of a full primary school is that our younger children look up to the student leaders in year 7 and 8 and see the way they behave, and aspire to be like them” Kent says. Children who attend St Mark’s are inquisitive, happy learners and polite, well-mannered citizens, Kent says. “I am always delighted about the way our children behave, particularly when they are outside our own

school grounds. They wear their uniform with confidence and are always immensely proud to represent St Mark’s”. St Mark’s is such a special place to Kent that is his second time working at the 98-year-old school. He was Deputy Principal from 2002 to 2006, and then returned as Principal, a role he has been in since 2011. “It’s not just a job for me,” he says. “I love St Mark’s. I couldn’t think of a better job in the world”. St Mark’s is offering Community Education Grants for children wishing to enter the school in 2016. These grants provide assistance with fees for families who would not normally be able to send their children to St Mark’s.


 To find out more, visit St Mark’s on Open Day, this Saturday 29 August, 10am to 2pm. For more information about the Community Education Grants, visit or email

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