St. Mark Overview
“Growing in Skill and Wisdom and Strength”
St. Mark School officially opened in 1978 in the Forest Heights area of Kitchener. Presently, there are 260 students from Junior Kindergarten to grade eight and twenty-seven staff members.
St. Mark School has always had a very close relationship with St. Mark Church. From 1982, when the new community of St. Mark was formed, until 1991 when the new St. Mark Church was dedicated, worshipers gathered in the school gymnasium for Sunday Mass. As attendance grew, the bishop gave permission for the community to become a parish in its own right in 1988. The school works very closely with the pastor of St. Mark Church, Father Don Sanvido, and we are grateful for his continuing pastoral care of our students and for his unending support of Catholic Education in our community.
The students at our school are blessed to have parents and families who love them and support them as they grow in their faith and as they continue their education. Parents are very involved in the life of our school, volunteering their time in classrooms, in the Strong Start literacy support program and on School Council. Our School Council is very active and has supported improved student learning and parent involvement with fundraising, family math night, our September Open House and special speakers dealing with anti-bullying and parenting topics. The staff of St. Mark School is completely dedicated to fostering academic excellence, and spiritual and emotional growth in all of our students. For 12 years, St. Mark students have been honouring the courage and determination of Terry Fox and running for a cure in the annual Terry Fox Run. This year we were proud to rank #22 in the top fundraisers in all of Ontario. This
small but mighty school raised $12,627.40 in 2016 bringing our grand total to an astounding $92,830.44!
Through our Social Justice Club, St. Mark School has formed a transformational partnership with the “Free the Children” organization. Over the past seven years we have helped raise funds to build a well in Haiti, build a school and provide medical supplies in Kenya, and goats to the people of India. In the wake of the devastating hurricane that hit Haiti last year our Social Justice Club has dedicated all of this year’s charitable fundraising to help provide clean water to the people of Haiti. Our Social Justice Club also does community outreach with senior citizens in our community and assists with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mark Church.
St. Mark students have jumped into the 21st century by joining our Computer Club. We are learning how to code in Scratch and HTML and have gained skills in problem solving and collaboration. Students have programmed robotics with Sphero and explored space using Google Expeditions. We were fortunate to visit Google this year and participate in Skills Canada. Our club includes students of all abilities and welcomes everyone willing to try.
“Our Catholic Schools: Heart of the community – success for each, a place for all.”