English as a Second Language

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At St Mark's we are privileged to have a significant number of children from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This helps to make our school a vibrant multicultural community. As a result, we celebrate our community’s diversity with a Multicultural Fiesta every second year which is the school’s largest community gathering.

St. Mark's has the highest population of students for whom English is a second language in the Brisbane Archdiocese. For this reason, the school has a full time specialist English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. ESL support is provided within the classroom and through a variety of individual and group programs to promote students’ literacy development. The support begins in Prep and continues through to year 7. ESL support is also provided through resources and strategies to classroom teachers.

The ESL teacher liaises with Brisbane Catholic Education, staff and parents/carers to design, implement and review programs.  These aim to assist all students to achieve their full potential.