Curriculum Structure

  • ​​​Australian Curriculum, including General Capabilities

  • The Religious Education Curriculum

  • Implementation of the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines, QSA Syllabuses


Learning Areas


The Curriculum is based on the Learning Areas managed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) together with Religious Education which is overseen by Brisbane Catholic Education. These are:​

  • Religious Education

  • Mathematics

  • English

  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)

  • Science

  • History

  • Geography

  • The Arts [consisting of Music, Dance, Visual ​Arts, Drama and Media]

  • Technology

  • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)

  • Cultural Literacy and Languages, including L.O.T.E - Spanish




The process of assessment involves our teachers in:

  • Providing students with opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do with the identified learning essentials;

  • Gathering evidence of students’ demonstrations in all learning areas;

  • Making judgments about students’ demonstrations in all learning areas.

Staff use a variety of assessment techniques and sources to gather evidence about students’ demonstration of learning. These include:

  • Observation

  • Focused Analysis

  • Consultation

  • Self and peer assessment



Reporting is an essential component of the learning process at St Mark's. It provides information to students, parents and teachers which allows for the celebration of learning achievements as well as goal setting and planning for learning to continue to improve. Reporting occurs in a variety of ways including progress charts, verbal feedback, results from formal assessment items as indicated on criteria sheets, parent information sessions, student progress discussions and interviews, student folios and written reports, learning area summary statements and learning statements. A reporting program specific to each level is outlined in each developmental level handbook.


Programs and approaches to support teaching and learning

  • Role M Maths

  • Reading to Learn

  • Soundwaves

  • PM Benchmarking

  • Magic 100 words

  • Raz Kids​ ​​


Personal Development Education


Students’ full growth as persons, as appropriate at various ages and stages of development, is an important part of the curriculum and the wider life of St Mark's.

​Currently, this is structured around the Brisbane Catholic Education resource, Living Life to the Full” (2005). This resource and associated teacher professional development see age-appropriate activities embedded in various Learning Areas on an ongoing basis.​

We also make use of suitable visiting individuals and groups to enhance students’ learning in this area.​​


Homework Club


St Mark's offers extra support for students who may find aspects of homework challenging. Students can attend Homework Club sessions on Tuesday mornings in the library where teachers will be available to assist students. Homework Club runs from 8 - 8:30 am.

(However, students are encouraged to approach the individual classroom teacher if there is a concern or difficulty with homework as it arises).​