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Cultural Education

We expect all members of the school community to be respectful towards others regardless of their gender, ethnicity etc.

Children are encouraged to understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.

  • Through our projects, children learn about how the past has influenced the present and how actions today will influence the future e.g. history based topics such as Brunel.
  • John Wesley’s prayer is learnt and understood by all children and they understand the positive concept of ‘I can.’
  • The school takes part in national events that mark cultural heritage, i.e. Remembrance Day.

Children are willing to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.

  • There are a range of sporting activities during and after school which are enthusiastically received. St Mark’s have achieved the Gold Sports Mark.
  • As part of North Somerset PE Association, there are plenty of opportunities for inter-school competitions and trying new sports. Every year we have a highly successful Sports Week where children take part in a range of different activities such as archery, fencing, curling and racing on inflatable assault courses.
  • There is also a wide variety of musical opportunities which are very popular e.g. peripatetic music lessons in school, Multi Academy Trust music festivals at Wells Cathedral and North Somerset music festivals e.g. Raise the Room. We also have our own school choir who have for a number of years received awards in local festivals. Our school choir was invited to sing at Wells Cathedral which was such a great honour.
  • The curriculum provides artistic opportunities and there is always a display of children’s artwork in communal areas of the school to celebrate and inspire.
  • There is a tradition of the Old Vic theatre company performing a Nativity to the whole school community. The children are always inspired by the high quality of this performance and others that visit throughout the school year.
  • A wide range of trips and visitors teach the children about public institutions and services e.g. fire, police and ambulances.
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