St Mark's Pre-school - Cranbrook School

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St Mark's Pre-school

St Mark's Pre-school

At St Mark's Pre-school we provide an environment that is secure, warm and exciting. We use the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework to guide our approach to teaching and learning where children are able to develop life-long skills that they can take and use both inside and outside the classroom, and to support children’s efforts to construct meaning from the world around them.

Through inquiry, we engage children in learning from the very beginning of their education to develop:

  • a positive self-concept and an increasing understanding and knowledge of the world
  • emotional security and the freedom to have fun through exploration and social interactions
  • social awareness and friendship skills that instil trust, the ability to share, to cooperate and to develop positive relationships
  • language and communication skills through guided and free inquiry
  • intellectual skills, reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and the understanding of basic concepts through guided inquiry
  • physical health through body awareness, sensory perception, and fine and gross motor skills
  • creativity through self-expression, language, music and inquiry.

Our Philosophy

We believe that each child’s uniqueness needs to be celebrated. We do this by providing an exciting and stimulating programme based around their interests, input and ideas, so they attain the tools needed to support their developing confidence. Our staff are passionate about children’s learning and inspiring them to strive for excellence. We assess each child’s learning and development through discussions, daily observations, open questioning, work samples and our record of learning development.

Children need responsibilities and we have high and appropriate expectations of each child. We offer them experiences through which they can grow and develop resilience. We celebrate success and encourage the children to persist during challenging situations.

We believe that children need to learn to respect the ideas and opinions of others. We do this by helping them to develop caring relationships with each other through explorations, discussions, stories, dramatic experiences and group work.

Our safe, comfortable and creative environment helps our students to extend their learning.  We believe that nurturing trusting, strong relationships between children, families and staff are key to honouring each child’s individuality. We do this through our communication and collaboration with parents and the valuing of our partnerships with our families.

We believe that our children are part of a larger community that we all need to serve. We foster this global mindedness by focusing on a variety of experiences, including incursions and excursions, to help our students understand and appreciate their local area and the wider world.

Open Days 

When considering where to send your child to Pre-school, our Open Days provide an unique opportunity to discover what a Cranbrook Pre-school could offer you and your family. To register for an Open Day please click here, choose your preferred date and register your details. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

St Mark's Leadership Team

  • Headmaster Nicholas Sampson MA (Cantab)
  • Head of Junior School Michele Marquet MEd, BA, DipEd
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Pastoral) Michael Quach BA UNSW, DipEd (Primary) Newcastle
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Curriculum) Genet Erickson-Adam MEd
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Operations & Staffing) Julie Johnson BA Psych (Hons), PGCE London
  • Director of Pre-Schools Heidi Burke MEd, DipTeach (EarlyChildhood), Grad Cert in TESOL & Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
  • St Mark's Educational Leader Hannah Parkinson