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Q1: What is the philosophy underlying St Markâ??s Coptic Orthodox College?
Q2: What's so different about a Coptic School? Don't they just teach the same curriculum as other schools anyway?
Q3: Won't the children be isolated from the Australian community?
Q4: Does my child really need protection at school?
Q5: What is the academic standard of St Mark's like?
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Q3: Won't the children be isolated from the Australian community?

Coptic Schools aim to take the best of both Coptic and Australian cultures, while minimising the worst of both. A number of strategies help to achieve this, including:

  • Many Cultures: Students from other cultures are accepted into St Markâ??s, provided they and their parents sign up to agreement to participate actively in the religious and pastoral programs. As of 2009, St Markâ??s College has students from 11 different ethnic backgrounds, including Syrian, Indian, Anglo-Saxon Australian, Chinese, Lebanese, Mauritian, Italian, Serbian, Greek, Korean (and Coptic!) In addition, the school participates in an exchange program and enrols number of Korean students each year, as well as participating in the People to People Program which brings American and Canadian students to St Markâ??s each year, and forges contacts and friendships that can last beyond the school years1.
  • Tolerance Through Understanding: the school strives to teach tolerance and understanding and love of all people, whatever their background. Education is Aboriginal issues form an important part of St. Markâ??s program.
  • Tolerance Through Confidence: Whilst the Coptic faith and heritage are of course the main foundation of the College, all cultures are respected. Coptic students growing in this environment acquire the self-assurance that comes automatically with being in the majority group. But they also learn to understand, deal with, and respect other cultures within and outside the school.
  • From All Nations: The majority of our staff are of non-Coptic origin. At the time of writing, St Markâ??s College employed teachers from 11 different ethnic backgrounds. These include Greek, Italian, Anglo- Saxon Australian, Canadian, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and Slavic (as well as Coptic!) Again this exposes the students to a variety of other cultures and ways of life, within the limits of the Christian ethos. Students from other cultures have been elected as school captain, come first in Coptic Orthodox Studies and developed their Bible skills to amazing levels at our Colleges!
  • Interaction: Students participate weekly in sports and competitions against other schools, including Redeemer Baptist College, Strathfield Adventist College and St Paulâ??s Choir School.
  • True Blue Aussies:Important Australian events such as ANZAC Day and national sporting events are marked with suitable celebrations and activities that emphasise the links between the two cultures as well as reinforcing the Australian identity of the students.
  • History: Excursions to places like Bathurst (to learn about the gold rush) and Canberra (to learn about our Federal Government) instil in students a sense of belonging and citizenship to Australia.

  • Engaging Society: Students are regularly required to follow and report on the newspapers, TV news and the other media as part of the curriculum. TV shows, movies, video games and popular music are not avoided, but rather studied from Christian point of view.

  • The proof is in the pudding! Graduates from have usually expressed a deep appreciation of the foundation the Coptic Schools have given them for later life. This applies to work and study habits as well as to moral and spiritual strength to cope with the stresses and difficulties of life in the â??big worldâ??. Just ask one of these graduates for yourself!


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