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11 TRADEWINDS Place, Kitchener, N2N3G4

11 TRADEWINDS Place, Kitchener, Ontario N2N3G4

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An absolutely stunning 3 level back-split located in a beautiful court where neighbours take care of each other. If you're looking for a place to raise a family, look no further. Minutes away from schools, parks, trails, shopping centres, transit, and highway access. This is the perfect place for you to grow and take pride in where you live.
$849,000

470 DRIFTWOOD Drive, Kitchener, N2N1S6

470 DRIFTWOOD Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1S6

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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Priced to sell! Your future family home awaits! This beautiful 2-storey turnkey home located in the quiet and friendly Forest Heights area includes 3 generous sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully finished basement, a large swimming pool, and a long list of upgrades that include; fresh new paint throughout the house, luxury vinyl throughout the main floor, upstairs floors and also the basement floo
$824,900

201 ROYAL ORCHARD Drive, Kitchener, N2N1T8

201 ROYAL ORCHARD Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1T8

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Welcome to 201 Royal Orchard Drive! This fantastic 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom family home features an ideal floor plan spanning a near 2500 sq. ft. situated on a quiet premium lot, backing on to green space. The main level exudes uniqueness and functionality presenting multiple living and entertaining areas.
$698,900

158 SILVER ASPEN Crescent, Kitchener, N2N1J1

158 SILVER ASPEN Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1J1

5Bedroom(s)
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A WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME IN THE ESTABLISHED FOREST HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD. 158 Silver Aspen Crescent is a charming bungalow steps to schools, shopping, parks and easy access to Highway 7/8 and the 401. This all brick bungalow features a spacious driveway and well-maintained gardens, leading you to the large front covered porch with built-in bench and inside the carpet-free main floor.
$789,900

#19C -1430 HIGHLAND RD W, Kitchener, N2N0C3

1430 Highland Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2N0C3

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2Bathroom(s)
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Beautiful 1476 Sqft Multi-Level Unit In Forest Heights. This Is A Must See Unit, 2 Balconies And 1 Rooftop Terrace. Close To Shopping, Restaurants, Schools, Bus Routes, Highway Access, And So Much More . The Main Floor Has An Open Concept Design W. Granite Counters And Stainless Steel Appliances. Low Maintenance $175 Plus $40 Parking.
$449,999

123 HILLBROOK CRES, Kitchener, N2N1J4

123 Hillbrook Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1J4

4Bedroom(s)
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Welcome To 123 Hillbrook Cres, A 2 Story Detached Family-Centered Home In The Heart Of Forest Heights Community. This Beautiful Home Is Surrounded By A Many Of Kitchener's Amazing Walking And Biking Trails. This Spacious Home Offers Over 1600 Sq. Ft. Of Living Space With A Large Fully-Fenced Backyard With Plenty Of Natural Shade And Privacy From The Surrounding Mature Trees.
$810,000
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Overview

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School (simply St. Mark from here on out) is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school located at 240 Autumn Hill Crescent in northwest Kitchener (in the Forest Heights neighbourhood). It has a student population of around 260 students, with just under 30 staff members. St. Mark opened officially in 1978 – it’s been serving the community for four decades now!
 
St. Mark’s affiliated Parish is St. Mark Roman Catholic Parish (sometimes referred to as St. Mark Church). St. Mark Church and St. Mark School have a long, shared history and to this day they are closely affiliated. Indeed, between 1982 and 1991, future St. Mark Church parishioners came to St. Mark School’s gymnasium for Sunday Mass. The current Pastor works closely with students at St. Mark.
 
As a brief aside: who was St. Mark? St. Mark the Evangelist was born and lived in the First Century AD; he wrote sermons, served as the first Bishop of Alexandria, and is traditionally ascribed as the author of the Gospel of Mark. St. Mark is associated with the symbol of a lion – sometimes a winged lion.
 
Fittingly, St. Mark’s team name is the St. Mark Lions, and their mascot is a lion. St. Mark’s school motto is, “Growing in skill, wisdom and strength.” The school offers Extended Day Care (not all schools offer this service). The office phone number is (519) 743-4682.
 

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Location

St. Mark is located fairly central within the northwestern Kitchener neighbourhood of Forest Heights. Forest Heights is a well-established, suburban neighbourhood that’s great for families: it has good access to shopping, parks, the Conestoga Parkway, and schools. You can read more about the Forest Heights neighbourhood itself in our article on it here.
 
In terms of St. Mark, it is right beside the large and lovely Westheights Park, which has multiple trails, a densely-forested area, and a sizable pond – indeed, it qualifies as a Natural Area in addition to a park. The impressive Forest Heights Community Trail lies just south of St. Mark (with a few shops, and St. Mark’s Church, along the way), and the Forest Heights Community Library (and Forest Heights Pool!) are a few blocks northeast.
 

Ranking

The Fraser Institute is a Canadian organization that, among other things, compiles publically-available data about elementary and secondary schools in four provinces and determines their overall ranking. The data comes from the Grade 3 and Grade 6 Testing conducted each year by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). These tests assess Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
 
The Fraser Institute’s ranking takes the average performance in each of those variables, while also accounting for Gender Gap, percentage of tests written below standard, and percentage of tests not written, and determines a ranking out of 10. St. Mark’s current score (as of the 2017 EQAO results) is 7.4/10, down slightly from its even more impressive score of 8.2/10 in 2016.
 
St. Mark’s score places it solidly in the top 20% of all schools in Ontario (there are over 3000), and incidentally, the 3rdbest school named St. Marks (there are 11 in total). Locally, St. Mark is currently among the top 10 elementary schools in the WCDSB, and it is the 4th highest-ranked school in all of Kitchener (both school boards).
 

Extracurricular Opportunities

St. Mark has a variety of athletics opportunities, clubs, and social opportunities for its students. One of their more recent clubs (and a very fitting one for the technology hub that is Kitchener-Waterloo) is the Computer Club, in which students learn to code, problem-solve with peers, and work hands on with technology. They even visited the Google headquarters in Downtown Kitchener’s bustling Innovation District! You can read more about Kitchener’s Downtown Tech Industry if you’re interested.
 
St. Mark is also quite dedicated to its role in the community and participates in fundraisers for a wide variety of causes. It’s been taking part in the Terry Fox Run for over a decade, and it’s even placed #22nd in all of Ontario for fundraising.
 
Combining their fundraising spirit and diversity of clubs is St. Mark’s Social Justice Club, which operates in partnership with the “Free the Children” organization. It has raised funds for Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane, provided medical supplies in Kenya and goats in India, and more. On a more local level, the Social Justice Club also works with senior citizens and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
 


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    After Graduation

    St. Mark is part of the Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (Resurrection CSS) family of schools. Upon graduating from Grade 8, St. Mark students are zoned for Resurrection CSS, which is located further north (just south of the Kitchener/Waterloo border). However, students interested in a subject not offered at their zoned school can transfer to another one if they so choose. You can read more about Resurrection CSS in our article on it here.
     

     

    Stay Informed

    There are several ways to stay informed about St. Mark: one of the easiest is simply checking their online Calendar once in a while. If you’re looking for more details, you can peruse their announcements and Newsletters here (as a sample of what to expect, here’s the June 2018 newsletter).
     
    Finally, you can follow the St. Mark Twitter account. It’s fairly active every month, tweeting about what’s going on at the school and sharing a variety of pictures (particularly those from special events). In June, 2018, for example, the Grade 7 class visited Kitchener Fire Station 5 (view photos here). Check out their account here: Saint Mark Lions.
     

     

    Conclusion

    St. Mark has strong academics, a particularly involved and dedicated School Council, and a close bond with the nearby St. Mark Church. It has many athletic opportunities, and quite a few popular clubs and activities – of particular note are their impressive Social Justice Club and Computer Club. Students attending St. Mark can expect a fine education, and all the encouragement needed to become community-involved, well-rounded individuals.
     

    Written by Will Kummer

     

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