BY 1997, St Mark's School will have an additional building to provide more facilities for its students. The proposed four-storey block is under discussion with the Education Department and awaits approval. Acting principal Mr Kan Shun-fat said the expansion would ease the need of classroom space and provide a more comfortable environment for students. At present, the co-educational school is handling 24 classes although it was originally designed to house only 18. ''The new block will give us two remedial classrooms, another library, a computer room, an Integrated Science laboratory, two playgrounds - one covered and one roofed - as well as some Physical Education changing rooms,'' said Mr Kan. Construction work for the building may begin any time and completion is expected within three to four years. It will stand next to the present playground and will be equipped with additional facilities for table-tennis. Meanwhile, this growth in physical space is paralleled by the internal development of students in leadership. Mr Kan said recent years saw a student body taking more initiatives in extra-curricular activities. ''Some students approached us with suggestions of expanding their scope of activities to non-sports areas about four years ago. We welcomed the idea and they have become more active since.'' Two events involving the whole school are now organised each year. A photo contest with the campus as the subject increased a sense of belonging among students last year. This term, a fun event called 'Tongue-Twister' had students busy getting themselves articulated in speech and pronunciation to compete for a title. During the second term there was an Environment Day. Activities included a singing competition for the best environmental song, model-making utilising waste materials and an inter-class competition on collecting the greatest amount of newspaper by weight. Mr Kan is interested in seeing all-round individuals developed out of such activities. He said the end-of-the-year leadership camp went a long way towards building a team of students to guide others. Student representatives from the five Houses, perfects, class and club captains attend a three-day camp in the countryside each year. ''We would organise professional seminars and training opportunities for students. Topics mainly centre on personal relationship, leadership and civic education. Students will also review last year's progress and plan for the new year.'' There are two major meetings held during the year during which students would make suggestions to and consult their teachers on ideas for activities. BACKGROUND The school was founded in 1949 and belongs to the Church Body of Chinese Anglican Church in Hongkong. DESCRIPTION It is a co-educational secondary comprehensive school. There are 927 students in secondary grades. The staff comprises 42 full-time teachers and seven auxiliary staff. HEADMASTER The principal is Mr Kan Shun-fat, who holds BSc and DipEd. Mr Kan has more than 25 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in Chinese and English. ACTIVITIES The school offers a wide range of activities; there are 22 clubs which cater to interests in academic, sport, arts and services. SPORTS Students are encouraged to take part in basketball, volleyball, table-tennis and badminton. RECREATION Facilities include a basketball court, a volleyball court and an assembly hall. Students interested in singing or music can join the brass band and the junior or senior choir. FACILITIES The school has 21 classrooms and laboratories for Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Field trips are organised for Geography and Science. SCHOLARSHIPS There are form scholarships and prizes for sport, best all-rounder, leadership and subject. PREFECTS There are 30 prefects who are headed by Wong Ching.