Sports and Creative Arts

Sports and Creative Arts

Sport is an important and enjoyable part of College life and students are encouraged get involved at any level they choose. St Mark’s also offers many opportunities for students to pursue their passions for art, music or drama.

St Mark’s students are part of a spirited inter-collegiate sporting competition which accommodates varying levels of skill.

The College fields a team in every intercollege sport including swimming, tennis, debating, netball, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, soccer, hockey, football and athletics.  Students are encouraged to become involved, both as players and regular spectators.

St Mark’s also celebrates the importance of the creative arts by offering numerous opportunities for students to pursue their passions for the visual arts, music, choir and drama.

Keeping Fit

A healthy body means a healthy mind.

St Mark’s students can balance their studies with a work-out in the Allister McLeod Gymnasium.

Students have daily access to this large, modern, fully-equipped gym which is large enough for group fitness classes.

Each year, student Gym Curators organise a fitness program in which all students are invited to participate.

Social Sports

Students seeking time out from their academic work have many ways to relax including a game of tennis on the lawn courts.  The Junior Common Room is also social space for all students and features a pianola, dart board, foosball table, table tennis tables, couches, television (including a Foxtel subscription) and a full-sized billiard table.

Sir Douglas Irving Cup

St Mark's College competes in an inter-college sporting competition against other residential colleges for the Douglas Irving Cup or High Table Cup.

Competition takes place throughout the academic year in sports such as swimming, tennis, debating, netball, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, soccer, hockey, football and athletics. Competition for the Douglas Irving Cup is very spirited and a large number of students become involved both as players and spectators.


Students with an interest in the dramatic arts can get involved in a number of events.   The College Play offers a broad range of opportunities for students with an interest in acting, stage management, costumes and make-up or technical production.

Individual students also present dramatic pieces, monologues and comedy items as part of the regular Arts Evenings.

The popular College Revue is a light-hearted series of songs and skits about life at St Mark’s.


St Mark’s embraces the visual arts and hosts an annual art show called Marksenfeast for the Eyes which includes paintings, photographs, sculpture or any other mixed medium. Students can show a piece of art they have completed previously or one created especially for the art show.


Music is an important and popular part of College life. Arts Evenings are one of the best attended events, held twice a year, where students of all musical abilities and genres display their talents performing a solo or in groups.

Battle of the Bands, the College Choir and other music ensembles add an artistic dimension to the College.