Mount Barker Community College is an integrated Kindergarten to Year 12 Government School. Based two kilometers north of the Mount Barker town site and surrounded by its own 230 hectare farm, the Community College now accommodates approximately 700 students. The College has been developed from the former Mount Barker Primary School and Mount Barker High School which were established in 1933 and 1962 respectively.
The College serves the area from South Stirling (70 km East) to Frankland River (70km West) and from Narrikup (35km South) to beyond Tenterden (40km North). This area is predominantly a rural area and families are generally in middle to lower socio-economic groups although a full range of families work with the College. Aboriginal students make up about 8% of the college population, about 6% of students have English as a Second Language (principally Afghani students) and the college has regular international exchange students visiting, mainly from Europe and Japan.
Together but Separate
Although all on one campus, each of the key phases of learning has its own discrete space. Classrooms, recreation areas and facilities are separated by green and landscaped spaces that help create a strong sense of safety and belonging. The areas of the College reflect the phases of education and learning – Kindergarten & Pre-primary, Year 1 to Year 3, Year 4 to Year 6, Year 7 to Year 9 and Year 10 to Year 12. Children progress through these areas as they mature becoming more independent and confident in their spaces.
A strong partnership with parents helps students succeed in their learning. Community partnerships are most important in Mount Barker - links with parents, businesses, industry, training and further education are strengthening education for students and preparing them lifelong learning and a sustainable future.
THE COLLEGE ETHOS
“BELONGING, EXCELLENCE AND COMMUNITY”
These three key words summarise how we go about our learning:
- We all belong and are proud of our College
- We have high expectations of ourselves and all College members
- We know each other well and can make the most of our talents and strengths
THE VISION FOR THE COLLEGE
- All students achieve their highest learning potential through our coordinated program from K-12
- All students are valued as individuals and learn in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment
- All students are enthusiastic, cooperative and develop as independent learners, ready for life’s opportunities and challenges
- All staff are valued and supported through strong partnerships with parents, students and community members
- The College is integral to our Community and responsive to its needs and aspirations