Barker brings girls to all years

Monthly Chronicle - - School In Focus -

2018 is a his­toric year for Barker Col­lege, with the in­tro­duc­tion of fe­male stu­dents into Pre-Kinder­garten and Kinder­garten classes.

Girls first started in the Se­nior School at Barker Col­lege in 1975. By 2022, the School will be fully co­ed­u­ca­tional from Pre-Kinder­garten to Year 12.

“We know the world is chang­ing and so must we,” Head of Barker Col­lege Phillip Heath said. “In­creas­ing global in­ter­de­pen­dence, rapid growth of knowl­edge, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and the ex­pand­ing role of tech­nol­ogy all mean that we need to pre­pare our chil­dren for an un­cer­tain but ex­cit­ing fu­ture.”

Work com­menced in 2017 on new Prepara­tory class­rooms, which will be lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Barker’s ex­ist­ing Ju­nior School. This new build­ing will see all Ju­nior stu­dents from Pre- Kinder­garten to Year 6 ed­u­cated on the same cam­pus.

Mr Heath said the new class­rooms will look out on to a type of ‘vil­lage square’ where chil­dren and adults can gather.

“This is part of the Reg­gio Emilia phi­los­o­phy of learn­ing that the School fol­lows in stu­dents’ early years which em­braces build­ing a strong learn­ing com­mu­nity.

Barker’s plans in­clude ar­eas in which stu­dents and teach­ers can col­lab­o­rate, of­fer­ing more learn­ing flex­i­bil­ity. It will mean stu­dents can learn and even make their own tech­nol­ogy, elec­tron­ics and ro­bot­ics and ex­plore sub­jects like phi­los­o­phy in the same space.

Flex­i­ble and en­gag­ing spa­ces will pro­vide the Prepara­tory stu­dents with every op­por­tu­nity to be­gin their Barker jour­ney in an in­spir­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Es­ther, Char­lie and Sophia

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