Smiles and ex­cite­ment as new prep class­rooms open


There was lots of ex­cite­ment, smiles and looks of won­der­ment on the faces of Barker Col­lege’s youngest stu­dents as they re­turned from their term break to a brand new Prepara­tory build­ing.

Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Barker’s ex­ist­ing Ju­nior School, the Kur­ra­jong Build­ing, brings the Pre-K to Year 2 mem­bers of the Barker com­mu­nity within the fold of the Ju­nior School. The name of the build­ing re­flects the his­tor­i­cal be­gin­nings of the School at Kur­ra­jong Heights in 1890.

The build­ing it­self cap­tures the essence of a fu­ture fo­cused teach­ing and learn­ing space; light and open, with maker spa­ces and ar­eas for groups to gather to­gether. It also al­lows greater ac­cess to the vast re­sources on the main cam­pus. Flex­i­ble and en­gag­ing spa­ces pro­vide the Prep stu­dents with ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be­gin their Barker jour­ney in the best pos­si­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Head of Barker Col­lege, Mr Phillip Heath AM, said, “the build­ing of­fers greater learn­ing flex­i­bil­ity with ar­eas where both stu­dents and teach­ers can col­lab­o­rate and utilise the vast maker spa­ces.”

The new class­rooms look out on to a type of ‘vil­lage square’ where chil­dren and adults alike can gather.

“This is part of the Reg­gio Emilia phi­los­o­phy of learn­ing that the School fol­lows in early years,” Mr Heath ex­plained, “which em­braces build­ing a strong learn­ing com­mu­nity.”

Judg­ing by the look on the chil­dren’s faces as they ar­rived for their first morn­ing in their new class­rooms and play­ground, the Kur­ra­jong Build­ing and all that it en­com­passes, is set to be­come a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in a stu­dent’s Barker jour­ney.

Barker Col­lege Prep play­ground

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