Barker brings girls to all years

Esther, Charlie and Sophia
Esther, Charlie and Sophia

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.

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