Junior School

Junior School

Learning for today. Thinking for tomorrow.

The Junior School is a lively centre of learning and teaching. Importantly it is a community where pastoral care occupies a prominent place, one in which the building of relationships is a priority.

Underpinning and guiding our learning and teaching framework is the Primary Years Programme (the PYP). The Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate is designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile. This is done through the delivery of a curriculum which is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant. At Barker, the PYP emphasises putting learning in a global context and making real world connections with learning. Curriculum in Pre-K to Year 6 is designed to support this aim, encompassing students’ academic wellbeing, as well as their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. The PYP combines the best research and practice to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children.

The contemporary curriculum provides a balanced program drawing on foundational skills, guided inquiry, collaborative learning, and the appropriate use of resources, particularly technology. In addition, the diverse co-curricular emphasises the place of sport and the creative and practical arts in the all-around development of each child.

Read more about what this will encompass for your child's learning.

The Junior School now offers a coed environment from Pre-K to Year 5. Educating girls at Barker is not new for us. The Senior School has been educating girls since 1975 and we believe a coeducational school experience provides a safe environment in which young men and women can grow up together, learn to collaborate respectfully and appreciate the differing viewpoints that each brings.

Read more about our transition to full coeducation.

New Junior School Extension

Opened at the commencement of the 2021 academic year, this extension provides an additional 10 classrooms for senior primary students. The building is linked on each level and includes new landscaped areas around the facilities.

This is an exciting time to be considering a Barker education for your child. Our key entry points are Pre-K, Kindergarten, Year 3 and Year 5, though applications for other year groups will be considered where possible. I invite you to join me on a tour so that we can show you how we inspire our students, every day and in every experience. 

Martin Lubrano
Head of Junior School (Pre-K to Year 6)

OSH Club

For families who require out of school hours care the Barker College OSH Club is available. The OSH Centre is located opposite the Junior School in Clarke Road.

Operating hours:

Before School: 6:30am to 8:25am
After School: 2:45pm to 6:00pm

For further information about the Barker College OSH Club Phone - 0402 611 559 or 1800 460 870 (Head Office) www.oshclub.com.au

This service incurs an additional cost.

Did you know?

Up until World War 2, Barker had a cow herd and a vegetable garden that provided fresh produce to the School's kitchen.

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