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Not for ourselves alone


School Motto

Non nobis solumNot for Ourselves Alone

The school motto was introduced in 1912 and is derived from Cicero’s essay ‘On Duties’, in which he states, "We are not born, we do not live for ourselves alone; our country, our friends, have a share in us".

He explained that all humans have a natural kinship with all other humans, and need to "contribute to the general good by an interchange of acts of kindness, by giving and receiving".

The motto is woven into the life of the school, and we take our motto seriously. We believe in sharing our learning, our resources and our experiences with others, and every Mount Barker High School student is encouraged to provide service to the broader community.

On 27 August 2014, Mount Barker High School introduced a modernised logo which features our historic motto translated into English to not only reflect our traditions but also provide new relevance to future generations of students.

School Motto – Not For Ourselves Alone