Featuring a blend of modern and historic buildings, the school is set in attractive grounds with two ovals, six tennis courts and various lawn areas for students to relax, play and learn.
The Canteen Courtyard was extensively upgraded in 2010 and re-landscaped in 2014 to provide an extensive undercover area for all seasons.
Our recently refurbished classrooms are comfortable and inspiring places to learn and share knowledge. They include interactive white boards and full access to the school’s wifi network.
Each of our four science laboratories is dedicated to a specific field, namely physics, chemistry, biology and general science. This focus ensures that equipment and teaching materials, such as posters, displays, word walls, and models are subject specific and focus students' attention on the specialist area they are working in.
The Howlett Resource Centre
In 2013 the Howlett Resource Centre was refurbished and is the central location of school resources. It contains an extensive collection of both fiction and non-fiction printed and digital resources. The centre also features an extensive collection of SLR cameras, flip cameras, audio-visual equipment, DVDs and other ICT equipment.
Librarians are always on hand to provide assistance in gathering information.
Performing Arts Studio
The Performing Arts Studio is located in the original school building from 1914, and houses our Drama and Music suites.
The Drama Suite is a large, flexible space that can be transformed to suit a variety of performance and learning needs. Well-equipped with lighting and sound facilities, it provides an area where students can draw upon their theatrical creativity and perform without distraction.
In the same building, our Music Suite is specially designed to allow for diverse music studies.
- A large teaching and band room
- An industry-standard digital recording studio
- Two smaller rehearsal/tutorial rooms
- A music technology room
- Storage areas for instruments and sound equipment
The music technology room features a digital drum kit and Apple Macintosh computers, each with USBkeyboard and a range of music theory and composition software packages.
To supplement the facilities of the Performing Arts Studio, our school hall, which can comfortably seat 200 guests, houses a new lighting and PA system, allowing it to be used for student performances, presentations and concerts.
Visual Arts Studio
Encompassing four distinct teaching areas, the Visual Arts Studio offers all the modern facilities and equipment needed to provide a rich and varied experience of the visual arts.
Fully furnished to allow students to explore a wide range of traditional and new media, the studio includes a designated ceramics area; a computer graphics and multi-media suite equipped with Apple Macintosh computers, graphics tablets and high quality printers capable of printing up to A1+; as well as a dedicated Year 12 studio, and general art rooms.
Specialist ICT Facilities
Our school offers seven dedicated computer rooms using dual (Apple Macintosh and Windows) platforms. In addition, all teaching classrooms have full wireless internet access and interactive whiteboards.
A 21stCentury Technology area has been developed in the Technology Centre where students are able to learn the skills of CO2laser cutting, and three dimensional printing.
Purpose-built to provide an industry-standard learning environment dedicated to the electronics industry, the centre comprises an advanced computer room, complete with Unitrain learning modules and sustainable energy systems.
An attached workshop contains tools and measuring equipment required for the construction of circuits and electrical devices.
Furniture Construction Centre
The specially designed Furniture Construction Centre replicates a modern industrial cabinet making facility. It contains all the tools required by a professional cabinet maker, including rip saw, panel saw, mortising machine, radial arm saw, 800mm continuous belt sander, 800mm thicknesser, planer, jointer, edge bander, multi-hole borer, inverted router, bobbin sander and drop saw.
Design Technology Centre
The light-filled Design and Technology Centre embraces an open-space workshop where students can learn the skills involved in woodwork, plastics, metal machining, and welding. The facility also houses a dedicated digital photography suite complete with twenty Apple Macintosh computers.
For students interested in the automotive industry there is a second specialist workshop for automotive studies, with students benefiting from access to a vehicle hoist, industry-level tyre changing equipment, and a range of engines.
In 2011, a dedicated spray booth was also commissioned, adding to the Design Technology Centre’s valuable facilities.
Home Economics Centre
The Home Economics Centre is made up of four teaching areas. The textiles room features modern sewing machines and overlockers, a programmable embroidering machine, washing machine and drier. The centre also comprises two recently refurbished kitchens, as well as a general classroom.
Our school has a long tradition of success in agricultural and horticultural studies. Spread across six hectares of land, the Agricultural Centre includes a range of paddocks (for livestock), chicken hutches, plant nursery, orchid nursery, vegetable plots, shearing shed, storage sheds, and equipment for irrigation and livestock management.
Access for Students and Staff with Disabilities
Despite the age and multi-level nature of some of our buildings, Mount Barker High School is committed to providing efficient and unrestricted access to all teaching areas for students, staff and visitors with restricted mobility.
Each of the ground floor rooms in the school is accessible by ramp, while a lift and ramp allows access to the upper floor of the school’s main building.