St Francis De Sales College


St Francis de Sales College in Mount Barker has seen the junior school reimagined with a new 80 place ‘Alive’ Catholic Early Care Learning Centre and a series of learning communities for Reception to Year 6 children.

The design responds to the beauty of the School site; celebrating the natural setting, hillside topography and connection to Laratinga wetlands, where water is used as a symbol of connection through the site with a natural landscaped water course that runs from Senior to Junior School and culminates in a Rain garden near the new Gymnasium.

Indoor and outdoor learning spaces embrace the pedagogical principles of Reggio Emilia, with inquiry based, self-directed and interdisciplinary practice where children engage in experiences that provide for the development and expression of their innate spirituality.

New Construction/New Individual Facility over $8M Award + overall winner of the SA Awards for Excellence in Educational Facilities – Learning Environments Australia (LEA) SA & NT Awards 2021
Commendation for Educational Architecture – Australian Institute for Architects – SA Chapter 2022

Catholic Education South Australia
Mount Barker, South Australia
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