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Celebrating our First Enrolled Family
28 Jan 2022

We are excited to have marked an important milestone for our Adelaide Hills Campus, officially enrolling the first students of the new Mount Barker school. Future students, Nathan and Abigail Akinloye, will be of the first to experience the new state-of-the-art facility, opening next year.

Parents Lola and Abbi celebrated this significant moment in our school’s history alongside Enrolment Officer, Kylie Winterfield.

“We were overwhelmed with joy,” Mr and Mrs Akinloye said. “The values of King’s align with our values perfectly.”

The family chose the new school because of the “Christian values in King’s’ educational system.”

“We are a people of faith”, Mr and Mrs Akinloye continued, “and we want a school environment where there will be a continuation of the Christian values in the foundation of our children.”

Another deciding factor was the school’s strong academic record.

“We are a very academic family,” Mr and Mrs Akinloye added. “We appreciate academic excellence, and our monitoring of the academic achievement records of King’s [Wynn Vale Campus] over the last three years has been outstanding.”

Kylie, who has been speaking with Mount Barker families since applications opened on 1 June 2021, acknowledged the special relationship between the Akinloye family and the growing King’s Community.

"We love the Akinloye’s heart for people and their genuine excitement around the coming together of children, their families and the wider community."

Lola and Abbi, who had initially been accepted into the school’s flagship Wynn Vale Campus, were attracted to the community feel of King’s; one of “loving, togetherness,” and “inclusiveness”.

“In 2020, our circumstances changed and we had to relocate to Mount Barker,” the family shared. Mr and Mrs Akinloye added they thought they “had lost the opportunity for our children to attend King’s Baptist.”

The development of the new Adelaide Hills Campus reconnected the Akinloye family to the King’s Community.

“King’s Baptist found us again.”

The phone call informing of Nathan and Abigail’s successful application was “a God moment” for the family, Mr and Mrs Akinloye said.

“This indeed is a divine connection. Obviously, the hand of God is in our connection with King’s Baptist.”

Nathan and Abigail are the first of approximately 120 students who will make up the founding cohort of our Adelaide Hills Campus.

Kylie added, "It is a special time for our founding families as they excitedly count down and prepare for our opening, whilst we continue to fill enrolments and establish partnerships in this process."

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that everything in heaven and earth belongs to God.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people and the Peramangk people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which our schools are located.

We pay our respects to all elders, past, present and those to come, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

We commit ourselves to pray and work for justice and reconciliation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.