Our School

Mark Oliphant College is South Australia’s first purpose built facility combining care, preschool, junior primary, primary and secondary education.

The school is divided into four sub-schools.

The four sub-schools are the:
Early Years (Birth to Year 2)
Primary Years (Years 3 to 6)
Middle Years (Years 7 to 9)
Senior Years (Years 10 to 12)

The sub-schools are arranged in a circle around a large village green and each connected by a covered walkway.

Our History

In 2006 the communities of Smithfield Plains Kindergarten, Smithfield Plains Junior Primary, Smithfield Plains Primary and Smithfield Plains High School voted to close and become part of a new school to be built at Munno Para West.

The college was opened in January 2010, at that stage across our old sites - the Peachey (Early and Primary Years) and Beaumont (Middle and Senior Years) campuses.

We moved to our new site at the start of Term 2, 2011. To cope with demand a new building was completed in June 2013. The total buildings on the site is now twenty. A map of the site is included below.

Our Name

The school name, Mark Oliphant College Birth-Year 12, (B-12) was officially launched on 16/12/2009.

The name was selected in conjunction with the student and parent communities of the closing schools, and the wider community. All suggestions were considered by the Advisory Committee (pre Governing Council) and four names were then shortlisted for consideration as the name of our new school.

Our school has an emerging science focus and the school’s namesake, the late Sir Mark Oliphant was one of Australia’s most famous scientists. He was educated in public schools, and during the 1970’s he was Governor of South Australia.


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