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Barkly Highway encourages students to be active. The school runs an annual Swimming and Athletics carnival. Students are grouped into houses which they represent and compete for, earning points. The house with the most points is the overall winner at each of the carnivals.

2019 - Athletics Carnival

The Overall Trophy was won by Bowen House and Kent House won the Spirit of the Carnival Trophy.

House History


Named after Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone who officially opened the Barkly Highway State School in 1959.

Abel Smith

Name comes from Sir Henry Abel Smith who was then the Governor of Queensland.


This house name comes from Sir George Ferguson Bowen who was the first Governor of Queensland.


Named after Princess Alexandra of Kent who visited Mount Isa soon after the school opened. ​

Our school also holds an annual Fun Run to raise money for sports equipment and maintain our great sporting facilities. Students have access to sports equipment during their lunchtimes. While some students choose to kick the footballs and soccer balls, others choose to set up their own games of dodge ball and even t-ball. The senior students are also responsible for ensuring all the post-pads on the football and soccer goals on the oval are put out and taken down each week.

The Mount Isa Primary Schools Sports Association is a group of staff from the Mount Isa schools, and assist local primary schools, including Barkly Highway State School, in arranging dates for Interschool sport carnivals. Our school participates in all Interschool sport carnivals.

The following lists interschool sporting events and the school term in which they fall (this is an indication only and should be checked with the school regularly). 

Term 1 - Soccer, Touch Football, School Swimming Carnival

Term 2 - Rugby League, Netball, Cross Country, Fun Run and School Athletics Carnival

Term 3 - AFL and Softball

Term 4 - Futsal, Basketball and School Swimming Lessons (Prep - Year 3)