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Welcome to Barker College
A Barker education is shaped by our focus on preparing for a life beyond the School gates. For us, that’s a world where all people live, work and learn together. Coeducational schools affords students the opportunity to work and learn together, to be inclusive and respect diversity. We seek to expose our students to diverse opportunities and experiences, so that they are able to develop resilience and adaptability within a supportive environment.
Barker is a fully coed Anglican day and boarding school, 25 km north of Sydney.
No two days at Barker are ever the same. Students are constantly challenging themselves – and being challenged – as they grow, expand their minds and learn to think big, practically and independently.
From Pre-Kindergarten through to the Senior years, students are exposed to a range of diverse opportunities and experiences. Through this, they’re able to develop resilience and adaptability within a supportive environment. By celebrating the differences in every student, Barker is a place where every student belongs, is valued and loves to be.
Set on 50 acres, Barker offers outstanding facilities including Drama and lecture theatres; Music and Design Centres; dedicated Science building; Aquatic Centre, and several playing fields, including a purpose designed Sports and Learning Precinct featuring five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance and general purpose teaching areas. Currently under construction is a new Maths and Senior Students Hub scheduled to open early 2023.
The experience inside the classroom is only one part of a Barker education. Co-curricular activities deepen the school experience for all our students, and from the arts to the sporting field, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and uncover their talents.
For Pre-K to Year 6 students we offer a broad range of sporting, cultural and recreational co-curricular activities. Throughout Years 7 to 12, our students have even greater opportunities to pursue their passions. As well as Drama, Music, Cadets and over 20 different sports, Barker students can challenge themselves in the areas of robotics, debating and public speaking.
Our Secondary School students also take part in compulsory Outdoor Education Camps. In this unfamiliar environment, students connect with the natural world while building leadership and teamwork skills.
Coeducational boarding is a unique experience offered to our senior students, starting in Year 10. By learning, growing and living together, students form bonds that will often last a lifetime.
Families can consider keeping their children closer to home until the end of Year 9 and then elect to enter boarding from the start of Year 10. Barker offers a number of programs that aim to support the boarders to find their role as citizens of the world. The programs have a focus on the development of life skills, personal resilience, mental fitness and encouraging students to develop their individual strengths.
There is an established and active pastoral care House structure for all students from Pre-K to Year 12. Students attend chapel once a week and Connect Groups twice a week. Good cross-school mentoring and supportive relationships are important for the wellbeing and sense of belonging of young people at Barker.
A Barker education is shaped by our focus on preparing for a life beyond the school gates. We seek to expose
our students to diverse opportunities and experiences, so that they are able to develop resilience and adaptability
within a supportive environment.
There are two distinct differences at Barker College. One is that it’s a school that deliberately and intentionally allows
people to thrive in a holistic sense – emotionally, physiologically, physically, academically.
The second thing is that we have a firm coeducational identity and a firm expression of that. It’s a view that
everybody can find a place and thrive irrespective of interests, skillset or capacity and be committed to doing
that in a way that brings young men and young women together for the proper expression of human interaction and identity.
We have a beautiful heritage at Barker, yet we are preparing students for a future that will be far less defined by gender roles than in the past.
The Christian heritage of Barker is the inspiration for our values and purpose. We draw on the rich narrative of the life
of Jesus yet welcome all traditions into our diverse community.
This is an exciting time to be considering a Barker education for your child. The School’s culture is inclusive, innovative and full of hope for the future. We are very excited about the years that lie ahead and extend a warm invitation to you to come and visit us so that we may show you what Barker has to offer your child.
Phillip Heath AM
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), DipEd, FACE, FACEL
Tour our School
We invite you to join us on a tour of the School. Regular tours of Barker are run throughout each School term. Barker does not have an Open Day, as we prefer to show you around the School on a normal working day. To book a tour call (02) 8438 7207 or visit https://www.barker.college/enrolments/book-a-tour
Barker College is located at the junction of the North Shore and Central Coast railway lines, and just at the start of the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway. The School operates several private bus services from the Northern Beaches, Terrey Hills, St Ives, Lower North Shore, Arcadia, Northbridge, Balgowlah and Narrabeen.
Barker offers a number of Scholarships including Academic, Boarding and Music Scholarships to students entering Year 7 and Year 10. Boarding Scholarships are available for students commencing Boarding from Year 10. In addition to the Scholarship Examination, the School uses school reports, NAPLAN results, questionnaires and other criteria in its decision regarding the awarding of scholarships. Apply for Scholarships online at www.barker.college
Since 2013, Barker has been involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition, pitching our students against the finest in the USA as well as various countries around the world.
In the annual competitions hosted by Houston, Texas, over the years the Barker Redbacks Team have won the FRC Chairman’s Award in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
In addition, we have consistently won Asia-Pacific Regional Robotics Competitions and hold a top ten world rank in our Robotics program.
Just as significant is the reason for the FRC Chairman’s Award – the Barker approach is to foster excellence for other teams, not just for ourselves.
Deep in the philosophy of Robotics is to share ideas and encourage the development of Robotics in other schools and communities, especially those who are disadvantaged.
Robotics programs now exist in other countries because of the support of the Barker Redbacks.
In recognition of this contribution and of the excellence of the Barker Redbacks ingenuity in its own right, the FRC has admitted us to their Hall of Fame.
These students are making a contribution beyond the Mint Gates and are the first and only Australian school to achieve this recognition.
The creativity, determination, ingenuity and skills these young students demonstrate each year is commendable as they continue to build ever more sophisticated and impressive robots, whilst sharing their knowledge and understanding with teams around the globe.
Barker is now a fully coeducational school from Pre-K to Year 12. Enrolments open for girls in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Year 3 and in Year 7. Please visit our website www.barker.college or call our Enrolments team on (02) 8438 7207 for more information.
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Barker College - Hornsby NSW