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Welcome to Barker College
Located on Sydney’s North Shore, Barker College is an Anglican day and boarding school.
A Barker education is shaped by our focus on preparing students 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.
Following the School’s announcement in 2016 to become fully coeducational by 2022, both boys and girls are now enrolled from Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. In 2020, girls will commence in Year 7.
We have an abiding commitment to a strong academic program, effective pastoral care delivered in a Christian setting, opportunities and choice for all. Barker’s curriculum is adaptive and flexible, allowing for student choice and catering for interest and ability.
Our students are taught to think critically, apply knowledge in new situations and develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners. Our curriculum develops the knowledge and skills needed by our future leaders; it challenges students and prepares them for a future that is in many ways undefined. At Barker we use data to track student progress during each year and from year to year, giving us a deep understanding of student strengths, areas for improvement and development over time.
Every Barker student enjoys the benefits of a broad, well-rounded co-curricular program that includes creative and performing arts, sport, STEAM, debating and service and leadership development. All students are involved in the Outdoor Education program, allowing opportunities for Extended Stay at Alice Springs, trips to Barker’s Outdoor Education property, The Grange, in Mt Victoria, along with camps and other outdoor opportunities. Students are also able to take part in our long standing Cadets program
To learn more about how we inspire every student, in every experience, every day, visit www.barker.college and book on one of our regular school tours.
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.
Boarding at Barker College is a unique experience for senior students only with a maximum student population of 60. Students commence boarding at Barker in Year 10 which coincides with the time that the Barker Senior School transforms to a coeducational structure. 40% of day students and 100% of boarders are new to the school at the same time, therefore making the transition process into a new school less daunting and friendships are easily made both within and outside of the boarding environment.
“Thriving at Barker” stands on four pillars: Inquiry, Rhetoric, Gratitude and Service. The first two pillars refer to our cognitive or intellectual growth. The second two refer to wellbeing and resilience. A human being fully alive will hold their intellectual and spiritual self in a harmonious whole and this harmony will make them strong all their days.
Inquiry is learning to wonder, learning to imagine and to ask questions about the world around us. We want to educate students to wonder about their world rather than simply being passive learners who await curriculum and syllabus designers to tell them what we need to know. So many things are changing rapidly. A 21st Century learner has a vast corpus of information at their fingertips. Good schools will educate students to wonder and inquire so as to be able to access this vast sea of knowledge.
Rhetoric is understood in the way that Greek philosopher Aristotle spoke some 2400 years ago – learning to think, to reason, to persuade. A thriving learner at Barker will know how to think and how to engage in respectful discourse with others at a time when so many things once taken for granted are being called into question.
Gratitude is learning to express thankfulness for the countless blessings that flow from our education, our community and our world. Deep gratitude amplifies the good things in our lives and is one of the best catalysts we know for resilience and for what psychologists call grit. Each of us are a gift to one another and we all need to learn to express gratitude for the ways in which our lives are enriched by the lives of others.
Service is learning to seek the welfare of our community for, as the prophet Jeremiah says “in its prosperity lies your prosperity” (Jer 29:7). A thriving person at Barker will seek to serve others both now and all their days. Gratitude and service will be a habit of mind.
Barker offers several Academic and Music Scholarships to students entering Year 7 and Year 10. Boarding Scholarships are also 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
One for the Record Books – Barker’s Copeland Choir Claims Title
Barker College’s Copeland Choir has taken first place in the Youth Choir for Male Voices (19 years and under) section at the Sydney Eisteddfod. They are the youngest choir in the history of this competition to achieve first place in this category.
The Copeland Choir is comprised of students with young treble boy voices spanning from Year 5 and beyond and performed a repertoire well beyond their years with sensitivity and stylistic understanding.
Barker’s Head of Co-curricular Music, Mr Wayne Chang, said, “As a group they produce a particular blend attributed to a strong music literacy and a culture of singing in the classroom. The boys thoroughly enjoyed this new experience. After several successes in previous years in the Primary aged section in regional and national eisteddfods, the Barker College Copeland Choir were ready to embark on a new challenge.”
In April this year, the Choir toured for the first time to China and have benefited enormously from the opportunity to collaborate with other choirs alike, both at national and international level.
“During their tour of China, the boys were required to sustain a performance singing continuously for an hour long program,” Mr Chang said.
“They also had the opportunity to sing in all forms of scenarios – from concert halls, to collaborating with other schools and even a public flashmob!”
For the Sydney Eisteddfod, the Choir performed Aizu Bandai San (The Volcano of Aizu Bandai San) Japanese Folksong, arr. by Hiroshi Ishimaru and Waltzing Matilda, arr. by Ruth McCall.
Barker’s Middle School choir were also awarded third place at the Eisteddfod and both choirs were commended on the diverse choice of repertoire and gusto throughout their performance.
The Copeland Choir will now go on to compete in the John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19 Years and Under).
The wider community will have the opportunity to hear the Copeland Choir perform along with Barker’s Middle and Senior choirs and orchestra, at a special concert event – Carmina Burana - at The Concourse, Chatswood on Wednesday 26 June.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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