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Barker College is an independent Anglican co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school, located in Hornsby, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Barker was founded in 1890 by the Reverend Henry Plume at Kurrajong Heights. In 2016 Barker announced a transition from a single-sex school for boys only to a fully co-educational school, commencing in 2018 with girls in early learning and Kindergarten, in 2019 with girls in Year 3; in 2020 with girls in Year 7. The college currently caters for approximately 2,100 students, including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12.
|Type||Independent co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school|
|Motto||Latin: Honor Non Honores|
(Seek Honour above Rewards)
|Founder||Reverend Henry Plume|
|Chaplain||Revd. Jeffrey (Jeff) Ware|
|Years||Early learning; and K-12|
|Enrolment||c. 2,100 (K-12)|
|Area||44 hectares (110 acres)|
|Colour(s)||Red, navy and gold|
The Council of Barker College was originally constituted by the Barker College Ordinance of 1919. In 1939, Barker College was incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Anglican Church of Australia (Bodies Corporate) Act 1938. Therefore, though Barker College is an Anglican school, it is separately incorporated and has its own governing body.
Barker is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, the Junior School Heads Association of Australia, the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, the Independent Schools Association, and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools.
In 1890, Rev Henry Plume took up the position of Rector at St Stephen’s Church, Kurrajong. It was here in 1890 that he tutored five local pupils for the Junior, Senior and Matriculation Examinations. Their academic success encouraged Plume to establish his own school. In 1891, Plume selected Stokesleigh, a guest house in Kurrajong Heights, as the site for this school. The name Barker College was chosen in memory of Frederic Barker, the second Bishop of Sydney whom Plume had met soon after his arrival in Australia. An outbreak of scarlet fever in 1894 convinced Plume that the School was too isolated and would be better located nearer to Sydney. Thus the School moved to its present site in Hornsby in 1896, and in 1919 its ownership transferred to the Church of England.
1975 saw the introduction of the co-educational collegiate senior school for students in Years 11 and 12, with the enrolment of 59 female students. In 2000, Year 10 also became part of the senior School, and girls now usually enter the school at Year 10 level. Today[when?] there are 350 girls enrolled at Barker.
On 4 November 2016, Head of Barker College Phillip Heath, announced that the School Council had resolved to move to a fully coeducational school by 2022.
In 2018, the Headmaster Mr Phillip Heath signed a petition with the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney to retain s 38(3) in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984(Cth) which allows private religious schools to discriminate against staff and students based on sexual orientation. In the petition it was argued that 'a more general right' to religious freedom should exist, and the existing statutory 'exemptions should remain'.
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The following individuals have served as Headmasters of Barker College:
|Ordinal||Officeholder||Term start||Term end||Time in office||Notes|
|1||Reverend Henry Plume||1890||1950||14–15 years|
|2||William Charles Carter||1905||1929||23–24 years|
|3||Arthur Charles Campbell Thorold||1929||1932||2–3 years|
|4||William Stanley Leslie||1933||1957||23–24 years|
|5||John Gordon Dewes||1958||1963||4–5 years|
|6||Trevor John McCaskill||1963||1986||22–23 years|
|7||Neil William Tucker||1986||1995||8–9 years|
|8||Dr Roderic Edward Kefford||1996||2013||16–17 years|
|9||Phillip John Heath||2014||present||4–5 years|
The school motto, Honor, non Honores, is derived from the Latin term to mean "Seek Honour Above Rewards". The earliest record of the motto is on an illuminated address presented to Rev and Mrs Plume on their departure from the School in 1905.
Barker College is situated on a 44-hectare (110-acre) campus in suburban Hornsby, 25 kilometres to the north of Sydney (with additional facilities located in the Blue Mountains, The Grange, located at Mount Victoria). In 2016 the School opened an Indigenous Campus, Darkinjung Barker, at Yarramalong on the NSW Central Coast, for students in Kindergarten to Yr6. The Junior School, shares the Hornsby campus with the Middle and Senior schools.
The current facilities of the school include:
- A library; An Information Technology Centre; The McCaskill Music Centre, containing private tuition studios, classrooms, a recording studio, and a recital hall;
- Three Drama performance spaces, including four rehearsal rooms, a Green Room with changerooms, Two Drama Theatres with raked seating – The Rhodes Theatre and The BCMA Theatre, and the Leslie Hall;
- The Centenary Design Centre with provision for individual studios and whole-class teaching in Design & Technology and Visual Arts;
- The Barker Foundation Science Centre, containing fifteen teaching laboratories, four individual student laboratories and a 106-seat lecture theatre;
- Boarding houses Carter West Wing – The Palace and Senior Studies (Boys) and Plume (Girls);
- Six sporting fields, together with 11 Tennis courts and 12 Basketball courts, two indoors, 10 outdoor courts, and an artificial surface for Hockey, Football, Netball, Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and other games;
- Two gymnasiums, equipped with weights and resistance training equipment, and an adjoining indoor Aquatic Centre. A separate Girls’ gymnasium and cardio room including a spin bike room, the Barker Bunker.
- The R. E. Kefford Building, equipped with 23 classrooms, 12 smaller group learning spaces, and 2 theatres which seat 302 and 215 respectively. This building is often used for Drama, English, and Christian Studies Lessons, encompassing Years 7–12 in this space.
- A refurbished Junior School campus, featuring an enrichment centre and library, a media centre, a designated science room, robotics room and an art, woodwork and ceramics centre.
- A prep (Pre-K to Year 2) campus opposite the junior campus, on the southern side of Clarke Rd featuring a Piazza.
Barker College House SystemEdit
As with most Australian schools, Barker College utilises a house system for students in years K-12. Each house has a teacher in charge, called a Head of House. The junior school introduce 6 six Houses that were named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica: Byrd, Flinders, Hillary, Mawson, Scott & Tasman. The Middle and Senior School introduces 16 sixteen new houses, named after influential people in the school's history, such as alumni or board members.
Junior school housesEdit
|Byrd||Green||Latin: Acta Non Verba|
'Action not Words'
|Flinders||White||Latin: Omnia Parati|
'Ready for Anything'
|Hillary||Yellow||Latin: Vincite Vestros Montes|
;'Conquer Your Mountains'
|Mawson||Dark blue||Latin: NumQuam Cedite|
'Never Give Up'
|Scott||Red||Latin: Celeriter Et Fortiter|
'Swift and Determined'
|Tasman||Light blue||Latin: Con Spirito|
Middle and Senior School HousesEdit
The middle and senior school houses are named after influential figures in the school's history, with eight male and either female namesakes. In July 2018 the College announced they would be changing the pastoral care system for the middle and senior school following the introduction of coeducation. The existing houses are all named after influential males from the school's rich history, and after the introduction of coeducation, another eight new houses were announced, after important women in the school's past. These new houses are Bowman, Fear, Hill, Mackenzie, May, Stevens, Sthalekar and Stone, adding to the list of existing houses; Andrew, Boyce, Butters, Holt, Pain, Wade, Wailes and Wilson. Both male and female students will be sorted into one of the 16 houses, regardless of gender. Current students will be affected as half of the boys will be moved to one of the new houses. The new houses didn't have mottoes before 2019 but in late 2018, they were introduced.
|Andrew||Black||Latin: Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
'Fortune follows the brave'
'From one to all'
|Boyce||Light blue||Latin: Aspiro
|Butters||Grey||Latin: Diriget Deus
'God will direct'
'Strength lies in difference'
|Holt||Dark green||Latin: Is Fidelis Vincit
'Faith brings luck'
'Together we are one'
'Dare to know'
|Pain||White||Latin: Vive Et Vivat
'Live and let live'
'To act justly'
'Our best always'
'The truth never perishes'
|Wade||Royal blue||Latin: Labor In Unum
|Wailes||Yellow||Latin: Per Laborem Ad Victoriam
'From hard work comes victory'
|Wilson||Maroon||Latin: Deus Est Meum Scutum
'God is my Shield'
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