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Latin: Honor Non Honores
Seek Honour above Rewards
|Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Private Selective, Single-sex (K-9), Co-educational (10-12), Day and Boarding|
|Established||1890 by Reverend Henry Plume|
|Deputy Headmaster||Dr. Sue Field|
|Headmaster||Dr. Roderic Kefford|
|Chaplain||Revd. Jeff Ware and Rev. Tubman|
|Enrolment||~2,300 520 [Girls] 1,780 [Boys](K-12)|
|Colour(s)||Red, Blue and Gold
|Slogan||"Balanced Learning in a Caring Environment"|
Barker College is an Independent Anglican, day and boarding school, located in Hornsby, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1890 by the Reverend Henry Plume at Kurrajong Heights, Barker is an all-boys school from Kindergarten to Year 9, and co-educational from Years 10 to 12. The college has a private selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 2,300 students, including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12. At the commencement of 2011 there will be additional K-2 Classes.
Barker is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Independent Schools Association (ISA), and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).
Barker College was founded in early 1890 by an Anglican priest, the Reverend Henry Plume, at Kurrajong Heights in the Blue Mountains with five pupils. It was named for Plume's mentor and friend, the Right Reverend Frederic Barker, the second Bishop of Sydney. The College moved to its present site in Hornsby early 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 there are 450 girls enrolled at Barker.
|1890 – 1905||Reverend Henry Plume|
|1905 – 1929||William Carter|
|1929 – 1932||Arthur Thorold|
|1933 – 1957||William Leslie|
|1958 – 1963||John Dewes|
|1963 – 1986||Trevor McCaskill|
|1986 – 1995||Neil Tucker|
|1996 – 2013||Dr. Roderic Kefford|
|2014 –||Phillip Heath|
The school motto, Honor, non Honores, is derived from the Latin term to mean "Honour, not rewards". This replaced a previous motto, "I Take, but I Surrender", adopted for the school by Henry Plume in 1875 from the armorial achievement of one of his friends, Robert Fowler, Lord Mayor of Sydney. The motto was changed in 1895, when the school moved from Kurrajong to Hornsby.
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, Three Drama Theatre with raked seating, and the School 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 ten teaching laboratories, four individual student laboratories and a 106-seat lecture theatre;
- Boarding houses Carter (Boys) and Plume (Girls);
- Sporting fields, together with Tennis and Basketball courts, and an artificial surface for Hockey, Soccer, Netball, Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and other games;
- A gymnasium, equipped with weights and resistance training equipment, and an adjoining indoor Aquatic Centre.
- The Kurrajong 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.
House system 
As with most Australian schools, Barker College utilises a house system.
- Middle school houses
- Andrew (black) - Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat: 'Fortune follows the brave'.
- Boyce (light blue) - Aspiro: 'Aspire'.
- Butters (grey) - Diriget Deus: 'God will direct'. The house animal is a badger.
- Holt (green) - Is Fidelis Vincit: 'Faith brings luck'. The house animal is a sheep.
- Pain (white) - Vive Et Vivat: 'Live and let live'.
- Wade (dark blue) - Labor In Unum: 'Work together'.
- Wailes (pale yellow) - Per Laborem Ad Victoriam: 'From hard work comes victory'.
- Wilson (maroon) - Deus Est Meum Scutum: 'God is my battler'. The house animal is a dragon.
- Junior school houses
The houses are named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica:
Co-curricular activities 
The school conducts many extracurricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, cadets, drama and musical performances, choirs and bands, chess, debating, mock trials, public speaking, mountain biking, skiing, equestrianism, and formerly bred its own cattle for competition in the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the agriculture club was disbanded in 2007).
Cadet unit 
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Founded in 1900  the Barker College Cadet Unit (BCCU) is one of Australia's oldest cadet units. The unit consists of five companies and two wings made up of those in school years 9 (C Coy and E Coy), 10 (B COY), one company of female members (D COY) and one Adventure training patrol, A Coy for Year 10 and 11 boys and girls. A Pioneer Wing also provides services for the unit through camp preparation, basic construction and logistics as well as instruction in related skills such as abseiling and pyrotechnics. The Pioneer wing started originally as the cadet band. But over the years they started building the obstacle courses and doing other tasks as well. Andrew Smith then decided to change the band into the "Pioneer Wing", serving the same sort of role as the pioneer wing in the real army.
The Headquarters Wing is the smallest group in the unit and is responsible for the logistics and administration of the unit. Each company participates in all three "Biv's" (weekend camps) which are held at various locations such as Holsworthy Army base and Glenworth Valley. At the end of the cadets year all members of the unit attend the week long 'Annual Camp', held at the Australian Army Barracks at Singleton.
Due to the school's refusal to disband the unit during the Defence Department's public relations disaster related to the Vietnam War, the unit is now one of the few in Australia to receive only 'limited support' from the Department. The school does however utilise the services of volunteers, typically previous members as well as the school's teachers, to assist with events such as the camps.
After a lack of members in the late 1970s, the cadet marching band (renamed the Barker College Cadet Marching Band) was fully revived, with the drafting of all school cadets who could play a suitable instrument, in 1999 and participated in its first ANZAC Day Parade in 2000. They have since participated in all Anzac day marches until present. The conductor Peter Warmsley wrote a song to be added to the bands repertoire. The Band Major of 2008/2009 (Sutton) also wrote a piece to be added to the repertoire. The Marching band is made of conscripted musicians who are in the unit, and the Drum corps is made up of voluntary drummers in the cadet unit.
Echo company was introduced in 2008 as a way of coping with the increase of male year 9 enlistments. There are 3 Echo company Platoon, and 3 Charlie Platoons.
Old Barker Association 
Alumni of Barker may elect to join the school's alumni association, the Old Barker Association (OBA). The Old Barker Association (OBA) was formed in 1908, and was originally known as the 'Barker College Old Boys Union'. The OBA provides a link between Barker College and its past students, with in excess of 7,500 members. Some notable Barker alumni include:
Notable alumni 
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Media, entertainment and the arts 
Politics, public service and the law 
- The Hon Justice Richard Button - Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Michael Edwards - Member of Committee for Agricultural Development in the Riverina Region, Wagga Wagga
- Mitch Fifield - Liberal Senator for Victoria
- Peter Garrett - former Midnight Oil lead singer; environmentalist; Labor member for Kingsford-Smith, federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
- Rob Oakeshott - independent Member for Lyne
- Philip Ruddock - Liberal Member for Berowra and former federal immigration minister, attorney-general
Science, medicine and technology 
- Professor James Angus - Vice-President of the International Union of Pharmacology, Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, former Pro-Chancellor and President of the Academic Board of the University of Melbourne
- Douglas Armati - writer, researcher and consultant with management expertise in the protection of digital intellectual property
- Dr Derek J Binney - Expert in knowledge management & innovation
- Professor Peter Bishop - fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- Professor Chris Heyde - fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- Emeritus Professor Paul Korner - fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- Emeritus Professor Archibald McIntyre - fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- Andrew Tridgell - Creator of and contributor to the Samba software file server for linking Windows clients and Unix file server systems, and co-inventor of the rsync algorithm
See also 
- List of non-government schools in New South Wales
- List of boarding schools
- Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition
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