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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||Mrs. Susan (Sue) Field|
|Headmaster||Mr. Phillip Heath|
|Chaplain||Revd. Jeffrey (Jeff) Ware|
|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 currently caters for approximately 2000 students, including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12.
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).
- 1 History
- 2 Headmasters
- 3 Motto
- 4 Campus
- 5 House system
- 6 Co-curricular activities
- 7 Alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
Barker College is situated on a 44-hectare campus in suburban Hornsby, 25 kilometres to the north of Sydney (with additional facilities located in the Blue Mountains and Barrington River). The Junior School, shares the 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, 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.
- A recently refurbished junior campus, featuring an enrichment centre and library, a media centre, and an art and ceramics centre.
As with most Australian schools, Barker College utilises a house system for students in years K-9.
- Middle school houses
- Andrew (black) - Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat: 'Fortune follows the brave'.
- Boyce (light blue) - Aspiro: 'Simply Aspire'.
- Butters (grey) - Diriget Deus: 'God will direct'. The house animal is a cow.
- 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 Shield'. The house animal is a dragon.
- Junior school houses
The houses are named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica:
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).
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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 including Holsworthy Army base, Glenworth Valley and Myuna Bay. 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 Walmsley 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. In 2014, the Barker College Cadet Marching Band was disbanded to make way for the newly formed Barker College Marching Band. The reason for this decision was the need to create an ensemble that can support Cadet functions, and also support other events to promote the entire college in significant community events.
Echo company was introduced in 2008 as a way of coping with the increase of male year 9 enlistments. There are 3 Echo company Platoons, and 3 Charlie Company 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:
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Media, entertainment and the arts
- David Astle - Cryptic crossword compiler: "DA"
- Andrew Bevis - London West End actor
- Rob Canning - Host, Channel 10 Sports Tonight
- Mike Carlton - Former 2UE radio presenter
- Simon Fieldhouse - Artist
- Jarod Green - Founder, The Handsomity Institute and director/creator of the TV series Beached Az
- Chris Lilley - Comedian and actor, creator of TV series We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year, Summer Heights High, and Angry Boys
- Nick Littlemore - Producer and musician, as a member of Pnau and Empire Of The Sun (band)
- Sam Littlemore - Producer and musician, otherwise known as Sam La More and Tonite Only
- Phillip Noyce - Film director
- James West - Journalist, Executive Producer of Hack on Triple J
- Brian Wilshire - (1957–1961) 2GB radio announcer since 1979.
Politics, public service and the law
- 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
- Douglas Armati - writer, researcher and consultant with management expertise in the protection of digital intellectual property
- Chris Heyde - Statistician, 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
- Jeff Waugh - Software developer
- Alex Blackwell- Australian and NSW women's cricketer
- Kate Blackwell- Australian and NSW women's cricketer
- Jamie Brazier - Papua New Guinean cricketer
- Adrian Buchan - World Champion Surfer
- Brendon Cook - international race car driver
- Ben Darwin - former Wallaby
- Sue Fear - mountaineer, first Australian woman to climb Mount Everest, died in 2006 while climbing
- Richard Harry - former Wallaby
- Alyssa Healy- Australian and NSW woman's cricketer
- Mitchell Pearce - current Sydney Roosters and NSW State of Origin halfback.
- Hugh Pyle - Melbourne Rebels lock
- Cameron Shepherd - former NSW Waratahs, Western Force and Wallaby fullback
- Lisa Sthalekar - Australian and NSW women's cricketer
- Peter Taylor - former Australian Test and limited-overs cricketer
- Ben Whittaker - Western Force Rugby Union player
- Nigel Nutt - Australian Commonwealth Fencer
- List of non-government schools in New South Wales
- List of boarding schools
- Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition
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