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|Hornsby, New South Wales
|Type||Independent, Private, Day and Boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Honor Non Honores
(Seek Honour above Rewards)
|Established||1890 by Reverend Henry Plume|
|Headmaster||Mr. Phillip Heath|
|Chaplain||Revd. Jeffrey (Jeff) Ware|
2022 will be Co-Education
|Enrolment||~2,898 734 [Boys] 2,164 [Girls](K-12)|
|Colour(s)||Red and Blue
|Slogan||"Inspiring each learner, every experience, every day."|
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 3000 students, including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12.
The Council of Barker College (‘School Council’) 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 (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 The Associated Schools (CAS).
- 1 History
- 2 Heads of Barker College (Headmasters)
- 3 Motto
- 4 Campus
- 5 Barker College House and tutor system
- 6 Alumni
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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 there are 350 girls enrolled at Barker.
On November 4, 2016, Head of Barker College Phillip Heath, announced that the School Council had resolved to move to a fully coeducational school by 2022.
Heads of Barker College (Headmasters)
|1890–1905||Reverend Henry Plume|
|1905–1929||William Charles Carter|
|1929–1932||Arthur Charles Campbell Thorold|
|1933–1957||William Stanley Leslie|
|1958–1963||John Gordon Dewes|
|1963–1986||Trevor John McCaskill|
|1986–1995||Neil William Tucker|
|1996–2013||Dr Roderic Edward Kefford|
|2014 – Now||Phillip Heath|
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 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, 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 ten 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 Tennis and Basketball courts, two indoor basketball courts, 10 outdoor 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. A separate Girls’ gymnasium and cardio room including a spin bike room, the Barker Bunker.
- The 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 space 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 and tutor system
As with most Australian schools, Barker College utilises a house system for students in years K-9, and a tutor system for years 10–12. Each house has a teacher in charge, called a housemaster. The junior school introduce 6 six Houses that were named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica: Byrd, Flinders, Hillary, Mawson, Scott & Tasman. Then once in the Middle School introduce 8 eight new houses. Then in the Senior School introduce the Tutors system.
Junior school houses
|Byrd||Green||"Acta Non Verba"
'Action not Words'
'Ready for Anything'
|Hillary||Yellow||"Vincite Vestros Montes"
'Conquer Your Mountains'
|Mawson||Dark Blue||"NumQuam Cedite"
'Never Give Up'
|Scott||Red||"Celeriter Et Fortiter"
'Swift and Determined'
|Tasman||Light Blue||"Con Spirito"
Middle school houses
|Andrew||Black||Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
'Fortune follows the brave'.
'God will direct'.
|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
|Wailes||Pale Yellow||Per Laborem Ad Victoriam
'From hard work comes victory'
|Wilson||Maroon||Deus Est Meum Scutum
'God is my Shield'
Senior School Tutor System
Tutors for Years 10 to 12 The tutors are appointed from the Barker College Secondary staff teachers.
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 16,500 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
- Simon Marnie – Radio
- Rob Canning – Senior Sports Producer Nine Network
- Mike Carlton – Former 2UE radio presenter
- Simon Fieldhouse – Artist
- Jarod Green – Founder, The Handsomity Institute and director/creator of the TV series Beached Az
- Takaya Honda – Actor, The Family Law and A gURLs wURLd
- Hugo Johnstone-Burt – Actor, San Andreas
- Chris Lilley – Comedian and actor, Summer Heights High
- 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
- Mike Colman - Walkley Award winning journalist and author
Politics, public service, business 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
- Bob Mansfield – Business
- Kevin McCann – Business
Science, medicine and technology
- Douglas Armati – writer, researcher and consultant with management expertise in the protection of digital intellectual property
- James Angus – Biomedical research
- Craig Barratt – Technology executive
- Chris Heyde – Statistician, fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- Rhonda Wilson – Scientist
- 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
- Andrew Stevens – IT
- 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
- Tim Reid – Ironman
- 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
- Grant McKay – former Australian Fencer
- David Anthony Prince – Athletics, British & Commonwealth Games representative 1962,1968.
- List of non-government schools in New South Wales
- List of boarding schools
- Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition
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