Barker College

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Barker College[1]
Coordinates33°42′40″S 151°6′1″E / 33.71111°S 151.10028°E / -33.71111; 151.10028Coordinates: 33°42′40″S 151°6′1″E / 33.71111°S 151.10028°E / -33.71111; 151.10028
TypeIndependent, Private, Day and Boarding
MottoLatin: Honor Non Honores
(Seek Honour above Rewards)
Established1890 by Reverend Henry Plume[2]
HeadmasterMr. Phillip Heath[3]
ChaplainRevd. Jeffrey (Jeff) Ware[3]
GenderBoys (K-9)
Co-educational (10–12)
2022 will be Co-Education
Enrolment~2,100 1,747 [Boys] 356 [Girls](K-12)[4]
Colour(s)Red, Navy and Gold
SloganInspiring Tomorrow[5]

Barker College is a coeducational 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. In 2016 Barker announced a transition to full Coeducation, commencing in 2018 with girls in Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Yr3 in 2019 and Yr7 in 2020. It currently has boys only from Yr1 to Yr9 and is co-educational from Years 10 to 12. The college currently caters for approximately 2100 students, [6] including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12.[7][8]

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,[9] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia,[10] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia,[11] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association,[7] the Independent Schools Association,[12] and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools.[12]


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. [13]


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.[13] Today there are 350 girls enrolled at Barker.[7][14]

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.[15]

Headmasters of Barker College[edit]

Cigarette card featuring the Barker colours and crest, circa 1910s
Number Period 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.[16]


Barker College is situated on a 44-hectare campus in suburban Hornsby,[17] 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.[18] The Junior School, shares the Hornsby campus with the Middle and Senior schools.[17]

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 System[edit]

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 houses[edit]

The houses are named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica: Byrd, Flinders, Hillary, Mawson, Scott and Tasman

Houses House Crest Colour Motto
Byrd Green "Acta Non Verba"
'Action not Words'
House of the Barker College, Junior School
White "Omnia Parati"
'Ready for Anything'
House of the Barker College, Junior School
Yellow "Vincite Vestros Montes"
'Conquer Your Mountains'
House of the Barker College, Junior School
Dark Blue "NumQuam Cedite"
'Never Give Up'
House of the Barker College, Junior School
Red "Celeriter Et Fortiter"
'Swift and Determined'
House of the Barker College, Junior School
Light Blue "Con Spirito"
'With Spriit'

Middle & Senior School Houses[edit]

The middle and senior school houses are named after influential figures in the school's history, with 8 male and 8 female namesakes. [19]

In July 2018, the school 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 8 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 do not have a Latin motto yet, however it will be finalised in late 2018.

Houses Colour Motto Founded
Andrew Black Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat

'Fortune follows the brave'

Bowman Dark Purple 'From one to all' 2019
Boyce Light Blue Aspiro

'Simply Aspire'

Butters Grey Diriget Deus

'God will direct'

Fear Orange 'Courageous Soul' 2019
Hill Magenta 'Strength lies in difference' 2019
Holt Dark Green Is Fidelis Vincit

'Faith brings luck' (The house animal is a sheep)

Mackenzie Lime 'Together we are one' 2019
May Olive Green 'Dare to know' 2019
Pain White Vive Et Vivat

'Live and let live'

Stevens Pale Purple 'To act justly' 2019
Sthalekar Gold 'Our best always' 2019
Stone Teal 'The truth never perishes' 2019
Wade Royal Blue Labor In Unum

'Work together'

Wailes Yellow Per Laborem Ad Victoriam

'From hard work comes victory'

Wilson Maroon Deus Est Meum Scutum

'God is my Shield'

House Shield #2 Barker College Middle School


Old Barker Association[edit]

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.[20][21] Some notable Barker alumni include:

Notable alumni[edit]

Media, entertainment and the arts[edit]

Politics, public service, business and the law[edit]

Science, medicine and technology[edit]


See also[edit]


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  18. ^ "Aims and Objectives". Vision and Values. Barker College. Archived from the original on 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
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  20. ^ Reference: Marks, Neil. Tales of the Centenary, (Barker College, Hornsby, 2008)
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