Barker College

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Barker College[1]
Latin: Honor Non Honores
Seek Honour above Rewards
Hornsby, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°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
Type Independent, Private, Day and Boarding
Denomination Anglican[2]
Established 1890 by Reverend Henry Plume[2]
Headmaster Mr. Phillip Heath[1]
Deputy Headmaster Mr. Matt Macoustra[1]
Chaplain Revd. Jeffrey (Jeff) Ware[1]
Employees ~204[3]
Gender Boys (K-9)
Co-educational (10-12)
Enrolment ~2,300 520 [Girls] 1,780 [Boys](K-12)[3]
Colour(s) Red and Blue
Slogan "Inspiring each learner, every experience, every day."[4]

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,[3] including 60 boarders from Years 10 to 12.[5][6]

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,[7] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[8] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[9] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[5] the Independent Schools Association (ISA),[10] and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).[10]


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. [11]


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.[11] Today there are 350 girls enrolled at Barker.[5][12]

Heads of Barker College (Headmasters)[edit]

Cigarette card featuring the Barker colours & crest, c.1910s
Period Details
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 "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.[13]


Barker College is situated on a 44-hectare campus in suburban Hornsby,[14] 25 kilometres to the north of Sydney (with additional facilities located in the Blue Mountains and Barrington River).[15] The Junior School, shares the campus with the Middle and Senior schools.[14]

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);
  • Five sporting fields, together with Tennis and Basketball courts, two indoor 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. 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 recently 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.

House system[edit]

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.

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'.
  • 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'.
Junior school houses

The houses are named after explorers of Australia and Antarctica:


Tutors for Years 10 to 12 The tutors are appointed from the Barker College Secondary staff teachers.


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 14,000 members.[16][17] Some notable Barker alumni include:

Notable alumni[edit]

Media, entertainment and the arts[edit]

Politics, public service and the law[edit]

Science, medicine and technology[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Barker College". New South Wales. School Choice. 2007. Archived from the original on August 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). About Barker. Barker College. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Home". Barker College: An Anglican School. Barker College. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Barker College". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  6. ^ Braga, Stuart. Barker College - A History, (Ferguson, Sydney, 1978)
  7. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  8. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  9. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Sport". Co-Curricular. Barker College. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "History of Barker College". About Barker. Barker College. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  12. ^ Binns, Marjorie. Barker Girls. Co-Education at Barker College 1975-2005, (Barker College, Hornsby, 2006)
  13. ^ (Barker College Archives Collection).
  14. ^ a b "Barker Now". About Barker. Barker College. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  15. ^ "Aims and Objectives". Vision and Values. Barker College. Archived from the original on 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  16. ^ Reference: Marks, Neil. Tales of the Centenary, (Barker College, Hornsby, 2008)
  17. ^ "All About Us". Old Barker Association. Barker College. Retrieved 2008-01-21.  Archived June 19, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Jamie Brazier". Other Countries / Players. Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Commonwealth Games Federation - Athlete Performance". Retrieved 13 June 2015. 

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