What is unique about Barker College?
There are two distinct differences at Barker College. One is that it's a school that deliberately and intentionally allows people to thrive in a holistic sense – emotionally, physiologically, physically, academically.
Second is our firm coeducational identity and a firm expression of that. It’s a view that everybody can find a place and thrive irrespective of interests, skillset or capacity.
Building on more than 130 years of heritage, the school has grown in two areas. Firstly, there is our Indigenous education outreach program, which goes beyond boarding and into establishing Aboriginal schools in partnership with Aboriginal community leaders. The second is in our emphatic commitment to a full coeducational experience for our students. No two days at Barker are ever the same. Students are constantly challenging themselves – and being challenged – as they grow, expand their minds and learn to think big, practically and independently.
Our approach to student wellbeing
Barker is committed to creating and fostering a caring and positive Christian environment for every student so our young people are known, supported and equipped with the social and emotional tools needed to thrive.
The purpose of the student wellbeing program at Barker is to empower students with social and emotional skills and attributes, developed through a holistic program of care, so that they can thrive throughout their lives. It is hoped that the legacy of the student wellbeing program at Barker produces graduates who are resilient and equipped to make a difference in their world and who have given more than they have received.
Adaptive and flexible curriculum
We have an abiding commitment to a strong academic program, effective pastoral care delivered in a Christian setting, opportunities and choice for all. Barker’s curriculum is adaptive and flexible, allowing for student choice and catering for interest and ability. Barker students are taught to think critically, apply knowledge in new situations and develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners. Our curriculum develops the knowledge and skills needed by our future leaders; it challenges students and prepares them for a future that is in many ways undefined.
Beyond the classroom
The experience inside the classroom is only one part of a Barker education. Co-curricular activities deepen the school experience for all our students — from the arts to the sporting field, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and uncover their talents.
For Pre-K to Year 6 students, we offer a broad range of sporting, cultural and recreational co-curricular activities. Throughout Years 7 to 12, our students have even greater opportunities to pursue their passions. As well as drama, music, cadets, outdoor education and over 20 different sports, Barker students can challenge themselves in the areas of robotics, debating and public speaking.
Sport is an integral and compulsory part of school life at Barker College. From Year 3, participation in team sports allows healthy competition and skills development, which are essential elements in the development of well-balanced young people. Set on 50 acres, Barker students are offered a wide choice of sports and benefit from the excellent sporting facilities available to them.