2024 Program of Events - Coming Soon
After an engaging program for 2023, the learning continues in 2024 with a series of events targetting various academic, wellbeing, and social issues relevent to the Barker Community. Stay tuned for the announcement of 2024 events for parents, students, teachers and friends.
International Human Rights Under Pressure - What can Barker do?
- Wednesday 8 November 2023
- 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us on 8 November in Rhodes Theatre to learn more about Barker's Humanitarian Programs at its first-ever public event!
Science Extension Public Lectures & Showcase
- Monday 23 October
- 6:00 - 8:15pm
- Barker College
New and improved for 2023. Free public lectures on the Science Extension Course with Poster Session. Come for revision for the HSC exam two days later, come for profesisonal development, come as you begin your Science Extension journey!
Barker Big Start Webinar - Year 12 2024 Students and Parents
- Wednesday 11 October
- 7:00-8:00 PM
- Online Webinar
Following the student retreat on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October, a webinar will be held for commencing Year 12 student and parents to view together. Key information for the final year of schooling will be presented allowing families to plan effectively and be well prepared for the coming journey.
Teacher Coaches Appreciation Society - Barker Coach Meet
- Wednesday 30 August 2023
- 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The 2023 Coachmeet. This event aims to foster collaboration and bring people involved in coaching and professional development programs together to share stories about their school’s experiences.
Social Impact Economics and Entrepreneurship - An evening with Dr Nat Ware (Class of '06)
- Monday 21 August
- 6:30-8:00 pm
Since graduating at Barker, Nat has founder and directed two global social-impact organisations. Using examples from his personal journey, he will explain three different approaches to social impact, and answer questions about his research and entrepreneurial projects.
Science Week Celebration 2023
- Tuesday 15 August 2023
- 5:15pm - 8:15pm Science Quadrangle
Come and celebrate National Science Week at Barker College. All welcome.
Scientific Tinkering activities will be followed by Guest speaker Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Material scientist, engineer & inventor and 2022 NSW Australian of the Year!
Understanding "The Voice" - With Julian Leeser MP
- Monday 14 August
- Barker College
In preparation for the upcoming referendum, the Barker Institute warmly invites all in the community (not just those formally associated with Barker College) to hear from our electorate’s representative to Parliament, Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra.
In Pursuit of Excellence: The diverse faces of giftedness at Barker
- Tuesday 30 May
- 6:30pm - 7:45pm
- The Piazza, Kurrajong Building, Barker College Junior School
This seminar will provide both an overview of gifted education theory and the opportunity to see its practical application within the Barker community
Truth Telling: Stories from the Kinchela Boys Home
- Monday 29 May
- 4:00 - 5:30 pm
The theme for Reconciliation Week 2023 is “Be a Voice for Generations”. The survivors from the Kinchela Boys Home live this mantra through their work in Truth Telling and their education program.
Making Good Arguments with Bo Seo
- Tuesday 23 May
- 6:30pm - 7:30pm
- Recital Hall, McCaskell Music Centre, Barker College
Former Barker School captain, World Schools and World University debating champion, Bo Seo, will speak with Mr Hood about ideas from his recently-published book, Good Arguments.
Raising Respect with Dr Marshall Ballantine-Jones
- 2 May 2023
- 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
- BCMA Theatre (Kefford Building)
Raising Respect: How online interactions and viewing habits impact our teens and their relationships.
Respect is one of the five Barker values which we aim to display through every individual and relationship in our school community. Being respectful requires both the desire to respect, and the knowledge of how to best demonstrate this respect. What teenagers do and view online is a key factor influencing both their attitudes and knowledge around respect, relationships, and consent.
Year 7 Study Habits – An interactive seminar for parents and Year 7 students to attend together
- Wednesday 26 April 2023
- 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
- Leslie Hall
Year 7 is an opportunity to develop effective study and learning habits. The Barker Institute will be hosting a workshop bringing parents and students together, that they may be on the same page and pursue study success as a team, using the best available information as a guide. The workshop will be run by Dr Matthew Hill, Director of the Barker Institute, drew on research and Barker-specific expertise to present hard-hitting facts about the way that the brain works and how to maximise study success despite our busy lives. Talking points will include Location, location, location Scheduling for success The why and how of using a diary Different types of study Maximising memory Momentum: Show up and start!
The Barker Junior School Journey – Celebrating four years of research into the Barker Junior School difference
- Monday 20 March 2023
- 6:30pm - 8:00pm
- The Piazza, Kurrajong building, Barker College Junior School
The Barker Journey longitudinal study has now completed its fourth year. The subjects of the study are a group of students who celebrated the conclusion of their primary schooling in 2022. The significance of this milestone was underlined by the current Barker Journey cohort also being the first fully coeducational primary school year group to progress through Year 3-6 at Barker. This article presents an overview of the primary school phase of the Barker Journey project, 2019-2022. In so doing, it presents a longitudinal perspective on learning, teaching, and schooling that is distinctly student-based. These students are part of the generation labelled “Generation Alpha” and their narratives about how they have experienced going to school in the 21st century have provided valuable insights that deserve the attention of teacher and educational leader alike. The article provides a complementary analysis to the annually published articles that focus on student perspectives year-by-year. It explores the four-year development of five topics for investigation described in the methodology of the 2019 article – values, relationships, resilience, coeducation, and aspirations – and conveys its findings with an emphasis on the concepts of continuity and change as well as lessons and provocations for educators to consider.
- Thursday 2 March 2023
- 6:00pm - 7:00pm
- Leslie Hall
On behalf of Mr Phillip Heath and the Barker Institute, we warmly invite you to Discover Barker. This informative session will create an opportunity to further connect our community as well as provide helpful information for families – both new and old.
The Lift Project: A year-long, evidence-based wellbeing project for the whole Barker community
- Monday 20 Feb 2023
- 7:00pm - 8.15pm
- Rhodes Theatre
Each month, the whole Barker community will be participating in one of the 10 modules of The Lift Project, which explores simple but science-based strategies for lifting your mood and your life. Students will engage in The Lift Project through in class and extra-curricular activities.