All students and teaching staff attend a Chapel service at least once each week. On each occasion, Barker’s Christian identity and mission is articulated and affirmed.
Barker is an Anglican School and welcomes students from a variety of Christian denominations and other faith traditions.
Our educational philosophy is grounded in the precepts of the Christian gospel and in Christian teaching, and Christian values undergird all that we do. The School strives to offer each student the opportunity to come to a closer understanding of the Christian faith, and the teaching staff draw upon their personal and professional qualities in ways which provide our young people with a constant example of Christian living.
The School expects that parents, who may not necessarily themselves share the Christian faith, will nonetheless encourage their sons and daughters to approach Christian teaching and Christian precepts receptively and openly, and that they will attend special family worship services each year with their sons and daughters.
The School strives to offer each student the opportunity to come to a closer understanding of the Christian faith, and the teaching staff draw upon their personal and professional qualities in ways which provide our young people with a constant example of Christian living.
Barker's Chaplains are available to meet with students and their families to discuss personal issues that may arise from time to time. Pastoral matters are also addressed in Chapel services, in the classroom and during Christian studies lessons. Barker's Youth Workers also provide pastoral support for individual students during lunchtime activities such as Cru (Crusaders) Group. They offer a listening ear, words of encouragement and a Christian perspective to students. Students and parents are welcome to contact the School Chaplain.
Message from the School Chaplain
Barker College has always been an Anglican School. It was founded by the Reverend Henry Plume at Kurrajong, in the Blue Mountains, and since 1896 has been based in Hornsby. It was named after Bishop Frederick Barker and was purchased by the Diocese of Sydney in 1919.
We comfortably identify as Anglican. We sit confidently in this identity. It is seen as one of the strengths of our School. Our mission is to be ‘an Anglican community, inspiring every learner, every experience, every day’. Our vision is to be ‘a leader in Christian education, characterised by a global vision, inspiring hope’. All new parents, students and staff commence their journey at Barker in our Chapel where we voice our Christian purpose and give expression as to what it means for us to be an Anglican school.
How do we proceed in pursuing our mission and realising such a lofty vision? There are a number of principles that are embedded in our community. One is the notion that everyone who is part of Barker has something that they can learn from the Christian faith. There is much to be gained for everyone from reading the Scriptures and reflecting upon them. So, we invite all members of our community to approach the Christian faith with an openness and a willingness to learn, a growth mindset, and we encourage them - wherever they can - to incorporate aspects of Biblical Christianity into their lives at work and at home. Secondly, we expect that the Christian faith will be the backdrop to everything we do, it will manifest itself in every context. It is our aim that the rich resources of the Christian faith would be gently and thoughtfully brought to bear upon all that takes place in the School. Thirdly, we are convinced that grace and mercy are at the heart of genuine Christianity. Members of our community are invited to receive these gifts, and all who experience grace and mercy are called upon to extend the same to those around them. As we articulate these three principles, we also try to ensure that they are embodied and run like a thread throughout the school.
Barker is also committed to encouraging voluntary expressions of faith. All students are required to attend Chapel and Christian Studies classes each week, however, we recognise that Christian faith flourishes in a voluntary context. To this end we have appointed a team of youthworkers to meet up with students one-on-one, and in groups large and small. Our CRU group describes themselves as ‘For Jesus, For Barker’. Our close partnership with the Crusader Union of Australia is a great help to us in this voluntary area. Staff and parents who wish to grow in faith meet with our chaplaincy team, one-on-one, and in groups large and small.
The Reverend Jeff Ware
Did you know?
Barker was bought by the Church of England (now the Anglican Church) in 1919 and the School Council was established.