Why does Barker need a Sports and Learning Centre?
Barker has been located on its current site since 1895 and successive generations of leaders and families have contributed to the beautiful campus we see today. Naturally the educational landscape has changed immeasurably within that time and development work and refurbishment of priority spaces are a key part of Barker’s Master Plan in order to provide the best facilities for our students.
Designed for a world where students who thrive require exposure to increasingly diverse opportunities and experiences, the Rosewood Centre will connect learning with movement, wellbeing with spirituality, and the built environment with the natural. With a facility that can be used by all, we are also connecting our School directly into the wider community.
How is the project being funded and will it affect my school fees?
A change in school fees is not anticipated to accommodate the building project. Due to the School’s excellent governance and stewardship, it is carrying minimal debt in anticipation of the project, and thus is planning to fund it through existing cash held with external borrowings. The more funds that are raised through the capital appeal, the less will need to be borrowed for this project.
How long will the Rosewood Centre take to build?
The initial stage of works to prepare The Avenue and relocate services has begun, with construction anticipated to be completed by early 2020.
Will the building works affect the day-to-day operation of the School?
Barker will remain fully operational throughout the building works, though some areas may be restricted or access diverted while works are underway. Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions while ensuring the safety of our students, staff and visitors.
What measures will be taken to reduce the School’s carbon footprint?
Barker’s Masterplan is guided by sustainability and environmental principles. A charter generated by the School’s Environmental and Social Justice group - Footprint (consisting of students from Years 7 – 12) was an important part of the design brief. The Centre will connect learning with movement, wellbeing with spirituality, and the built environment with the natural. Read more about Barker’s Sustainability Charter here