Sport is an integral part of life at Barker. Selection in a School team is a matter of pride. As a result, sport takes priority over other activities. Participation in sports is compulsory at Barker. Athletics, Swimming, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Cross-Country, Basketball, Hockey, Softball and Netball are the main sports played against other schools, although there are many others offered, including Rowing which was introduced in 2020.

Participation in team sports, healthy competition and skills development are essential elements in the development of well-balanced young people. A strong sense of sportsmanship and fair play is fostered among the whole School community.

Most sports offer several levels of interschool competition and students are carefully graded to a team that matches their individual level of skill. In addition students compete in House Competitions including Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country.

Coaching at Barker

Barker invests heavily in its coaching program with a strong blend of highly experienced and professional coaches, young emerging coaches, past students and of course our teaching staff. All coaches wishing to be employed at Barker must have a minimum level 1 coaching qualification (or its equivalent) and we encourage and support our coaches attaining higher qualifications by hosting Level 2 courses at the School which are typically run by NSW Rugby, Basketball NSW, Cricket NSW, Football NSW (via Northern Suburbs FA), Volleyball NSW, Netball NSW and Tennis Australia. All of our coaches must have a current WWCC and they must also undergo a national police check prior to commencing their employment at the School.

Coaches at Barker play an invaluable role at the School. Our coaches are tasked to foster a positive and respectful culture with their team environments whilst always maintaining an inspiring attitude towards their coaching responsibilities on and off the field, court, or pool. 

Our primary aim is to provide all students with an enjoyable sporting experience, where excellence is pursued and individual potential is realised. 

Barker Sporting Facts
  • All students participate in a Summer and a Winter Sport
  • Barker's sporting facilities include five ovals, 10 tennis courts, an astro-turf playing field, an indoor swimming pool and the Rosewood Centre, providing five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance.
  • Boys compete in the CAS competition (Committee of the Associated Schools)
  • Girls compete in the Independent Sports' Association (ISA) Competition and in local district and community sporting competitions.
Did you know?

Rugby was first introduced in 1905. Netball and Hockey were the first girls' sports to be introduced in 1975.