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.
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 Middle School students may compete in House Competitions in Athletics, Swimming, Rugby, Basketball, Cross-Country and Soccer.
Barker Sporting Facts
- All students participate in a Summer and a Winter Sport
- Barker's sporting facilities include six ovals, 12 tennis courts, 2 Indoor Basketball courts, an astro-turf playing field, an indoor swimming pool, a full equipped Strength and Conditioning Gymnasium, dedicated Girl's gym
- 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.
- In 2016, Barker enjoyed an exceptional year on the sporting field, taking out the Senior Championship title at the NSW Schools Knockout; Runners-up at CAS Athletics Championships; 9th consecutive ISA Athletics title; Senior Shield for Cross Country Girls for 9th consecutive year; ISA Open Shield for Softball for a record 20th time; 2nd at ISA Swimming Championships; joint Waterpolo premiers and 5 Premiership Touch Football titles.
- Several students also won medals representing the School in Basketball, Fencing, Swimming, Diving.
Did you know?
Rugby was first introduced in 1905. Netball and Hockey were the first girls' sports to be introduced in 1975.