In 2016 Barker entered into a new approach to Indigenous education with the establishment of the Darkinjung Barker School for Kindergarten to Year 6 Indigenous students at Yarramalong on the Central Coast.
In 2020, Ngarralingayil Barker, was opened and is located at Wollombi on the site of the former Wollombi Public School, 45 minutes north of Yarramalong. It caters to students from the Cessnock, Maitland and Kurri Kurri area.
‘Ngarralingayil’ means ‘a place where learning happens’ in the Wonnarua language.
The establishment of this campus was the culmination of over a year of planning and discussions between the communities at Barker College, Wollombi and the Lower Hunter. We all share the vision of creating a two-way partnership where we can learn from one another using the educational model that has proven to be so successful at Darkinjung Barker.
The Kindergarten to Year 6 school is coeducational and can cater for up to 40 students.
A priority for both schools is the development of strong foundational skills in literacy and numeracy for Indigenous students from Kindergarten to Year 6, with the intent to instil a confidence to learn and a desire to learn.
There is a shared vision of creating a two-way partnership where we can learn from one another in an educational model that is unique to Australia.
The Schools are funded through philanthropic means and was initially supported financially through the generous support of an old boy. To continue to support Indigenous Education, a fundraising dinner was held in October 2019 and generously hosted by Westpac. This wonderful and successful evening attracted over 100 guests. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Indigenous education, please click here, and follow the links to Barker Barang to donate.