Scholarship applications for 2020 are now open. The Scholarship examination for entry in Year 7 2020 will be held at Barker on Friday 9 November 2018. The Scholarship examination for entry in Year 10 2020 will be held at Barker on Thursday 11 April 2019.
All Scholarships have the same academic assessment. Candidates for Year 7 undertake only one assessment in November of their Year 5 school year. Candidates for Year 10 undertake only one assessment in April of their Year 9 school year.
Music Scholarship candidates must complete and excel in the academic examination as well as satisfying the audition requirements to be eligible for a Music Scholarship.
Year 7 - Students must be in Year 5 at the time of the examination. Day places only.
Year 10 - Students must be in Year 9 at the time of the examination. For external candidates only. Day and Boarding places.
All Scholarships are subject to annual review but are normally tenable until Year 12, subject to continuing satisfactory performance and conduct. The purpose of the scholarship program is to identify students of outstanding academic potential.
Students undertake four tests as part of this process. The first three parts are multiple choice formats.
- An aptitude test which is predominately verbal and numeric in nature.
- A reading comprehension task which focuses on inference, analysis and reasoning.
- A mathematics task which assesses reasoning and analytical skills.
- A writing / essay task assessing the student's facility for written language.
Different tests are targeted at different year levels and are designed to differentiate ability levels of higher performing students.
The School uses the test information, school reports, NAPLAN results, questionnaires and a variety of other criteria in its decisions regarding the awarding of scholarships. All candidates (including current Barker students) will be asked to provide copies of the last 2 school reports, copy of the last NAPLAN assessment, and a completed questionnaire. External candidates must also provide a copy of their birth certificate.
Individual scholarship results are NOT available to parents.
Barker is pleased to offer the following Scholarships:
- Barker College Council Scholarships - open to all candidates. These Scholarships offer up to 100% for Academic Tuition only, the amount awarded is at the discretion of the panel.
- Barker College Council Evelyn Hill Scholarships for girls commencing in Year 7 2020. One full 100% scholarship to a girl who shows outstanding academic potential.
- Barker College Council Bowman Sisters Scholarships. Four full 100% scholarships will be awarded to girls entering Barker in Year 7 2020. The recipients of these scholarships will be students who add life to the School and demonstrate this by their participation and attitude, the School's motto - Honor Non Honores (Honour Above Reward). All-round excellence would be the benchmark of these applications.
- Barker College Music Scholarships - open to candidates with a high level of instrumental competency. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in the cocurricular music program. The value of this scholarship can be between 50% - 100% for Academic Tuition and up to 100% Instrument Tuition.
- E.W. Copeland Scholarship - available only to current Year 5 Barker Junior School students. This is a 50% Scholarship for Academic Tuition only. The students will sit the exam in November of Year 5, and then their progress into Year 6 assessed during Semester 1 of Year 6. The selected candidates will be interviewed during the middle of Year 6.
All Year 10 Scholarships are 50% of Academic Tuition only. Subject to the discretion of the School Council, additional Scholarships may be offered of a higher value.
- Barker College Council Scholarships - open to all candidates
- Barker College Music Scholarships - open to candidates with an advanced level of instrumental or vocal competency. Successful candidates will be expected to study Music as an HSC subject.
- OBA Descendants Scholarship - preference is given to candidates who are a descendant of an OBA Life Member
- OBA Open Scholarship - open to all candidates
- W.S. Leslie's Men Scholarship - for candidates not otherwise able to attend Barker for financial reasons - means assessed (only awarded periodically dependent on funding availability)
- Barker College Council Boarding Scholarships - open to country and regional candidates,
- ICPA Boarding Scholarship - open to candidates whose parents are financial members of ICPA.
The Barker Foundation Limited has, from time to time, the ability to offer a scholarship to a candidate who is recommended to them by the Scholarship Panel.
Current Barker College Students in Year 9
Please note, current students of the School in Year 9 do not need to sit the exam. Please contact the Enrolments Office for the application forms directly.
There is a designated Academic Scholarship for a student moving from Year 9 to Year 10 and that will be assessed by the submission of a written student application. They are also eligible for the OBA Scholarships by submitting a separate application.
Music applicants will be auditioned and submit an internal application.
Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
How many Scholarships are awarded each year?
Each year Barker offers a number of Scholarships for secondary students. These include:
- Council and Music Scholarships - Year 7 and Year 10
- The Old Barker Association Scholarship - open to any student entering Year 10, who is a descendant of a former student of Barker.
- Leslie's Men Scholarship – This Scholarship is for a student who might not otherwise be able to attend Barker. (only awarded periodically dependent on funding availability)
- Old Barker Association – Open Entry for any student entering in Year 10.
- Boarding – For top academic students as well as students who are good all-rounders.
- ICPA – Parents of students applying for this Scholarship must belong to the ICPA.
- Reefton – Boarding Fees only. Awarded to a student from a rural area who enjoys school work and who excels in team games.
What financial support do the Scholarships provide?
The Scholarships offered are either full or part Scholarships for Academic Tuition only and are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. These include up to 100% Year 7 Scholarships, 50% - 100% Music Scholarships, 50% Year 10 Scholarships and the 50% Copeland Scholarship for a current Junior School student.
Do Barker offer full Scholarships?
In Year 7 some full Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. For Year 10, only part Scholarships are offered and their value is again determined by the Scholarship Panel.
Why do I have to pay a $120 Application Fee?
Your $120 covers the School’s administrative costs and assessments for the Scholarship program.
Does my son/daughter have to sit the academic examination if he/she is applying for the Music Scholarship?
Can overseas students apply?
Yes, as long as they hold Australian residency. We are not registered to enrol students who require a student visa.
Where can I find more information about the type of Scholarship test my child will sit on the day?
Barker’s Scholarship Examination is conducted by Academic Assessment Services.
By what means do we learn of our son/ daughter’s success, or otherwise?
Barker does not provide a report on your child’s performance in the Scholarship examination. A letter indicating whether you son/daughter has been successful or otherwise will be sent to you by the end of November for Year 7 candidates and the end of May for Year 10 candidates.
How can we best prepare for our son/ daughter’s examination?
The examination assesses acquired knowledge and intellectual ability. Allowing your child to rest well prior to the examination; providing encouragement and not ‘driving’ them in the hope of gaining good results; not overburdening them with unrealistic responsibilities and expectation; arriving on time at Barker and equipped properly – all these will assist your son or daughter. Papers from previous examinations are not available, but the online application process does link to explanations of the nature of the examination.
What should our son/daughter bring on Examination Day?
Two pens – blue or black. All other materials will be provided;
Bring food and drink for the recess break;
Make sure to arrive ahead of the time given. Parking is difficult around the School and it is suggested you aim to arrive by 8.15am.
The four tests are held in two sessions. There is a 20 minute break between each session. Entry for late arrivals is at the sole discretion of the test supervisor.
How long does the exam go for and where should I park?
Please plan for your child to be at Barker from 8.15am to the conclusion at 12.30pm.
There is no parking on the School campus. We would recommend you come by train or plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the exam venue.
For the Year 7 exam, a Kiss n Drop arrangement will be in operation via our Aquatic Centre gate entrance - entry half way along College Crescent. You may drop your child here between 8.00am and 8.15am and a member of staff will direct them to the meeting area outside of the Gym where the exam will be held. There will be no parking or stopping during this drop off period.
Finally - Relax and do your best!