Science

Science

Science at Barker is unique, exciting and innovative. The Science Centre is a highly functional facility where our students are encouraged to achieve their potential through the doing of Science. The stunning marine aquarium in the Science Centre foyer is a constant reminder of the beauty and fragility of coral reef systems and the responsibility we have to conserve the environment.

Our overarching goals are that:
• Our students will become critical thinkers and curious, life-long learners with a responsible, global perspective and appreciation of the natural world.
• Our students will become scientifically literate, having the knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and the ability to communicate effectively.
• Our students through doing science will develop a deep understanding of the Scientific Method with an appreciation of its continued impact on society and the environment.

We have a teaching team of thirty enthusiastic educators who are passionate about their subject and who competently facilitate learning. The teachers are supported by five laboratory and science support staff. Our students achieve excellent results in the HSC and many go on to study science and engineering at University. In a rapidly changing world where challenges like climate change need to be met it is vital that our students are able to make evidence based decisions. Science staff are enjoying teaching the new science syllabi, where the emphasis is on understanding of concepts, rather than rote learning of answers to ‘dot points’.

Barker has one of the largest cohorts studying Science Extension in the State and continues to be a leader in that area. Investigating Science has provided those students with a general interest in science an opportunity to gain valuable ‘working scientifically skills’ and pursue areas of interest in extended Depth Studies.

Learning takes place in 14 laboratories and a lecture theatre. There are plans to refurbish an existing area of the School to create a state-of-the-art facility with a further 10 laboratories. These 24 laboratories/learning spaces will accommodate students and enable them to thrive in science, well into the future.

Since 2005 the Science Centre has remained open, one night a week till 8.00pm, where some of our brightest and most enthusiastic students attend the exciting Science Extension program for Years 9 and 10. Having access to the Centre at this time also allows the opportunity for Senior students to catch up mandatory practicals and receive help in all the sciences.

 

Rob Paynter
Head of Science
Email: rpaynter@barker.nsw.edu.au