Our Master Plan
Our Master Plan
Schools hold their sites in sacred trust across the generations. This School has had the same magnificent site since 1895.
Barker has been located on its current site since 1895 and successive generations of leaders and families have contributed to the beautiful campus we see today. Naturally the educational landscape has changed immeasurably within that time and as such development work and refurbishment of key spaces are a key part of Barker’s Master Plan in order to provide the best facilities for our students. Our School dreams of contributing to a sense of hope, of confidence and capacity for young learners. We are thinking of the students of Barker today, whilst building with the future in mind.
Construction is complete on new seating in the north-east corner of Barker’s No. 1 Oval. The purpose of this seating is to provide comfort and shade for the Senior School students who gather in that part of the School for their recess and lunch times. It also provides a magnificent viewing area for events held on the main oval.
Junior School Construction
Construction will begin on our new Junior School classrooms towards the middle of the year. This exciting development will bring the youngest members of the Barker community within the fold of the Junior School. The building itself captures the essence of a future focused teaching and learning space; light and open, with maker spaces and areas for groups to gather together. It also allows greater access to the vast resources on the main campus. Flexible and engaging spaces will provide the Prep students with every opportunity to begin their Barker journey in the best possible learning environment.
We are thinking of the students of Barker today, whilst building with the future in mind.
Sport & Learning Precinct
Plans are currently with Hornsby Council for our Sports and Learning precinct development on the corner of The Avenue and Unwin Road. A state of the art, purpose designed and built facility will provide five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance, general purpose teaching areas, a café, viewing platform and parking for over 150 cars. This space will allow us to showcase sporting events, hold full school assemblies and gatherings as well as providing a space for the wider community to access. Careful thought has been placed on the design of this space so that it will blend into the existing landscape and respect the way in which the environment shapes down the hill, and the way in which light operates across the surface of our grounds.
Given the successive years of planning and the foresight of previous Barker Councils, we are fortunate to have a large campus and are able to retain our green spaces. These green spaces allows us to accommodate a range of student activities across all areas of the School whilst maintaining an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable campus. The future at Barker is looking very exciting as these projects start to take shape.
Did you know?
The Mint Gates were purchased from the Sydney Mint in Macquarie Street by the Chairman of Council, Sir John Butters, and gifted to the School in 1938.