Science at Barker is unique, exciting and innovative. The Science Centre is a state-of-the-art facility where our students are encouraged to achieve their potential through the doing of Science. 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 twenty-five 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 excited and well prepared to teach the new science syllabi, to be introduced in Year 11 in 2018, where the emphasis is on understanding of concepts, rather than rote learning of answers to ‘dot points’.

There are 10 laboratories, 4 mini labs, 3 large prep rooms and a lecture theatre in the Science Centre. The stunning marine aquarium in the Science Centre foyer is a constant reminder of the beauty and fragility of coral reef systems. There are also 4 Biology laboratories and a dedicated zSpace room in the senior courtyard area. The fourteen zSpace virtual reality computers create engagement through exploration and experiential learning in a student-centred environment.

One night a week the Science Centre remains open till 8.30pm and some of our brightest 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 they have missed.

Rob Paynter

Head of Science