Located just 20km from Wyong, Darkinjung Barker College occupies the site of the original Yarramalong Public School, which was first opened in 1870.
This picturesque site provides ample space for the students to run, play, explore and learn. Established in 2016, Barker College partnered with the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to develop a new way of learning for Indigenous children living in the region.
Each fortnight students from Darkinjung Barker College have the opportunity to interact with their peers from the Barker Hornsby campus. At Hornsby they attend classes such as Art, Music, Chapel, Personal Development and Library. The children also participate in House Carnivals for swimming, cross country and athletics. These regular excursions add to the experience for all students.
We are fortunate to have the involvement of the Darkinjung community, who assist in teaching the students Indigenous culture, including language, music and art. By providing education to First Nations children, Darkinjung Barker is an example of practical Reconciliation that lies deep in the heart of a local community group. The School has strived to preserve and protect the integrity of the cultural practices of the region, providing an opportunity for children to thrive while learning on-Country.
Teaching and Learning
At both Darkinjung and Ngarralingayil campuses we have a focus on explicit literacy and numeracy instruction. Programs are delivered in conjunction with the Good to Great Schools program, which is a model of direct and explicit instruction in key literacy and numeracy skills. Additional intervention support can be provided through targeted literacy and numeracy programs. We deliver an array of learning opportunities in Science, Geography, History, PDHPE, Wellbeing, Creative and Performing Arts, Music and Christian Studies.
To support strong school attendance, Barker provides daily bus routes to and from school, which are reviewed frequently to align with the location of families.
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