This week we are pleased to announce the Term 1 program of Barker Institute events. The variety of events mean that we have something tailored for everyone in the Barker Community. We launch the year on the 18th of February with a night for Middle School parents featuring a panel of the who’s who of the Middle School. Junior School Parents are invited to a Wellbeing event on the 20th of March featuring Dana Kerford on the language of friendship. With events on child and adolescent strength and conditioning from Angus McEntyre, ‘Guided Inquiry’ with Leslie Maniotes and more in the works for Term 1 and throughout 2019 we look forward to seeing you at one or more of our Barker Institute evenings.
Barker Institute Parent Forum
"Meet the team: The who's who of Middle School at Barker"
Monday 18 February 7:00pm, Leslie Hall
Barker is committed to enabling every one of its students to thrive. This is your opportunity to meet key players, further understand the renewed pastoral system, see the future of Middle School wellbeing, and ask questions of various staff.
While every Middle School teacher is passionate about providing pastoral care to their students inside and outside of the classroom there are a group of staff with particular roles and opportunities to support the Middle School Students. The evening will consist of a panel discussion driven by audience questions. Staff members including the Head of Middle School, the Director of Wellbeing, Deans of the Middle School, and representatives from chaplaincy, and the Heads of House will share their role and their vision for thriving for Year 7-9 at Barker. Please RSVP via the Barker Institute website.
Junior School Wellbeing Parent Seminar
The Language of Friendship - Dana Kerford
Wednesday 20 March 6:30pm, Kurrajong Piazza.
In this parent seminar, Dana Kerford, founder of URSTRONG will introduce the URSTRONG framework that guides children towards healthy friendships. Learn strategies to support your children when negotiating and building friendships at school.
Twilight Series Lecture
Date – to be confirmed
Angus McEntyre – Strength Training for Children and Adolescents
Based on his recent article published in the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, Angus will be providing current research regarding growth development, the risks/benefits of strength training and how these factors will influence strength programming/training. The presentation will also introduce the concept of Age Identification: Anatomical, Biological and Athletic. This evening will be helpful for students, parents and coaches alike as Angus will draw upon best practice in the academic literature to provide appropriate practical applications of strength training for each stage of growth/ability. Angus is an accredited and active coach and chiropractor working locally as well as at a state and national level with sportspeople and coaches.
Focus on Learning – (for Middle School parents)
Leslie Maniotes and Guided Inquiry Design
April 3, 7:00pm Rhodes Theatre
Dr. Leslie Maniotes is the author of Guided Inquiry Design and an expert in helping teachers shape instruction using a guided inquiry approach which is the framework that the School is adopting to support inquiry learning in the high school. Dr. Maniotes is visiting Australia for the first time in April and we are very fortunate to have her present. This will be a fantastic opportunity for parents to hear about the principles of guided inquiry, what it is and why it works.
For more information, find the Barker Institute on Facebook, or contact Dr Matthew Hill, Director of Research in Learning and the Barker Institute. (firstname.lastname@example.org).