For all events on this page, please select the event on the calendar on the homepage and RSVP there.

Download the Term One Barker Institute Program as a PDF here.

Barker Institute Prg Term One – 2017.




February 7 at 7.00pm
Leslie Hall

In this session, the ICT integrators will provide a practical session for Middle School parents, drawing on the key findings and recommendations from the recent ‘Middle School ICT’ research. Parents will be encouraged to bring their son’s device along and get ready to use. Register your attendance here.

Dr Matthew Hill (Hearts and Minds)
Focus on Learning Series No.2
Rhodes Theatre
March 8 at 7.30pm
In this session, this new initiative to develop Philosophy, Thinking and Rhetoric to students across the school will be explored through both a theoretical and practical lens for parents. Register via the homepage calendar.


Dan Haesler
Developing a Growth Mindset
February 20 at 7.30pm
Leslie Hall
Too many people believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. In this session he’ll present on Growth Mindset and how this is a key skill for all individuals.
Dan Haesler ( works with organisations and media around the world, presenting on issues of engagement, wellbeing, mindset & leadership. Register via the homepage calendar.

Lisa Maltman
Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance
April 3 at 7.30pm
Leslie Hall
Over 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives. This community forum will share the latest research in this important area for parents and interested community members. Register via the homepage calendar.


Professor Richard Mackay
Our Cultural Inheritance and Global Hope
February 27 at 7.00pm
BCMA Theatre

Cultural heritage frames global perceptions of community identity. Sadly, over recent years, attacks on cultural monuments in places like Palmyra (Syria) and Sana (Yemen) highlight an alarming tendency to use heritage as a weapon. Close to home, Australians continue to grapple with the cultural rights and expectations of Indigenous people. However, both internationally and domestically, there are opportunities to celebrate our shared cultural inheritance and to make meaningful global contributions.

Richard’s presentation will share stories and highlight issues from his international advisory work as a cultural heritage adviser and will contemplate the purpose and future for cultural heritage in Australia.

Prof Richard Mackay, AM

Richard Mackay, the ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic, is an internationally-recognised expert on cultural heritage, who advises the World Heritage Committee and is the former Chair of Australia’s World Heritage Advisory Committee.  He is responsible for heritage in the national 2016 State of the Environment Report. Richard is a Member of the Order of Australia and has been recognised for services to archaeology and our national heritage.

Register via the homepage calendar.

Annalisa Haskell
CEO Local Government Professionals NSW
The Increasing Diversity of Skills in Australian business Gender in the workplace
March 30 at 7.00pm
Rhodes Theatre

To assist young people succeed in the real world we need to educate them on the value of their future career. In this session, Annalisa will share her personal experiences and outline how to better prepare our young people for success, especially girls.Register via the homepage calendar.


Professional Learning

March 6 at 5.00pm
Harvard Room
This session will see the Coaches engaged in the College of Teachers program meet and evaluate the ongoing implementation of coaching and shared practice across the school.