The Kurrajong Society
The Kurrajong Society - offering a special place for the friends of Barker College
The Kurrajong Society is open to anyone who loves Barker. Most of its members are former parents of the School who have already given significant time to parent activities and support groups. Kurrajong Society members remain actively involved in the School, attending plays, concerts and musicals to enjoy the work of present students. They also host their own social occasions bringing former parents, staff and friends of the School together to foster long-standing friendships and relationships, as well as to reminisce about Barker experiences.
The Society was not formed as a fundraising group but rather as a means for people with a common interest, that is, Barker College, to meet together. The Kurrajong tree is a robust and persistent tree, and Barker College has its roots in Kurrajong, a small township on the edge of the Blue Mountains where the School's founder, Henry Plume coached students in 1890.
Sports Support Groups
In the late 1990s, support groups were established for parents of students playing Cricket, Basketball, Rugby and Football (Soccer), providing off-field social activities as well as raising funds to provide coaching aids, sponsorship for sporting tours, and funding coaching clinics.
Club members provide barbecues at home games and organise end-of-season functions to celebrate players' achievements, often recognising special contributions to the ideals of team sport and sportsmanship.
Friends of Barker Music
Music at Barker involves the whole community
Barker's newest support group was launched early in 2006, through an enthusiastic group of parents of Barker musicians. It has been working hard to provide sponsorship for Music tours, as well as adult assistance at Music Department special events, concerts and recitals.
Parents wishing to be a part of the group are always welcome.
Visit the Barker Music webpage for further details of the Music Programme.
Music Secretary Vivian Paynter can be contacted by email email@example.com