In November, Ngarralingayil Barker spent the day with local Elders at Wollombi. The children and staff were involved in a range of activities to enhance their understanding of Wonnarua culture. The activities included artifact discussions delivered by Mindaribba, weaving and language discussions.
On Wednesday, Darkinjung and Ngarralingayil Barker visited the Hornsby Campus to celebrate Naidoc Week. It was only the second visit for Ngarralingayil students who travelled down from Wollombi for the day. They were all amazed at the size of the Hornsby campus.
The Ngarralingayil students had the opportunity to join in some PDHPE activities with the K-2 children from Darkinjung Barker in the Rosewood Centre. Following morning tea they had a swimming
session with the Barker Aquatics Coaches in the pool.
The annual Naidoc Games were a highlight during lunch, with some competitive games of football, touch football and netball. All teams had a great time and played in great spirit.
Jamie started his teaching career in Western Sydney and moved to Barker College in 2005. He has taught across all stage areas and has a passion for education. Since commencing at Barker, Jamie has been actively involved in all facets of life at Barker College. He has previously been appointed Grade Coordinator and Co-Curricular Coordinator and his love of sport has lead him into Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Cross Country, Soccer and Basketball coaching. Jamie coordinated and chaired a working party on the development of Darkinjung Barker Campus. In late 2015 he was appointed Darkinjung Barker Campus Coordinator.
In late 2019 Jamie was appointed Director of Aboriginal Campuses. In 2020, the second Indigenous campus - Ngarralingayil Barker was born. This new role allows Jamie to divide his time between both Darkinjung and Ngarralingayil Barker giving continued support and guidance to all staff and students. He has a passion for Indigenous Education and feels grateful for the trust placed in him for this significant role.