BOARDING FAQS

STUDENTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I be sharing a room?
Year 12 students live in single rooms. All other boarders share a room with one other student.

How can I get help with my homework?
Academic staff are available to help you with during scheduled Prep (homework) sessions every evening.

Where do I study and do my homework?
You will have a desk and access to the school network in your room. 

How many different activities can I get involved in?
As a boarder, you can choose to do as many co-curricular activities as you can manage as part of your overall program, whether it be sport, performing arts, music, horse riding…

What’s the campus like?
There is heaps of space and it’s very green. It’s really close to a lot of sporting and other facilities (like the golf course next door) so it’s easy to do things on the weekend.

Who should I talk to if I need help with anything?
You can talk to any of the boarding staff. 

PARENTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What academic support will my child receive?
The Director of Boarding, Mr Monk closely monitors the academic progress of all boarders. Any teacher who has concerns contacts Mr Monk. All students receive subject reports each term and parents are invited to attend Parent/Teacher interviews.All students have access to two hours of academic support in the College Library after school hours. In addition, boarders have access to rostered teachers for assistance at the two-hour Prep (homework) sessions each evening.

What pastoral support will my child receive?
We have a strong emphasis on pastoral care and all students have a Mentor Teacher with whom they meet daily. They are also grouped in a House which encourages them to become involved in a range of activities and monitors their social and academic progress.

Who do I contact if I need to talk to someone about my child?
Mr Monk is the contact point for all concerns of boarders. He is available by telephone or email.

How are the weekdays structured?
We have a strong emphasis on pastoral care and all students have a Mentor Teacher with whom they meet daily. They are also grouped in a House which encourages them to become involved in a range of activities and monitors their social and academic progress.

What will my child be doing on the weekends?
Most boarders enjoy the chance to have a break from the routine of school, catch up on their studies and take care of their washing. 

For relaxing, boarders can enjoy a movie in-house or plan an outing to the local shops. For personal fitness and relaxation, they can play a wide variety of sports depending on their interests (many of our students play in a local hockey or soccer competition), they can go to the local pool or gym, go for a walk around Lake Hamilton or head to our on-site courts (flood-lit at night) for a social game of basketball or tennis or to one of the many local sporting facilities (eg golf). 

In Summer, regular trips are organised to Portland, Warrnambool or Port Fairy for beach activities. At other times of the year trips may be organised to travel to the Grampians National Park for a bush walk, the local wildlife zoo or to Melbourne to watch an AFL game or go shopping. Other possibilities are ice skating, paint ball and go-karting.

What career advice will my child receive?
All students participate in a structured and comprehensive careers program starting in Year 9. As part of the program, they will receive one-on-one careers advice and help with their subject selection. Each student will be closely monitored in this area as they progress through the school. 

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