MLC home away from home

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Be­ing a boarder at Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege is “just the best”.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Myrup teenager Bon­nie Hy­att, who says she has not suf­fered from home­sick­ness since ar­riv­ing at the Clare­mont school in 2014 but she does oc­ca­sion­ally get a bout of school-sick­ness when she goes home.

“The board­ing house is ab­so­lutely lovely, so ac­com­mo­dat­ing, the house moth­ers are beau­ti­ful. It’s just like my home away from home,” she said.

Bon­nie’s jour­ney to MLC started two years be­fore she moved in. She at­tended an Ad­van­tage Morn­ing, the school’s tour day, in 2012 and she had a sleep­over at the Board­ing House the fol­low­ing year.

This is part of MLC’s pro­gram to help girls make the move from life in the coun­try to the city. “It’s im­por­tant that girls feel as though they know the en­vi­ron­ment that they are mov­ing into,” board­ing di­rec­tor Elaine Ri­ley said.

“Some girls come from schools where there are only a hand­ful of chil­dren in their year group, while oth­ers come from larger re­gional schools so we need to make sure that they all have the best pos­si­ble tran­si­tion to life at MLC.”

In their first week at the school, the girls are given an older “sis­ter” who makes sure they know their way around.

They at­tend so­cial events, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Car­ni­val Week­end.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for board­ing schol­ar­ships open on Novem­ber 6 and close on March 23.

Boarder Bon­nie Hy­att.

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