St Mar­garet’s Col­lege

The school’s three board­ing houses are ar­ranged in year groups, al­low­ing a tai­lored struc­ture in each house to the spe­cific needs of each devel­op­men­tal stage.

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Mid­dle school girls are in Julius House (Mid­dle school, Year 7-10) and are pro­vided a struc­tured and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the tran­si­tion into board­ing. The Se­nior Board­ers are in Kil­burn House and Cran­mer House. Kil­burn House (Year 11-12) en­cour­ages the girls to be­gin per­son­ally in­te­grat­ing per­sonal or­ga­ni­za­tion and self- man­age­ment Skills.

Cran­mer House (Year 13) al­lows for a tran­si­tion year to the self-re­spon­si­bil­ity that the ter­tiary en­vi­ron­ment re­quires, while in a mon­i­tored and sup­ported set­ting.

New­ton be­lieves that board­ing helps girls to de­velop good per­sonal or­gan­i­sa­tion, self- re­spon­si­bil­ity, tol­er­ance and the sup­port of oth­ers.

At St Mar­garet’s the board­ing com­mu­nity val­ues and re­spects the needs of in­di­vid­u­als while en­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­als to be sen­si­tive to the needs of the whole com­mu­nity.

"Our Board­ers’ Pro­gramme en­cour-

Our board­ing com­mu­nity is at the heart of the col­lege and the cul­ture is

closely aligned with the holis­tic phi­los­o­phy and vi­sion of the school, " —

Di­rec­tor of Board­ing, Sue New­ton.

ages a range of in­de­pen­dent skill de­vel­op­ment, per­sonal growth and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, " says New­ton. Be­long­ing and Lead­er­ship train­ing days along with co­ed­u­ca­tional cook­ing classes and Barista train­ing are part of the Board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at St Mar­garet’s Col­lege. With as­sess to the wider cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties, Board­ers have a range of on­site ac­tiv­i­ties to be­come in­volved in.

Pos­i­tive board­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween the year groups are fos­tered through tu­tor groups, big sis­ter buddy groups, house com­pe­ti­tions and the evening meal that is shared to­gether.

The tra­di­tional "Board­ers Big Day In" is held at the be­gin­ning of the year to help in­te­grate our new­est mem­bers and ig­nite the com­pet­i­tive spirit of the House com­pe­ti­tion.

"Pos­i­tive staff and stu­dent re­la­tion­ships are the strength of our com­mu­nity, " com­ments New­ton.

Each house has a House Man­ager (and her fam­ily) in res­i­dence that over­sees the day to day run­ning of the house. The As­sis­tant House Man­ager and Week­day and Weekend Su­per­vi­sors work along side the House Man­ager to help cre­ate a warm, sup­port­ive and struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment to help the girls make the most of their ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing at school. This wrap around care is fur­ther com­pli­mented the Reg­is­tered nurses, avail­able both dur­ing school hours in the Col­lege Health Cen­tre and af­ter hours in the Board­ing House.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Board­ing at St Mar­garet’s Col­lege please view: www.stmar­

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