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.
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.stmargarets.school.nz