What it’s Like to Board

Could board­ing be right for your child? REILLY GROSE-HODGE (13) is in her sec­ond year of board­ing and told Ex­pat Liv­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences at

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

Marl­bor­ough Col­lege Malaysia.

I’m in Year 7 this year, and I started board­ing when I was 11. My Mum is Aus­tralian, my Dad is English, and I was born and raised in Sin­ga­pore. Prior to Marl­bor­ough I at­tended the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School in Sin­ga­pore, from the age of three.

I wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence board­ing, and weekly board­ing at Marl­bor­ough means I still get to see my par­ents at the week­ends. My Dad at­tended Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire in the UK, and that was an­other rea­son for me to join. I’m also in the school swim team so board­ing al­lows me to ar­rive on time for early morn­ing train­ing.

Set­tling in was dif­fi­cult at first. I felt home­sick, but the teach­ers were there to help me get com­fort­able. I made friends quickly, and this helped as well. Our Housemistress and Dame ( the man­ager of house­hold ar­range­ments) are really fo­cused on mak­ing the board­ing house feel like home – we have a kitchen and a lovely com­mon room, with bean­bags, com­put­ers as well as a pool ta­ble and ping-pong ta­ble – it’s where all the girls come to­gether and so­cialise.

The daily sched­ule is very busy with school and ac­tiv­i­ties; we al­ways have things to do and we never get bored. I en­joy play­ing af­ter-school team sports with the board­ers, and this really helps us get to know each other bet­ter. My board­ing house friends are from a range of dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and some­times we go shop­ping, to the movies as a whole house, or do planned ac­tiv­i­ties with the boys’ ju­nior board­ing house.

For any­one con­sid­er­ing board­ing I’d say you def­i­nitely should; it’s a fun ex­pe­ri­ence and helps you learn to be in­de­pen­dent. Also, I find I am more fo­cused on my stud­ies and there are plenty of things to do, so I don’t tend to think about miss­ing home so much!

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