Boarding NewsMay 25, 2018
Our Boarders participated in a wide variety of activities during National Boarding Week (13 to 19 May), a week aimed at generating positive awareness around boarding nationally. Led by the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association (ABSA), many boarding schools across Australia took part in this initiative including St Brigid’s . We started the week with a whole school boarding assembly, complete with a short movie clip and anecdotes from a number of past boarders. An invite a teacher to dinner night gave staff the opportunity to see where our girls call home for 40 weeks each year and it was great to see the girls eagerly await the arrival of their invited staff member.
A “why I love boarding” competition was also held and some of the great responses received included “I love boarding because of the countless sister like relationships I have developed, something that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t attend boarding school” and “I love boarding because it gives me good friends for life and it puts me into future life situations.” My favourite was “I Love boarding because of the pink ice-cream we get.”
Boarding is often described as an adventure, a 24/7 sleepover with your best friend! It is a wonderful experience, where students are able to learn to live alongside a diverse range of people. We aim to make boarding as much like a home as we can, so that each student feels appreciated and valued. We endeavour to provide a safe, caring and happy environment where students find friendship in a range of work, sport and recreational activities – even if it means that they are always busy!
The winter sport season has started in earnest with many boarders involved weekly. It’s great to see them so motivated and doing well in their first few games to date. Along with the sporting pursuits also comes a series of aches, pains, sprains and other ailments. Please encourage your daughters to make sure they communicate any injuries or pain to heir housemother so that we are able to best provide care for them.
Increasingly we are asked by parents to transport girls to medical and allied health appointments outside of the Lesmurdie /Kalamunda area. Logistically, this isn’t possible, as we also need to ensure we are always meeting the required staff/student ratio in the boarding house. A housemother, good though she may be at her job, can’t be in two places at the same time. After much research into practices at other schools, both locally and interstate, we will be able to offer parents the choice of a driver (boarding house relief staff members) to take the girls to appointments outside the Lesmurdie Kalamunda area at a cost of $35.00 per hour. Should you wish to avail yourself of this, please email me with at least 72 hours’ notice where possible. Accounts will then follow up with you regarding payment procedures.
Just a reminder that the Boarders” Long Weekend commences at 5pm on Thursday 31st May. Boarding will reopen at 3pm on Monday 4th June. I will be taking a week’s long service leave from May 31st to June 8th inclusive. I will, during this time, be travelling overseas so the best way to contact me is via email. There may be a lapse in time in my getting back to you due to a time difference but rest assured I will respond asap. You may of course, always contact your daughter’s housemother in case of emergency.
With many thanks
Head of Boarding