Boarding News

It has been a great start to Term 3 for our boarding community. The girls have returned very positive and full of enthusiasm for the many activities our boarders take part in.  It continues to be very pleasing seeing so many of the girls take part in winter sport as well as the many recreation activities available for the girls. In recent weeks visits to the movies, ten pin bowling, social as and in house pamper nights and craft days have kept the boarders busy indeed.

A number of our boarders were invited to be part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mass celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral today by Bishop Don Sproxton. The service included a Smoking Ceremony prior to the beginning of Mass and a procession through the smoke  into the Cathedral, a Welcome to Country, a Sprinkling Rite, and the presentation of a Message Stick as part of the Liturgy of the Word. Our girls were ushers, greeting guests, flag bearers and part of the entry procession. They all did an amazing job.

Our Year 11s are currently busy working on speeches for 2020  boarding leadership as well as organising the farewell Skit Night for the Year12s and their own Dinner Dance next month.

We have lately had situations arise where girls don’t disclose being unwell or injured to the boarding staff or the Nurse, choosing instead to call home. In order to best care for your daughter and the whole boarding community, the guidelines as described in boarding handbook need to be followed when girls aren’t well.

In particular:

  • All boarders who are injured or unwell over the weekend (in boarding) must report their illness or injury to the housemothers ASAP. The housemothers have processes and protocols  in place to assist but can only do so if they are aware there is a problem.
  • All boarders who are injured or unwell over the weekend (out on leave from boarding) must not be returned to boarding without having already accessed medical support or be well enough to return to school.  If they are well enough to return to school but require some assistance please make sure this information is passed onto the housemother.
  • If girls out of boarding are seen by a GP or ED all reports, discharge letters,  treatments and medication must be handed over to the housemother upon return.  All boarders that have been seen at a hospital either same day, short stay or long stay while out on leave or on a school break MUST have the hospital discharge summary provided to the school especially if they are still required to have close supervision or immediate action should they have further health issues.
  • Boarders are seen by the College nurse BEFORE school from 7.30am – 9am at boarding, this is very important to ensure they are managed appropriately for the school day and so that appropriate appointments can be booked if necessary.  Please can all students be encouraged to see College nurse if they contact home with health concerns. She can only help if she is aware there is a problem.

Whist it is important for parents/guardians to have contact with their daughters about their health and wellbeing the College nurse and the housemothers ALSO need to be aware so that we can ensure we best support your daughters and that their health is our main priority.

As always, I invite parents to make contact with me if there is anything you wish to discuss.


Best wishes

Annamaria Cream
Head of Boarding