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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
90 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 boarding schools: A supportive environment Most independent schools have boarding facilities on campus, providing a safe, supportive living environment for international students. Whitsunday Anglican School Mackay, North Queensland For enrolment information please phone Mr Mike Partridge +61 7 4969 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Kindergarten to Year 12 Boarding Years 5–12 – Full time from 2012 CRICOS number 00993J A school of academic and cultural excellence with internationalism as a major focus. One of Queensland’s top 10 schools. International students for Years 5 to 12. Full time boarding. Pathways to university. www.was.qld.edu.au Independent schools usually have boarding facilities on campus or near the school. Boarding school offers excellent supervision and care, with staff living on campus and available to students at any time. WArM, SECurE EnvironMEnT In this warm, secure environment, students are supported in their academic and social needs. Tutors are on hand to assist with school work and there is a set ‘prep’ time in which students complete their homework assignments. Boarding houses may also have a nurse (‘matron’) to care for students when they are sick. The social and physical well-being of all students is constantly monitored. In co-educational schools, the girls and boys have separate boarding faciltities. Activities And excursions Living at school means using the school facilities on weekends. Students may be able to use the school tennis courts, swimming pool, gym, basketball court, cricket field or music rooms outside of school hours. Schools often take their boarders on excursions to local recreational areas, to the beach or cultural events. They give their students a balance of academic work, relaxation and exercise for a well- rounded education and home-away- from-home experience. ‘Boarding school was great,’ said Natasha, who has now matriculated to university in Australia. ‘ We had lots of extra support for our exams and could really focus, without any other distractions. I made so many friends and never got lonely in the boarding house. There was always someone to talk to and have fun with. I’ve got friends for life.’ ● strong FriEndships Students have their own desks and internet access. Often, younger students will share a dormitory or room. Final year students tend to have their own rooms. Living with classmates leads to strong friendships. Students may come from other cities, regional areas or other countries. Many boarders have lifelong friendships from their school days. Students are provided with meals to cater to all tastes. The boarding house also has common lounge- rooms and entertainment facilities. In a boarding house, students are supervised at all times. Independent schools also have ‘day pupils’ who live locally and return home each afternoon. Boarders often make friendships with day pupils and visit their homes in the local area. >Find out morE Australian Boarding Schools Association www.boarding.org.au Above: Boarding school offers excellent supervision and care, with a good balance and wonderful friendships. Image: PLC, Perth
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