Co-educational Boarding

Welcome

Since our foundation in 1896, Guildford Grammar School has established a proud tradition of boarding. We provide a home away from home for our students from regional Western Australia, interstate and overseas. Our boarding students enrich our school culture and establish life-long friendships within our community.

The Boarding House is not just a place to live, it’s a place for students to grow. Our extensive pastoral care program ensures every child is known and cared for. My family and I have been involved with this wonderful school for many years and over this time we have developed lasting friendships.

Not only do we have world-class boarding facilities, we are fortunate to have an amazing team of caring and supportive staff, parents and friends. It is without a doubt, the people of this community who make Guildford Grammar School such a warm and positive place.

I look forward to meeting your family and showing you around our natural and unrivalled surroundings. As one of Western Australia’s oldest schools, Guildford Grammar School proudly offers extraordinary opportunities and modern, comfortable living within a stimulating and welcoming environment that promotes wellbeing and prepares students for their future.

Matthew Weston

Head of Boarding

A unique shared experience

We offer a unique, shared opportunity for the whole family. Just like at home, co-educational boarding allows siblings to learn and live together at school and share the boarding journey, offering comfort for the whole family while also delivering flexibility and convenience for parents. Co-educational boarding encourages important social and emotional skills and provides a setting to develop healthy and respectful relationships with one another.

 

There are many benefits to co-educational boarding that have a lasting impact on a child’s learning journey. We understand the main consideration for families is to provide their children with greater opportunities. Learning and living together, boarders become part of our warm community, where belonging lasts a lifetime. Our boarders bring diversity, fresh perspectives and a cultural richness to the entire school community.

Our new world-class Boarding House is at the heart of the School’s spectacular 100 hectare campus, surrounded by wide open spaces and stunning views across the banks of the Swan River.

The bright, comfortable and contemporary spaces are designed for modern day living and with our boarders’ needs at the forefront. The facilities include separate and secure living areas for girls and boys, as well as shared areas and lounges for relaxation, study and group gatherings.

If you live in regional Western Australia, the best way to learn more about our boarding experience without visiting our campus, is to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff when we visit a town near you. Our regional tours invite you to learn more about:

  • our boarding family
  • the enrolment process
  • our new world-class, co-educational Boarding House; and
  • how we offer a home away from home for girls and boys from regional Western Australia, interstate and overseas.

Our Admissions team will be ready and waiting at the following regional events to answer any questions you may have. Save the date and drop by for a chat!

Upcoming regional tours for 2022:

  • FeNaCING Festival Karratha – July 30-31
  • Mingenew Mid West Expo – August 12
  • Dowerin Field Day – August 24-25
  • Newdegate Field Day – September 7-8
  • Esperance Agricultural Show – October 14-15
  • Albany Agricultural Show – November 11-12

The Boarders Parents’ Association consists of parents who have been nominated or volunteered to represent the interests of the families and boarders in each of the years of boarding.

The group meets formally three times a year and is also involved in supporting functions throughout the year, which provide opportunities for boarders’ parents to meet up.

The Association discusses issues relevant to the wellbeing of the boarding community and acts in a liaison role between the School and the parents of Boarders.

For more information on the Boarders Parents’ Association contact Mr Matthew Weston, Head of Boarding by email matthew.weston@ggs.wa.edu.au or phone (08) 9377 8540.

Frequently asked boarding questions

Moving into boarding is a significant change and something that should be discussed as a family. Sitting down and reading through the Boarding Handbook, speaking with the Head of Boarding or a Year Coordinator, or talking to other boarding families you know about their experience can really help. Using the checklists to ensure you have everything you need before coming to the School can help you to start out on the right foot. If you have any specific concerns for your child, we recommend having an honest conversation with your Year Coordinator about this so that strategies can be put in place to help.

We are very fortunate at Guildford Grammar School to have our Year Coordinators, Head and Deputy of Boarding, Head of Senior School and other residential staff all living on site. This group and their families help to make up our wonderful community and are available whenever you need them, not just during business hours. Throughout your time at Guildford Grammar School there will be opportunities to attend sundowners, dinners and other functions that are a great way to meet our team and get to know the community better.

We ask that parents only enter their child’s bedroom area on the first and last day of each mid-term/term. If they require entry outside of these times, it must be with the explicit permission and accompaniment of a boarding staff member. 

Bed sheets, towels and pillowcases are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own fitted single sheet and pillowcases. Please ensure these have your child’s name clearly marked on them.

The location and times of prep vary depending on the year group, but supervised prep occurs every night from Sunday to Thursday. During this time, boarders have access to teaching staff and academic tutors provided by the School at no cost to families. If you would like to arrange one-on-one tutoring for your child, you may do this but please first discuss it with your Year Coordinator.

There is a dedicated Boarders Chapel Service once per term in the Chapel of St. Mary and St. George. These services are most often on a Sunday at 6:15pm. There are also services on significant days in the Christian Church such as Ash Wednesday, Ascension Day, Easter and Advent which the boarders attend. 

This depends on the cohort. Generally, the Year 7-8 students will have four per room, Year 9-10 students will have two per room and we aim to provide single rooms for Year 11 and 12 students although this may not always be possible. We rotate rooms every term so it is most likely your child will experience all types of rooms over their time with us.

Yes, this is possible, but we ask that you communicate this directly to Boarding Reception or your Year Coordinator, ideally by phone, before doing so that. Boarders can then be signed in and out correctly.

Yes. As we live in a close community it’s important to be mindful of keeping the bedrooms clean and tidy, especially as boarders will most likely share a bedroom space with another boarder at some stage. Each morning the Year Coordinator on duty or Boarding House Coordinator assigns green slips (for tidy rooms) or pink slips (for untidy rooms). The boarders with the most green slips are rewarded with a special dinner at the end of term. If any boarder receives three pink slips in one week there are likely to be implications for their weekend leave.

For any boarding related matter, your Boarding Year Coordinator should be your child’s first point of contact. You are also welcome to discuss matters with the Deputy Head of Boarding or Head of Boarding.

Every Wednesday we have a formal dinner (Well-dressed Wednesday) and the sign-up sheets for recreational activities are available. Once your name is on the list your account will be automatically charged for the event. Most activities cost $10-$20.

For parents who have submitted an online credit card from the Clothing Shop can debit their card directly each time you require new clothes. Alternatively, students can pay on their own debit cards.

All sheets and towels are collected once a week and washed on-site.
Students have the option to place their clothes in the laundry baskets where they are taken to the laundry for washing and returned to their pigeon-holes, usually within two to three business days. Alternatively, Years 10-12 may chose to wash their own clothes in the Boarding Laundry located in Burt Hall.

If they have been assessed by our medical staff and are deemed not fit to stay in boarding, they must be collected by parents/guardians or a host as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of infection to other boarders.

Our Boarding Precinct is equipped with an Emergency Response System that has several ‘Call Buttons’ throughout the Halls. For any needs between the hours of 11.00pm-6.30am students simply activate these alarms and our Security Team are notified who in turn notify the two Boarding Supervisors (one male, one female) who can assist the student in need.

We use an online leave system called REACH. We will create an account that your child can use to submit leave. The request is then directed to the appropriate Boarding Year Coordinator or Head of Boarding for approval. Once approved it is in the system and your child will need to advise staff when they head off on their leave. Parents or hosts collecting students from the Boarding House need to enter the Hall and make themselves known to staff before proceeding to the room. Any questions concerning REACH may be directed to our Boarding House Coordinator, Ms Mary O’Donovan.

No. We don’t allow pets of any sort in the Boarding Houses for a variety of reasons but mostly as it may impact other boarders living in adjacent rooms.

Yes. Students can purchase and store some types of food in their bedrooms. The Boarding House has fruit, milk, cheese, Milo, biscuits and bread available at any time of the day on each level of the Boarding House. We ask that students do not bring excessive amounts of soft drink, lollies or other foods that may impact our ability to best look after their health. If unsure of what foods can be brought, students can check with their Year Coordinator or Head of Boarding.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for all boarders every day of the week. On weekdays, the Dining Hall also provides recess and afternoon tea, served in their Hall. Mealtimes may change slightly on weekends due to other events, but at least three meals are provided every day. 

There may be the occasional time that Boarding House staff will allow you to purchase takeaway for delivery or pick up with a staff member, but this must always be approved prior to purchasing as it is only occasionally allowed on weekends.

We offer three different types of leave – local, day and overnight. An explanation of each can be found in the Boarding Handbook.

Some of our boarders participate in community sport at local clubs outside of Guildford Grammar School. If your child wishes to do this, they will need to have a discussion with their Year Coordinator/Head of Hall prior to registering. A parent/host will need to be arranged to transport your child.

Any specific allergies or dietary needs should be brought to the attention of boarding staff prior to your child’s arrival. If you have suggestions for the Dining Hall you may choose to direct this to a member of the Guildford Boarding Food Committee, which all boarders are welcome to join.

There is only one official closed weekend for the year and this is the first weekend of Term 1 when we have our Boarding Prefects’ Cup, which is a fun day and a great way to meet other boarders. For junior and new boarders, we recommend not taking leave more than once every three weeks for the first few terms to alleviate homesickness and to allow boarders to build important new relationships in the Boarding Precinct.

Please refer to the Boarding Handbook for a comprehensive list of what to bring.

If your child is a junior boarder, they will need to hand in their phone at 8.30pm each night to avoid it distracting them while sleeping. We also ask that students don’t use their phone during prep/study times. Ideal times to call home are in the morning or after school between 3.30pm-5.30pm.

Yes, they can. Whether it’s a day student or another boarder if both parties have parental approval then this is fine. Day students can visit the Boarding Precinct any day of the week during appropriate times but must remain in Common Spaces only.  Bedroom access is not permitted.

There is no recommendation for how much money your child will need and this will depend on their circumstances. We do not hold cash unless under specific circumstances so students will need a debit/savings card or pre-paid debit card to spend their money.

Yes, students may bring a bike to boarding if they wish. Our bike storage area is located inside Burt hall. We recommend bringing a chain for securing your child’s bike.

Yes, they can. We ask all junior boarders to communicate this the evening before going for a run/gym session in the morning. Year 7-8 students must go in pairs or groups of three or more. Years 9-12 students may go on their own. All boarders are expected to remain on campus for this exercise unless previously arranged.

Day students are welcome to come into the Boarding Houses at appropriate times but must always remain in common areas. No day student or visitor may enter the bedroom of a boarding student unless prior approval is given by boarding staff.

Students in Years 7-11 change rooms at the end of every term. This gives them a chance to share a space with a variety of other boarders and make our community more cohesive. Year 12 students may be allowed to select their own rooms, pending their good standing within the community.