A day in the life of a boarding student

dsc5507-300x200pxBoarding gives students from remote locations the opportunity to mix with a broader range of peers, and provides students with access to curricular and co-curricular activities that may otherwise not be available to them. It eliminates lengthy commutes for students in rural areas while providing a safe, structured environment with rules and routine. Instead of a two-hour bus trip home, boarding students have the opportunity to use this time to study or participate in a sporting team or music lesson. Students’ time becomes much more manageable without the pressures of travel.

Living on campus within a school community develops qualities of resilience, self-reliance, initiative and humility. In addition, boarding enhances important life skills including organisation, collaboration, teamwork, leadership and the formation of study and work habits – skills that students will carry on to lead successful adult lives.

Examining a day in the life of a boarding student in conjunction with these benefits can help your child transition smoothly and enjoy everything life as a boarder at Esperance has to offer.

The success of the Boarding House is grounded in practical matters, and daily routine is an important part of the House’s functioning. A typical day in the life of a boarding student at EACS generally resembles the following:

  • Students rise at 7:00am, dress, shower, tidy rooms, enjoy breakfast together and undergo room inspections before leaving for school at 8:20am.
  • Students return home at 3:05pm for afternoon tea and Co-curricular activities.
  • Wash-up before enjoying dinner at 6:15pm.
  • Supervised preparatory work (homework) in the evenings (5:00pm to 6:00pm and 7:00pm to 8:00pm), with learning support available twice per week.
  • Breaks followed by supper with bed time at 9:00pm (Years 7 – 9), 9:30pm (Year 10) and 10:00pm (Years 11 – 12).

Here are our top tips for parents to help your child prepare for boarding school:

  • Explain the reasons why your child is going to boarding school and that it’s not a punishment or demonstration of a lack of love for the child.
  • Get the kit and school materials required at an early stage.
  • Pack some reminders of home – photos, cuddly toy or a picture.
  • Makes sure all items and clothing are clearly labelled.
  • Reassure your child that you are always there at the end of the phone. Become familiar with using Facetime.
  • Talk through potential issues of homesickness and how to deal with it. Discuss how the first week may feel difficult and that it will take time to adjust.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in House and School life.
  • Discuss pocket money and what it should be used for.
  • Make necessary travel arrangements and communicate these to House staff.
  • Read the Boarding Handbook thoroughly.
  • Contact House staff if you are unclear or worried about anything.

There are a range of practical tips parents can use to help your child’s living and learning life at EACS. These include:

  • Set up regular times and ways your child can communicate with home.
  • Reassure your child that you are always there to talk through any issues.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in Co-curricular programs such as Sport, Arts, Music and Drama. Discuss your child’s interest with them.
  • Establish a good line of communication with House staff.
  • Start a daily and weekly budget for how your child will manage pocket money.
  • Refer to the Boarding Handbook regularly.
  • Encourage your child to make friends by approaching housemates and suggesting activities to do together.

You can find more useful tips for boarding students by downloading a copy of the Boarding Handbook or contacting our House staff on (08) 9083 2444.