Michelle Brown – Director of Boarding

As we move towards the end of term, and indeed the year, helping our boarders to find a balance between study and play remains top of mind for boarding staff.

The academic demands of exam week and deadlines for assignments are the primary focus of both students and staff at this time. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 girls have travelled to Oxenham Street each evening this week for an extended prep session. This has been a valuable opportunity for the girls to study in a specially designed workspace with the support of academic staff and together with their peers.

We have endeavoured to offer a variety of activities, both during the week and especially on weekends, to ensure students can simply relax with friends. Activities have included swimming at the Locke Street pool, shopping in Toowoomba, as well as a visit to Cloud9 for some trampolining fun. A myriad of sporting and cultural commitments also continue for our boys and girls each week ranging from pipe band to rugby 7s and touch football.

A look ahead

This weekend our Year 12s are out for dinner together on Friday night. Year 7s will host their student friend for a sleepover in the boarding house on Saturday. On Sunday it’s pancakes for breakfast with Year 10s having brunch together in town, while Year 12s enjoy a BBQ lunch and swim at Locke Street! The weekend is set to conclude with a chapel service, to which the local parishioners have been invited, followed by formal dinner as a boarding community.

Important dates

Week six heralds the final week for the Year 12 cohort with a number of events taking place:

Monday 12 November

  • Year 12s will attend a defensive driving course on Monday

Tuesday 13 and 14 November

  • Year 12s attend a Mystery Tour

Thursday 15 November

  • 1:30pm Co-curricular assembly (all parents are invited to attend)
  • 5:30pm Year 12 Valedictory Chapel Service

Friday 16 November

  • 9.30am Whole School Final Assembly
  • 1.15pm Speech Day
  • 6:00pm Valedictory Dinner

As the term comes to a close, we have requested students begin to pack their belongings. If students are set to travel home in the coming weeks, I have suggested they start to take some items home.  It’s important all items return home to enable thorough cleaning and maintenance of the boarding house over the summer holiday break.

Main Photo: There have been a few birthdays celebrated this week with junior boy boarder Beau Lyttle (Year 7) turning thirteen and Ben Savidge (Year 9) turning fifteen.

Year 12 studying for their final exams this week