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Boarding FAQ

Why should I consider a boarding education at Churchie?
Churchie’s founder Canon William Morris always held boarding at the heart of his vision for Churchie. Today, boarding life remains tied to the spirit of the school; our boarders as well as our day boys have a rich tradition of academic excellence. We provide a secure, safe environment for each boy to learn and grow emotionally, morally, intellectually, socially, spiritually and physically.
 
Are we able to visit Churchie prior to enrolling?
You are welcome to contact the school to organise a personalised tour at a time that suits you or attend one of our Headmaster's Tours. Contact the Admissions Office on 07 3896 2200 or email [email protected]. You are also welcome to take our online tour or attend the Open Day.
 
What do boarders do at weekends?
There are always activities designed for boys of all ages. Activities range from fishing and beach days and fun runs and theme park visits. We also host a range of activities onsite that boarders can participate in. Boys will often have suggestions for activities and we try and make most activities available. The Recreation Officer advertises venues and costs at house meetings.
 
Who supports the boarders academically and pastorally?
The Housemaster and Assistant Housemaster are the regular contacts for boys to help them learn and grow through their adolescence. Assisting them are the academic tutors who see the boys each morning at the start of school. Of an evening teaching staff from a range of subject areas come to the boarding houses to supervise study and help the boys when they need it.
 
The Vocational Educational Coordinator and the Deans of Studies can help boys to set their goals when determining post-school options. Churchie has a fulltime educational psychologist and the School Chaplain is always on hand to assist the boys if they are struggling with any aspect of their lives.
 
Are boarders expected to play a sport?
It is expected that boarders participate in the co-curricular offerings at the school. Activities range from GPS sport to the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards, Cadets, Chess and Music.
 
Can my son take leave from school whenever he wants?
No. Boys can only take leave when it is approved by their parents and Housemaster. Leave is limited to ensure that boys are fulfilling all of their academic and co-curricular commitments.
 
How does my son do his laundry?
All boarders’ uniforms are washed every day. Boys put them out each evening and laundry is returned the following afternoon, washed and pressed. Named casual clothes can also be washed by our staff in the laundry. Housemothers and the House Keeper are on hand to help sew nametags onto items of clothing if needed.
 
What if my son needs to see a medical practitioner?
All of the boys' medical needs are met by the nurses in our health centre. They care for the boys on a daily basis, book appointments for the boarders and arrange transport and supervision at appointments.
 
How do boarders communicate with home?
Boarders are encouraged to establish set times when to call home. Most boarders bring a mobile phone to school and can use this to call. Our houses are also equipped with Skype-enabled computers.
 
My son has special dietary needs. Can Churchie accommodate him?
In most cases we are able to prepare special meals to meet the needs of individuals who have special dietary requirements.