From Independence to Community
Boarders leave the sheltering comfort of their own home to a place where they are on their own and must learn to be independent. Our wardens and dormitory staff perform inspections every day to make sure that they can manage themselves. From making their beds and tidying up their desks to managing their schedules, boarders acquire essential life skills to live as healthy individuals. They also learn how to drop their egos and think for others, since they cohabitate with other boarders, which drives them to learn to be tolerant and accommodating to their roommates. They are no longer just their own selves — they recognise themselves as part of a community.
Community Life and Support
Boarders have a strong sense of community. Students are no longer just classmates: they are friends that live together, learn together, play together, practise kindness together, and grow together.
The community of support and guidance to these young people is also strong. Resident teachers act as dormitory wardens and assistant wardens and are led by the Principal (Warden) and a Deputy Principal (Deputy Warden) as a team to ensure that each boarder receives the best supervision and care. Some senior boarders are boarder prefects who collaborate closely with our supervising team.
Boarders are put in groups of 8-10 (called wards) and are supervised by assistant wardens, who become second parents and hold weekly meetings with their wards to make sure that their physical, emotional, and social needs are well met. These group meetings are an opportunity for the boarders to share their thoughts and struggles so that they can be positively counselled to become responsible and respectable students. Wards go on outings a few times per term, through which they bond with peers and their assistant wardens, who become more than just teachers in the classroom, but also life mentors to our young people.
Academically, boarders are supervised by residential teachers who are always at hand to answer any questions about schoolwork and offer guidance. Younger students regularly attend pull-out programmes arranged by native English-speaking teachers.
Click here for the boarder's guide for more details of the boarding schedule and other regulations.