The Boarding Experience

With a dedicated team of experienced, professional and supportive staff, modern facilities, and a welcoming ‘family’ atmosphere, Westminster School has steadily grown to become one of South Australia’s largest coeducational boarding schools. We welcome boarding students from Years 7 to 12 from a diverse range of backgrounds, and boast a large population of country students.
 
Our boarding students enjoy our:
  • modern, comfortable air conditioned accommodation
  • safe and secure family environment
  • healthy, home-style, flexible meals
  • broad range of subject choices
  • extensive sporting, outdoor education and performing and visual arts opportunities
  • innovative Agricultural Studies program and on-site farm
  • dedicated, caring boarding-support staff and tutors
  • networked computing facilities
  • excellent facilities, including our indoor heated pool and extensive grounds
  • academic support from specialised teachers/tutors
  • structured weekly social activities.

Our boarding families enjoy the peace of mind that comes with our:

  • easy, reliable email and phone access to home
  • firm but fair discipline
  • welcoming parent support networks, including our Boarders Parents' Association
  • accessible boarding staff, House Heads and subject teachers
  • regular School newsletters and bulletins
  • on-site nursing and tutoring staff
  • highly professional, committed teaching staff
  • excellent academic standards
  • ‘whole person’ approach, encouraging the development of friendship networks
    and self-esteem, responsible independence and resilience
  • secure and ‘tucked away’, but convenient, location

At the start of the year the Boarding House will open from 9.00 am (for new boarders) and 1.00 pm (for returning boarders).

School dismisses at 1.00 pm on the last day of each term. When boarders return after their holiday break at the start of each term the Boarding House will open from 9.00 am. In certain circumstances earlier returns can be arranged with the relevant Head of Boarding.
 
Exeats
There are eight exeats in our School year, two per term. These are weekends on which all students leave the Boarding House and go home or stay with friends or relatives. They provide an important break to the regimen of boarding life. The Boarding House reopens from 6.00 pm on the last day of exeats. In certain circumstances earlier returns can be arranged with the relevant Head of Boarding.
 
Social Activities or weekend activities
Boarders are involved in many social activities. They are given the opportunity to meet up with students from other boarding school at “socials”; usually six a year.
 
Other activities that are organised include ice skating, bowling, movie nights, theatre productions, youth groups and Master Chef Cook Up in Girls’ Boarding.
 
Health
Boarders are looked after by the Housemothers. The staff are able to organise appointments for the boarders and will often accompany them. They will always keep the parents informed and if the health of a boarder is affecting their schooling then teachers will also be notified. Boarders are also cared for by the staff in the First Aid Centre during the day if they are unable to attend School.
 
Co-curricular activities
When possible, Housemothers will take the boarders to their cocurricular sport if it is outside of the School. Otherwise taxis are booked to transport them. The boarders will be given Cab Charges to pay the fee.
 
Westminster School is proud to be a member of the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) which serves to support and develop best practice in residential communities across Australia.
 

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