Boarding

Overlooking the iconic and picturesque Sydney harbour, Kambala’s boarding homes provide a nurturing and supportive boarding experience for less than 100 girls. Years 7 to 10 boarders occupy the beautiful heritage listed Tivoli building in the heart of the campus. Year 11 and 12 boarders enjoy greater privacy, independence and social privileges at the purpose built Fernbank building to help them develop the skills necessary for life after school.

Boarding has been a proud Kambala tradition for over the past 130 years.

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Boarding has been a proud part of the Kambala story for over 130 years.

Our boarding community is made up of young women from across NSW, Australia, and overseas – adding vibrance and diversity to our school community.

Year 7 to 10 boarders live in the beautiful heritage-listed Tivoli building which boasts uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and a sense of old world charm.

Modern dormitory-style living amenities add comfort and convenience.

Year 11 and 12 boarders enjoy increased independence, social privileges and privacy for study in the senior boarding house, Fernbank. All girls have extended access to school facilities such as libraries and the swimming pool.

BOARDING LIFE Q+A

HOW IS BOARDING STRUCTURED?

Weekly routine

  Monday to Thursday Friday
7.00am to 8.15am Wake-up

Breakfast

Order lunch

Prepare for school

Wake-up

Breakfast

Order lunch

Prepare for school

8.15am Leave for school Leave for school
8.20am Boarding house closed for school hours Boarding house closed for school hours
3.20pm to 4.00pm Afternoon tea Afternoon tea
4.00pm to 5.30pm Leisure time, if no extra-curricular activity Leisure time if no extra-curricular activity
May depart for weekend leave
5.30pm to 6.10pm Dinner Dinner
6.10pm to 6.30pm Prepare books for Prep (homework/revision)

Tuesdays evening Prayer Service

Recreation activity or
leisure time in house
6.30pm to 10.30pm Prep (homework/revision) and bedtimes depending on age
(see Prep and Bedtimes sections of our boarding handbook)
Weekday bedtimes

 

Weekend routine

Structured activities and weekend sporting competitions ensure that boarders always have plenty of options as to how they spend their time. Increased flexibility is given to Fernbank (Year 11 and 12) boarders and all girls have access to the Senior School Library over the course of the weekend.

HOW DOES MY DAUGHTER SETTLE IN?

The Director of Boarding and her team of resident staff, counsellors and nurses ensure that every girl feels safe and happy and has the structure she needs to manage her academic and personal life away from home. Each girl is paired with a mentor who acts as a guide and friend in the early stages of the boarding experience.

To help boarders structure their time in a positive way and to develop and maintain productive study habits, Kambala employs in-house tutors who support girls with homework every evening. Technology enables boarding parents to have greater personal involvement with their daughter’s learning, including three-way Skype sessions with the student and her teachers.

PARENTAL ACCESS AND COMMUNICATION

The Boarding House shuts down and boarders travel home or stay with friends or family during school holiday periods and a number of long weekends throughout the year. There are a number of major community events, such as the annual Festival of Music, as well as Boarding parent social events, providing parents with additional opportunities to be with their daughters and to connect with other Kambala families.

Boarders and their families can communicate with one another via a range of approved mediums, including phone and video calls and email. Unnecessary phone communication with parents during the school day is discouraged but there are no restrictions on communication outside of school hours.

WEEKENDS AND LEAVE

Some Boarders choose to apply for weekend leave to go home or stay with friends/relatives. There are no restrictions on weekend leave. All students are discouraged from missing school during term time.

THE FOOD

Boarders meet in the ambient Tivoli Dining Hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering staff provide the girls with nutritious and varied options for each meal and snack.

Breakfast always includes a continental spread with staples as well as fresh fruit and vegetable juices, muesli and yoghurt. A different dish is cooked daily for lunch and is accompanied by a salad bar. Dinners focus on providing girls with comforting, home-cooked meals packed with nutrients.

The Boarding staff ensure that caterers receive feedback about meals and menus so that they can keep the girls feeling happy and healthy about their eating habits. Senior boarders also have the option to occasionally cook for themselves.

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