Boarding Experience

A Perth boarding school experience that’s homelier, cosier, friendlier.

Our Boarding House provides an extraordinary home away from home for more than 100 Year 7 to 12 students.

Caring for our boarders is one of Perth College’s most important priorities. We understand the transition to boarding school in Perth can be challenging for some, so we strive to create a strong family environment for study, recreation and relaxation.

The Boarding House is where students can learn valuable life skills whilst also being encouraged to grow and develop into confident learners, independent thinkers, caring individuals and remarkable young people. Boarders learn tolerance, appreciation and respect for each other in a fun and inclusive atmosphere and often make lifelong friends.

Our Boarding Program

Perth College, nestled in the heart of Mount Lawley offers an exceptional boarding experience that enables our students to become capable, courageous and caring individuals who can use their strengths to make a positive impact in the world. Our boarding program extends beyond academic excellence and aims to cultivate a strong sense of community whilst promoting personal growth through a range of co-curricular activities and wellbeing initiatives.

Throughout their time boarding at Perth College, students will be encouraged to explore their interests, develop leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships. Our boarding facilities prioritise the comfort and safety of our students. We offer spacious and well-appointed bedrooms, modern common areas, and dining facilities to ensure that students always have a comfortable space to gather, relax and recuperate. The design of our Boarding House fosters an environment where students from any year group can integrate with their peers and enjoy a comfortable and inclusive experience.

The Perth College Boarding Program instils a sense of responsibility, independence, and resilience in its students, equipping them with valuable life skills that extend far beyond their time at the School. The Program’s commitment to excellence and providing a nurturing environment makes it an outstanding choice for students seeking an enriching boarding experience in Perth.

Boarding House Staff

Perth College has a team of devoted and caring Boarding House staff who strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all our boarders. With their expertise and enthusiasm for working with young people, these staff members play a crucial role in nurturing each student’s emotional, social, and academic growth. Your child can rely on a robust support system throughout the Boarding House, including a Head and Assistant Head of Boarding, Head of Years, and Health Centre staff who collaborate to promote their wellbeing and academicsuccess. We also have an Academic Coordinator that liaises with the teaching staff and boarding tutors individually to ensure that all students’ academic needs are met.

The Boarding House staff at Perth College truly embody our School’s values, fostering a comfortable and caring environment that empowers students to flourish personally, academically, and socially during their time at school.

Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

At Perth College, we place a strong emphasis on wellbeing, providing individualised support to ensure each student’s unique needs and challenges are recognised and addressed. Our experienced pastoral care staff, which includes boarding supervisors, nurses, and psychologists, work diligently to build trusting relationships with our Boarders. Regular house meetings also provide a safe space for students to discuss their concerns, celebrate achievements and discuss any important activities coming up.

Our Boarding Program focuses on promoting physical and mental wellbeing among our students. To achieve this, we provide balanced meals with flexible eating times, physical activities, and access to recreational facilities so that all students are encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles. We have mental health resources and counselling services readily available for students who may require emotional support. By fostering a caring and compassionate environment, the Perth College Boarding Program instils a strong sense of community and togetherness among our students.

Activities Program

Our co-curricular activities program is integral to fostering a vibrant and enriching experience for our boarding students involving both weekend activities and School co-curricular programs. Recognising the importance of holistic development, our activities program encourages students to try new things and make connections beyond the Perth College community. Sports play a significant role in these co-curricular offerings, providing opportunities for students to engage in a wide range of athletic pursuits.

There is also the opportunity for students to participate in local clubs and community sports outside the School. In 2022, we set up a transport program for boarding students to ensure they have a safe and reliable transport option for weekly training sessions. Our co-curricular programs promote personal growth and skill development and facilitate the formation of lasting friendships and a sense of belonging within the boarding community. This enables students to strike a healthy balance between academics and other pursuits, equipping them with essential life skills that will serve them well in their future endeavours.

Transition to Boarding

In 2023, Perth College is launching PC Headstart, an onboarding program focused on ensuring a smooth transition for new boarding students before they begin their journey at the School. The program aims to help new Boarders build a strong network before their commencement by connecting them with current boarding students, staff, and key members within the Perth College community. This onboarding experience allows new students to feel comfortable and familiar with our Boarding Program before living away from home for the first time, this will ensure a positive start for your child when they arrive on campus