Boarding life at the College offers boys a unique schooling experience. The boarding houses bring boys together from all over Australia; predominately from country NSW, but also places such as Lord Howe Island, Queensland, the Northern Territory and ACT. This mix broadens their outlook on life and produces lasting friendships. The boarding routine encourages boys to develop responsibility through the sharing of duties and the positive interaction with other boys and the supervising staff. The boys benefit greatly from the structured routine of two periods of nightly study, prayer, organised social events and weekend sporting competitions, which together foster their balanced development.
Weekend boarding life also provides various opportunities for boys to interact with each other as well as representing the College in sport. Time is also allocated over the weekend for study and social activities and excursions. These include such outings as visits to the City and Manly, go-karting, ten pin bowling, rock climbing, white water rafting, ice skating, movies, theatre and laser skirmish. Sunday is also a great opportunity for family and friends to visit and for senior boys to go on day leave.
The weekend culminates with the gathering of the boarding community to celebrate Mass on Sunday evenings. The Mass is an important expression of the Catholic mission and ethos of the College and is a definite highlight of the week. The College has a proud tradition of singing and is well known for its celebration of the Eucharist. People travel from far and wide to join the boys for the Mass each week.
A free weekend every four to five weeks allows the boarding student to go home to his family for four days. There are five Boarding Houses that are home to Boarders in Year 7 to 12; who have their own room which allows for privacy, as well as having a common room and kitchen facilities within the house, which make the environment very inclusive and family orientated. Each House has a live in Supervisor who lives in a studio room in the house with a House Coordinator who also lives on site. The boarding houses are situated away from the main school buildings allowing boys to make the distinction between school and home. At the end of the school day, the boarder goes home to his house where he is cared for by the boarding staff. Tutors are also available to assist boarders with study.
The boys dine together in the Boarders Dining Room at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recess is provided outside so the boarders can mix freely with their other friends and participate in the usual recreational games. Afternoon tea and supper are served in the boarding houses. The College also has fully trained medical staff with a Doctor seeing boys twice weekly and a nurse on duty five days a week in the boarding clinic.
In their recreation time boys have the opportunity to use the many College facilities, including the playing fields, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, cricket nets and the College Library is also open for extended hours for the boarders.
The boarding staff; many of whom are also teachers at the College, are committed to the quality care and supervision of the boarders, under the direction of the Director of Boarding. Supportive relationships are forged, which are based on trust and mutual respect so that boys are valued for their individual qualities and talents. It is this teamwork that ultimately provides the boarder with the support and space to grow and develop to the fullest.