life as a boarder

life as a boarder is full of surprises, academia, lifelong friendships, culture, arts and sport, with the 2022世界杯美洲杯预选赛赛程 values underpinning everything we do. our headmaster oversees all aspects of the hostel, with daily management carried out by the deputy headmaster - boarding and staff.

focused on caring, support, encouragement, a sense of belonging, fairness and consistency, boarding staff recognise the privilege of being role models for our boarders. they promote the catholic and school values, offering care and support for boarders while they adjust to living away from home. 

daily timetable for boarders
weekdays (excluding fridays for weekend leave)
7.00am & 7.10am wake up bells in dormitories for showers, breakfast and school
8.00ambreakfast in the dining room for all boarders
8.45amschool begins
10.45ammorning snack provided  in the dining room
12.50pmlunch provided in the dining room
3.15pmend of school and afternoon snack provided  in the dining room
4.00pmyears 9-11 boarders leave dormitories for extra-curricular activities
5.00pmyears 9-11 dormitories open for showers
5.40pm dinner in the dining room
6.30pm – 8.30pmyears 11-13 supervised study
6.45pm – 8.15pmyears 9 & 10 supervised study
8.15pm supper for years 9 & 10
8.30pmsupper for years 11-13
9.00pmyears 9 & 10 evening meeting before lights out
9.15pmyear 11 evening meeting before lights out
9.30pmyears 12 & 13 evening meeting before lights out

weekends (excluding sundays for returns from weekend leave)
7.30am & 8.00amsaturday & sunday breakfast in the dining room
9.00ammorning co-curricular activities or supervised duties & activities
12.00pmlunch in the dining room
1.30pmafternoon co-curricular activities or supervised activities
3.00pmafternoon snack in the dining room
6.00pmdinner in the dining room for boarders
7.00pmsupervised activities for boarders
8.00pmsunday boarders service in the school chapel
9.00pmyears 9 & 10 evening meeting before lights out
9.30pmyears 11 - 13 evening meeting before lights out
what to expect


boarders share a unique bond throughout their boarding years, and those friendships will stay with them throughout their life. this sense of brotherhood is shared with boys at all levels of the college, whether boys are day students or boarders.


to pay tribute to our history and school values, community mass is celebrated in the chapel every saturday evening. boarders who remain in the hostel over the weekend play a significant role in supporting these times. we welcome families of boarders to join us. boarders also celebrate a uniquely hostel chapel service on sundays when they return from weekend leave. year levels in each dormitory also gather to lead prayers every weekday evening before bedtime.

sport, art and culture

sports, art and culture are an integral part of sacred heart. boarders are expected to participate in at least two co-curricular activities year round, to take full advantage of the wonderful facilities the college has to offer. the chosen activity may facilitate transport arrangements, otherwise, parents and caregivers will be financially responsible.


all meals are catered in our spacious dining hall. the menu is nutritious, varied and plentiful. it adapts to reflect seasonal produce and to accommodate weather conditions. menus are rotated on a monthly cycle, but usually follow a similar guideline: breakfast options are both continental and cooked, including cereal, fruit and hot food, lunch is both a cooked and cold, with a large salad and fresh fruit servery, and dinner includes a cooked dish, fresh vegetables and dessert.

holidays and weekends

the hostel is closed during the school holidays and public holidays, and all boarders must find alternative accommodation during these times. we advise of dates in advance to ensure plenty of time to plan arrangements for the break. holiday dates must be honoured, and arrangements not made for outside these times – to maximise school time and learning opportunities.

boarders are welcome to leave the hostel for a weekend to go home, or to stay with friends or relatives. 


all boarders partake in supervised study sessions throughout the school week. minimum study times are one and a half hours for year 9 and 10 boarders, and two and a half hours for year 11 to 13 boarders, with an emphasis on personal responsibility for achievement and success.


balanced with traditional teaching and learning methods, technology plays an integral role in learning at sacred heart. to support this, boarders may bring in their own devices for the purpose of learning. stand-alone monitors and gaming devices are not permitted in the dormitories. parents and caregivers need to ensure that all devices are covered by their household insurance and each individual boarder is responsible for the security of their own devices.

all boarding houses have access to wi-fi. to maintain cyber-safety, students must connect using only the school network – no other provision is accepted. 

boarders may bring mobile phones to the hostel. during the week, boys in years 9 and 10 hand in their phones each evening and, if used appropriately, they are returned the following afternoon. boys have possession of their phones over the weekend. in all other year levels, phones are the individual's responsibility, but they must be kept at the hostel and not taken to school. 

support services

boarders have access to our on-site health centre 24 hours a day. the centre is staffed by a registered nurse during school hours, and a hostel matron or supervisor during evenings and weekends.  if a student requires any medication, this will be stored in the health centre and  administered under the supervision of staff. 

the hostel also has an on-site laundry where  staff regularly wash, dry and iron boarders’ clothes.

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