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Life in the Boarding House

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Boarders are valued and active members of our School community and there are great opportunities for them to become involved in a rich range of activities, both in and out of the classroom.

Boarders take all their meals at the School’s Luxton Dining Hall. The Dining Hall allows boarders to gather in one location and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends over a relaxed, informal meal. A delicious range of hot and cold meals are prepared by the School’s in-house catering team.

The boarding precinct offers a diverse range of leisure activities including large TV screen/lounge areas, table tennis and games rooms all grouped around the courtyard. Staff are always in attendance and the central office is located in this area.

Once weekend sport and School commitments have been fulfilled, flexible leave provisions in each boarding house enable students to have weekends away with families, day trips to many of Victoria’s popular attractions and free time with friends.

Boarding staff also organise weekend and overnight activities and excursions, to ensure a varied and active life is enjoyed by all boarders. Recent boarder weekend activities have included trips to the beach, cycling, ice skating, skiing, visits to the theatre and, of course, various sporting events. The boarding houses enjoy easy access to public transport, the Tan running track, the MCG and many other sports venues.

The boarding houses are close-knit communities, rather like large families. Students are encouraged to build strong connections with their peers and with boarding staff.

The House System at Melbourne Grammar School is a central part of our approach to pastoral care. Each house is overseen by the Director of Boarding, a Head of House and a team of tutors who are committed to fostering learning and leadership for every boy in their care.

Students join tutor groups comprising around 12 students. They meet daily and provide a nurturing environment for younger boys to develop close friendships with their peers from day one. Our generous staff–student ratios and relatively small boarding numbers allow for a high level of personal care, resulting in time and attention for each and every student.

Boarders also have regular contact with the Careers Guidance staff, the Learning Strategies department and the School Chaplains. The Counselling Services team is also available to support students, with School Psychologists at Wadhurst and Senior School.

The boarding precinct has a fully equipped Health Centre, with registered nursing staff who are important members of the pastoral team. Students also have access to the School Doctor who attends a weekly clinic and is available out of hours for any accident or emergency. Up-to-date confidential medical records are maintained by the School Nurse for all boarders.

Creswick House (Years 7 and 8)


In Creswick House boarders are supervised and supported by a tutor at all times, and the Head of Creswick lives in the House. Wadhurst School staff and the parent body engage closely with the boarders and are of a great support to the boarding house community.

School and Perry Houses (Year 9 to 12)


In School and Perry House boys are placed in year level groups by their Head of House. This arrangement enables boys to form friendships with students in their own year level while ample opportunities are also provided for them to mix with other year levels through a vast array of House and School activities.

The boarding staff comprises 22 women and men, including the Director of Boarding, Heads of House, tutors, assistant tutors and nurses, ensuring a high level of individual care for every student. Many of the boarding staff live on site with their families, creating a close-knit community within the boarding precinct.

The primary role of all boarding house staff is to assist in providing an environment that will improve the quality of school life for all boys in terms of their achievements, opportunities, status and identity.

The tutors' role is to monitor and promote academic progress, encourage participation, support activities and provide a point of contact between home and school. Tutors play an important role in a student's academic progress and are the first point of contact if a boy is having difficulty.

Specialist tutors in mathematics and languages area available throughout the week to help the boys with their homework.

House activities officers arrange games, activities and excursions after hours and on some weekends.

Our nursing staff also take on responsibility for many of the day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth operation of the Houses. These tasks, amongst others, include the health care of all boys, arranging medical, dental and physiotherapy appointments, mail delivery, chemist orders, maintenance requests and any concerns with the laundry service.