BCGS celebrates National Boarding Week

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BCGS celebrates National Boarding Week

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School’s student Boarding executive are preparing for a week of fun activities in recognition of National Boarding Week. National Boarding Week runs from 14 May to 20 May and aims to generate awareness about Boarding across Australia, initiated by the Australian Boarding Schools Association.

The youngest representative Logan Lubcke from Darkan, Year 8, has initiated a ping-pong tournament during National Boarding Week as a way to bring students together and have a bit of fun.

“We get to organise lots of fun activities being on the executive,” Logan said.

Wagin student Emilia Mangalavite, Year 11, said her fellow Boarding students “are like family” and aren’t scared to approach her to discuss Boarding-related issues.

“There are so many opportunities. One of the biggest ones I think is independence – we learn how to not rely on mum and keep on top of everything ourselves,” Emilia said.

“Coming from small schools, there are lots of things we didn’t have access to, but now we have so many opportunities ranging from sport to debating,” she said.

Year 10 Patrick Reilly, from Boyup Brook, believes his opinion is “valued” on the executive.

“It’s an advantage to have a big say in organising things that will be beneficial and that other Boarders will enjoy,” Patrick said.

Year 11 Jed Ainsworth said being on the executive has enabled him to “have a say” and accommodate student needs.

“It’s great getting to live with your mates. I have definitely made friends for life,” Jed said.

Odette Telfer, Year 9, said she likes being on the executive because she can “contribute her ideas”.

“The social side of boarding is great. I also get the opportunity to do music lessons, which I really enjoy,” Odette said. “I like that I can go to School and still be in the country.”

Year 10 executive member Kasey House said she likes that Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is co-educational, which enables both her and her younger brother to attend the same school.

“We are such a tight-knit community. I have made friendships for life,” Kasey said. “Being on the executive means I get to help organise fun events in Boarding.”

The student Boarding executive will be hosting a Formal Dinner on Thursday, 18 May to recognise National Boarding Week, plus a number of other student-driven activities.

The student Boarding executive consists of 12 students elected to represent the Boarding community, acting as an important communication channel between students and staff. Students from Years 8 to 12 are able to take ownership of activities and provide input into Boarding routines.

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is a co-educational Boarding School that offers a home away from home for many students across the state.

Students enjoy a wide range of after School activities made possible by Residential Boarding staff living on campus, including hockey, CrossFit, horse riding, Top Jazz, soccer, football and tennis.