Benefits of Boarding

Boarding Advantage

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School has been offering co-ed boarding for students since foundation in 1972. Boarding School students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School have the opportunity to develop independence, resilience and lifelong friendships. 

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Part of the Community

One of the advantages for boarding students at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is the easy access to the many activities on offer from the School and in the wider City of Bunbury community. Many boarding students join a local club, whether that be a sporting team, performing art group, dance class or community group. Travelling to and from these after-school commitments is easy, with our Boarding school staff providing a dedicated transport service that runs through the week and weekends so that Boarders can get to their off-campus commitments.

Academic Support

Boarding students benefit from having supervised ‘Prep’ (homework) daily from Monday to Thursday and Sunday nights. Year 7 boarding students and younger students commence and conclude prep earlier, and older students are able to manage their study time around their Academic requirements. Students appreciate the time to focus on their study, develop strong study habits, with access to staff and online tutors to assist when needed.

Co-educational Community

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is one of three independent Boarding Schools in Western Australia that provide co-educational Boarding. Families benefit from siblings being able to attend the same Boarding School and students benefit from having the support of their sibling. The number of siblings who make up our Boarding school community increase the family atmosphere and help to create a close-knit supportive community, reflective of a home environment.

Adventure and Activity

Boarders are provided with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of recreational activities and enjoy weekend outings to Perth, events in Bunbury and country field days. During the summer months a morning ‘Beach Bus’ allows students to make the most of our proximity to the coast, and improve their surfing and swimming abilities. The Student Boarding Executive provides leadership opportunities for students and helps create a strong sense of community by organising quiz nights, movie nights, special dinners and games nights throughout each term.

Country Atmosphere

Set on 33 hectares of natural bushland, the campus of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School provides country students with a familiar environment. The Boarding houses are surrounded by natural bushland, with magpies and kookaburras often visiting in the early morning. This tranquil environment provides an excellent backdrop for students to learn and develop.

Routine Advantage

Boarding students benefit greatly from the daily routine that is Boarding life. Students are provided with clear expectations and consistency of daily events that offer a measure of comfort during the trials and tribulations of the teenage years sometimes experienced by adolescents. The establishment of these routines, along with growing independence mean Boarding students are well prepared for life after School. Visit this page to see an example of a daily routine.

Lifelong Friendships

The most reported benefit of living in Boarding- living with your friends! Boarding students who have graduated are most grateful for the strong friendships they have developed over the years. These friendships endure as they progress to tertiary studies, with those students who move to Perth often living and supporting each other in this next phase of learning.

“Boarding has given me so many awesome opportunities, and to make incredible friends that I will have for the rest of my life, it has been an absolutely lovely spot to grow up,” Charlie Youngson, 2022 Graduate


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