Providing a smooth transition
As a leading co-educational Boarding School in Western Australia, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School recognises that for many children, joining Boarding School in Year 7 will be their first time experiencing a prolonged period away from their family and friends. We have been providing co-educational boarding in Western Australia for over 50 years, and since 2007, we have been providing a dedicated Year 7 Transition Program, to assist our Year 7 boarding students adjust to their new School and a new home.
All of our staff who work in our Boarding School are committed to providing a welcoming, caring and supportive Boarding School experience. A dedicated Residential Year Group Co-ordinator works closely with each year group, providing a key point of contact for students and parents. They are regularly in contact with teaching staff, to provide support and guidance to students as they adapt to their new routines.
Living and learning together
Year 7 boarding students are housed in dedicated units, situated closest to the Secondary School and main Boarding School amenities. A Senior Boarding student is allocated as the mentor for their unit, helping younger students to familiarise themselves with their new routines and responsibilities that living in Boarding require. Evening study, or Prep, is conducted at an earlier time for Year 7 boarding students and they also have an earlier bedtime, with restricted access to the internet and electronic devices.
Friendships for life
Friendships are one of the most important factors in enjoying the experience in Boarding School in WA. We provide opportunities for students to establish friendships within their own year group, as well as enjoying multi-age activities with all Boarders to help establish long-lasting friendships.
“Boarding is so much fun with the beach bus, trips to Adventure World and other fun places. I love going to the gym every Friday night and playing foosball, pool and ping pong in the Common Room. My other favourite thing in Boarding is the food.” Sienna Guidi, 2023 Head Boarder.