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Residential Community (Boarding)

At Christ Church your son will be part of a diverse and caring community supported by exceptional pastoral care.

Boarders have been a vital part of our school community for more than a century and come from a variety of regional and international backgrounds.

In this home away from home, boarders join their assigned House ‘family’ and are part of a supportive community of boys from across the globe, often forming life-long friendships. Boarding helps boys develop their independence and learn the importance of co-operation and empathy in a tight-knit community.

Our boarders thrive in a network of care provided by eight key roles. The Head of House and Tutor monitor every boy’s academic and co-curricular progress and the Year Group Co-ordinator, who lives in the Residential Community and is an academic member of staff, is responsible for supporting and nurturing the boarders in a particular year group. The Year Group Co-ordinators and the Director of the Residential Community deal with residential issues. They facilitate team building and communication between and across year groups to give the boarders a real sense of identity at Christ Church.


The Boarding Recreation Officer co-ordinates weekend activities to get the boys involved. There is never a dull moment. The residential staff organise weekend outings that include trips to Adventure World, Underwater World, Timezone, snorkelling at Rottnest and activities such as socials and movies.

There are also basketball, soccer and table tennis competitions. Every second year residential staff organise a social for boys in Years 9 to 12 with girls from neighbouring schools. Mid-week outings such as a visit to the Observatory, the Playhouse and special events are also sometimes on the agenda. These include dinners with girls from Methodist Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.

Boarders are encouraged to play for local sporting teams as well as for the School, and groups are often taken to watch test cricket matches and AFL football games.

More detail about boarding life at Christ Church can also be found in the 2017 Boarding Handbook.

For further information about boarding, click here.