Published on: 24 May 2017

Boarders at Christ Church participated in a wide variety of activities during the inaugural National Boarding Week (14 to 20 May), a week aimed at generating positive awareness around boarding nationally.

Led by the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association (ABSA), many boarding schools across Australia took part in this initiative including Christ Church. ABSA is the leading authority in Australia on boarding for school-aged children, promoting the interests and well-being of boarders, boarding staff, boarding parents and boarding institutions in Australia.

Competitions and challenges which our boarders participated in during the week included a:

–  1km run around the school campus

–  gold coin collection which raised $140 – each boarder was encouraged to donate a gold coin in support of ‘Beanies 4 Brain Cancer’, a charity lead by TV personality Carrie Bickmore

–  ‘who travels the furthest to school’ competition, revealing which of our boarders covers the most ground be at Christ Church.

A ‘why I love boarding’ competition was also held and some of the great responses received included “I love boarding because of the countless brother like relationships I have developed, something that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t attend boarding school” and “I love boarding because it gives me good mates for life and it puts me into future life situations.”

Director of Walters Residential Community, Brad Downing says “It was good to recognise and celebrate the contribution of our boarders to the wider school community. Considering that much of today’s youth are leaving home at age 20 and above, these boys are making an early start by joining the boarding community at around 11 years of age, equipping them with lots of important life skills.”

“Our boarders always appreciate the opportunity to stay with day student families over weekends. If any family would like to get involved, I encourage them to get in touch.”

We would like to thank all day parents for transporting our boarders to and from community sport. If you would like to know more or have enquiries, please contact Brad Downing.