Boarding at Newington is a unique and special experience. Having additional access to the school’s teaching and physical resources puts our boarders in the best situation to make the most of what the College has to offer.
Day in the life of a Boarder
Regardless of the reason why some boys choose to board at Newington, our boarders certainly have an advantage living on site. Our well established daily routine is flexible so that the boys can capitalise on all that the school has to offer. We aim to meet the unique academic, co-curricular, emotional and social needs of each boy.
The biggest advantage of our boarding house is our small, close-knit and diverse community. The Boarding House consists of 50 boarders who derive from local, rural and international backgrounds. This provides a wonderful network whilst at school and long afterwards into professional careers and personal life.
Learning at the Boarding House
The boarding house aims to provide a learning environment where boarders can excel and surpass the potential they dreamed of prior to starting.
Boarders sit a compulsory two hour academic preparation session per day, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays. These are between 3:30 – 5:30 PM or 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
- Sessions are held in our well-resourced library
- Sessions are aimed at promoting self-directed learning
- Boys have access to English, Mathematics and Science teaching staff on a 1:1 basis.
- Assistance from Librarians is available to help with research and project management
- Boarders can take advantage of the Strength and Conditioning programs on offer
Examination periods can be stressful and daunting for some students. We aim to provide a warm and safe environment for boys to come home to. During exam periods boarders are supervised in the Boarding House, pending availability of staff.
Sport and Recreation
With Wyvern Preparatory right next door to Edmund Webb Boarding House, the boys have access to the school’s two Synthetic Tennis courts after school and on the weekends. Every Thursday, games are organised for the boys to participate in, as well as a range of other recreational activities hosted either by the school or by the Boarding House outside of the grounds.
On Saturdays, students are encouraged to support ‘local’ games that are taking place, particularly where other boarders are involved.
On average, two-thirds of the house will stay in on the weekends. Over the weekends boarders are invited to participate in a variety of outings including beach visits, BBQs with local schools (eg PLC, Wenona, Ravenswood), movies, ten-pin bowling, rock-climbing, Sky-Zone and sports afternoons on the main campus. On these afternoons, boarders have the College’s entire sports facilities to themselves.
Leave at Newington is managed by an on-line system that aims to increase the security and welfare of our boarders. This system streamlines communication between home and school and assists our boarding staff to locate boarders 24/7.
Leave is relatively flexible, allowing boys to visit family and registered hosts on a weekly basis.
Leave requests can be entered by parents, hosts or boarders and will be communicated via email. Once this leave is approved by parents/guardians and finally by the Head of Boarding, boys are permitted to go on leave. Typically, boarders will go on leave on Friday afternoons or following Saturday sport.
Home away from home
The boarding facility has recently undergone a major refurbishment including bedrooms, bathrooms and recreational facilities - due for completion in 2017. Boarders are offered either single or twin share rooms paired with either ensuites or shared bathrooms. The recreational facilities include basketball and tennis courts on-site, table tennis, pool tables, Foxtel, Apple TV, gaming consoles and music practice halls including drum kits, a piano and keyboards.
Dining and Meals
The boarders use two dining halls. On the weekend, meals are served in the Boarders Dining Room in Edmund Webb House, and during the week, in the Boarders’ Cafeteria on the main campus. The menu is available on our notice boards, but these are subject to change based on the availability of some food items.
All meals at the College are provided by Spotless Catering. They provide quality meals that cater to dietary requirements, preferences, allergies and religious restrictions and fulfil the recommended nutritional value needed for growing teenage boys.
All boys are required to have meals, unless prior permission has been granted and they are expected to be in the dining room at designated hours for breakfast, dinner and supper.
- Breakfast is available in the dining room at Edmund Webb until 7:45 AM and then available in the school cafeteria until 8:25 AM each morning.
- Morning tea and lunch are available at the main school cafeteria.
- Dinner is served at 5:45 PM at the main school (Monday –Thursday) and at Edmund Webb (Friday – Sunday).
- A light supper is available after prep. Boarding Masters attend all meals in the dining room to make sure that the boys are eating their meals.
It is important that parents give the House Master 24 hours notice for Leave to avoid food going to waste.
Fresh Start at Edmund Webb Boarding House
The Christmas Holidays were a hive of activity at Edmund Webb Boarding House as significant renovations took place. Black & White sat down with the Head of Boarding, Mr Troy Stanley to find out what’s new at the Boarding House and what our boarders can expect in the year to come.
The Ready Reckoner
At the start of the year, each student will receive the Ready Reckoner. This document aims to summarise the main procedures and expectations of boarding life. It should be put up in the room where it can act as a quick reference point.
Boarding for Metropolitan Sydney Boys
Edmund Webb House currently caters for 50 boys from Years 9-12, and metropolitan boys make up a third of the intake. The youngest boys are already 14-15 years old and ready to benefit from the added organisational support on campus and mentoring from older boys who are leaders.