Boarding Life


All our Boarders enjoy a close-knit community that is busy, productive and fun – fitting in all their College-based interests and many extra-curricular activities. The girls make the most of living in a city, joining in a variety of exciting group outings and activities during weekends.


Each of our three Boarding Houses is under the care of an experienced House Manager. Boarders enjoy a firm framework of support for academic work and artistic, musical or sporting development regardless of their ability.


Homework for girls in Year 7 – 10 is supervised in College classrooms each evening by an experienced tutor. Year 11 – 13 students study in their rooms. These homework arrangements are beneficial for all girls as they are able to work without the distractions of music or television.



All boarding meals are produced by the College chefs and these nutritious and tempting dishes are eaten in the Violet Wood Dining Hall. The menu caters for special diets with a vegetarian menu and salad bar daily.


Boarders are provided with a cooked and continental breakfast in the Violet Wood Dining Hall each day except Sunday, when they have breakfast in their Boarding Houses. Each weekday the girls can prepare a packed lunch in the Dining Hall, prior to breakfast. An optional hot meal with a salad bar is provided every lunch time. Afternoon tea is provided in the Dining Hall on return from school.


The evening meal consists of a main course, fresh vegetables and a selection of salads. A tasty dessert is also provided with dinner. Each Boarding House has basic kitchen facilities for girls who wish to make themselves a snack or hot drink during the evening or at weekends.


Formal dinner is held on Mondays at 6.00pm, which all students attend in uniform and is followed by Chapel. Chapel is a time when Boarders come together as a community, a time for reflection and the development of spiritual values.


Communicating with Home

Access to telephones and the College’s wireless network enables girls to stay in touch with their families. The families of Boarders enjoy weekly contact with the Director of Boarding through the weekly Boarders’ newsletter Heart of the College.


A typical weekday for a St Cuthbert’s College Boarder:

  • 6.30am – Early breakfast available for boarders who attend early sports or music practices
  • 7.00am – Boarders are woken by Boarding House staff
  • 7.20am – Boarders collect morning tea, make a packed lunch or sign up for a hot lunch
  • 7.30 to 7.45am – Breakfast
  • 7.50am – House duties and tidy individual cubicles
  • 8.20am – Boarders leave Boarding House for start of the College day
  • 8.30am – College day commences
  • 12.55 to 1.45pm – Lunch, hot lunches are available for collection
  • 3.25pm – End of College day. Boarders are encouraged to take advantage of all co-curricular activities such as drama, music and sport offered each day
  • 3.30 to 5.50pm – Free time for Year 9 – 13, afternoon tea and shopping leave is available
  • 4.30 to 5.30pm – Supervised prep for Year 7 and 8
  • 6.00 to 6.30pm – Boarders’ dinner
  • 6.30 to 6.45pm – Free time/prepare for prep
  • 6.45 to 8.30pm – Prep for Year 9 – 13 (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • 7.00 to 8.00pm – Year 7 and 8 activity (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • 7.00 to 7.30pm – Boarders’ Chapel Service (Monday)
  • 7.30 to 9.00pm – Prep for Year 9 – 13
  • 8.30pm – Supper in each Boarding House
  • 9.00pm – Year 7 and 8 Boarders’ lights out
  • 9.15pm – Year 9 Boarders’ lights out
  • 9.30pm – Year 10 Boarders’ lights out
  • 9.45pm – Year 11 Boarders’ lights out
  • 10.00pm – Year 12 Boarders’ lights out
  • 10.30pm – Year 13 Boarders’ lights out