Shift to new boarding era

SENIOR SCHOOL: Living in the Boarding House encouraged responsibility and independence, yet staying in touch with family is important at Canberra Grammar School.
SENIOR SCHOOL: Living in the Boarding House encouraged responsibility and independence, yet staying in touch with family is important at Canberra Grammar School.

Canberra Grammar School has always been a proud boarding school, acknowledging the responsibility and commitment it takes to nurture students who are entrusted to the school's care.

This is the message from head of CGS Dr Justin Garrick.

CGS is a co-educational Independent Anglican School offering academic education, co-curricular opportunities and pastoral care to day and boarding students of all backgrounds and faiths within a community guided by Christian values.

And in 2019, the school opened its brand new purpose-built boarding accommodation.

This represents the next phase of its transition to full co-education with nearly 30 girls in years 7 to 12 joining CGS boarding this year.

In 2020 the school will open its next stage of girls boarding with room for a further 20 girls.

A parent's life is marked by firsts - your first child, their first tooth, and their first day at kindergarten.

But the biggest first some parents have experienced to date may well have been that "first day at boarding school".

Dr Garrick said living in the Boarding House encouraged responsibility and independence, yet staying in touch with family was important to the school.

"As our boarding community grows and as contemporary expectations change, we believe it is necessary to evolve our staffing and our models of supervision and care," he said.

"In 2020 we will shift our boarding care from the traditional model led by a teacher-housemaster - who typically teaches classes and coaches sports during the day then runs a boarding house at night and on weekends - to a more sustainable model of full-time specialist residential care."

Next year will mark the launch of a new unique model for boarding focusing on residential and development care.

With the appointment of a full-time head of residential care, and two assistant heads of residential care (girls and boys), the model will move to focus solely on the provision of care and support for boarders, boarding families, and boarding staff.

Boarders at CGS have 24-hour, seven-day-a-week support from dedicated and caring professionals.

This includes live-in and visiting tutors, a registered nurse and visiting doctor, while the staff provide the support away from home that meets the everyday needs of boarders.

The school encourages prospective families to visit the school during an open day or by arranging an appointment to view the school.

Alternatively, prospective families can tour Canberra Grammar School and boarding facilities in virtual reality at http://cgs.youtour.com.au.

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