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National Boarding Week was a fantastic opportunity to lift the profile of our boarding students and celebrate some of their amazing stories, backgrounds and aspirations.

St Peter’s College is a Boarding School and the boarding community is integral to the culture and life of the School.

Our boarders all share the challenges of living away from home, missing family and friends and adjusting to living together in a community. Yet our 91 boarders come from vastly different backgrounds. We have students from seven different countries, five different states and territories, students from local, rural and remote areas and students with different language and cultural backgrounds. Each student has their own unique story and identity. We want all our boarders to be proud of who they are and where they come from. We want them to feel comfortable sharing their stories with staff, students and the wider SPSC community.

On Wednesday 17 May we hosted an afternoon tea and ‘Open Day’ in the Boarding House. Year 12 students invited some of their teachers to visit the Boarding House and took them on tours around the precinct, where they were able to glean an insight into boarding life.

We then had presentations from three students about their own individual SPSC journey and a reflection on their time at the School and in the Boarding House.

Well done to Year 12 students Sonny Driver, Sam MacLeod and Branson Inns (pictured below) for having the confidence to share their stories. All boys spoke incredibly well, shared interesting photos, anecdotes and answered many questions from the staff.

Thursday 18 May saw the annual ‘Boarders’ Muster’. We had two boys speak about their journey to Saints and their experience of boarding. Well done to both William Hawker (Year 10) and Alex Waters (Year 11) for delivering their interesting and personal reflections. I would also like to thank George Comely for editing and producing the impressive video that was presented at Muster.

We want our boarders to thrive at St Peter’s College. We want them to have a strong community to support and guide them when they are away from their homes. We want them to be connected to their classmates and teachers and to be proud of their background and their identity. The boarders have been an integral part of the fabric and identity of St Peter’s for nearly 175 years. I hope the diversity and talent within our boarding cohort will long be acknowledged, understood and celebrated.

Tim Angus
Director of Boarding