The relationship between boarding and day school – The SCOTS PGC College

For many day parents, and students, the idea of boarding evokes strong emotions
and though most have a view about it, only a small proportion would have first-hand
experience of it, with most views second hand. Even when first-hand, these views
are likely to be out of date, such is the rate of change in boarding schools. Boarding
has been a long standing tradition at the College and through its progress, policies,
professional staff and enhanced focus on family values has seen it remain both
steeped in this tradition yet remain at the forefront of boarding in Australia.
The College is one of a few unique boarding schools where both the day and
boarding students share in many aspects of daily life. Many traditional boarding
schools are organised in a way that the boarders and day students are segregated
outside of the academic lessons. The House structure and meal times during the
weekdays are two areas that exonerate this segregation, where there is a clear
demarcation between what is the day school and what is the boarding school. On
the other hand the College’s inclusion of both day and boarding students in the Clan
system and the shared meal times during the weekdays (and weekends in some
cases), has disentangled the traditional divide between boarding and day students.
This shared experience does not necessarily stop with the confines of the College
campus. As a Head of Boarding it was always inspiring when a day student would
host a boarder on night or weekend leave or a boarding family would host a day
student for similar leave. This sharing of family life, values and community adds
to the emphasis we place on these core values at the College. The true value and
purpose of a boarding school, for day and boarding students, lies within this sharing.
Through the temporary separation from family, in the discipline of the College, in
the engagement of family values in a community and through the unselfish love of
parents, the true boarding school experience can be shared by all College families.
I would therefore encourage all families to open your doors and welcome students,
either day or boarding, to share in the boarding school experience.
Although they may be labelled as schools, colleges, homes, units, centres or
institutions, all have a focus upon residential or boarding education, the informal
learning which occurs when groups of young people and dedicated staff work
together and share daily activities of life
Ewan W. Anderson, 2005