|18 May 2022|
This week is National Boarding Week. Boarding week is a huge week for us at Loreto Normanhurst and our boarders as we get to celebrate what it means to be a boarder and the impact Loreto Normanhurst boarding has on our girls.
To this day, Loreto Boarding is affectionately known to our community as ‘the heart of our School.’ Accounting for around 180 of our overall student population, our Boarding Program is pivotal to the educational environment we create. Our Boarding Program helps to expand the accessibility of the holistic education that Mary Ward envisioned for all young women, to students with diverse backgrounds from all over Australia and around the world. The diversity of our boarding community, rich with experiences and stories, fosters a grounded and authentic culture throughout the whole school. For many day and boarding families, this unique culture is a key reason they choose Loreto Normanhurst for their daughters.
For our boarders, the Boarding School is a home away from home. The sense of community fostered in the boarding school is one of the key reasons that girls love boarding at Loreto Normanhurst.
“Being a home away from home, the sense of belonging is critical…It’s about feeling connected, not just with your immediate peers, but across age groups. When these girls leave school, they’ve got great friends and great connections,” says Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding.
Class of 2021 boarders from Dunedoo, sisters Georgia and Charlotte, agree. “Loreto boarding is so special because of the connections you form… as well as that tradition of community spirit; the generations of women that we’re following”, says Charlotte. “You form such a special bond with the girls around you… I can see those bonds of friendships going far beyond the gates of Loreto Normanhurst,” Georgia adds.
Boarding Week presents a range of activities and celebrations to foster that connection between the boarders, with other students and with their families and friends.
To start off the week all the boarders spent the night on the harbour, dressed in pink celebrating for a 'Pink Lady Cruise'. This event celebrates what it means to be a boarder and recognises the incredible opportunities that are provided by being a boarder at Loreto Normanhurst. This was especially exciting for our girls as we haven't been fortunate enough to hold the event in a couple of years.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had an afternoon tea where boarders could invite a day student to accompany them to the boarding school. The boarders really enjoyed showing their friends what being a boarder is all about and what a typical afternoon is like for them. The girls were particularly grateful for the weather that day as it allowed them all to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the afternoon tea.
To conclude boarding week we will be holding 'Boarding Main Event'. The 'Main Event' is the biggest night of the year for our boarding families. Boarding families are able to join with their daughters for dinner in the gymnasium. All the Boarders have been busy preparing performances to share with their families on the night. We can’t wait to see what the girls have put together and know it will be a great way to end the week of activities and celebration.
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