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Boarding FAQ's


"The best thing I experienced as a boarder was making friends with girls from across Australia. This showed me the different experiences girls in the country have compared to me on the coast."

Sophie Ainsworth, Class of 2020, boarder from Newcastle

Who boards at Loreto Normanhurst?

The Boarding School welcomes students from the Sydney basin, country NSW, interstate and Australian expatriate families. Eighty five per cent of boarders come from country NSW.


How many boarders are there?

Loreto Normanhurst welcomes up to 185 boarders.


What’s the accommodation like?

• Years 7 and 8 share two large dormitories.

• Year 9 are in rooms of 2, 3 or 4.

• Years 10-12 enjoy single rooms (there are a few shared rooms in Year 11).


What facilities do boarders have access to?

• Boarders enjoy after-hours and weekend access to school facilities such as the aquatic centre, gym, all purpose courts and tennis courts, and oval.

• The Mary Ward Health Centre provides boarders with access to onsite nurses and counsellors.


What academic support is available?

• Structured study routine

• Academic Care Manager and Homework Helpers.

• Academic Mentors.

• Access to the Library.


How does Loreto Normanhurst transition girls to boarding?

• Smooth transition to boarding through a Buddy system in the boarding and day schools.

• Years 7 and 8 enjoy shared accommodation and the benefits of communal living and relationship building.

• Orientation program in term four of the year prior to starting at Loreto Normanhurst, including a sleepover.


What pastoral care is available?

• Boarding Coordinators provide daily care for boarders and are supported by the Boarding Heads of House and the Deans of Boarding.

• A comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning Program.

• Community Weekends once a term with organised activities.

• Years 7 and 8 enjoy shared accommodation and the benefits of communal living and relationship building.


What is the food like?

• Dietitian approved, well balanced menu prepared by Chartwells seven days a week. The food is varied, plentiful and meets the needs of all the girls, including those with special dietary requirements.

• A new menu is provided each term.

• Breakfast and dinner is served in the Boarders’ Dining Room.

• Boarders collect recess and lunch and eat with their friends during the week.

• Afternoon tea and snacks are available from the common areas.


How do boarders do their laundry?

• Laundry is done off site three times a week.

• Each dorm has access to a washing machine and dryer for delicate and emergency washes.


What kind of recreation programs are available?

• Saturday sport is compulsory for Year 7-10 boarders.

• One Community Weekend each term provides a variety of social and emotional opportunities, life skill programs, age relevant activities and local community events that encourage boarders to get out and about and enjoy what is on offer close to home. 

• Years 7 and 8 recreation programs each Sunday, with the opportunity for boarders in other years to attend when they would like to.


What happens if a boarder is sick?

• The onsite Mary Ward Health Centre provides access to nurses and counsellors who assist with the holistic care of the boarders.

• The nurse attends the boarders in the boarding school for medication early in the morning and the evening, as well as presenting wellbeing programs around nutrition, hygiene and personal development.

• The Counselling team support the boarding school staff to deliver wellbeing programs as well as providing services in times of stress for the boarders. 

• All of the boarder’s medical needs are met by the nurses in our health centre. They care for the girls on a daily basis and will be in contact with families if their daughter is unwell. 


 How does leave work?

• Boarders and parents submit leave through REACH.

• A flexible boarding model means boarders can spend weekends onsite or offsite with family and friends.

• Leave is age appropriate and increases with age and experience.

• Younger boarders are supported by staff for outings and attendance at appointments.

• Older boarders travel with friends, or with appropriate permissions, are able to travel by themselves to attend appointments and on leave.

• All boarders must return for mass by 6.30pm each Sunday.

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