WElcome to boarding
Zoe Swan, Boarding House Captain 2016
We’ve got a big year ahead of us, and it’s always comforting to know that the Boarders here are returning to a homely environment, where they can feel comfortable, safe and are surrounded by friends. It’s always exciting to begin a new year – a fresh start, new friends and new experiences. And I’m especially excited to not only meet our new girls, but to get to know the returning girls further.
One very anticipated activity coming up in the New Year is the Boarders’ Coffs Harbour Excursion. All our girls will get the chance to relax, go to the beach and enjoy a break away together after preparing themselves for the coming year. This is a way for all of us to come together as a group and establish our place in the school with encouragement and compassion for one another. It’s an important excursion for us to form these relationships because the start of 2016 brings about enormous pressure. Not just for the Year 12’s starting their HSC course, but also the Year 7’s taking their first steps into high school. But were all here to provide such support, including our Boarders’ Representative Council that is aimed at promoting a positive Boarding experience.
I particularly like coming back to our friendly staff – the House Mothers, Duty Mistresses and our Heads of Boarding, Mr and Mrs Ball. Our Heads of Boarding organise and encourage us to participate in activities like roller skating, bowling, karaoke, slip-and-slide and to go on day excursions to Tamworth and the Bellingen markets to name just a few.
We’re not just here to be company to all the Boarders, but the relationship between the Junior and Senior girls is one that’s enriched with support, care and love for one another. Being a boarder since Year 7 has given me a huge amount of experience and reason to empathise with all of the younger boarders. I wish to have another brilliant year here at PLC Armidale.