PLC Armidale provides a holistic and balanced approach to caring for girls living away from home.
Boarding House Staff at PLC Armidale aim to provide a caring Christian environment and one that upholds the philosophies of independent education. Although the boarders are expected to observe specific rules, and to act as cohesive members of a community, individuality is cherished. We are vitally concerned about our roles as pastoral carers, and work to create a warm and homely environment for the girls within our care.
The weekends provide time for both study and enrichment activities. All boarders may shop in the town centre on Saturday mornings if they have no sporting commitments. This provides the time to purchase essential items and also to browse, as Armidale has many good books, music and specialty shops.
On Sunday boarders may attend Church. Each weekend a Boarders' Chapel service is held in the Dorothy Knox Centre. on the last Sunday of each month boarders are permitted to attend the Sunday markets in the Beardy Street Mall.
Years 11 and 12 boarders are able to attend the cinema or go to a restaurant on Friday or Saturday evenings, and Year 10 may attend the cinema on Friday or Saturday evenings; this is a formally arranged exeat. Suitable videos are available on Friday and Saturday evenings and the senior students take the responsibility for collecting and returning these. There are numerous sporting activities available for students at weekends.
Individual boarding staff add special talents to the life of the boarders. We have duty staff who can take an afternoon sporting outdoor activity such as swimming or horse riding, and depending on interest there can be weekend art or craft activities. The music practice area is available.
Sport and music are important features of after school co-curricular activities and allow students to extend the range of participation developed within the school timetable. Students learning to play an instrument practice every week day under the supervision of a member of the music staff.