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Life as a boarder

Your daughter is about to embark on one of the biggest journeys of her life. Her transition from girl to young woman is a time through which she needs to feel safe, supported and special.
That’s why we take extra care to ensure our Boarding House is a home-away-from-home for our students – we go to every length to create an intimate, friendly and nurturing environment, designed to care for your daughter through every stage of her development.

To find out more, please download the Penrhos College Boarding Prospectus or contact us to arrange a personal campus tour next time you are visiting Perth.

For further information, please contact our Enrolments Team:
Tel: +61 8 9368 9672
Email: enrol@penrhos.wa.edu.au

Boarding School For Girls – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does the Penrhos College boarders' orientation involve?

During our boarders’ orientation, girls and their parents spend time with respective Heads of Years and teachers, our Head of Boarding and Boarding House Mothers, College Counsellors and other relevant members of the Penrhos College community. In these sessions, much information is shared on College procedures and expectations; there is also naturally an opportunity for questions. Girls are then invited to stay overnight in the Boarding House to experience boarding life and to meet both new and current boarders.

Can my daughter board on a weekly (Monday – Friday) basis?

Yes. Girls may go home after school on Friday and return either Sunday night before 8pm or Monday morning before 8am.

Who will care for my daughter in the Boarding House?

Our Head of Boarding has overall responsibility for caring for the girls, along with her team. House Mothers sleep overnight at the Boarding House on all shifts and our Head of Boarding is available 24/7 on-call.

Are there tutors available for help with homework?

Yes. Two tutors are available to assist all year groups from Monday – Thursday nights (inclusive). Also, house mothers are available to help girls with homework, as required.

How does my daughter keep her belongings safe?

All girls have a locked cupboard in their bedroom where they can store their valuables. Money may be kept at the boarding house office if required.


Can my daughter go out on the weekend?

Yes. With parental permission, girls may go out on host leave and, depending on their year group, may join other boarders on movie, shopping and restaurant leave. Please note that leave requirements apply.

What activities are available for boarders on the weekend?

A full range of organised activities is available. Girls are also encouraged to make their own suggestions at the beginning of the year. Activities include socials with other schools, ice-skating, go-karting, paint-balling, theatre visits and movie nights to name but a few!

Does my daughter need to leave the boarding house at mid-term breaks and during school holidays?

Yes. The boarding house closes over these periods.

Is there a buddy system in the boarding house?

Yes. Every boarder is allocated two buddies who contact the prospective boarder prior to her moving into the Boarding House. These friendships often develop into strong bonds within the Boarding House. Friendships to last a lifetime!

What happens if my daughter is sick?

Our Health Centre is situated on campus and caters for all day and boarding students. In the event that your daughter is unwell, she will be attended to by one of our Health Centre nurses. If further attention is required, the Health Centre will contact parents to make any necessary arrangements (i.e. for your daughter to return home or go to stay with relatives etc).

How does the boarding house arrange for doctor's appointments?

The Health Centre will arrange doctor’s appointments for boarders. Parents are welcome to contact the Health Centre with any questions or requests.

How does the boarding house laundry service operate?

Boarders send their school and sport uniform to the laundress. Personal laundry is the responsibility of each boarder.

In what ways can parents make contact with the boarding house?

Parents are welcome to contact the Boarding House at any time. Our Head of Boarding, Boarding House Coordinator and House Mothers are available to discuss any matters of concern, day or night.