CGS Boarding Brochure 2022

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AT CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WE ASPIRE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE CURIOUS, CREATIVE, CONFIDENT AND COMPASSIONATE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.


WELCOME TO CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL Canberra Grammar School is an Independent Anglican School offering outstanding academic education, co-curricular opportunities and pastoral care to day and boarding students of all backgrounds and faiths, within a community guided by Christian values. The School respects and nurtures all students as individuals, seeking to inspire, support and celebrate the efforts of all in realising their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social, and physical aspirations. Building on the professional expertise of its staff, the commitment of its community and the resources of the nation’s capital, Canberra Grammar School aims to be the most dynamic and distinctive centre of learning in Australia.


WELCOME TO CGS BOARDING Canberra Grammar School was founded in 1928 for boarders and maintains a passionate belief that boarding provides the beating heart of the School’s community. With more than a hundred boarders from regional Australia, international locations and the parliamentary, diplomatic and defence communities that call Canberra home, we have a vibrant and diverse student body. The students live in a friendly and welcoming home away from home, with all the resources of the School and Australia’s best-kept secret – our national capital! Our boarders have 24-hour, seven-days-a-week support from an incredible team of dedicated and caring professionals, led by the Heads of Boarding. In 2020, both the Heads of Boarding became non-teaching positions. This ensured their focus is solely on the care and wellbeing of the boarders beyond the School environment. Jenny has over 20 years of experience teaching girls with a focus on pastoral care. She oversaw the introduction of girls’ boarding at CGS and continues to successfully nurture this new stage in CGS Boarding. Kiel also brings distinctive pastoral skills developed from working as a psychologist, with the past five years working in an educational and boarding setting. Previously, he worked in homeless transitional support and was a member of the Australian Men’s Hockey Team for almost a decade. Jenny and Kiel live on campus with their families: Jenny with her husband, and Kiel with his wife and four boys. Kiel and Jenny have a passion for building relationships and promoting young people to become independent, capable citizens who are the best versions of themselves. They encourage all under their care to strive for personal fulfilment and a strong sense of identity, through the pursuit of strong values. Jenny and Kiel’s philosophy on boarding centres on creating a safe environment where every student feels valued and connected, supported in their endeavours, and is provided developmentally appropriate opportunities to explore themselves and their world.

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Altogether, the Boarding students, staff and families are known as Manaro House. Our values—mindful, adaptable, nurturing, adventurous, respectful, original—reflect our hope and expectation for the growth of our boarders and are perpetuated by staff and parents. We support the boarders’ development to embrace these values via our overall structures and micro-interactions: our mentoring structures, promotion of hobbies and activities, dynamic room allocations, encouragement of independent decision-making and navigation of the consequences of their decisions. These values are affirmed by the student leadership of enthusiastic Year 12 boarders, who encourage and maintain the special bond between boarders. Outside of the School’s grounds, boarders have all the advantages of living in the national capital. Canberra city is surrounded by stunning landscapes and hidden natural wonders. Close by, students will find top universities, libraries, and cultural and sporting institutions. All of this comes with the safety and ease of a city much smaller than Sydney or Melbourne, and at a much lower cost. At Canberra Grammar School, we know that all families are different, and we provide a range of boarding options for the varied and changing needs of modern families. In addition to full boarding, families can also opt for weekly boarding, in which students board up to five nights a week, or casual boarding, in which students board from time to time according to family needs. Our goal in providing an unmatchable boarding experience, as in every aspect of school life, is to respect and nurture all students as individuals, while supporting and celebrating their efforts to realise their aspirations. We invite you to further explore a potential Canberra Grammar School boarding experience. Dr Justin Garrick Head of School

Mrs Jenny Hunter Head of Girls’ Boarding

Mr Kiel Brown Head of Boys’ Boarding

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MANARO HOUSE VALUES

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WHERE ARE OUR BOARDERS FROM?

Our boarders come from far and near – rural and regional Australia, overseas schools and international defence and diplomatic communities. This offers great diversity to the community, and a unique opportunity for all students to learn from and grow with each other.

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PASTORAL CARE & SUPERVISION BOARDING STAFF STRUCTURE HEAD OF SCHOOL DR JUSTIN GARRICK

HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL MR DAVID SMART

HEAD OF GIRLS’ BOARDING

HEAD OF BOYS’ BOARDING

MRS JENNY HUNTER

MR KIEL BROWN

ASSISTANT HEAD OF GIRLS BOARDING

ASSISTANT HEAD OF BOYS BOARDING

MS OLIVIA GURNEY

MR LAWSON WASER

BOARDING COORDINATORS & HEALTH CLINIC STAFF (REGISTERED NURSES & DR DI DIO)

8 SUPERVISORS ASSISTING IN CARE FOR ALL BOARDERS INCLUDING 6 RESIDENTIAL SUPERVISORS EACH FOR BOYS & GIRLS

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Day School Pastoral Care Pastoral care involves the development of the intellectual, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional aspect of every boarder. The Boarding Leadership Team have the primary responsibility of being the carers of the boarders. However, through the Day Student House structure, each boarder has a team of teachers who are involved in the pastoral care of the boarders in their Day Houses. The Heads of Boarding and the Heads of Student Houses work closely to ensure that pastoral care between boarding and school is seamless. The Director of Student Development works closely with the Heads of Boarding and the Heads of Student Houses to develop and implement our holistic well-being programmes school wide. Key pastoral care staff include: • Head of Student House • House Tutor • School Psychologists • Chaplain and Associate Chaplains • Indigenous Student Coordinator • Health Clinic; and, for some • The Defence Transition Mentor • Individual Learning Team; and • Elite Athlete Development Programme.

Parents & Guardians Being the parent/guardian of a boarder can be a challenging experience, and each experience is different for each family. It is normal to feel some sense of grief at the time of separation and it is normal for children to be homesick at some point. The Heads of Boarding are committed to assisting parents and guardians to work through these potential challenges. For boarders whose parents live more than two hours car travel away from Canberra, parents are required to nominate a local guardian for that boarder. A local guardian is a person whom the parents, and the Boarding Staff, can rely on in the instances where a boarder is very unwell, requires emergency care, or is required to be removed from the Boarding House for disciplinary reasons.

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FACILITIES & SERVICES

Rooms & Common Spaces The boarding facilities are divided into five areas: the Common Room, Office, Manaro Building A (MA) and Manaro Building B (MB) occupied by male boarders (a total of 85 rooms; almost all single and four shared rooms for younger boarders) and Manaro Building C (MC) occupied by female boarders (a total of 50 single rooms). Every room contains a king single bed, workspace, wardrobe and storage, and reverse cycle air conditioner. Boarders are welcome to appropriately decorate their room. Each building has smaller common spaces for gathering, group work, and recreation. Boarders also have access to the school gym, music practice rooms, weights room, and ovals. Access to the indoor pool occurs in groups and with appropriate supervision.

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Dining Hall & Meals Boarders eat in the Dining Hall at breakfast and dinner and may choose to do so at recess and lunch if they wish. They are free to sit where they like and well-mannered dining etiquette is expected. Afternoon tea and supper (late snack) are enjoyed in the boarding houses. Meal times can be found in the routines listed further on. The menu is approved by a dietitian to ensure the necessary intake of nutrients for boarders of school age. Specific dietary requirements, including allergies, should be included in student data forms, and where necessary, discussed with the relevant Head of Boarding. Servings are portion controlled, however, boarders may require extra helpings due to their activities. Guidance is given by kitchen and boarding staff.

SAMPLE MENU There is a new menu every week and the term’s menus are seasonal. Every meal will have a VEG/GF alternative for students that have dietary requirements and allergies are catered for. Fresh fruit is readily available at any time for students. MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

HOT BREAKFAST

Hot breakfast served with fried eggs

Waffles served with maple syrup

Breakfast burrito

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

MORNING TEA OPTION 1

Chicken & cheese focaccia

Cheese croissant

Ham, cheese & lettuce baguettes

MORNING TEA OPTION 2

Watermelon slices

UP&GO flavoured milks

Assorted housemade muffins

Asturiana fabado (Spanish bean stew)

Lamb navarin served with herb scented pumpkin mash

Roast chicken maryland with barley & bean stew

Platter

Platter

Platter

Corn & avocado salad

Casear salad

Potato salad

Option 1

Chicken wings

Vegetable sticks & dips served with corn chips

Vegetarian spring rolls

Option 2

Flavoured milk

Assorted yoghurts

Tropical chia pots

Main Course

Lemon pepper chicken thigh served with roast chat potatoes

Chicken stirfry with Singapore noodles

Crisy skin barramundi & chicken wings, served with chermoula

Fresh Veggies & Sides

Pasta napolitana

Stirfry Asian greens

Vegetable risotto

1 Salad

1 Salad

LUNCH

Hot lunch Assorted wraps/rolls

DINNER

AFTERNOON TEA

Assorted salads

Salads Dessert

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1 Salad Cheesecake


THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Hot breakfast served with poached eggs

Hot breakfast served with scrambled eggs

Fried eggs served with baked beans

SUNDAY

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

Toast & spreads, selection of pastries, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt

Salami & cheese on Turkish bread

Assorted quiches

Watermelon slices

Bircher museli cups

BBQ pork ribs served with slaw & shoe string fries

Chicken cacciatore served with spaghetti

Minestrone soup served with fresh bread rolls

Platter

Platter

Sandwich bar

Chickpea salad

Greek salad

Chickpea salad

Cheese & Vegemite Scrolls

Assorted muffins

Chicken nuggets & chips

Mediterranean scrolls

Housemade sausage rolls

Seasonal fresh fruit platter

Roast lamb served with sweet potato chipotle mash

Carrot & sweet potato soup served with fresh bread rolls

BBQ Meatballs with parmesan, mash & cream sauce

Roast beef

Steam broccoli

Gourmet meat pie

Creamy pasta

Roast potatoes & steamed broccoli

1 Salad

1 Salad

Cold Continental breakfast Available from 7:00am Toasts & spreads, assorted cereals, muesli, fresh fruit & yoghurt Sunday buffet brunch 11:00am – 1:00pm Selection of bacon, eggs, sausages, chicken, roast tomato, mushrooms, spinach, baked beans or spaghetti, hash browns & pastry items

1 Salad Chocolate pudding

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Academic Support The School provides academic reporting every term and offers a dedicated evening for direct parent-teacher contact, an Academic Conference, at least once a year. Like all families, boarding parents and students are encouraged to actively communicate with teachers and pastoral care support persons directly regarding the student’s academic progress. Boarders are encouraged to use their particular supports to become reflective, self-directing learners who accept personal responsibility for their academic participation and progress. Most find that boarding routines, the atmosphere of dedicated study times, and leaning on support from others helps them to manage their work well. However, we also find that, for some, distractions can take hold and the lack of parental oversight can make it hard for them to focus. Boarding does not cure all academic issues, nor does it cause them all. Each student is an individual and has individual needs. Boarders should develop positive and self-directed study habits if they apply consistent effort, take advantage of supervised study time, and use opportunities to obtain assistance in planning, motivation, and progression. Boarding provides easy access to these opportunities, including the following avenues of assistance: Self-Help: The best way a boarder can help themself is by asking just one of the many people around them for help. Boarding Supervisors: Our Boarding Supervisors are a mix of teachers, university students, and members of the workforce. They all have abilities that can be useful for boarders’ study. This may come in the form of direct tutoring on a subject, help with planning and organisation, or advice on study habits. Senior Students: Most of our senior students are happy to help younger students with their work in subjects in which they have strengths. There is also an ongoing roster of senior boarders who attend Junior Prep to help when this is needed. Teaching Staff: From Monday – Thursday, a range of teaching staff may provide academic support for boarders during Prep. The staff come from a range of departments in the day school. Students can also approach subject teachers for additional help, which can take place during breaks and before or after school.

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Department Tutorials: Some departments including English, Maths and Science, run department-based tutorials before and after school. Students are encouraged to attend these regularly to access personalised help in these subject areas. Private Tutoring: Parents may arrange for private tutoring that boarders may attend either on or off-campus. Prior to engaging private tutoring, parents need to discuss arrangements with the relevant Head of Boarding.

Prep Prep is an important element of the routine for boarders in which they complete homework and independent study. It provides an environment that allows each boarder to work unhindered and uninterrupted but with support when required. Prep times are graduated for each year group and for junior boarders, this will occur in a classroom nearby to the Boarding House. During Prep, boarders are supervised by the staff on duty. Senior boarders may study in their rooms, with their doors open, or in one of the communal areas for group work.

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Use of Devices Computers can be used during Prep when necessary. Although students have access to the School Wi-Fi network, certain applications and websites are blocked. These include inappropriate websites, at all times, and the restriction of access to social media during Prep time. Boarders in Years 7 to 12 are required to hand in phones 30 minutes prior to lights out from Sunday to Thursday. Senior students may keep their laptops overnight. Boarders in Years 7 to 10 are required to surrender all other devices (laptops and tablets) 30 minutes prior to lights out. Desktop computers, TVs and gaming consoles are not permitted for any boarders.

Recreation Boarding provides a varied programme of excursions and activities that are age-appropriate for our boarders, generally on an ‘opt-in’ basis. We aim to provide opportunities that are fun, as well as those that assist in social development and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Activities may include bushwalking, swimming, ten-pin bowling, laser tag, golf lessons and games, cooking, movies, beach visits, mountain biking, indoor rock climbing, theatre, cultural and local sports events. All activities are supervised by the boarding staff and, when necessary, qualified professionals. We provide free activities as much as possible, but some will necessitate a cost. We aim to keep costs to a minimum and require parental permission for any activity for which the cost exceeds $50. Costs for activities will be added to parents’/carers’ school account. On weekends and in their free time boarders may, with the relevant leave approved, venture to nearby areas such as Manuka, Woden Centre, and the City Centre, to explore, eat, shop, and socialise.

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Medical Care: Health Clinic & Multi-disciplinary Services The CGS Health Clinic is staffed by Registered Nurses and is available to students and staff. They provide primary health care to all students, medication storage, first aid for the school community, health promotion, and referrals to allied health professionals. Registered Nurse: Monday to Friday 7:00am to 5:30pm Doctor: The Health Clinic is visited by a Doctor twice a week.

Health Clinic T

+61 (2) 6260 9866

M +61 (0)477 332 622 E healthclinic@cgs.act.edu.au As well as access to the Nurses at the Health Clinic, other services available to boarding students include: • General Practitioner (GP) • Physiotherapist • Orthodontist/Dentist • Podiatrist; and • Counselling/Psychiatric/Psychological treatment. These services are provided by external, qualified professionals, and are billed to the student’s account. Boarders seeking medical attention should first attend the Health Clinic for assessment of their needs. Should the Health Clinic or visiting GP recommend additional services from an external qualified professional, this will be discussed with parents/guardians before an appointment is made. Boarders with a specialist appointment will be accompanied (where possible) by the Boarding Coordinator. Transportation to an appointment is most often in the School vehicle, however, students can walk or take a taxi to nearby appointments — each requiring permission from the student’s parent/guardian.

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Laundry The School offers a comprehensive laundry and mending service to all boarders. All items are washed and ironed (as necessary). All uniform items can be washed, however, occasionally, dry cleaning is required (the cost is charged to the student’s account). All bedding and linen are supplied and laundered regularly. Two towels are provided each week, and more may be provided on request. Boarders are responsible for taking their dirty laundry to the laundry and collecting it after cleaning. Small repairs can be made in-house but larger repairs may need to be outsourced.

Transport Boarder transport is available from 7:00am – 9:00pm. During term time we are committed to trying to accommodate all transport to activities arranged by the School. We also offer transport to various medical appointments at our recommended practices. Students attending external activities are encouraged to use public transport, seek a lift with day-school friends, use their bike or walk. We endeavour to assist with transport at the beginning and end of each term, where families are unable to collect their child/ren. This means transport to local airport, train, and/or bus services.

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Security Canberra Grammar School is monitored by Security1, 24-hours a day. Access to the boarding precinct is through secured doors which require boarders to scan personal wristbands given to boarders at the start of the year. The boarding precinct will have 24-hour camera surveillance in the front entrance, stairwells, and lifts. Security screens are also fitted to windows and doors, to increase the safety of boarders and each building has a set of fire doors to enable easy evacuation, should the need arise. Boarding staff complete thorough inspections of all doors and windows when the precinct is closed for the night. Boarders are responsible for securing their belongings. Adequate lockable storage space is provided for all boarders and they are expected to use it. Boarders should report lost items immediately to staff on duty so that they can make attempts to locate the items. We encourage parents/carers to obtain personal insurance for valuable items.

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ROUTINES, EXPECTATIONS & RULES

Daily Routine Each boarder requires particular care and provisions based on his or her age and year group, as well as in accordance with any special needs or arrangements. Each year group of boarders has guidelines outlining age-appropriate times for sleep, physical activity, study, organised activities and unstructured free time. As there is a large number of students to mobilise each day, it is important that everyone in Manaro adheres to the daily routines. This is especially important for meal times and roll calls. From time to time, variations to daily routines are made for special events or circumstances. Students are notified of these in advance. It is important to note that the routines vary slightly between year groups.

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Weekday Routine TIME

ACTIVITY

ROLL

AM 7:00

Wake up (at the latest)

7:15

Mark off (at the latest) & collect devices

Years 7 to 12

7:40

Breakfast (must be in full uniform)

ALL

8:00

Final preparations for classes

8:15

Room Inspection

ALL

8:30

Boarding House CLOSES

All students at School

8:45

Period 1

9:45

Period 2

10:45

Morning Tea from the Kitchen

11:05

Period 3

PM 12:05

Period 4

1:05

Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:50

Pastoral Time/Assembly

2:25

Period 5

3:25

Boarding House OPENS

3:25

Afternoon Tea collected from Kitchen & Sign In MUST BE in Common Room

3:30

CGS Extra/Free Time/Sport: Houses are QUIET

6:00

Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:00

Prep: Years 7 to 12

8:30

Supper

9:00

Years 7 to 8: hand in devices

9:30

10:00 10:30

Lights out: Years 7 & 8 Years 9 to 10: hand in devices Lights out: Years 9 & 10 Years 11 & 12: hand in phones Final lights out

ALL

Years 7 & 8

Years 9 & 10 Years 11 & 12

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Saturday Routine TIME

ACTIVITY

ROLL

7:30

Breakfast

ALL

9:00

Mark off in Boarding Office

ALL

AM

CGS Co-Curricular Activities Casual Leave Years 7 & 8 in groups of three Years 9 & 10 in pairs Years 11 & 12 may take Leave on their own PM 12:30

Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00

Casual Leave

ALL

Years 7 & 8 in groups of three (Manuka only) Years 9 & 10 in pairs Years 11 & 12 may take Leave on their own 5:30

All Casual Leave concludes

6:00

Dinner in the Dining Hall

ALL

Evening Seniors Leave: Years 11 & 12 only 9:15

Years 7 to 8: hand in devices

9:45

Evening Leave concludes

Years 7 & 8

Lights out: Years 7 & 8 Years 9 & 10: hand in devices 10:15

Lights out: Years 9 & 10

Years 9 & 10

10:30

Lights out: Years 11 & 12

Years 11 & 12

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Sunday Routine TIME

ACTIVITY

ROLL

8:30

Breakfast

ALL

9:00

Roll Call in the Boarding Office

ALL

9:15

Casual Leave

AM

Years 7 & 8 in groups of three Manuka minimum Years 9 & 10 in pairs Years 11 & 12 may take Leave on their own 11:00

Brunch in the Dining Hall

ALL

PM 12:00

Casual Leave Years 7 & 8 in groups of three Manuka minimum Years 9 & 10 in pairs Years 11 & 12 may take leave on their own

5:30

All Casual Leave concludes

6:00

Dinner in the Dining Hall

6:30

Rooms cleaned

7:00

Prep: Years 7 to 12

ALL

8:30

Prep finishes: Years 7 to 12

ALL

ALL

Hand in devices, phones and lights out as per weekday routine

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TESTIMONIALS

I COME FROM A RURAL BACKGROUND, HOURS AWAY FROM THE NEAREST HIGH SCHOOL. IF IT WASN’T FOR BOARDING, I’M NOT SURE WHERE OR HOW I’D BE GOING TO SCHOOL. BOARDING HAS NOT ONLY ALLOWED ME TO ATTEND CGS BUT ALSO ALLOWED ME TO UTILISE SO MUCH THIS SCHOOL HAS TO OFFER OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM—SUCH AS CRICKET AND RUGBY. I HAVE GAINED STRONG INDEPENDENCE SKILLS AND SELF-MOTIVATION; I AM PART OF A COMMUNITY WHICH I BELIEVE HAS GIVEN ME A GREAT ADVANTAGE FOR WHEN I LEAVE SCHOOL AND MOVE INTO THE REAL WORLD. – Tom, Year 11

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I AM A BOARDER AS BOTH OF MY PARENTS LIVE OVERSEAS. BEING A BOARDER HAS ALLOWED ME TO STAY MOTIVATED AND KEEP MYSELF ON TOP OF BOTH MY SCHOOLWORK AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. IT HAS HELPED ME POSITIVELY GROW AS A PERSON AND HELPED ME MAKE CLOSE CONNECTIONS WHICH I HOPE WILL STAY WITH ME FOR A LONG TIME. BOARDING HAS EMPOWERED ME FOR LIFE AS IT HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE ORGANISED AND HOW A GOOD STRUCTURE CAN MAKE ONE’S LIFE A WHOLE LOT EASIER. BOARDING HAS ALSO SHOWN ME THE IMPORTANCE OF KINDNESS. IF YOU ARE KIND TO OTHERS, THESE ACTIONS WILL BE REPLICATED BACK TO YOU. – Hannah, Year 12

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EXPECTATIONS & RULES General Behaviour & Discipline Living near others is one of the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of the boarding experience. Individuals who treat others with respect will find that they, in turn, are well respected. Boarders need to learn to be tolerant of others and respectful of privacy. To do otherwise creates tensions and mistrust, which leads to an unpleasant environment. Every boarder should strive to make Manaro a positive environment. Due to the nature of boarding, the closeness of the community and the impact boarders have on others, the following behaviours are unacceptable: • Bullying or victimisation • Stealing • Unauthorised Leave at any time • The consumption or possession of alcohol or illicit drugs • Having unauthorised visitors in the Boarding House; and • Entering someone else’s room without permission. All Students are subject to the School Policies. All boarders are also expected to adhere to these policies or sanctions will be imposed. Sanctions include, but are not limited to loss of privileges, additional duties, restriction of Leave, detentions, and suspension. The School operates under a philosophy of Positive Human Relations. Boarders are to behave in ways that: • Enhance the welfare of others • Protect the property and rights of others and of the School • Protect the fabric of the School; and • Enhance the reputation of the School.

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Mobile Phone Policy The use of mobile phones is accepted, and it is acknowledged that they give important communication access to parents. The acceptance of the use of mobile phones means that it is expected that they will be used responsibly. Boarders may carry mobile phones, but they are to be switched off on all formal occasions. This includes during class, tutor/assembly times, roll call, meal times and Prep. It is recommended that parents limit the amount of data boarders can access through their phone plan as this allows them to bypass our safety feature on our school network The use of mobile phones is always to be in line with the Student Acceptable Use of Technology Policy. Any breaches of this policy may result in disciplinary action. Each night, all boarders must hand in their mobile phones, which are placed into a secure, locked, charging box, and boarders can collect these the following morning. Years 7 – 10 students also hand-in their laptops/devices. Year 11 and 12 students may keep their laptops overnight.

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Dress Codes & Appearance Students are required to follow the School rules regarding the wearing of the School uniform during School hours and for School events as laid out in the Senior School Student Diary. In addition to wearing the correct uniform, students must ensure that it is clean and neat. As boarders have a laundry service, they should set the standard in this regard. Shoes should be polished, and hats are to be worn during Terms 1 and 4. Dress codes also apply to Manaro and its environment. Boarders must always wear shoes outside of the Boarding House and clothing should be clean and neat. Offensive or provocative t-shirts/garments are not allowed.

Boarders’ Service Our Boarders are involved in Service twice a week and are divided into two elements — Community and Individual. Students are split into groups across the boarding houses to enable relationships to develop with students outside of their usual friendship circles and foster community spirit and responsibility in Manaro House.

Service for the Community The aim is for students to be aware and involved with the upkeep of their Boarding Community at CGS and beyond, to develop a sense of pride and belonging, as well as understanding some hard work! Tasks given include cleaning of Common Room Kitchen, sweeping the floors, polishing school shoes, sweeping common areas, raking leaves and vacuuming the Boarding Vehicles as examples. In addition to this, there is daily responsibility for clearing and cleaning the Dining Hall at each meal time.

Service for the Individual With this element of service, we want the students to be able to recognise the importance of looking after yourself both physically and mentally. Activities can include Yoga, Mindfulness, walks up Red Hill, cross country running, circuits, fun games and stretching.

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BOARDING AT CGS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW EXPERIENCES AND LONG-TERM FRIENDSHIPS—IT IS LIKE HAVING ANOTHER FAMILY; YOUR TUTORS BECOME YOUR PARENTS, AND THE OTHER BOARDERS BECOME YOUR SIBLINGS. EVERYONE IS SUPPORTIVE AND CARING. – Olivia, Year 11 Combining the Best of City & Country | CGS BOARDING | 28


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BOARDERS DO I HAVE TO KEEP MY ROOM TIDY? We ask all our boarders to keep their rooms tidy. Clothing should be stored in the wardrobe and drawers. In particular, the floor needs to be clear so that cleaners can vacuum the carpet.

WHO HELPS ME FIND MY WAY AROUND WHEN I FIRST ARRIVE? You will find the boarding community very friendly and welcoming: there is always someone close by to help if you don’t know where you should go. We will also ‘buddy’ you up with another boarder who will be there to show you around the School and help you with the routine of the Boarding House.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO ON WEEKENDS? On weekends, many boarders have sporting fixtures in which they participate. Often our boarders who are not competing go along to matches to support the School teams. At school, there are tennis courts, the gym and the pool, which are often opened up by the Boarding House staff on duty for you to utilise. There are many interesting things to do in Canberra on the weekend. Bike riding, going to the movies or visiting one of the National Institutions (National Gallery, Australian War Memorial, Questacon, National Museum). If you have family friends here in Canberra, you can catch up with them, or if you want to meet up with friends from the Day School, that is also allowed. You just need to make sure you have applied for the correct Leave and signed out.

CAN I KEEP MY OWN FOOD? In addition to the food provided as outlined above in the sample menu, there is always fruit and smaller snacks available in the Common Rooms. If you have any food/snacks you would like to store, there is a pantry and refrigerator in the Common Rooms that can be used. All items should be clearly labelled with your name. Food should not be stored in bedrooms.

HOW OFTEN CAN I GO HOME? For full-time boarders, you can request Leave to go home on most weekends of the year and of course, you will also go home during the term breaks. There are only two weekends that we ask all boarders to stay in: the first or second weekend of the year and a weekend in Term 4, when our incoming boarding captains organise a weekend of fun activities.

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WHAT CAN I DO AFTER SCHOOL? There are plenty of options for after school activities. In the Common Room, there is a pool table and table tennis table and a welcoming space to hang out with friends. Many boarders have co-curricular activities to attend (sport, art club, code cadets etc), and there are study tutorials held in the library. You can also sign out with the Boarding Coordinator to walk to Manuka. Years 7 – 10 students cannot go alone.

HOW MANY BOARDERS ARE THERE AT CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL? Boarding numbers fluctuate; however, on average we have approximately 120 boarders.

WHERE DO MOST OF THE BOARDERS COME FROM? Most of our boarders come from across NSW, but we also have boarders from other parts of Australia and from overseas.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY ROOM? Canberra Grammar School will provide all your bed linen, pillow, doona and towels. Your room will also have a fan and a bedside light. Apart from personal belongings, your clothes and everything you need for school, you really don’t need to bring anything else. However, some boarders like to bring some personal items such as photos, to decorate their room. You are welcome to put up posters/pictures on the wall, however they must be appropriate for all boarders from Year 7 upwards.

CAN I PHONE HOME? Yes, you can phone home. The only restrictions are: • No phones in the dining hall • No phones during Prep time; and • No calls after lights out.

CAN I GO TO A FRIEND’S HOUSE OVER THE WEEKEND? Boarders may take appropriate and approved leave to visit a friend’s house over the weekend.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PARENTS WHAT IS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY LIKE? Red Hill is one of Canberra’s most pleasant suburbs, with close access to Lake Burley Griffin, the Red Hill nature reserve and Manuka Village shopping area.

WHAT KIND OF ACCESS DO WE HAVE TO OUR SON/DAUGHTER AND WHAT LEAVE ALLOWANCES DO THEY HAVE? Parents may have access to their child at any time. Boarders are allowed to travel home every weekend of the School term if they would like to, assuming leave is approved, though parents should keep in mind that the more consistent the student’s time in the Boarding House is, the quicker they will connect to boarding life. There are only two weekends each year where we ask all boarders to remain in: the first or second weekend of Term 1 and one weekend in Term 4 where the Boarding Captains organise a weekend of fun activities. In addition to weekend leave, if you are visiting Canberra mid-week and would like to take your son/daughter out for dinner, then you are most welcome to do so. If you are in Canberra on a Wednesday evening, you might like to join us for our Family and Friends Dinner in the CGS Dining Hall.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE BOARDING COORDINATOR & BOARDING SUPERVISORS? The Boarding Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day running of the students and Boarding House; they organise appointments, source uniform items, assist with travel arrangements, as some examples. The Supervisors are generally a mix of teachers, university students, and members of the workforce. They work in shifts to assist the Boarding Leadership Team to supervise the students and provide pastoral support to them.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HOMEWORK, SUPERVISION & EXTRA TUITION IN MANARO? The amount of homework to be completed on a nightly basis will vary depending on the year level of your child. All boarders have a set time in the evening where homework is to be completed. We refer to this as Prep time. Prep is supervised by the staff who are on duty. If extra tuition is required for your child, please contact the relevant Head of Boarding to discuss this matter.

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HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE TO A ROOM? All rooms in our newly constructed Boarding House, Manaro C (where the girls currently occupy) are single rooms. In our older Boarding Houses, Manaro A and B (where the boys currently occupy), rooms are mainly single and there are some twins. Boys in Year 7 and 8 are usually accommodated in twin rooms.

WHERE WILL MY CHILD STORE HIS/HER PASSPORT & OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS? Important documents including passports should be handed to the relevant Head of Boarding or Boarding Coordinator for storage. These are kept in the locked storage cupboard in the Boarding Office.

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER NEED? All food and snacks are provided so large amounts of cash are not needed. We understand that our boarders sometimes like to go to Manuka after school or on weekends to eat and socialise, so a small amount of pocket money, at your discretion, is generally sufficient. Most boarders have a bank card that they can use to access cash or make purchases.

HOW CAN I CONTACT MY SON/DAUGHTER? If your son or daughter has a mobile phone, you can call them directly. There are some restrictions on phones so you may not reach them immediately. You can also contact your child by calling the duty phone. Other contact with your child can be made via email, FaceTime or other social media apps. We have found that Skype does not work well at CGS. Of course, you can always write to your son or daughter…. our boarders love receiving mail!

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A CONCERN? If you have any concerns please contact the relevant Head of Boarding or Boarding Coordinator. If the concern is of an academic nature, then you should contact your child(ren)’s subject teacher directly or their Head of Student House by calling the Senior School Reception. These telephone numbers can be found on the next page.

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CONTACTS Senior School Reception

Head of Boys’ Boarding

T +61 (2) 6260 9700 E seniorschool@cgs.act.edu.au

Mr Kiel Brown

Registrar (Enrolments) Ms Huma Cheema T +61 (2) 6260 9700 E admissions@cgs.act.edu.au

M +61 (0)466 949 022 T +61 (2) 6260 9611 E kiel.brown@cgs.act.edu.au

Head of Girls’ Boarding Mrs Jenny Hunter M +61 (0)468 598 565 T +61 (2) 6260 9775 E jennifer.hunter@cgs.act.edu.au

Boarding Coordinator E boardingcoordinator@cgs.act.edu.au T +61 6260 9700 M +61 (0) 477 327876

40 Monaro Crescent, Red Hill ACT 2603 T +61 (2) 6260 9700 E admissions@cgs.act.edu.au CGS.ACT.EDU.AU CRICOS Provider No 00580G