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hen it comes to education, there are as many different opinions as there are options. In today’s society where it’s more and more common - and more necessary for both Mum and Dad to work, schools are meeting the demand head on and offering many different choices for parents. Richard Stokes, Executive Director at the Australian Boarding Schools Association discusses these options in his contributed article; The Future of Boarding Schools. In another article from Richard Stokes, From Child to Young Adult, he discusses the trials and tribulations of having a child go to boarding school and in many respects growing up to return home very much a young adult. I had someone I know express that they thought this article was very negative and may put some people off the prospect of boarding school. I decided to include the article nevertheless due to 2

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the fact that many people do not have the option of whether to send their child to boarding school. Many of you are working such long hours, have to travel for work, and of course there’s our FIFO/DIDO readers. Then there are those of you who feel it’s the best option for your child. We here at Mining Life & Living Magazine believe it’s important not to hide or avoid issues or certain topics, but instead address them head on and assist our readers with them. After all, if we don’t cover a problem, doesn’t mean the issue isn’t still there. It would mean in fact that perhaps our readers are caught unaware – and don’t handle the issue as well as they might if they were informed of it earlier on. That being said though, I don’t believe the article is a negative one, but in fact highlights the positives of these changes. Your child will grow up no matter what, and if the thought of them doing so is one a parent shies away from, it’s not boarding school that’s the problem here. They will come back more educated and mature –

just as the article suggests, From Child to Young Adult. I would love to hear what you think about the issue, or in face any of the issues brought up in Mining Life & Living Magazine. Please write to me at – we might even publish your letter in the next edition. Until then, happy reading and for those of you looking for the right school for your child, we wish you the best of luck and hope this insert has been of some assistance.

Bettina Maniatis Editor

Leaders in Boarding Education

with a host of on-campus activities. Links with other Brisbane boarding schools extended the boys’ friendship networks beyond the confines of BGS. Expanded leadership opportunities in 2012 gave some Prefects the chance to take on pastoral roles with the junior boys, while others formed a service group to organise House events such as quiz nights and the regular Monday night formal house dinners, which featured fascinating guest speakers from sports stars to rock icons. Next year, boarders in Years 7 to 10 will take part in the Life Skills Program which will teach them everyday age appropriate skills. Experts in a variety of fields will teach the program, giving the boys the chance to learn what they may have otherwise learnt if at home on a daily basis. Director of Boarding Simon Hill said while he

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Boarders from across Queensland, NSW, PNG and as far away as Hungary herald another year of success and friendships with a fun Christmas celebration.

was thrilled with the boarding house programs this year, ultimately it was the little things that lived longest in the boys’ minds: the laughter in the corridors, the chats with House staff, epic touch footy games and stories of triumph and despair. “It is this togetherness – the shared experiences – that make Harlin House all that it is, and something of which we are all extremely proud,” Mr Hill said.

Brisbane Grammar School is a leading Australian day and boarding school for boys, offering flexibility to suit your work and family situation. Ask us now about short-notice boarding placements and boarding options for 2013 and beyond, including places for Year 7, 2015. For further information contact our Registrar, Ms Catherine McMahon, on (07) 3834 5200 or or visit our website

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he year of 2012 has marked a significant and exciting period in boarding at Brisbane Grammar School with new staff members leading the charge in delivering world class programs. The three key boarding programs – Academic Enrichment, Activities Enrichment and Leadership – have been highly successful, with a fourth, ‘Life Skills’, to be added in 2013. The Academic Enrichment Program, delivered by Brisbane Grammar teaching staff, could be likened to a day boy taking his subject teacher home to help with homework, assignments and subject specific knowledge. The boarders need do no more than walk a short distance to the fully resourced library to meet with a specialist teacher, in what has amounted to a week’s worth of extra tutoring across the year. The Activities Enrichment Program has included trips to theme parks, Suncorp Stadium, cultural events, the beach, go karting and bowling, together

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Steele Luscombe Nudgee College Old Boy 2003-2007 Apprentice Builder

Boarding at Nudgee College provides a variety of pathways. Whether it be academic, cultural, personal, spiritual, sporting or vocational, Nudgee College will help your son find his path in the world. • • • • • • • • •

Boarding Years 6 – 12 Day school Years 5 – 12 Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition Extensive social justice program Choice of 33 OP subjects Gifted & Talented program Vocational Education Program Member of Queensland GPS World class academic & sporting facilities • 136 ha suburban property • Established in 1891

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR 2013 St Joseph’s Nudgee College 2199 Sandgate Rd Boondall, Queensland (07) 3865 0555



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s a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition, St Joseph’s Nudgee College encourages students to become Signum Fidei – Signs of Faith – for the world and is committed to preparing them for life beyond the college gates. Whether a student’s interest lies in the academic, community, cultural, faith, sporting, or vocational arena, Nudgee College’s holistic approach to education ensures the opportunities offered to, and the principles instilled in, him during his time at the college will help to set him up for when he leaves. “Nudgee College offered me opportunity and diversity,” said Old Boy and builder Steele Luscombe. “The program we had at the college and the classes were very much like a construction site. “I still did OP while I was at the school so I was able to keep my options open and still do architecture if I wanted too. From the guidance I had in Years 11 and 12 through the construction program I was able to line up a job with Hutchinson Builders.” Steele is just one of thousands of Old Boys who Nudgee College has assisted to develop as fully as possible within a safe and caring environment. The College’s Mission Statement is centred around inspiring young men to live justly, igniting in them faith, compassion and a love of learning. In line with the college’s commitment to educating young men and promoting their formation in Christian virtue and conscience, each student’s growth and development is carefully managed all

“Nudgee College aims to be a community that engages in partnerships where each person is empowered and enriched.” the way through to graduation. Nudgee College aims to be a community that engages in partnerships where each person is empowered and enriched. A welcoming atmosphere is established for every student and, through a formal and informal program of student formation, the college strives to provide a school

where students feel cared for, valued and happy. Nudgee College students enjoy a combination of technologically advanced classrooms, a cattle yard, vineyard and first class sporting facilities with a vocational education program and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Modern classrooms featuring the latest in educational technology and a diverse curriculum that caters for a range of interest levels, guarantees students can follow a variety of pathways. The recently refurbished drama and hospitality spaces and Science Centre as well as the new Trade Training Centre have enhanced the academic offering for students interested in these areas. Outside the classroom, world class sporting facilities that include rugby, football and cricket fields, two swimming pools, cattle yard, vineyard, tennis courts, an indoor gymnasium with volleyball and basketball courts, and a synthetic athletics track allow students to develop healthy lifestyle habits through extra-curricular activities. Students with an interest in music, art and drama aren’t forgotten either. Musicians can play in one of the college’s bands and ensembles, or the award-winning NC DrumLine while budding artists are encouraged to exhibit their work in a number of competitions and exhibitions and those with a flair for the dramatic can participate in the College’s annual production. To hear more about Steele’s experiences and to find out what Nudgee College can offer your son, visit

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Untapped Potential in Mining Boom T

he resources boom may be attracting workers from around the globe to Western Australia, but workers from the eastern states remain reluctant to move west. A research project led by Edith Cowan University (ECU) may have found the answer for this reluctance: workers view moving to WA as akin to moving overseas, with all the associated issues of relocation, extra costs and social isolation. In an industry-first study, Dr Susanne Bahn questioned resources companies and their recruitment agents about why they were bringing overseas workers into WA, using the 457 business visa, to fill the skills shortage. “The cost of living, social isolation and remote job locations compounded the reasons why skilled Australian workers are staying put,” Dr Bahn said. “Moving away from family and friends, the fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) working arrangements, a lack of social infrastructure and accommodation with reasonable rents, and the perceived high cost of living were the main reasons.” “With a lack of willing or available Australian recruits, resources companies are left with little alternative other than to plug the recruitment gaps with specialist skilled migrant workers.” With the industry requiring specialist skills, companies are turning to foreign workers to plug the gaps as there is no real alternative. But they are paying the price, with the cost of bringing a foreign worker to Australia costing up to $65,000. University graduates are an alternative, but according to Dr Bahn, the industry feels that many


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are not graduating ‘work ready’. “Training within Australia does not provide sufficient hands-on experience for students to ensure they are work ready,” Dr Bahn said. “The resources companies want graduates that can hit the ground running, graduates who can take responsibility for multi-million dollar equipment for example.” Australian universities are already working to ensure graduates have the skills employers want and the knowledge base to gain employment in the resources industry. ECU has teamed up with Schneider Electric to

provide a state-of-the-art engineering facility for its students. The Schneider Electric Automation and Control Laboratory, housed within the new multi-million dollar engineering building on ECU’s Joondalup Campus in Perth, features the latest engineering and processing technology and equipment. ECU also offered three new engineering courses for the first time in 2012. The Marine and Offshore Systems, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering programs are designed to give students the theoretical and practical knowledge to succeed in the oil and gas industry. According to Dr Bahn, the resources sector will continue to use a mix of overseas, eastern states and graduates to fill its skills gap. Foreign workers will provide a short-term solution to assist with intensive construction phase of resource projects. “Highly skilled migrant workers can also pass on their knowledge and skills to Australian workers thereby training them in new and innovative practices,” Dr Bahn said. As for eastern states workers, Dr Bahn has called on the Government to take another look at the incentives it provides for them to relocate to WA. “Encouraging and supporting skilled Australian workers to move interstate with incentives and support to improve assimilation for working and living in WA, both in Perth and the regions, is needed.” For more information about studying at ECU, visit www.

Balance uni and work with our flexiBle online courses At ECU, we’re focused on helping you reach your full potential. We believe uni should fit around your aspirations and lifestyle, so you can choose from a wide variety of courses as well as part-time and online study options. Plus, a degree from ECU means that you’ve learned through a balance of theory, practice and industry experience, to gain skills that employers can put to work straight away. We have also been awarded five star ratings for teaching quality and graduate satisfaction, as well as being recognised as one of the best ‘new breed’ global universities to emerge in the last 50 years, recently being named in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list. “I wantEd a CoURSE wIth an IndUStRy foCUS, and ECU dId not dISappoInt!” “As a full-time employee with a major mining company and living in a mining town in the Pilbara region of WA, I needed a course that could be done completely online. I also wanted a course with a significant focus on local industries such as iron ore mining and oil and gas. ECU did not disappoint! My course provided a strong foundation in all aspects of occupational health and safety, which I have applied on the job. It’s boosted my confidence in the field, and enhanced my existing knowledge of the industry.” Gregory Ho – ECU Master of Occupational Safety and Health. For further information Call 134 ECU (134 328), email or visit

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The Future

of Boarding Schools S

o many of the population involved in education today, especially those working in private schools, are wondering whether the traditional boarding school will survive. But what is a traditional boarding school? In Australian terms this is difficult to answer, as there are many different types of schools which offer boarding. Some are aimed mainly at the country market, providing education for ‘kids from the bush’. Others aim at the overseas market, looking to provide an education for those students from non-English speaking countries, particularly those from Asia. Yet others aim at the short distance market – those from within 100km of the school but who


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need a boarding school for some reason or another. Schools are recognising the changing expectations of the market, and adapting, refocusing and reconfiguring their services to respond to these market forces. Boarding schools are looking at a range of options, such as extended day, weekly boarding and short term stays. Many families are keen to have time together every weekend, so a weekly boarding option has become common in most schools in Australia. Such an option, coupled with the support and supervision provided whilst boarders undertake their homework, assignments and study, help many families who have struggled

to provide a suitable environment for academic excellence. The structure provided by a boarding school is one in which adolescents can really excel, and coupled with the freedom offered by being able to be at home on weekends, this provides an excellent choice for many families. Casual boarding, where students stay for two or three nights a week, is becoming increasingly common in many schools. Such an offering helps those students who are actively involved in the co-curricular programme of schools and helps save wasted travel time which can be transferred into study and social time together. Schools often offer this at a

reduced rate, providing families with a real option to long hours on buses or trains or in cars. Short stay boarding, where students stay for a week, two weeks or up to a term, is also an option many boarding schools have begun to offer. Many parents have particularly busy times in their work schedule, or must travel interstate or overseas for short periods, and schools which allow students to stay in the boarding house during such periods have often picked up full time or weekly boarders as the children have enjoyed the time in boarding, and often have achieved excellent results with their studies. Long day boarding is another of the new breed of offerings. Some schools have branched into offering their students the opportunity to stay at school longer, do homework, have dinner, participate in clubs and sports training, all before their parents pick them up on their way home from a long day at work. For those families living reasonably close to the school where the parents still want daily contact with their child, the long day option is very attractive. But why would parents consider sending their child to a boarding school in the first place? A boarding school provides a real community for those within. The opportunity to be a part of a group is one we all crave, and when young people live together they develop excellent relationships with those others in the community. It is often said that boarders develop ‘friends for life’, but this is never more evident than at school re-unions when those who boarded together share their memories of the good times, and sometimes also the bad times, of their life at school. There is no better structure for our young

people in which to build their social skilling. With the changing types of boys and girls becoming boarders with the ever decreasing rural population, the single parent families, the working parents, the kids out of control, and those looking for the status of being a boarder amongst others pose many challenges, but the routines and structures provided by our boarding schools are second to none. Boarding House staff are optimistic about the possibility that happiness will take place in the boarding house in spite of occasional setbacks or failures. Under the guidance of such house staff, boarders get the feeling that success is possible and those goals of learning can be obtained. Good communication, cohesiveness,

and morale are all causes and effects of positive group activity. Boarding Schools teach the students living within them a mixture of independence and dependence while they are away at school. Parents should not expect the child they sent away to be the same person when they return after two, three or more years in their boarding houses. They will most likely have become a young adult – hopefully an independent thinker who shows manners and self acceptance, but certainly one who can stand on their own two feet and look after themselves. For more on the topic of your child becoming a young adult, see over the page at my article: From Child to Young Adult.

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From Child to Young Adult The independence of boarders


any boys and girls who leave home at the age of 12 return to live at home full time when they are in the throws of adulthood - having pushed the boundaries through adolescence and worked out how to stand on their own two feet. So when your daughter or son returns after five years of boarding (or even one) don’t expect them to be the same person you sent away – they will have very much become an ‘adult’ – hopefully an independent thinker who shows manners


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and self-acceptance, but certainly one who can stand on their own two feet and look after themself. Mum telling them to keep their room tidy or having Mum or Dad asking questions about their private life, is sometimes just too much, and can cause clashes between parents and child. Boarding schools produce very independent young women and men. They have had to stand up for themselves both amongst a large number of their peers

as well as a mixture of staff. They have experienced showering in a group, sharing a bedroom with strangers, not being able to be by themselves as they discover a newly found sexuality or grieve over a death in the family, being pressured to dress and behave in certain manners dictated by the group and which sometimes conflict not only with those in authority but their own thoughts as well. Each of these experiences builds a certain character in a boarder which makes those who work in boarding schools proud

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because they can often say they have had a huge and positive impact upon their lives and their growing up. And all though this time, the mothers and fathers are at home, away from the challenges of an adolescent arguing just for the sake of the argument, of adolescents trying the limits to see how far they will be allowed to go, of watching relationships with the opposite sex develop healthily. Boarding staff who take their jobs seriously can look back at the young men and women who leave them with a pride that most others in an occupation can never experience. Parents receive home someone much more mature and developed than the person who left. The few weeks spent at home during school holidays are just that – holidays to enjoy their company again, to spoil them, to go away. But when the reality of living together hits, it can cause issues. Firstly the young adults often miss having their friends around them – they get lonely and miss the camaraderie of the group. While at school they have not had such a close input from an adult – in boarding school the ratio was always around 1:30 while at home it can be 1:1. And to top it all off, they are adults themselves and the last dealing their Mums and Dads had with them were when they were a child. Something that parents may not be aware of when it comes to boarding is the mixture of independence and dependence that boarders are taught while they are away at school. The more you as a parent can prepare for this, the easier the transition will be for both parent and child.

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Boarding at Cathedral - A home away from home

The Cathedral School Phone 4722 2000 154 Ross River Road, Mundingburra w w w. c a t h e d r a l . q l d . e d u . a u


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he Cathedral School in Townsville is home to approximately 150 boarding students from many different backgrounds, including those from rural families, coastal and island communities and overseas. A happy and safe environment, modern facilities and delicious meals make it the ideal home away from home. Boys and girls from Years 7 to 12 are accommodated in separate

dormitories, where they are cared for by live-in house parents and dormitory supervisors. Staff take care to establish a friendly and supportive environment based on co-operation, trust and mutual respect. All boarders live in modern, air-conditioned dormitories, complete with their own study desk, lockable storage and high-speed broadband internet access. Year 11 and 12 students have private rooms whilst younger boarders share with one to three other students, but individual areas allow for privacy and individuality. The Cathedral School is committed to providing a very high standard in boarding accommodation, with over $8 million spent on refurbishment and extension of the dormitories in recent years. The latest improvement to boarding facilities was completed in 2011. A $3.8 million upgrade of the Sister Frances Dormitory for senior girls will ensure all boarding students are able to live, work and play in state of the art facilities.

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enona warmly invites prospective boarders to apply for scholarships for 2014. "Wenona's boarders have always been a really important part of what makes our school extraordinary," said Wenona Principal Dr Briony Scott. "In our earlier years, it was the country boarders who helped bring new ideas and experiences into our school, broadening the worlds of the city girls, and vice versa. "These days, it is no different, except that we have boarders from even further afield, such as China and France as well as from Lord Howe Island, Darwin, Bombala and Orange, for example. "At Wenona, we are very aware of the importance of education for women everywhere in the world, based on our motto, Ut Prosim, that I may serve, established in 1886.” Boarding places are limited to about 50, to enhance the “home away from home” feel. Please visit to find out more about a Wenona education, boarding, scholarships and more.

Opportunity and Continuity


esearch about providing continuity for early teenagers indicates that having routine and structure in their lives is very important to their overall wellbeing. This includes a stable family life and their ability to reap advantage from the excellent opportunities a reliable education can provide. We all want to provide for our children and see them happy in their choices for a successful life. So is a FIFO/DIDO or a remote working life having an effect on the continuity your children are seeking? At the Glennie School they offer continuity and combine it with excellent opportunities for girls’ education in a secure and happy learning and living environment. Boarding at Glennie commences in Year 7 where lasting friendships develop, your daughter’s other family is established and individual happiness is foremost. With society, the media and teen role models giving mixed messages to these early teenagers, they are becoming more independent but still highly influenced by the changes adolescence brings. Glennie’s Middle and Senior Years programs (Year 7 to Year 12) are specifically designed to provide the opportunity for girls to learn and grow in ways that acknowledge and respect this unique and special time of adolescence and also provides the best environment for academic, emotional and social development. A Glennie education is a priceless investment in your daughter’s future. Places for 2013 are already filling fast. So if you are contemplating a school for your daughter, please contact Annie Muller on 07 4688 8807 or Alternatively, go to and also find out about the day, casual and weekly boarding options.

WENONA Celebrating excellence in girls’ education since 1886 Find out about Wenona’s scholarships, Residential Program, caring community, global outlook, impressive HSC results and vibrant learning environment, close to Sydney’s cultural centre.

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very student, regardless of their circumstance, deserves an opportunity to succeed in life. Some students need a little extra help to actively engage in learning and to reach their full potential. The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships for students studying at public schools. The Foundation aims to remove some of the barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage, and to help talented students to excel. “Education has the power to change lives,” said PEF Chief Executive, Verity Firth. “The Public Education Foundation doesn’t exist to do the job of Government and fund core subjects, but to support students with particular educational needs or talents – students who without extra help, will struggle to reach their full potential.” The PEF offers a range of scholarships each year including the Friends of Zainab Scholarship that provides financial support for refugee students through the critical years of their High School Certificate (HSC). The Scholarship also provides for financial support to assist refugee students transition to university. Without the support of the Friends of Zainab Scholarship, many of these students would be at risk of leaving school before completing the HSC. A young female student named Nahid received the Friends of Zainab Scholarship in 2006. Nahid was 13 years old when she enrolled at Holroyd High School Intensive English Centre. She could not speak English and she had no formal education having been home-schooled by her

“The Foundation aims to remove some of the barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage, and to help talented students to excel.” mother in Afghanistan. When she entered the gates of Holroyd High in 2002, she had never attended a school before in her life. In 2006, with the help of the Friends of Zainab Scholarship, she finished her HSC and is now completing a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Western Sydney. Nahid’s story is a tribute to the power of education and a reminder of the contribution people from all backgrounds can make to our society when we give them a chance. In 2009 the PEF was approached by a gentleman living in the Inner West of Sydney who wanted to contribute to scholarships for kids who were doing it tough in his local area. The donor himself had struggled to meet his educational costs as a young student and had been the beneficiary of the generosity of others. It was due to the kindness of others that he was able to complete his schooling and build a successful career in the trades industry. With

his financial support, the PEF has been able to create a scholarship program that will support two students each year, who are interested in pursuing a career in trades or technology, through their final years of school and on to tertiary studies. These are students who, without a little extra help, would be at risk of disengaging from studies. If you are interested in supporting a scholarship through the Public Education Foundation, please visit or phone 02 9266 8681 for more information. Individuals can support a range of existing scholarship programs, or The PEF can work with businesses and individuals to create a scholarship package unique to your organisation. “The impact we can have on young students is only limited by the donations we receive and we ask all Australians to consider giving the gift of education to the next generation” said Ms Firth. Scholarships provided by the Public Education Foundation involve more than mere financial rewards. They paves a path for students to truly succeed in their desired career field; an opportunity to change a student’s life. Telephone: 02 9266 8681

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The School offers Pre-Prep to Year 12 co-educational learning in a safe and friendly country environment, with separate boarding sites for boys and girls from Year 7.

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