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Boarding at Roedean


‘Girls all - unconsciously - smile when asked about life at school. Endorsement doesn’t come much more authentic.’ Good Schools’ Guide 2014 2


Life At Roedean The Six Houses Roedean is the girls’ home from home – we know that girls who are happy and relaxed in their environment will flourish and be successful. For this reason, the school has invested heavily in the four Houses in the main school building – the multi-million pound refurbishment lasted two years, and the results are stunning. The architects brilliantly combined the heritage of the original elements with contemporary features, so that modern showers can be found next to original light fittings in the bathrooms, tea-pot lampshades shine down on original wooden flooring, and modern furniture sits beside an original fireplace in the Drawing Room.

‘This isn’t a boutique hotel, it’s Roedean, which arguably boasts the most stylish boarding house refurbishment ever to dazzle the independent school sector.’ Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2015

Each girl is part of a House, and each House is part of the school. We place a great deal of importance on the Houses being at the centre of school life. All the girls, whether they are day girls or weekly, flexi- or full boarders, are fully integrated into boarding houses. The six day and boarding Houses at Roedean, along with a well-structured programme of House matches and events, enable every single girl to feel part of a team and take part at a level with which she feels comfortable. House spirit is strong, and this is most evident at inter-house competitions, such as sport, drama, dance, and music, when spectators are faced with a sea of girls all proudly wearing their house colours. The eagerly anticipated endof-year Sports Day encourages a healthy air of competition and friendly rivalry, as well as providing that sense of camaraderie and community which inspires the girls to learn, grow and achieve together. It is the girls’ passion and drive which creates Roedean’s dynamic and inspiring atmosphere. 3


‘As I wander in and out of elegant airy rooms filled with handmade rugs, bespoke lighting, framed art and contemporary furniture, I have to pinch myself. These are the newly refurbished boarding houses of Roedean.’ Sunday Times Style Magazine, 15 February 2015 4


Keswick and Lawrence are two Houses for girls in the Sixth Form which are a little removed from the main school building. This is designed to give them more independence, in order for them to develop some of the skills which will help them when they reach university. Keswick benefits from having its own Dining Room, where healthy and high-quality food is served to the girls from both the Sixth Form Houses. The girls also have greater flexibility in being able to leave the site after the school day, should they need to go into Brighton to buy something or to celebrate someone’s birthday. Despite living in a different boarding house in the Sixth Form, the girls remain fiercely proud of their connection to one of Houses 1-4, and represent these Houses in events and competitions. Being a member of Keswick House brings with it responsibility, and greater independence means that the girls have to manage their well, and all are encouraged to demonstrate mature leadership. Events for the whole school are often held in Keswick, often organised by the Sixth Form girls themselves; these range from the annual Horror Maze spectacular around Halloween, to karaoke, and pizza and film nights. There are also events which are more appropriate to the age of the girls Keswick, such as a wine-tasting evening led by a sommelier, and, of course, the Leavers’ Ball at the end of the year.

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Day girls and Boarding ‘Roedean life is no different whether you’re a day girl or a boarder. The day girl buses get into school in time for breakfast in the morning and leave after dinner and afternoon activities, so the day girls don’t miss out on anything. Although I am a day girl, I have plenty of friends who are boarders – there is no distinction really, other than the boarders have a bedroom here!’ Saoirse, Head Girl

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Day girls Our girls’ families might live many time zones away, or they might have grown up just around the corner. Many girls at Roedean come to school each day, some live in Brighton and others travel from towns and villages which are up to an hour’s drive away from school. School buses on 10 routes collect girls and return them home again at the end of the day. Four of the routes operate in and around Brighton, Hove, and Portslade, and the remaining six go much farther afield. They leave school at about 6pm, allowing the girls to take a full and active part in co-curricular activities, such as music rehearsals or sports training sessions.


Boarding Boarding comes in different shapes and sizes. Some girls are full boarders, and there are over 200 girls on site at the weekends, for whom an array of activities takes place on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. In addition to their bedrooms, there are a variety of spaces, where the girls can work or relax, play games or practice the piano. In each house, there is an ODR (the Old Dining Room), perhaps the symbolic heart of each house, where all girls meet for tea and cake at the end of each day. There is also the GDR (the so-called Girls’ Dining Room, although it is now a common room), where there is a television and DVD player, and the Hobbies’ Room which has a selection of games and puzzles to engage the girls in the evening. The girls are fed very well in the main dining room for all meals, but they also have the option of making toast or preparing pasta in the evening, and this can be done in the pantry kitchen which is next to the ODR, where there are cookers, hobs, and fridges, or in the ‘snug areas’ on the lower and middle corridors. The Weekend Programme is full and varied, and it caters to the interests of the girls – there are trips up to museums and galleries in London, sporting activities such as horse-riding and windsurfing, and pottery painting, ice-skating, and Christmas market local to Brighton, to name just a few.

‘For me, being a full boarder gives you opportunities that are out of this world. For example, going on trips practically every weekend that vary from going to cricket matches or going to London for some shopping. In my opinion, the benefits of being a boarder is that all your books are here, you are always with your friends, and you feel like you’re at home all the time.’ Jessica 7


Weekly and flexi-boarding At Roedean, some girls dip their toes into boarding by starting with weekly or flexi-boarding. As they move through the school and grow in confidence, some girls choose to board more often, wanting to share the boarding experience with their friends and preferring to use what would have been travel time for cocurricular interests. Flexi-boarders can stay at school for two or three nights per week, and they have a dedicated space in the house where they can leave their possessions even when they are not staying overnight. Girls can also choose to board, if space allows, if there is a weekend activity in which they wish to take part. Weekly boarding is becoming increasingly popular with families who live in London or in Sussex and Surrey. These girls can get the most out of the educational and co-curricular opportunities from Monday to Friday, and can return home to other friends and family at the weekends. They are, of course, very much part of the school community and receive the same level of care, opportunity, and accommodation as those who board. Those girls who live in London can be chaperoned on the short train journey between Brighton and London Victoria (52 minutes) by a member of staff. They are escorted to London on a Friday evening, and met at Victoria Station on Sunday evening to return to Roedean.

‘I’m not actually a weekly boarder myself, but ideally I would like to be, because I think there are so many benefits. To start with, you save so much time not having to travel to and from school every day. On average, a day girl would spend 1 hour travelling every day, and if I were coming from London obviously this would be even longer! But being a weekly boarder means you don’t waste any time travelling throughout the week, meaning you can spend that time doing homework, taking part in activities, or relaxing with your friends. It means you can get the best out of what the school has to offer, from textiles to trampolining! Because you have more time during the week to get work done due to not having to travel, the weekends can be a time to relax and spend time with your family, which is great.’ Mary 8


FAQs – top ten 1. Will my daughter have a buddy’ in her house to keep an eye on her and answer any questions? Your daughter will be matched with a ‘buddy’, an older girl in House, on her first day; the ‘buddy’ will be able to answer any questions, guide your daughter around the school, and reassure her about boarding life. 2. Who will be my main point of contact if I’m worried about my daughter? When will my daughter be able to contact me? Your first point of contact should be the Head of House or other members of House Staff; the House Office is manned from 7:30 to 22:30 each day, so they are always contactable. We advise the girls to make contact with home in the evening in order to maintain the flow of the day, but there are no restrictions and your daughter can call you at any time. 3. I am worried my daughter will be homesick. What will be in place in the first few days to keep her busy and distracted? There is a programme of induction in place for the first few days of the term, including evening activities, which encourage integration with older girls and those in other Houses. Our aim is to ensure that the girls are kept busy, particularly in the evenings when they may think of home.

7. What is the policy on electronic equipment at night? This depends on the age of the girls, but excessive use is discouraged for all students. For the youngest girls, electronic equipment is removed before bedtime. 8. My daughter will be having music lessons. Where and when will she be able to practise? There are numerous music practice rooms in the Music Department, but each House also has at least one piano where she will be able to practise in the evening. 9. Do you organise travel to and from London at the weekends? The escorted service for weekly boarders to and from London Victoria, on Friday and Sunday evenings, is managed by the school. 10. What do they do in the evenings? The girls complete their prep in the evenings, after which they are encouraged to get involved in activities, play sport or games to relax, and then prepare themselves for the following day.

4. Will prep be supervised? What’s to stop my daughter doodling for an hour and getting behind on her prep? Prep is supervised, and it takes place from 16:30 to 17:30 and 18:45 to 20:00 each day. Your daughter’s tutor will also be checking her prep diary on a regular basis, as will members of House staff. 5. If we choose flexi-boarding, are we committed to those nights for the whole term or year? And must they be consecutive nights? No, because we understand that flexibility is important to you; nevertheless, the Houses welcome a pattern of when girls are staying, and as much notice as possible should a change be needed. 6. As a flexi boarder, is their bed their own? And how will laundry work for them? In most cases, it is, but there may be occasions when the bed of a flexi-boarder who is not resident is reallocated – of course, girls always use their own bedlinen. Laundry is done on a rota in each House, but girls can also do additional personal laundry in the evenings.

‘I’m a weekly boarder in Year 7. Being a weekly boarder at Roedean is so much fun. It is so great just to relax after a long school day with all your friends, like a big sleep-over, but one where you actually sleep! I live in London and I come home every weekend on the train. Lots of other weekly boarders come on the train too, and a member of staff comes with us every week to Victoria station. A member of staff meets us there on Sundays too and goes with us to Brighton. One of the best things about weekly boarding is that you can be completely school-based on school nights, but then come home for the weekend. Although I am moving to Sussex over the summer, I shall probably keep weekly boarding because I love it so much. It has given me so much more independence and enjoyment since I started and I don’t want to stop.’ Julia

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Pastoral Care Roedean prides itself on having outstanding pastoral care. The small size of each boarding house means that the girls very quickly develop a strong rapport with the house staff, who are firm when they need to be, while always being available to talk to the girls when needed. This might be at breakfast, or in the House Office in the evening, or over a piece of cake in the ODR after lessons, so there are plenty of opportunities for students to talk to a member of house staff. Touching base at regular intervals every days means that the staff can quickly identify a girl who may be home-sick or struggling with a piece of work, and they can resolve any problems at an ‘I have never had a moment’s anxiety about my daughter’s happiness or early stage. welfare since she started weekly boarding at Roedean. I know she’s in safe, capable hands, and I know she is thoroughly enjoying life – probably with The Health Centre is easily accessible, a good deal more freedom to “do her thing” than if she were at home. It’s and it is staffed from 7:30 to 19:30 relaxed, friendly, helpful, and sufficiently hands-off to make my daughter each day and on call overnight, in case feel thoroughly independent, whilst we know that she’s fully supported. of any emergencies. The girls also have My daughter tells everyone that she’d rate her enjoyment of life at Roedean access to the School Counsellor, at 12 out of 10. I don’t think you can get better than that. should they need this. Parent of Year 7 girl In addition to the staff who are available to girls, some find it easier to talk to people who are nearer their own age, so we have a team of Peer Listeners, made up of girls in the Sixth Form. These girls have been trained by the School Counsellor, and are available at lunchtime every day of the week to listen and chat to any girls, either individually or in a small group. They are very friendly, and are ready with valuable advice for a variety of situations.

International The school community benefits hugely from the diversity which comes from the combination of girls from the local area, international students, and British girls from ex-pat families; the cultural understanding and tolerance which this affords the girls is valued highly. Aspirational girls from over 20 countries around the world are attracted to a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere, where they can challenge themselves to excel; they join together in an environment where the mix of different nationalities and backgrounds is completely normal. Girls who come to the school from abroad are attracted to its stunning location, on the cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Roedean benefits from its proximity to the vibrant city of Brighton, yet it is just a little removed and surrounded by greens and blues – the sea to the south, and the South Downs National Park

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to the north. The result is that the school is pervaded by a wonderfully calming sense of space and freedom. The school’s historic main building, constructed in 1898, sits in the centre of beautifully maintained fields and sports pitches. Each of the four houses in the main building juts forward towards the English Channel, and the majority of girls have a sea-view from their bedrooms, a claim which very few schools in the UK can match. Transport links with the school are very good indeed: London is only 53 minutes from Brighton by train, and London’s main international airports are also very accessible, with Gatwick only 30 minutes away by taxi, and Heathrow is 75 minutes’ drive. This proximity to the capital and its airports means that those students who live far away can return home and back to school after the holidays with ease.


Pre A-level Course The Pre A-level course is designed to help to prepare girls whose mother tongue is not English for A-level study. The majority of subjects at A-level require students to have a sophisticated level of English in order to succeed. We have students from a variety of countries on the course, which focuses heavily on English as a Second Language tuition, as well as a course and excursions to improve the girls’ cultural awareness of Britain. The girls are prepared to sit IGCSE examinations in six subjects, namely English as a Second Language, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. In addition, they have timetabled periods each week for PSHE and Cultural Awareness, tutorial time, and Games, along with the rest of the Sixth Form students. We fully intend this Pre A-level year to prepare girls to be able to access the A-level curriculum at Roedean fully, so that they can begin their A-level courses with confidence and secure in their linguistic ability. The girls have access to the full range of co-curricular activities, and they are entitled to take part in four weekend trips each year. They can, of course, take part in more events and activities if they wish to, but these would be chargeable. The Pre A-level girls will all take part in group cookery sessions, have access to the Head of Careers, and have the option of being involved in the schools’ Community Action Programme. The specific nature of their course means that the Pre A-level girls are taught separately, but there are many opportunities to integrate fully with other students, through co-curricular activities such as choir and sports, weekly clubs, and the girls are each linked to one of the main school Houses and take a full part in House activities, such as pizza nights or House bowling trips.

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Glossary of House terminology Bunny runs

Passages connecting Houses 1 and 2, and Houses 3 and 4.

Colony

A collection of dormitory-style rooms for Year 7 and Year 8 girls.

Exeat A weekend off! – this is spent away from school, usually with your guardian, a family member or parents. You may wish to stay with a school friend. There are normally two ‘exeats’ each term. GDR

‘Girls’ Drawing Room’ – this is a common room available for all girls.

Heaven

The top floor of the House.

Hobbies Room A cosy room available for all girls to use; there is a TV, DVD player, and lots of books, board games, etc. which can be borrowed. JPR The main study room, fitted with desks, lockers, and lamps. This room used to be called the ‘Junior Prep Room’. ODR Our main common room which is also used as a venue for Saturday breakfast, cooking meals, house parties, and meetings. This room used to be called the ‘Old Dining Room.’ Pantry The house kitchen, where you can cook and make drinks. Please ask House Staff if you would like to use the pantry, and they will unlock the room for you. Snug A small room in the middle of lower and middle corridors, where girls can access drinks and relax! The Study The ‘hub’ of activity in the House! You can usually find a member of staff in or around the Study. If there is not a member of staff in the Study, look on the door to find out where they are, for example ‘In the ODR’. Study Passage The entrance to the House from Main School where some older day girls have studies. This is also where the notice boards can be found, providing information updated throughout each day.

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Signing in and out

Takeaways

Weekend Activities

There is a signing in and out sheet on the register clip board. The member of staff on duty will have this with them at all times. You must see them to sign out whenever you are leaving the House, and sign back in on your return.

On Saturday evenings, you have the choice to order a takeaway meal. If you decide to have a takeaway, please come to the Study to ask permission. You will find the menus there.

On Saturdays and Sundays, there are organised trips and onsite activities. Notices about trips will be displayed on the boards around the house. Trips are varied, and we arrange excursions to the cinema, ice-skating, ten-pin bowling, Thorpe Park, and The London Science Museum, as well as enjoying a show or two! A termly programme is sent out to parents and guardians, as well as being available on the parent portal.

Visitors must also be signed in – the Visitors’ Book is on the table in the Lobby area.

Security When you open any coded door, you must always ensure that it closes securely behind you. It is vital that we are security-aware at all times. Please do not open the front door of the House to someone you do not know. Always find a member of staff if you are unsure. You will be told what the current security code is, and we will let you know if it changes.

Year 12 girls may order a takeaway on Friday and Saturday evenings. All take away meals should arrive after 18:00. If you have a co-curricular activity during supper time, please inform the House Staff in advance, so that they can order you a packed supper.

Clothes, Accessories, and Make-up

The study has a selection of DVDs which you may borrow. You must return them when you have finished with them.

During the school day, you must wear full school uniform, which includes your blazer or suit jacket. In addition, you may wear a pair of stud earrings and/ or a necklace supporting your religious beliefs. Wearing make-up and nail varnish is a Sixth Form privilege when in school uniform.

Fire Alarm

Charity

Problems

The house is divided into fire ‘lines’, which will consist of those in your year group. If the fire alarm goes off in boarding time, you must go immediately to our meeting point, which is in the ‘quad’, in front of the Reception doors, and line up in your fire line. It is essential for everyone’s safety that this evacuation takes place in silence. We will practise this so that you know which line you should be in.

We have a variety of fundraising events throughout the year in order to raise money to support a chosen charity. Please come and share any ideas with us if you would like to fundraise, and we will be able to help you.

If you have any problems or concerns, please come and speak to a member of House Staff (or email if face to face is difficult). We will always try to find a way of advising you or answering your questions without causing you any embarrassment. You can speak to our school counsellor Jay Tregenza, who you can email at counsellor@roedean.co.uk

Travel/Weekends/Exeats

Snacks/Food

It is very important that you inform us of all travel details by mid-week before the weekend you will be away. There are forms in the Study for you to complete if you are going away for a night or the weekend. Please speak to the member of staff who organises all of the travel arrangements, if you have any questions.

You are allowed to bring snacks into the house (sweets, chocolate, crisps, dried foods, etc.), providing that they are kept in the pantry, sealed, and labelled with your name. There are fridges, a freezer, and many cupboards in which you can store your food. You are welcome to cook in the pantry or ODR. Horizons Café also sells snacks.

DVDs

Chapel Chapel takes place on Friday mornings and is compulsory for all students.

Alternatively, there are several Sixth Form girls who have been trained in peer listening, who will always be happy to listen and talk to you about any problems you might have. Above all, if you have a problem, please tell someone – it could be a friend, a teacher, one of our domestic staff, and they will try to help you in any way they can.

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Typical menus for lunch and supper Lunch

Lunch

Soup Station

Soup Station

Chicken & Chorizo Sauté

Plaice with Prawn Butter

Pepper, Olive & Feta Moussaka

Roast Pepper & Cheddar Frittata with Crispy Leeks & Cherry Tomato

Jacket Potato with Baked Beans Patatas Bravas Savoy Cabbage & Broccoli Apple & Peach Crumble with Custard

Pasta Bar with Tomato Sauce Parsley Crushed Potatoes Roast Fennel & Carrots Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

Fusion Bar White Fish & Prawn Fishcakes with a Mussel & Tomato Sauce

Supper Soup of the Day Toad in the Hole Baked Aubergine with Israeli Cous Cous Chipped Potatoes Carrots & Peas Fruit Salad with Whipped Cream

One Pot Meal Greek Salad with Chicken

Fusion Bar Indonesian Stir Fry Pork with Noodles & Pak Choi

Supper Soup of the Day Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Sauce Basil Vegetable Stack with Feta & Pinenuts Boulangère Potatoes & Broccoli Panna Cotta

One Pot Meal Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

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House Rules There are only a few rules in House, and these are for your own safety and well-being! • Shoes or slippers must be worn at all times in the house, but slippers are not allowed in the main school dining rooms.

Typical Day

7:15 – 8:15

Breakfast

7:40 Registration for boarders 8:20 School Day begins – Registration in tutor groups 8:50

Lesson 1

9:50

Lesson 2

• You should attend all meals – the food is excellent!

10:45 Break 11:05

Lesson 3

• Be ready for bed at your appropriate lights out time – after lights out, you should stay in your own room and keep your lights off.

12:05

Lesson 4

• Be respectful of others’ privacy; knock before entering their room, keep your music at an appropriate volume, etc. • You should keep your room tidy. • You should wear the appropriate school uniform during the School day. • You must attend the weekly House meeting.

13:00 Lunch 13:20 Activities 14:15

Lesson 5

15:15

Lesson 6

16:10 School Day ends – Registration in tutor groups 16:20 Tea and Cake in House ODR 16:30 Activities 17:30 –18:30

Supper

18:00

Day Girl buses depart

18:40 Registration for boarders 18:45 Prep 20:00

House Activities

• You must attend all House registrations or notify staff if you will be absent. There are lots of rewards and privileges available to you as a boarder. These will all be displayed on House notice boards. However, if you do not follow these rules, there are sanctions and you may have other privileges removed.

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Illness

Duties

House Registration Times

If you are ill at any time during the day or night, you must come and inform a member of staff. You must never put yourself to bed without letting the House Staff know that you feel unwell. The study has a medical cupboard where House Staff keep simple medical remedies, such as paracetamol and cough mixture.

You are responsible for keeping your room tidy and room checks are made each day. Your bed should be made and your floor clear. Desks should be completely cleared of belongings once a week, so that our domestic staff can clean this area for you.

All House registrations take place for 2 minutes if everyone is prompt!

If you are very unwell, the Study will ask you to attend the Health Centre to see the school nurse or doctor. The House Staff should be notified of any medication brought from home, and this should be stored in the medical cupboard. The Health Centre is open from 7:30 to 19:30. After this time, please let your House Staff know if you feel unwell. If you are ill in the night, you must speak to the member of staff on duty so that they can call the nurse on duty. 4

House Meeting There is a compulsory house meeting for all boarders each Sunday at 20:00, and a register is taken. Should you miss a House meeting without a specific reason, this will result in a House sanction.

• Monday to Friday, they take place at 07:40 and 18:40. • Saturday & Sunday, they are between 09:00 and 10:00, and at 2pm – if you are at an activity, on a trip, or out in town, you will have already signed out with the member of staff on duty, and this will be marked on the register.


Staff Flats

Internet Access

Telephones

At least two members of staff live in each of the boarding houses, so there will always be an adult in the building.

You will need to take your laptop or iPad to the IT department when you arrive to enable internet access, which you can access by using the wireless connection. The IT staff are very friendly and helpful.

Mobile phones are only allowed in the boarding houses. You should never use your mobile phone at meal times, in main school classroom areas, or after lights out.

Rooms At the end of each term you usually change rooms, giving you the chance to be a roommate or neighbour with different people over the course of the year, and it is a great way to get to know the whole house.

Valuables

You can also use the Study phone for short calls, if you wish to contact family and friends.

Day girls have individual lockers in the JPR or along Study Passage.

Notice Boards

Common Rooms

You are strongly advised to lock away valuables at all times. Remember to take your key with you!

There are 3 common rooms with a television, DVD player and X-Box – they are the Hobbies’ Room, the GDR, and the ODR. You also have ‘snug areas’ on the lower and middle corridors where you can relax and make drinks. There is a pantry kitchen next to the ODR where you can make drinks and snacks. All food must be eaten in the common rooms, so there should be no hot or messy food in your bedrooms. Please also make sure that you clean up after yourself, and leave the pantry and all equipment as you would like to find it.

Lights Out You must be ready for bed 15 minutes before the lights out time for your year-group: Winter

Summer

Year 7

21:00

21:15

Year 8

21:15

21:30

Year 9

21:30

21:45

Year 10

22:00

22:15

Year 11

22:15

No lights out

There is no specific time for lights out for the Year 12 girls, although House staff will always touch base with you and wish you ‘Good night’.

Boarders have lockable drawers in their bedrooms.

Travel documents and passports should be handed in to the Study so that we can keep them for you in our safe. You are also welcome bring any other valuables down to the study if you would prefer us to look after them for you.

Electrical Equipment All electrical equipment must be checked by the school electrician before being used. This is called PAT testing and will happen in the first week of the school year and throughout the year. You are not allowed to have kettles, rice cookers, fridges, or any other kitchen equipment in your room for safety reasons. The ODR and Pantry are well-equipped.

Newspapers and magazines If you wish to place an order for any newspapers or magazines, please come and speak to House staff in the Study.

There are notice boards all along study passage, as well as in the Study and the Lobby. All information regarding the Health Centre, the School Counsellor, Sport, Drama, Music and Activities will be displayed here. Please check the boards regularly. Please also check your e-mails several times a day; staff will be e-mailing you!

Laundry & Dry Cleaning You will be given a specific laundry day (from Monday to Thursday) which will be displayed on the notice board. You must bring your washing to the laundry before 8:30 on this day each week. Your items will then be washed for you, and will be ready for collection from tea time onwards. All bedding is washed on a Friday. Please bring your sheets to the laundry before 8:20 on a Friday. You can collect fresh bedding from the cupboard in the Hobbies Room – it is clearly labelled. If you are using your own bedding, this will be folded and also placed in the Hobbies Room cupboard ready for you to collect from tea time onwards. Dry cleaning can be taken to School Reception.

Stamps and Phone Cards Stamps and phone cards/top up cards can be bought from Horizons Café.

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The information in this booklet is for the girls. It is designed to answer as many questions as possible. We appreciate that it is a big decision to leave home and board at school, but we know that you will settle really quickly, and, before you know it, you might even prefer your House to home! If you have any questions which have not been covered in this booklet, please do contact the school, and we will do our best to answer them as clearly as we can. There are four Houses, situated in the main school, and they are almost identical, except that each one has a specific colour – you’ll soon realise how important this is! The information provided here is the same for each House. There is always at least one member of staff on duty in each House, and they can usually be found in the House Study, ODR, or other communal areas on the ground floor. The Study is open most of the day, from breakfast until lights out. When the Study is closed, there is a sign on the door that tells you where you can find the member of staff on duty. When the member of staff on duty is in their flat overnight, you must not be afraid to knock on their door or ring the doorbell and ask for help, even if it is in the middle of the night the staff are always here to help you.

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