What academic support will my child receive?

The Director of Boarding, Mr Andrew Monk closely monitors the academic progress of all boarders. Any teacher who has concerns contacts Mr Monk. All students receive subject reports each term and parents are invited to attend Parent/Teacher interviews.All students have access to two hours of academic support in the College Library after school hours. In addition, boarders have access to rostered teachers for assistance at the two-hour Prep (homework) sessions each evening.

What pastoral support will my child receive?

We have a strong emphasis on pastoral care and all students have a Mentor Teacher with whom they meet daily. They are also grouped in a House which encourages them to become involved in a range of activities and monitors their social and academic progress.

Who do I contact if I need to talk to someone about my child?

Mr Monk is the contact point for all concerns of boarders. He is available by telephone (0407 052 214) or email amonk@hamiltoncollege.vic.edu.au.

How are the weekdays structured?

  • 7am: wake up
  • 7.15-8am: eat breakfast and make lunch to take to school
  • After breakfast: return to room to tidy room and get ready for school
  • By 8.15am: walk to school ( bags are transported). If weather is inclement students are transported by bus to school.
  • 8.30am-3.30pm: Classes at the Senior School
  • By 4pm: walk back to Boarding House and sign in on arrival, unless students have signed out for an after-school activity or appointment - students can also stay and study in the library at the Senior Campus. Students can be collected later in the school bus if required
  • 6pm: Evening meal
  • 7-9pm: Supervised Prep session (homework)
  • 9.30-10.15pm: Lights out (depends on the age of the student)

What will my child be doing on the weekends?

Most boarders enjoy the chance to have a break from the routine of school, catch up on their studies and take care of their washing.

For relaxing, boarders can enjoy a movie in-house or plan an outing to the local shops. For personal fitness and relaxation, they can play a wide variety of sports depending on their interests (many of our students play in a local hockey or soccer competition), they can go to the local pool or gym, go for a walk around Lake Hamilton or head to our on-site courts (flood-lit at night) for a social game of basketball or tennis or to one of the many local sporting facilities (eg golf).

In Summer, regular trips are organised to Portland, Warrnambool or Port Fairy for beach activities. At other times of the year trips may be organised to travel to the Grampians National Park for a bush walk, the local wildlife zoo or to Melbourne to watch an AFL game or go shopping. Other possibilities are ice skating, paint ball and go-karting.

What career advice will my child receive?

All students participate in a structured and comprehensive careers program starting in Year 9. As part of the program, they will receive one-on-one careers advice and help with their subject selection. Each student will be closely monitored in this area as they progress through the school.

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