Our boarders not only have the opportunity to produce great academic outcomes, they 'learn life'.
Students come from regional, rural and metropolitan areas, as well as overseas to access this amazing learning community. With a wide range of curricular and co-curricular programs and world-class facilities, our students' opportunities include the same as their city peers but going beyond with programs such as aviation and equestrian, all with fresh air, space and a safe and nurturing learning environment.
YEAR 7 & 8 FULL BOARDING BURSARIES
Applications are now open for Year 7 and 8 Boarding Bursaries for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
This bursary is a 100% reduction off boarding fees for one year.
These Year 7 and 8 Boarding Bursaries are open to both new and current College families. The bursary does not cover textbooks, uniforms, excursions, technology fees, individual subject fees or tuition fees.
To register your interest, or to request a formal application, please fill out the adjacent form.
- This bursary is available to all Year 7 boarding students for one year.
- For Year 8 students, this bursary is applicable for one year if you live more than 100km from Hamilton, Victoria 3300.
- All students (Year 7 and 8) that receive this bursary are required to remain boarding at The Hamilton and Alexandra College through to the end of Year 12. If you leave before this time, you will be obligated to pay this bursary back in full.
Families are welcome to apply for Boarding Scholarships when their children are in Years 9-12.
For more information please contact:
Registrar - Mrs Susie Holcombe
T: 03 5572 1355
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
A VIRTUAL TOUR WITH OUR DIRECTOR OF BOARDING
If you would like to book a personal virtual tour of the Boarding House with our Director of Boarding, Mr Andrew Monk, please select email or use firstname.lastname@example.org
Our boarding houses are set among the beautiful lawns and rambling gardens of the heritage-listed Myrniong Homestead Campus. Boarders come from a wide range of destinations in rural and regional Australia, Metropolitan and overseas. They have a wonderful opportunity to make the most of the wide range of co-curricular activities on offer at the school both during the day and after hours.
Your child can stay in the Boarding House for short stay for a definite purpose, such as rehearsals out of school hours or early morning rowing training. They can also get help with their homework from a member of the academic staff after school. You can have peace of mind knowing your child is being cared for in a safe, supportive and familiar environment. Click here for more information.
SUPPORT & CARE
Dedicated boarding trained staff care for the boarders and contribute to their academic, social, co-curricular and pastoral care. Academic staff members supervise study sessions during the week so boarders can get help when they are doing their homework. The College nurse is available to care for boarders when they are unwell. Trained chefs prepare quality meals and cater for individual dietary needs. Breakfast and dinner are served in the refectory on-site and a cut lunch is provided each day, allowing boarders to integrate with the day students at the Senior Campus throughout the day.
A long way from home.
Dominic Wong (Kai Fung) has come a long way from when he started boarding in 2019. After attending an education expo in Hong Kong with his parents, Freda and Stanley, Dominic chose The Hamilton and Alexandra College as his preferred place to live and study. “At first I thought it was way too far to go, but I also wanted to see the countryside and improve my English”, explained Dominic.
Since starting in Year 8, Dominic has made strong connections with his fellow boarders and students at College. “When I started boarding, I was a bit nervous because it was a new and unfamiliar place. But I remember Charlie Duver was so helpful and friendly to me, and he showed me the way around”. Charlie and Dominic were roommates in 2019, and today they are still inseparable with rooms next door to each other.
WEEKLY LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
The Life Skills program is a unique addition to the boarding experience of younger boarders. With the caring nature of our House Mother and their capacity to guide young boys and girls, the lifeskills program aims to graduate our boarders into boarding life.
In Term 4, we consolidate all of our boarding skills from 2022 (routine, washing, study, exam preparation, etc) and look at how each student, from youngest to oldest, contributes positively to the boarding and local community.
Below is an example of our Life Skills plan for a single term:
WEEK 1 Welcome Back
WEEK 2 Goals setting for term 2
Goal setting for term
- What do you want to achieve this term
- How are you going to do this?
- What do you need to do to prepare for the task ahead?
WEEK 3 Healthy Habits – sleep / rest
Healthy Habits – sleep / rest
Look at 7 types of rest, what works for you, what doesn’t and what developes night routines.
WEEK 4 Healthy Habits – Mind
Healthy Habits – Mind
Presentation on mindfulness by Kate Couchman
Practice mindfulness exercises
WEEK 5 House Mother to catch
House Mother to catch
House Mother to catch up with all younger boarders and ‘check-in’
WEEK 6 Prepare and organise for exams
Prepare and organise for exams
Develop exam study timetable
Presentation on study / exam tips by Ben Hawthorne (TBC)
Look at your homework routines, are they excellent, sound or fair? How can they improve?
WEEK 7 Exam week – support and encourage
Exam week – support and encourage
Hot chocolate and tim tams
WEEK 8 Healthy Habits – Sport / Bodies
Healthy Habits – Sport / Bodies
Visit to Gen Health, Sophie , exercise physiologist to conduct an education session about exercise / importance of strength training / recovery and then a mini circuit to inspire boarders
WEEK 9 Healthy Habits – Diet
Healthy Habits – Diet
Presentation on a healthy diet for active boarders by Jodie Nelson, Dietitian (TBC)
Prepare a healthy supper to celebrate end of term
Enjoy your break
Can't wait to see you back for term 3!
TAKE A TOUR OF OUR SCHOOL
- Located on the Myrniong Campus
- On-site heritage-listed Myrniong Homestead
- 14 hectares of beautiful grounds and gardens
- On-site extensive playing fields
- On-site oval and floodlit multi-purpose courts
- Quiet location in Hamilton
- Walking distance to a wide range of community sporting facilities
- On-site College Equestrian Centre (boarders can agist a horse here)
- Public golf course next door
- Accommodation for up to 150 boarders
- 2 main boarding houses for boarders from Years 7 to 12 (Macdonald House for girls and Speirs House for boys)
- A number of smaller units accommodating up to 8 senior boarders
- House Mothers care for all junior boarders
- Twin-share accommodation with a single room in Year 12
- Access to wifi and the school’s central network
- Common rooms in each boarding house providing the perfect space for boarders to relax
- Central common room with recreational games
- A common dining area (the Refectory)