Boarding is a strong and vital part of The Scots School Albury’s identity and tradition. Our boarders are welcomed into a strong and compassionate community with the other boarders becoming an extended family and the school their second home. Boarding life provides the opportunity to establish life-long friendships and enables each student to develop a practical concern for others, skills in organisation and cooperation as well as qualities of resourcefulness, leadership and maturity. Boarding at Scots is another world within our world. The contributions of the boarders and their families add much to the tapestry of our school.
Reasons to board at Scots:
Scots boarders are comfortably accommodated in the fully supervised boarding houses, offering a safe and caring environment. The sense of community in our boarding houses underpins the supportive environment and cohesion between boarders, carers and parents. Located on 11 hectares of extensive grounds, boarders at Scots live on the doorstep of idyllic rivers, lakes and mountains with the convenience of an easy commute to cities yet close to home for many regional families. The family atmosphere encourages students to develop a sense of independence and establish life-long friendships with other students from around Australia. The Scots boarding experience broadens the world of students by providing a conducive, warm and supportive learning environment with the heart, soul and safety of a family home. Students are encouraged to be aware of the needs of others, to celebrate and respect difference, to share responsibility of duties and to take a lead in supporting each other.
The Albury-Wodonga region is close enough for many families to visit their child regularly throughout the year (for special events such as productions, performances, sporting finals etc). As Scots is based mid-way between the capital cities of Melbourne and Sydney, boarders are connected to a contemporary world yet remain grounded by a strong country vibe. We provide a safe and relaxed environment that rewards responsible students with freedom and a great quality of life.
“Moving from a country school to what I thought was a ‘big’ boarding school with no parents, no friends and no pets was definitely daunting. Being relatively close to home was a big advantage though, so the transition from home to boarding wasn’t as hard as my parents or I expected. I can remember feeling so proud of myself at the end of Year 7 – as I proved myself wrong and didn’t get homesick once!” Boarder, Emily Bell
Co-educational Boarding Houses and Facilities
Co-education is an important part of The Scots School Albury. While the boarding houses are separate, boys and girls share dining facilities, a common courtyard and recreation area.
Accommodation in the boarding houses is a transition from a partition-style room for junior boarders to single rooms for senior students. Years 11 and 12 boarders are allocated a private room, while the juniors enjoy the company and support of their peers close by but also value their private space. This area consists of a single bed, study desk and wardrobe, separated from their neighbour by a fixed partition which enables them to build new social connections, resilience and tolerance, as well as to promote diversity. These are key values in the Boarding House.
Boarders take full advantage of our on-campus facilities, which include our sports centre, multipurpose courts and swimming pool; extensive beautifully landscape grounds; state-of-the-art performing arts and music rehearsal facilities; comfortable dining facilities and fully supported computing network.
Boarding at Scots provides students with unparalleled opportunities for academic success as well as sporting, cultural and leisure experiences.
Both the school and the Boarding Houses promote intellectual, social, emotional and moral growth, with a keen focus on preparing boarders to be world ready. Scots is embracing the principles of positive psychology to enhance student self-esteem, personal development and learning. Staff actively work with boarders to develop their empathy, compassion and resilience. They support all boarders to optimise their sense of wellbeing.
As well as providing the opportunity for a strong sense of community to develop, and for values to be shared and reinforced, our boarding environment also provides substantial academic learning benefits. These include fixed study times, extended access to learning resources (such as the library), Prep supervised by academic staff and individual study plans supported by a teacher mentor all in a culture of mutual support and encouragement.
In 2015 The Scots School Albury was the top regional co-educational school in NSW with outstanding HSC results and our boarding students were among the list of the top achievers:
– James Browning (2015 Boarding House Captain) from Jerilderie gained 89 for Business Studies and attained grades in the 80’s for all his other subjects.
– Rohanna Smith from Yarrawonga achieved scores in the 80s and 90s for all her subjects.
Scots presents many chances for our boarders to engage in leadership opportunities. Whether it be through our formal leadership appointments, such as our boarding captains, involvement in the wider school leadership program or through our weekly boarding activities, Scots boarding is developing ways to challenge and support our boarders to become the leaders of tomorrow.
“Coming from a small country town with a population of 350, I was very ignorant of extra curricular activities and sports, where I came from you played footy/netball in the winter and cricket in the summer. Scots soon worked that out of me, I quickly found myself in two choirs, three new sporting teams (Basketball, Hockey and Netball) and as I was a boarder, I had a lot of new things to do on the weekends.” Boarder, Lucy Patton
A Home Away from Home
We ensure boarders have the same opportunities as day students, whether it be providing a creative menu, access to after school pursuits or weekend activities.
Delicious, well-balanced meals are cooked fresh everyday by the school’s catering team, led by Rod Blackley who has taken care of boarders and staff for almost 15 years. In addition to a formal dinner each Wednesday, boarders enjoy themed dinners in celebration of various events such as Valentines Day and Melbourne Cup. On their birthdays, each student gets a cake to celebrate with their friends. Baskets of fresh fruit, toast and other snacks are provided daily in each house and the students enjoy using their kitchenette to make and share snacks after school and on the weekends.
Living on campus gives our boarders the opportunity to be involved in the school’s rich co-curricular program. Boarders may play a range of sports, take lessons and participate in the School’s performing arts programs including music, drama and dance or follow their passions and participate in a range of activities outside school.
We organise regular weekend activities based on what the students would like to do. These include bike rides, visits to Lake Hume and local sporting events, films, sailing, excursions, as well as parent and student trips to Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra for cultural or sporting events. Scots is close to the Australian Alps and the many snow sports on offer and there are regular trips with boarders to the resorts.
We aim to build a sense of community amongst our boarding families and hold a number of events throughout the year to facilitate this. The School is fortunate to have a strong Boarder Parent Group who provide a support network for parents and a communication link between families and staff. The members also play an important role in assisting with the transition to boarding for new boarders and their families.
Mr Chris Segrave and Mrs Georgie Simpson lead a dedicated team of professionals with qualifications in areas such as teaching, nursing and counselling, who are supported by academic staff and university students who reside on campus and are available for specific subject tutoring sessions. These dedicated and caring staff provide a secure and friendly environment for the boarders. They are committed to ensuring a happy, safe and structured way of life for our boarders.
Head of Boarding and Sellars Boarding House (Boys): Mr Chris Segrave
Chris was appointed as the new Head of Boarding from the beginning of this school year. He is joining Scots from Ballarat Clarendon College (BCC), where he was Head of Commerce for the past 9 years. Chris also has extensive pastoral care experience as a Head of House in the day school and a Tutor in the Boys Boarding House at BCC. On completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree through Melbourne University, Chris travelled and worked as an outdoor adventure guide in Colorado, U.S.A., before returning to Australia and working as a Group Leader and Staff Trainer with The Outdoor Education Group. This was followed by Chris completing his Graduate Diploma of Education at La Trobe University. Chris’ initial teaching position was subsequently overseas as Head of Business Studies and Law at Millom School, Cumbria, in the United Kingdom.
Chris, his wife Marian and their two beautiful boys Robert (6) and Patrick (4) are very excited to join the Scots day and boarding school community.
Head of Girls: Mrs Georgie Simpson
Georgie has joined The Scots School Albury as Head of Wilson Boarding House (Girls) after various teaching roles at Wesley College (Glen Waverley) and the Victoria International School of Sharjah. Originally from Deniliquin, Georgie was attracted to Scots for its community and country feel. She plans to expand the boarding community at Scots by ensuring the girls have as rewarding and memorable boarding experience as she had in her teenage years at Ballarat Grammar.
“I have been very impressed with the girls’ inquisitive and bubbly nature. They are all genuine country girls with a bright outlook on life,” said Georgie.
A Modern Day Boarding Experience
Deputy Principal David Armstrong talks about the importance of ensuring students maintain their connections with their families and families feel connected with schools. He tells Kendi Burness-Cowan what a modern day boarding experience is like and why parents should consider regional options when choosing where to educate their children.