Attending boarding school is a big step in the life of any young woman. At St Mary’s, our aim is to help your daughter settle in as quickly as possible and we have a range of programmes available to make the transition as easy as possible. Our welcome gifts and positive quotes create a homely environment that helps the girls quickly adjust to living away from home.
A Look Inside Programme
Helping your daughter become familiar with St Mary’s begins when she is in Year 4 and she joins the “Look Inside Programme”.
Girls are mailed a biannual pack of information, including study resources, a newsletter and a small gift, and at the end of each year, all girls enrolled from Years 4 – 6 to become future boarders, are invited to the school to participate in the “Look Inside Day”, where they attend classes, have lunch in the boarders dining room and attend the Lower School Production in our Performing Arts Centre. The day concludes with a prize draw and a tour of the boarding facilities. These activities provide preparation for the academic rigours of Senior School life, familiarise the girls with the campus, and connect them with other girls, who will also be joining the boarding house in future years. Past attendees often comment that the day is not only enjoyable for the girls but has given them reassurance about beginning their boarding journey.
Big Sister: Little Sister Programme
The Big Sister: Little Sister programme ensures that each Year 7/8 student is assigned to an older girl who acts as a guide/friend and mentor to her and supports her as she begins her boarding journey with us.
The Perth Pals Programme
When your daughter is in Year 6, St Mary’s begins welcoming your family into the boarding community. This starts with the allocation of Perth Pal, a day girl, who, together with her family, will write to your family introducing herself. In Term 1, your daughter will be invited to a sleepover at her house, and in Term 2, your daughter’s Perth Pal will be invited to a sleepover at the boarding house, and in Term 3, the families are brought together to share in a special afternoon tea and the boarding house.
The programme looks not only to connect the girls, but also their parents into the wider school community.
We also have an A4 brochure with ten ways to help your daughter settle into boarding life. Please click to download it.