A sense of family and home away from home are the essence of St Mary’s boarding experience. From the moment they step through the gates of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, boarding students feel a sense of connectedness.
At St Mary’s our boarding house is at the heart of the school, both in location and sentiment. Nestled in a safe, secure location, situated on 16 hectares and surrounded by natural bushland, St Mary’s is a little bit of the Australian countryside only minutes from the ocean.
There are many carers for our boarders, from the Head of Boarding to our extensive and well-trained staff, including 24-hour onsite house mothers and medical staff. When girls start their boarding experience with St Mary’s they are matched with a day school family, who offer additional support via the Perth Pal Program. This is complemented by new boarders having a Year 10 ‘big sister’ to guide them on their journey.
The school’s boarding academic support program is second to none, with prep and tutoring programs provided for all the boarders throughout the year. For our international girls, we have a dedicated international student coordinator to welcome and care for them.
There’s always a lot going on in boarding at St Mary’s. The Rec program provides a variety of activities to join in each weekend and our innovative Beyond Boarding program offers girls the opportunity to learn skills to better prepare them for life after school, including cyber safety, mindfulness, car care, financial literacy and first aid, plus much more.
Parents can be assured that the St Mary’s boarding experience will be the start of an amazing journey for their daughter in discovering her best. She will make some very special bonds and lifelong friends and be guided towards a future full of educational opportunities, happiness and confidence.
A look inside boarding at St Mary's
The school’s A Look Inside Boarding program offers a glimpse into boarding life at St Mary’s, for prospective students in Years 4 to 6. Each year over three years, they spend a day exploring the school and boarding facilities, supplemented by curriculum and activity updates throughout the year. This also gives girls the opportunity to build friendships, so they have ready-made friends when they start boarding.
We encourage country families to experience for themselves what makes St Mary’s so special. For more information, visit www.stmarys.wa.edu.au. For a personalised tour please contact our Enrolments Registrar, Hazel Taylor, on (08) 9341 9111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.