Boarding has been the backbone of Hale School since the very beginning in 1858. Hale remains as committed as ever to boarding and the special opportunities it offers both the students who live on campus and the entire school community.
Hale is well known for its down-to-earth, friendly, inclusive culture and the boarding community contributes enormously to this positive atmosphere. Hale has over 180 students from all over Western Australia and many other regions of the globe, making it one of the largest boarding schools in the state. This diversity among our student group is a strength of our boarding house.
Boarding families love our green, open campus and bushland; the caring staff who know and understand each boy; the strong friendships the boys develop; and of course, the unlimited opportunities at Hale School. We understand that deciding to send your son to boarding school is a major decision, both emotionally and financially. Our caring and experienced boarding staff work in close partnership and regular contact with parents to provide the best care and support possible for your son.
To help ease the transition to boarding, the Hale@Home programme was introduced in 2013. Boys who will board at Hale in Year 7 are offered the opportunity to join the weekly online learning programme the year before they move to the school. Through Hale@Home, the boys connect with each other and Hale staff so that they build confidence and get to know some familiar faces when they begin at the school. A similar option is available for boys entering Hale in Year 9 or 10, during Term 4 of the year before they commence.
Most boarding students join Hale in Year 7 and enter the Middle School boarding house, known as Brine House. Here, they share dorm rooms with other boys their age to allow them to get to know and support each other during this big transition in their lives.
In Year 9 they move into the senior boarding house, where they initially share rooms in small groups before having their own room and increasing independence in Years 10 to 12. Some boarding students do come to Hale in the Senior School, and Year 9 is another good entry point, with a special programme focused on character development and the flagship Exmouth Outdoor Education experience.
Our boarding students find that the structured environment of the boarding house supports them to achieve their potential, with set study times, restrictions on mobile phones, and conditions on leaving the boarding house after hours and on weekends, providing them with age-appropriate boundaries.
Boarding students also have access to the school grounds and facilities after school hours, plus organised recreational activities on weekends, including social events with other boarding schools.