Melbourne Grammar School has two Senior School Boarding Houses – Perry and School – which are home to more than 100 boys in Years 9-12 from around Victoria, Australia and abroad.
The Houses have a support staff of 17, including experienced Heads of House who live onsite with their families, tutors and assistant tutors. These staff members provide care, encouragement, guidance, help with study and friendly company.
Accommodation for Senior School boys is in one- or two-bed study rooms. All Year 12 students have single rooms. Boys walk to the School dining hall to eat meals together, but their House kitchenettes have all the food and equipment - fridges, microwaves, toasters, sandwich makers, jugs - to make drinks and snacks. Students keep in regular contact with their families through texts, email, Internet, letters and by phone.
Boarding life is busy during term time. Classes, study, sport, music, art, drama, excursions and camps take up a lot of time. As well, boarders love to watch TV or DVDs together in their common rooms, which open to a central courtyard. Here they can relax with newspapers or books or play table tennis and pool.
Leave provisions are flexible and boys are encouraged to have weekends away with families, meals out with parents, day trips and free time with friends. Public transport at the front door makes it easy to visit Melbourne's famous sports venues, arts and music centres, cinemas, theatres, museums and cafes.
Cooperation and trust in a structured and caring environment is emphasised at the boarding houses. Students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills, responsibility, tolerance and self-reliance. Boarding provides a gradual understanding and experience of independence, preparing them for transition to tertiary and adult life.