When is a good time for my child to start boarding?
There is no easy answer to this question. Many pupils enter boarding school in Grade 1 and settle down happily. At St Andrew's Prep, we have created a family structure in the lives of our boarders: the House Master and his wife step into the role of parents, the Matron becomes the granny in the relationship and the Student House Masters act as older brothers.
We believe in modelling core values supported by our behaviour policy, which provides an emotionally and socially safe environment for children to be nurtured in. Our staff are trained to provide emotional support to the children in their care.
Parents have full access to their children and, when in town, may take them out shopping or for a meal. Borders may go home on any weekend, on condition that their sport/music commitments have been fulfilled.
The main hub of Grahamstown is not far from the school campus so pupils may walk to town in groups and along set routes. Brothers and sisters may visit each other on the three campuses.
When borders fall ill, they move into the San which is part of the San Matron's home. A school doctor visits each morning and the San Matron, a qualified nursing sister, makes any appointments needed outside the school and drive the pupils to where they need to be.
Because birthdays are special occasions, the dorm Matron makes a particular effort to make the child feel appreciated. A birthday cake is baked and shared by the class.
Communication with parents is via cell or card phones and email. Parents may phone in on dorm telephones.
The boarding houses all have recreation areas and boys may bring their bicycles and skateboards to play in the extensive school gardens.
Student House Masters (carefully screened from Rhodes University) run evening clubs, help with sports coaching and organise weekend games or day trips to the coast and game parks in the vicinity.
Your child will never be alone in the boarding house.
Travel arrangements to destinations on National and International bus and Air routes are made by the School's Travel Co-ordinator.
TK talks about Boarding: Richard Jackson Housemaster:
Susan Currie on the San at Prep Susan Currie - Matron Robert House