Welcome to boarding at The King's School. It is my hope that during your time with us, you thoroughly enjoy your boarding experience and immerse yourself in all that the School has to offer. As part of a unique community, it is your responsibility to respect the positive traditions of our great school. Take comfort in the knowledge that every Kingsman has an unequaled opportunity to learn. Choose to spend your time wisely - find those things that you are truly passionate about and pursue these interests with great vigour. Above all, make the most of those opportunities available to you - get to know your peers and forge life-long friendships that will stand you in good stead, now and into the future.
Learning to live in a community is a vital skill for life and research teaches us that boarders develop close friendships and values such as resilience, tolerance and independence, often much earlier than others who are not given the same educational opportunities. Living at school offers many advantages – time that would otherwise be allocated to travel can be better utilised, enabling boarders to be fully engaged in their school work, sporting endeavours and other co-curricular activities. Our boarders have access to academic support from a selection of qualified tutors who are available throughout the day and in the evenings. The tutors assist our boarders with their homework, providing direction and enabling the boys to make the most of their prep time outside of the classroom.
The King's School offers unparalleled boarding facilities with large, purpose-built boarding houses staffed by qualified teachers. We are committed to providing the very best in residential accommodation and have, in recent years, made a significant investment to ensure that our boarding environment is the very best available. We embrace the use of technology and all boarders have access to the same services as those found in Industry. Accommodation is available in dormitories, twin-shares and single bed-studies that feature King Single beds and climate controlled air-conditioning. Located on over 320 acres of land with swimming pools, gym facilities, sporting fields and a Mountain Bike track, the School is conveniently located in the geographic centre of Sydney - enabling our boarders to enjoy a country schooling experience in the heart of Australia's largest city.
A note to all boarders: An incredible and exciting adventure awaits your significant contribution - get involved, enjoy all that is on offer, make the most of this amazing opportunity and find those things that you are truly passionate about. Do these things and I guarantee that you will thoroughly enjoy a lifetime of learning at The King's School.
The King's School was established in 1831 as Australia's oldest boarding school. Since then it has been a leader in residential education and is currently one of the largest boys' boarding schools in the land. It has a strong connection with country families, but also welcomes boarders from city families and from overseas. Boarders at King's are the “heart and soul” of the School, as it is their home during term time. They constitute over a third of the student body.
Boarders enjoy the freedom of having access to spacious grounds that are the envy of most schools and they experience rich opportunities for leadership and personal growth. The academic environment is supportive and proven to add value, whilst the sporting program is second to none. They have unparalleled access to excellent facilities and learning opportunities.
Boarders at King's are part of a unique community of staff and students. Over 40 trained residential staff serve the needs of King's boarders. King's is undertaking a major development of its residential program that involves the amalgamation and upgrading of its senior boarding houses. The refurbished Broughton Forrest House and the Baker Hake House are examples of the School's outstanding modern boarding facilities.
The extensive grounds (320 acres) provide ample space for boys to move, play, grow and learn. Most boys are very happy at King's, and typically, boarders form lifelong friendships. Flexible boarding arrangements are available - full, weekly or occasional, and flexible leave arrangements maximise opportunities for interaction with family and friends.
Study routines and supervised ‘prep’ (homework) help many boarders to achieve better academic results than they might have achieved if they lived at home. Additional academic support (at no extra charge) is readily available, for example tutors on duty in the Boarding Houses, evening tutors in the Centre for Learning and Leadership, Study Hall and free on-line tutoring each Sunday to Friday evenings from 4.00pm-11.00pm.
The experience of living in community develops tolerance and independence and it offers significant leadership opportunities. Boarders enjoy convenient access to an extensive range of activities and facilities (sporting, social, cultural, recreational and spiritual), and there is a weekend activity program that affords the students opportunities to attend dances, representative sporting fixtures and multicultural dining experiences.
In the Health Centre there is a registered nurse on duty 24 hours each day and visiting doctors and physiotherapists are on call. The School also has a full time Counsellor to assist in any cases of student concern or other pastoral matters.