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Scotch Oakburn College has an enviable academic reputation. One
of the reasons that parents choose Scotch Oakburn College is to
give their child the best educational opportunities. Students new
to the College may find the academic expectations both
demanding and challenging. Within the Boarding House we have
high expectations in terms of attitude, diligence and work ethic.
We strive to provide a high level of academic support and
encouragement, though boarders must accept responsibility for
their own learning. Boarders are not to make excuses for non-
completion of work and if they are experiencing difficulties with
any of their subjects they need to seek assistance from boarding
In the Boarding House there are specific, supervised study times.
Each evening from Monday to Thursday, boarders have set study
periods which are non-negotiable. This gives them the
opportunity to consolidate and revise the work done during the
day and to prepare for the next day’s lessons. We insist that
homework is done in an atmosphere conducive to study.
Boarders will not be permitted to disrupt the learning of others.
• Many boarders, particularly those in Years 11 and 12, will need to
do extra study in their own time if they expect to achieve their
personal best. If students need more time to complete
homework they can get up earlier in the morning, study on
weekends or after school.
• Special permission to study after lights out may be sought from
the staff member on duty (this privilege applies to Year 11/12
• Many of our academic staff volunteer to tutor boarders in the
Boarding House of an evening. We also employ academic tutors to
assist with subjects such as maths, science and english during the
• All Scotch Oakburn students also have access to free after school
tutoring in maths and science at the College and boarders are
strongly encouraged to make use of this.
• Boarders are encouraged to spend time on a Sunday evening
preparing for the week ahead and ensuring all necessary
homework is completed.
First Prep (7:00pm - 8:30pm) - Monday to Thursday
• Prep is mandatory and boarders are not permitted to be
absent unless for a College approved activity.
• Years 6 and 7 students will complete their study under the
direct supervision of the Middle School tutor on duty.
• Years 8, 9 and 10 students have supervised study in the dining
• Years 11 and 12 students generally study in their own rooms.
Doors are to be left open during Prep times allowing supervising
tutors to monitor and support students in completing their study.
Boarders wishing to work collaboratively or those requiring
academic tutor support need to work on the ground floor. There is
a break for supper at 8:30pm.
Second Prep (9:30pm - 10:15pm) - Monday to Thursday
• All Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to complete another
session of study from 9:30pm until bed time each evening. This is
a time for quiet individual study in either the computer room or
their own room. Those students wishing to go to bed rather than
complete second Prep are permitted to do so.
Life in boarding provides both formal and informal leadership
opportunities, culminating in the elected position of Captain
(or Co-Captains) of Boarding each year.
All Year 11 and 12 students are seen as a leader in the
Boarding House and as such are expected to:
• Act as positive role models for all other students in the Boarding
• Lead by example and reinforce College expectations
• Display tolerance, patience, understanding and respect
• Foster a sense of belonging in boarding through the
development of an inclusive and supportive culture
Seniors assist boarding staff in the smooth daily operation of the
Boarding House routines and activities. A small aspect of their
leadership involves accepting responsibilities and duties within the
house (such as wake-up; room inspections; roll call; assisting in the
dining room etc).
The greater part of leadership involves working behind the
scenes to serve the Boarding House by: supporting others,
organising yourself, the way you communicate and interact with
others, and encouraging each member of the boarding
community to pursue excellence and live by the values outlined
at the beginning of this Boarding Handbook.
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