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Signing In & Out Procedure
Whenever entering or exiting the house, boarders are required to
“sign” in or out. This is to ensure that we know the whereabouts of
boarders all times. The sign in/out point is the duty office.
Boarders must be physically signed out by a staff member on duty.
Visitors to the House
Visitors are welcome provided that the following conditions
• All visitors must be signed in and introduced to staff on duty, as a
matter of House security, in case fire or other emergency and
also as a sign of politeness.
• Guests to the House are not allowed access to boarders’
bedrooms or anywhere upstairs in the Boarding House.
Daytime access to the Boarding House
Students in Years 6 to 11 are not permitted to leave school or
return to the Boarding House during the school day unless they
are unwell. In this case, they must report to the First Aid/
Student Receptionist at the Penquite Campus who will contact
the boarding staff and make appropriate arrangements.
Year 12 students who have a study line at the beginning of the day
may remain in the Boarding House until they are required at
school at recess time. If Year 12 students have a study line at the
end of the day they may leave the College and return to the
Boarding House. On arriving or leaving the College at these times,
it is their responsibility to sign in and out at Student Reception.
Year 12 students who have a study line at the beginning of the
day and choose to stay in the Boarding House must be up,
dressed, have their room tidy and be studying by 8:45am. A study
line is an opportunity for students to complete necessary work
and/or revision and they must be self-disciplined enough to use
this time appropriately and for the purpose it was designed for. If
students do not adhere to this expectation, the privilege of
remaining in the Boarding House will be revoked and they will be
required to attend school for all study lines.
College Learning Environment Expectations
While the Boarding House is the home of the boarders, school
rules and policies of Scotch Oakburn, as listed in the front of the
Student Planner, still apply in the Boarding House. Students and
parents are encouraged to read these and become familiar with
Personalising Your Room
Students are free and encouraged to bring items to help make
their bedroom area ‘their own’. This may include photo’s, posters
etc. Please note that staff do have the discretion to request the
removal of any item deemed inappropriate.
Use of cars is a privilege available to Year 12 boarders only. Year
12 boarders are able to bring vehicles to the Boarding House.
Driving a vehicle brings with it a number of responsibilities relating
to safety and security. Boarders are able to park their cars on the
Elphin Campus between the hours of 4:00pm and 8:00am.
Outside these hours cars must be parked in College Street or in
Claremont Street. No cars are permitted on the Elphin Campus
during school hours.
No boarder is permitted to travel in any private vehicle unless
parental approval is provided, indicating with whom they may
travel. Parents can supply this approval by completing the Motor
Vehicle Consent Form. This particularly applies to those
travelling in a motor vehicle driven by another student. Students
must not give or accept lifts from other students without written
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and other Illicit Substances
The use of any of the above substances is looked upon as an
extremely serious breach of the Boarding House and the College
rules and will be dealt with by the Head of Boarding and the
Principal or Deputy Principal in consultation with parents.
With so many Year 12 students turning 18 in their final year of
schooling, it is to be understood that while on outings from the
Boarding House, if alcohol is consumed, you must not expect to
return to the Boarding House, and in consultation with your
parents, must make other accommodation arrangements. For
further information, please refer to the Scotch Oakburn College
The College employs its own chefs who prepare all daily meals.
The College takes great pride in providing our boarders with a
varied and nutritious diet. Regular feedback and input is sought
from boarders in regards to menu planning.
Breakfast is served in the dining room between 7:15am and
7:45am. All students are expected to eat breakfast. There is always
a range of cereals, toast, fruit yoghurt and rotating hot options (for
example: eggs & bacon; porridge; baked beans; croissants)
Boarders collect their morning tea from the Boarding House
Reception before they catch the bus to school in the morning.
There is always plenty of fruit available.
Lunch is served from the Briggs House Dining Room on the
Penquite Campus. There is a hot ‘special of the day’ option as
well as make-your-own salad rolls, fruit and yoghurt.
The evening meal is an opportunity for boarders to catch up with
each other at the end of each day. Dinner consists of two courses -
entrée and main or main and dessert (on alternating days). It is
compulsory to be at meals unless permission has been given from
the Head of Boarding or the Boarding Supervisor on duty.
Table manners are important and a high standard of etiquette is
expected during meal time. Boarders must be appropriately
dressed in the dining room, this does not include hats, singlets,
pyjamas, and footwear must always be worn. Boarders are given
regular responsibilities for assisting with basic dining room duties
including setting tables and assisting kitchen staff with washing
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