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The Scotch Oakburn Boarding House is situated on
picturesque grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens and
century old oak trees, within the Elphin Road campus of the
Up to 70 students can be accommodated in the spacious
and homely Boarding House, with girls and boys coming
from around Tasmania, Interstate and overseas.
At the Scotch Oakburn Boarding House you will find:
• well-equipped lounge rooms and activity rooms
• a solar heated swimming pool
• playing fields and tennis courts
• music facilities
• an extensive menu offering a variety of delicious foods,
catering for a wide range of dietary needs and tastes
• birthdays and special occasions always a feature
• trained health staff
• established links with local medical surgeries and specialist
• close supervision of ‘prep’ by tutors, each weekday
• study assistance
• weekend activities catering to a range of interests
• strong commitment to sport
• 20 minute walk to the Senior School campus
• 10 minute walk to the centre of Launceston
The Head of Boarding, Mr Bo Power, lives next door to the
Junior Campus. Six tutors, male and female, live in the
boarding house full-time during term time.
The Boarding House will provide you with a comfortable
living and study environment. The boarding house rules will
ensure that you are given every opportunity to complete your
homework and studies successfully.
Regular weekend excursions are organised and you will be
encouraged to explore the many famous attractions which
people from all over the world travel to Tasmania to enjoy.
During term breaks and long weekends, international
boarders are encouraged to stay with local families. In this
way you will learn more about Australian culture and build
lifelong friendships. You will find that your host family will
be keen to learn more about your culture too.
Boarding House life fosters independence, tolerance, co-
operation and trust and, blended with the support, guidance
and friendship offered within the boarding community,
it provides many opportunities to ensure the boarding
experience is a rewarding one.
Australian currency is based on the dollar (A$1.00) which is
equal to 100 cents. There are six coins: five, ten, twenty
and fifty cents; one and two dollars. There are five notes:
$5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $50.00 and $100.00.
Banking hours may vary for different banks. Most banks
are open for business from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm Monday
to Thursday, and until 5.00 pm on Friday.
Most banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Automatic teller machines are open for business 24 hours
per day throughout the week.
New students are advised to open a bank account within
the first few weeks of arrival in Australia. When opening
an account, banks use a ‘point system’ as a security
check. You may need to produce your passport, a letter
from the school, or other forms of identification before
being permitted to open a bank account.
A plastic card for use in automatic teller machines (ATM)
will be issued by your bank. There is usually an annual fee
to be paid for use of the card. ATM’s are located through
out Tasmania, in shopping centres, outside banks, etc.
You will be given a personal identification number (PIN) to
enable you to withdraw money from an ATM. Please do
not let anyone know your PIN.
Boarding students should not keep large amounts of cash
or valuables in their rooms at the boarding house. If you
wish to keep a small amount of money at the boarding
house, you should give it to Mr Power and he will keep it in
the boarding house safe.
Important note 1: When traveling to Australia, please be
aware that if you are carrying $10,000 or more in cash of
any currency, you must declare the money on your
Incoming Passenger Card and when questioned by
Australian Customs officials upon arrival. A failure to
declare this money may result in the money being taken
and you being arrested and prosecuted. While it is not an
offence to bring this money into Australia, it is an offence
not to declare it.
Important note 2: When you arrive in the Boarding House,
you will be required to give your Passport to the Head of
Boarding, Mr Power. He will keep your passport in the
Boarding House safe until you need it for your journey
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