We have six boarding Houses at Cranbrook: Cornwallis, Crowden and Rammell for boys, and Blubery and Scott for girls. In addition, School Lodge provides a Year 9 settling-in House for all boys entering Cranbrook aged 13.
Each House has its own Head of house, matron and roster of duty staff made up of teachers and graduate assistants. In addition, each student is assigned a personal tutor who will play a pivotal role in assessing academic progress, course choices, sports participation and social interaction. Our boarding houses have high staff/student ratio to ensure a consistent and excellent high level of pastoral care. Additional mentoring comes from senior students who help newcomers adjust to the routine of boarding life. Medical assistance is always available from the school’s Medical Centre (run by a team of State Registered Nurses) and the school is visited regularly by its own doctor.
The weekend’s are full and busy affairs. With a program of sport run on Saturday mornings, weekends start with a broad range of physical activity. During the rest of the weekend a trips program is organised for the whole community to give boarders a chance to come together. This is on top of individual activities that might be planned within each House by House staff. Both on and off site activities vary, with big trips periodically to places like Thorpe Park and Bluewater, smaller more local trips to restaurants and the cinema and on site activities which seek to utilise our huge range of fantastic facilities. All of the trips are run by our amazing Boarding staff, assisted by our Gap Students who spend the year with us between January and December, joining us from our partner schools in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Boarders eat centrally for breakfast, lunch and supper but undertake prep and leisure activities in their individual Houses. Between 8:25 and 3.45pm they share the same school life as their day student counterparts. In the rest of the day, Boarding provides structure, opportunity, support and encouragement to help our young boarders develop and grow!