Our boarding community is at the heart of the college and the culture is closely aligned with the holistic philosophy and vision of the school. 

The three houses are arranged in year groups that allows us to tailor the structure of each house to the specific needs of each developmental stage.  In Julius House (Y7-10) we provide a structured and nurturing environment for the girls to make the transition into boarding. Kilburn House (Y11-12) encourages the girls to begin personally integrating these skills. Cranmer House (Y13) allows for a transition year to the self responsibility that the tertiary environment requires, but in a monitored setting.

Boarding helps girls to develop good personal organisation, self responsibility, tolerance and support of others. The boarding community values and respects the needs of individuals while encouraging individuals to be sensitive to the needs of the whole community. Our Boarders’ Programme encourages a range of independent skill development, personal growth and leadership opportunities. Positive boarding relationships between the year groups are fostered through tutor groups, big sister buddy groups, house competitions and the evening meal that is shared together.

The houses have a House Manager (and her family) in residence who oversees the day to day running of the house. The Assistant House Manager and Weekday and Weekend Supervisors work along side the House Manager to help create a warm, supportive and structured environment to help the girls make the most of their experience of living at school.

A greater range of skills based activities are being offered and have been designed to be age appropriate. Boarding links with other hostels such as Christ’s College and Waihi offer co educational socialization opportunities.

Weekend activities throughout the year include going to rugby games, movies, shopping trips and plenty of craft activities.

Contact details

Julius House
Phone: 03 353 2562 or 027 828 8712

Kilburn House
Phone: 03 353 2561 or 027 828 8716

Cranmer House
Phone: 03 353 2569 or 027 828 8713

Weekend Duty Manager
Phone: 027 828 9713


Download Behaviour Expectations

Download Checklist and tips

2016 Boarding Handbook – 2017 2017 Boarding Handbook

2015 Boarding Newsletters:

Term One
Term Two
Term Three
Term Four


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Merivale, Christchurch 8014

PO Box 25094
Christchurch 8144
New Zealand

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