Food for Thought
Boarding life is busy, exciting and brimming with opportunities to experience new activities and develop new friendships. It is important for boarders to eat well, get plenty of sleep and plan some quiet time each week to ensure they are well-organised for school and co-curricular commitments. Our boarding staff are experienced in assisting girls of all ages to plan their routines and make adaptations when required.
Morning and evening meals generally are enjoyed in the Dining Room where the girls catch up with staff after a busy day. Our chefs and services team play an important role in ensuring the girls have plenty of fresh food daily, as well as providing entertaining events for everyone to enjoy. For example, in Terms 1 and 4, boarders relish evening barbecues every Thursday, cooked in the Boarders’ Courtyard. In Terms 2 and 3, international nights are especially enjoyable as we work our way around the world with Chinese, French, Mexican, Italian, German and other cuisines. Special occasions such as Valentines’ Day, Halloween and Christmas in July are celebrated in style as boarders dress up for these occasions!
Weekend breakfasts throughout the year are delivered to the girls’ common rooms, enabling a well-earned sleep-in. Boarders may choose to have their morning tea and lunch in the Boarders’ Courtyard or with their Daygirl friends.
There is a variety of freshly-prepared hot and cold food available at every meal. Girls choose from fresh fruits, cereals, toast and eggs at breakfast; salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas and stir fries at lunch; and roasts, grilled fish and meat, curries, noodles and vegetables at dinner. A choice of fresh fruit and delicacies like profiteroles and Pavlovas are on the menu for dessert! Take a look at a sample menu which changes daily.
- Roast Pork and Apple Sauce
- Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Mint Sauce
- Beef Ravioli
- Snapper with Coriander Sauce
- Chicken Schnitzel
- Vegetable Ravioli
- Basmati Rice
- Potato Dish of the Day
- Seasonal Vegetables
- A selection of Freshly Made Desserts
- Fresh Fruit
Guests such as the TSS boarders love to join us for dinner on special occasions and our girls also enjoy visits to TSS for dinner. Parents are always welcome to join their daughters for dinner and at the start of each term, boarder parents and their daughters are invited to come together over canapés, a barbecue or dinner.
Chapel and Boarding Angels
Boarders come together as a community at Boarders’ Chapel, held every Wednesday evening from 5.30 to 6pm. On a few occasions, boarders wear their school uniform however for the remainder of the year, they relax in smart casual wear. Chapel is a time for reflecting on the positive actions which have helped make boarding a happy experience for everyone. Boarding Angels are awarded to those girls who have performed a special act of kindness during the week. This is also a time when Boarding Prefects involve the girls in a range of community service activities, make announcements about initiatives and ‘pump up’ the girls to meet new challenges.
Boarders have a wonderful reputation for taking on challenges and typically, are the first to line up for a range of co-curricular activities. They are keen participants in House Plays and House Musicals, House Debating and ensembles such as Bands, Choirs and Orchestras. House sports such as swimming, cross country and athletics attract participation from boarders while the year-long calendar of sporting fixtures, played at home or at schools in Brisbane and Ipswich, include rowing, touch, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, gymnastics and more. All these activities are included in the school fees, with the exception of rowing.
Organising a Busy Week
Staff assist boarders in meeting their varied commitments, from encouraging good study habits to planning the week ahead. Laundry of school uniforms and bedding is managed by the on-site commercial laundry. Girls manage their personal laundry items and staff work with the boarders to ensure essential items are laundered quickly and returned, especially for those younger girls adapting to boarding life.