Toowoomba Grammar School is one of the oldest and most well-established boarding schools in Australia. Boarders have lived at the School and have been educated with us since 1877.
Boarding is a priority at Toowoomba Grammar School with approximately 300 boarders enrolled, constituting one-third of our Senior School enrolment. Our boarders come predominantly from regional Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia. With their varied backgrounds and refreshing approach to life, the boarders add a great deal to the fabric of Toowoomba Grammar School.
Boys who commence boarding in Years 5, 6 or 7 will be members of Corfe Boarding House. This is a specialist facility for our youngest boarders, allowing them the opportunity to get to know the other boarders their own age. The staff in Corfe House (including a resident Housemother) help the boys to grow confidence in their ability to live away from home. As the boys get older, the School has five boarding houses, each of which caters for boarders in Years 8 to 12. Each House has its own identity and boys in that house become part of a very supportive community.
Each Boarding House is lead by a Housemaster who is a teacher in the School and lives with his family in accommodation within the Boarding House. This close proximity allows each Housemaster to supervise the boys properly and to form strong connections with each boy in the House. Each Boarding House also has one full-time staff member who works exclusively in that House and helps provide consistent supervision and excellent pastoral care. Because each Housemaster is also a teacher in the School, they understand how boys learn and appreciate the academic demands upon them.
The boarding staff at Toowoomba Grammar School realise the importance of good communication with families of boarders. Boarding parents are kept informed of their son’s progress and staff work closely with parents to ensure a positive experience for the boys.
Being a boarder at Toowoomba Grammar School is a wonderful opportunity to develop life-long friendships and to experience a sense of belonging and camaraderie that comes from being a boarder.