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New Boarders move into TGS

When you think about ‘first-day jitters’ it’s often the little Preps and Year 7 students that come to mind.

Spare a thought for new boarders though; not only are they starting their first day in a brand-new school, but many are moving into a new ‘home’, some hundreds of kilometres away from their family.

Toowoomba Grammar School will welcome 285 boarders to the 2019 school year, with 61 of these new to the TGS boarding family.

These boarders, from Years 5 – 12, moved into their dorms on Monday, January 28 and were farewelled by their families on Tuesday afternoon following orientation and ‘welcome’ functions.

As the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” and TGS is like a small community. To feed these growing, hungry lads we have three chefs, one apprentice chef and two kitchen hands preparing food which includes approximately:

  • 70,500 meals served from the dining hall a term (8 weeks) – not including functions or sporting events
  • 1,440 litres of full cream milk a week
  • 1,260 eggs a week
  • 2,750 lunches a week
  • 2,300 kg or 2.3 tonne of meat a month
  • 5,000 kg or 5 tonne of fruit a term (8 weeks)
  • 56 hrs spent washing up a week

There is also a laundry team of five staff who are responsible for washing and drying up to 1,500kg of linen, uniforms and casual clothes for the boarders every day in the off-campus laundry where temperatures can reach into the low 40’s most days. They also spend about 40 hours a week ironing clothes and sew an average 30 buttons on uniform shirts every day.

The boys’ health needs are catered to at an on-site Health Centre that is operational 24/7 with four full-time and a doctor and physiotherapist who attend three times a week.

Routine is important in a boarding house, but it’s not without its fun. The boys participate in regular outings, such as dinners to various local restaurants, BBQs or ‘pizza nights’ and on weekends there are excursions to places such as Cooby Dam to fish, local National Parks for bushwalking or camping, Cloud Nine, ten pin bowling, attending sporting events or theme parks on the Gold Coast.

Boarding is a unique experience where lifelong friends are forged through this extended family.