The Seymour College Boarding House is a lively community of approximately 100 girls and the staff who care for them. Boarders at Seymour come from across South Australia, interstate and overseas, and the diversity of our student population is one of its many strengths.
Boarding at Seymour provides girls with unparalleled opportunities for academic success as well as sporting, cultural and leisure experiences. Both the College and the Boarding House promote intellectual, social, emotional and moral growth.
Seymour has embraced the principles of positive psychology to enhance student self-esteem, personal development and learning. Staff actively work with boarders to develop their empathy, compassion and resilience. They support all boarders to optimise their sense of wellbeing.
We offer a safe, happy, nurturing environment with an exceptional standard of care. Boarding gives students an invaluable experience of communal living. All residential students learn to live and work together in a setting that encourages a practical concern for others, and promotes the development of skills in organisation, cooperation and independence. It also encourages a strong work ethic and a commitment to the pursuit of personal excellence in academic work.
A Proven Structure
Seymour boarders have a clearly defined routine that also accommodates personal pursuits. Boarders do homework (Prep) at set times in the evenings, working in their own rooms under staff supervision and with the assistance of tutors.
Year 12 students are allocated a private room, while the younger students live in shared bedrooms, generally on a twin-share basis. From Years 6 – 11, rooms and room mates are changed each term to build new social connections, resilience and tolerance, as well as to promote diversity. These are the core values in the Boarding House.
Co-curricular activities such as sport, music and debating are widely attended by boarders, who enjoy a beautiful natural environment. Seymour is centrally located on 25 acres of grounds, with many gardens, art studios, a vast playing field, netball and tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, gym and dance studio. Boarders also have a fitness training centre in the Boarding House.
The Boarding House is an active environment with girls regularly enjoying Colour Runs or runs through the Adelaide Hills. Other activities include outings to the Central Market, craft markets, the beach, Bounce, the cinema and the theatre. Regular activities also occur with other boarding schools.
Students are encouraged to be aware of the needs of others, to celebrate and respect difference, to share responsibility of duties and to take a lead in supporting each other.
Making a Difference
Prospective boarding students are invited to spend a sleepover night in the Boarding House and a day at the College, attend classes and meet future classmates. This experience helps the girls understand what boarding at Seymour College is all about. Current boarders and day students buddy with each new student to help familiarise them with the Boarding House and College procedures.
Boarders make a significant difference at Seymour and often form the nucleus of the College’s student leadership. At the end of the school day boarders and the boarding staff keep the campus alive. Within a secure, caring and happy environment boarders are valued for their individual contribution and encouraged to involve themselves in the many activities available at and outside the College.
Boarders inevitably become part of a close and nurturing community, developing strong and lasting friendships. As a vital part of Seymour’s focus on service and advocacy, they are encouraged to use their strengths and talents for the benefit of the community, locally, at school and in the wider world.
Seymour boarders epitomise our values in many ways, and proudly graduate as young women of strength, optimism and justice.
2017 Field Days:
Lucindale (South East): Friday, 17 to Saturday, 18 March
Karoonda Farm Fair: Friday, 31 to Saturday, 1 April
Mount Barker District Show: Saturday, 25 March
Darwin Show: Thursday, 27 to Saturday, 29 July
Yorke Peninsula Field Days: Tuesday, 26 September to Saturday, 28 September
Clare Show: Saturday, 14 October