Boarding

From the moment you walk through the doors of the Seymour College Boarding House, you will sense the warmth and inclusiveness that is experienced by every one of our boarders. We go out of our way to ensure that every girl feels part of the Seymour family, which is made up of approximately 100 girls from rural and regional South Australia, interstate and overseas.

Our team of Boarding House staff are dedicated to supporting the girls so that they feel a sense of belonging in their home away from home, enabling them to grow and make the most of every experience. The safe, happy, nurturing environment that is fostered in the Boarding House helps the girls feel totally cared for, comfortable and happy.

We invite you to take a closer look into boarding at Seymour. Register for a tour of the College or please provide your details here and Sally Penn, Director of Enrolments and Community, will contact you. You may also download our Boarding House brochure or request the 2021 Fee Schedule.

A home away from home

Everyone has somewhere they can go, someone they can turn to, it’s a nice comforting feeling knowing you’re in a safe place.
Emily (’19), Roxby Downs

I love having all of my friends around to support me - no one judges me.
Rori (Year 10), Mount Gambier

We enrol families, not students

The Boarding House has a true sense of home. Central to this is the commitment to fostering a sense of belonging, a range of activities that encourage inclusion and connection, and a focus on wellbeing.
Steven and Jaime Perryman (Mount Gambier)

Seymour College Boarding House has provided our four daughters a home away from home whilst completing their senior schooling. Our girls have gained valuable life skills such as independence and resilience whilst they live in a supportive community environment. Their friendship networks have grown and include people not only from areas across the state, but also the nation and overseas.
Cathy and Ted Langley (Bordertown)

Orientation

Prospective boarding students are invited to spend a sleepover night in the Boarding House and a day at the College, to attend classes and meet future classmates. This experience helps the girls understand what boarding at Seymour College is all about.

The experienced boarders relish showing the new girls around the Boarding House and campus. Current boarders and day students "buddy" with each new student, to help familiarise them with the Boarding House and College procedures.

We understand that boarding is very much a family experience and we invite parents to take part in a parents' workshop to help them prepare for their daughter's transition to the Boarding House.

The Boarders' Parents' Association (BPA) provides new parents with support, through Regional Zone Representatives and social opportunities prior to the family beginning boarding. The BPA run an event-packed calendar each year which gives new families the chance to form their own friendships for life.

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. 

Co-curricular activities such as sport, music and debating are widely attended by boarders, who enjoy a beautiful natural environment, with many gardens, art studios, a vast playing field, netball and tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, gym, dance studio and a fitness training centre.

The Boarding House is an active environment with girls regularly enjoying walks through the Adelaide Hills, outings to the Central Market, craft markets, the beach, Bounce, the cinema and the theatre.

Spaces

Year 12 students are allocated a private room, while younger students live in shared bedrooms, generally on a twin-share basis. Rooms and roommates are changed each term. Changing rooms is important, as it builds new social connections, resilience and tolerance, as well as promotes diversity. These are the core values in the Boarding House.

Well-equipped common rooms are available to the different year levels and students use these spaces for socialising, studying and recreation, or to prepare a snack.

Wireless internet is available throughout the Boarding House, and boarders are able to access the College network at any time, from anywhere on campus.

Visitors are welcome and we encourage families to spend some time with us, share a meal, and celebrate special events such as the Swimming Carnival and Sports Day.