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Boarding Families

Parents are always their daughter’s first and most important teachers and caregivers, we are just lucky to join them for this part of the adventure. We are in partnership with our parents as we both strive to ensure the girls are the best they can be and they achieve success, whatever that looks like for them as individuals. Our lines of communication are there to provide support, not just between the school and parents, but also between parents. The staff understand what it is like for families to be apart and have a number of ways in keeping parents up to date with what is happening in their daughters’ school lives.

Fortnightly Newsletter
Provides up-to-date information on all the news and events happening in the boarding houses, as well as reminders of important diary dates.

Facebook Groups
Each parent is invited to join their year-specific Boarding Facebook Group. These are a great forum for parents to ask each other questions, co-ordinate pick-ups and drop-offs and even organise social get-togethers. In addition, there is the SMC Boarding Facebook Group that covers all year groups and regular posts what the girls have been up to in the evenings and weekends.

Regional Events
Each year, St Margaret’s runs a series of Regional Events around the country, allowing us to visit our boarding families on their home turf. Attended by the Executive Principal, senior boarding staff and other key staff, they are a great way to further cement that all-important partnership.

Parent Drinks
Before major events in the school calendar, such as the Senior Ball, Carol Service and Prize Giving, the Director of Boarding hosts Parent Drinks as an opportunity for boarding parents to get together

Boarding Mothers’ Lunch
At the end of Term 1, the boarding mothers go out for lunch before picking the girls up to take them home for the holidays. Spanning across all age groups, the lunch helps form stronger bonds between mothers, forming those all-important support networks as they navigate the teenage years together.

Father-Daughter Breakfasts
Fathers come from far and wide for the legendary cooked breakfast and to spend quality time with their girls. Organised by the PFA, these breakfasts are run by year group and always include an interesting guest speaker.