Life in the Boarding House

A day in the boarding house at NEGS


The boarding houses are open at 6.30 am in Summer and Winter – this is for the girls to complete exercise or to feed and groom their horses before breakfast. Students are woken between 7-7.15 am to prepare themselves for the school day.

Breakfast starts in the dining hall at 7.45 am. The school day starts at 8.45 am. Students participate in classes until the end of the school day at 3.20 pm when they return to the boarding house before beginning their afternoon activities such as training for sports, horse riding, music lessons/practise, downtown visits for the senior students and Moxon’s (local bakery) visits for the juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dinner is at 5.45 pm in the dining room. The girls are seated on mixed tables to ensure interaction amongst year groups.

Prep begins at 6.30 pm in the Library for Years 7-10 and in the boarding house for Years 11 and 12. Year 7-10 return to the house at 8.30 pm where they begin to wind down for the evening and commence any evening routines (e.g. room checks).

Years 7 – 8 hand in their digital devices approximately 15 minutes before bedtime, seven days a week.

Years 9 – 11 hand in their digital devices approximately 15 minutes before bedtime, five nights a week.

Weekends for boarders

On weekends, breakfast is in the house on Saturday and Sunday and students have Brunch every second Sunday between 10.30 am – 11.00 am.

Boarders are able to go on ‘exeat’ over the weekend.

Each weekend an optional ‘Boarding activity’ is organised. These vary from week to week and include the movies, markets, roller skating and community events such as the ‘Relay for Life’.

In Winter (Terms 2 and 3) students are encouraged to join a sports team and many of these sporting matches are on Saturdays.

Girls are transported to and from their games and are encouraged to watch and support their friends. During the Summer months the school pool is open for the boarders to take advantage of the sun and warmer weather.

Downtown visits, additional privileges (including dinner and brunch) for Years 11 and 12 and visits to the shops are also a highlight of most weekends.