Welcome to Boarding
Some things at school just can’t be taught; the lifelong friendships, the discoveries that excite and the moments that matter.
At PLC, boarding is more than just a place to live and walk to school. It’s a holistic experience that immerses our students into a warm, inclusive culture where they will live, play, learn and thrive.
When you start at PLC, you will instantly join an amazing community of girls, teachers and staff who will nurture, inspire and shape your experiences at school, at home and in all the years beyond.
We encourage you to explore our website and discover everything you need to know about Boarding at PLC.
At home. At School
When your daughter starts at PLC, she will commence an enriching personal and educational journey at a school with a proud boarding tradition and where our boarders are at the very heart of our school community.
The Boarding House
- is set on 18 hectares of park-like, spacious grounds
- boarders have after-school access to the Aquatic Centre, Library, Performing Arts Centre, Art Studios and many sporting facilities
- is located in Burwood, east of Melbourne's CBD. The no 75 tram stops outside the campus gate with routes to the city and buses operate to Box Hill and Chadstone Shopping Centre
- has friendly staff on duty 7 days a week, 24 hours a day during school term
- has individually controlled heating to all rooms with air-conditioning in most other rooms
- includes common lounges and recreation rooms with TV, DVD, multimedia projector for movie nights, pianos, microwave ovens, toasters, table tennis, snooker, workout treadmill, soccer table, music practice rooms and mountain bikes available for student use
- provides fully catered breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper
- gives boarders access to wireless internet in their rooms
- supplies sheets and towels which are laundered for students
- has a laundry with washing machines, dryers and irons for students to wash their own personal items
"Our whole-community approach means that our girls are supported, cared-for and inspired to experience everything on offer".
Our Boarding House is modern and spacious, with Wi-Fi throughout. Girls in Years 7 to 10 share two and four bedroom suites and as they get older and develop their independence, girls enjoy their own individual bedrooms in Years 11 and 12. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with routines and structures in place to assist the girls to settle in and maintain a healthy balance between life and study; work and play
Your daughter will soon feel at home in our secure and COVID-safe Boarding House and will develop deep friendships both with boarders and day girls. She will be part of an outstanding wholistic learning environment while living in a happy and nurturing “home away from home.” Through the endless opportunities provided by one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools, she will blossom and grow into a confident, resilient young woman with life-long friendships, ready to take on the challenges of living and working in the global marketplace.
Boarding is Amazing Fun
Our boarders have so much fun at PLC!
They enjoy beach visits, themed dinners, birthday celebrations, sporting and cultural events and so much more.
Weekends offer girls the chance to relax and recharge and explore new interests. They are encouraged to venture beyond the campus and enjoy Melbourne’s sporting, music and theatre scene, galleries, parks, shopping and of course its iconic cafes.
Our wonderfully supportive staff care for the girls and provide strong, positive role models, helping them to adjust to and enjoy the unique experience of living, studying and socialising together in a close residential community.
In our 'Boarding Buddy' program, current boarding students partner with newly-arrived girls to help them make friends and settle into life in the Boarding House.
Boarders have access to a world of resources at PLC
The Games Room features table tennis, soccer and pool tables, exercise bikes and treadmills. There are various common rooms with projectors for movie nights, tvs and plenty of space to relax within. There are pianos for student's use and private music rooms for girls who play other instruments. There are also a wide range of porting and games equipment, including tennis racquets and balls, badminton racquets and shuttles, table tennis paddles and balls, jigsaw puzzles and other games are available for the girl's use.
School facilities available to boarders include:
- 18 hectares of spacious, park-like grounds
- tennis, netball and basketball courts
- badminton court
- heated swimming pool with diving boards
- music school
- soccer and hockey fields
Boarding House Staff
Our Boarding House staff are available 24 hours a day, to help ensure that the girls are comfortable, safe and happy.
There are always female staff members on duty overnight. In an emergency girls know to wake the allocated senior staff member on duty.
Local Support Person
PLC recommends that all boarders whose parents live outside Australia have a local support person. This individual will play a key role in your daughter’s life and is an important social contact and support outside the Boarding House.
The local contact person should be known and trusted by the parents. A local support person can help in many ways by:
- taking the student out for a meal or excursion
- helping with transport arrangements at the beginning and end of term, e.g. to/from the airport
- attending school functions, including Parent-Teacher interview evenings
- providing personal care/interest during times of illness
- being available for consultation regarding girls’ leave arrangements
PLC requests that the local contact person is over 21 years of age, has very good English skills, is easy to contact and communicate with and lives in Melbourne whilst the student is in the Boarding House.
If you do not have an appropriate person to ask to be your daughter’s Local Support Person, our Admissions Team can provide details of the professional agencies which students have used before.
Boarding House Captains and Committee
Boarders elect their Boarding House Captains and Committee each year from a cohort of Year 10 and Year 11 girls.
The Committee liaises with the Heads of Boarding to support younger students, maintain morale and organise special events.
Boarders’ Parents’ Association
The Boarders’ Parents’ Association meets annually on the day when the girls return for Term 1. It provides an ideal forum for parents/local support people to discuss issues relating to the Boarding House, offer suggestions for changes or projects, and contribute thoughts and ideas on how to improve life in the Boarding House. It also provides an opportunity for parents to meet each other. To learn more, contact the Association via firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about frequently asked questions for boarding and international students, please visit our International Students FAQ
We encourage you to read this handbook and learn more about the wonderful life of Boarding at PLC.