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Boarding

Boarding forms an integral part of life at Cowan House. Our boarding product is a unique and homely space where boys and girls live in an environment which is suitable to Preparatory school Boarding.

Cowan House is deeply committed to the welfare of our boys and girls and our Boarding Houses provide a caring and secure atmosphere as well as a balanced and fun-filled support system for our weekly and termly borders.

With a full Boarding Staff complement, boarding life is organised in a way that provides our boarders from Grade 2 to Grade 7 the structure they need as well as making sure they also have ‘family’ fun as provided for by our Wednesday Family Evenings. Weekends ensure that Cowan House boarders are engaged in activities on our extensive grounds, as well as trips off campus on visits to nature reserves, sporting events, beaches, theatre performances, etc. Our Cowan House community and families are also remarkable in including boarders in sleep-overs, outings or birthday parties over weekends.

Cowan House boarding in Grade 6 and 7 is proving to be a popular option for children who will be boarding in High School. This preparation stands our girls and boys in good-stead in developing greater independence through experiencing Preparatory School Boarding in a small and homely environment.

Each boarding applicant joins us for a 2-night boarding sleep-over experience where they share time with our boarders and enjoy a full Cowan House experience of life in Boarding, in our classrooms and our cultural and sporting programmes.

Apart from our Boarder Masters and Mistresses, our Boarding Establishment is overseen by our Deputy Head, Mr Dorian Larter, our Boarding Coordinator, Mrs Steph Lee, and our on-hand San Sister, Sr Shelly Edkins. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Every child is different which is why our 2-night sleepover assessment is essential in determining your child’s suitability for boarding. For some children boarding from Grade 2 is like a duck to water, whereas a child in Grade 5 may have great difficulty so there is no hard and  rule. Cowan House accepts boarders from Grade 2 to Grade 7 should they manage well during their sleepover assessment.

Cowan House is deeply committed to the welfare of our boys and girls. Our boarding house provides a caring and secure atmosphere with a support system of dedicated boarding staff (who live in the boarding establishment) and are compassionate to the needs of young children.  Full-time academic staff residing on campus, as well as student teachers also assist in Boarding. Cowan House has a full time SAN Sister on campus between 7am and 4pm and is on-call 24/7. In case of any emergency or if your child is in need of urgent medical care, Hilton Life Hospital is a mere 6km down the road.

Weekends ensure that Cowan House boarders are engaged in organised activities and good clean fun on our expansive campus, as well as trips off campus on visits to nature reserves, the beach, theatre performances, etc.

Childhood and family life is closely guarded at Cowan House, for both day scholars and our boarders, and it is for this reason that in addition to the strict guidelines of meaningful and minimal ‘homework’, no work is given to pupils for completion on Wednesdays (Family Night) and on weekends. Our boarding staff run a structured and supportive prep session on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
In addition to weekends, no homework is given to pupils on a Wednesday. We encourage our families to use this evening to spend valuable time together. For our boarders, this means a fun evening filled with games, boma bonfires with hot chocolate and marshmallows, and perhaps even testing out some pudding recipes with the Headmaster.

Boarders are also allowed to bring a cell phone to school, which will be locked away with the Boarding staff, and only given to the boarders to make calls to family members at specific times on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.