Boarding opportunities for girls are part of the special character of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and boarding is embedded in the charter and vision for the school.
Boarder families send their daughters to Waikato Diocesan for many reasons: the boarding experience; the all-round education; the special character; and, the family atmosphere.
Students live with other students from their academic year in one of five boarding houses. All meals are included in the fees and each house is centrally heated, carpeted and furnished.
Professional, nurturing boarding staff members provide the students with a safe and positive place in which to live and grow. Homework is supervised and subject specialists provide additional tuition if needed; most boarding staff also teach in the day school.
For the school's some 160 boarders, developing caring attitudes towards each other and the wider community is the foundation of their boarding experience.
Through a school-wide Peer Support Programme and ice-breaker weekend at the start of the year, the girls quickly find friends and mentors and 'big sisters' among the older students.
Senior students are encouraged to take more responsibility for themselves and to become more independent. Year 13 students have individual study bedrooms and share kitchen and living facilities. They cook their own meals in the weekends.
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls' boarding promotes a safe and caring environment in which students can grow into confident, responsible young adults.