Boarding

Nudgee College boarding provides boys with valuable opportunities to develop personal qualities such as independence, resilience, confidence and respect. Boys develop life-long friendships and contacts that assist each boy develop his future. Career counsellors are on hand to assist boys open up future possibilities.

Boys have plenty of space to roam, and play across the campus’ 136 hectares of bushland and ovals. With Nudgee College located only 16 kilometres from Brisbane city, it is a great, safe place for country boys to orientate themselves to a large city environment. This is a big advantage as the city is where most boys will go onto further studies at university.

In 2015, a complete redevelopment of the Boarding Village took place.

The new Boarding Village brings together all four Boarding Houses (O’Brien for our Years 5-9 students and Cotter, Murphy and Hodda for our Years 10, 11 and 12 students). Housed with state of the art living quarters and a beautiful, large central courtyard space for social gatherings, it is a home away from home, a place of safety and security, fun and friendship. We are proud to provide our boys with a wonderful environment to learn, explore and engage with their learning setting.

Facilities

Each boy from Years 5 to 12 has his own individual room that feels like his home inside a larger house. Features inside each boy’s room include their own window, natural light, single bed, space and privacy to study, desk and chair, shelving, cupboard, large lockable storage areas, task lighting, wireless internet, overhead fans, and bench seating.

The larger house contains lounge spaces and common spaces with 6m high ceilings to provide a sense of space and openness. Bathroom spaces open to vertical gardens offering natural air circulation and air quality. The entire Boarding Village is secured safely and all entry and exit points monitored.

Academic Development

Boys reaching their academic potential is of utmost importance at Nudgee College and so we provide our boarders with the Reach for the Stars Academic Tutoring Program four nights per week. During this time, teachers across a range of subjects tutor and assist boys through extra help and support with ongoing homework and assignments and specific focus sessions in preparation for exams. This program has proven to be highly successful, with day students joining boarding to take advantage of this effective study and learning program.

High Level of Care

Our dedicated staff provides a supportive home-like environment and easy contact for parents. Each house has a:
Head of Boarding House (Teacher)
Assistant Head of Boarding House (Teacher)
Two Senior Supervisors (Teachers)
House Mum
Four Supervisors
The Health Centre is staffed with highly skilled and caring nurses 24/7 and doctors, dentists, podiatrists and physiotherapists are on call.
Boarding has its own fully equipped industrial Kitchen and dining room, staffed with four chefs. All meals are substantial and nutritionally well-balanced. Parents can access the weekly boarders menu through the Parent Portal on the College website.

Recreational Activities

The Activities Coordinator provides a rich variety of activities in addition to the College’s extensive co-curricular program.

Activities include beach trips, movies, ice skating, dances, river cruises, fishing, and Laser Skirmish just to name a few. The recreation program also provides for practical pursuits that support a boarder’s transition to the world beyond.

Boarders are also welcome to join the College's comprehensive extra-curricular program, which includes a wide range of activities in sporting, musical, dramatic and academic areas. Nudgee College also offers a fully operational Cattle Club, Rodeo Team and a nine-hole golf course on the College grounds. While Nudgee College performs well at the highest levels of sport in the GPS competition, it is the breadth of the sporting program that makes the College stand out as being successful.

Family Involvement

Boys' families are encouraged to be a part of the Nudgee College community with opportunities to attend Sunday liturgies, GPS fixtures, social events and other occasions of significance. The Boarder Parents Support Group is a welcome component, meeting to discuss issues and organise social gatherings.

Faith Development

The development of faith is an important element within the boarding community and the boarders are encouraged to participate in a range of religious activities including regular Mass attendance, school retreats, reconciliation, community service, and nightly prayers.

The weekly Boarding Mass is the pinnacle of the week and vital to the College’s community experience. The weekly mass takes place in the beautiful College Chapel located in the heart of the College at 7.30pm every Sunday night of the school term. Nudgee College is one of the few Catholic Colleges to retain the services of a live-in Catholic priest who also teaches in the day school.

Regional Visits

Nudgee College understands it can be difficult for some families to travel to Brisbane, so Nudgee College comes to you. The College’s regional visits offer families in remote areas the opportunity to ask questions and meet College staff who welcome both new enquiries and old faces.
These regional visits provide an opportunity to meet with families who have entrusted Nudgee College with their sons and also to keep in touch with how College Old Boys are faring. Often visiting staff organise functions to allow new families to ask questions of those who have already experienced the Nudgee College community.

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