The Huntingtower Boarding House is a "home away from home", an extended family environment where young people are loved, valued and nurtured. Home values and an appreciation for others are at the forefront of our Boarding House ideals, and many opportunities are provided so that boarders can show initiative, develop their social skills and feel a sense of worth. Emphasis is placed on providing a happy, structured and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to learn and demonstrate valuable life skills such as effective study/work habits, independence, cooperation, respect and confidence.
Huntingtower has had boarding facilities since 1927, which makes it the oldest coeducational boarding school in Victoria. The Boarding House accommodates up to 30 Year 7-12 boarders. Year 12 students have single rooms and study facilities and students from years 7-11 may share with another student. We offer weekly and full-time boarding and have students from all over the world.
The Boarding House is operated by House Parents who are supported by four supervisors - two of whom are on duty at any given time. All staff work closely with the boarders and their families to support each student in their growth and development. Staff also assist with homework and pastoral care.
A recreation room which has TV/video facilities, a table tennis table, pool table, piano and lounge chairs provides a comfortable and social environment where students can retreat to, play games in, relax and entertain visiting friends and family.
Students have access to school facilities such as internet/intranet, gym, tennis courts, a swimming pool and expansive school grounds after school and at weekends. Outings and activities at weekends are also arranged during each school term.
In 2007, Huntingtower initiated a Middle School Boarding program: "Staying Away @ HT". An opportunity exists for Year 9 students to spend one term in the Boarding House. There is only a nominal charge for this experience (currently $450 per term), as we feel that the skills learned through this type of independent living experience are an important part of the curriculum that we provide to prepare our students to become life-long learners. This program is also of benefit to our full-time boarders, enabling them to forge new friendships, interact with a greater number of students and providing them with leadership opportunities.