Boarding and Residential Life

Every aspect of Scotch College has been influenced by the developmental needs of boys. Our Residential Life programme, for students in Years 7 to 12, is no exception.

Your son will develop a sense of belonging, create lifelong friendships and become part of a local community. From our pastoral care, family values and tutoring system, to our facilities and weekend activities, we've created a safe and caring environment that sets your son up for success emotionally, socially and academically.

We know all boys, particularly those who have grown up in the country, need plenty of space. Our Residential College overlooks 10 hectares of playing fields, so your son will have no shortage of room to kick a ball around with his new mates. The size of our campus is even more remarkable, given we are in the heart of one of Perth's most sought-after locations.

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Situated less than 2km to both the Swan River and Indian Ocean, your son will have plenty of opportunities to try activities like surf lifesaving, rowing and sailing.

We also organise frequent outdoor activities, including the opportunity to walk the Bibbulmun Track in stages. By Year 12, he will have completed the entire track and developed resilience and team building skills along the way.

Our Residential College is home to almost 130 boys cared for by a team of resident and academic staff.

We invite you to come and visit our community and discover how our safe, caring environment ensures your son thrives while living away from home.

Mr Jordan Owenell
Director of Residential Life

Orientation

To ensure a smooth transition to secondary school and living away from home we have developed Welcome to Scotch College (WTSC), a programme for incoming boarders that includes a sleepover and orientation in October and online course to nurture confidence and friendships.

Temporary or weekly boarding

All Scotch College families can take advantage of our temporary accommodation facilities, located within our Residential College. A student's temporary stay can be for any length of time, with some families using the experience as an opportunity to develop independence, resilience and good study habits in their child.

With many parents working full time, weekly boarding has become an excellent option to not only alleviate pressure on families but to gain all that living within our residential community provides. All our boarders receive five meals a day, laundry, structured homework times, nightly tutoring and the ease of school activities right at their door.

Get in touch to learn more about our temporary or weekly accommodation offers. We are always happy to offer a boarding trial to our students, to ensure that this is the right option for them.

Housing

The Residential College is spread across the northern part of our campus and comprises three separate boarding houses – a Years 7–8 House, Year 9 House and Years 10–12 House).

This structure reflects our commitment to nurturing the physical and emotional development of boys as they progress through adolescence. Students in Years 7 to 9 live in dormitory style accommodation, which provides a balance of privacy with plenty of opportunities to socialise. In Years 10 and 11 boys share double rooms, and by Year 12 all boarders have their own room.

Food and catering

Scotch College's kitchen has been home to some of the best chefs in the country ¬– including an Iron Chef Australia contestant. All boarders eat together in our spacious Dining Hall, overlooking the playing fields, and enjoy recess and lunch from the Middle School or Senior School Canteen on weekdays.

A professional and dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that all residential students are well fed with the freshest ingredients, while providing a flexible menu designed to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. Five meals are provided each day, with snacks available.

Dining is usually 'alfresco style', where boarders may visit the Dining Hall at any time to serve their meal and choose a seat. Dinner includes two protein options, a vegetarian option and a choice of several different types of vegetables and salads. Of course, dessert is also available after every meal.

Fresh fruit is always available from the Dining Hall, Canteen and Residences and is replaced regularly.

Student wellbeing

To ensure your son always feels like there is someone he can turn to, we have a very high staff to student ratio in Residential Life. Each of our Residential Houses has a Housemother, whose role is to provide emotional support for your son and act as a link between the College and your family.

The Head of Year keeps a close eye on all students wellbeing. This academic staff member lives onsite and is the central point of contact for boarders, teachers and parents. They have a holistic view of how your son is developing and if needed, will draw on the expertise of our registered nurses, school psychologists, Chaplain and other support staff.

Academic support & tutoring

Scotch College has an outstanding reputation for its three-stream academic programme, across WACE, International Baccalaureate Diploma and VET.

We run a Learning to Learn programme (Years 7–9) and Study Skills programme (Years 10–12) in order to monitor all boarders' academic performance and obtain assistance for any students who need it.

Tutoring and resources

When it comes to homework, assignments and study, your son can get help whenever he needs it with our open-door tutoring system. Running every weekday evening, academic staff and tutors provide ongoing tutoring support, including in specialist areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Literature. Many of our tutors are recent Scotch College graduates now studying at university. Often close in age, they frequently become unofficial older brothers and mentors.

Boarders also have access to the College's library and Academic Support Centre before and after school.

Academic reflection

All boarders are asked to reflect on their academic progress and end of semester reports with their parents and Head of Year. This is a great opportunity for students to discuss their performance outline their goals for the future. It is also a moment to recognise the positive contribution that each student has made to Residential Life and within their own Year.

Scholarships

Each year Scotch College offers opportunities to boys from rural areas to commence at the College as a Year 7 boarder.

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Co-curricular activities

At Scotch College, we provide numerous co-curricular activities that challenge and enrich our students physically, socially, emotionally and academically.

Sporting events

Where possible, boards can attend local and international sporting events, including the AFL, Super 15 Rugby, International Hockey, A-League Soccer, NBL Basketball.

Sporting clubs

We have relationships with many local sporting clubs who are always looking for boys to join their teams for weekend games. These are fantastic opportunities for boys to meet other families within and outside of the Scotch College community.

Cultural life

Boarders enjoy the cultural life of Australia's westernmost city, from trips to the cinema, Perth Festival, Fringe Festival, live music, museum tours, theatre and more.

Recreation

Scotch College often partners with our neighbouring boarding schools (boys and girls) to go ten pin bowling, paintballing, ice-skating, go-karting and more.

Community service

Supporting our wider community is highly valued at Scotch College. Both our day and boarding students undertake community service, including at aged care facilitates, Surfing for the Disabled, and Horse Riding for the Disabled.

Part-time employment

The College is always happy to support interested students in finding part-time employment with local businesses.

On campus

Boarders have access to our College facilities, including the gymnasium, weights room, libraries, manual arts and kitchen facilities, and of course the acres and acres of our playing fields.

Rites of passage — Bibbulmun Track

Undertaken in stages by boarders from Years 7–12, the Bibbulmun Track is a 1,000km walking trail from the Perth Hills to Albany and a highlight of boarding at Scotch College.

The experiential learning The Bibbulmun Track provides cannot be measured. Students discover self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making each and every time they step out onto the track.

These experiences bond boys for life. Long after students leave school, many still recall their Bibbulmun Track experience as the most memorable of their time at school. The shared experience builds the community and culture of not only the group but, most importantly, allows boys to discover what it takes to develop independence and resilience.
Upon graduating all Scotch College boarders will mark their residential experience with 'End to Enders' as they finally complete the 1,000km Track.

Health Centre

Located next to our Residential Houses, our Health Centre is staffed by a team of registered nurses on call 24 hours a day. Health Centre staff manage medical appointments for all boarders and arrange transport to any appointments as needed.

Health Centre staff provide emergency nursing management, primary health assessment and referral to relevant health specialists, health education and pastoral care. The Health Centre staff support students as they settle into the boarding community and provide a welcoming and friendly environment.

Daughters in boarding

If you also have a daughter boarding, our location makes it simple. We are within 5km of four of the eight major girls' boarding schools in Perth, including our sister school Presbyterian Ladies' College.

Scotch College is proud to be a member of the Australian Boarding Schools Association.

Find out more

Contact Residential Life

Mr Jordan Owenell
Director of Residential Life
residentiallife.admin@scotch.wa.edu.au 
+61 8 9460 6655

Contact our Admissions team

Sam Scott
Manager of Prospective Students
sam.scott@scotch.wa.edu.au
+61 8 9383 6946

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Scotch College acknowledges the Wadjuk Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which the College stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the Noongar people as the sovereign First Peoples of this place.