Boarding School Melbourne
Our girls are fearless in the pursuit of their dreams, and our Boarding House provides them the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish.
A Boarding School for Girls
Some of the most important things your daughter will learn as a boarder have nothing to do with the work.
She’ll develop a unique relationship with the School as a home and with her friends as sisters. She’ll be nurtured and extended. Encouraged to build the confidence, knowledge and skills to run her own race in life after school.
Come and experience our world-class offering, set in the heart of Melbourne’s dynamic art, sporting and cultural centre.
A Boarding School in the heart of melbourne
Melbourne Girls Grammar is an independent school just a stone’s throw from the city and is the only private boarding school in the heart of Melbourne. Located on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Yarra River, the School is within easy walking distance to Melbourne’s CBD including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.
Boarders often run or walk the track around the Botanic Gardens (‘The Tan’) on the weekends or after school, and walking to Domain Road for a hot chocolate is an age-old tradition.
World-class sporting and cultural events at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Melbourne’s iconic shopping and entertainment precinct, Chapel Street, are literally on our doorstep.
Boarding House Location
Melbourne Girls Grammar
86 Anderson Street, South Yarra
The Boarding House is easily accessible via public transport, including the Route 8 tram, South Yarra Railway Station and Richmond Railway Station.
boarding at melbourne girls grammar
Our School is proud to offer girls from different geographical and ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to experience community living in the MGGS Boarding House. Every effort is made to create an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness and co-operation within our vibrant residential community.
‘Every Girl – Every Day’ is the foundation upon which all of our wellbeing structures and supports are based.
The Boarding House exists only to provide access to a valuable education that would otherwise be inaccessible. We are a well-resourced residence and we are proud of our ability to be responsive to the individual, the cohort and ever-changing needs of today’s youth.
Our academic and residential boarding school routines are designed to best suit adolescent girls within a community living environment.
Boarding school students learn to be accountable for managing their own life. In practical terms, this provides preparation for adult life after school.
The MGGS Boarding House is a domain where each girl is embraced for their individuality, encouraged for their ambition, and supported in their challenges.
At Melbourne Girls Grammar, we believe an exceptional education for life not only focuses on academic skills, but emotional and physical wellbeing as well. We know that in order to succeed, our students must feel supported and settled in their environments.
The wellbeing of each student is managed within a ‘triangle of care’. Parenting from a distance can be difficult and staff encourage regular and open communication to ensure that all needs are met. Consistent with our push for student agency, girls are invited to direct the course of their wellbeing pathway with the guidance of a Wellbeing Coach.
The role of the Wellbeing Coach is unique within the MGGS framework, as it is designed to benefit the student in a personalised, collaborative and confidential manner. Through active listening and collaboration, coaches come together to design and implement small and full cohort group activities and programs that are directly responsive to the needs of each cohort.
Our new Artemis Centre is at the heart of the wellbeing agenda at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Available to boarders on Saturdays and some nights after school, the centre features a pool, multipurpose courts, a gym and a café.
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The Boarding House at Melbourne Girls Grammar accommodates approximately 90 local, rural and overseas boarding school students from Years 7 – 12.
The sharing of rooms strengthens the bond between boarders. Our younger boarders are accommodated in rooms of four, encouraging them to live harmoniously with one another. Year 11 boarding school students are allocated double rooms and all Year 12 boarding school students have their own room.
Several common areas are open to all boarding school students at certain times within the Boarding House routine. Group study areas provide an opportunity to develop collaborative learning outside the classroom.
Other facilities available to girls in the homely Boarding House include laundries, kitchenettes, break-out spaces and Wi-Fi.
Our dynamic Boarding School Team has a broad range of experience in education and adolescent health. The boarding staff members are typically post-graduate university students, best equipped to assist girls to transition successfully to MGGS and to boarding.
Residential staff know each girl in her complexity and provide her with an environment that enables her to thrive academically and personally. Boarders are supported daily within a trust-based setting.
Residential staff also tutor in a range of subject areas. In addition, external tutors are provided for subjects such as maths, science and languages.
The motivation and drive from the teaching staff was a key factor to my schooling achievements.
BOARDING SCHOOL FAQ
Where do MGGS boarding school students hail from?
The diversity that our boarding school students add to the whole School has been proudly celebrated for over 125 years. Our community maintains a rural focus with over 70% of boarding school girls coming from a regional or rural Australia background. We have a diverse community with expatriate, sessional and International Student boarders from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam choosing to board with us in Melbourne, Victoria.
Does MGGS offer full-time boarding?
Full-time boarding offers families the opportunity to board their daughters at MGGS for the duration of the school year. Each term there is a mid-term exeat when most boarding school students vacate the Boarding House. However, the Boarding House remains open for our overseas families, VCE students and other boarders upon request.
Does MGGS offer sessional boarding?
Day students are able to spend time in the Boarding House for short to mid-length stays during the term. This option is especially popular with parents who travel occasionally during the school term. Please Contact Us for more information as sessional boarding is only available when space permits.
Are boarding school scholarships available?
What kind of leave is available to boarders?
The general philosophy regarding boarders’ leave is based upon what is appropriate for teenagers in the care of adults other than their parents and guardians. Holidays are an important time to recuperate and recharge for the coming term. As such, all boarding school students must leave the Boarding House during term holidays. Holiday leave must be sent in by parents in the lead up to holidays, stating leave and return arrangements.
Do boarders have access to transport?
Boarding House staff have access to two school mini-buses to ensure that students are able to be transported in much the same way as families would transport their daughters. Trips may include Southern Cross station, the supermarket, sport, school and social commitments.
What are meals like in the Boarding House?
The Boarding House provides three meals a day plus recess and snacks. The Boarding House also has an oven, which the students often use. We have three ‘Food Committee’ meetings with our caterers and the Director of Boarding and boarders are actively involved in their feedback with staff.
What if a boarder needs medical care?
Our attentive and caring staff are available around the clock to ensure the wellbeing of our girls. The School’s registered nurse makes regular visits to the Boarding House, providing medical assistance to girls who are unwell.
When further medical care is required, South Yarra Medical is our preferred GP in the area. There are many great doctors at this clinic that work hard to be accommodating of our wide-ranging needs and understand that the boarding school girls are residing away from their parents.
The Boarding House is located 10 minutes from the Epworth Hospital (private) and five minutes from the Alfred Hospital (public). Our preferred hospital is the Epworth Hospital.
Do boarders need to visit campus to purchase a uniform?
We appreciate that the majority of our boarding school students live some distance from the Boarding House, consequently, it may be difficult to visit the Melbourne Girls Grammar Uniform Shop. As such, all MGGS uniform items are available for purchase online and can be collected upon commencement of term.