Boarding School Team
We have a diverse boarding staff that reflects the diversity of the girls within the Boarding House.
The Boarding School TEAM
Boarders are cared for by the Director of Boarding, the Assistant Director of Boarding and an assortment of full-time, in-residence Boarding House Supervisors whose focus is to meet the needs of each individual boarder.
Our residential management team act as the liaison between boarding school students and the boarding community including MGGS teaching faculty (the Director of Middle Years and Senior Years), wellbeing support staff (wellbeing coaches, wellbeing coordinators and the School Counsellor), and most importantly – parents. By maintaining open communication with girls and their parents, our Boarding House Supervisors safeguard their welfare.
The boarding school team play a ‘hands-on’ support role, steering girls through the ups and downs of adolescence within a residential environment.
Staff are tertiary educated and chosen for their particular and varied skills and interests. Each residential team member is not only a positive role model to the girls, but also available for continuous, informal academic support.
BOARDING SCHOOL STAFF
Bachelor of Applied Science, Diploma of Education
It is the connection you have with the girls that makes the role so rewarding. The time spent listening and working together to discuss options and decisions of their plans and futures is a real privilege.
Director of Boarding, Laura Daley, is a teacher with experience across different sectors in education. Over the last 14 years she has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom in teaching and leadership roles.
Laura’s affiliation with Melbourne Girls Grammar started just over 6 years ago, when she began at Morris Hall, Junior Campus as a teacher of Science, Physical Performance and Health. After nearly two years she was offered the role of Assistant Director of Boarding, where she worked closely and collaboratively with the Boarding Team.
Her experience as a teacher and educator was pivotal in the success and acceptance of the boarding community where after two years she was appointed as Director of Boarding.
The Boarding House is a strong structure for the girls, it is a responsive and individualised experience, where staff work at meeting the needs to cater to our ever-changing global and interconnected world.
Bachelor of Medical Science, Master of Public Health (specialising in Health Economics)
Assistant Director of Boarding
Jane works closely with the Director of Boarding and Boarding House staff to support the wellbeing of boarders, as well as the boarding program at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Jane has a keen interest in strengthening the varied components of wellbeing for our girls including their nutrition, environment and facilities, extracurricular opportunities and academic support.
Prior to working at Melbourne Girls Grammar, Jane worked in the field of medical research governance and ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital. In 2017, Jane completed a year-long health economics research project in the field of low-value paediatric care at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).
Jane chose to be part of the MGGS BH team as it presented the opportunity to work within a pivotal space-at the crossroads of health and education. Jane has a genuine interest in learning, and in understanding the choices the girls make and finds the environment at MGGS engaging and grounding.
Bachelor Sport and Exercise Science, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and Certificate IV in Sport & Recreation
Senior Years Boarding House Coordinator
Jess works part-time in the Boarding House as part of the senior staff team. Jess is also a teacher of Science and Physical Education in the day school.
Jess’s role in the Boarding House is to manage the pastoral care of the girls, which extends far beyond the typical school day.
As part of her role, Jess is passionate about ensuring that girls are keeping active and are maintaining a balanced schedule. She works closely with the girls to help link them in with programs offered in the day school as well as explore various opportunities for them to participate in external activities.
Boarding TEAM Diversity
It is this matrix of strong women and girls in the Boarding House that creates an independent and exciting environment where girls thrive. Our Boarding House is home to a team of six residential staff who support the girls on a daily basis and live onsite. In addition, a team of casual staff members work closely with the girls in the afternoon and on the weekend.
Our Boarding House team have diverse sets of skills and experiences, with qualifications ranging broadly from fields of teaching, nursing and psychology, to the arts and law. This breadth of knowledge and expertise is a great asset to our program, as each girl has the ability to relate to a member of the Boarding House team, building strong connections and rapport effortlessly.
It is our team’s professional knowledge, language skills and experience living and studying abroad that attracts the girls to share and have conversations about life in Melbourne and beyond. Support is provided to girls beyond their day-to-day routine, including with the transition to Melbourne life, their learning and social and emotional development.
Boarders’ parents group
The role of the Boarders’ Parent Group is to provide an opportunity for parents and staff to work together for the benefit of the Boarding program at MGGS. The group meets once a term with the Principal and the Director of Boarding to discuss initiatives, achievements and community matters.
We ask our parents to contribute to the whole School community when possible.
Boarding House parents of Victoria, Anthony and Maureen L discuss their family’s Melbourne Girls Grammar Boarding School program experience.
As parents, we did not know what to expect from a girls’ boarding school. At one of the meetings before the start of term, we met some of the Boarding House staff as well as Victoria’s teachers to address any issues or questions we may have.
We wanted a small school that emphasized academic excellence, character building, and instilled values that would last for a lifetime.
We had our questions answered and by the end of the meeting, we appreciated that the Boarding House staff had a genuine interest to get to know Victoria well in order to help her with the transition. We were happy to know that open communication is encouraged between parents and the School.
We are glad to have chosen MGGS for Victoria and we are delighted that Victoria is fitting in so well into school and boarding life.