For Year 9 student Gracie, boarding at Melbourne Girls Grammar has opened up opportunities and shown her different life experiences. “I come from Darwin, Northern Territory, where I live with my dad, two younger brothers and an older sister,” she said.
Being in the boarding house allows me to meet people from all over Australia and the world and form friendships with different people
Gracie, Year 9
“My ancestors are from the Torres Strait Islands, Alice Springs and the Katherine region.”
“I started boarding at Melbourne Girls Grammar at the start of Year 8, when my sister was in Year 12. My family found out about the possibility of a scholarship from an ad in the newspaper.”
Applications are now open for two scholarships to Melbourne Girls Grammar for Indigenous students entering Year 9 in 2019. The scholarships offer full tuition and boarding and applications close on June 15.
Gracie said she appreciates support from both fellow students and staff members. “There is always someone to talk to or help you when you need it,” she said. “The Boarding House family understands and supports you when you get homesick, as I sometimes do.
“We are lucky that the school campus is so close to everything including the Royal Botanic Gardens right across the road and the Tan running track. “It’s a quick walk to the city, and the footy and rugby grounds are a five-minute walk across the Yarra River. We also get to go to fun events and socialise with other schools in Melbourne including the Melbourne Grammar School boarders, who are just around the corner from us.” Gracie said facilities at the school include the new Artemis Centre, which has a pool, courts a gym and a café, and is available for boarders on Saturdays.
“Being in the boarding house allows me to meet people from all over Australia and the world and form friendships with different people,” she said. “Living in the boarding house has given me a chance to become more responsible and introduced me to a diverse range of cultures and personalities. “The school offers so many opportunities that I would not have if I was living in Darwin and many amazing life experiences.”
The Koori Mail, Wednesday 2 May 2018
For information and to apply for a scholarship, follow the link below.