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Boarder's Handbook



Boarders live in modern, air-conditioned dormitories, complete with their own study desk, lockable storage and national broadband internet access. Year 11 and 12 students have private rooms whilst younger boarders share with 1 to 4 other students, but individual areas allow for privacy and individuality.

The Cathedral School is committed to providing the highest standards in boarding accommodation, with 8 million dollars being spent on extensions and refurbishments to both the boys' dormitory (Akins) and the girls' dormitory (Sister Frances) in recent years.



The catering staff at The Cathedral School provide boarding students with nutritious and satisfying home cooked meals, three times a day. Morning and afternoon tea are also provided on school days, and fresh fruit is always available.

Meals are served in the air-conditioned dining room at the following times: Breakfast 7.30am; Lunch 1pm; Dinner 6pm, but there are variations to this routine on weekends, depending on the program of activities arranged.

A qualified chef ensures that the menu contains a variety of meals which meet the needs of all students. The menu is available on request.

Sample Boarding Menu


Laundry is done on the school premises. Uniforms, casual clothes and towels can be taken to the Laundry daily (Monday to Friday); bed linen is washed on a designated day, once a week.

The clothing is folded, sorted and put into the individual pigeonholes in the Laundry for students to collect and return to the dormitory. All items must be clearly named to allow for easy identification and return to their rightful owners.

Washing machines, clotheslines and dryers are also available in the dormitories for limited use.

Weekend Activities

Boarding life at The Cathedral School is never dull. Students participate in a variety of social activities, organised by the Activities Coordinator, including: 

  • Cowboys home games 

  • Movies 

  • Cultural Festivals 

  • BBQ’s at the Strand 

  • Swimming at Riverway 

  • Tenpin Bowling 

  • Lawn Bowls 

  • Iceskating 

  • Rollerskating 

Students are encouraged to participate in local sporting teams and cultural clubs. Many current students participate in a variety of sports and clubs including Rugby Union, Rugby League, Australian Rules Football, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Soccer, Archery, Ice Hockey, Athletics, Tennis, Table Tennis and Defence Force Cadets. Students are taught how to manage club commitments with their academic studies.