Residential facilities at Mount St Bernard College offer a
safe, nurturing and caring environment for girls and boys from
many areas across Far North Queensland, the Torres Strait, Tablelands, Northern Territory and beyond who
need to be away from home for their education.
The new and refurbished residential facilities, opened in 2010, accommodate 170 boarders in
contemporary and comfortable facilities. The modern and progressive design of these facilities
promotes independent living as part of the educational
experience. The design has also taken into account the
serenity of the surrounds, to blend with the magnificent
old gum trees on the site.
Within the boarding environment, weekly and full time
boarders take advantage of supervised study at night,
themed dinners and recreational boarding activities
including sporting activities, local sightseeing and regular
trips to Atherton and Cairns.
An Orientation program helps new students to
settle in to their new surrounds. New boarders and a
close family member spend time at the College’s
boarding facilities before the start of the term. Students
have the chance to make new friends and find their way
around the College, eating meals in the dining room and
sleeping in the dorms. Parents have the opportunity to
finalise administration matters and familiarise themselves
with the school’s facilities and ancillary services. They
meet boarding, teaching and tutorial staff and form
friendships with other parents and carers who attend.
Weekly Boarding is available as an alternative to full boarding. Weekly Boarders must be picked up and returned to the College either by parents or someone delegated in writing by parents or upon arrangement with boarding staff may be permitted to leave by bus. Parents or the nominated person must sign the student out on Friday afternoon at 3.30pm and have them back and signed in by 6.00pm on Sunday evening. There is a reduction in fees for weekly boarding.