Holy Spirit College offers a unique environment within a nurturing and supportive community, in a family-like environment. We provide accommodation to young people who are enrolled in the HSC Day School. Young people may become either full (for 7 days a week during term time) or weekly residents (Monday morning to Friday afternoon). Overnight or short-stay residential options may also be available to young people on a case-by-case basis. There are no separate enrolment criteria for learning in residence students. When young people enrol at Holy Spirit their parents/caregivers may choose to change their daughter or son’s status between that of a day student, weekly resident or full time resident according to their circumstances and the availability of accommodation. All policies, procedures and guidelines of the day school and the residence are derived from the same underlying Christian Catholic ethos. Although there are differences between the residences and day school, the welfare, expectations and support structures that exist in the day school also apply to resident young people and staff. Living at college offers many advantages – time that would otherwise be allocated to travel can be better used, enabling residents to be fully engaged and enjoy all that is on offer.

Boarding Handbook available upon request



Boarding as a Family

Our boarding house staff members recognise that they have a special responsibility for the holistic development of all our resident young people. Although boarding life does not replace family life, our house parents do become second parents for our boarders. The Boarding Parents nurture a family atmosphere by:

*Boarding Fees include Food, Accommodation, Residential Supervision, Health Care, Laundry Facilities and Cleaning. Once a place has been offered and accepted by the young person the term fees applicable are non refundable. Cancellations require one term notice to be effective.Fees are reviewed on an annual basis and are set in November for the following year.

The College may incur expenditure on items as may reasonably be required for the student during each term and shall be reimbursed by the parents or guardians upon the issuing of a Tax Invoice. Fees for additional charges are payable forthwith upon the issuing of a Tax Invoice.A student shall not be able to commence boarding at the College if the boarding fees for the current term have not been paid. The College will grant an extension of time for payment only if there are exceptional circumstances outside of the parents’ control. A request for such an extension of time for payment shall be made in writing to the College addressed to the Business Manager.Change of Boarding Status and Withdrawal of a Student A student may be withdrawn from the Boarding School by the primary carer of the young person, giving at least one term’s written notice (or pro‐rata therewith at the discretion of the Principal or Business Manager) prior to the withdrawal. Unless otherwise agreed to by the College, in the absence of the required notice, fees shall be in full for the term in respect of which the withdrawal is made.The same notice and conditions apply where a student is to change status; eg boarder to day student. The college does not refund boarding fees as the position has been allocated for the term.The College may specify a date each year by which re‐enrolment for the ensuing year must be confirmed. A place in the College cannot be guaranteed for a student whose enrolment is not confirmed by the date specified. Unless otherwise agreed to by the College, in the event of withdrawal of a student after confirmation of re‐enrolment and prior to the commencement of the ensuing year, the College will require payment of boarding fees for one full term of the ensuing year.Government Financial AssistanceFinancial assistance is available from the State & Commonwealth Governments for a variety of benefits. Parents should make enquiries with either State or Commonwealth Government departments as appropriate.Commonwealth Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme
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Phone: 1800 132 317
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We Believe

As a specialised school offering a live-in option we believe ……our mission is to help young people with their social-emotional, educational and spiritual needs, through providing a flexible and alternative option to mainstream schools. We work with those students who need extra help in order to re-engage with schooling to be successful.… that not all schools work for every young person; there is no one-size fits all in education. Some young people simply need a smaller and personalised education to assist them to be successful. Other young people need more work on social skills to assist them to develop right relationships in building a strong foundation for their futures. Individualised attention and a consistent and good structure are essential when working with these young people, and with it they thrive. With a feeling of success and a deeper understanding of themselves the young people can move on to the next phase of their lives which may be another boarding school, further education or into the workforce.… many behaviour problems with teenagers begins with a sense of failure in their learning. Instead of taking pride in their successes they become frustrated and angry and stop trying or start fighting and participating in other behaviours.… with appropriate collaboration between the college and families, along with individualised assistance and structure, within a boarding environment, we can help many who would not have succeeded otherwise. Without college and family working together, in assisting a young person, there is a smaller chance of success.… our college’s flexible system can accommodate those who would not succeed in other environments. Our flexible system means young people have opportunities to improve and begin to work towards a more positive future.

FAQ

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

What bedding do I need to bring?You will not need to bring most linen with you, as sheet, pillow cases and towels are provided. You will need to bring