Riverview Boarding Community
Charles Fraser House: Years 6–8
Charles Fraser House is named after the legendary Jesuit who spent much of his long life here at Riverview both as a student and teacher and is situated on Regis Campus. In both Junior and Year 8 Divisions boys have their own cubicle within a mini dormitory of eight students. Married staff and their families live within, and attached to, both divisions in this building.
Usually comprising 30–35 boys, Junior Division is for Boarders in Years 6 and 7 and is located on the ground floor of Charles Fraser House.
Year 8 Division
Year 8 Division on the upstairs floor usually has around 35 students and is a very similar layout to Junior Division.
Homework and Study
There is a communal study area inside each division where each boy has his own individual desk. Two teachers assist with homework in the evening and there is also a roster of volunteer parents who assist with homework, reading, projects, etc. Each desk has access to the internet through the College’s computer servers and filters, should students choose to bring their own computer. However, computers are provided for the Boarders to use.
Students have access in the Division to kitchenette facilities which include toasters, instant hot and cold filtered water, refrigerators and microwave ovens. Each division has two large recreation areas and plenty of room for the boys to relax. The extensive leisure facilities include large screen televisions with Foxtel and DVD players, as well as pool tables, table tennis, play stations and computer games. Boarders also have access to the basketball courts, ovals and cricket nets located on Regis Campus during recreation time.
Saint John’s House: Years 9–10
In Years 9 and 10 Divisions boys may sleep in either a shared room of four or a single room. Each term the students change rooms. Year 9 Division is situated in the northern end of the building and Year 10 the southern section. Boys have an increased level of freedom as they get older, and so Year 9 and 10 students are able to walk to Lane Cove shops in the afternoon when they have no other co-curricular commitments.
Homework and Study
Each division has a computer room with a networked printer and every study desk has internet access. Students study at their own desk in their room. Teachers supervise study at night, and there are extra tutors available to assist on a one to one basis for those who need extra help. Students have access to the College library until 6.00pm each week night and extra tutors are available to help there.
Each division has its own spacious recreation room with large screen televisions, Foxtel, DVD players, pool tables, kitchenettes, table tennis, air hockey, etc. The parents retreat area has tea and coffee making facilities, a shower and toilet for parent use only while they are visiting their sons.
Kevin Fagan House: Years 11–12
Our Senior Boarding House is named after an eminent Old Boy from the 1920s who was a war hero on the Thai-Burma railway. Kevin Fagan was also a famous surgeon and his life exemplified the ‘men for others’ philosophy which we encourage in our Boarders. A spacious and modern facility Kevin Fagan House was built in 2000. In Year 11 Division at the southern end boys share a room while at the northern end Year 12 Division boarders have single rooms. Each room has underfloor heating for the winter months. There are panoramic city views looking out across the College’s First Field.
Motivation, Routine and Study
Each Division houses 80 students and has a large recreation area as well as a number of smaller break out spaces with their own kitchenettes on each floor. There are computer and tutorial rooms as well as a small chapel and parents retreat area. Teaching staff on duty grade students six times a night on their study effort. Tutors are also available each evening to assist with extra help in the major subject areas. Students choose who they share a room with in Year 11 Division and many find that this helps with their study routine and motivation to work.