The Boarding Tradition
Father Dalton established Riverview as a boarding school for NSW country families in 1880, and to this day the Boarding Community is at the heart of the school. The Boarders bring life and a special sense of spirit to the campus; to 20% of our students this is not just a school, it is a home.
This special mix of students—from our country regions, from indigenous and refugee communities and from families in Sydney and around the globe, brings a richness to the lives of all students and staff at Riverview.
Boarding is a vital part of the Ignatian tradition of providing high quality education for boys with geographic, economic or personal challenges to overcome. As much as they provide a new life dimension for city boys, they in turn gain exposure to city life and a wider world.
In keeping with the school’s cura personalis ethos, the focus on a vibrant Boarding Community is important to the whole school.
Providing a Second Home
The peninsula at Riverview is home to around 330 boarders in Years 7–12, 50 families of staff at the College, and a small, but vibrant, Jesuit community. The Boarding community has been an integral part of the College for all of its 128 years.
The College is a full-time Boarding community, and approximately 70% of our boarders come from country NSW and outside the Sydney metropolitan area. Recently, there has been an increasing number of Boarders from the expatriate community living overseas. The boys are allowed one Saturday night leave per fortnight. Many of our country families appreciate the common leave system for all boarders as well as the relaxed and caring environment that is provided.
The Boarding Community aims to provide a second home, in a family environment, for the Boarding students at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview. A Boarder should enjoy, as far as possible, the welcome, the security, the care and the privacy which would be his were he living at home. Students are well supervised but in a relaxed and friendly family atmosphere that allows for the individual care of each student. The boys live in the modern boarding houses with peers of their own Year group (a Division) and are cared for by experienced teaching staff from the College. The people primarily responsible for the boys (the Division Masters) live with their families attached to the boarding houses.
The Gartlan Indoor Sports Centre is an extraordinary facility that is available to Boarders. It includes an eight lane 25 metre heated pool with diving area, two basketball courts, extensive weights room and a multi-purpose indoor cricket area. Up to Year 10, each Division has time set aside on week nights to relax and enjoy the facilities, giving boys a good break from their studies and an excellent area for physical recreation.
Music Lessons and Practice
The Woods Music Centre is open each weekday evening until 7pm to allow students the opportunity for lessons or practice.
Agriculture and Primary Industries
Our Agriculture Plot is quite extensive with students able to study Agriculture and Primary Industries through to the HSC. There are sheep, cattle, goats and chickens on site, as well as a number of experimental crops and fruit trees.
The Health Centre is staffed by qualified nurses around the clock and the College Doctor conducts a surgery there every lunch time. A range of proactive Health initiatives throughout the year help to keep the Boarding Community healthy.
The College is also fully wheel chair accessible and there have been three Boarders in wheel chairs in recent times.
There are two Refectories (Dining Halls) for the Boarders. For breakfast and dinner there are two sittings with lunch being provided for collection by the students. Year 12 Division sit down to a lunch shared with the staff. While staff are always present during meal times, the Proctors (Year 12 senior leaders in the Boarding House) have a leadership role in supervising students in the Refectory. Morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are also provided for the boys and a food committee, comprised of students from each division and catering staff, sits down weekly to give feedback on the meals for that week.
Low Cost Accommodation
Two fully furnished townhouses are available for rental by Boarding parents for short term stays at the College. Bookings essential.
Personalised Boarding Tours
Any prospective boarder parents and their sons are welcome at anytime to inspect the College facilities. Please contact the College Registrar to organise a tour with the Director of Boarding Mr Guy Masters.
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.