The significance of collaboration between our school and boarding families in supporting students residing in the Boarding House is paramount to their success. We firmly believe that the partnership between home and school is essential for the holistic development and wellbeing of our boarders. 

Boarding life offers unique experiences and challenges for students. Being away from the comfort of home, they require a nurturing and supportive environment that fosters growth, both academically and personally. By working together with parents and carers, we can ensure that students thrive and make the most of their time in the Boarding House. 

First and foremost, open communication between families and the school is crucial. Regular updates, whether through face-to-face meetings, phone calls or digital platforms, enable us to exchange valuable information regarding students’ progress, concerns and achievements. By sharing insights, we can gain a comprehensive understanding of each student’s needs, strengths and areas for improvement. We have recently launched our Canvas page to assist with regular and ongoing information for all—staff, students and parents. 

Additionally, involving families in decision-making processes helps us create a strong support network for our students. We encourage parents and carers to participate in discussions about their child’s academic choices, extra-curricular activities and overall wellbeing. By including these valuable perspectives, we can make informed decisions that align with students’ best interests and aspirations. Please know that when staff contact you to discuss your child, it is solely to decide what is the best course of action. We are also planning to have times available during the upcoming parent–teacher interviews for parents to book a time with the Head of Boarding or myself to discuss their child’s progress in the house.   

The role of families extends beyond providing emotional support: families also play a vital part in shaping students’ routines and habits. Assistance with teaching personal hygiene skills, washing clothes, sleeping routines, collaborating on setting realistic goals, establishing effective study schedules and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits can significantly contribute to students’ academic success. Furthermore, families can offer guidance to our staff on specific approaches that are used at home, enabling students to become more self-reliant and better prepared for their future endeavours. 

In times of challenges or adversity, the support of families becomes even more critical. Whether it is assisting with homesickness, providing encouragement during examination periods or offering a listening ear when students face difficulties, the involvement of families helps create a sense of belonging and security for students. Together, we can build a strong support system that reinforces resilience, confidence and emotional wellbeing. 

Fostering a strong bond between families and the school community enriches the overall boarding experience for all. Organising family events, inviting families to share their experiences or expertise, or involving them in boarding house activities, strengthens the sense of community and belonging. Such initiatives not only provide an opportunity for families to connect with their child’s school life but also allow them to form lasting relationships with other families, creating a network of support for everyone involved. We are actively looking at ways to increase these opportunities for our SMGS boarding families.  

In conclusion, collaboration between families and the school is paramount in supporting students in the Boarding House. By working together, we can ensure that each student receives the care, guidance and support they need to excel academically, emotionally and socially. We value the partnership we have with our families and we look forward to continuing this journey together, creating an environment in which every student can thrive.