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From the Principal

HRS Short-term Boarding for Day Students – Any interest?

We are seriously considering offering casual short-stay boarding to our day students in Term 3 and 4 this year.

Madjirra House (pictures attached) is a great place to live and learn with most of the comforts of home, and just a few added luxuries.

Madjirra (Larrakia for ‘bird’) is our newest boarding house, that opened in June 2023. It has 30 beds for boys and 30 beds for girls. These rooms make up 4 pods on separate sides of the building with hotel-style swipe access to ensure appropriate separation and privacy at appropriate times.

Currently we have around 30 students living there which includes most of our Year 12 Indigenous boarders, our 5 international students and around 10 other domestic students from across Australia (including students from Haileybury Melbourne).

We are interested in seeing if families with students in Year 7 or above wish to make a short-term booking in Madjirra in the second half of this year.

For example, you may be planning a holiday and want your children to stay safely at school without disruption, or you might like to give them an experience completely different from living at home for a period. There may be other ideas that appeal to you as a family.

We are open to discuss any ideas but broadly speaking these conditions would apply:

  • The minimum short-stay boarding period is one week.
  • Cost for all accommodation, 5 meals per day and various activities is $1,000 per week.
  • At least 2 week’s notice must be given to the Director of Boarding, Mr Harry Hildebrand, firstly via email at and then by completing an application form.
  • Approval is not automatic and will include interviews and discussions with the relevant Head of School.
  • Successful applicants will receive notification well before they start and a two-way induction session will be provided that includes medical, wellbeing and boarding information.

Please email Harry or if you wish to know more.

Andrew McGregor