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Lifelong sense of community starts in LN boarding

A recent article in The Australian highlighted just how deep friendship and community spirit run in LN Boarding.
2 Jul 2021

At certain times of year, if you look out to the oval, you might be surprised to see it covered by a sea of pink. The National Boarding Week Fun Run is just one of many celebrations of what it means to be a Normo Boarder, or ‘Pink Lady.’ The same sea of pink has been known to descend on Sydney Harbour for the Boarder Cruise, to fill the Dining Room at Pink Lady dinners during school term, or to take over the gym at the Main Event concert for boarder families.

The mission to build a strong sense of community and camaraderie in the Boarding School isn’t just visible at major events in our Boarding calendar; it also shapes the daily rhythms of boarding life. Every term starts with a ‘community weekend’ full of activities enjoyed by all boarders, and our boarders gather together each night to share study time and meals.

“After reflecting on the years, I smile when remembering the times when we gathered as a year group and created our own fun, whether that be creating a ‘salon’ in the dorm or playing sport on a Friday afternoon. I enjoyed the sense of community that the boarding school harnessed.”

Sarah Scott ('20), boarded from Bourke, NSW

We were delighted to see this emphasis on fostering friendship and collaboration explored in a recent Boarding School feature in The Australian.

In the article, our Director of Boarding, Kate Kovacs, references the strong Pastoral program that is designed to foster friendship, mentorship and leadership opportunities in Boarding. Current senior boarder, Charlotte, noted that the connections formed in boarding extend back in time, to the generations of boarding alumnae that have gone before.

This sense of community is not limited to the Boarding School. Nicknamed ‘the heart of our community,’ it pulses out into the day school and beyond. The range of backgrounds and home towns of our boarders make for a diverse community of current families and alumnae.  

“Boarding has also given me the amazing opportunity to travel to different towns and properties of my peers who are from all over NSW and Australia.”

Maria Treacy ('20), boarded from Broome, WA

You can find the full article about lifelong friendships in LN boarding from The Australian via this link.

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