FAQ's for Boarders

Choosing a boarding school for you child is a big decision.  With over 140 years of boarding experience, we are here to answer any questions you may have about Boarding at Ƶ.  If you cannot find the answer to a question here, or you want to learn more do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

RGS Boarders
How many students board at RGS and where do they come from?

RGS is home to over 315 boarders. There are between 30 and 70 boarders in each year level, spread across boys and girls. While the majority of our boarders hail from regional and remote Central Queensland, it is also home to students from Far North Queensland, the Northern Territory and overseas. 

At what age can my child start boarding at RGS?

Students can board at Ƶ from Year 6.

Who will be looking after my child?

In each year level, both Girls and Boys boarding has a dedicated Head of Year. Heads of Year live on or near campus with their families, readily accessible to the boarders in their care. The Heads of Year are supported by a Head of Boys/Girls Boarding, the Director of Boarding and a number of casual boarding staff, many of whom are past RGS boarders.

What is the structure of study?

All boarders are required to complete ‘Prep’ (homework time) each evening from Sunday through to Thursday. Younger students are supervised in classrooms at set times each evening. Older students work on a flexi-prep schedule where they complete Prep each evening at a time that is suitable to them and does not clash with co-curricular commitments. All Prep sessions are supervised by teaching and boarding staff who provide support with homework, assignments and preparation for exams.

Will my child have access to a computer?

All secondary students at RGS are issued with a tablet computer. Boarders are permitted to use these tablets outside school hours for Prep and recreational purposes. All school tablets are wirelessly connected to the School’s internet and shared drives, however there are restrictions on particular websites, including many social media platforms.

What happens if my child becomes ill?

RGS is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art Health Centre on campus that is staffed by qualified and caring nurses. The Health Centre provides a 24 hour on-call service for all boarding students. The School also has its own appointed doctor and physiotherapist who regularly visit the School. Parents may direct their child to visit a medical professional of their choice, however all appointments must be made through the Health Centre. For infectious, severe or prolonged illness, it is recommended that the students be cared for at home.

What is the food like for boarders?

The School’s dining room has its own fully equipped industrial kitchen staffed by qualified chefs and catering staff. A nutritionally well-balanced diet is provided at all times and fresh fruit, salads, cold meats, breads and spreads are available at every meal. The dining room readily caters for boarders with food allergies or intolerances.

What do boarders do on the weekends?

Boarders are provided with opportunities to participate in a range of activities over the weekends, both on and off campus, as part of the Boarding Enrichment Programme. The goal of the RGS Boarding Enrichment Programme is to create a well-rounded educational experience for RGS boarding students - fostering personal growth, social skills, and a strong sense of community within the boarding environment. 

These activities include shopping, cinemas, Run Club, formal dinners, cooking, movie and pizza nights, fishing and beach trips, just to name a few. Boarders enjoy after-hours access to the School’s modern facilities such as the 50m pool, gym, Duggan Hall (indoor sports hall), tennis courts, cricket nets, volleyball court and playing fields. Boarders are encouraged to join the School’s comprehensive co-curricular programme which includes 32 sports and activities including rugby union/league, netball, show cattle, cricket, music, cadets and much more.

Can I visit my child on the weekends?

Absolutely! All reasonable requests for leave with parents will be approved. The only consideration we ask is that leave should not diminish the opportunity of the student to attain the highest outcomes which they are capable of, and maintain active participation in the boarding community. There are also several 'closed' boarding weekends throughout the year where we strongly encourage all boarders to remain on campus to help strengthen the vibrant and supportive community we enjoy in RGS Boarding.

Who does the laundry for the boarders?

The School operates a full laundry service at no extra cost to parents. Some older boarders may prefer to use the washing machines available to them in their dormitories.