Introducing our 2019 Boarding Captains

Meet Flynn O’Brien

How did you come to board at St Catherine’s?

I came to board in Melbourne as there are more opportunities in the city compared to the small country town of Bright where I am from. My parents, two sisters and I visited a few boarding schools in the area and were drawn to Illawarra for its welcoming environment and homely feel. As there are fewer girls at Illawarra, it feels more personal, and coming from the country, that was something I was looking forward to. My two sisters boarded at St Catherine’s and I anxiously anticipated when I would finally be able to move into Illawarra and become a part of such a great community.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

I love the fact that age and Year level are disregarded and the older girls are always there to help out the younger girls when needed. There is a real collaborative feel to the boarding house and you gain a greater understanding of everything that is happening at school. The boarding house also challenges you to integrate with girls from different cultures giving you a greater understanding of different countries and lifestyles.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

I like to think that the Boarding Captain role is like being a big sister. I aim to have an open door policy to assist in any way that I can and be the bridge between the girls and the staff at Illawarra. Stella and I are also in charge of organising the Closed Weekend, a weekend to bring all the girls together and welcome the new girls into the house by doing fun activities both at school and in the city.

What kind of legacy would you like to leave as Boarding Captain at St Catherine’s?

As I am the third O’Brien sister to become Boarding Captain at St Catherine’s, I hope that I can be known for my inclusivity and enthusiasm. I strive to be involved in all activities at St Catherine’s and I hope to have a positive influence on the younger girls – I believe it only takes a small action from each person to make a big difference. I hope to leave Illawarra knowing that I have made some friends for life.

Meet Ying (Stella) Liu

How did you come to board at St Catherine’s?

I moved from Shanghai at the beginning of Year 9. I heard so many compliments about St Catherine’s School and Illawarra from my friends and relatives. I still remember my first time visiting the boarding house – the warm and welcoming atmosphere convinced me to board at St Catherine’s.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

I get to make friends and build strong connections with girls from different Year levels and different cultures. I enjoy hearing about everyone’s day at dinner time; helping others with homework, and sharing snacks with the other girls. Although we will only spend a few years of our lives here, the friendships and memories made here will last forever.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

As Boarding Captain, my main role is to take care of the other girls and make sure that everyone is getting the help they need, especially the new international girls, it is always hard adapting to a new environment so I want to ensure that I am approachable. I am also responsible for organising the ‘Closed Weekend’ at the beginning of Term 1, where boarders get to know each other through a range of fun activities.

What kind of legacy would you like to leave as Boarding Captain at St Catherine’s?

I hope that I can be remembered as a responsible, helpful, supportive Captain, as well as a good friend that they can reach out to whenever they need. I will do my best to make sure that everyone enjoys life at the boarding house as I do.