Introducing our 2018 Boarding Captains

Meet Erin O’Brien

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

I started boarding at St Catherine’s at the beginning of Year 10 in 2016. With the Boarding House already welcoming my older sister in 2013, being such a warm and vibrant home, it was an immediate choice for my family, and I was so excited to start.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

The St Catherine’s Boarding House is one like no other. The close connections and family vibe within the House, combined with the different cultures and backgrounds, make it so special. I enjoy living with girls from Years 7 to 12 and coming back to the Boarding House after School to hear about everyone’s day. Being surrounded by girls who work hard and are supportive of each other makes the Boarding House a positive and nurturing environment that I love being a part of.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

As Boarding Captain, my main role is to be a familiar face within the Boarding House and School who girls can approach and talk to whenever they need. Another role is to organise the ‘Closed Weekend’ at the beginning of Term 1, a fun weekend where all the girls participate in activities, making it a time for girls to get to know each other in a less formal setting.

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

When leaving the Boarding House at the conclusion of 2018 I want to leave with friends I will keep in contact with forever. Girls that can still rely on me for help or assistance whenever they need, as well as someone within the Boarding House they will remember and look up to.

Additionally, I know 2018 is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to begin.

Meet Natalie Chan

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

I moved from Hong Kong to start boarding at St Catherine’s at the beginning of Year 9 in 2015. When we visited the Boarding House, I immediately fell in love with the environment of the place. The welcoming atmosphere and the Harry Potter like interior convinced me to start my boarding life at St Catherine’s.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

Here at St Catherine’s, my favourite part of boarding life is having a second place to call home. Living in a small boarding house means a tighter and closer relationship with everyone. The closeness between everyone creates a loving family. The caring and dedicated Boarding House staffs are always there to help when we need them. Moreover, having the Boarding House located on the School campus makes it convenient to go to sports training or Music rehearsals.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

As Boarding Captain, I am responsible for taking care of students and to be approachable to others, ensuring everyone is getting all the help they need. I will also be a friendly and positive role model to motivate and encourage students to make the most out of their boarding life at St Catherine’s. Furthermore, I am responsible for organising the ‘Closed weekend’ at the beginning of Term 1, where the boarders participate in a range of activities in order to get to know each other.

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

As Boarding Captain at St Catherine’s, I would like to be remembered as a helpful and supportive Captain, and a good listener as a friend. I hope I will be able to ensure the Boarding House can remain as inclusive and friendly as it has been to me, and I will endeavour to make sure that all boarders find the Boarding House community as supportive and welcoming as I have.