Introducing our 2017 Boarding Captains

Meet Jessica Walsh

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

I started boarding at St Catherine’s in 2015 when I was in Year 10. We initially considered a few schools but as soon as I visited St Catherine’s the warm welcome I received from both staff and girls and the home like environment immediately convinced me that I wanted to go here.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

I love the close knit environment of the St Catherine’s Boarding House where girls from Year 7 through to Year 12 are close friends. Throughout my time at St Catherine’s I have been lucky enough to have friendships with girls from all Year levels and this is not unusual. As a small Boarding House we are provided with the unique opportunity to form these close friendships which means we really feel like a family. Additionally, all the boarding staff at St Catherine’s are lovely and happy to help with anything you need.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

As a Boarding Captain I am responsible for organising the ‘Closed Weekend’ at the start of Term 1 which allows all the girls, particularly new students, to get to know each other. I also am a person that all the girls can come and chat with about any issues they may have.

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 being approachable and empathetic so that all the girls feel comfortable to come and chat with me about anything. Additionally, I would like to be proactive in organising boarding activities so that 2017 can be the best year possible in the Boarding House.

Meet Esther Teow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to start boarding at St Catherine’s at the beginning of Year 10 in 2015. The diversity in the Boarding House and the warmth of the home, staff and girls were definitely the key aspects that made me choose St Catherine’s School.

What aspects of boarding life do you most enjoy?

The definite highlight of living in a small Boarding House is getting to know each and every one of the girls. I love coming home from School to hear about everyone’s day; this is what embodies the warmth of our home and truly makes us a real family. Not to mention the devoted boarding staff who are always there to help if needed. I also love the convenience of being located so near to Melbourne CBD, as well as Toorak Village.

What are your duties as Boarding Captain?

One of my roles is to help the girls out during the day to day life, including getting to classes, ordering lunch and anything else they might need assistance with. I am also a person that the girls can approach and talk to if they need. I was also responsible for organising the Closed Weekend during the second weekend of Term 1. This is a fun way for the new girls to become comfortable and familiar with the other students and staff in the Boarding House in a less formal setting.

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 the girls to remember me as someone who helped bring the Boarding House community even closer together. In addition, I would like to leave as a person who contributed to providing the best boarding experience possible to all the girls, ensuring that I was a leader that the girls could trust.