Firbank is one of the few independent girls’ schools in Victoria to offer boarding facilities. The Boarding House has been an important part of the School since its foundation in 1909. Set in extensive gardens on the Senior School Campus at Brighton, the Boarding House is home to students from overseas, Victoria and interstate.
The Head of the Boarding House and her staff are experienced carers who look after the safety and well-being of boarders. They are supported by the Health Centre Manager who is on duty during school days. A medical clinic is located close to the School should the students require a doctor’s attention.
On weekends, Boarders have supervised access to School facilities including a 25-metre heated indoor pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and playing fields. To ensure an environment conducive to study, boarders have supervised study times and their own desks.
Accommodation is mostly twin share in light, well-appointed rooms. Within limits set by Boarding House staff and parents, girls are given the opportunity to leave the School for recreational purposes or to spend weekends with approved hosts.
Under the guidance of experienced Boarders, girls quickly develop self-reliance and become involved in the co-curricular program, where they have traditionally made a significant contribution.
When the Boarding House is closed (one long weekend per term) and for Term holidays, students will stay with Host families. All permanent and short-term hosts must have a Working with Children Check.