All of St Paul’s boarding houses have been recently renovated. Boarding students enjoy modern bathrooms, age appropriate sleeping accommodation and a new dining hall. Students also have after-school access to squash and tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym, a heated 25-metre swimming pool and a water hockey turf.
St Paul’s provides a strong support system for students as they grow from adolescents into young adults. Qualified support staff including a chaplain, nurse, guidance counsellor and careers counsellor are available for students who require academic, medical and emotional support and advice. Students can also call on their housemaster and deputy housemaster for support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
St Paul’s offers its boarders a structured approach to homework through supervised prep time. Homework (prep) is done in the dining room under the supervision of a Housemaster.
Boarders spend up to 90 minutes each week night at prep, where senior students and teaching staff are available to help. The opportunity also exists for our boarders to work collaboratively together. This approach helps our boarders to develop the kind of study habits that are essential for academic achievement.
Junior boarders' in-weekend
St Paul’s boarding community is largely made up of students from rural New Zealand. Boarders have the option of staying on campus over the weekend with their peers instead of going home. In addition, each term there are one or two weekends where all Year 9 boarders must remain at school and activities and outings are arranged for them.
Students are taught traditional values, which, in today’s modern society, are sometimes forgotten. Students are taught proper etiquette and take part in a weekly formal dinner with the Headmaster in which they say grace, are seated at allocated tables in their formal uniform, and enjoy time with their peers and teachers.