St Hilda's

Creating a sense of belonging comes from deeply caring for our girls

Boarding at Tolcarne is based on the family values of belonging, empathy, respect and, integrity.

Creating a ‘sense of belonging’ comes from deeply caring for our girls. Students who are deeply cared for feel they belong. When they belong they start to believe in themselves and are open to learning. When they believe in themselves they can then become whatever they want to be.

We believe Tolcarne is a ‘home away from home’ for all of our girls; providing support, guidance, fun, safe guidelines and wonderful opportunities within a very caring and inclusive environment.

Student Safety

Student safety underpins everything we do. We have a high trust model, based on a high level of communication from the girls. Letting us know where they are going, and what they are doing. The girls enjoy a little more freedom at each year level, reflecting their age and privilege. From Year 9, where students receive close support, to Year 13 where students have the opportunity to live in self-catering, 5 bedroom apartments.

The boarding staff work towards developing a relationship based on trust with each girl, this enables all of us to live together respectfully and considerately. We are committed to ensuring the well-being of each student and the smooth running of the boarding hostel. We aim to partner with families and students to ensure a successful boarding experience for all.

Feedback is also encouraged, as it helps to create an environment of mutual respect. 

Our Year 13 Buddy system, Year 12 Boarding Leader programme and our Head Boarders are integral elements that add value to our ‘belonging’ culture. The senior girls help lead and pastorally support the junior students.

What our girls and their parents have to say about Tolcarne;

“I like Tolcarne, it’s bright, warm and welcoming and it feels like home” - Year 9

“We are a tight knit group and there is good bonding between different year levels” - Year 13

“It feels like we are all sisters” - Year 11

“Being offsite means we get that ‘away space’. I like it like that” - Year 12

“I really appreciate the work that goes into making it feel like a family” – Parent

“The staff are on the same level as the girls, they appreciate that every girl is unique” – Parent

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