House Parents provide care to boarders outside of school hours and after school tutoring is available.
As a 5 day boarding facility, boarders return home each weekend.
Boarders enjoy a spacious common room and recreational area, as well as after-hours access to the school’s new Sports Centre, oval and multi-purpose sport complex
At Salesian House, all students eat together in a newly refurbished dining room. Catering is provided by an onsite chef. We understand the importance of wholesome and appealing food in the on-going wellbeing of boarders. As well as main meals, students are provided with recess, afternoon tea and supper.
Some of the senior students have individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities, others have dual share rooms, while the junior students have a four-way share room.
Salesian House is a five day per week boarding facility for students enrolled in secondary schooling at St Mark’s College. Salesian House, which is situated on the school grounds, has been home to many students from the region over the past decade.
Boarding at St Mark’s College has been serving families from the Mid North and Flinders Ranges since 1986. During that time, boarders have made a valuable contribution to the academic, cultural and sporting life of the school.
Our current boarding house - in the building that was originally the residence of the Salesian priests - was opened in 2006.
Salesian House as it is known has been designed to provide a happy, healthy and safe environment for students.
House Parents provide care to boarders outside of school hours and provide a welcoming face before and after school. They promote a homely environment, provide support, guidance, supervision and, of course, a little fun. Our House Parents form a close bond with boarders and encourage a strong ‘community’ feel within Salesian House.
Boarding can foster a sense of independence and self confidence as it provides opportunities for the development of personal and communal responsibilities. Students are encouraged to develop initiative and self reliance and to act both independently and responsibly.
Being part of a close-knit community, boarders follow behavioural guidelines which are based on mutual courtesy and respect.
Over the years, the boarding school has produced school captains, Dux of the College and many others have excelled excelled in all areas of College life including academic, character, sporting, agriculture and creativity.
In addition to daily supervised homework, College teachers visit the facility to offer tuition to individuals and small groups each week. There is continual liaison with College leadership and teaching staff to provide ongoing support to boarding students.
Within our boarding house students are invited to be part of a family-like community. Here they make life long friendships and develop important life skills including tolerance and personal responsibility.
Students are encouraged to play sport and are transported to training sessions with our College teams, or utilise local sporting facilities. Each week, the College bus takes our students into town for some recreational shopping.
Within the boarding house, students are kept entertained with a pool/air hockey table, board games, ping-pong table, fitness equipment, craft & sewing and school sporting facilities. Social events are enjoyed including quiz nights, ten-pin bowling, movies and games.
House parents actively encourage regular contact with families. Boarders have access to a landline phone to contact family members, personal mobile phones are also welcome.
Parents are always welcome to come and visit and join your child for evening meals. There are several boarding functions throughout the year for parents to attend, encouraging relationships between our boarding parent community.
As a five-day boarding facility, boarders return home each weekend.
Parents are invited to celebrations throughout the year, most significant being the End of Year Presentation where boarders are awarded for character and success and we farewell our Year 12 boarders.
In keeping with the spirit of St John Bosco, our “education is largely a matter of the heart”. At St Mark’s we become a home that welcomes, a Parish that evangelises, a school that prepares for life and a playground where friends meet.
The growth of faith is encouraged in our young boarders, and faith is an important part of every celebration. As well as prayer before our evening meal, our Salesian House community meets for a weekly prayer liturgy and a shared meal with a College staff member.
Boarding away from home is a terrific experience. We understand however, that you will have many questions to begin with. We are happy to discuss any concerns you might have and will make every effort to ensure your transition to Boarding life at Salesian House is as smooth and welcoming as possible.
Yes. Most students do have their own laptops.
Yes. The Boarding Home has wireless connection with the School Network and there are four computers on site that can be used by the students.
Yes with the Supervisor on staff at the Boarding Home and by request a member of the teaching staff will visit and support the students with their studies and homework.
Yes, only after parents have completed and signed documentation found on Operoo Permissions.
Students are not encouraged to use their vehicles during the week but if it is deemed necessary eg for appointments then it is only permitted with signed permission from the parents.
Transportation is available using the College utility driven by Boarding House Staff.
Mobile Phones are permitted but rules must be adhered to as to when the student is and is not allowed to have them in their possession and there are rules to follow as to when the phones are handed in. This information is on page 8 of the Salesian House booklet.
Most of the outside of the Boarding Home is alarmed at night and there is an alarm inside the Boarding Home which is also alarmed at night.
When boarders are unable to attend school through illness, parents / caregivers will be notified as soon as possible. As the boarding house is unattended during school hours, sick students will be accommodated and cared for in the sick bay in the administration block. If the student’s condition has not improved by the end of the day parents / caregivers will be required to collect their child that evening or early next morning. In consideration of others, a student who is unwell should not return to the boarding house, until they are well enough to attend school.