Life as a Boarder
Life as a Boarder in ‘Gibb House’
The students live comfortably and securely in a structured environment which is warm and friendly and with good academic support.
The boarding house is supervised by a resident staff who provide a close family network to ensure the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of each individual is met. For guidance students are encouraged to talk to the boarding and College staff. The College Chaplain and House Deans are also available to talk to students and parents.
A qualified nurse is available during school hours, the Matron after hours.
Contact with home is important. Students have access to email and their cellphones. Parents are able to contact their sons before school and dinner and after Prep; messages may also be left with the Director of Boarding.
The Director of Boarding communicates regularly with parents via newsletters, reports and personal contact. Parents are always welcome to visit.
Students who are 7 day boarding have 2 Exeat weekends a term. All boarders have access to College facilities after school and during the weekends.
“In my life in the boarding house I have come to find one word that rules supreme and is an essential part of what it is all about, and that is ‘brotherhood’. When I first started as a year nine boarder I was one of three first ever seven day boarders, this was a mind blowing experience for me because I had never left the warmth of my friendly bed for at longest three weeks. I was going in to 5 years of seven day boarding I was worried, but the funny thing is I am in my fourth year and absolutely love it and the atmosphere is what makes it all, it is by far the easiest way to be a pupil at Scots College”. – Christen Kruger, Y12
“I have been a part of Gibb House for almost four years. These have been some of the best years of my life. When I first came to the boarding house I was told a story from the house master at the time, Mr Cornish. He said to me “Scots College is like an apple, and Gibb house is the core of this apple. Without the core there is no apple.” Gibb house is just that, it is a brotherhood. I have seen many things in the three and a quarter years I have been boarding. I have seen people leave and new people arrive. I have had amazing times and great experiences. The boarding experience has changed me greatly and I am now much more mature. I am very grateful that I have had this opportunity”. – Mario Cooper, Y10
“For me boarding has been a completely new experience; coming Marlborough all of the way from Blenheim up to Wellington. Every thing was new. The whole routine of getting up at 7:15 in the morning, having breakfast at 7:30 and so on was quite daunting. I didn’t know anyone here in the boarding house when I arrived but I soon established friends and got to know the routines. It’s been a lot of fun being a seven day boarder with all of the outdoor activities you get to do with your mates in the weekend. Activities like going to the beach or going into town or to watching rugby or soccer at the Stadium or hitting golf balls or exploring Wellington on occasions. The best thing of all is that the boarding house is like one big family were everyone supports each other”. – Nicholas Healy, Y9
Boarders recall fond memories of their time in Gibb House
“It is only now that my time in Gibb House has come to an end that I realize how much boarding has done for me and everyone else who has been involved in it. Gibb House provides an opportunity for all the boys to succeed well academically and to branch out in other aspects of the school, whether it is cultural or sports related. But that is not the biggest thing. I have been in other boarding environments before but the thing that is different with Gibb House is the tight community that has evolved and as cheesy as it sounds the feeling that we are a big family”. – Scott Thomson, Head of Gibb House 2008
“Gibb House opened its doors to me in 2003, at a time when I was just a young, innocent Year 10 and a world of uncertainty awaited me. Excited at the idea of boarding, come the first night it was a different story! I was scared and nervous. ‘What have I got myself into?’ I thought, and questioning how my parents could ever do this to me! However, it was not long before I began to find my feet, finding myself at home in Gibb House and I realised boarding was one of the greatest decisions my parents would make for me”. – Chris Welch, Head of Gibb House 2006
“I would like to thank the boys. It is you who make Gibb the great place it is. For everything you have done I thank you, you should all be proud to be members of this small group within the school community. Long may the positive, encouraging and homely Gibb House family continue, each of you taking the positive things you have gained here with you into the future”. – Caleb Newman-Dennis, Head of Gibb House 2005
“I believe that boarding brings out special qualities in people, perhaps sometimes positive and sometimes negative but generally I have been impressed by the way the senior students have worked along side the younger students guiding them and encouraging independence. It is certainly a challenge living together as a group. The skills of tolerance and getting along with each other are most important to have to cope with life as an adult”. – Jay Bang, Head of Gibb House 2004
“Being a boarder you have an advantage over other people your age. You have learnt to live with other people, which means respecting them for who they are. Day boys return to the comfort of their own home every day, whilst you return to the challenges of learning to live with others. Boarding can also teach you some good work ethics”. – Brian Walters, Head of Gibb House 2003