Accommodation at Tolcarne has three stages, reflecting the evolving needs of the students as they mature.
A Balancing Act
Tolcarne provides both structure and flexibility when it comes to the girls co-curricular lives. We’re supportive of every boarder’s sporting and cultural activities, helping them balance and manage their commitments.
On the academic side, we have structured homework routines every evening and provide group and or private tutorials for Years 9-13. Prep is supervised for Year 9-11 students, and Year 12 and 13 self-manage their homework, however they are expected to be in their rooms studying from 6:30-8:00pm.
Tolcarne’s grounds provide a parklike setting, with large green areas, mature trees, as well as a tennis court, volleyball area, and swimming pool with an outdoor shaded deck area. Boarders can also make the most of the music suites and exercise room, or if they’re after a little peace and quiet, they can use our sanctuary and wellbeing library space.
Every student is placed in one of four Tolcarne Tribes, giving them a ‘boarder sister family’. The Tribes eat together weekly, take part in the hotly contested Tribe competitions and participate in the Tribe values cards. Points are awarded when students demonstrate our four values: belonging, integrity, respect and empathy. The Tribe value points are collated in Term 4 when we hold the annual “In House Tribe Games” weekend and the wining Tribe is announced.
Nutritious and tasty food is prepared by our catering team, who are passionate foodies who cook with care. They are always asking for feedback about what the students enjoy and what we might be able to do better. We provide many food option choices, catering extensively for dietary requirements that ensure we are keeping everyone satisfied. Students with busy schedules can order late meals via Orah.
Dining at Tolcarne isn’t just about the food. It’s a special part of our day, where we get the chance to have a good catch up. On Monday nights Tribes eat together, from Tuesday to Thursday our Year 12 boarding leaders run Junior dinners, and Year 11-13 enjoy the privilege of a rolling dinner.
Weekends at Tolcarne are more relaxed and there are always activities on offer. The girls are free to sleep in, and have breakfast in their PJ’s. Over the course of a weekend students can play sport, exercise locally, meet up with friends or head into town. In the evenings our Year 10-13 students have the privilege of late leave, which allows evening leave at different times, depending on their ages. The students enjoy going out for dinner, meeting friends and perhaps even heading down to the movies. We organise fun weekend activities for our juniors and many of them are compulsory for our Year 9 students, the older girls are encouraged to join in too.
Policies and Procedures
Our policies and procedures for parents can be viewed through this website.