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Boarders forge strong friendships and learn good study and work habits in a homely, safe and secure environment, to well structured routines, with caring adult support and supervision. Our boarding tradition embodies Diocesan’s founding vision and ongoing commitment to provide excellent pastoral care and enhance our students’ learning. Our boarding house caters for up to 55 Year 7 to 13 students from all over the country, as well as international students.
Why choose boarding?
Families living outside Auckland or overseas often choose boarding for their daughters and it’s also a good option when parents travel overseas frequently.
Weekly boarding also suits students who may live in commuting distance to school but are committed to co-curricular activities like sport or performing arts. As boarders they can get to early morning and early evening training sessions without added travel time.
Wonderful Facilities at your doorstep
Innes House and its adjoining buildings are on the doorstep of Diocesan’s beautifully landscaped Epsom campus. Boarders can make the most of our excellent sports, recreational, arts and academic facilities, both during and outside school hours as well as at weekends.
Life as a boarder
Boarders live in shared accommodation of usually two to a room, depending on students’ year levels, with Year 12 and 13 students normally sharing two-bed rooms.
Students do at least two hours study a day from Sunday to Thursday, and Year 7 and 10 students are supervised and assisted in the dining room by university students. Dinner is between 5.30pm and 6pm and bed times range from 9.15pm to 10pm depending on year levels.
Rostered duties include setting up for dinner and clearing the table.
Full, Weekly and short term boarding
We provide full and weekly boarding for students from Years 7 to 13 and also cater for short stays; anything from one night to a full term.
The junior dormitory, housemistresses’ flats, and a well-equipped kitchen and dining room, where all meals are served, are in the original kauri villa.
Older girls share twin rooms and junior girls share twin cubicles in the purpose-built double-storey east wing which has a common room and bathroom for every six girls. Student desks at Innes House are networked with internet and email access.
For 2021 Innes House Trust Board (IHTB) have boarding scholarships available for students who are new to Diocesan. These scholarships contribute up to 50% of the boarding fee for up to five years. Please see the application form for the criteria.
Applications open - Monday, 13 January 2020 and close Friday, 21 February 2020.
If you are a new student to Diocesan and have not yet applied for a place in School please complete all five sections of the Boarding Scholarship application and provide all of the information as documented on the application form.
If you are already enrolled at Diocesan to start in 2021 but wish to apply for a boarding scholarship, please complete section one of the application only. You need to provide your 2019 mid and end of year reports and provide a copy of your academic results eg NCEA if applicable for IHTB to review, a recent photo, along with the statement on what you hope to achieve at Diocesan and why you are deserving of a boarding scholarship. If you have any certificates or supporting documentation to accompany your application please send copies of these too. You are not required to pay the $250 application fee again.
Please note that Diocesan School for Girls has a policy of awarding one scholarship per student, so if you are awarded an IHTB Boarding Scholarship you are not eligible for a Diocesan School for Girls Academic, Sports or Arts scholarship as well.
Please email your completed application to:
For further information about boarding at Diocesan please contact Senior House Dean,
Cathy Kirkman by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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