What makes boarding here so special is that sense of belonging. From the moment that your daughter steps into our Boarding House, she becomes a part of a special community where she will make lifelong friends.

We aim to provide a safe, caring and supportive environment where she can have privacy and room to grow, and importantly, where she can have fun and feel at home.

Set in the heart of our campus in the elegant Centenary Building, our Boarding House is home away from home for up to 90 girls each year.

Our historic exterior disguises our modern facilities including our study labs, kitchens, theatre rooms, family rooms and comfortable bedrooms. There are nooks throughout where our girls can relax on their own or with their friends.

To ensure a bespoke experience we encourage our girls to bring a piece of home with them, be that their favourite floor rug or lamp, cushions or photos. This is, after all, their home where she has an array of 'sisters' to support her learning and growing journey at hand.

Our girls can spend their spare time using our wonderful facilities, including our gym, swimming pool and tennis courts, or lazing in our gardens which overlook the Swan River.

Our Boarding House has recently installed a new electronic leave programme, which allows parents to receive immediate and up to date information in regards to their daughter’s whereabouts and planned activities. It also enables parents to record approved hosts with whom their daughter may take leave with.

2022 Boarding Handbook

A Home Away From Home

Welcome to Boarding at MLC

Our Director of Boarding

Deb Barraclough

Mrs Deborah Barraclough's teaching career spans more than 25 years. Most recently she has been a Head of Year for more than 200 students and has enjoyed the pastoral roles she has attained.

"My vision for the Boarding House is to make a space that is a home away from home for the girls. This is a place the girls should feel safe, comfortable and welcomed at all times. The girls have an environment in which they can openly communicate their needs and will be assisted by our caring staff who are on hand 24 hours a day.

I understand what a the huge decision it is for parents to send their daughters to Boarding School. I have two daughters myself and am personally going through the roller coaster ride of parenthood. I work together with our parents to ensure we build a strong relationship which benefits the girls best interests.

The Boarding House itself has a modern feel. There are plenty of breakaway areas that the girls can gather, cook up a storm, play games and generally debrief about their daily lives. The weekends are full of recreation activities and the sporting, music and arts opportunities available to the girls seem endless. Waking up to panoramic views of the Swan River is the icing on the cake for many of our girls.

I am truly privileged to be in the position where I see young women turn into resilient, independent and worldwide global citizens. I look forward to working with more parents and students over the years as we continue to nurture the growth of the Boarding House."

Urban Boarding

At MLC, we offer day girls the opportunity to join our special boarding community, whether on a temporary or ongoing part-time basis. Here they can experience a home away from home, with benefits on offer such as:

  • Supervised study with our Academic Tutors
  • Weekend recreational activities
  • Healthy meals
  • Reduced commute time

We offer places for current MLC day students in Years 6–12 for:

  • Weekly Boarding – seven nights (5pm Sunday–5pm Sunday)
  • School-Week Overnight Boarding – five nights (5pm Sunday–5pm Friday)
  • Daily Overnight Boarding (3.30pm–8.30am)

To find out more about Urban Boarding, contact Director of Boarding Deb Barraclough on 0407 387 982 or at

Boarders' Activities

We encourage the girls to pursue their own passions, while being part of an inclusive extended family. And, like a family, we have lots of fun, especially at weekends when our Recreation Officer organises an array of events including:

  • Day trips to Adventure World
  • Yoga
  • Rock climbing
  • Quiz nights
  • Bike rides
  • Meditation
  • Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach
  • New girls' concert
  • Ice skating
  • Christmas in July
  • Shopping trips, including visits to the Fremantle Markets and Joondalup
  • Tennis
  • Socials
  • Boarding dinners
  • Roller skating
  • Movie nights
  • Weekend baking
  • AFL games
  • Dodgeball
  • Trampolining at Bounce
  • AQWA
  • Music and games nights
  • Riding the waves at Bayswater Waves
  • Indoor Beach Volleyball
  • Visit to the cinema
  • Café lunches and dinners
  • Swimming pool fun
  • Escape Room
  • Visits from Headspace and our MLC Psychologists
  • Community service opportunities
  • Financial literacy

    We Are Family

    This episode of our MLC podcast explores day-to-day life within our Boarding House. Hear some of our boarders reflect on their experiences from forming close friendships to unique morning wake-up calls and the ultimate chicken curry lunches.

    Meet MLC in Karratha

    Join Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) for an informal Sundowner as we connect with our present, past and prospective families in the Karratha region.

    Meet new MLC Deputy Principal Katy Moore, Director of Boarding Deb Barraclough, and Assistant Director of Boarding and previous Hockeyroos captain, Edwina Bone, to discover how MLC supports girls to find their passion in a safe, caring, and supportive environment.

    Event details
    Friday 9 September 2022
    Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club, 17 The Esplanade Dampier
    5.30pm - 8pm

    Tickets: Free. Available here.

    Tickets will remain available until 9 September.

    For any enquiries please contact Ilse Lorenzen at or 08 9383 0269.

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