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.
Welcome to Boarding at MLC
Our Director of Boarding
Meet Elaine Riley
Giving our girls a place to call their home away from home is the purpose of all that we do in boarding. We are an extension of our girls' families, with all the joy and relationships that brings.
As a mother, I know how difficult it is for a parent to send their daughter away, and that is the reason that I encourage our boarders' parents and siblings to become a part of the MLC family, no matter where in the state, country or world they are.
I can assure parents that their daughter's safety, health and wellbeing are paramount. My highly professional and caring boarding staff monitors our girls' needs and is there when our girls need to share any concerns. We have a tried and tested system to work through these concerns which, for growing girls, gives them the tools to make informed decisions at highly emotional times.
I have been at MLC since 1998, and became the Director of Boarding in 2003. This is my dream job. I have the privilege of being with our girls as they flourish and grow into beautiful young women.
In my previous life I was a Captain in the Australian Army, where I met my husband, Colin. This experience, along with raising my two children, Emma and Matt, has given me the skills to help girls through the labyrinth of growing up.
When I am not at the College I love to spend time with my grandchildren, Isabel (3) and Riley (1).
I have so many wonderful memories of our Boarding girls and I look forward to making new memories each and every day.
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
- Rock climbing
- Quiz nights
- Bike rides
- Runs to Cottesloe Beach
- Etiquette classes
- Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach
- New girls' concert
- Ice skating
- Christmas in August
- Shopping trips, including visits to the Fremantle Markets and Joondalup
- MLC-Christ Church Grammar School exchange dinners
- Potted sports days
- Bindoon barbecue
- Roller skating
- Movie Nights
- Glow Volleyball
- Weekend baking with Heather
- Watching AFL
- Make-up lessons
- Trampolining at Bounce
- River cruise
- Music and Games nights
- Riding the waves at Bayswater Waves
- Indoor Beach Volleyball
- Horse riding
- Visit to the cinema
- Café lunches and dinners
- Swimming pool fun
Our girls have been living in the Boarding House since we opened our doors for the first time in February 1908.
Over the decades our Boarding House has changed and evolved. In 2015 we began the latest transformation, making the Boarding House a home away from home for our boarders.
We decided to improve our facility, rather than expand, to continue to provide a bespoke, family home experience for our girls.
The oldest section of the Boarding House, the Centenary Wing, was first to be renewed with modern bathrooms, kitchens in the family rooms and refurbished bedrooms. All of the carpets have been replaced and the entire wing has been repainted.