BOARDING AT TERRA NOVA
At Terra Nova we offer full, weekly and flexi boarding for girls and boys from ages 8-13. Our strong boarding culture adds to the cultivating educational experience that we provide. Our boarding family is made up of our Head of Boarding, Resident Boarding Tutor and GAP Students, all of whom provide a strong community that allow our boarders to be supported by staff they know well, ensuring every boarder is cared for. Our live in boarding staff are further supported by many of our teaching staff who live on site and assist with boarding duties, our school Matron and our House Keeper.
A LETTER FROM OUR HEAD OF BOARDING
I am delighted to welcome you to the Terra Nova Boarding House.
We are a house comprised of full, weekly and flexi-boarders who come from all corners of the globe. We are proud of the diverse and inclusive nature of our boarders and the fact that our community allows us the best opportunity to learn how to become internationally minded as a pupil. Whilst half of our boarders live with us full time, a lot of our day children are also flexi-boarders who stay a few nights each week to provide the opportunity to develop independence in a friendly and protective environment; this is particularly important if the plan is for them to move onto a full boarding public school at the age of thirteen.
The boarding facilities are located in the main building. The dormitories vary in size - the largest having eight beds and the smallest having four. Each of the boarders has a wardrobe and cupboard in which to keep their clothes and personal possessions, as well as a lockable bedside table. There are bathrooms and shower rooms, together with a common room which has a pool table, television, games, books and supervised access to games consoles.
Boarders are supervised at all times by a team consisting of: the Head of Boarding; the resident boarding tutor; members of the teaching staff who undertake boarding duties; the school nurse; our housekeeper and the GAP students. It is our aim to provide an environment in which young people can develop and grow in an atmosphere that encourages trust, independence and mutual consideration. We also feel that home contact is important and aim to make ourselves, and the children, available to be contacted by parents at any reasonable time during the day and evening.
Below, there is a link to our current boarding handbook which gives you all the information you should need about daily routines and the minutiae of boarding life, but please do contact me if you have any boarding-related queries.
I very much look forward to meeting you in the coming months and showing you around the Terra Nova Boarding House.
Mr. Roo Hanrahan
Head of Boarding
At Terra Nova we offer full time, weekly and flexi boarding. Our community comprises boarders of various ages and nationalities, all with one thing in common,... they love boarding!
Weekly boarding is a great option for families who are looking for flexibility and balance. Weekly boarding allows a pupil to be completely immersed in school life, increasing levels of independence, whilst also having valued family time at the weekend. Allowing pupils to partake in evening activities, sporting fixtures, STEAM school and more. Weekly boarding also provides valuable preparation for those considering senior boarding schools.
For those families that live closer to Terra Nova, we also offer flexi boarding. This provides families with complete flexibility and the option to take advantage of our boarding community as and when needed. Flexi boarding offers the ability for pupils to fully immerse themselves into school life, to spend more time on their studies, extra-curricular activities, as well as deepening friendships that will stand the test of time. All whilst still remaining at home and having time with family.
Flexi boarding is always popular with our Year 7 and 8 pupils, as it allows them to adjust to boarding before they move on to senior schools where they may elect to board full time.
All boarders, whether full, weekly or flexi fully integrate into boarding life and play a vital role within our boarding community.
DINING AT TERRA NOVA
The catering at Terra Nova is undertaken by Sodexo, with a dedicated Catering Manager and two chefs based at the school. The standard of catering is considered to be very high and is overseen by the management of Sodexo and our own Bursar's department.
Menus are published termly and they are available on the school website and parent app. These menus are designed to provide a balanced and healthy diet for the children and they always provide a choice of dishes and cater to all dietary requirements. There is also a Boarders' Forum, our pupil voice within the Boarding House, that meets half-termly with the Head of Boarding and the Catering Manager to discuss likes and dislikes and to make suggestions for future menus.
For more information please look at our Dining Page.
A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A TERRA NOVA BOARDER
A TYPICAL WEEK DAY:
07:45 - Breakfast in the dining room
08:05 - School day begins.
16:00 - School day finishes followed by supervised homework time and choice of clubs.
18:00 - Dinner in the dining room.
18:30 - Choice of evening activity. (Activities always vary during the week, activities are as such: dodgeball/basketball/arts and crafts, baking)
19:30 - Downtime before bed.
20:00 - Staggered bed times from 8pm onwards.
A TYPICAL WEEKEND:
Treat night for the dorm that received the most credits through the week! Usually an outing to the bowling alley/movie night/treat meal.
08:15 - Weekend breakfast.
09:00 - Supervised homework time.
10:00 - Weekend activities/day out e.g. trip to Tatton park and visiting one of Cheshire's ice cream farms
17:00 - Weekend dinner.
18:00 - Movie night and time to relax.
08:15 - Weekend breakfast.
10:00 - Weekend activities/day out e.g. trip to Alton Towers or The Chill Factor.
17:00 - Weekend dinner.
18:00 - Homework check and preparation for the school week ahead.
COMMUNICATIONS WITH HOME
Our boarders make the most of the time they spend together within our tight knit community but keep in regular communication with home.
Boarders contact their family each day, either by telephone or video call, at a time that works well around their schooling but also is convenient within their parents' busy schedules. For parents who are overseas a routine is quickly set, allowing our boarders the chance to keep their families up to date with all their news and achievements.
All of our parents remain in regular contact with our Head of Boarding via WhatsApp, which enables a great relationship in supporting the child, no matter how far away they may be.
Our Boarding House comprises boys' dormitories, girls' dormitories as well as social areas such as common rooms and well equipped dedicated study areas. It has a caring and homely feel and provides a true home away from home for our boarders of all nationalities and ages. Our boarding community, led by our Head of Boarding, also incorporates a number of residential staff who play a huge part in supporting our boarders through work and play, offering a number of opportunities in and around our idyllic grounds.