Year 8 boy boarders moving up from Blake House or new pupils entering the School at 13+ enter one of three boys’ senior boarding houses (Collingwood, Hawke and St Vincent), each with around 60 boarding pupils. There are leisure facilities that include day rooms, table tennis and pool tables, kitchens, television rooms and a house library. Each boarder has his or her own self-contained working and sleeping accommodation. Pupils will be accommodated in four-bedded or double rooms, depending on their year group. Pupils in Year 12 will generally be in double or single study bedrooms with en-suite facilities.
From the Housemaster of St Vincent
As the Housemaster of St Vincent House, it is my aim is to provide encouragement in individual enterprise; participation in all events; and to develop each boys’ sense of responsibility. In other words to foster a sense of independence, mutual trust, responsibility, leadership and pride, together with consideration and compassion, that will stand the boys in good stead for the rest of their lives.
Any boarding house is home to pupils for almost two thirds of the year and crucially also when many exciting and important hurdles in life are met. With that in mind it is important that this ‘home from home’ provides a stable foundation where the boys are cared for and given every opportunity to meet the challenges that life will throw at them. In this way a House becomes much more than a place to work and sleep, but of individuals, aware of themselves and each other, and loyal to the endeavours of the community. Central to our community is our House Team. Right from the moment the boys wake up the house staff are there to dispense medicine, sort and wash clothes, provide support, listen to their woes, share in their triumphs, shop for essentials; the list is endless. In short, we are there for the boys in everything that they do. Everything we do is geared toward fostering and encouraging a sense of family where we live.
The core values of our family are based upon three achievable expectations: commitment; consideration and contribution. The boys are expected to behave in such a way as to gain maximum benefit from their time at boarding school, whilst ensuring they contribute to the general welfare of everyone in our community. Boys are encouraged to be ambitious on their own account, but also be considerate and compassionate through respect for, and tolerance of others. The boys of the house are fiercely loyal and committed to the House. This loyalty and commitment to all House activities is central to our success as a community.
It is our intention that these years are the best years of your son’s life. We strives to preserve the innocence of school days, but also to nurture its pupils to be ambitious in their formative years, so that they can take the next stage of their development and education with confidence and good judgement.