This is a very warm welcome to Chapel Boarding from Ms Fischer and Miss Piggott! We are the resident House parents in Chapel and have a fantastic team of staff who support us throughout the week and at the weekends. Together we have only one main aim: to ensure that our girls and boys are happy and safe with us.
Chapel Boarding is a buzzing place, embracing a variety of ages, cultures and interests. Our house consists of a girls’ and boys’ area, with separate bedrooms, common rooms, toilets and showers, and an office which all boarders can access should they want to speak to their houseparent. Boarders can also use communal areas, sports facilities and study together.
Currently we have boarders from ten different countries and they all enrich our community. We see ourselves as one big family: a family who stick together, who care for and respect each other. If you live here, you will often hear us using the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ as we strongly believe in the importance of the community.
With parents trusting us to care for their son or daughter, every child in our house, whether 11 or 18, is equally important to us. Throughout their time with us, every young person is given the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of school and boarding life; to mature, to make mistakes and, more importantly to learn from them, and to take on responsibility. Usually our boarders usually grow in confidence during their time with us and learn from each other. Though we have quiet areas, you will rarely be on your own in our boarding house: our boarders participate in activities we organise and of course they study hard for their subjects – there is always something to do! We encourage everybody to take an active part in our community, which includes participating in weekend trips and activities which we organise to enrich the boarding experience.
Boarders' academic progress is supported by maintaining strong links with our teachers and tutors, assisting them with their studies and mentoring each child on an individual basis. Guiding our girls and boys through tough teenage years and difficult decisions is indeed a challenge; we aspire to support them become strong young persons who succeed in today’s complex world.
Therefore, we invite you to meet us and to become a member of our family.
Here’s what some of our boarders say about their boarding house:
‘I’ve never been homesick; I only miss Hong Kong food, but not my home. This is home now. We always laugh here. ’
‘There’s no better place to find friends for life.’
‘Doesn’t feel like school but like home.’
‘It’s good to have a variety of cultures.’
‘I really enjoy boarding; we have lots of really fun activities.’
‘My child was able to overcome difficulties and returned enriched by a unique experience which he will remember all his life.’ (Parent)
‘I feel secure and comfortable here. I feel I can be myself.’
‘I had such an amazing time but it was definitely too short. Especially the weekend trips which were awesome.’