Students with Head of Boarding, Ms Jane Shone.
Our Tiddeman Boarding House offers a home away from home for approximately 120 Year 7 to Year 12 students, providing an exciting journey for boarders to experience new opportunities, create lasting friendships and learn independence.
We are located near the centre of Hawthorn and at the top of Glenferrie Road, a hub of activity with a cinema, countless shops and a huge variety of cafes and eateries ensuring that there are plenty of things for boarders to see and do in their free time. Year 11 and 12 boarders may visit Melbourne's CBD and explore the unlimited attractions that the 'world's most liveable city' offers.
From the moment a new boarder begins at Tiddeman House, she is always supported. We understand that the transition to boarding can be daunting, and our experienced and passionate team of staff are committed to delivering best practice residential care, and are chosen for their caring attitudes and approachable personalities.
All staff are tertiary qualified, experienced and live and work exclusively in the Boarding House. The team includes a Head of Boarding, Assistant Head of Boarding, Year Level Co-ordinators, Healthcare Tutor and Tutors, who work together to help each student manage their learning and to ensure that they achieve their personal best. Academic progress is monitored and our tutors regularly liaise with day school teaching staff, and parents, to meet each boarder’s unique learning needs.
The student leadership team of Prefects and House Leaders are also there for extra student support.
Community and involvment
MLC offers one of the largest and most varied curricula in Australia, and we enthusiastically encourage our boarders to embrace the diverse range of activities available - with 30 sports and a wide range of committees and clubs, there is something for everyone. Our College facilities include our renowned Music School and Physical Education Centre for lessons and tuition, as well as dedicated Boarding sporting programs.
The Boarding House upholds a strong sense of community spirit with organised weekend activities, an annual Boarders’ drama production and special event nights. These offer great camaraderie between all students and encourage lasting friendships with fellow boarders. Additionally, each boarder is integrated fully within the day school House system. Boarders are encouraged to embrace life at MLC in order to enrich their learning, extend their friendships and improve their wellbeing.
Boarding is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop confidence, resilience and time management skills. Our boarders become self-directed and responsible with diverse interests and the College supports this approach. Students become independent and learn to self-manage, whilst leadership skills are developed through our Boarding Leader group, our boarding buddy system and through countless opportunities within the whole College.
For those not from Melbourne, boarding gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the city and makes transitions into future tertiary studies far easier. We are proud to foster a community culture of support and diversity, where lifelong friendships are made.
Boarding Scholarships are available, see our Scholarships page for further information.