One of the biggest decisions that parents will make is whether or not to send their child to boarding school. Boarding school is more than just an education. It immerses students into a community that creates comradery, a sense of belonging, and an environment that allows students to reach their potential. Every student is unique and has exceptional skills, attributes, interests, and character traits. The boarding environment develops each child’s unique character based on their individual identity.
At Raffles Boarding, we have implemented a program that is suitable for every student and focuses on preparing each child for life beyond the school’s gates. As the Director of Boarding at Raffles American School, my desire is to see children evolve in the boarding house, with the support of dedicated staff, and a framework in place that emphasises the development of academic skills, social skills, and emotional intelligence.
Through structured study sessions each night, to regular progress meetings with the boarding staff, students are encouraged and guided to take responsibility for their academic development. With constant real-time updates with teachers, it is easy for our boarding staff to help students troubleshoot problems along the way. The idea of self-discipline is stressed to our boarders and the benefits of planning constructively for tests, assignments, and other school related work.
A happy child is a child that wants to learn and expand their knowledge. To this end, we have a balanced amount of time for students to interact with each other, partnered with constructive down time in the boarding house. The development of social skills takes place in these informal get togethers, whether it be BBQ’s, quiz evenings, karaoke nights, or even trips to the mall. In an ever-changing world where technology is at the forefront of the future, we strive to place importance on physical communication with each other through these gatherings.
The emotional well-being of all students is paramount to the staff at Raffles Boarding and we monitor and guide students with any problems they may face. We work through challenging moments together and look at ways to see the positive in all situations and try to learn from our experiences.
Our boarding program believes that all children should be exposed to a rich variety of environments and situations, learning through both interaction and mistakes. The key is to allow children to learn on their own, understanding where and how to improve in a safe and supportive environment. These mistakes should not be seen as something to fear, but rather as an integral part of the learning process.
Schedule a tour of our boarding facilities and meet our wonderful staff to discover how Raffles Boarding could be the key to your child’s academic success and character development.