Grace Oura - Cairns


It seems like such a short period of time since I first became a member of Townsville
Grammar School as a boarding student. I still remember my mum and I driving up to
Townsville on my first day of boarding; I was sitting nervously in the car having never experienced boarding before. However, as I arrived, I saw so many smiling
faces and happy people. Being an only child, I thought that living away from home would be hard for me to get used to, but I was definitely wrong about that.  If I had known what to expect, I would have loved to have been a boarder earlier.  Being a boarder may be one of the best things that ever happened to me. Boarding is like living in a big family. We are together through thick and thin and help each other. I cannot put into words how much the friendships have meant, especially when I suddenly lost my father. Meals are also a big part of my life. I cannot thank the cooking staff enough for providing a variety of treats six times a day: breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. I was also introduced to jogging, which is now one of my favourite hobbies!  The experience as a boarder would not have been complete without the passion and dedication of staff,  whether the ladies with our laundry, the cleaners who keep our rooms tidy, Mr Wilson and Ms Therese for always thinking about what’s best and also putting so much effort in for us, and of course the Boarders’ Tutors who offer support after school. - I am missing boarding already....

Ka Lok (Eric) Leung - Hong - Kong

A wise man once said,  “You are put onto this world to help others, and if you can’t help them at least don't hurt them"  This is the quote I’m sure many of my fellow boarders will remember for the rest ofm their lives. Travelling to major cities across the world is not an issue; however a place like Townsville was a whole new level.  My first impression of Townsville was strange as it seemed so empty compared to Hong Kong. However, this perspective quickly changed as I stepped into the gates of Grammar boarding for the first time. Boarding at Grammar is truly something special that cannot be expressed by words. It is the sense of bonding and community within boarding that makes it special. When I first began my journey in what is now a heritage listed building, School House, I had just started boarding as a little Year 8 boy. Although having previous boarding experience under my belt, my first day of boarding at TGS was still nerve-racking. The moment I stepped into School House, I knew this was going to be the place where I had to spend the next six months with 13 strangers. However, the word ‘stranger’ was tossed out the window the second I stepped through the door. Everyone just smiled and waved at me, and then came millions of questions asking my name and home town.  At that moment, I thought I was a superstar. Believe it or not, that first day pretty much set the tone of Grammar boarding for me. The sense of community and family was seen on a daily basis. The kindness and care that 150 boarders offer to each other is just magnificent. In boarding, the boundary amongst year levels and the fear of a Year 7 talking to a Senior simply just does not exist,  since boarding is just a big family.  Boarding over the five years has been a blast. However, the memories and friendships are something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.