Cassy Delahunty - Hughenden

2016 Head Boarder

I still remember how keen I was to come to boarding school as a little 12 year old. Living on an isolated cattle station I was eager for the social opportunities that boarding would provide me. With my older sister already here, I was excited when my parents also sent me to boarding school.

Starting in Year 7, I struggled with the schooling side of things as I had been home-schooled my whole life, but at the end of the day, my mates in boarding made it all worth it.

Living with up to 30 girls can be very testing, but they have all become my second family. Just like any family it isn’t smooth riding all the time and we have had to put our differences aside to make it work. I have made lifelong friends here in boarding at Grammar.

Boarding has given me so many incredible opportunities and equipped me with life skills. As tough as boarding is, living away from home from a young age has helped me become the independent and persevering person I am today.

Whenever I was having a hard time in boarding and questioned if boarding was really the right fit for me, my parents assured me that boarding would be the best days my life and encouraged me to persevere. Reflecting back, I can now honestly say they were absolutely right. Boarding has been one of the most amazing journeys I have been on and I can’t thank my parents enough for providing me with this great opportunity to experience boarding life at Townsville Grammar School.

Tom Arnold - Miranda Downs Station

2016 Head Boarder

I’m not sure how four years could have gone so fast, but now all the fun and great times of boarding school are about to become memories that will last for years to come. I think about my first days in boarding now that I am at the end of my journey here. It’s been said many times before, but the start does feel like it was only yesterday.

My years in boarding have been the best years of my schooling; all the good times and mates will last forever as a result of boarding. My time in boarding began at the start of Year 9. I didn’t know what to expect, how I was going to feel being away from my family, or if ‘boarding food’ was as bad as it was made out to be. It turned out that being away from mum and dad was going to be tough, but it taught me to savour the times I was with them more. But, the ‘bad boarding food’  is definitely a stereotype that has stayed over the years, but it is not true at Grammar - I’m not sure how many day students get a hot cooked breakfast every day?

Boarding is an environment that has taught me the value of mateship, because no matter what, you are always going to have mates around you who are supportive and loyal to you. I think this is why I have loved the boarding school experience so much - your mates are always there to support you.

When I walk out of the Centenary Gymnasium for the last time, I can honestly say that I will walk out a confident young man. If I could instil one message in the younger students in boarding, it is this: Don’t wish away your schooling, grab every opportunity with both hands, because I can guarantee that when it is your time to leave, you will wish you had grabbed more of them. I do believe that I came into this School a pretty good kid, but I can say with confidence that I will leave a strong and willing young man, living up to the School’s motto of Bonus Intra, Melior Exi.

Tom Craig - Brisbane

2015 Head Boarder

Boarding’s the place where my life changed (for the better of course!). I was born and raised in Mackay and went to a school that was ten minutes from home. I didn’t have many neighbours and I didn’t stay over at my friends much. So you could say I spent my whole childhood in the safety of my parents’ arms. I wanted something new, I wanted change, so I introduced the idea of being a boarder. I enrolled at Townsville Grammar School at the start of 2011 as a very shy Year 8 student. At that moment, it was very upsetting to leave home for several weeks at a time, but what that very sad boy didn’t realise was that he was going to have some of the best experiences of his life here in boarding. Living with the same 20 guys for five years really creates something special between us, something that only boarders will ever understand. Thinking back over the past five years really brings back memories, too many to write down. “Boarding helped me grow from the boy I was into the young man I am today. It taught me how to be independent.” But most importantly, it showed me what real mateship is. These people in boarding have become my family and, just as every boarder experiences in the beginning, it’s hard to let family go. Being elected Head Boarder granted me the opportunity to work with different people and to help boarding grow. Working along side my best friend, Grace Harris, has made my last year of schooling one to remember. I am counting down the day until I finish School but I am not looking forward to the day I leave boarding. I will cherish the lessons I have learned, I will cherish the memories made here but most importantly, I will cherish my boarding family forever

Grace Harris - Millaroo

2015 Head Boarder

My boarding school experience started in Year 8 and I still remember that I couldn’t be more excited to start boarding. I had all my packing done a week early! Upon commencing, I remember thinking how big the Year 12s looked to me and can’t believe that I am now one of them and, by the time you are reading this, I will be finished. “Boarding will always have a special place in my heart as it is a family that is made when you first enter the gates of the school.” Over the years, that family bond grows stronger and can never be broken or forgotten. Many wonderful memories are made; you create friendships that will stay with you forever. “When trouble comes, it is your family that supports you.” Boarding has its harder moments, of course. There are times when you just want to be home and you feel you can’t deal with the pressure and stress of school. I know everyone in boarding has been through homesickness, but no matter how hard those times are, we would learn how to take care of each other and comfort each other like a family would. These times have taught me many valuable life lessons. Living away from home from a young age helped me develop into the person I am today. Living with many other girls who are so different from each other would seem so odd to people who have never done it, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I feel as though boarding has prepared me for the next step in my life which will be actually moving out of home. When I leave the gates of the School to enter the world alone, I will never forget what boarding has taught me and the strong friendships that I made.


Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
70-90 North Shore Bvd
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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Mr Timothy Kelly

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